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  • June 27, 2024Birds and Bees and Breeding Beef Cattle: Two New Webpages Cover Breeding Cow and Bull Management

    Managing for an effective and efficient breeding cow...

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  • February 22, 2024Considerations When Using Alternative Feeds - Have You Done Your Homework?  

    Alternative feeds can be an economical means for beef producers to...

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  • December 14, 2023Top 10 Most Popular Beef Cattle Resources for Producers in 2023

    The BCRC rounds up the top beef and forage articles from 2023. Keep Reading

  • October 17, 2023Taking Some of the Guesswork Out of Winter Feed Challenges 🎙️

    These BCRC tools can help you get the most value from your feed and the best...

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  • October 5, 2023Preg-Checking in a Drought Year with High Cull Cow Prices

    The costs and benefits of preg-checking are affected by market volatility, production cost,...

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  • September 13, 2023Raising Replacement Heifers -- What Does It Cost?

    Producers should consider the long-term economic implications of raising replacement heifers and...

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  • May 31, 2023Forage U-Pick: An Interactive Forage Species Selection Tool Now Available Canada-Wide 🎙️

    Forage U-Pick can help beef producers across Canada...

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  • March 23, 2023How to Calculate Your Carrying Capacity ▶️

    This new video can help beef producers assess and manage grazing capacity.  Keep Reading

  • December 13, 2022The BCRC's Top 10 Posts of 2022

    There are hundreds of timely beef and forage articles, interactive production calculators, videos, webinars and other...

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  • July 25, 2022Beef or Bin? Valuing Annual Crops for Feed

    Beef producers may plant annual crops for the purpose of livestock feed but for many crop farmers,...

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  • July 4, 2022What Does It Cost (and Save) to Set Up a Livestock Water System?

    Try BCRC's Updated Water Systems Calculator before developing a livestock water...

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  • June 27, 2022Stopping Johne’s Disease in Its Tracks: What’s the Best Testing Strategy for Your Herd?

    Johne’s disease has been a lingering threat to the beef...

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  • April 4, 2022Cracking the Code on Grazing Management Terminology: Animal Units, AUMs, & How to Apply Them

    Does it feel like grazing management information is...

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  • March 31, 2022Two Methods, Four Steps for Calculating Carrying Capacity

    Establish a stocking rate that maintains productivity of herd and forage while encouraging...

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  • February 16, 2022Tightening the Calving Season: How to Increase Profitability Through Calving Distribution ▶️

    The benefits of a shortened calving season are...

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  • February 9, 2022Bull Power - How to Calculate the True Value of a Herd Sire ▶️

    Bull selection is a key decision for cow-calf producers that will have implications...

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  • January 11, 2022A Guide to Keeping Records That Help Make Profitable Decisions

    The start of a new season and year is the perfect time for beef producers to look back...

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  • November 15, 2021Winter Feed Cost Comparison Calculator - Managing Variable Costs

    Winter feed is the largest year-over-year variable cost faced by producers.  Keep Reading

  • October 7, 2021What’s the most profitable post-weaning choice for your calves? Try our updated calculator!

    Drought conditions across the country this year remind...

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  • August 18, 2021Decision Making During Drought

    Producers coping with severe drought and feed shortages have tough decisions to make about culling, weaning and cow...

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  • July 23, 2021Salvaging a Crop? Things to Consider When Valuing a Crop for Feed

    With moderate to severe drought in many areas of Canada and the northern United...

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  • April 26, 2021To Sell or Background Calves? – Introducing the BCRC Backgrounding Calculator

    “Should I sell or background my calves?” is a question most...

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  • October 10, 2019The cost-benefit of using vaccines: bovine respiratory disease

    Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the costliest health issues facing...

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