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Cana­dian Beef Pro­duc­ers make $2.9 mil­lion in­vest­ment in re­search and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer

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More than $2.9 mil­lion dol­lars will be in­vested by beef pro­duc­ers into new re­search and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer projects in 2021 through the Cana­dian Beef Cat­tle Check-Off. Pro­pos­als for twenty-nine more projects have been ap­proved for fund­ing by the Beef Cat­tle Re­search Coun­cil (BCRC) to ad­vance Canada’s beef sec­tor.

Matt Bow­man, BCRC Chair and a pro­ducer from Thorn­loe, On­tario, said the new projects add to the Coun­cil’s port­fo­lio of re­search in­vest­ments.

“We are sup­port­ing more work fo­cused on achiev­ing spe­cific pri­or­ity out­comes in the Cana­dian Beef Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Strat­egy re­lated to an­i­mal health and wel­fare, feed pro­duc­tion and utiliza­tion, food safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship,” said Bow­man. “For ex­am­ple, new stud­ies to quan­tify soil car­bon se­ques­tra­tion through dif­fer­ent graz­ing and in­ter­crop­ping sys­tems, and oth­ers look­ing into causes and pre­ven­tion of is­sues like scours and itchy cat­tle.”

BCRC Vice-Chair Craig Lehr, a pro­ducer from Medicine Hat, Al­berta, said knowl­edge trans­la­tion and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer is also a pri­or­ity for the Coun­cil.

“As pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments con­tinue to cut valu­able ex­ten­sion ser­vices, we do what we can to help fill the gaps,” he said. “The BCRC doesn’t have the ca­pac­ity to pro­vide the needed one-on-one con­sul­ta­tion for beef pro­duc­ers, but we can sup­port or lead projects that make mean­ing­ful science-based in­for­ma­tion freely avail­able on beefre­search.ca in nu­mer­ous for­mats that are help­ful in mak­ing in­formed de­ci­sions.”

Newly funded tech­nol­ogy trans­fer projects in­clude an ex­pan­sion of the For­age U-Pick tool to in­clude Eastern Canada, and cre­ation of ad­di­tional re­sources on beefre­search.ca ap­pli­ca­ble to pro­duc­ers in On­tario, Que­bec and the At­lantic prov­inces. An­other project will col­lab­o­rate with prac­tic­ing vet­eri­nar­i­ans across Canada to de­velop de­ci­sion mak­ing tools for their beef clients that help im­prove herd health and prof­itabil­ity. There is no cost to sub­scribe to be no­ti­fied by email of new re­search re­sults or sea­sonal, sci­ence­based pro­duc­tion in­for­ma­tion and de­ci­sion-mak­ing tools.

The re­cent in­crease in Cana­dian Beef Cat­tle Check-Off in most prov­inces en­abled an­nual com­pet­i­tive calls for pro­pos­als for re­search and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer projects to ad­dress crit­i­cally un­der­funded pri­or­i­ties. The in­crease also re­sulted in the launch of a new BCRC pro­gram that funds short-term proof of con­cept and val­i­da­tion tri­als. Re­searchers are re­quired to pro­cure match­ing funds that lever­age BCRC fund­ing on a 1:2 or higher ba­sis. In­dus­try in­vest­ment through check-off sends a clear mes­sage to gov­ern­ments about pri­or­i­ties and helps to pro­cure in­vest­ment by gov­ern­ments to mul­ti­ply the im­pacts of pro­ducer dol­lars.

The BCRC is Canada's in­dus­try-led fund­ing agency for beef, cat­tle and for­age re­search. It is funded through a por­tion of the

Cana­dian Beef Cat­tle Check-Off as well as gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try fund­ing and is di­rected by a com­mit­tee of beef pro­duc­ers from across the coun­try. This an­nounce­ment adds to the 86 projects co­funded by the BCRC that are cur­rently un­der­way at 30 Cana­dian in­sti­tu­tions.

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