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Participants at the first Feedlot School offered by the Maritime Beef Council in 2017.

Building foundational skills

If you’re new to beef production or looking to expand your skillset, start with our roundup of resources for practical skills and knowledge No matter where you are in your career, there’s always value in learning something new. When the Maritime Beef Council created the Atlantic Beef School, the goal was to provide the region’s […] Read more

cattleman on a horse

We have questions. You, as a cattle producer, have the answers

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

This column usually tells you about a research project that the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has supported using Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off funds paid by producers like yourself. Sometimes you may ask yourself “why on earth did they fund that?” , “why don’t they do research on this?” or “do they ask producers what […] Read more


As beef producers gained more appreciation for the value of industry-funded research, some provincial groups began allocating more checkoff dollars to the BCRC.

The evolution of the Beef Cattle Research Council

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

This column usually features research projects funded by the BCRC. This month is a bit of a higher-level view of some of the BCRC’s other activities. Canada’s cattle and beef producers pay the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off that supports the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef’s domestic and international marketing activities and the Canadian Cattlemen’s […] Read more

Young woman is standing by a fence on a ranch with cattle in the distance

CCA reports: Supporting young producers through COVID and beyond

From the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It is safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year due to uncertainties unleashed by the arrival of COVID-19 on Canadian soil. These unprecedented times have been difficult for cattle producers across Canada — especially our young producers. It has reaffirmed the importance of young producers having access to financing and affordable land […] Read more


BCRC announces Beef Research Mentorship Program participants

NewsMakers from the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to Mike Raine, who was recently appointed editor at the Western Producer. Raine has been with the Western Producer for 28 years, most recently as managing editor. Over the course of his journalism career, Raine has remained active on the farm as well. Raine takes the reins from the Producer’s previous editor, Brian MacLeod. […] Read more

(File photo by Allan Dawson)

Beef sector aims for new 2030 targets

Organizations involved in Canada's National Beef Strategy have announced new goals for the beef sector for the next decade

The Canadian beef industry has new benchmarks to reach for in the next decade. The organizations involved in Canada’s National Beef Strategy — the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef Breeds Council, Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, The National Cattle Feeders’ Association, Canadian Meat Council and Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef have announced new 2030 […] Read more


Beef is a good fit in Canadian diets. It may even qualify as a superfood.

Will the real superfood please stand up?

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

“Superfood” is a marketing (not medical or scientific) term used to describe foods with perceived health benefits because of exceptional nutritional properties. Google “superfood” and you’ll see numerous lists claiming health benefits for foods such as broccoli, legumes, nuts, salmon, eggs, kale, beans, spinach, and trendy new things like acai or goji berries that marketers […] Read more

Craig Lehr is one of five Alberta reps on the Beef Cattle Research Council. The organization is profiling the innovative practices of its council members, including Lehr’s operation near Medicine Hat.

Double cropping and low-stress handling pay dividends

Short Grass Ranches benefits from grazing a second feed crop and a new low-stress handling system

The Beef Cattle Research Council has launched a new series looking at the innovative practices and strategies of producers who are members of the council. (There are 14 council members representing provincial beef organizations.) Here is an excerpt from the first instalment of the series, which can be found in the blog section of beefresearch.ca. […] Read more


Where does short-season corn fit?

Where does short-season corn fit?

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Statistics Canada reports that Western Canada’s silage corn acreage has grown significantly in recent years. Nearly 30 per cent of seeded corn silage acres aren’t harvested, suggesting it’s likely being used for grazing. The potential for a 50 per cent higher yield compared to barley may offset corn’s 30 per cent higher input costs, but […] Read more

A small plot of forage barley on display at Ag in Motion near Saskatoon.  (photo: Lisa Guenther)

Barley yields come up the backstretch

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Like cattle performance, crop yields reflect the interplay between genetics, management practices and environmental conditions. Statistics Canada reports show that barley yields weren’t keeping up with other feed crops for decades. Barley yields increased 0.39 bushels/acre/year between 1980 and 2009, slower than either wheat (0.44) or corn (1.66). But since 2010, Canada’s barley yields have […] Read more