Second Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey

 
  From the November 13, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 Do you wonder how your cow-calf operation compares with others in your region, province or herd size range on matters like conception rate and weaning weight? A joint effort representing the cow-calf industry from BC to Manitoba is helping Western Canadian cattle producers do just that.

By participating in the second Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey, producers can choose to receive a complementary report that allows them to compare their own operation with benchmarks (average numbers from a region).

The survey takes about 45-60 minutes to complete and asks questions related to the 2016 breeding season all the way through to weaning of 2017 calf crop, as well as typical management practices. Many of the questions are the quick check-box style. Any question a producer is unable to answer can be left blank.

As a thank you for the time taken to complete the survey, participants will receive up to $50 in gift cards, in addition to the complementary report.

The complementary report will help producers see the aspects of their operation that they’re doing exceptionally well in, and the areas that have the greatest room for improvement. For example, the report will show a producer whether the conception rates of his cows in 2016 was higher or lower than nearby herds and herds of a similar size. That way, he or she will know whether to work with their veterinarian, nutritionist and/or regional extension specialist to have fewer of their cows come home from pasture open, or if other production goals are a higher priority for them to focus on to improve their productivity and profitability.

“This survey is being conducted to generate up-to-date production benchmarks for producers, get a better understanding of what producers were doing on their operations and determine ways to improve the productive efficiency of the industry,” says Barry Yaremcio, beef/forage specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Ontario and Atlantic Canada producers are completing a similar survey this fall and it’ll be interesting to see if there are management differences among the three regions.”

Every cow-calf producer in BC, AB, SK and MB is encouraged to complete the survey. All of the information collected will remain confidential. Information cannot be linked to individual operations as data will be aggregated into averages and benchmarks.

For more information, or to complete the survey online, go to http://wbdc.sk.ca/wcccs.htm.

Contact:
Barry Yaremcio
Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
403-742-7926

 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on October 31, 2017.