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Feedlots bounce back in the West

Cattle Feeding: News Roundup from the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The feedlot sector in the West is growing again, according to the Canfax annual demographic survey of finishing feedlots in Alberta and Saskatchewan with a minimum one-time bunk capacity of 1,000 head. As of January 1, 2017, there were 158 feedlots of that size on the Canfax list, which translates to eight more finishing lots […] Read more


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Locking down feedlot ammonia emissions

Sustainability: News Roundup from the May 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Innovative research is reshaping what is known about ammonia and related emissions from feedlots. And that new knowledge may help the industry to adjust its management, shape and react to public policy more effectively. “Livestock are significant emission contributors,” says Dr. Sean McGinn of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a long-time researcher in the emissions area. […] Read more



Kenyon: Why I won’t be a salesman

Management: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

For years I have been teaching at schools and presenting at conferences and seminars. I’m not sure how that ever happened but I love the educational side of my business. I teach about many different parts of my business. This includes grazing, fencing, economics, winter grazing, human resources, water systems and numerous other topics. Throughout […] Read more


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Cattle Feeders’ Association in levy land

Associations: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A mix of old and new sprinkled with unknowns marks Martin Zuidhof’s second year as chair of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA). A priority internal project already underway this year involves working with a consultant to put a new strategic plan in place to ensure the association stays on track providing services of value […] Read more



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SARPAL spreads to Manitoba

Sustainability: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef producers in southwestern Manitoba are front and centre in a project exploring ways to preserve or create important habitat for bird species at risk. The $750,000 SARPAL (species at risk partnerships on agricultural lands) initiative administered by Manitoba Beef Producers couples producers’ knowledge of the land and cattle with conservation specialists’ scientific knowledge of […] Read more


National Cattle Feeders’ Association focused on competitiveness

Associations: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

“That will be a focus this year,” says NCFA chair Ryan Thompson. “We have made the federal government aware of it and other national organizations are also aware of and using it. It’s a public document on our website for anyone who wants the information.” A feature of this report is the detailed economic analyses […] Read more



Manitoba aims to increase its beef herd

Associations: News Roundup from the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) head into this year with hopes of expanding the provincial cow herd, preparations being made to deal with full traceability, and plans to lobby for fairness to producers as governments move forward with plans for a carbon tax. The association is also preparing for the introduction of the $2.50 per head […] Read more


Three families honoured by Saskatchewan Livestock Association

Associations: News Roundup from the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The current Saskatchewan Livestock Association representing all the cattle, horse, sheep and swine breeders in the province was formed in 1975 to replace the Saskatchewan Livestock Board, but the honour rolls it presents to farm families who have made outstanding contributions to the livestock industry, their communities and the province date back to the first […] Read more



Saskatchewan will introduce new national levy after April 1

Associations: News Roundup from the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association’s upcoming year will continue to revolve around connecting with producers and consumers. “It’s many little things that add up,” says Ryan Beierbach, who was returned by the board for a second term as chair. A regular e-newsletter providing expert speakers for special marketing meetings and the fall district meetings are new […] Read more


Identification: Full traceability… we have a plan for that!

News Roundup from the February 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Full traceability for cattle is once again set to move full-steam ahead as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) renews its push to develop regulations that require mandatory premises identification and animal movement reporting. These two components, together with mandatory animal identification, in place for cattle since July 1, 2001, constitute an internationally recognized traceability […] Read more