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Gelbvieh heifers settle in at Olds College

Gelbvieh heifers settle in at Olds College

Purely Purebred, news from the April 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fifty-four Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh-influenced heifers have arrived and are halfway through their warm-up at Olds College. The Canadian Gelbvieh Association is looking forward to the start of testing. The project measures docility and its potential impact on growth and conception rates. Fertility and growth are two primary economic drivers of the profitability of the commercial […] Read more

Olds College receives donation of purebred Red Angus herd

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

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 […] Read more

Students learning about equipment maintenance and repair. Pictured from left to right: Magalie Steiner, instructor Lynn Bonner and Majeed Nashiru.

College program offers employment-ready ranching skills

B.C.-based program gets students’ hands dirty while focusing on operation and land management

If you wanted to get a well-rounded view of what it’s like to ranch in virtually any part of the country, you’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Williams Lake, B.C. Nestled in the central interior region of the province, the city is square in the middle of one of the most diverse environments […] Read more

Olds College is now recognized as a “Certified Sustainable” beef production facility.

Olds College gets Verified Beef status

Verified Beef Production: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Olds College is now a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) beef operation. “As a post-secondary institution focused on agriculture, it is important for Olds College to raise our livestock using sustainable methods that support healthy animals, have minimal environmental impacts and offer transparency to the consumer,” said Stuart Cullum, Olds College president, in a release. […] Read more

Beef Cattle Research Council hires new extension co-ordinator

NewsMakers from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ellen Crane is the new extension co-ordinator for the Beef Cattle Research Council. In her new role she helps co-ordinate the development, maintenance and utilization of various extension resources, including the BCRC’s webinars, blog articles, and other content on She started with BCRC last month after spending six weeks in Japan as part of […] Read more

The Olds Technical Access Centre aims to spark innovations that improve livestock production.

A Technical Access Centre for livestock production

Key industry issues focus on production efficiency, animal health and welfare and environmental sustainability

The Canadian government has been setting up a number of Technical Access Centre (TAC) research programs to aid several industrial sectors. The first TACs were created in 2011 as part of the College and Community Innovation Program. In September 2017, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced development of a series […] Read more

Technology Access Centre chalks up its first year

Research: News Roundup from the October 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Technology Access Centre (TAC) for Livestock Production at Olds College, Olds, Alta., has moved from a funding announcement little more than a year ago to a full-fledged service under the umbrella of the college’s applied research arm, the Centre for Innovation. TAC was established with a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grant […] Read more

(Scott Bauer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Trio of groups proposes Alberta-based agrifood ‘supercluster’

Agrium, Olds College and global satellite communications corporation MDA have submitted an application to the federal government to form an agrifood “supercluster.” The Liberal government committed up to $950 million (over five years) in its March budget to create hubs that would focus on key economic sectors in an effort to kickstart investment, boost exports […] Read more

$1.7 million for Olds College research centre

$1.7 million for Olds College research centre

Research: News Roundup from the October 3, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced funding last month for the development of a new state-of-the-art research facility at the Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC). TAC will act as a technology training hub for regional livestock producers, as well as a research resource for students studying […] Read more