Announcing the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program 2017-18 participants

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2017-18 Beef Researcher Mentorship program. Following an open application process, three researchers have been selected. Each has been paired with notable leaders in the Canadian beef industry and given a travel budget for the coming year, which will provide valuable opportunities for greater engagement with Canada’s beef industry.

Mentee: Dr. Mika Asai Coakwell
Mentors: Lance Leachman, Ryan Beierbach, and Michael Latimer 



Mika Asai Coakwell, Ph.D
. is the new Assistant Professor of Animal Genetics at the University of Saskatchewan. She grew up in Saskatchewan, attending elementary school, high school and university in Saskatoon. She began her MSc studies in bovine genetics in the department of Animal and Poultry Science, after graduating with BSc in Biology and Archaeology at the UofS. Mika completed her PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland examining epigenetic events in cloned cattle. Upon returning to Canada, she began studies in a new field, ocular genetics, in Edmonton, Alberta as a post-doctoral fellow. There, she studied genes implicated in human ocular defects. She subsequently became a research associate in the department. Her current research interests are in beef cattle genetics, particularly in muscle and bone growth and development. Other interests include the study of inherited disease in cattle and companion animals. Continue reading

Applications open for the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2017-18 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.


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Four researchers were selected to participate in the program this past year. Each was paired with two mentors – an innovative producer and another industry expert – for a one year term (ending July 31, 2017). Each of the researchers have reported very successful and valuable experiences through the opportunities provided, including:

  • Establishing partnerships with industry and other researchers to further their research programs
  • Meeting several producers and industry leaders with whom they ask questions and have meaningful discussions about cattle production, beef quality and safety, and the Canadian beef value chain
  • Attending industry events and touring farms and ranches to better understand the impacts, practicalities and economics of adopting research results

The BCRC is excited to continue the program and invite applications from upcoming and new applied researchers in Canada whose studies are of value to the beef industry, such as cattle health and welfare, beef quality, food safety, genetics, feed efficiency, or forages. A new group of participants will begin their mentorships on August 1st.

The Beef Researcher Mentorship Program launched in August 2014 to facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. Funding is made available through the technology transfer initiative within the second Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster.

Learn more about the program and download an application form at: http://www.beefresearch.ca/about/mentorship-program.cfm

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Announcing the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program 2016-17 participants

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2016-17 Beef Researcher Mentorship program. Following an open application process, four researchers have been selected. Each has been paired with notable leaders in the Canadian beef industry and given a travel budget for the coming year, which will provide valuable opportunities for greater engagement with Canada’s beef industry.

Mentee: Dr. Getahun Legesse Gizaw
Mentors: Charlie Christie and Brenna Grant 


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Getahun Legesse, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the University of Manitoba. He is currently working on a collaborative project that aims to define the environmental footprint of Canadian beef. This involves collecting and analyzing of beef industry data to assess how the environmental impact of the beef industry has changed over the past thirty years. Earlier, he worked in the area of alternative forage-based systems for environmentally-sound and profitable production of beef in Canada.

Getahun received his Ph.D. in Animal Science (Livestock Production Systems analysis) from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. His doctoral project examined the productive, reproductive and economic performance of small ruminants in two production systems and identified possible options for improvement.

Through the mentorship program, Getahun hopes to Continue reading

Applications open for the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2016-17 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016.

Beef Researcher Mentorship program participants, Dr. Claudia Narvaez Bravo (left) and Dr. Argenis Rodas-Gonzalez (right) tour Martin Unrau's (middle) feedlot with one of Claudia's mentors, Tom Teichroeb.


Beef Researcher Mentorship program participants, Dr. Claudia Narvaez Bravo (left) and Dr. Argenis Rodas-Gonzalez (right) tour Martin Unrau’s (middle) feedlot along with one of Claudia’s mentors, Tom Teichroeb.

