Webinars

Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A solid, high-speed internet connection is required. Don’t have high-speed internet? Consider calling a neighbor that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible.

BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster.

Upcoming BCRC Webinars

Click a link below to register for an upcoming webinar. Unless otherwise stated, all BCRC webinars begin at 7:00pm MT.

The BCRC webinar schedule is subject to change. Check back here often or subscribe to the BCRC Blog for notices on upcoming BCRC webinars. 

Past BCRC Webinars

New Forage Varieties

Held March 23, 2016 7:00-8:00 MST

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The presenter was:
- Dr. Surya Acharya, Ph.D – Research scientist and forage breeder, at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, AB

Video Guide:
00:00 - 03:23: Welcome Comments
03:23 - 43:18: New Forage Varieties 
43:18 - 54:34: Questions from the Audience
54:34 - 56:00: Closing Comments

More information on forage varieties:

Breeding Forage Varieties
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/breeding-forage-varieties-13

Legume Grazing
Foragebeef.ca
http://www1.foragebeef.ca/$foragebeef/frgebeef.nsf/all/frg38

Sainfoin- A New light shone on an old forage
Agriculture Agri-food Canada
http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/news/science-of-agricultural-innovation/sainfoin-a-new-light-is-shone-on-an-old-forage-plant/?id=1416326892525

Forage: species
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub811/3species.htm


Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Beef Cattle, What Producers Need to Know

Held March 2, 2016 7-8:15pm MST

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The presenters were:
- Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
- Dr. Craig Dorin– Veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd 

Video Guide:

00:00 - 02:00 : Welcome Comments and Agenda
02:00 - 04:15 : Introducing the Canadian Beef Industry Conference  
04:15 - 19:27 : Beef Industry Antimicrobial Resistance 
19:27 - 1:05:29 : Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Beef Cattle, a veterinary perspective 
1:05:29 - 1:15:40 : Question and Answer 
1:15:40 - 1:17:41 : How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

For more information on AMR: 

What Beef Producers Need to Know About Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAvPpvzMEFc

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/2015AMRupdatesmpdf-453.pdf

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

Conjugation and What It Means for Antimicrobial Resistance in Livestock 
Canadian Cattlemen, The Beef Magazine
http://www.albertabeef.org/uploads/2015AMRupdatesmpdf-453.pdf 

 

Practical Applications of Forage Rejuvenation

Held February 24, 2016 7-8:15pm MST

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The presenter was:
- Dr. Mike Schellenberg, Ph.D – Range and Forage Plant Ecologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Swift Current

Video Guide:
00:00 - 01:12: Welcome Comments
01:12 - 1:01:41:Practica applications of forage rejuvenation 
1:01:41 - 1:10:00: Questions from the Audience
1:10:00 - 1:12:14: Closing Comments

For more information on forage rejuvenation: 

Forage Rejuvenation 
Foragebeef.ca
http://www1.foragebeef.ca/$foragebeef/frgebeef.nsf/all/frg48

Pasture Rejuvenation- Why and When to Rejuvenate 
Sask Forage
http://www.saskforage.ca/publications/Pasture%20Rejuvenation%20Handout.pdf

Options for Improving Forage Production on Pasture and Hay Lands 
Manitoba Forage Council 
http://mbfc.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/3-4-Options-for-Forage-Rejuventation-MFC.pdf

To Rejuvenate a Pasture Focus on Legumes and Weeds 
Canadian Cattlemen, The Beef Magazine 
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2015/04/15/to-rejuvenate-a-pasture-focus-on-legumes-and-weeds/

 

Why Use Artificial Insemination

Held January 29, 2016 7-8:20pm MST 

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The presenters were:
Kathy Larson – Research Economist at Western Beef Development Centre 
Dr. Colin Palmer. – Associate Professor at the Western College of Veterinary medicine

Video Guide:
00:00 - 01:55: Welcome Comments and Agenda
01:55 - 20:15: Fixed time AI, does it pay?
20:15 - 1:05:39: How to use AI
1:05:39 - 1:30:00: Questions from the Audience
1:30:00 - 1:18:45: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

