5 ways cattle feeders can prepare for the fall run

Before things get too busy with the fall run, take some time to learn more about (or refresh your memory on) some of the ways to promote calf health, feed efficiency and carcass quality in the animals that will be on feed in your lot this year. Continue reading

Improved swath grazing through new annual forage varieties and grazing management

By improving agronomic and grazing management practices, researchers and producers have increased the yields of crops seeded for swath grazing. This has reduced overwintering feed costs for the cow herd. Aspects of swath grazing that could be improved are the overall nutritive value of the swathed-grazed crop and weathering during fall, winter and spring, which reduces carrying capacity.

Lead researcher Dr. Vern Baron offering tips when swath grazing in an episode of the Beef Research School: http://youtu.be/EzQ8KZoaG-8

Research currently underway and funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster is working to further improve pasture carrying capacity and reduce overwintering costs by evaluating new annual forage varieties and developing management strategies with improved forage quality that can be maintained throughout the swath grazing season.

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Announcing the mentors in the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program

Last month we proudly announced the launch of the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, a new initiative that will facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. Three researchers were selected as inaugural participants: Drs. Emma McGeough, Bill Biligetu and Raquel Rodriquez Doce.

These researchers have now been paired with notable leaders in Canada’s beef industry. Mentors will help the researchers build the knowledge, skills and network needed to deliver successful applied research and extension programs of benefit to our industry through ongoing discussions and by initiating various introductions, tours and meetings. The mentors will be valuable resources of information about day-to-day cattle and forage production, industry structure and influences, and perspectives on industry challenges and opportunities at regional and national levels.

The BCRC is pleased to announce the 2014/15 Beef Researcher Mentorship Program mentors: Continue reading

Understanding non-0157 STEC associated with cattle and beef carcasses

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The food safety risks associated with E. coli O157:H7 are well established and the beef industry has placed a sustained effort in devising strategies to control it.

E. coli O157 is highly pathogenic due to its ability to produce Shiga toxin, among other virulence factors. In recent years, there is increased awareness that illness can also be caused by other Shiga toxin producing E. coli, collectively referred to as non-O157 STEC. In the U.S., the Top 6 non-O157 STEC have been given the same status as E. coli O157. Canada’s beef processing industry needs to be prepared to implement the appropriate testing and recall measures for these STECs, as the U.S. is Canada’s main beef export market.

Research currently underway and funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster will Continue reading

Top 6 blog posts for cow-calf producers heading into fall

As Fall arrives, here are our top 6 articles for cow-calf producers that you may have missed, or are worth a second look.

Keep everyone’s stress levels to a minimum

1. Try these weaning techniques for more productive calves this fall

Weaning is known to be a stressful time for both cows and calves, and stressed calves are known to underperform.

This article outlines some practical techniques producers can use to reduce stress at weaning, which will improve the bottom line.



Keep costs down and herd health up

2. Vaccination: Can you afford not to?

When deciding Continue reading