Record Keeping on Canadian Cow-Calf Operations
This project will work to better understand record keeping adoption on Canadian farms and ranches. Farmers and ranchers use production and financial records for a number of reasons: to identify trends in production and areas for improvement; to measure financial performance at the whole-farm, business unit (animals, land, profit and cost centres) and individual animal level; and to certify that production practices meet third-party standards.
The purpose of this project is to determine the factors associated with greater rates of adoption of record keeping for these uses and the economic returns gained from using records to make decisions. These findings directly benefit BCRC's internal record keeping project looking at developing record keeping modules and guidelines for novice, intermediate and advanced producers.