Last year four researchers were selected for the program year and paired with mentors – innovative producers and industry experts – for a one year term (ending July 31, 2016). Each of the researchers have reported very successful and valuable experiences through the opportunities provided, including:

  • Establishing partnerships with industry and other researchers to further their research programs
  • Meeting several producers and industry leaders with whom they ask questions and have meaningful discussions about cattle production, beef quality and safety, and the Canadian beef value chain
  • Attending industry events and touring farms and ranches to better understand the impacts, practicalities and economics of adopting research results

The BCRC is excited to continue the program and invite applications from upcoming and new applied researchers in Canada whose Continue reading

Young researchers encouraged to apply for CYL mentorship

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) development program, a national youth initiative by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), provides outstanding mentorship opportunities to young beef cattle enthusiasts. The program is geared toward those aged 18-35 interested in developing their industry leadership skills or career potential within the Canadian beef cattle industry. Included in the 16 participants selected for the 2015/16 year are young researchers Brittany Wiese and Elizabeth Homerosky.

The BCRC is proud to sponsor the CYL program to support engagement of researchers with industry. Engaging researchers who study cattle, beef, genetics, feed or forage production with the Canadian beef cattle industry is mutually beneficial; it allows researchers to be better informed of industry needs and more likely to share their findings with a practical, solution-based focus. Facilitating and encouraging their attendance to industry events and networking with industry professionals is extremely valuable.

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Photo (L-R): Brittany and Brian on a tour of  Cargill as part of the CYL mentorship program.

Brittany Wiese holds an animal science degree from the University of Alberta, as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently working on her Master of Science (MSc) degree, investigating the effects of subacute ruminal acidosis on animal health.

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Announcing the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program 2015-16 participants

We are pleased to announce the participants in the 2015-16 Beef Researcher Mentorship program. Following an open application process, four researchers have been selected. Each has been paired with notable leaders in the Canadian beef industry and given a travel budget for the coming year, which will provide valuable opportunities for greater engagement with Canada’s beef industry. Continue reading

Applications open for Beef Researcher Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2015-16 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.

The program launched in August 2014 to facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. Three inaugural participants were selected for a pilot phase. Each researcher was given a travel budget and paired with mentors – innovative producers and industry experts – for a one year term (ending July 31, 2015). The pilot participants have helped shape the program, and each of them report having a very successful and valuable experience through the opportunities provided. Their feedback has noted highlights including: Continue reading

Young researchers encouraged to compete for CYL spot

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), provides outstanding mentorship opportunities to young beef cattle enthusiasts. The program is geared toward those aged 18-35 interested in developing their industry leadership skills or career potential within the Canadian beef cattle industry.

L-R Kajal Devani (mentor) and Rae-Leigh Pederzolli (mentee)


L-R: Kajal Devani (CYL mentor) and Rae-Leigh Pederzolli (CYL mentee)

Of 50 applicants, 16 participants were selected for the 2014/15 CYL program, including Rae-Leigh Pederzolli. Rae-Leigh is a Master’s student at the University of Saskatchewan studying nutrient permeability throughout the ruminant gastrointestinal tract and the impact of external factors such as feed restriction and feed additives on the barrier function in mature animals. This research is led by Dr. Greg Penner and is funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster.

The CYL program paired Rae-Leigh with Kajal Devani, Director of Breed Development at the Canadian Angus Association. The BCRC is proud to sponsor Rae-Leigh’s participation in the CYL program to support engagement of researchers with Continue reading

Announcing the mentors in the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program

Last month we proudly announced the launch of the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, a new initiative that will facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. Three researchers were selected as inaugural participants: Drs. Emma McGeough, Bill Biligetu and Raquel Rodriquez Doce.

These researchers have now been paired with notable leaders in Canada’s beef industry. Mentors will help the researchers build the knowledge, skills and network needed to deliver successful applied research and extension programs of benefit to our industry through ongoing discussions and by initiating various introductions, tours and meetings. The mentors will be valuable resources of information about day-to-day cattle and forage production, industry structure and influences, and perspectives on industry challenges and opportunities at regional and national levels.

The BCRC is pleased to announce the 2014/15 Beef Researcher Mentorship Program mentors: Continue reading

Beef Researcher Mentorship Program launches

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The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, a new initiative that will facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry.

Currently in the pilot phase, the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program intends to provide researchers with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the needs of the beef industry in a practical and meaningful way. Continue reading