ABOUT BFRIC

Beef & Forage Research in Canada (BFRIC) is a multi-tasked project to contact, collect, organize, document and post a comprehensive collection of institutions, organizations, research facilities, researchers and related studies within the area of beef and forage research. This project is focused on past and current programs and projects across all Canadian provinces and institutions with the capacity to conduct beef or forage research.

The Beef and Forage Research in Canada (BFRIC) database was developed in response to a tremendous need within the beef and forage industry in Canada to better document and categorize existing and ongoing research across the country. Currently there are databases and websites which are non-comprehensive or fail to include all researchers, instituitions or projects relating to beef and forage. This project is an attempt to resolve this issue and provide support for the following reasons:

1. THE POTENTIAL FOR DUPLICATION OF RESEARCH AMONG CANADIAN SCIENTISTS
New programs and research projects would involve increased collaboration between institutions bringing more value for research dollars spent and adding more potential ecomonic value to the beef industry.

2. PRODUCERS AND INDUSTRY ARE OFTEN NOT AWARE OF RESEARCH RESULTS, WHICH MAY BE APPLICABLE TO THEIR OPERATIONS OR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS.
This puts Canadian beef and forage producers at a disadvantage because of the slow uptake or absorption of new technologies and practices coming from recent research. This is then reflected in reduced economic performance of Canadian beef and forage producers compared to other countries. Technology transfer is key to integration of the latest research outputs within the beef and forage industries. Producers will have access to information otherwise unattainable in journals and publications.

3. CANADIAN FUNDING AGENCIES ARE UNSURE IF REQUESTS FOR FUNDING FOR RESEARCH ARE ADDRESSING ISSUES AND CONSTRAINTS PRIORITIZED BY THE BEEF INDUSTRY.
Beef research funding agencies will be informed and able to review current research activities in all related beef research areas. Projects will be funded which focus on allowing Canadian beef producers to be competitive internationally.

4. FINALLY, EXTENSION PERSONNEL ARE ALSO UNAWARE OF RESEARCH THAT MAY BE APPLICABLE TO THEIR CLIENTS.
Extension staff with provincial and government agencies across Canada can gather timely information on the many disciplines within the beef and forage research community. Extension, transfer and integration of research results at the producer level will support Canadian producers in the annual management of their operations.

Beef and Forage Research in Canada was developed with the cooperation of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), Canadian Agri-Food Council (CARC) and the Inventory of Canadian Agri-Food Research (ICAR) and the many institutions and beef producer organizations across Canada. Appreciation is expressed to the Beef Cattle Research Council for support and funding.

Dr. Bart Lardner, Ph.D. P.Ag.
Western Beef Development Centre
September 2004

This Database is Supported by

and the Beef Cattle Research Council