Category: Beef Research School

Beef Research School: Make the Most of Manure Applications

There are two things you’re always going to have with livestock — deadstock and manure. Both byproducts, if you will,  present their own type of challenges. And then there are rules and regulations to contend with. Unlike some other byproducts of beef production, however, manure is a truly valuable resource if handled, stored and used… Read more »

Beef Research School: E-Beam Irradiation’s Role in Food Safety

Food safety is top of mind for any food industry. The beef industry is constantly researching new and proven methods for keeping Canada’s beef value chain safe from pathogens. E-beam irradiation, a food safety technique used in over 50 countries, is one such method being evaluated for use on beef and beef trim. While not… Read more »

Beef Research School: Planning Pastures for Grazing, Hay & Silage

Working with what nature gives you and spending a bit of time with pen and paper can boost your pasture and hay land productivity. Whether it’s matching topography like floodplains to forage species that don’t mind wet feet, or mapping out cattle movement or winter feeding needs, pasture planning is well worth the time. In… Read more »

Beef Research School: The How & When of Pain Mitigation in Cattle

Just because an animal does not overtly display discomfort, doesn’t mean they don’t feel any. This is true of prey animals — like cattle — where displaying pain may make them an easy target for predators. Because of this, it can be difficult to gauge how painful some procedures may be on animals. That said,… Read more »

Beef Research School: On-Farm & Feedlot Strategies to Manage AMR

Responsible, appropriate use of antimicrobial products is a cornerstone of managing resistance to these products in both humans and livestock. For many outside the livestock industry, a lack of understanding about the use of these products, their administration and withdrawal times has created misconceptions and undue concern over the risk of antimicrobial resistance in beef… Read more »

Beef Research School: What’s the Latest Research on Antimicrobial Resistance? What’s to be Done?

Developing a full understanding of antimicrobial resistance is imperative to managing its occurrence. Canada’s beef industry has been studying the incidence of antimicrobial resistance in cattle for some time, but there is more work to be done. Building off this introduction on antimicrobial resistance by Dr. Reynold Bergen, this episode of the Beef Research School… Read more »

Beef Research School: Antimicrobial Resistance Management in Livestock Production

Understanding and managing antimicrobial resistance is important for livestock production and to ensure the continued effectiveness of veterinary products. It’s also a complex issue under intense public scrutiny two factors that, under the wrong conditions, don’t go well together. The Ontario Medical Association recently began pushing for governments to step up its involvement in the… Read more »

Beef Research School: Managing Pasture and Rations to Avoid Acidosis

Acidosis, a severe drop in pH in a cow’s rumen due to a change in feed, isn’t just an issue in feedlots. Cattle being moved from low quality to very lush pastures are also at risk, for example. Not managing for acidosis can lead to cattle that reduce their feed intake and are slow to… Read more »

Beef Research School: Preventing and Treating Lameness in Cattle

Lameness isn’t just a welfare issue, it’s a production issue too. A cow or bull in pain due to an abscess, foot rot or or injury may go off feed, or, if it’s a bull, may not be able to breed. There are several different types of lameness, some more common in feedlots, others an… Read more »

Beef Research School: Using RFI to Breed an Efficient Beef Herd

How much would you save if each of your cows ate 10 pounds of feed less per day but gained the same? The exact value would change, but the cost savings would be significant no matter where you farm. But is there a way to not just identify more efficient animals, but also breed the… Read more »

Beef Research School: How to Save Time & Money with Bale & Swath Grazing

Extending the grazing season past the warm weather months isn’t just a great way to save on fuel and time, it also can significantly reduce feeding costs. Bale and swath grazing or grazing stock-piled fields isn’t as difficult as it first appears, though some planning is required. RealAgriculture.com asked Dr. Vern Baron, with AAFC, and… Read more »

Beef Research School: What you Need to Know about Winter Feeding

Cattle’s nutritional needs change throughout the production cycle. Even a full-grown bull is going to need extra energy to get through a cold winter, but pregnant cows or growing animals have even more dynamic needs throughout the winter months. In fact, a cow’s energy needs can increase significantly and protein requirements can nearly double during… Read more »

Beef Research School: Using a Feed Test to Maximize Profits & Avoid Pitfalls

Providing an optimal feed ration for each stage of cattle production takes planning, as forage and grain varies in quality and composition from year to year and from bin to bin. Feed testing is the integral first step to developing a balanced and complete ration. Optimal rations maximize feeding efficiency, which can help cattle producers… Read more »

Beef Research School: Safe Transport & Positive Outcomes for Cattle

Moving livestock safely, even short distances, requires the right type of trailer, skilled handlers and an informed plan for transport length and conditions. In order to ensure Canadian cattle are being handled with positive outcomes in mind, we need scientifically-informed guidelines for what appropriate travel durations and conditions are. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, an Agriculture and… Read more »

Beef Research School: The Value of Research for the Canadian Producer

The Canadian cattle industry has made continual gains in beef quality  and safety and production efficiency, year over year, even in the face of significant challenges in the past decade. That’s due in no small part to the tenacious nature of Canada’s beef producers, but it’s also a result of significant gains made through extensive… Read more »