Cost of Production


Canadian Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network

NOTICE: Thanks to everyone who signed up in 2022. You will be contacted by your provincial coodinator.

CDN COP Network Supports Industry Competitiveness and Improvements

Canfax Research Services (CRS) is proud to present the Canadian Cow-calf Cost of Production Network (CDN COP Network), funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and delivered in partnership with our provincial partners.

The CDN COP Network will host producer focus groups across Canada, consisting of 3-6 producers representing different eco-regions and production systems in each.

The objective is to develop baseline cost of production statistics in a way that minimizes the response burden on producers. Annual indexing means that producer data is collected every five years.

Scenarios will be developed considering what future farms could look like utilizing the 5% Rule approach to evaluate where incremental improvements could be made around productivity, input costs and output prices. This would be mindful of the fact that different farms have different limitations on land, labour and capital.

Producers within the focus groups will be encouraged to network in achieving the future farm results over the coming 3-5 years, supporting industry competitiveness and an attitude of continuous improvement that seeks out new innovations and management practices.

Cost of Production Analysis

Cost of Production Analysis

At CanFax, we are proud to provide useful analysis on the Canadian Cost of Production Network data.

Learn More About our Cost of Production Analysis

How to Participate

Participating producers will receive a $500 honorarium at the focus group session, one per operation. All individual results will be confidential and remain anonymous.

There will be sessions in every province from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island. Producers from all provinces (including Alberta) need to fill in the sign-up survey. Alberta producers must provide a data release form for the use of their AgriProfit$ data, as the AgriProfit$ program is feeding into the CDN COP Network. For all producers, if you are interested in participating:

1. Fill in the appropriate Sign-up Survey by November 30, 2022. These questions allow us to group 5-6 producers who operate in similar environments and have similar production systems. 

2. Come ready to share. The CDN COP Network Checklist for Producers provides a summary of the type of information that will be asked.

3. Come ready to learn. The focus group allows producers the opportunity to learn from each other.

What You Get

Participating producers will get:

  • Farm summary of production system including production indicators
  • Summary of baseline cow-calf enterprise data; with five years of historical indexing
  • Summary of Future Farm scenarios

Check out the Results page for examples of existing baseline farms.

How Will This Be Used

The CDN COP Network will provide:

  • Baseline data for different types of cow-calf operations across Canada to benchmark from
  • Future Farm scenarios for each of these baseline farms to identify opportunities
  • Collaborative research projects are being built to find:
    • Win-win solutions that both reduce cow-calf greenhouse gas emissions and make economic sense.
    • Baseline dairy-beef production in Atlantic Canada

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you have questions about this process, please do not hesitate to check out the FAQs (FAQ's-French) or contact Canfax Research Services at (403) 275-5110 or

Provincial Coordinators

CanFax provides a full list of provincial coordinators.


Laura Code
Representative for British Columbia


Anatoliy Oginskyy
Representative for Alberta


ML Manglai
Representative for Alberta


Kathy Larson
Representative for Saskatchewan


Ben Hamm
Representative for Manitoba


John Molenhuis
Representative for Ontario


Maxime d’Almeida
Representative for Quebec


Amy Higgins
Representative for Atlantic Canada

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