Canfax Research Services
Canfax Research Services (CRS) continues to focus on the delivery of accurate data, market information, and economic analysis of issues that are of importance to the Canadian beef industry. In the last year CRS has been focused on the launch of several new initiatives, as well as the enhancement of existing activities. These include:
Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC): The Economics of Water (TEC) Systems calculator and fact sheet were published in Spring 2018. Blog articles continue to be produced to support adoption and TEC communications. The Beef Production Economics reports were completed in April 2018, and fact sheets and communications were developed. A report on adoption rates of various recommended management practices is being developed. This will include a summary of the regional 2017 cow-calf surveys as well as research surveys, census data and provincial environmental surveys.
Canada Beef: CRS provides market outlooks, environment scans and ongoing data sets to assist Canada Beef in communication to industry and the public.
Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef: CRS is providing staff support for the science advisory committee mandated to address data and research gaps for the next National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA). A survey of sustainability projects was completed from June to August 2018; providing a foundation for the development of the projects pillar.
CRS has been contracted to complete a Global Metrics report from existing literature for the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB).
Dr. James Rude, University of Alberta, completed the “Evaluation of the Import Levy” for the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off Agency.
CRS provided secretariat services to the Beef Advisors, compiling a status update of the 2015-June 2018 National Strategy results in October 2018. An update of the National Strategy for 2020-2024 is underway.
The Canadian Beef Cost of Production Network application was submitted to Agri-Risk Initiatives, with industry matching funding approved by BCRC. This five-year funding application is to develop a pan-Canadian network with consistent methodology leveraging existing resources within the provinces currently working in this area.
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