Top 10 blog posts of 2016

This past year we published 72 blog posts that offered production tips and decision tools, provided a science-based perspective on issues in the media, highlighted new beef, cattle and forage research projects and results, and announced other exciting initiatives. Of those, these were the top 10 most popular:

10) Announcing the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program 2016-17 participants

Our mentorship program provides researchers who study cattle, beef, genetics, feed or forage production an excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Canadian beef industry. Of the many applicants this year, four participants from across Canada were chosen and paired with both an industry and producer mentor.

See if you recognize any of the participants or their mentors:

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Our thanks to Dr. Jock Buchanan-Smith

Since the inception of the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) in 2001, Dr. Jock Buchanan-Smith has acted as the BCRC’s Technical Administrator. Jock provided direction and technical review services to the Council to guide research program development and ongoing management, and evaluated both research proposals and project results. He played a significant role in bridging the gap between scientists and industry.

Jock recently stepped down from his role with the BCRC to enjoy full-time retirement with his wife Virginia at their home near Guelph, Ontario.

Dr. Buchanan-Smith is an internationally recognized authority on beef cattle nutrition and management. He has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal papers, research presentations and technology transfer articles for producers.

Jock also chaired the National Academy of Science committee that updated and published the 7th Revised Edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle in 2000. This publication provides authoritative nutritional recommendations for beef cattle, accounting for variability due to breed types, production systems, and the environmental conditions in which beef cattle are raised.

Throughout his career, Dr. Buchanan-Smith has been admired for Continue reading

Threats and opportunities for the beef industry related to climate change: Webinar January 31

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What do scientists predict in terms of weather patterns across Canada in the future? How might climate change impact forage and cattle production? Join this webinar to learn what is known and unknown about climate change, and how our industry can prepare for harmful and beneficial impacts on water, feed supply, disease carrying pests, transportation, beef processing, and Continue reading

Economical vaccine protocols: Webinar January 17

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How much does it cost and save to vaccinate your cow herd? Are some vaccines more economical than others? Which vaccines are more effective? Join this webinar to discuss the economics of vaccination, as well as best practices for vaccinating your herd.

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Attention researchers: second BFO Call for Proposals

The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has announced a second open call for full research proposals.  Projects must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Full project proposals must be received on or before Friday January 13th, 2017 at 4pm EST.

For more details, visit the BFO website:

3 considerations to maintain good rumen health

To optimize productivity and prevent sickness, management of rumen health is important on operations from cow-calf through to feedlot. The rumen is full of a diverse group of bacteria that break down fibre and help with digestion. To maintain rumen health, the bacterial population needs to be diverse and able to effectively break down feed.

When pH levels in the rumen drop too far, fibre digestion decreases, nutrient absorption is reduced, and the lining of the rumen is damaged. Acidosis also leaves cattle more susceptible to disease.

The number one key to maintaining a healthy microbial population is to ensure a constant dry matter and nutrient supply to the rumen, but of course this is easier said than done. Cattle inevitably vary their dietary intake when they are calving, being transported, are sick or hunkered down in storms.

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

December 1, 2016

Click to open the Overview of the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy

Click to open an overview of the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy 2018-2023

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.

“With a growing global population that desires beef, research and innovation is critical to Continue reading