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Discovering the Realities of the 2023 Canadian Calf Crop

Help the beef cattle industry update production benchmarks across Canada. Take the 2023-2024 Canadian Cow-Calf Survey

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is asking all Canadian cow-calf producers to share insight into their on-farm management and production practices, which will help inform future beef research and extension strategies. 

The 2023 Canadian Cow-Calf Survey is an online questionnaire set up to collect data to help understand longer-term trends in production methods and efficiencies. Collecting credible information directly from beef cattle producers helps the BCRC identify research priorities and information gaps, develop provincial benchmarks and examine changes over time that impact farms and ranches. 

beef cattle research council toque and gloves

The first 200 producers to answer all the survey questions are eligible to receive a BCRC toque and a pair of cotton gloves. 

It will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete the questions, which relate to 2023 calf crops, 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 of them here.

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 of past cow-calf production surveys have found, for example, an upward trend in preg-checking over time. The most recent survey, nearly five years ago, reported that approximately half of producers in Atlantic Canada and two-thirds of producers in Central and Western Canada regularly preg-check.  

Percentage of Canadian Beef Producers That Regularly Preg-Check

preg-check rates across Canada

Previous cow-calf production surveys were conducted provincially and regionally between 2013 and 2017 in Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. The 2023 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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