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Cow-Calf Producers, Your Perspective Ought To Be Heard

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The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is asking all Canadian cow-calf producers to share insight into their on-farm management practices and production methods.  

Results of the 2023-24 Canadian Cow-Calf Survey will influence how the BCRC prioritizes research and extension strategies that are funded by the research allocation of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off.  

The more responses we get, the better decisions we can make to meet the needs of different types of herds and operations in various regions. 

It will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete the questions, which relate to your 2023 calf crop, starting with breeding in Summer 2022 and ending with weaning in Fall 2023.

To preview the questions before completing the survey online, download a PDF preview.

Credible information is needed directly from producers to help the BCRC identify research priorities and information gaps, develop provincial benchmarks and examine long-term changes that impact producers.  

The next 50 producers to answer all the questions are eligible to receive a BCRC toque and a pair of cotton gloves as a small token of our appreciation for their time.

BCRC toque and gloves

What is the value of participating? Here’s just one example:

The BCRC’s popular Calf 911 series was developed because past cow-calf production survey results found that 6.8% of heifers (5.2% of cows) in Western Canada and 7.5% of heifers (8.3% of cows) in Eastern Canada lost their calves before weaning. Half of those deaths happened during the first 24 hours after birth. Knowing this, the BCRC worked with veterinarians, producers and extension experts to develop simple, practical resources to help cow-calf producers increase the odds of calf survival.

Individuals’ identity and information will remain anonymous and in the strictest of confidence. Information will be pooled with other respondents before being published in aggregate. Information collected will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

Results will be published on in 2024. Results will inform updates to research priorities and extension strategies and the development of new materials that help producers address opportunities, risks and costs.  

Previous cow-calf production surveys were conducted provincially and regionally between 2013 and 2017 in Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The 2023-24 Canadian Cow-Calf Survey is an abbreviated and amalgamated replacement, and was developed in collaboration with the following regional expertise: 

  • Kathy Larson, Saskatchewan 
  • Katie Wood, Ontario 
  • Nathalie Cote, Quebec 
  • Maxime d’Almeida, Quebec 
  • Amy Higgins, Maritimes 

The BCRC is an industry-funded council comprised of beef producers from across Canada. The council allocates a portion of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off to advance research, extension and innovation for beef and forage producers. 

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