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Managing a Year-Round Mineral Program That’s Right for You: Webinar on Nov. 4

Updated November 6, 2014: Missed the webinar? Find the recording and check for future webinars on the Webinars page.

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Some herds across Canada aren’t getting enough of some necessary minerals, and yours might be one of them.

If animals’ mineral needs are not met, the results are costly. Without adequate mineral intake, cow-calf producers will see poor performance, disease resistance and reproduction in their herds. Mineral requirements for cattle depend on their weight, age, and expected performance (maintenance vs. weight gain vs. pregnancy). Mineral supplementation needs also depend on the feed, water and soil chemistry around the herd.

Register for this free webinar to hear from experts on how to develop and manage a mineral program that works for your cows to improve your bottom line. You’ll learn:

  • why the cost of buying minerals is worth the expense
  • which minerals to feed, at what concentrations and when
  • how to better understand mineral tags to compare different mixtures
  • advice on getting your cows to consume the right amount
  • how to troubleshoot an existing mineral program

You’ll also hear about the latest research done on mineral supplementation strategies, and have the opportunity to ask questions.


Tuesday, November 4th at 7pm MST

  • 6:00pm in BC
  • 7:00pm in AB
  • 8:00pm in SK and MB
  • 9:00pm in ON and QC
  • 10:00pm in NS, NB and PEI


Approximately 1 hour.


BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster.

Interested but aren’t available that evening?

Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and supplemental learning resources. By attending the live event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too.


John McKinnon, Ph.D. – Professor, Researcher and the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. John McKinnon

Dr. McKinnon’s research is focused on nutritional and environmental factors influencing the growth and carcass quality of feeder cattle and the nutrition of wintering beef cows.  He continually communicates about science and innovation to beef producers through the Western Canadian Feedlot Management School, The Saskatchewan Beef and Forage Symposium and monthly nutrition articles for the Canadian Cattleman’s Magazine. He also works directly with cow-calf producers, feedlot operators, veterinarians, and feed industry personnel on their feeding and management programs.

Reynold Bergen, Ph.D. – Beef Cattle Research Council Science Director

Dr. Bergen provides scientific and industry expertise to the BCRC, Beef Science Cluster and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). He works with industry to identify research priorities, reviews research proposals and scientific reports, and engages with industry and research experts on an ongoing basis. To ensure producers have access to current research information, he develops factsheets for projects funded through the BCRC, and writes articles that are available through the CCA, provincial beef organizations, various ag media outlets and Reynold also works to gather and provide relevant research-based information for industry, public and government communications on specific issues.

What is a webinar?

Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required.

All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers, or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar.

Don’t have high-speed internet?

Consider calling a neighbor that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible.

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