The Illinois Council for Food and Agricultural Research has allocated $385,000 to the Illinois Livestock Initiative Focus Team (IL-LIFT) to “lift” the state’s livestock industry.

The four-year project aims to help build sustainable beef, dairy, sheep and pork industries.

“Our goal is to find and share information and techniques that will allow Illinois producers to effectively compete,” states Michael Hutjens, University of Illinois dairy specialist who heads IL-LIFT.

Start-up projects include new uses for distillers dried grains, pasturing techniques and management, implementation of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and new approaches to animal identification.

For more details, contact Hutjens at 217-333-2928.