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As the inaugural BCRC-Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems, Gleise M. Silva will work with beef producers to find ways for them to save money, maintain forage lands and advance the Canadian beef industry’s leadership in sustainable production.

New beef research chair hired

Reading Time: < 1 minute A beef expert from Brazil will be the first holder of the BCRC-Hays Chair in Beef Production Systems at the University of Alberta. Gleise M. Silva has a PhD in beef cattle nutrition from the University of Florida and in her new role “will collaborate with beef producers, translating research into practical solutions to create […] Read more

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Federated Co-op buying into ag retailer Blair’s

Central, southeastern Saskatchewan sites to go into new joint venture

The ag retail arm of the Saskatchewan-based Blair’s Family of Companies is set to go into a joint venture with one of Canada’s biggest co-operatives. Blair’s and Federated Co-operatives (FCL) announced last week they’ve reached an agreement to set up a joint venture which, pending regulatory approvals, will own and operate the seven Blair’s ag […] Read more


Cattle feeders need to choose forage mixtures that will do more with less during a short growing season, says federal research scientist Yousef Papadopoulos.

Five steps for building the right forage mix for your farm

The right mix of forage grasses and legumes will make the most of our 
short growing season and produce maximum yields

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s Canada — not New Zealand or Australia — so ranchers here have to squeeze out as much grass as possible to keep up with their competitors in balmier climes, says a federal researcher. And there are a few ways to develop a forage mix to make the most of the shorter season. “The first, […] Read more

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Fababeans in silage? Give it a shot, says pulse researcher

Nutritionally, fababean silage is a good option — but the return on investment is a question mark

Reading Time: 2 minutes No one really seems to know for sure how fababeans will work in silage — but Robyne Bowness has a few educated guesses. “Fababeans should make a fantastic silage crop,” said Bowness, pulse research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “Nutritionally for the animals, fababean is a very good option. It’s high in protein, […] Read more