Bov-Innovation

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to help power this new extension event for Canadian beef cattle producers.

The first Bov-Innovation was held during the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference in August, 2016. The unique sessions focused on the following six relevant and innovative production practices that can be applied on a farm level.

Following the sessions, attendees were provided the following take-home resources.

Bov-Innovation 2017 Feed Testing resources 

Feed testing fact sheet
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/1%20Feed-Testing%20BCRC%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

Using a feed test to maximize profitability and avoid pitfalls (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/feed-testing-video/

Have you had your feed tested? 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/feed-testing/

The latest on the nutrient requirements for beef cattle 
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/11/14/the-latest-on-the-nutrient-requirements-for-beef-cattle/

List of feed and water testing laboratories
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/dis13074

What's in the feed pile? Why test feed and balance rations?
Manitoba Agriculture 
https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/production/beef/whats-in-that-feed-pile-why-test-feed-and-balance-rations.html

Beef cow rations and winter feeding guidelines
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/agriculture-natural-resources-and-industry/agribusiness-farmers-and-ranchers/livestock/cattle-poultry-and-other-livestock/cattle/beef-cow-rations-and-winter-feeding-guidelines

Risk of using over-wintered crops as livestock feeds 
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture 
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/agriculture-natural-resources-and-industry/agribusiness-farmers-and-ranchers/agricultural-programs-and-services/information-services-for-agribusiness-farmers-and-ranchers/sask-ag-now/livestock/over-wintered-crops-livestock-feed

The importance of feed testing and obtaining a proper feed sample (video)
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D65zEgVP9HA

The importance of sampling forages for nutrient analysis (video) 
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnVOOTtONkc

Sampling silage in a bunker (video)
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VabSZnKoqho

Understanding and using a feed analysis report
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension 
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g1892.pdf

Understanding feed analysis 
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension 
http://beef.unl.edu/learning/feedanalysis.shtml

Moldy feed and reproductive failure in cows
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry 
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex849

Ergot spotted in western Canada: Keep an eye out
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/ergot/

Mycotoxins know no bounds 
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/12/28/a-strategy-to-detect-mycotoxins-in-cattle-feed/

If you've got moldy hay or grain what are your options?
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/02/26/if-youve-got-mouldy-hay-and-grain-what-are-your-options/

Mycotoxin FAQ
Crop Protection Network 
http://cropprotectionnetwork.org/corn/mycotoxin-faqs/

Spoiled feeds molds, mycotoxins, and animal health 
Manitoba Agriculture 
https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/production/beef/spoiled-feeds-molds-mycotoxins-and-animal-health.html

Mycotoxin calculator 
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture 
http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/details.cfm?p=75828

Mycotoxins remain diagnostic problem for experts
The Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2017/01/mycotoxins-remain-diagnostic-problem-for-experts/

Nitrate risk in forage crops: Frequently asked questions 
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/faq8911?opendocument

Get hail-damaged crops tested before feeding to livestock 
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Industry 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/08/02/get-hail-damaged-crops-tested-before-feeding-to-livestock/

Tips for managing high-nitrate forages 
Grainnews
https://www.grainews.ca/2013/03/20/tips-for-managing-high-nitrate-forages%E2%80%A9/

Trace  mineral supplementation strategies for beef cows 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/trace-mineral-supplementation-strategies-in-beef-cows-160

Is molybdenum lurking in your forages
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2009/05/14/is-molybdenum-lurking-in-your-forages/

More questions on mineral nutrition 
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2017/03/16/mckinnon-more-questions-on-mineral-nutrition-for-cattle/

More questions on mineral nutrition part 2
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2017/05/08/more-questions-on-mineral-nutrition-for-cattle-part-2/

Trace minerals of pasture forages in Saskatchewan 
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2014/11/25/trace-minerals-of-pasture-forages-in-saskatchewan/

Vitamin E and selenium - an odd couple 
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine 
https://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2017/02/01/vitamin-e-and-selenium-the-odd-couple/

Copper critical for pre-calving cows
Grainnews
https://www.grainews.ca/2016/03/10/copper-critical-for-pre-calving-cows/

