More Useful and More Relevant

This article written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, BCRC Science Director, originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted on the BCRC Blog with permission of the publisher.

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When the Beef Cattle Research Council was formed nearly 25 years ago, we simply funded research projects and relied on researchers and provincial extension services to help producers learn about and adopt relevant results on their operations. We deliberately didn’t do much extension because we didn’t want to give governments an excuse to reduce their extension services.

That didn’t work – traditional extension services have declined significantly. Agriculture Canada and most universities do not encourage their researchers to help producers adopt new innovations. In most provinces, the battalions of district, regional and provincial specialists that used to help farmers trouble-shoot and solve problems have been significantly downsized and many have been re-assigned to administering government programs.

Sensing this trend wasn’t going to reverse, the BCRC developed a Knowledge and Technology Transfer (Extension) Strategy in 2011. In 2012, we launched www.beefresearch.ca, with the goal of being a reputable, comprehensive, one-stop-shop for useful Canadian beef research and extension information. Our extension activities have expanded considerably since then. We’ve learned a lot as the extension landscape has continued to evolve. After ten years, it’s time to re-assess our approach and identify how we can continue to improve. Continue reading

Attn Extension Agents: BCRC Opens Call For Letters Of Intent

The Beef Cattle Research Council invites letters of intent (LOIs) for technology transfer and production economics projects. The application deadline for this call is August 19, 2022, at 11:59 PM MT. 

The purpose of this targeted call is to achieve specific objectives in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy and the National Beef Strategy. This call for technology transfer LOIs is made possible by the recent increase in the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off in most provinces. 

Approved projects, funded by Canadian cattle producers through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off, will be required to use the industry funding to leverage additional funds from government or other funding organizations to fulfill project budgets.
 

Through extensive consultation with research teams and industry stakeholders to identify critical needs and key areas where the BCRC can have the greatest impact, target outcomes have been clearly defined for the call. Please refer to the problem statements listed within the documents linked below before deciding whether to submit an LOI.  Continue reading

Three producers share ideas that improve efficiency

Editors note: This article is the third in a series featuring ideas from beef producers across the country. See the first: Eight beef producers share their recent changes and second: Five Producers Share Ideas That Have Made Their Farms And Ranches More Efficient

Beef producers across the country are always looking to improve management and production practices that not only benefit cattle, but also reduce their workload, and help to save time and money.

It may involve improved calf identification measures, installing remote cameras to monitor watering systems, or adopting quiet livestock handling practices in a flexible year-round grazing system. They all help to improve beef production efficiency.

Here are some measures three beef producers say has benefited their operations:

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Attn Researchers And Extension Agents: BCRC Opens Two Calls For Letters Of Intent



The Beef Cattle Research Council and Alberta Beef Producers invites letters of intent (LOIs) for research projects as well as LOIs for technology transfer and production economics projects. The application deadline for these separate but concurrent calls is August 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM MT.

The purpose of these two targeted calls is to achieve specific objectives in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy and the National Beef Strategy. These  calls for research and technology transfer LOIs, expected to occur annually for research and bi-annually for technology transfer and production economics, are made possible by the recent increase in the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off in most provinces.

Approved projects, funded by Canadian cattle producers through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off, will be required to use the industry funding to leverage additional funds from government or other funding organizations to fulfill project budgets.

Through extensive consultation with research teams and industry stakeholders to identify critical needs and key areas where the BCRC and ABP can have the greatest impact, target outcomes have been clearly defined for both calls. Please refer to the target objectives listed within the documents linked below before deciding whether to submit a LOI. Continue reading

Top 10 blog posts of 2017

This past year we published 70 blog posts that offered production tips and decision tools, provided a science-based perspective on issues in the media, highlighted new beef, cattle and forage research projects and results, and announced other exciting initiatives. Of those, these were the top 10 most popular:

10) The Canadian beef industry’s water footprint is shrinking



New research funded by the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster found that producing 1 kg of Canadian beef in 2011 used 17% less water than it did in 1981. Continued improvements in production practices and advancements in technologies improves productivity and efficiency while reducing environmental footprint.

http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/the-canadian-beef-industrys-water-footprint-is-shrinking/

9) Based on 2017 calf prices, how much did last summer’s cows in ideal condition earn? Continue reading

Producers, which innovations do you most want to learn about?

