Canada focused on beef research

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 20, 2007
by WLJ
The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is offering industry affiliates and producers more information on research and development that has been undertaken on behalf of the Canadian beef cattle industry. Several research projects have been completed that provide insight and benefit the industry. Fact sheets have been developed on each project to provide accessible and easy to read information.

“The goal of the fact sheets is to provide information on the projects the BCRC is undertaking in order to advance industry knowledge through research and technology development,” says Andrea Brocklebank, research manager for CCA. “Thirteen project fact sheets have been completed to date and they are an effective way to provide an overview of the detailed research that went into each project. The full reports are quite in-depth and scientific—which many people find difficult to read; however, we feel it’s important that this information be public knowledge and available to industry. Readers should appreciate and find the fact sheets very useful.”

As the beef cattle industry moves into the future, it is becoming increasingly important to have a strong foundation supported by research and development. The BCRC was established in 1997 to determine research and development priorities for the beef cattle industry, and to administrate the research funding allocation of the National Check-off. A portion of the funds collected from the National Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency (National Check- off) are directed towards BCRC to sponsor development.

Any individual or organization, including academic institutions, private industries, government or non-government from Canada or elsewhere, with a proven ability to carry out research projects in areas that could be useful to the Canadian beef industry are eligible to apply for research. Research proposals are evaluated on their relevance to research and development priorities, their scientific merit, and their likelihood in succeeding to help the Canadian beef industry remain competitive and sustainable.
The BCRC has funded 45 projects and initiatives since its inception. Research topics range from bluetongue and anaplasmosis risk to best management practices improving environmental sustainability of grasslands.

The fact sheets are located on the CCA website at Additional fact sheets will be made available upon completion of new research projects.