For more information on AI 

Artificial insemination
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/artificial-insemination-17

Cost of natural breeding calculator 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/resources/decisiontools.cfm

Comparison of fixed time AI vs. natural service in beef cows reproductive efficiency and system cost 
Western Beef Development Centre  
http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/comparison-of-fixed-time-artificial-insemination-vs-natural-service-in-beef-cows-reproductive-efficiency-and-system-cost-224

Heat detection tools 
The Beef Magazine 
http://beefmagazine.com/genetics/0201-heat-detection-tool

Economic Benefits of AI 
Angus Journal 
http://www.angusjournal.com/ArticlePDF/ARSBC-3-Eco-Benefit-AI-11_15-AJ.pdf

Deflating fixed time AI myths 
Canadian Cattlemen The Beef Magazine  
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2014/06/17/deflating-fixed-time-ai-myths/

News Coverage

AI Could Be a Big Bang For Your Buck For Beef
Alberta Farmer Express
http://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/2016/03/03/ai-could-be-a-big-bang-for-your-buck-for-beef/

Cost Study Shows Benefits of AI overt Natural Service
Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2016/02/cost-study-shows-benefits-of-ai-over-natural-service/

The Secret Life of Your Cows Reproductive System
Alberta Farmer Express
http://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/2016/03/03/the-secret-life-of-your-cows-reproductive-system/

 

Hormone Use in Beef Cattle: Facts, Fears, Fantasises


Held December 16, 2015 7-8:15pm MST 

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The presenters were:
- Tom Lynch Staunton – Issues manager for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association 
- Reynold Bergen – Beef Cattle Research Council Science director 

Video Guide:
00:00 - 02:22: Welcome Comments and Agenda
02:22 - 06:23: Introducing the Canadian Beef Industry Conference 
06:23 - 20:28: Issues Management for the CCA 
20:28 - 1:00:58: Hormones used in beef cattle: facts, fears, fantasies 
1:00:58 - 1:13:33: Questions from the Audience
1:13:33 - 1:14:54: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

For more information on hormone use in beef cattle: 

Worried About Hormones in Cattle? 
Alberta Beef Producers 
http://www.albertabeef.org/uploads/2014hormoneupdatesmpdf-452.pdf

Optimizing Feedlot Feed Efficiency 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/optimizing-feedlot-feed-efficiency-8

Performance Improving Product Approvals 
Canadian Cattlemen - The Beef Magazine 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/performance-improving-product-approvals/

These Little Piggies Ate a Quarter Pounder a Day
Canadian Cattlemen - The Beef Magazine 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/these-little-piggies-ate-a-quarter-pounder-a-day-bergen/

Q&A on Conventional Production of Canadian Beef
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/qa-on-conventional-production-of-canadian-beef/

Questions and Answers- Hormonal Growth Promoters 
Health Canada 
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/vet/faq/growth_hormones_promoters_croissance_hormonaux_stimulateurs-eng.php

 

How to improve Weaning Weights, Conception Rates, and Calf Health

Held November 24, 2015 7-8:13pm MST

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 The presenters were:

- Naomi Paley – Regional Livestock Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
- Karin Schmid – Beef Production Specialist with Alberta Beef Producers
- Mike Neilson– Owner/partner of Neilson Cattle Company

Video Guide:
00:00 - 01:28: Welcome Comments
01:28 - 02:10: Agenda
02:10 - 26:39: Beef Body Condition Scoring, How and Why 
26:39 - 45:40: I've Body Condition Scored, Now What? 
45:50 - 1:01:46 Producer Testimonial 
1:01:46 - 1:11:00: Questions from the Audience
1:11:46 - 1:13:27: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

For more information on Body Condition Scoring: 

BodyConditionScoring.ca
www.BodyConditionScoring.ca

Managing Body Condition of Beef Cows to Improve Profit (Video)
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw94ozXddSE

 Body Condition Scoring
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Body-Condition-Scoring

