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2016

December 1, 2016

Canadian beef industry works to sustainably increase production with renewed research targets


Calgary, AB - Canada has an opportunity to play a leading role in meeting rising global food production needs responsibly through investments in agriculture research across a variety of disciplines. Today the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and the national Beef Value Chain Roundtable (BVCRT) released a strategy to achieve high priority beef research objectives that support increasing productivity while remaining environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The new Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy will support the industry’s ability to manage challenges and sustainably supply demand. This strategy builds upon the success of the 2012-2018 National Beef Research Strategy. The new strategy’s research objectives are to be captured by 2023. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
August 10, 2016

Dr. Tim McAllister receives the 2016 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation


Calgary, AB – Respected nationally and internationally for his work on antimicrobial resistance, beef cattle nutrition, silage science, greenhouse gas emissions, E. coli O157:H7 and prion science, Dr. Tim McAllister was formally recognized tonight by the Canadian beef industry.  Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
June 15, 2016

Verified Beef Production Plus Program officially launched


After months of hearing about the benefits of the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program, producers can now see for themselves how validating their sustainable production practices provides opportunity to proactively share their stories with consumers and beef retailers. Read More...  |   View PDFView PDF
June 1, 2016

Bov-Innovation workshop to provide beef producers with a unique extension experience


Calgary, AB – The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to help power a new extension event for producers, titled Bov-Innovation. Bov-Innovation will be held as part of the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference, which will take place from August 9-11, 2016 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Alberta. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
May 9, 2016

National Beef Antimicrobial Research Strategy developed to drive solutions


Calgary, AB – As concerns grow about the continued effectiveness of antimicrobials in human health and questions arise about the contribution of modern beef production to antimicrobial resistance in human medicine, the beef industry is increasingly pressured to reconsider its methods of combatting harmful bacteria in cattle. Research will play a critical role in the industry’s ability to reduce medically-important antimicrobial use and to develop, identify and implement effective, responsible alternatives to antimicrobials. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
January 21, 2016

Dr. John McKinnon named inaugural recipient of the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation


January 21, 2016 Saskatoon, SK – A researcher respected nationally and internationally as a leading expert on beef cattle nutrition and management has been awarded the 2015 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Presented at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference among many past and present colleagues and students, Dr. John McKinnon was surprised and honored by the announcement.  Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
January 11, 2016

New research clarifies Canadian beef producers’ true environmental footprint


Canada’s beef industry continues to improve efficiencies that lessen its environmental impacts, with production of one kilogram of Canadian beef creating 15% fewer greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 compared to 1981, a new study has found. Continual improvements in production and feed efficiencies, crop yields and management strategies, resulting in reduced emissions and resource requirements, were largely responsible for the significant decrease in environmental impact, according to the first results of a comprehensive five-year (2013-2018) study examining the Canadian beef industry’s environmental footprint. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF

2015

December 1, 2015

Inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference set for August 9 - 11, 2016


Calgary, AB – Canada’s beef cattle industry has joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind industry experience for participants from across all regions and sectors of the national value chain: the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). The first beef industry event of its kind in Canada, the CBIC will be held August 9 – 11, 2016 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Alberta. The CBIC is a joint collaboration by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), Canada Beef, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
August 24, 2015

BCRC announces 2015-16 Beef Researcher Mentorship Program participants


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce a new group of participants in the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, an initiative that launched in 2014 to facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. Following a successful pilot phase in 2014-15, the BCRC accepted applications from beef-related scientists across the country vying for an industry mentorship.  Four participants were selected for the 2015-16 term.  Each has been paired with two notable industry leaders. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
April 27, 2015

Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation established


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) today introduced a new award that honors outstanding researchers for their contribution to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry.  The Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation will publically recognize scientists and academics that are actively involved in strong research programs aligned with industry priorities, continually engage with industry stakeholders, and demonstrate their passion and long-term commitment through leadership, teamwork, and mentorship. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
March 5, 2015

BeefResearch.ca expands to a more comprehensive resource for beef-related research information


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce another step toward enhanced knowledge dissemination and technology transfer in the Canadian beef industry. The BCRC’s website, www.beefresearch.ca, now has the capability for other organizations that fund beef, cattle and forage-related research of interest to the Canadian beef industry to create and submit research summaries to the website. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
January 14, 2015

BodyConditionScoring.ca launches with new tools to help cow-calf producers boost production and profit


A new webpage offers a fresh look at the importance of monitoring the nutrition of beef cows and the role body condition plays in overall productivity and profit. “The importance of maintaining cows’ fat cover at an optimal level is underrated,” said Karin Schmid of the Alberta Beef Producers. “Many producers don’t realize how much thin or over-fat cows hurt their bottom lines, and how easy and effective body condition scoring is when figuring out how to adjust rations and keep cows in the right condition.” The webpage, www.bodyconditionscoring.ca, features an interactive tool which Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
January 7, 2015

Industry unites to develop National Beef Strategy


Download PDF version. Calgary, AB - The growing global demand for protein has presented Canada’s beef industry with an unprecedented opportunity to increase demand for its beef products. The ability of industry to fully seize this opportunity is not without significant challenges; tight cattle supplies, reduced marketings, and competition for arable land are among the factors to be overcome. Canada’s beef sector organizations have responded to the challenge with the creation of the National Beef Strategy. A collaborative effort of national and provincial beef sector organizations, the National Beef Strategy provides the framework for how the organizations can work together to best position the Canadian beef industry for greater profitability, growth and continued production of a high quality beef product of choice in the world. Released publicly today, the National Beef Strategy proposes Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF

2014

August 5, 2014

Beef Researcher Mentorship Program launches


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, a new initiative that will facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. Currently in the pilot phase, the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program intends to provide researchers with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the needs of the beef industry in a practical and meaningful way. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF

2013

June 10, 2013

BCRC welcomes announcement of new forage research chair


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) welcomes today’s announcement of federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 funding of $1.25 million over five years for the creation of a forage research chair at the University of Saskatchewan. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF

2012

November 19, 2012

New video series disseminates valuable research information to beef cattle producers


Through a partnership with RealAgriculture.com, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) today launched a new online learning resource called Beef Research School for the benefit of Canadian beef cattle producers.  The School, a series of approximately 30 videos, will encourage producers to utilize research-supported knowledge and technologies, which can positively impact their herds, land and bottom lines, and support the competitiveness and sustainability of the industry. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF
August 8, 2012

Announcing the Launch of BeefResearch.ca


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the launch of BeefResearch.ca. This new website is a dynamic, central resource for Canadian beef research news and information. Cow-calf producers, feedlots, veterinarians, meat packers, researchers and other industry stakeholders can visit BeefResearch.ca to stay informed of the latest innovations and access the information needed to make informed decisions. Read More...  |   View PDF View PDF

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