Expert advice on tap in beef webinar series

There are seven online learning events in this winter’s lineup from the Beef Cattle Research Council

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Up your pregnancy rates, reduce forage diseases, and find out which bulls aren’t doing their job.

Those are three of the topics in this winter’s webinar series put on by the Beef Cattle Research Council.

The council is urging producers to register for the entire series as registrants will receive reminders as well as a link to recordings of the webinars once they’re available.

Here is this winter’s lineup (all start at 7 p.m. Alberta time except for the Dec. 6 webinar on forage diseases):

Oct. 12: Corn grazing

Bart Lardner, senior research scientist at the Western Beef Development Centre, will discuss the latest corn grazing recommendations and how this extended grazing practice can be used to maintain good profitability and animal performance.

Nov. 16: Are your bulls actually siring calves? 

Stacey Domolewski, science and extension co-ordinator at the Beef Cattle Research Council, will discuss research that shows a surprising variation in the number of calves sired by each bull in large pastures with multiple bulls. She will also look at how DNA parentage testing can help determine sire value.

Dec. 6: Understanding and managing forage diseases

Linda Jewell, a plant pathology researcher with Agriculture Agri-Food Canada, will discuss pathogens that produce diseases in forages along with management strategies to help prevent disease. (Webinar at 5 p.m. Alberta time.)

Jan. 23: Preventing reproductive wrecks 

Dr. Cheryl Waldner of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine will offer tips to increase and maintain high pregnancy rates with information on everything from mineral intake to disease management.

Feb. 7: Canada’s Beef Quality Audit: What have we learned?

Mark Klassen, director of technical services with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, will examine results of the latest National Beef Quality Audit and what beef producers can do to prevent costly carcass defects.

Feb. 20: Soil health for growing forages

Henry Janzen, a research scientist with Agriculture Agri-Food Canada, will discuss what soil health means, the role of soil organic matter, and the importance of perennial forage systems in improving soil health.

March 28: Getting the most out of your corn silage 

Karen Beauchemin, a ruminant nutrition researcher with Agriculture Agri-Food Canada, will offer the latest recommendations on making and storing corn silage.

Joining the live event gives participants the chance to interact and ask questions of the speakers. To register, go to There are registration links for each webinar and each one gives users the option of registering for the entire winter series. The site also has archived webinars.

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