November 2021

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Our favourite BeefTech highlights


To December 7. Antimicrobial Resistance from a One Health Approach. Webinar series
December 7-9. Farm Forum Event.
December 14-16. CFGA 12th Annual Conference
December 14. Canadian Forage and Grassland Association annual conference
January 5. Beef Day.
January 5-6. Ontario Agricultural Conference.
January 11-13. Beef and Forage week. Selkirk, MB
January 11-13. Banff Pork Seminar. hybrid
January 12. BCRC Webinar - Calving Season Data Collection
January 18. Manitoba Ag Days. Brandon, MB
January 18-19. Cdn Agri-food Policy Conference.
January 19-20. Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference
January 21-22. Canadian Bull Congress. Camrose, AB
January 24-February 10. ABP Producer Meetings. AB

Animal Health Canada: A bold idea to address contagious animal diseases

Rory McAlpine’s dedication to sound policy, strategic thinking and continual improvement led to development of the Animal Health Canada, a concept that government and industry partners need to adopt in handling contagious animal diseases and animal-to-human diseases proactively to minimize their heavy economic costs. Rory spoke to Gentec about the background to Animal Health Canada. Read more here. And see Ellen Goddard's related message below.

Behaviour change: But I’ve been using antibiotics for my animals all my life!

Changing our behaviour to respond to complex challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance will require new strategies. We know this. So why is it so hard to make those changes? Gentec-associated researcher Ellen Goddard provides some answers here.

Supplementing cows in late gestation increases calf growth

Canola-fat based pellet supplementation in the diet of beef cows during late pregnancy led to greater growth of their calves from birth to slaughter, translating into 22 kg more carcass. Read more here. The original study by Gentec-associated researcher Carolyn Fitzsimmons is here. Download the Gentec summary here.

Gentec staffer earns recognition from the Hungarian government

On behalf of the Queen, the Chancellery of Honours announced the award given to Canadians. Among them is Gentec research admin assistant Anna Szenthe who has been awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for her services in bringing Canada and Hungary together. This is her second recognition, the first being the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary, awarded in 2016.
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