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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?

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.

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


The latest research into cattle transport looked at the effects of rest stop duration on calves.

The latest research on cattle transport and rest stops

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Note: This column was written and went to print before the federal government announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency would allow a two-year transition period for the new livestock transportation regulations, as they apply to cattle.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will start phasing in its enforcement of Canada’s revised livestock transportation regulations on […] Read more

Cattle bale grazing in central Saskatchewan.


Tips for bale grazing

Feeding: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bale grazing not only helps keep cows fat and sassy over the winter, but can also improve areas with low fertility and reduce yardage costs. Research studies in Saskatchewan and Alberta have found higher forage production on bale-grazed sites than control sites with no bale grazing, the Beef Cattle Research Council notes in Extended Grazing, […] Read more


Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation was instrumental in helping to get the new Elora Beef Research Centre up and running.

Doing livestock research and innovation right in Ontario

The new CEO of the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation shares his thoughts on the organization’s direction

Mike McMorris, the new CEO of Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC), is a firm believer in systems research — finding ways to leverage better results through collaboration and making connections across species. He’s also focused on better co-ordinating research services, making sure member organizations receive value for their investments and digging deeper into the […] Read more

A new cost-benefit calculator helps quantify the benefits of sourcing calves that have been vaccinated for BRD.

Vaccinating for bovine respiratory disease

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While bovine respiratory disease is often thought of as a feedlot problem, it’s also the most common cause of death for nursing calves older than three weeks, notes the Beef Cattle Research Council’s blog. Several studies have shown bovine respiratory disease (BRD) peaks seasonally. For example, a Nebraska study that looked at several years of […] Read more


CCA Reports: CCA talks trade, climate and business risk management

From the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the leaves begin to turn and cattle return from summer pasture, I find myself reflecting on the productive summer we have had at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The highlight was the fourth annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) that welcomed over 640 registrants from across Canada and around the globe to Calgary. The […] Read more

The attendees at this Atlantic forage field day took in research updates and extension information at the AAFC Nappan Research Farm in Nova Scotia.

Record turnout at forage field day in Nova Scotia

Forage: News Roundup from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Agriculture and Agriculture Canada (AAFC) and Maritime Beef Council co-hosted an Atlantic forage field day this summer at the AAFC Nappan Research Farm, located near Amherst, Nova Scotia.  This was the third year that the event was co-hosted, and it proved to be the biggest turnout yet with 120 farmers, agriculture advisors, academics and government […] Read more