BCRC announces $2 Million in funding for 12 beef research projects

Canadian Beef Check-Off dollars support the research
calendar icon 29 May 2023
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Twelve research projects have been awarded a total of $2 million in funding by Canada's Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) through the 2022/2023 annual call, according to a news release from the organisation. Through these projects, the $2 million of industry funding will be leveraged with over $4 million in matching funding through government and industry partners.

As an Alberta beef producer, including a backgrounding, feedlot and cow-calf operation, BCRC Chare Craig Lehr sees first-hand how applied research improves the productivity and profitability of Canadian beef production.

"We are able to leverage producer dollars from the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off to support research that truly matters to the day-to-day management of our herds," said Lehr. "This is important work. The BCRC not only funds the research but develops practical resources to support producers in making informed decisions to improve profitability, keep Canadian beef competitive and continue our ability to operate with a social licence."

The investment in these projects will ensure that research is being done in areas that directly impact the Canadian Beef Industry and the priorities laid out in the Five-Year Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Stategy.

"Research matters. It moves the needle on the best practices used across the industry, from animal health and productivity to nutrition, forage and grazing management, soil health, and the list goes on," says Ron Stevenson, BCRC vice chair and Ontario cow-calf producer, who values industry-funded research not only as a producer, but also through his experiences working in the veterinary industry.

"The investment in these projects will lead to outcomes that have an impact, providing tools for farmers and ranchers to continuously improve."

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