Trace minerals directly affect unborn calves
Grainnews
https://www.grainews.ca/2017/02/23/how-lack-of-trace-minerals-directly-affects-unborn-calves/

Bov-Innovation 2017 Replacement Heifer Management resources 

Replacement heifer management fact sheet 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/1%20Heifer%20Development%20BCRC%20Factsheet.pdf

Boosting the calf crop percentage in your beef herd
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm?#percentage

How much to feed a heifer? That is the question 
Beef Magazine
http://www.beefmagazine.com/nutrition/how-much-feed-heifer-question

Heifer calving date positively influences calf weaning weights through six parturitions
West Central Research and Extension Center   
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1083&context=westcentresext

Feed her to grow
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/bovine-vet/bv-magazine/feed-her-to-grow-113983359.html

A dozen ways to improve beef heifer fertility 
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/bovine-vet/bv-magazine/a-dozen-ways-to-improve-beef-heifer-fertility-113985274.html

Heifer calving date influences weaning weights, longevity
The Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2015/04/heifer-calving-date-influences-weaning-weights-longevity/

Cost to raise preg-checked replacement heifers 
The Beef Magazine
http://www.beefmagazine.com/genetics/costs-raise-preg-checked-replacement-heifers

What is the most profitable heifer replacement strategy
The Beef Magazine
http://www.beefmagazine.com/marketing/whats-most-profitable-heifer-replacement-strategy

KSU-beef replacement calculator 
Kansas State University 
https://www.agmanager.info/livestock-meat/production-economics/ksu-beef-replacement

Guidelines for estimating beef replacement heifer costs
Manitoba Agriculture 
http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/business-and-economics/financial-management/pubs/cop-beef-bredheifer.pdf

Raising vs. buying heifers for herd replacements 
iGrow 
http://igrow.org/livestock/beef/raising-vs.-buying-heifers-for-herd-replacements/

What does it cost to raise replacement heifers?
Western Beef Development Centre
http://www.wbdc.sk.ca/pdfs/fact_sheets/2011/2011-04%20Cost_to_Raise_Replacement_Heifers.pdf

Raising replacements - What is the cost?
Western Beef Development Centre  
http://www.wbdc.sk.ca/pdfs/fact_sheets/2012/2012.06_Raising_Replacements_WhatistheCost.pdf

Replacement heifer calculator 
Western Beef Development Centre
http://www.wbdc.sk.ca/economics_current.htm

Economics of raising beef replacement heifers
Western Beef Development Centre 
http://www.wbdc.sk.ca/pdfs/fact_sheets/2014/WBDC_FactSheet_%20Heifer%20DevelopmentEconomics_2014-03.pdf

Bov-Innovation 2017 Genomics resources 

Genomics fact sheet 
Beef Cattle Research Council and Canadian Beef Breeds Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_and_CBBC_Fact_Sheet_Genomics_and_Genotyping_in_Beef_Production.pdf

Genomics
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/genomics-56

Improving feed efficiency in seedstock through genomics (webinar) 
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aewDiXdS9Uc

Next time you process cattle, pull tail hairs 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/cattle-tail-hair-dna-samples/

Delta genomics SNP project (video) 
Delta Genomics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONzWVIClIt0

Beef sire selection recommendations 
eXtension.org 
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72946/beef-sire-selection-recommendations

DNA sample collection
eXtension.org 
http://articles.extension.org/pages/73198/dna-sample-collection

EPD basics and definitions 
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/73314/epd-basics-and-definitions

The random shuffle of genes, putting the E in EPDs
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72650/the-random-shuffle-of-genes:-putting-the-e-in-epd

Genetic defects
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72661/genetic-defects

Genetic practices to improve beef cattle reproduction 
eXtenstion.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72667/genetic-practices-to-improve-beef-cattle-reproduction

How DNA testing will affect the accuracy of EPD information 
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72663/how-dna-testing-will-affect-the-accuracy-of-epd-information

Value of collecting phenotypes
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72640/value-of-collecting-phenotypes

Bov-Innovation 2016 Antimicrobial Resistance resources 

Antimicrobial resistance
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/antimicrobial-resistance-11

