Winter feed costs are the largest variable cost for cow-calf production. With the increased availability and falling prices of alternative winter feeds in some areas, there could be a good opportunity to reduce wintering costs by using alternative feed sources this year.
Leah Clark, a livestock specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, talks about the importance of quality drinking water for livestock. She explains how poor stock water quality can impact animal performance through reduced gains and decreased reproductive success n severe cases and how water quality issues can lead to disease and death.
Veterinarians and producers from across the country weigh in on best practices to get calves settled in a feedlot. They all agree getting calves unloaded into a receiving pen, don’t over crowd them, make sure they have access to good quality grass hay, are drinking water, the lot is well bedded, and the cattle get a few hours of rest before processing.
Dr. John Campbell is the winner of the 2019 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Campbell is a professor and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. His work focuses on clinical research in beef cattle health management and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is pleased to announce the participants in the 2019-20 Beef Researcher Mentorship program.