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January 21, 2022 Health & Production

BCRC publishes video guides for calving season

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is adding to its repertoire of valuable calving resources.

This month, the organization published videos on esophageal feeding (tubing), colostrum management, and dehydration in calves.


Calf 911 – The Ins And Outs Of Esophageal Feeding

The video quickly summarizes the supplies needed, the McGrath feeder versus the bag feeder, the proper position and process.

It’s recommended in the video that farmers and ranchers have separate tubes for scouring calves versus calves needing colostrum.

Find more tubing tips at the BCRC’s blog.


Calf 911 – How To Manage Colostrum To Allow Newborn Calves To Thrive

This video features Dr. Jennifer Pearson, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Pearson, and the video narrator share the nutritional benefits and antibodies found in colostrum, its importance in calf health, some warning signs indicating a need for intervention, how to choose between colostrum products, and how and when to feed colostrum to calves.

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For more tips on colostrum, head to the BCRC’s blog: Calf 911 – How To Manage Colostrum To Allow Newborn Calves To Thrive.


Calf 911 – How To Spot Dehydration In Young Or Scouring Calves

Do you know how to perform a skin-tent test, and what behaviour or physical cues may indicate dehydration in calves?

This video features Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, Partner Veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. and contributor to ABP Magazine. Homerosky discusses some of the cues and assessment guidelines, and provides guidance on how to treat calves with dehydration and possibly acidosis, and/or hypothermia.

Find more information, head to the BCRC’s accompanying blog on dehydration in young calves.


Calf 911 – Effective Calf Resuscitation Strategies

The BCRC is also offering a video on resuscitation with Dr. Claire Windeyer, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM).

See more of the BCRC’s videos, and other resources on their website.

You can also follow Alberta Beef and the BCRC on Twitter.


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is Canada’s national industry-led funding agency for beef, cattle and forage research. The BCRC is funded through a portion of a producer-paid national levy as well as government and industry funding, and is directed by a committee of beef producers from across the country.

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