February 2022

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Our favourite BeefTech highlights


March 2. Canadian Federation of Agriculture annual general meeting. Ottawa, ON
March 8. FCC Women Entrepreneurs Summit.
March 15. FCC Farmland Values Report.
March 15-17. Livestock Care Conference. Olds, AB
March 16. BCRC: Don’t Roll the Dice with Johne’s Disease
March 16-18. Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture Conference 2022
March 17. Exploring Proactive Disease Management Tactics and Tools
March 22. FCC Young Farmers’ Summit
March 22. Canadian Roundtable for Systainable Beef semi annual meeting
March 22-23. World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. San Francisco, CA
March 23. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual general meeting
March 29. Building a circular food future

April 14. Exploring Proactive Disease Management Tactics and Tools
April 26. Agritech building food's future

At the Grill by William Torres: EPDs… are they as easy as 123?

This month’s At The Grill feature by William Torres (former Research Manager at Cattleland Feedyards and popular presenter at Gentec conferences) focuses the ABCs of your EPDs, how to maximize your cattle selection without focusing on too much data to make decisions, and how to help your bottom line. Read more here.

Are your bulls earning their keep?

There’s the traditional way of doing things, and there’s the new (usually more effective/informative) way. Dr. Waylon Wise of Cow/Calf Health and Management Solutions explains both as they relate to bull breeding soundness evaluations (BBSEs) and DNA parentage strategies. Read more here.

On a slightly different subject...

In this webinar, latest Gentec Management Board member Bob Kemp discusses his research and methods to try and improve meat quality in pigs while trying to maintain low input costs. While pigs aren't beef cows, there's always something to learn from what other sectors do.

Congratulations to Gentec's Janelle Jiminez

After five years as a research coordinator at Gentec, we are pleased to see Janelle advance her career with the AMR - One Health Consortium at UCalgary. Janelle's tremendous people, animal health, genomics and time management skills will serve her well as she takes on this role in conjunction with her Gentec duties. She is excited to be expanding her skills Alberta-wide!
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