Have You Had Your Feed Tested?
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/feed-testing/

Body Condition Scoring
ForageBeef.ca
http://www1.foragebeef.ca/$foragebeef/frgebeef.nsf/all/ccf19

 

Disposing of Cattle Mortalities to Reduce Predation

Held November 17, 2015 7-8:04pm MST

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The presenters were:
- Mark Boyce, PhD – Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Alberta
- Kim Stanford, PhD – Beef Research Scientist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

The presenters were:

- Mark Boyce, PhD – Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Alberta
- Kim Stanford, PhD – Beef Research Scientist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Video Guide:
00:00 - 01:30: Welcome Comments
01:31 - 02:01: Agenda
02:02 - 22:01: Predation  
22:02 - 52:06: Methods to Dispose of Cattle Mortalities  
52:07 - 1:02:17: Questions from the Audience
1:04:33 - 1:04:33: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

For more information on predation and disposal of cattle mortalities:

Disposal of Cattle mortalities
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/disposal-of-cattle-mortalities-55

Beef Research School – Disposal of Deadstock (video)
Beef Cattle Research Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuNhWCNJjBs

Enhanced Animal Health Protection from BSE: Requirements for Disposing of Cattle Material
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/bse/srm/waste-management/eng/1356652085646/1356652189499

Composting Animal Mortalities: A Producer’s Guide
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=407ede56-6395-4382-a9fc-bcbf7bb8de2f

Predation and wildlife Damage
Ontario ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/predation.htm

 

 

Practical and Effective Methods of Pain Control

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Held October 21, 2015 7-8:10pm MDT  

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The presenters were:
- Andrea Brocklebank, BCRC's Executive Director
- John Campbell, DVM, Ph.D. - Researcher and Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Video Guide:
00:00 - 02:09: Welcome Comments
02:09 - 02:35: Agenda
02:35 - 09:48: Canada's National Beef Strategy 
09:48 - 58:25: Practical and Effective Methods of Pain Control 
58:25 - 1:09:47: Questions from the Audience
1:09:47 - 1:17:05: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

For more information on pain control:

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

Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle
National Farm Animal Care Council 
http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle

Pain Mitigation (video)
Beef Research School
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/pain-mitigation-video/

Effects of Age and Method of Castration on Performance and Stress Response of Beef Cattle - Frequently Asked Questions

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/faq10883

Is bloodless dehorning really painless?

Beef Cattle Research Council

http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/is-bloodless-dehorning-really-painless/

Dehorning of Calves

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/dairy/facts/09-003.html

 

Managing Calves for Improved Productivity and Reduced Antimicrobial Use

Held September 28, 2015 7-8:10pm MDT  

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The presenters were:
- Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
- Cody Creelman, DVM, Veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. 
- Brenna Grant, Canfax Research Services 

Video Guide:
00:00 - 03:15: Welcome Comments/Agenda
03:16 - 11:42: BCRC and the National Strategy 
11:43 - 24:43: Does Preconditioning Pay
24:44 - 46:26: Managing Calves for Improved Productivity and Reduced Antimicrobial Use 
46:25 - 47:11: Audience Polling 
47:12 - 1:08:01: Questions from the Audience
1:08:01 - 1:10:11: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

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

Pre-conditioning and pre-weaning vaccinations
Veterinary Agri-Health Services
http://vahs.net/education/articles/pre-conditioning-and-pre-weaning-vaccinations/

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

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

Retained ownership
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/retained-ownership-2015/

Feeder calf preconditioning and backgrounding guide
Fédération des producteurs de bovins du Québec
http://www.bovin.qc.ca/bovins_files/files/en/feeder_calf/backgrounding/preconditioning_guide.pdf

News Coverage

Does it pay to precondition calves
The Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2015/10/does-it-pay-to-pre-condition-calves/

 

Modern Nutrient Management in Forages

 

Held April 8, 2015, 7-8:25pm MST.

