Practical applications of forage rejuvenation: Webinar February 24

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Including legumes in a forage stand can increase production by 100% or more, however, the legume component is often lost over time. The reintroduction of legumes by sod-seeding can eliminate the risk of soil erosion and decrease machinery repair costs while increasing overall forage production.

Join this free webinar to learn more about why you may want to consider rejuvenating a forage stand, things to consider when planning to rejuvenate an unproductive forage stand, and possible techniques to achieve forage rejuvenation goals.
AAFC Nappan Research Farm (Photo credit: Tracy Herbert, BCRC)

Wednesday February 24th at 7pm MST

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

2015 Cdn Beef Industry Award Outstanding Research and Innovation Dr J McKinnon
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.

Dr. McKinnon is a researcher, professor and the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan.   He has made phenomenal contributions to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry through his long-term passion and dedication to progressive science, and exceptional collaboration, leadership and communication with industry.

His research focuses on nutritional and environmental factors influencing the Continue reading

Why use artificial insemination? Webinar January 28

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Using artificial insemination (AI) on commercial cow-calf operations can be both practical and economical. Pregnancy rates using AI can be similar to those using natural service, and depending on the protocol used, can be more economical than using natural service.

Join this free webinar to help understand whether AI is a smart choice for your operation. We’ll cover both the economics of AI, as well as some of the basics of AI, heat detection, and heat synchronization.


Thursday January 28th at 7pm MST

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The Environmental Hoofprint of Canada’s Beef Industry

Producing beef with lower GHG emissions and using fewer resources

Over the years, Canada’s beef industry has invested a lot of time and resources in, and reaped considerable economic benefits, from improvements in productivity and efficiency. With higher forage and feed crop yields, less land needs to be bought, leased or rented to produce the same number of calves or the same amount of beef. Similarly, improved feed conversions mean that less forage is needed to winter the cow herd or less feed grain is needed to grow a pound of beef.

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These improvements in productivity and efficiency have also produced environmental benefits. To produce high yields, forages need an extensive root system that promotes healthy soil, healthy soil microbes, improves structure, reduces soil losses due to wind and water erosion, and builds up soil organic matter (also known as carbon sequestration). Better feed conversion efficiencies are accompanied by reductions in methane and manure production.

While the beef industry was pursuing business-focused improvements in productivity and efficiency, a lot of farm kids moved to town, and raised their families in urban settings that rarely (if ever) come in contact with agriculture. This knowledge gap about how beef is produced has provided opportunities for the beef industry’s opponents to undermine our environmental reputation. Our industry is particularly maligned for producing greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

Practically every living organism produces greenhouse gases, even plants, but cattle produce more than other livestock because rumen bacteria produce methane as they digest feed. Additional greenhouse gases come from manure (methane and nitrous oxide) and fossil fuel use (carbon dioxide). However, like the Continue reading

New research clarifies Canadian beef producers’ true environmental footprint

News release Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Beef Cattle Research Council, University of Manitoba, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada


January 11, 2016

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.

Conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Lethbridge and Environment Canada, the study found that there has been a 15% decrease in methane, 16% decrease in nitrous dioxide and 13% decrease in carbon dioxide from beef production in Canada over the recent 30 year period. Comparing the same time periods, it took 29% fewer cattle in the breeding herd and 24% less land to produce the same amount of beef1. This study explored Continue reading

BCRC progress and activities in 2015

This annual report highlights the BCRC’s main successes and core activities in 2015. To download a printer-friendly PDF version, click here:

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is Canada’s industry-led funding agency for beef, cattle and forage research. Its mandate is to determine research and development priorities for the Canadian beef cattle industry and to administer National Check-off funds allocated to research. The BCRC is led by a committee of beef producers who proportionally represent each province’s research allocation of the National Check-off.

On average nationally, the BCRC receives approximately 18% of the National Check-off, and plays a key role in leveraging additional funding for beef cattle research. Recognizing this, the Council works to ensure the highest return on investment possible for industry contributions to research through ongoing consultation with other provincial and national funding organizations.

Investments in beef research have several benefits, including Continue reading