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Comment: Riding towards next year country

If you ride horses, you’ve probably heard the advice about looking where you’re going. It sounds pretty basic, but it’s easy to get in the habit of looking at the ground. However, if you stare at the ground too much, you may end up there. Plus, you need to set some direction for your horse. […] Read more

The angel of death striking a door during the plague of Rome. Engraving by Levasseur after J. Delaunay.

Comment: The Antonine plague

There has been plenty of chatter about how this pandemic will change society. I don’t have any predictions worth the paper this magazine is printed on, so I decided to turn to history. One of the podcasts I regularly listen to is Tides of History. In April, they ran an episode on the Antonine plague, […] Read more


Comment: Talking to the new CCA president

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its annual general meeting in mid-March in downtown Ottawa. Beef producers and industry folks from across Canada and even some from the U.S. gathered in a Hilton on Queen Street for committee meetings on everything from emergency planning for a livestock disease outbreak to improving risk management programs. During […] Read more

Comment: Research 101

If you’re a regular on the winter conference circuit, you’ve likely seen your fair share of ag research presentations. Most of the regular presenters are adept at translating their research so that the rest of us can understand what they’re talking about. Still, I couldn’t help wondering whether there are a few things we should […] Read more


Comment: When Harry met Meghan

I was astounded at the flap over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the Royal Family last month. Questions about how exactly their move to Canada seem pertinent to me, but blaming them for growing republicanism within the U.K. seemed a bit much (that was one of […] Read more

Comment: Making mistakes in the right direction

I’m a horse person, and one thing I’ve learned while working with horses is that there’s always more to learn. In my opinion, effective horsemanship is a blend of logic, emotional intelligence, physical ability, timing and the ability to read a horse. So, in short, it’s all pretty complicated and all riders make mistakes. Sometimes, […] Read more


If Canada sticks to a rules-based playbook on trade mean it won’t get any cake at all?

Comment: Having our cake and eating it, too

The saying about wanting to have your cake and eat it too has always annoyed me. Why would I have a piece of cake if not to eat it? And in order to eat the cake, I must first have it. But shake up the sentence structure, and the saying suddenly makes sense (at least […] Read more

Canadians returned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Parliament Hill, but in a minority situation and a duration that depends on how long the political parties can agree to work together.

Comment: Another federal election in the books

The 2019 federal election is done and gone, leaving the country with a Liberal minority government and some strong feelings. It will also leave the beef industry looking for common ground with elected officials from various parties, at least for the next couple of years. These days, the way to a Liberal or NDP MP’s […] Read more


Behind Maple Leaf Foods’ bold call to become carbon neutral

Maple Leaf Foods wants to be carbon neutral for one reason. Its emphasis is no longer about supply-side economics but rather about listening to and serving a market in desperate need of attention

Maple Leaf Foods is not just pretending to be environmentally friendly, it is trying to be a trailblazer in the wild kingdom of proteins. The company has just adopted science-based targets that will help it become the first major agrifood company in the world to be carbon neutral. Clearly motivated by the carbon tax and […] Read more

Comment: Reading the National Beef Strategy

The beef industry faces more than its fair of challenges these days. From public perception about beef’s impact on the environment and health to labour shortages to pending regulatory changes around traceability and transportation, you all have your hands full. At the same time, new technology and the disruption to pork production overseas are opportunities […] Read more