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Nominate an outstanding beef researcher

Nominations accepted until May 1

Nominations are being sought for the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The award recognizes a researcher or scientist whose work has advanced the competitiveness and sustainability of the beef industry. Nominations are welcome from all stakeholders and will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of beef producers, industry experts, and […] Read more


Beef researcher mentorships available

Application deadline is May 1

Applications for the 2018-19 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. Three researchers were selected to participate in the program this past year. Each was paired with two mentors — an innovative producer and another industry expert — for a one-year term that ends in July. The program allows researchers […] Read more



Three cattle producers say keeping track pays off

For the record: These producers say keeping detailed production and herd records is well worth the effort

The Beef Cattle Research Council recently posted two in-depth articles on record-keeping and benchmarking. The articles look at the benefits, what records to keep, resources, and how good records can boost profitability. But they also note a recent survey found that while almost all producers keep some sort of records (such as birthdates, culling/death loss […] Read more


BE PREPARED: How new drug rules will affect your ranch

Now is the time to get ready for when a host of antimicrobials will no longer be available over the counter

The clock is ticking on new rules that will require a prescription for livestock drugs that can currently be bought over the counter. This blog from the Beef Cattle Research Council looks at how to prepare and why antimicrobial resistance needs to be on everyone’s radar. The article has been edited for length, but the […] Read more



What cattle producers are reading

Blogs on copper deficiency, pain control products, and drought management strategies topped the most popular list on the Beef Cattle Research Council’s website in 2017. Other most read articles dealt with checkoffs, swath and bale grazing, beef’s environmental footprint, and using body scoring to boost calf profits. The council published 70 blog posts last year, […] Read more


Producers wanted for cow-calf survey

Do you wonder how your cow-calf operation compares with others in your region, province or herd size on matters like conception rate and weaning weight? Producers who participate in the second Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey will receive a complementary report that allows them to compare their own operation with benchmarks. The survey takes about 45 […] Read more




Three approaches to managing first- and second-calvers

Their methods differ, but these three ranchers are all focused on maintaining body conditioning

Because they graze year round at Deseret Ranches near Raymond, Darren Bevans manages first- and second-calvers separately from the cow herd on winter swath grazing. “Managing these groups separately allows us to provide a little bit of extra nutrition, which can make all the difference to body condition and future pregnancy rates,” said Bevans. “Really these […] Read more



First-calf heifers need some extra love

Keep a close eye on the conditions of these young females, that require more energy and nutrients than mature cows

Replacement and first-calf heifers need extra management, but producers can take different paths to get to the same destination. Beef producers like Alberta’s Darren Bevans, Tyler Fulton in Manitoba, and Murray Shaw in Ontario know replacement and first-calf heifers need some extra attention heading into winter, but that doesn’t mean over-the-top management. Bevans and Fulton […] Read more


Verified Beef Production Plus launches expanded website

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program has a new website, with information for both consumers and producers. The website, verifiedbeefproductionplus.ca, has information on topics such as VBP+ online training, five easy steps for getting on the program, and details on modules for animal care, biosecurity, and environmental stewardship. There is also an auction listing […] Read more