Canadian Beef Industry Conference

An exciting new national conference is being hosted at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary August 9-11, 2016. The Canadian Beef Industry Conference aims to bring beef industry stakeholders together to drive the industry forward. Registration is $450 for the whole event. Our own Dr. Cody Creelman will be speaking at this event, along with long-time client William Torres from Cattleland Feedyards Ltd. Visit the website for more...

Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey Results

    Did you participate in the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey? The results are now available! The survey was distributed this winter and the information collected was based on the 2014 calving season and 2013 breeding season. The results from the survey set benchmarks for production performance that producers can aim towards. Check out this link to see the results!   cameroon...

Estimating Your Farm’s Greenhouse Gas Emissi...

You may be thinking more about the environment and how farms and ranches can become more sustainable. There are several tools available to estimate your farm’s greenhouse gas emissions; there are a couple of examples below that you can try for free.   Holos is a farm model software program. It predicts your GHG emissions based on the values you enter and helps you to find ways to reduce those emissions.   Cool Farm Tool is also a calculator to estimate your farms greenhouse gas emissions, but is available in a downloadable...

Body Condition Scoring and Your Bottom Line

Body condition scoring is a useful way to evaluate herd health and should be utilized on farm settings. This useful link will help you to learn more about body condition scoring and how to use it on your farm to optimize profits.  

Vaccinating for Scours

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT What is it? Scour vaccines are available to help prevent the incidence, severity and duration of calf-hood scours; they are for use in healthy, pregnant cattle. Scour Bos® is one of the products available that contains both viral and bacterial antigens for the prevention of scours. Benefits Scours can be quite common on the farm and can mount significant economic loss from not only treatment costs, but also death loss and even performance loss. Vaccination for scours can help reduce some of these costs, when combined with a proper management strategy. When vaccinated with antigens, like the ones found in Scour Bos®,...

Two Stage Weaning

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT What is it? This is a two stage method that attempts to reduce stress in calves during weaning. The first step is to take away the milk source from the calves by using a small, plastic device called a QuietWean nose tag that fits into each calf’s nose to prevent nursing. The nose tag is left in for about a week while the calves get to stay with their dams; it is then removed just prior to weaning when the calves are separated from their mothers. What are the benefits? The tags are relatively quick and easy to place when calves are run through a chute and have retention rates of over 95%. A perfect time to place the...