Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production

Olds College

Olds, AB


The Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TACLP) focuses on meeting the needs of the Canadian livestock industry by providing access to new technologies that contribute to increased production efficiency, improved animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability.

We address industry priorities by providing livestock producers, technology developers, and small to medium enterprises access to expertise, facilities, testing services, training, and emerging smart agriculture technologies.

To facilitate and accelerate the Canadian livestock industry’s adoption of new technology, the TACLP provides field-testing and validation of emerging technologies in farm—like conditions, assisting companies with the testing of feed, genetics, and precision livestock farming technology.

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Bulls on feed efficiency test

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TACLP Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson
Manager, TAC for Livestock Production


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  1. Residual Feed Intake Testing for beef and small ruminants
  2. Trial protocol development and validation
  3. Third party verification and field testing
  4. Management of beef and small ruminant pen trials
  5. Livestock procurement for trials
  6. Agricultural student focus groups
  7. Coordination of producer training
  8. Genomics testing in partnership with EnVigour HX
  9. Feed Efficiency Testing
  10. Early Disease Detection
  11. Metabolic Packaging for Efficiency Selection
  12. Product Demonstration
  13. Student Interaction with Applied Research
  14. Integrated Applied Research Infrastructure
  15. Business development and market research services
  16. Technology and workflow consultation
  17. Field trials/simulation
  18. Sample analysis and testing
  19. Technology validation and transfer
  20. Interactive workshop sessions
  21. Corporate on-site and in-house training
  22. Customized technology demonstrations
  23. Networking events
  24. Open houses - testing facility and personnel
  25. Corporate on-site and in-house training
  26. Industry-specific events and symposia
  27. Rental of space and equipment


  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Agriculture
  3. Environmental Technology
  4. Information and Communications Technology


Equipment Function
GrowSafe™ feed efficiency testing equipment Feed intake monitoring system
Infrared thermography cameras Cameras capable of measuring radiant heat from animals
C-Lock GreenFeed feeding system Feeding station with the ability to quantify enteric GHG emissions from cattle
CowManager ear tag sensors Data capture tags capable of monitoring activity and location in order to predict physiological events