Worried about antibiotic use and resistance in Cattle?
Alberta Beef Producers
http://www.albertabeef.org/uploads/418.pdf

What beef producers need to know about antibiotic use and resistance in cattle (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/antimicrobial-resistance-11#intro

Antimicrobial use and resistance in beef cattle (webinar)
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm/#amr 

Antimicrobial use and resistance in Canadian beef production
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_Fact_Sheet_Antimicrobial_Use_and_Resistance_in_Beef_Production.pdf

Beef Research School – Producers’ role in managing antimicrobial resistance (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yc2iIGLqLc

Beef Research School – Dr. Tim McAllister on antimicrobial Resistance (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thzYX-6PfRg

Canadian National Beef Antimicrobial Research Strategy
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/National_Beef_Antimicrobial_Research_Strategy.pdf

The AMR Dilemma: Part 1; searching for ways to move forward on AMR
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2015/11/25/the-amr-dilemma-part-1searching-for-ways-to-move-forward/

The AMR Dilemma: Part 2; the impact
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/01/05/the-amr-dilemma-part-2-the-impact/

The AMR Dilemma: Part 3; animal health turning the tide
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/02/23/the-amr-dilemma-part-3/

Conjugal visits
Dr. Reynold Bergen
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/conjugal-visits-bergen/

7 things to consider with animal agriculture and antibiotics
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/industry/7-things-consider-animal-agriculture-and-antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance in agriculture
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and rural Affairs
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/animalcare/amr/facts/13-077.htm

Bov-Innovation 2016 Forage Cover Crop resources

Cover Crops
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/cover-crops-91

Cover crop fact sheet
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_Cover_Crops_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Cover crops gain popularity
AgriSuccess
https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/ag-knowledge/production/cover-crops-gain-popularity.html

The pros and cons of grazing cover crops
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/06/13/the-pros-and-cons-of-grazing-cover-crops/

Cattle and cover crops collaborate to improve farm fields
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/industry/cattle-and-cover-crops-collaborate-improve-farm-fields

Cover crops and cattle
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/cowcalf-producer/cover-crops-and-cattle

The challenge of nitrates in cover crop forages
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/stockerpasturerangeland/challenge-nitrates-cover-crop-forages

Real world soil health builders
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/real-world-soil-health-builders

Cover crop buffet feeds microbes
Grainews
http://www.grainews.ca/2014/06/03/cover-crop-buffet-feeds-microbes/

Cover cropping tips of the trade
Manitoba Cooperator
http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/crops/cover-cropping-tips-of-the-trade/

Adaption and use of cover crops
Ontario ministry of agriculture, food, and rural affairs
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/cover_crops01/cover.htm

Understanding and improving soil health with Jill Clapperton
Realagriculture.com
https://www.realagriculture.com/2016/04/understanding-and-improving-soil-health-with-jill-clapperton/

 

Bov-Innovation 2016 Genomics resources

Genomics Fact Sheet
Beef Cattle Research Council and Canadian Beef Breeds Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_and_CBBC_Fact_Sheet_Genomics_and_Genotyping_in_Beef_Production.pdf

Genomics
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/genomics-56

Improving feed efficiency in seedstock through genomics (webinar)
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aewDiXdS9Uc

Next time you process cattle, pull tail hairs
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/cattle-tail-hair-dna-samples/

Delta genomics SNP project (video)
Delta Genomics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONzWVIClIt0

Beef sire selection recommendations
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72946/beef-sire-selection-recommendations

DNA sample collection
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/73198/dna-sample-collection

EPD basics and definitions
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/73314/epd-basics-and-definitions

The random shuffle of genes, putting the E in EPDs
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72650/the-random-shuffle-of-genes:-putting-the-e-in-epd

Genetic defects
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72661/genetic-defects

Genetic practices to improve beef cattle reproduction
eXtenstion.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72667/genetic-practices-to-improve-beef-cattle-reproduction

How DNA testing will affect the accuracy of EPD information
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72663/how-dna-testing-will-affect-the-accuracy-of-epd-information

Value of collecting phenotypes
eXtension.org
http://articles.extension.org/pages/72640/value-of-collecting-phenotypes

