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The carbon tax on fuel that Ottawa will impose in April 2019 on provinces without a carbon fighting plan is 4.4 cents per litre.

Comment: Carbon overload

October was a big month for the prime minister. First came the official launch of legal marijuana. Then he lifted the curtain on the government’s painful pricing plan for carbon pollution. Two election promises kept in one month, with up to a year to let the effects soak in and be forgotten before the next […] Read more

Comment: What was all the fuss about?

Whew. That was close. As I write this we are at the end of the first week after NAFTA supposedly freshened up and became the USMCA. I can’t imagine what your first impression was when you got the news. Mine was relief, followed quickly by confusion. Is this all there is? Other than the whipping […] Read more


Comment: Taking a break from Trump

While roaming around the internet to get away from the daily attacks by the Trump administration, or articles on the NAFTA talks, I came across an interesting graphic article from Bloomberg entitled “Here’s How America Uses Its Land.” Using the data from surveys, satellite images and data from various government agencies, the U.S. Department of […] Read more

Comment: What caught my eye in London

[UPDATED: Oct. 12, 2018] This past month started off with a bang at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in London, Ont. No doubt you’ve read yards of material about the three-day event but I wanted to pass on some of my observations as I moved from one event to another while it was still fresh […] Read more


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017.

Comment: Trumped

As this issue arrives in your mailbox the industry is gathering in London, Ont., for the third Canadian Beef Industry Conference. It’s a place to network, exchange views on issues of the day, and gain a sense of whether the industry is still on track with its National Beef Strategy. Trade is a large part […] Read more

The cover of the June 1938 inaugural issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine.

Comment: A short look back on turning 80

Our June 2018 issue marks the 80th anniversary of Canadian Cattlemen, which first appeared as a “souvenir” issue published by the Western Stock Growers Association (WSGA) in June 1938. To honour the occasion I decided to take another look back through that first issue to gain some perspective on how things have changed in the […] Read more


Expect rising prices within the year after the industry consolidates around veterinary prescriptions.

Comment: The other shoe is about to drop on livestock drugs

Increased fees for veterinary product registrations is likely to result in higher prices

In case you missed it April 1 was the day the revised Compendium of Medicating Ingredient Brochures or CMIB was posted online by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to conform to Health Canada’s plan to combat antibiotic resistance in these vital drugs. The release of the revised CMIB starts the clock on bringing all antimicrobials […] Read more

Comment: Checked-off

If you’re confused about how much check-off you will be paying the next time you market cattle you are probably not alone. It all depends on where you live. New Brunswick producers started paying the new $2.50 national check-off on February 1, which brings their total to $6.00 per head when the $3.50 provincial levy […] Read more


Comment: An opportunity for youth

It’s not often you hear from a pulse processor when you go to a cattle convention, but Murad Al-Katib isn’t any pulse processor. Starting with one pulse processing facility in Saskatchewan he has built AGT Foods today into an operation with plants in Canada, the U.S., Turkey, Australia, China and South Africa and more than […] Read more

Comment: China opens some more

Prime Minister Trudeau’s five-day visit to China last month had a sense of déjà vu about it for cattle producers. The PM was there to keep alive the hope of a free trade agreement with the second-largest economy in the world, but came away with little more than his promise that Canada would continue to […] Read more