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For producers

Find science-based tips and practical tools for adopting Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) in food production.

Reducing the carbon footprint of cattle herds

Decreasing Emissions and Increasing Production Efficiency of Beef Cattle

Decreasing Emissions and Increasing Production Efficiency of Beef Cattle

Releasing enteric methane into the atmosphere is like throwing money into the wind. This fact sheet explains how to increase productivity while reducing a farm’s GHG emissions, and how a whole-farm modelling program called Holos can be used to choose good management practices.

Optimizing Feed and Forage Quality

Optimizing Feed and Forage Quality

Research shows that cow-calf producers can control environmental impacts with high-quality forage and properly balanced diets. This fact sheet explains how to get the most out of well-managed forage and grasslands.

 

Land and crop rotation management for ecosystem health

Preservation of Perennial Forage Lands in the Eastern Prairies

Preservation of Perennial Forage Lands in the Eastern Prairies

One recent study estimates a hectare of forage land can sequester up to 1 tonne of carbon every year. This fact sheet outlines where forage preservation makes the most sense and provides BMPs based on research findings.

 

4R fertilizer management for GHG mitigation

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Selecting the Right Placement of Fertilizer N in Manitoba

Smart placement of fertilizer delivers more nutrients to plants so fewer GHGs escape into the atmosphere. Learn what research has shown about the efficiency of different placement practices on the most common Manitoba soil types.

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Selecting theRight Source of Fertilizer N in Manitoba

This fact sheet explains the factors growers should consider when determining the best fertilizer type for individual conditions.

NCLE - Reduction of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Emissions in Irrigated Potato in Manitoba

Reduction of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Emissions in Irrigated Potato in Manitoba

Learn how growers can optimize N use and reduce environmental impact, and what research says about the benefits and impacts for potato crops.

 

Composting and using manure

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Composting Manure and Other Organic Materials

This fact sheet explains the composting process and what you will need to get started. Find basic guidelines for success, including tips to troubleshoot common composting problems.

NCLE Composting Protocols

NCLE Composting Protocols

This guide provides the how-tos for calculating and monitoring moisture content, bulk density and compost stability. Use with the Composting Calculator Tool and Recording Sheets.

 

Composting Calculator Tool

Use this Excel workbook to determine the right ratios for mixing starting materials. You can use pre-set values for more than 50 different feedstocks, based on historical averages – or you can manually input your own custom values.

 

Compost Monitoring Workbook

Use these recording sheets to track moisture and temperature as you monitor windrows through the composting process.

 

Sow group housing

National Group Sow Housing Conversion Project website

National Group Sow Housing Conversion Project

This website provides fact sheets, newsletters and other information based on the latest expertise in successful barn conversations.

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Options for Successful Group-Housing of Sows booklet

Options for Successful Group-Housing of Sows

This guidebook examines the many components that must be considered when housing sows in groups.

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Filling gaps in knowledge about group sow housing

This article summarizes more than a decade of research, featuring guidelines, tools and scientific publications.

Article

Additives and alternatives for gut health

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Optimizing gut health for swine in antibiotic free production
This fact sheet examines feed additives and feed quality strategies research to optimize gut health in antibiotic free swine production.
Fact sheet

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Alternatives for poultry gut health
Research focussed on antibiotic alternatives for poultry growth and health is highlighted in this fact sheet
Fact sheet

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Essential oils as alternatives to antibiotics in swine production
This review article explores the efficacy, feasibility and potential mechanisms of essential oils as antibiotic alternatives in swine production
Scientific publication

Feed ingredients, feeding strategies

Canola and swine nutrition infographic

Canola meal and swine nutrition

This fact sheet showcases research using canola meal as a protein source for in swine diets.

Infographic

Disease prevention in beef cattle

Cattle grazing

Cattle biosecurity: Management of new and returning cattle onto your farm

This fact sheet focuses on the importance of biosecurity on cattle operations and includes strategies for introducing new and returning livestock.

Fact sheet
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Needle-free vaccination systems for cattle proven effective by research

In this producer-focused podcast, Dr. Kim Ominski explores the use of needle-free injection systems on cow-calf operations.

Podcast

 

Research summaries

Visit the NCLE signature research theme pages to learn more about our featured research, including links to additional resources. Content is updated regularly, so visit often!

Other resources

Manitoba Agriculture and Food Knowledge Exchange

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences outreach site MAKE - Manitoba Agriculture and Food Knowledge Exchange makemanitoba.ca - showcases the latest research that is shaping agriculture and food production in Manitoba and around the world, including NCLE research. Stream, download and share videos, podcasts, articles, infographics and more, including recipes!

Our research featured elsewhere

Do cattle have a role in regenerative agriculture?

Join Dr. Martin Entz of the University of Manitoba as he discusses the goals of regenerative agriculture and the benefits of integrated crop and livestock production.

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Are cows wasting human food or eating food waste?

Join Dr. Kim Ominski as she discusses types of food wastes, opportunities and challenges for using food wastes as livestock feed, and the overlap between human food and cattle feed.

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