Bov-Innovation 2016 Internal Parasite Management resources

Internal Roundworm parasite management fact sheet
Beef Cattle Research Council and University of Calgary faculty of Veterinary Medicine
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_&_UCVM_Roundworm_Parasite_Management_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Internal parasites
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/internal-parasites-50

Don’t ignore drug-resistant parasites
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2015/05/29/dont-ignore-drug-resistant-parasites/

Good riddance to roundworms on pasture
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2015/05/29/good-riddance-to-roundworms-on-pasture/

Rethinking strategic deworming in beef cattle
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/03/30/rethinking-strategic-deworming-in-beef-cattle/

Don’t let your dollars go down the wormhole
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/stockerpasturerangeland/don%E2%80%99t-let-your-dollars-go-down-wormhole

Parasite control for cow calf operations
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/drovers-cowcalf/parasite-control-cow-calf-operations

Studying how and why parasites affect performance
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/animal-health-center/studying-how-and-why-parasites-affect-performance

Turn up parasite control before spring turn out
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/animal-health-center/turn-parasite-control-spring-turn-out

 

Bov-Innovation 2016 Pain Control resources

Pain control fact sheet
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_Pain_Control_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Pain mitigation
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/pain-mitigation-81

What beef producers need to know about pain control and prevention (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/pain-mitigation-81#intro

Castration and dehorning guidelines
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.aabp.org/resources/AABP_Guidelines/Castration_and_Dehorning_Guidelines_app3.2014_03.17.2014.pdf

Beef Research School: Pain mitigation in beef cattle
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjslHbxLo20

Dehorning
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/dehorning-69

Is bloodless dehorning really painless
Dr. Reynold Bergen
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/is-bloodless-dehorning-really-painless/

Pain control gaining popularity among beef producers
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/pain-control-gaining-priority-among-beef-producers/

Practical and effective methods of pain control (webinar)
Beef Cattle research council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm/#pain

Preventing discomfort and carcass defects by dehorning (presentation)
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRgvFUm2o58

Cattle castration and dehorning pain management
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/animal-health-center/cattle-castration-and-dehorning-pain-management

Pain mitigation for dehorning calves
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/cowcalf-producer/pain-mitigation-dehorning-calves

Pain – no gain
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/animal-health-center/practice-tips/pain-%E2%80%94-no-gain

Timing and method is everything for dehorning
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/baby-calf-health/timing-and-method-everything-dehorning-and-castration

Bov-Innovation 2016 Preconditioning resources

Precondition fact sheet
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/pdf/BCRC_Preconditioning_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Preconditioning
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/preconditioning-88

Preconditioning Calculator (decision making tool)
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research/preconditioning.cfm

Managing calves for improved productivity and reduced antimicrobial use (webinar)
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/webinars.cfm#precondition

What is the value of preconditioned calves?
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/fact-sheets/what-is-the-value-of-preconditioning-calves.pdf

Economic considerations on preconditioning calves
Canfax research services
http://www.canfax.ca/Samples/Preconditioning%20Sept%202015.pdf

The lowdown on preconditioning calves
Canadian Cattlemen the Beef magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2016/07/25/the-lowdown-on-preconditioning-calves/

Beef calf preconditioning programs: markets
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-resources/preconditioning/Beef-calf-preconditioning-programs-118791389.html

Build a successful preconditioning program
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/cowcalf/build-successful-preconditioning-program

Capturing value when preconditioning calves
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/cowcalf-producer/capturing-value-when-preconditioning-calves

Preconditioning for profit
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/advice-and-tips/cowcalf/preconditioning-profit

What is preconditioning really worth?
Drovers
http://www.cattlenetwork.com/news/industry/what-preconditioning-really-worth

Visible and invisible benefits of preconditioning
Grainews
http://www.grainews.ca/2015/12/08/visible-and-invisible-benefits-of-preconditioning/

Feeder calf preconditioning and backgrounding guide
Agriculture, Pecheries et Alimentation Quebec
http://bovin.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Feeder-Calf-Preconditioning-and-Backgrounding-Guide.pdf

Preconditioning programs for beef calves
University of Arkansas
https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-3074.pdf

 

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