Thanks to the generous donation of 10 Red Angus heifer calves from the Canadian Red Angus Promotion Society, Olds College will now be home to a purebred Red Angus herd. The purebred herd will be managed by the college’s Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production which provides resources and services to move the livestock industry’s technological needs forward.
Sean Thompson, manager of the centre, says they plan to incorporate the herd into applied research projects that focus on production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability. The college will also benchmark genetics and performance so that they can measure progress with time. Students will be involved in the herd activities through class and student club participation.
Through the agreement, the college will be able to access service bulls or donated semen to allow greater access to Red Angus genetics from across Canada to improve the college’s own breeding program.
The Red Angus Promotion Society is an organized group comprising 275 Red Angus breeders from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Olds College would like to thank the following members for their donation to the purebred herd: Shiloh Cattle Company, Circle G Angus, Wraz Red Angus, Fraser Farms, Triple S Red Angus, KC Stock Farm Ltd., Anderson Cattle Company, Brylor Ranch, Matejka Farms and Diamond T Cattle Co.