Raise calves in Ontario? Your input is needed

If you have a cow-calf operation in Ontario, your input is needed in an effort to create a baseline of common management practices for the province.

The Ontario Cow-Calf Production Survey is being conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Beef Farmers of Ontario, and the Beef Cattle Research Council. Questions in this survey have been adapted and will be comparable to answers from the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey conducted in 2014, allowing comparison from east to west.

The purpose of the overall project is to gain a better understanding of the management practices, economics, and disease rates on Ontario cow-calf farms and determine how well Ontario producers compete in a global economy. This survey will obtain basic information on production practices, management choices, disease rates, and rate of technology adaptation in the province

The findings of the survey will be used in a number of ways, including to identify baseline management practices common in Ontario, and to guide extension and research efforts that are most likely to lead to improvements in the Ontario cow-calf sector. There is currently limited industry benchmark data in eastern Canada to guide these efforts, according to organizers.

The deadline has been extended to Monday, May 15, 2017. All cow-calf producers in Ontario are encouraged to participate. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete.

For more information, and to fill out the survey online (or by mail) follow this link.

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