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Presenters 

- Tracy Herbert, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator
- Shabtai Bittman, Ph.D., AAFC Research Scientist, Agassiz, British Columbia

Video Guide:

00:00 - 02:40: Welcome Comments
02:40 - 03:11: Agenda
03:12 - 28:03: Modern Nutrient Management in Forages - Part 1
28:14 - 33:24: Polling the Audience
33:40 - 57:43: Modern Nutrient Management in Forages - Part 2
57:43 - 1:24:52: Questions from the Audience
1:25:14 - 1:27:39: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

More information about nutrient management in forages: 

Manure and Nutrient Management 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/manure-and-nutrient-management-7

Fertilizing Pasture and Hay (Video) 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/fertilizing-pastures-and-hay-video/

Nutrient Loading Calculator (NLC) for In-Field or Extensive Livestock Winter Feeding Systems
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development 
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/softdown.nsf/main?openform&type=NLC&page=information

Forages: Fertility Management 
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub811/3fertility.htm

Soil Fertility and Nutrient Use: Manure Management 
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub811/9manure.htm#nutrient

Nutrient Management 
Foragebeef.ca
http://www1.foragebeef.ca/$foragebeef/frgebeef.nsf/all/frg79

Manure Application and Nutrient Balance on Rangeland 
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development 
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex6609

Nutrient Deficiencies in Alfalfa for Forage 
Government of Saskatchewan 
http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=8764b83f-1c5f-467c-8ccd-b14ceeefe5e6

Provincial Environmental Farm Plans 
British Columbia: https://www.bcac.bc.ca/ardcorp/program/environmental-farm-plan-program
Alberta: http://www.albertaefp.com
Saskatchewan: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2015/april/01/online-tool-for-famers-and-ranchers
Manitoba: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/environment/environmental-farm-plan/
Ontario: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/environment/efp/efp.htm
Prince Edward Island: http://peifa.ca/efp/
Nova Scotia: http://www.nsfa-fane.ca/efp/
New Brunswick: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.201324.Environmentally_Sustainable_Agricultural_Production_Program.html

Cool Forages: Advanced management of temperate forages (book)
Bittman, Hunt
http://farmwest.com/node/1303

 

How to Produce and Use Sweet Forages

 

Held March 4, 2015, 7-8:05pm MST.

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Presenters

  • Gilles Bélanger, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City
  • Robert Berthiaume, Ph.D. - dairy production expert in forage systems at Valacta
  • Tracy Herbert, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator


Video Guide:

00:00 - 04:18: Welcome Comments
04:18 - 24:50: Crop Management Practices that Affect Sugars in Forages
24:50 - 27:21: Polling the Audience
27:25 - 46:50: Sweet Forages and Performance in Beef and Dairy Cattle
46:51 - 1:00:58: Questions from the Audience
1:00:58 - 1:03:15: Closing Comments

More information about sweet forages

High-Sugar Grass Increases Pasture Grazing Gains 
Beef Magazine
http://beefmagazine.com/grazing-systems/high-sugar-grass-increases-pasture-grazing-gains?page=2

Grassland Oregon Announces New High-Sugar Silage Grass Mix
Seed Today
http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Grassland_Oregon_Announces_New_High_Sugar_Grass_Mix_For_Overseeding-48418.html

High Sugar Rye Grasses
DairyCo
http://www.dairyco.org.uk/resources-library/research-development/environment/high-sugar-rye-grasses/#.VPuYOeEzZTJ

Results of search for ‘sugar’ on American Society of Agronomy
https://www.agronomy.org/publications/search?search[-3]=sugar&searchType[-3]=Any&search[-2]=&searchFields[-2][Author]=Author&searchType[-2]=Phrase&search[-1]=&searchFields[-1][Title]=Title&searchType[-1]=Phrase&volume=&issue=&year=&first-page=&journal[fg]=fg&search[0]

Why you should care about high-sugar forages
Progressive Forage
http://www.progressiveforage.com/forage-types/other-forage/why-you-should-care-about-high-sugar-forages

News Coverage

Evening cut improves forage
The Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2015/03/evening-cut-improves-forage/

Improve performance with a sweet treat for your cattle — afternoon-cut forage
Alberta Farmer Express
http://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/2015/04/01/improve-performance-with-a-sweet-treat-for-your-cattle-afternoon-cut-forage/

 

Managing Rumen Health to Improve Productivity

Held February 25, 2015, 7-8:30pm MST.

