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What’s in the beef research pipeline?

An increase in the national beef checkoff (from $1 to $2.50 per head in most provinces) has increased the Beef Cattle Research Council’s research budget to about 75 cents per head (versus 15 cents previously). Under the new Beef Science Cluster III program — which runs until March 31, 2023 — $21 million will go […] Read more

Nominate an outstanding beef researcher

Nominations accepted until May 1

Nominations are being sought for the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The award recognizes a researcher or scientist whose work has advanced the competitiveness and sustainability of the beef industry. Nominations are welcome from all stakeholders and will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of beef producers, industry experts, and […] Read more


Beef researcher mentorships available

Application deadline is May 1

Applications for the 2018-19 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. Three researchers were selected to participate in the program this past year. Each was paired with two mentors — an innovative producer and another industry expert — for a one-year term that ends in July. The program allows researchers […] Read more

Guelph gets new beef research facility

The federal and provincial governments and the Beef Farmers of Ontario have all announced funding for buildings and programs at the University of Guelph’s renewed beef research station this week. The funds announced are to help create a completely new cow-calf and heifer research facility next to the current beef research station, and a new […] Read more


Nominations sought for outstanding beef scientist

Nominations must be received by May 1

Do you know a researcher or scientist who has helped make the Canadian beef industry more competitive and sustainable? The Beef Cattle Research Council is looking for nominations for the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Read more: Mentoring program seeks up-and-coming researchers The award is for researchers who have been active in […] Read more

AAFC scientists Michael Vinsky (l) and Changxi Li are looking for producers 
to submit samples for a beef genomic prediction trial.

Scientists looking for producers to participate in beef genomic trial

The project is part of the effort to use genomics to select cattle 
with improved feed efficiency and other desirable traits

Want to know more about the feed efficiency and traits of your cattle? Interested in contributing to research that can make a difference in Canadian beef cattle production? Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are looking for producers to send in samples from their herds for use in a genomic prediction trial. “This will potentially […] Read more


Alberta beef producers want the checkoff on their cattle increased, but the provincial government 
has yet to say if it supports the move.

Bid to boost beef checkoffs remains stalled

There’s no resolution in sight on the issue of checkoffs, even though beef industry groups say research and marketing will suffer if the levies aren’t increased. “We need to invest more in marketing, research, and issues management,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP). “We simply believe we need a higher level […] Read more

Beef producers, what’s on your mind?

Producer-run research organization looking for farmers’ suggestions on topics of interest


Keen to improve your management and profitability in 2016? The Beef Cattle Research Council wants to help. But the organization says it needs producers to tell it what topics interest them or would be most useful on their operation. “Feedback helps us deliver the information cow-calf producers, feedlots, veterinarians, meat packers and other industry players […] Read more


Albertans a big part of beef researcher mentorship project

Program connects up-and-coming applied researchers with beef sector

Several Albertans will be playing a key role in a Beef Cattle Research Council initiative that connects up-and-coming applied researchers with players in the beef sector. Four beef scientists were selected from applicants across the country for the 2015-16 edition of the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, which had a successful pilot phase in 2014-15. Each is […] Read more

More research and marketing dollars would help address the ‘disturbing’ drop in herd numbers, says Alberta Beef Producers.

Hefty checkoff rebates put squeeze on Alberta Beef Producers

Marketing and research are suffering because one-third of voluntary checkoffs are being rebated, say officials

Checkoff refunds continue to hobble Alberta Beef Producers, which had to give back $2.5 million in the past year, mainly to cattle feeders. “The $2 service charge that we have here would be sufficient if we were able to invest it all, but we lose about a third of it,” said Rich Smith, the organization’s […] Read more