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Join us next month in London, Ontario

Every time a beef producer sells an animal he or she invests in research through a portion of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off. Producer dollars help to fund scientific studies and innovative developments that are advancing Canadian beef production and impacting farms and ranches across the country.

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is excited to invite you to join us at an upcoming town hall and open house for a clearer picture of Check-Off investments and beef research in Canada.  Both events, to be held at the London Convention Centre in mid-August, are free to attend. Beef producers and other industry stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) Open HouseAugust 16th – 1:15 pm

You’ll hear recent examples of progress made in beef-related research, discuss the objectives to be tackled next, meet the individuals leading the way, and take home new ideas to help keep your operation ahead of the herd. Top researchers will be in attendance to discuss some of the latest advancements in:

  • Antibiotic use and resistance – Ed Topp Ph.D., Agriculture Agri-Food Canada London
  • Feed efficiency – Katie Wood Ph.D., University of Guelph
  • Animal health and welfare – Eugene Janzen D.V.M., University of Calgary
  • Forage varieties – Yousef Papadopoulos Ph.D., Agriculture Agri-Food Canada Nappan

Meet the Council

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) currently has 12 members. These 12 beef producers proportionally represent the provincial organizations of beef producers that allocate part of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off to research.

The Council recently elected Ryan Beierbach (SK) as Chair, and Matt Bowman (ON) as Vice-Chair.

Joining the Council is Garth Porteous (AB), Graeme Finn (AB), Fred Lozeman (AB), Steven Pylot (SK) and Dean Manning (Atlantic). They join Dave Zehnder (BC), Chris Israelson (AB), Michael Spratt (SK), Larry Wegner (MB) and Rob Lipsett (ON).

The Council sincerely thanks departing members Bryan Thiessen (AB), Tim Oleksyn (SK), Melanie Wowk (AB), Darren Bevans (AB) and Nathan Phinney (Atlantic) for their commitment and valuable input over the years.

Visit our website to learn more about our council and staff

  • Improvements in beef quality and food safety – Benjamin Boher Ph.D., University of Guelph
  • Knowledge and technology transfer – Tracy Herbert, Beef Cattle Research Council

The BCRC open house is held in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). Conference registration is not required to attend the BCRC open house.

Check-Off Town Hall – August 14th – 1:15pm

You can also learn more about the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency at their Check-Off Town Hall event for producers which will be held August 14 at 1:15pm at the London Convention Centre. Here they will talk about the Canadian Beef Check-Off, and how it is collected, remitted and invested, and share concrete examples of the return on investment for Canadian producers. There will also be information on the check-off increase, from the initial concept to roll out to the timeline for the increase across Canada.

Producers who will be in London for the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC), as well as any Canadian beef producer or stakeholder, are encouraged to attend the Town Hall following the Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency AGM Business Meeting.

The entire AGM is open, with the business meeting portion beginning at 8am, and the Check-Off Town Hall beginning at 1:15pm.

Register for the Town Hall for free at

For those who register for the check-off meeting in advance on the CBIC website registration, you will receive a complimentary lunch ticket. There is no cost to attend either portion of the day.

To register for the Town Hall, follow the steps below:

Attending/registered for paid portions of CBIC?

  • Select “CanadianBeef Check-Off Agency AGM” when choosing your programming during your registration
  • If you’ve already registered and didn’t select our meeting, you can log back in with your registration confirmation # and add it to your selected sessions

Not attending paid portions of CBIC?

  • Select “MeetingRegistration Only” when registering on the CBIC website
  • Choose “Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency AGM”

We hope to see you in London!

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