These information tools promote practical use of research findings and inspired thinking about the sector's environmental challenges and opportunities. We are committed to the exchange of ideas and knowledge, both within the industry and with the larger community.
Materials include videos, podcasts, articles, fact sheets, and infographics.
Find science-based tips and practical tools for adopting Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) in food production.
Reducing the carbon footprint of cattle herds
Land and crop rotation management for ecosystem health
4R fertilizer management for GHG mitigation
Composting and using manure
Sow group housing
National Group Sow Housing Conversion Project
This website provides fact sheets, newsletters and other information based on the latest expertise in successful barn conversations.
Options for Successful Group-Housing of Sows
This guidebook examines the many components that must be considered when housing sows in groups.
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
Optimizing gut health for swine in antibiotic free production
Alternatives for poultry gut health
Essential oils as alternatives to antibiotics in swine production
Feed ingredients, feeding strategies
Canola meal and swine nutrition
This fact sheet showcases research using canola meal as a protein source for in swine diets.
Disease prevention in beef cattle
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
|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
Expand your awareness and thinking about the potential for livestock to improve the sustainability of farming and our overall food system in a climate of change.
Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture Conference
Co-hosted by the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, this conference provides practical information and considers the future of our agricultural production systems as we strive to further develop sustainable food systems.
Workshops and panel discussions with producers, researchers, and industry specialists representing both crop and livestock sectors attract a diverse audience with a range of perspectives, ideas and experiences about how to improve agricultural sustainability in Canada.
Scientific review papers
- Utilization of by-products and food waste in livestock production systems: a Canadian perspective
- Invited review: The role of livestock in sustainable food production systems in Canada
- Review: Enhancing gastrointestinal health in dairy cows
- Review: Essential oils as alternatives to antibiotics in swine production
Moving Toward Prairie Agriculture 2050
This 54-page green paper was presented at the Alberta Institute of Agrologists annual conference in Banff, Alberta in 2014 to highlight the climate change challenges for agriculture. In a series of essays, 23 scientists address the question of "Climate and Food: Is there a Future?". Topics span crops, livestock, entomology, technology, transportation, trade, risk and more. In the final section of the paper, experts discuss how the agri-food sector can strengthen its capacity to adapt and thrive. A revisit in 2019 reflects on how well these predictions hit the mark – where we got it right, and where we went off course.
Download - The complete green paper
Download individual sections:
- Introduction: Moving Toward the Year 2050
- Climate change impacts on crop selection and rotation in 2050 - Bruce Burnett, CWB Market Research
- What does a warmer winter mean? - Brian Amiro and Paul Bullock, University of Manitoba
- Severe weather and crop-atmosphere interactions - John Hanesiak, University of Manitoba
- Demand for water - Water retention and storage in the eastern Prairies - Selena Randall, University of Manitoba
- Will crop breeding keep up with the requirements for change? - Ron Depauw, AAFC - SPARC
- Pollinating insects - Native and managed pollinators - Rob Currie, University of Manitoba
- What will happen to the weeds? - Rob Gulden, University of Manitoba
- Effect of climate change on mycotoxins produced by plant pathogens affecting our field crops - Dilantha Fernando, University of Manitoba
- Global worming - Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba
- Beef cattle production: What have you herd about 2050? - Kim Ominski, University of Manitoba
- How will climate change affect my Big Mac Meal®? - Martin Scanlon, University ofManitoba
- Climate change and transportation - Paul Earl and Barry Prentice, University of Manitoba
- Regional trade agreements will shape the future of international food and agricultural trade - Ryan Cardwell, University of Manitoba
- Can insurance keep up with catastrophic weather losses? - Charles Grant, University of Manitoba
- Preparedness - Strengthening the Agri-Food Sector’s Capacity to Adapt and Thrive
- What metrics should we use for successful adaptation? - Henry Janzen, AAFC
- What kinds of government policies will help us adapt in 2050? - Sheilah Nolan and John Zylstra, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
- How will technical innovation help us to deal with climate change risk? - Don Flaten, University of Manitoba
- Educational systems for 2050 - Lessons from history - Michael Trevan, University of Manitoba
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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.
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.