(BCRC) – The Beef Cattle Research Council is now accepting applications for the 2024-25 term of the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2024.

The Beef Researcher Mentorship Program is an initiative to facilitate greater engagement of upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry. It provides researchers with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the needs of the beef industry in a practical and meaningful way. The program is designed to:

  • align research interests with those that are practical and beneficial to Canada’s beef industry,
  • build the skills, network and confidence necessary to participate in or lead applied research and technology transfer efforts that enhance and accelerate innovation in Canada’s beef industry and
  • facilitate collaborations that help new Canadian beef researchers establish effective applied research and extension programs.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Stephanie Lam (mentee), University of Guelph; Michael Sydora, CanFax Research Services; Genet Mengistu, CanFax Research Services; Dr. Francois Teste (mentee), AAFC Swift Current, and Dr. Rodolpho Martin do Prado (mentee), Université Laval.
2023-24 Beef Researcher Mentorship mentees took part in the annual introductory tour in October 2023 at S Bar S Ranch located near Strathmore, Alberta.

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Three researchers participated in the program during the 2023-2024 year. Each was paired with two mentors: an innovative producer and another industry expert. Each of the researchers have reported very successful and valuable experiences through the opportunities provided, including:

  • meeting several producers and industry leaders with whom they can ask questions and have meaningful discussions about cattle production, animal health and welfare, grazing and beef genetics,
  • building connections within industry and with other researchers to further their research programs and
  • attending industry events and touring farms and ranches to better understand the impacts, practicalities and economics of adopting research results.

The BCRC is excited to continue the mentorship program and invites applications from upcoming and new applied researchers in Canada whose studies are of value or impact the beef industry. These research areas include, but are not limited to, cattle health and welfare, beef quality, food safety, genetics, feed efficiency and forage management.

A new group of participants will begin their mentorships on September 1, 2024.

The BCRC’s Beef Researcher Mentorship Program launched in August 2014 and has facilitated 38 mentorships to date.

Learn more about the program and APPLY NOW

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