Cow-calf producers asked to take survey

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The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is asking every cow-calf producer in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to complete the Western Canadian Cow-Calf survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 28. It can be filled out online but the website also provides an option to print the survey and mail it postage-free.

First conducted in Alberta in the late 1980s, the survey is now being expanded to Western Canada through representatives from the provincial producer associations, provincial ag ministry specialists, the BCRC, Canfax and the Western Beef Development Centre.

The survey asks questions about operation, management and marketing practices relating to producers’ 2014 calf crops, starting with breeding in 2013 and ending with weaning of 2014-born calves.

The BCRC said the survey should take about 35-45 minutes to complete. Many of the questions are the quick check-box style. Any question a producer is unable to answer can be left blank.

Results will be used for comparison for past studies, and to provide a guideline for future research and extension, the BCRC said.

Producers who participate can choose to receive a report that allows them to compare their own operation with benchmarks from their region. — Network

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