Producers pick the topics for popular Bov-Innovation event

The event is designed to be quick paced and full of practical advice you can put to use on your ranch right away

Breeding better cattle, feeding them more efficiently, and an in-depth look at replacement heifers are the focus of this year’s Bov-Innovation.
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Genomics, feed analysis, and a look at replacement heifers are on the menu for this year’s Bov-Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary in August.

Bov-Innovation is focused on sharing practical tools, innovations, and ideas that feedlots and cow-calf producers can readily implement on their operations. Speakers include scientists and industry experts alongside producers who have adopted technologies and methods.

This year’s topics were chosen following an online survey this winter. More than 100 people responded (the majority were producers) and indicated their level of interest in a list of proposed sessions. That feedback led to the selection of the following three topics:

  • “Genomics: Putting theory into practice for commercial cattle producers” with Matt Spangler, an extension beef genetics specialist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who will explain how producers can leverage genomic technology on their cattle operations.
  • “Feed For Thought: Using feed analysis to balance rations and manage for mycotoxins” with a producer alongside John McKinnon, Beef Industry Chair from the University of Saskatchewan. This session will cover mycotoxins, nutritional requirements, and incorporating lab results to fine-tune animal production parameters.
  • “Dollars, Sense, and Fertility: Economic and reproductive factors of replacement heifer development,” presented by Kathy Larson of the Western Beef Development Centre, and Dr. John Campbell of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Bov-Innovation sets itself apart from other producer extension meetings by incorporating a quick-moving format that really focuses on producer engagement,” said Bryan Thiessen, a feedlot operator located near Strathmore and chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council.

“Between last year’s standing-room-only crowds, the overwhelmingly positive participant feedback, and all of the partnership that goes into the Canadian Beef Industry Conference as a whole, we are looking forward to another successful event for 2017.”

Bov-Innovation takes place on Aug. 16 from 12:45 p.m. (with the feed-testing and heifer development sessions repeating at 3:30 p.m.).

Last year’s sessions covered antimicrobial resistance, forage cover crops, genomics, internal parasite management, pain control and preconditioning. Related resources are still available online at

Registration for the Canadian Beef Industry Conference is now open, with early-bird rates until June 15. For more info, go to

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