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Presenters

  • Greg Penner, Ph.D., professor and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
  • Tracy Herbert, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator

Video Guide

00:00 - 02:15: Welcome Comments
02:16 - 03:01: Agenda
03:02 - 12:27: Investments in Beef Research in Canada
12:28 - 29:54: Rumen Health
29:55 - 34:31: Polling the Audience
34:32 - 1:00:28: Rumen Health (con't)
1:00:54 - 1:30:12: Questions from the Audience
1:30:12 - 1:32:01: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

More information about rumen health

The Cows Digestive System
Texas AgriLife Extension
http://animalscience-old.tamu.edu/beef-skillathon/nutrition_digestivesystem.html

Ruminal Acidosis: Beef Research School 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/ruminal-acidosis-video/

Improving the barrier function of the gut to prevent disease 
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/improving-the-barrier-function-of-the-gut-to-prevent-disease-133

Subacute Ruminal Acidosis
The Merck Veterinary Manual
http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/digestive_system/diseases_of_the_ruminant_forestomach/subacute_ruminal_acidosis.html

Exploring potential benefits of prebiotic, probiotic, and synbiotic use in cattle
Beef Cattle Research Council 
http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/exploring-potential-benefits-of-prebiotic-probiotic-and-synbiotic-use-in-cattle-139

 

Management During Calving Season for Healthier, More Productive Calves

Held December 18, 2014, 7-8:15pm MST.

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Presenters

  • Dr. Claire Windeyer – veterinarian, professor and researcher at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
  • Tracy Herbert, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator

Video Guide

00:00 - 01:18 : Welcome Comments and Agenda
01:19 - 07:16 : Value of Industry Investment in Research
07:17 - 48:38 : Calves and Calving: Management for Healthier Calves
48:39 - 49:21 : UCVM cattle conference
49:22 - 51:42 : How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing

More information on calving

Neonatal Disease
Beef Cattle Research Council
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/neonatal-disease-71 

Boosting the calf crop percentage in your beef herd
Webinar hosted by the Beef Cattle Research Council
http://youtu.be/70yegN8n_YI

 The Top 10 list to an easier calving season
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine
http://www.canadiancattlemen.ca/2014/01/30/the-top-10-list-to-an-easier-calving-season/

 Calf Scours - Frequently Asked Questions
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/faq8072 

Colostrum
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/production/beef/colostrum.html 

Calving
Video by the Western Drug Distribution Center
http://vimeo.com/92994525 

Reproductive Wastage Vaccines
Video by the Western Drug Distribution Centre
http://vimeo.com/95292561

Survey shows average calving season lasts about 80 days
The Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2014/07/survey-shows-average-calving-season-lasts-about-80-days/

The Cow/Calf Bond, Orphan Calves & the Dangers of Bottle Fed Bulls
RealAgiculture.com featuring Dr. Joe Stookey
https://www.realagriculture.com/2014/04/ruminating-realag-ep-3-working-difficult-cattle/

 

Managing a Year-Round Mineral Program That’s Right for You

Held November 4, 2014, 7-8:30pm MST.

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Presenters

  • John McKinnon, Ph.D. – Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
  • Tracy Herbert, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator

Video Guide

00:00 - 02:15: Welcome Comments
02:16 - 03:01: Agenda
03:02 - 12:27: Investments in Beef Research in Canada
12:28 - 29:54: Mineral Feeding in a Year Round Program
29:55 - 34:31: Polling the Audience
34:32 - 1:00:28: Understanding your Mineral Tag
1:00:54 - 1:30:12: Questions from the Audience
1:30:12 - 1:32:01: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

More information about mineral supplementation

Trace Mineral Nutrition
http://www1.foragebeef.ca/$foragebeef/frgebeef.nsf/all/ccf1019

