tools, tips and education items to help saskatchewan's beef producers get the most out of their operation
VERIFIED BEEF PRODUCTION
The recent controversy over Earls' decision to source beef from the U.S. has underscored the urgency for Canadian beef producers to get on board with Verified Beef Production.
VBP is a program that ultimately assures consumers that the products and good practices of Canada's beef producers are the best in the world. We already have a reputation for acting responsibly, but VBP takes that to a new level. Grass-roots driven and industry-led, the program is part of a broad effort by Canada's food providers to show consumers that on-farm food safety and sustainability are the industry's top priorities.
VBP certification will result in stronger competitiveness for Canada's beef industry, as food safety continues to grow as a major factor in consumer buying decisions.The SCA board strongly recommends that producers take advantage of VBP so that verification will continue to be industry-led and not pushed upon the industry by an outside entity.
RISK MANAGEMENT COURSES ONLINE
This online program from Lethbridge College is designed specifically for application in agricultural business (beef, pork, grain, oilseeds) with a strong focus on commodity and risk management essential to entrepreneurs. The focus of the program is on financial risk and topics associated with financial risk. Modules can be purchased separately and completed entirely online.
Predation control is a key issue for the SCA and its members. The SCA is currently working on policy to address concerns and lay a framework for the future. Mike Gollop of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has created a PDF presentation to help producers better understand the regulations surrounding this issue. Click the button below to see the presentation.
Predation Compensation is an important part of the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance. It provides compensation to producers for injury or death to eligible livestock by predators. Click the button below for a PDF of the program details.
FarmOn.com has created a resource page that all young Canadian farmers can use to help them find the right program for them and get started on their journey into agriculture education.
This useful guide is designed to help identify invasive plant species in Saskatchewan. Invasive species are a growing threat to the integrity of the landscape in many areas of the province. These plants have the ability to upset the balance because they can adapt to one or more habitats very quickly.
Saskatchewan Forage Council has some great online resources available.
If you prefer a hard copy you can contact the council to obtain one.
HORMONES IN BEEF
The issue of hormones in beef cattle has been in the public eye lately, and there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there. This PDF can help you with answers to questions from consumers. Click the button below to download a PDF copy.
Registering for your Premises Identification is quick and easy on the Government of Saskatchewan's website. Registering and reporting your land location will provide CCIA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with specific location information for a faster response to assist producers if an animal health or food safety issue should ever arise. Click below to be directed to the PID homepage.
The Beef Cattle Research Council's preconditioning calculator evaluates the economic opportunity from preconditioning by providing a summary of estimated net returns and projected break-even price premiums of three different precondition programs.
Dr. Joe Stookey, a beef producer and professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and others break down the benefits of two-stage weaning, namely reduced stress all around.
Forage Species Selection Tool
The Saskatchewan Forage Council developed a tool to discover the best forage necessary for your soil type and for your needs. Everything from flood tolerance, best suited mixtures, and seeding rates are addressed.
The productivity of beef cows depends largely on the amount of fat they carry. A herd of cows maintained in the right condition with an ideal layer of fat cover will have more (and heavier!) calves than a herd of thin or over-fat cows.
ANTIBIOTICS IN BEEF
Many people have questions these days about antibiotics and beef, and producers need to be able to answer those questions. Alberta Beef Producers put together some excellent information in the slideshow below that can help you learn more about the role antibiotics play in beef production. Click the button below to download a PDF of the slideshow. Click here for more detailed antimicrobial info from the BCRC.
SBIC VIDEO CHANNEL
The Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference just uploaded videos of all the SBIC 2016 presentations on topics ranging from pain management to mineral supplements to marketing opportunities. If you couldn't make it to the conference, SBIC brings the conference to you!
For Canada to have a strong bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance program, producers need to be involved. As a cattle producer, your participation in BSE surveillance is crucial to maintain Canada’s international market access. Click the button below to download the Government of Saskatchewan BSE testing brochure.
Animal welfare is a top priority for beef producers. This video and poster by Farm and Food Care Ontario have excellent information on dealing with euthanasia in the most humane way possible. Click here for the poster.
Farm business development initiative
Funding up to $10,000 is available to qualified applicants to help them engage private sector consulting and/or access farm-related education and training programs.
Deadline to apply is June 1, 2017
The Partnership brings together 30 agencies and organizations representing producers, industry, provincial & federal governments, environmental non-government organizations, research and educational institutions working towards a common vision of prairie and species at risk conservation in Saskatchewan.
BEEF & EMISSIONS
Beef cattle do produce greenhouse gases, but the situation is more complex than it seems. Alberta Beef Ppoducers took a close look at how beed cattle interact with the environment and the pros and cons of raising beef in Canada. This info is great for sharing with folks who are looking for more information on beef and the environment. Click the button below to download a PDF copy.
SK GOVERNMENT LINKS
The Government of Saskatchewan has a number of information pages and tools for beef cattle producers on the Saskatchewan.ca website, including a cattle feeding break-even calculator. Topics range from cow-calf and backgrounding to custom feeding and even fencing costs.Click below to be redirected to the Government's Beef Cattle page.
The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) is a risk management tool available in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The program provides producers with protection against an unexpected drop in prices on cattle and hogs over a defined period of time. Click below to find out more.
There’s no doubt that cattle experience pain but as a prey species, they have evolved to hide the signs. Researching pain and pain control in stoic animals is difficult but knowledge is building. Pain control drugs are now available for cattle and have both costs and benefits. For more on pain management from BCRC, click here.
Did you miss the The 19th Western Canada Feedlot Management School in February?
The 8 videos from the event are now online. Watch them all at once or at your leisure.
Livestock Watering Systems in Saskatchewan: Producer Experiences
Providing clean water can improve livestock health and at the same time help maintain the health and productivity of riparian and upland habitats. Studies show that by providing alternate watering locations, producers can improve weight gains of their animals and improve the profitability of their livestock operation