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Twelve research projects have been awarded a total of $2 million in funding by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) through the 2022/2023 annual call. 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 Chair 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,” says 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 license.”  

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Jason Thiessen is an egg farmer near Winkler, Manitoba. He cares for approximately 6,000 hens in an enriched housing system. Jason represents the third generation on their family farm that mainly produces grains, and his kids represent the fourth generation.

Jason’s family are always keen on adopting new technology for better farm management. Since their first flock, they have upgraded their environmental controller, added a feed mill as well as a misting system which has helped reduce mortality during the very hot days. Their egg facility has consistently attained a superior rating under the national on-farm food safety and animal care programs over the years.