Save costs and fine-tune mineral supplementation: two videos
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/mineral-feeding-two-videos/

Minerals for beef cattle
http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Minerals_for_Beef_Cattle

Trace minerals for beef cows
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/beef4887

Meeting mineral requirements at pasture
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/news/vbn0709a3.htm

Trace mineral supplementation strategies in beef cows
http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/trace-mineral-supplementation-strategies-in-beef-cows-160

Have you had your feed tested?
Written by Dr. John McKinnon. Includes the nutritional requirements cows and heifers need during each trimester and a video on feed testing.
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/feed-testing/

Feed and Water Testing - Laboratories and Companies across Canada
http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=4a990f27-0811-4fe1-b891-7c812fc984fa

News Coverage

Reproductive stage affects mineral needs
The Western Producer
http://www.producer.com/2014/11/reproductive-stage-affects-mineral-needs/

 

Improving Feed Efficiency in Seedstock Through Genomics

Held May 1, 2014, 7:00-8:27pm MDT.

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Click here to see the announcement.

Presenters

  • John Crowley, Ph.D. – Alberta Innovates Industry R&D Associate with Livestock Gentec and Beefbooster Inc. and Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta
  • Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
  • Tracy Sakatch, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator

Video Guide

00:00 - 02:45: Welcoming Comments
02:45 - 03:31: Agenda
03:31 - 09:14: Investments in Beef Research in Canada
09:14 - 12:25: Background and Benefits of Improved Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
12:25 - 36:50: Genomics 101
36:50 - 1:06:41: Genomics and Feed Efficiency
1:06:41 - 1:10:07: Polling the Audience
1:10:07 - 1:24:00: Questions from the Audience
1:24:00 - 1:26:11: How to Stay Connected with BCRC and Closing Comments

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Genetic Improvements in Feed Efficiency
Includes background information, summaries on relationships between feed efficiency and other important production traits, and a short video.
http://www.beefresearch.ca/research-topic.cfm/genetic-improvements-in-feed-efficiency-57

Genomics 101
http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/genomics-101-2/

Residual feed intake trait has value for cow-calf producers
Genome Alberta
http://genomealberta.ca/livestock/residual-feed-intake-trait-has-value-for-cowcalf-producers.aspx

Residual Feed Intake as a Selection Tool
Utah State University
http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Beef_2010-01.pdf

GrowSafe Test Stations in Canada
http://www.growsafe.com/test_stations.php#Canada

Livestock Gentec 5th Annual Conference
August 12-14th, Edmonton, AB
http://www.livestockgentec.com/media-and-outreach/5th-annual-lg-conference

News Coverage

Researchers talk feed efficiency and beef genomics
Genome Alberta Livestock Blog
http://genomealberta.ca/livestock/researchers-talk-feed-efficiency-and-beef-genomics.aspx

Radio Interview with Tracy Sakatch (4 minutes)
Golden West Radio
http://www.beefresearch.ca/files/audio/MAY-1-WEBINAR.mp3

Boosting the Calf Crop Percentage in Your Beef Herd

Held February 25, 2014, 8:00-9:12pm CST.

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Click here to see the announcement. Click here to download a copy of the slides. [PDF 1.8MB]

Presenters

  • John Campbell, DVM, Ph.D. - Researcher and Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Reynold Bergen, Ph.D., BCRC's Science Director
  • Tracy Sakatch, BCRC's Beef Extension Coordinator

Video Guide

00:00 - 02:23: Welcome comments
02:23 - 03:24: Agenda
03:25 - 09:51: Investments in Beef Research in Canada
10:16 - 26:29: Achieving Reproductive Goals and Capitalizing on Reproductive Momentum Part 1
26:30 - 30:19: Polling the audience
30:20 - 51:20: Achieving Reproductive Goals and Capitalizing on Reproductive Momentum Part 2
51:24 - 1:09:47: Questions from the audience
1:09:54 - 1:11:36: How to stay connected with BCRC and closing comments

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