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is looking for input on which topics to choose when planning presentations and workshops for Canadian beef producers. Please consider completing our short survey.

It takes about 10 minutes.

Your feedback will help determine which topics will be presented during Bov-Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in August 2017.

What is Bov-Innovation? Bov-Innovation is an extension event for producers held as part of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). Bov-Innovation features innovative, underutilized or emerging production practices that feedlot and cow-calf operators may want to consider implementing in their operations. The sessions are engaging and interactive. Participants are able discuss the recommendations with presenters and fellow producers, and take home additional resources.

The CBIC is a joint collaboration of the BCRC, Canada Beef, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The inaugural CBIC was held in 2016.

CBIC 2017 will be held August 15-17 at Continue reading

Top 10 blog posts of 2016

This past year we published 72 blog posts that offered production tips and decision tools, provided a science-based perspective on issues in the media, highlighted new beef, cattle and forage research projects and results, and announced other exciting initiatives. Of those, these were the top 10 most popular:

10) Announcing the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program 2016-17 participants



Our mentorship program provides researchers who study cattle, beef, genetics, feed or forage production an excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Canadian beef industry. Of the many applicants this year, four participants from across Canada were chosen and paired with both an industry and producer mentor.

See if you recognize any of the participants or their mentors: http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/announcing-the-beef-researcher-mentorship-program-2016-17-participants/

9) Results of the Beef Research Priority Survey Continue reading

Bov-Innovation workshop to provide beef producers with a unique extension experience

News Release
June 1, 2016

Calgary, AB – The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to help power a new extension event for producers, titled Bov-Innovation. Bov-Innovation will be held as part of the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference, which will take place from August 9-11, 2016 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Alberta.

“The BCRC has a great track record of sharing meaningful science-based information to Canada’s beef producers online and in print, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to partner on this in-person session,” explained Tim Oleksyn, a cow-calf producer based out of Shellbrook, SK and the Chair of BCRC. “Bov-Innovation will bring leading research and expertise to producers in a unique format that encourages producer participation,” Oleksyn added.


Canadian Beef Industry Conference
Bov-Innovation
will feature innovative and emerging production practices that feedlot and cow-calf operators may want to consider implementing in their operations. The session format itself will be engaging and unlike mainstream producer events, with experts delivering information in a fast-paced lightning-round style. The audience will be able to Continue reading

Canadian Beef Industry Conference drives fresh energy

A brand new national event built for everyone involved in beef


Canadian Beef Industry Conference
Learning, fun and moving the beef industry forward. These are three key elements of the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference, slated for Aug 9 – 11 in Calgary at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino.

The conference is a brand new, first-of-its-kind event for Canada designed to create a national meeting place for everyone involved in beef production, from the grass roots level through all parts of the supply chain.  It will help support the new National Beef Strategy. It will also support a new level of grass roots interaction and relationship building to drive progress based on shared interests.

Among a diverse range of topics and speakers, the conference features very practical, educational sessions for producers. A leading example is Continue reading

Top 10 BCRC blog posts of 2015

This past year we published 68 blog posts that offered production tips, science-based perspectives on issues in the media, highlighted new beef, cattle and forage research projects and results, and announced other exciting initiatives. Of those, these were the top 10 most popular:

10. New resources added to BodyConditionScoring.ca help cow-calf producers increase profits


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A new feed cost calculator was added to give producers the ability to compare the costs of increasing the body condition of thin cattle using different feed sources. Three fact sheets were also added, which explain reproductive issues with over- and under-conditioned cows, developing a winter feeding program for under-conditioned cows and how to maintain condition year-round for maximum profitability.

Follow the link to see the fact sheets and to calculate costs with the feed sources available on your own operation.

http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/new-resources-added-to-bodyconditionscoring-ca/

 

9. Celebrate beef industry’s continual environmental improvements on Earth Day Continue reading