January 2022

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Gentec highlights

Get involved

  • Submit DNA samples of your animals and receive genetic information (EPDs, profit indexes, breed composition and parentage analysis) for the discounted rate of $15/test. Read more about the project here, or contact or visit for more information.
  • You may have or soon will receive an invitation from Statistics Canada to participate in a survey about the environmental stewardship practices they have adopted for their farms. Read more here.
  • The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has an open call for proposals to write a peer-reviewed journal publication pertaining to the environmental results of the NBSA update. Deadline for proposals: Februry 25. Find out more here.

Our favourite BeefTech highlights


February 1-3. Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. Houston, TX
February 3. Ranching Opportunities. Olds, AB
February 8. Farm plans. Now more than ever.
February 8-10. Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop.
February 8, 15, 22. Western Canada Feedlot Management School
February 9. BCRC webinar - Grazing Game Plan - How to develop a grazing plan
February 9-10. AgriVisions. Lloydminster, AB
February 10-11. Celebrating Rural Ranching Women
February 11. Economic Leverage of Grazing Management
February 15. Peace Beef Cattle Day. Fairview, AB
February 17. Soil Health Conference. Saskatoon, SK
March 2. Canadian Federation of Agriculture annual general meeting. Ottawa, ON
March 16. BCRC: Don’t Roll the Dice with Johne’s Disease
March 22. FCC Young Farmers’ Summit
March 22-23. World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. San Francisco, CA
March 23. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual general meeting

"William at the Grill" feature: Where's the beef…future?

In the first of our monthly opinion features from him, William Torres (former Research Manager at Cattleland Feedyards and popular presenter at Gentec conferences) talks about the opportunities that lab meat offers to producers. Read more here.

Ted Bilyea tells it like it is: Waste not, want not!

Former Executive VP of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Ted Bilyea talked to Gentec about food security and food waste in the Canadian context and globally. Our overall takeaway message was: “Winter is coming!” Read more here.

Inaugural "The Bovine" podcast features Gentec's Kira Hames

The first season of ABP's new podcast, The Bovine, features information on animal behaviour, livestock industry innovations, market discussions, and conversations around the barbecue. In the inaugural episode, Gentec's Kira Hames gives context to the Arm-Chair Rancher app currently under development. Find out more here.

Farewell to George Foxcroft

A heavy-hearted farewell to retired UAlberta professor of swine physiology George Foxcroft, colleague over the years to Gentecers Michael Dyck, Jenny Patterson and Graham Plastow. George passed away in December 2021. George excelled at putting research and tools in the hands of producers, highlighting a contribution to agriculture that lives on in his name.

WANTED! Post-doc for beef research project

A post-doctoral fellow position is open at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, UAlberta, working on a new project examining the relationship between genomics, cattle grazing behaviour (diet and habitat selection), and performance, while grazing on open pasture. The long-term goal is to develop and implement genomics tools to improve the environmental sustainability, feed efficiency and other economically-relevant traits of beef cattle while grazing during various phases of the Canadian beef cattle production cycle.
For more information or to apply, send a cover letter, statement of research interests, updated CV, and the names of references to either Dr. Edward Bork or Dr. Carolyn Fitzsimmons. The start date is ASAP.

The appealing farm lifestyle is all over social media. The poop isn’t!

The Wall Street Journal’s article on “farmcore” influencers highlights how two farmers show only idyllic farm life on social media, skewing how consumers view agriculture. In contrast, the Canadian Beef Industry Conference 2021 put two social media influencers actually on the farm to see “the real thing.” Read more here.
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