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Properly trained feedlot workers will minimize handling stress and check to see new arrivals are finding the feed and water.

The basics for handling freshly weaned calves at feedlots

Rest and getting them on feed and water are simple things but they take planning and management

Stress can have a big impact on calves and if not managed properly, freshly weaned calves heading to a feed yard can be very susceptible to pneumonia and other illnesses. While herd health veterinarians and feedlot production specialists can each have slightly different approaches to getting new feeders ramped up to the intended full-feed ration, […] Read more

Beef research mentorship program still going strong

Nearly two dozen beef researchers have participated in the six- year-old initiative

Applications for the 2020-21 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. Four researchers were selected to participate in the program during this past year, each paired with two mentors — an innovative producer and another industry expert — for a one-year term. They are also given a travel budget so […] Read more



Alternative feeds could offer big savings this winter, but supplies vary by region and feed testing is a must.

Harvest woes increase supply of alternative feeds

Prices are down and depending on the region, availability is up — but you need to do the math

Hay costs vary significantly this year, with prices in some areas with short supplies nearly double those in areas with adequate supplies. On the other hand, there could be numerous options for alternate winter feeds this year as some crops originally intended for grain are being harvested as feed. Alberta feed barley prices have dropped […] Read more


Beef webinar season starting soon

First webinar scheduled for Oct. 30

The Beef Cattle Research Council’s new webinar season is getting underway. This year’s topics range from feed testing to external parasites, and other practical, science-based information for Canadian beef producers. There are eight webinars in all and interested producers can use one registration for all eight or just the specific ones they’re interested in. The […] Read more

Mentorship program connects the lab with the cattle ranch

Two Alberta scientists are among the quartet of researchers in the 2019-20 edition of the Beef Researcher Mentorship program. The program pairs the researchers with innovative cattle producers and industry professionals — many from Alberta — for a one-year mentorship along with a travel budget to attend industry meetings, producer workshops, and farm tours. Among the […] Read more


This graphic shows how to properly select samples for feed testing 
for bales. But once the results come back, you still have to put them to good use.

You’ve got your feed results — now what?

Two new feed testing tools can identify potential issues and compare the value of different feeds

Two new online tools for measuring feed quality are now available. The tools (developed by the Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre) can help flag potential nutritional problems, and identify the comparative economic value of different feeds based on their quality. Feed testing can prevent ‘sneaky production problems ‘ (such as poor gains or reduced […] Read more

Beef web resource being preserved

Information that had been available on foragebeef.ca is gradually being added to beefresearch.ca. The Beef Cattle Research Council has been reviewing “hundreds of pages” of information that have been available on foragebeef.ca, an Alberta Agriculture website that the ministry is no longer able to maintain. The council is updating information before moving it over to […] Read more


Bov-Innovation will offer a session on reducing drought impact through grazing and forage management.

Drugs and drought on the beef agenda

Alternatives to antibiotics and dealing with drought are on the agenda at this year’s Bov-Innovation. The event, part of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary in August, will feature Coaldale vet and rancher Steve Hendrick talking about ways to prevent illness and infections. University of Saskatchewan professor, John McKinnon will speak about balancing rations, […] Read more

In this 2017 video, Morgan Chattaway of Bar S Ranch explains intensive grazing by saying, “The healthier the grass, the healthier the water, the healthier our animals are.” The video accompanies the Beef Cattle Research Council’s recent article on water use. 
PHOTO: From ‘What beef producers need to know about environmental footprint’

Here’s what the beef industry says about its water use

The amount of water needed to produce a pound of beef looks high — until you hear the whole story

Editor’s note: This article from the Beef Cattle Research Council makes the case that beef production has a much lighter ‘water footprint’ than critics charge and provides a number of environmental benefits. It has been condensed and lightly edited. The full article is at www.beefresearch.ca. Yes, it takes water to produce beef, but in the […] Read more