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 they could attend conferences or tour operations.

The mentees have reported the program has helped them further their research programs. They said meeting producers and industry leaders has led to meaningful discussions about cattle production, beef quality and safety, and the Canadian beef value chain.

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The also said attending industry events and touring farms and ranches helped them to better understand the impacts, practicalities and economics of adopting research results on farms and ranches.

The Beef Cattle Research Council created the program in 2014 and nearly two dozen researchers have participated since then. Stories about current and past participants — and their mentors can be found at beefresearch.ca.

“It provides researchers with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the needs of the beef industry in a practical and meaningful way,” the website states.

The application deadline for the next edition of the program, which begins in August, is May 1.

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