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  • Cover Crops Webinar March 26

    March 18, 2019

    [caption id="attachment_7198" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Agriculture Agri-Food Canda[/caption] Cover crops can have many benefits including improving soil health and prolonging the grazing season. Join this webinar to learn about some of the best practices for growing cover crops. Registering on your smartphone? After you click ‘I am not a robot’, scroll up until you find the task to complete. When Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm MT 6:00pm in BC 7:00pm in AB and SK 8:00pm in MB 9:00pm in ON and QC 10:00pm in NS, NB and PEI Interested but aren’t available that evening? Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live broadcast, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too. Duration Approximately 1 hour.Jillian Bainard, Ph.D., is a research scientist with Agriculture an....

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  • Feeling Better About Castration

    March 14, 2019

    This article written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, BCRC Science Director, originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted on the BCRC Blog with permission of the publisher.When Canada’s 2013 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle was being developed, some participants felt it should require pain control for castration at all ages, like the dairy code. The producers and researchers on the beef Code committee were confident that pain control was beneficial for feedlot bulls and dairy calves but were concerned that there was no research showing whether nursing beef calves and individually-housed dairy calves respond to castration or pain relief the same way. In the end, the 2013 beef Code required that castration be performed by an experienced person using proper, clean, well-maintained equipment and accepted techniques. Producers are expected to seek guidance from their veterinarian on the optimum method and timing of castrati....

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