On the fence about incorporating swath or bale grazing on your operation? Join us to learn more about this practice and why it may be a good option for you. Although advice will primarily be intended for producers in Eastern Canada, there will be tips and tricks that Western Canadians can incorporate as well, followed by an opportunity for everyone to ask questions.
Wednesday, November 23, at 7:00 pm EST
- 4:00pm in BC
- 5:00pm in AB
- 6:00pm in SK and MB
- 7:00pm in ON and QC
- 8:00pm 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 event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too.
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Organizations across the country are continually hosting events to give you an inside look at important research and offer practical advice on how to implement new technologies, improve productivity, prevent a wreck or save costs. These events are also a good opportunity to discuss how our industry is facing opportunities and challenges, and meet leading experts and other progressive cattlemen. Registration for many events are little or no cost to producers.
Visit our Events Calendar often to
- view upcoming field days, seminars, conferences and other events in your area,
- find out about online webinars to listen in on a live presentation right from your computer or phone,
- be reminded of nomination, survey or application deadlines, and
- discover related career opportunities in the beef and forage sectors.
Take a look at what’s happening in the next few months: http://www.beefresearch.ca/newsroom/events-calendar.cfm
Events on the calendar are colour-coded by geography:
- BC: blue
- AB: yellow
- SK: green
- MB: orange
- ON: purple
- Maritimes: red
- Online: white with blue text
Don’t forget to register for our webinar about managing pregnant cows for improved cow and calf performance. By registering you can watch it live tomorrow or view the recording later at your convenience:
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This guest post is written by Brian Perillat, Canfax Manager/Senior Analyst. Visit www.canfax.ca to subscribe to regular analysis of markets and trends.
As the fall run is starting, producers are having to re-adjust their price expectations when marketing calves. Marketing decisions were relatively straight forward the last couple years for producers when they were selling calves at record high profit levels. Given the major price correction, producers are taking a harder look at different marketing/feeding options for this year’s calf crop. At the beginning of October, 550 lb steers are about $100/cwt lower than a year ago, and $85/cwt lower than 2014. On the other hand, they are about $25/cwt higher than 2013.
Disappointing prices and a general abundance of feed has producers considering retained ownership. After such a major price correction, this may seem reasonable to explore, but it is important understand what the market signals are, understand the risk involved, and have a strategy to manage risk.
It is also important to Continue reading
This article written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, BCRC Science Director, originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted on the BCRC Blog with permission of the publisher.
Youthful carcasses that meet A, AA, AAA or Canada Prime quality grades are also assigned a yield grade. Yield grades estimate the red meat percentage of the entire carcass based on the thickness of the backfat and size of the ribeye muscle between the 12th and 13th ribs. The method that the Canadian Beef Grading Agency uses to calculate lean meat yield from backfat depth and ribeye area was developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers in Lacombe, Alberta. Having yield grade prediction equations developed by an impartial third party like AAFC helps ensures that neither the packer nor the cattle feeder has an unfair advantage in assessing the value of an individual carcass.
The precise relationship between fat depth and muscle area can change over time as Continue reading
Management of pregnant cows has a major effect on calf performance, cow performance, and the ability to of cows to rebreed. Register for this webinar to hear tips on managing cows during this critical time period.
Thursday, October 18th 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
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This article written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, BCRC Science Director, originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted on the BCRC Blog with permission of the publisher.
In high pressure processing (HPP), food is sealed in water-resistant packaging, placed in a water-filled container, and exposed to very high hydrostatic pressures (up to 87,000 psi) for three to nine minutes. High pressure is harmful or deadly to many pathogenic and spoilage bacteria, so HPP can improve food safety and extend shelf life. But two problems remain. One is that high pressure doesn’t just squash bacteria; it also affects the proteins in meat. HPP-treated beef is much darker than fresh beef. Another is that Canada’s Food and Drug regulations classify “foods resulting from a process not previously used for food” as “novel foods.” This means that detailed scientific data needs to be submitted to Health Canada for review and approval before these foods can be sold commercially.
However, HPP may be quite useful if these hurdles can be overcome. Marinating beef also affects the colour of uncooked beef, so perhaps using Continue reading
Sometimes small changes or tweaks in production practices can have significant outcomes. The more you know, the more likely you’ll be to spot opportunities to save dollars and solve problems.
If you can carve out some time before things get too busy with the fall run, consider learning more about (or refresh your memory on) ways to promote calf health, feed efficiency and carcass quality.
In addition to having conversations with your veterinarian and local extension specialists, the following webpages can help with… Continue reading
Don’t forget to register our webinar about the economics of pregnancy testing. By registering you can watch it live tomorrow or view the recording later at your convenience:
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