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“I’ve always loved animals and especially cows and horses...” – Haley Scott.

Finding a role in the science behind red meat production

Young Leader Spotlight: Combining her love of science and raising cattle, Haley Scott has created an exciting career path in meat production research and improvement

When Haley Scott reflects on how she arrived at her current position in meat production research, it all makes sense. An opportunity to study at an agriculture program in New Zealand was just one of the experiences that led her to blend her background in cow-calf production and passion for science into a promising career. […] Read more

Boviglo shows positive results in feeding trial

A nine-month feeding trial at Lethbridge Research Centre shows that average daily gain (ADG) during the 110-day backgrounding period for steers that received Boviglo was 1.11 kilograms per day (kg/d). This was a bit better than that for the control group and a little less but not statistically different from the group that received an […] Read more


In the study, the cows were fed barley silage, barley grain, barley straw and hay in confinement, or swath grazed on triticale (seen here) or corn for 120 days.

Another look at the costs and benefits of swath grazing

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Well-managed swath grazing has well-known economic benefits for producers. But research results from a study funded by the Beef Science Cluster showed that it can have environmental benefits as well. Dr. Vern Baron and coworkers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe Research Station recently published Swath grazing triticale and corn compared to barley and a […] Read more

Eastern beef research facilities get an upgrade

Research: News Roundup from the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A $15.5 million injection into the University of Guelph’s Elora research farm is expected to produce a world-leading beef research facility. Meat science researcher and nutritionist Dr. Ira Mandel says the new facility will allow the university to amalgamate the beef research herds from New Liskeard and Guelph. “We’re going to have a much larger […] Read more


Guelph gets new beef research facility

The federal and provincial governments and the Beef Farmers of Ontario have all announced funding for buildings and programs at the University of Guelph’s renewed beef research station this week. The funds announced are to help create a completely new cow-calf and heifer research facility next to the current beef research station, and a new […] Read more

$1.7 million for Olds College research centre

Research: News Roundup from the October 3, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced funding last month for the development of a new state-of-the-art research facility at the Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC). TAC will act as a technology training hub for regional livestock producers, as well as a research resource for students studying […] Read more



There is no evidence that ionophore use in livestock increases resistance to other antibiotics that are important in cattle or human medicine.

Are ionophore antibiotics a risk for antimicrobial resistance?

Last month’s column talked about Health Canada’s initiative to phase out growth promotion claims for medically important antibiotics by December 2016. This will impact three antibiotics (tetracycline, sulfamethazine and neomycin) that have growth promotion claims in beef cattle in Canada. It will not affect ionophore antibiotics like Rumensin, Bovatec, or Posistac. Ionophores are used widely […] Read more


Breeders will benefit from carcass data

News Roundup: From the April 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) believes the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) will become invaluable for cattle breeders, geneticists and beef researchers if significant numbers of producers can be encouraged to make use of the national database. And they aren’t the only ones looking forward to a more productive BIXS, according to a recent blog […] Read more

Using research funds more efficiently

Canada has many cattle, forage and beef research funders. Some, like the Beef Cattle Research Council and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, fund projects all across the country. Others, like most provincial beef organizations and provincial governments have a more regional focus. Each funder generally operates completely independently from every other. Each funder sets their own […] Read more