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A simple system to fit the scourge of scours

Losses, treatment costs, and reduced performance can be a $4,000 hit in a 100-head beef herd

Editor’s note: This article from the Beef Cattle Research Council posted last fall offers what could be money-saving advice for producers heading into spring calving. The following is a condensed version. The full article ‘How fresh pens and pastures prevent calf losses’ can be found at www.beefresearch.ca. Doug Wray believes in keeping newborn calves separated […] Read more


Fed steer prices seen improving towards spring

The average Canadian beef cut-out value has strengthened about 10 per cent since the start of the year

A number of factors have been affecting recent fed steer and hay markets. Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, has an update. Wood says that the Canfax reported price for Alberta fed, or slaughter, steers averaged just over $151 per cwt for the week ending February 8, 2019. That price […] Read more



Making the grade — new yield standards will drive change

New yield grades based on what retailers want will affect both genetics and management

Canada’s new beef yield grade standards will make it easier for beef producers to know which of their cattle are hitting top marks — and which ones literally aren’t making the grade. “In the old system, we basically had a high, medium, and low classification, and for many years, we had more than half of […] Read more


Timely tips for calving season

A new Beef Cattle Research Council blog has a number of tips for having more healthy calves. The tips from Dr. Claire Windeyer of the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine program include how to resuscitate calves, putting them into a recovery position, assessing a suckle reflex, and identifying health issues such as scours […] Read more




What’s in the beef research pipeline?

An increase in the national beef checkoff (from $1 to $2.50 per head in most provinces) has increased the Beef Cattle Research Council’s research budget to about 75 cents per head (versus 15 cents previously). Under the new Beef Science Cluster III program — which runs until March 31, 2023 — $21 million will go […] Read more



Slices of thick cut steaks

Get the lowdown on new beef yield grades

Canada’s beef yield grade standards have now changed to mirror U.S. ones, with five yield classes replacing the former three classes. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has several resources on its website outlining the changes and what it means to producers. This includes a brief on the five most commonly asked questions of the Canadian Beef […] Read more




Trio of cattle webinars coming up

A trio of Beef Cattle Research Council webinars are coming up. On Jan. 15 (at 5 p.m. Alberta time) four veterinarians (including Roy Lewis and Craig Dorin from Alberta) will discuss some of the most common issues they see in their region, including pink eye, foot rot, and reproductive issues. A grazing management webinar on […] Read more


cattle in winter pasture

Sustainable beef pilot continuing

A year-long pilot project aimed at helping establish a steady supply of certified sustainable beef for interested buyers is being extended. “The positive momentum is encouraging,” said the organizers of the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot project. “Due to its success and increasing customer demand for beef from certified sustainable sources, the pilot team is […] Read more