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A close up on a nutrition facts label

U.S. group views Healthy Eating Strategy labels as trade barrier

Policy: News Roundup from the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While all of agriculture is focused on retaining market access to the U.S. and Mexico embedded in the North American Free Trade Agreement, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) based in Washington, D.C., is just as concerned about proposed changes to Canada’s food labels. In an August 15 letter to United States Trade Representative Robert […] Read more


New products showcased at AIM

Equipment: News Roundup from the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Clear blue July skies welcomed a record 409 exhibitors and 25,787 visitors to the third year of Ag in Motion near Saskatoon. Livestock Central, sponsored by BMO, forged ahead in its second year running with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture helping to put on a livestock and forage speaker series all three days, featuring Curt […] Read more



Ellen Crane named Nuffield Canada scholar

Youth: News Roundup from the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A young leader in Canada’s beef industry has been chosen as one of four 2018 Nuffield Canada scholars. Ellen Crane of Murray Siding, N.S., is currently the general manager of the Maritime Beef Council, co-ordinator for the Verified Beef Production Plus program in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and president of the Maritime Hereford Association. […] Read more


a cow with Johne's disease

Johne’s found in three per cent of cows in Sask. surveillance program

Health: News Roundup from the September 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan’s Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program has been very successful in that voluntary participation by cow-calf producers has increased every year to the point where there has been a waiting list the last two years. On the flip side, it has confirmed many participants’ fears of finding positive animals. From November 2013 to March 2017, there […] Read more



Saskatchewan Stock Growers sets revenue record

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

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association is well-known for its commitment to conserving grassland habitat for species at risk. Now it’s assisting people at risk with a Beef Drive that raised donations of animals yielding approximately 8,525 pounds of ground beef for delivery to Saskatchewan food banks since last fall, at a retail value of more […] Read more


British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association has a busy year ahead

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

Members of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association are facing a busy year, starting with the adjustment to a new provincial government in June, and offering assistance to producers coping with the devastation of wildfires in July. The BCCA office in Kamloops was swamped last month helping to put haulers in touch with producers needing transport […] Read more



Swift Current Research Station gets a makeover

Research: News Roundup from the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

August is moving month at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre for staff who are settling into newly constructed laboratories to replace the old wing built in the 1960s. Bruce McArthur, associate director of research, development and tech transfer, says the new laboratories have the electrical and internet capacity needed to […] Read more


Eastern beef research facilities get an upgrade

Research: News Roundup from the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A $15.5 million injection into the University of Guelph’s Elora research farm is expected to produce a world-leading beef research facility. Meat science researcher and nutritionist Dr. Ira Mandel says the new facility will allow the university to amalgamate the beef research herds from New Liskeard and Guelph. “We’re going to have a much larger […] Read more



Western Beef Development Centre on the move

Research: News Roundup from the August 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

This year’s summer field day at the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) marked the end of an era at Termuende Research Ranch, but the Termuende family legacy that underpinned the development of a dedicated forage-beef research and outreach program will live on when the WBDC program moves to the new Livestock and Forage Centre of […] Read more


Biochar could be a game changer

Environment: News Roundup from the June 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A multi-pronged research project based in Alberta aims to assess whether feeding biochar in backgrounding and finishing rations could be a way to reduce methane emissions created during enteric fermentation in the ruminant digestive system. Biochar can be manufactured from any type of feedstock with a fibre component — wood waste from saw mills, coconut […] Read more