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Price $3.50BRITISH COLUMBIA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATIONVOL. 27 I NO. 3 NOVEMBER 201222 I WINTER FEED ALTERNATIVES 28 I ASIAN TRADE MISSION 36 I FRANK AND BETH PLAIN RECEIVE HERITAGE AWARD 48 I CATTLE LOSS SURVEY


ARTICLESCATTLE LOSS SURVEYPREDATORSAnecdotal evidence suggests that more wolves are killing cattle thanever before. Help us put some real statistics on record to support thattheory. Tally your losses and send in the enclosed Cattle Loss Surveybefore January 31st. address are only requested so that we can select a winner of our prize (an embroideredBCCA shirt).Since 2010, ranchers have beensubmitted their cattle loss data tothe BC Cattlemen’s Associationfor use in discussions withgovernment to maintain compensationand control options for livestock owners.Every November the BC Cattlemen’sAssociation distributes a Cattle LossSurvey in an effort to establish statisticsfor cattle losses that have occurred.This year almost 2,000 surveys will bedistributed to cattle producers in BCincluding to members of our Associationand the BC Breeder and FeederAssociation. 334 Cattle Loss Surveyswere returned to BCCA last year. Almostone third of all responses were completedusing our onlinesurvey form. We haveagain made the surveyavailable on-line onour website at www.cattlemen.bc.ca .Members continue losses from wildlifeto their pasture, crops,stored feed, etc. Wehave again includeda section of questionsrequesting additionalinformation on cropand forage damagecaused by wildlife.In this section weare asking for anestimated dollar valueof the losses you have incurred over thepast year.Your response is needed. We wouldin your losses. All responses will bedata for regions will be shared withgovernment. Your information helpsguide our discussions with governmentand the COs about the escalatingpredation problems many ranchers arefacing and the need for government totake immediate action. The informationgathered from the survey is very usefulin deciding where resources are needed toaddress the many issues impacting cattleproducers in BC.SUMMARY OF RESULTS: DOUBLE & TRIPLELOSSES:The Peace River and Caribooare the hardest hit regions arereporting double and triple thelosses in 2011 due to predators ascompared to 2010. WOLF TERRITORIESEXPANDING:A number of respondents notedseeing wolves in areas wherethey previously had not been. BETTER POPULATIONMANAGEMENT IS NEEDEDfor both PREDATORS &UNGULATES:Predation losses have expandedbeyond the Crown land, and intothe feedyards and pastures at thehome ranches. Ungulate damagefeed and fences is estimated to beapprox $1.2M.48 | November / December 2012 www.beefinbc.ca


Cattle Loss SurveyARTICLESwww.beefinbc.ca November / December 2012 | 49

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