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Ontario Beef magazine is the official publication of the Beef Farmers of Ontario. It is issued five times a year in February, May, August, October and December to over 16,000 beef farmers. Ontario Beef covers topics of interest in the beef industry, including research, producer profiles, policy issues, market information and industry updates.

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Current Magazine - October 2018

Beef Breeder Co-op Program Celebrates 15 Years

For the last 15 years, Breeder Co-ops have operated in various areas of the province. There are Co-ops in the northwestern and northeastern areas of the province, while in southern Ontario, there are co-ops in most areas from east to west. Breeder Co-ops were created as a result of eight years of planning and discussion between representatives of local cattlemen’s associations and Feeder Co-ops...

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New Regulations for Antimicrobial Use – How will the changes affect you?

Antibiotics are life-saving products. Ask any feedlot producer dealing with a shipping fever pneumonia. Or, a cow-calf producer with a newborn calf flat out with E.coli diarrhea. Or, a cow with a nasty foot rot leading to a lameness so bad she can’t put weight on the foot. The health and welfare of the animals in the above situations is only improved with the use of an effective antibiotic. But, antibiotics are also equally, if not more important, to the human family whose child is suffering from meningitis. Or, for the baby who contracted whooping cough before vaccination could be administered. Or, to the senior citizen who picked up C.difficile during a stay in hospital. We all need antibiotics, but more importantly, we all need antibiotics to work well when we need them...

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Agricultural use of Crown land in Canada – Highlights from recent study

From 2015 to 2017, BFO conducted a project focused on producer education, resource development and outreach activities to assist in expanding beef production in northern Ontario. This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Throughout BFO’s research and various consultations on the opportunities and challenges of beef expansion in the north, an obstacle that has been named time and time again is access to land...

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