Getahun Legesse is a Research Associate at the University of Manitoba. Getahun received his Ph.D. in Livestock Production Systems analysis from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He is currently collaborating in an ALMA funded project with the Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory to support standardizing beef cattle populations as well as in estimating feed and water demands associated with beef cattle production by taking into account several physiological and environmental factors such as size and type of animal, diet and weather conditions. He is working on a collaborative project that aims to define the environmental footprint of Canadian beef. He is the first author of a board-invited review paper titled ‘Quantifying water use in ruminant production’ that has recently been published in the Journal of Animal Science. He is also a member of an international team charged with developing guidelines for assessment of water footprinting in livestock, a work being facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).