Cattle/Ethanol Deal Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

Hybrid Fuels Ok, I am not totally sure exactly what the deal is here – but this is what the news release says about the “Siksika Project,” a joint venture between Hybrid Fuels and A4 Bar Cattle Company, both located in Canada.

The barns constructed for the Siksika Project will be atmospherically controlled and will contain fly control devices. Cattle in the barns will be fed a diet of wet distillers grains (WDG) which are proven to be an excellent dietary feed stock for cattle and will be supplemented by a daily ration of fresh green grass. The Hybrid Fuels’ system is designed to dispose of barn waste without any material adverse environmental impact. Cattle will remain free from hormonal implants and antibiotics. Movement of cattle to the joint venture’s packing houses will be less than 25 miles to limit transportation-related stress for the cattle.

It is expected that the initial phase of the proposed Siksika Project of two facilities will produce up to 3,000 litres of ethanol daily, generate up to 1 megawatt of power, finish up to 2,400 head of cattle annually and provide up to 10 full time jobs. The hydroponics section of the barn is designed to have the grass growing equivalent of up to approximately 1,600 acres of grassland.

According to, Siksika literally means “Black Foot”. Siksika is the name for the Blackfoot Nation located east of Calgary, Canada.

So, near as I can figure it, this project has to do with helping this particular tribe be more environmentally friendly in their cattle operations and produce ethanol.