Monthly Archives: February 2016

Guy LeBlanc Retirement Party

Guy Leblanc is retiring from the Department of Agriculture after 35 years of dedicated service.

A roast beef dinner will be held to celebrate with colleagues, friends and family at:
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 20
66 Magnolia Avenue, Sussex, NB
Thursday, March 31st
Meet and Greet at 5:30 pm – Dinner at 6:30 pm

RSVP on or before March 25th
Advance Tickets Only – $25 per person

For tickets and more information,
Please contact Joanne or Jennifer
At the Sussex DAAF Office – (506) 432-2150

How much can I afford to pay for a bull?


A popular question this time of year is “How much can I afford to pay for a bull.” My go-to answer is usually… “How much revenue loss would you have from a pasture full of open cows?” After all, we often de-value the role of the bull. We forget that he is a crucial part of the equation to making our product.

Now, the question is a good one to ask. Especially after watching calf prices climb seemingly all of 2014 and the prices paid for bred heifers at year-end, it is only logical to wonder what a good bull will cost this spring.

Old rules of thumb are good to reflect on. For instance, “2 times the value of a fat steer” or “4 to 5 times the value of a feeder calf” are both common measures used by old timers to determine the value of a bull. So, I tested these figures with historical prices from the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale and prices paid for feeders and fats from National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). As it turns out, using values from 1996 to 2014 (last 19 years) the average bull price was 4 times the value of a feeder calf and 2.1 times the value of a fat steer. Looks like those old rules of thumb work pretty well.

To read the entire article, please visit the Cattle Network [new window]

Improve Health and Vigor of Newborn Calves

We know that disease causing agents are present in beef cattle herds, even if the most careful biosecurity procedures are observed. In general, basic management of calves and calving groups will play a greater role in whether or not calves get sick than the presence or absence of most disease causing pathogens.

In a webinar hosted by the BCRC last winter, Dr. Claire Windeyer, veterinarian, professor and researcher at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, discussed management during the calving season for healthier and more productive calves. During the webinar, she provided numerous tips on how to manage both cows and calves to reduce disease incidences and increase calf survival rate.

To view the entire video, visit the BCRC Website [New Window]

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