Beef sector survived COVID shocks

“After a year of adjusting to the shocks associated with COVID-19, the Canadian cattle and beef sector faces a relatively optimistic future,” writes James Rude (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology) in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Livestock’s role in a changing climate

Edward Bork (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science) calls for a balanced view, one that weighs the drawbacks against the benefits of methane in livestock production. “Discussions of cattle and climate change should not talk solely about methane but should also include a full accounting of the

Proper use of implants for calves

U of A carcass and meat scientist Heather Bruce (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Sciences) says growth rate and carcass quality may be enhanced by proper use of growth implants. But this can have a negative impact on meat quality.

University of Alberta conducting genomic prediction trial

The University of Alberta’s Genomic Prediction Project is developing tools to predict the feed efficiency and carcass traits on any beef cattle in a herd, including crossbred animals. (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Sciences / LivestockGentec)

2021 Banff Pork Seminar goes virtual

Organizers for the Banff Pork Seminar have made the decision that the 2021 conference will be a virtual one. The seminar is co-ordinated by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Alberta Pork, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and other Canadian pork industry representatives

Pandemic not affecting all cattle sectors equally

“If markets continue to be depressed into the second half of this year, feedlots will take actions and dramatically reduce placements,” writes James Rude (Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology) in what he phrases as “preliminary analysis” looking at Canadian beef market impacts from the virus