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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

Tim McAllister was presented with his outstanding researcher award at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference earlier this month. From left to right, Beef Cattle Research Council science director Reynold Bergen, McAllister, council chair Bryan Thiessen, and Darren Bevans, a council director and general manager of Deseret Ranches.

Renowned Alberta researcher honoured

Tim McAllister has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. McAllister, who grew up on a cow-calf operation near Innisfail, has gained international recognition for his work on antimicrobial resistance, beef cattle nutrition, silage science, greenhouse gas emissions, E. coli 0157:H7, and prion science. He is a principal research […] Read more


Tim McAllister has shown the beef industry is reducing its carbon footprint, but more needs to be done, he says.

Top scientist challenges beef industry to do better

Yes, anti-meat activists distort the facts, says Tim McAllister — 
but ‘there is science that supports their position’

It’s no secret the beef industry is under attack from environmentalists and activists — or that they frequently distort the truth. “They have an agenda that they are trying to gain information to support — they’re looking for things that have gone awry in the industry, and there have been problems,” renowned Alberta cattle researcher […] Read more

New guide to feed barley for producers

The Barley Grain Feed Industry Guide is a new publication from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in conjunction with Alberta Barley. The 34-page guide was compiled by ruminant nutrition expert Tim McAllister of Ag Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre and post-doctoral researcher Sarah Meale. It features work of leading researchers in feed barley breeding, processing, and feed […] Read more


Myth busted: Properly processed feed wheat won’t cause digestive upset

Researchers in Lethbridge swapped wheat for barley in a cattle ration 
without any negative effects — but the wheat must be properly processed

Shrinking barley acres have cattle producers on the hunt for a low-cost feed option. And feed wheat could be the answer — as long as the wheat is processed properly. “There was a feeling out there that you probably couldn’t feed more than 50 per cent wheat in the diet because wheat is quite rapidly […] Read more