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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



ABP focused on checkoff and TB

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

For three days in early December Alberta Beef Producers’ (ABP) delegates debated resolutions passed at their district fall meetings related to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), carbon tax and sequestration, industry funding and collaboration, and electoral structure. “The resolutions that were carried will provide clear direction to ABP as we move into 2017,” said […] Read more


CFIA wants producer feedback

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

If you want a say in how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is modernizing its regulations, here’s your chance. The 75-day comment period on the Health of Animals Regulations covering humane transport ends February 15. The discussion paper and online survey on proposals for “a new approach for truthful and not-misleading food labelling” is open […] Read more



TEXT from Moocall: Cow 37 is calving

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

The text message woke Vern Luther at Craik, Sask., in the wee hours. Jason Evashenko, about a half-hour north near Kenaston, received the exact same text a month later while out for a family supper. As inconvenient as the timing was, neither minded the interruption because it meant a new calf on the way. The […] Read more


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Learn when to stop doing things

News Roundup from the December 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Farmers complain quite often about two things: they don’t have enough time or enough money. We have all seen the little phrases that in one form or another brag that farmers work long hours for little pay. It frustrates me to see these memes shared on social media as the message it sends to potential new […] Read more



National EFP being considered

News Roundup from the December 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Is a National Environmental Farm Plan achievable? Representatives from all provincial EFP programs and major commodity groups attending the National Environmental Farm Plan Summit to discuss the possibilities believe that where there is a will there is a way. The November summit in Ottawa closed with strong willingness to move ahead and the Canadian Federation […] Read more


A year of firsts for ALUS

A celebration at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in recognition of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation’s $5 million contribution to the ALUS (alternative land use services) program in support of conservation and agriculture across Canada marked the formal relaunch of ALUS as “ALUS Canada – a Weston Family Initiative,” and the debut of the New […] Read more