WCCCS II - 2017


Thanks to all who participated in the 2nd Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey
that ran from October 2017 until February 28, 2018.


WCCCS II - Aggregate Report

WCCCS II - Aggregate Report WCCCS II Aggregate Report

About the Survey

  • Original Survey - The original survey was called the "Alberta Beef Herd Analysis" or "Cow-Calf Audit" . It was first conducted in 1988 and last conducted in 1998 through a mail survey in Alberta. The 1998 survey asked questions about producers' 1997 Breeding to 1998 Weaning. Over 1,700 producers participated in the survey. A full report summarizing findings from the survey can be found by clicking on the title or PDF icon below.

    1998 AB Cow-Calf Audit Results Production Indicators and Management Practices Over the Last 10 years

  • 2014 Survey - Using the 1998 survey as a starting point, a new survey has been developed with questions related to the 2013 Breeding until 2014 Weaning time frame. The survey was expanded to all cow-calf producers from BC to Manitoba. Producers had the option to complete a paper copy of the survey or an online version. Everyone's individual results will remain confidential, but they are aggregated to generate productivity and management practice benchmarks which will be widely shared with industry.

    WCCCS 2014 Survey 2014 WCCCS Survey

  • 2017 Survey - The second WCCCS survey was conducted during Fall/Winter 2017/18. In 2017, both Ontario and Atlantic Canada conducted very similar surveys. The survey asked questions related to the 2016 breeding season until weaning of the 2017-born calves plus questions on management practices. Just like the 2014 survey, the 2017 survey was a collaborative effort between producer associations, provincial governments and research organizations.

    Paper Survey 2017 WCCCS Survey

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2014 WCCCS Survey Findings

Results were shared at WBDC's Summer Field Day at Lanigan on June 23, 2015 (link to recorded presentation below). Below is the link to the full summary based on all 411 survey responses plus a one-pager that was part of the complimentary reporting package sent to survey respondents requesting feedback.

WCCCS Full Summary WCCCS Overall Summary (34 pages)
WCCCS Production Indicator 1-Pager WCCCS Production Indicator Report (1 pager)
youtube 2015 Field Day Presentation
pdf BCRC Blog Post (June 16, 2015)


2017 WCCCS Survey Findings

The second Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey collected responses from November 2017 until February 2018. Thank you to the over 260 producers took advantage of the $25 gift card offers. The survey responses have now been analyzed and are ready for sharing.

WCCCS II - Aggregate Report WCCCS II Aggregate Report


Funding Sources

The 2017 survey would not have been possible without the financial conribution provided by the Sasktachewan Ministry of Agiculture and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 Bi-Lateral Agreement and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Industry Development Fund.

We are very thankful to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's Agriculture Development Fund and Agriculture Canada's Growing Forward II through Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development for providing financial support to assist in conducting the survey in 2014.

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