Cohen Sykes Wheaton-2002-Evaluation of the effects of climate change on forge and livestock production and assessment of adaptation strategies on the Canadian Prairies

An understanding of adaptation of plant and animal systems in response to changes in
climate will help to reduce the risk involved in livestock production. Climate change will
affect a large array of systems. Forage and livestock production will not be excluded from
the impact of climate change. The purpose of this study was to understand the concept of
adaptation and to integrate adaptive management strategies within the beef industry. A
case study was undertaken at three locations to determine the impact of climate change as
predicted by the CGCM1 model on livestock production.