Most Canadian families are far removed from the farm these days and may not have an accurate picture of how beef cattle are raised, what the different beef breeds are, or how a ruminant’s stomach works. The following educational resources are from Canadian farm families, provincial cattle associations and governements and help kids learn all about beef cattle, how they are raised, and the producers who raise them.
B.C. Ag. In the Classroom has the following resources on its website:
What is a Ruminant Animal?
For those looking to compare digestive systems this summary and concise diagram will give students a close look at the ruminant. Using the example of the beef steer or dairy cow, teachers and students can discover why this complex system is so important. Click here to download.
Tips for Tours (Teachers) and Related Beef Facts
A ranch tour provides the opportunity to raise awareness of the role of agriculture and food production in our daily lives. Ranch tours will help teachers to meet the prescribed learning outcomes in a number of areas in K-4. Click here to download.
Alberta Beef Producers has the following resource sheets for download:
World of Beef K-3
World of Beef 4-5
Where Beef Comes From is a book by Avery Grant and Sherry Grant that can be used as an educational resource to introduce elementary school kids to beef production.
Manitoba Ag in the Classroom