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(Photo: Canada Beef Inc.)  The Canadian Beef Advisors introduced three sets of 10-year goals for the industry to work towards together, focused on animal health and welfare, land use and biodiversity and greenhouse gas and carbon  sequestration.

Canadian Beef Advisors set long-term industry goals

Advisors release first set of ambitious long-term goals for the Canadian beef industry designed to build government support and public trust.

Canadian beef organizations are looking further into the future with a new set of long-term goals for the industry. The Canadian Beef Advisors introduced three sets of 10-year goals for the industry to work towards together, focused on animal health and welfare, land use and biodiversity and greenhouse gas and carbon sequestration. “The intent is […] Read more

A new report has put a dollar value on the stewardship provided by Alberta's leaseholders.

Report puts dollar value on stewardship provided by Alberta leaseholders

Legislated land management costs provide millions in value to the province, new report finds

Leaseholders who manage grazing on Alberta’s Crown lands provide almost $70 million in value each year to the province, a new report finds. The Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association (AGLA) commissioned a value estimate assessment to determine the economic value that grazing leaseholders provide through the stewardship responsibilities required in their lease terms. “We as an […] Read more


In February, veterinarians and industry staff travelled to Uganda to learn more about FMD and how to identify and contain it. Uganda has struggled with FMD for decades.

Preparing for a foot-and-mouth outbreak

Outbreak planning resources, training opportunities and the establishment of a Canadian vaccine bank all in the works to help the cattle industry prevent or respond to the disease

It’s a nightmare no livestock producer wants to experience; watching as your entire herd is put down. The devastation is written across the hardened faces of the farmers featured in a National Film Board of Canada documentary on the 1952 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in southern Saskatchewan. The emotional toll of your cattle becoming infected […] Read more

Ryan Sommerfeld's Aerow speeds drying by lifting and fluffing swaths.

Aerow fits the bill for drying hay swaths

Wet haying and harvest conditions in northwest Saskatchewan drive producer to create machine that aerates swaths

When you can’t find the solution you need, sometimes you have to build it yourself. This was true for Ryan Sommerfeld, who took it upon himself to create the haying solution needed for his operation’s wet conditions, resulting in a promising innovation. “Where we live, we have heavy dews and frequent rains, and we often […] Read more


By identifying the range of production systems used across the country, Canfax aims to create better benchmarks for cow-calf producers in all provinces.

Canfax Research Services launches Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network

The program will benchmark 26 production systems in different eco-regions from across the country.

There’s no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when setting cost of production benchmarks for the variety of systems used on Canadian cow-calf operations. This is the idea behind Canfax Research Services’ launch of the Canadian Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network. By identifying the range of production systems used across the country, Canfax aims […] Read more

The Animal Health Emergency Management project aims to prepare the livestock industry, from producers to vets to industry associations, for a serious disease outbreak.

Preparing for a serious livestock disease outbreak

Four-year project primes the livestock industry for a disease such as foot-and-mouth.

If preparation is everything, an ongoing animal health program is on track to ready the Canadian livestock industry for a highly contagious disease outbreak. The Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project is “intended to enable Canada’s livestock industry to be a good partner with first response agencies in responding to a serious animal disease event,” […] Read more


The pandemic has boosted interest in Canada’s food system, and beef industry stakeholders see an opportunity to build relationships with the non-farming public.

Food system transparency vital in post-pandemic world

Industry stakeholders see a window of opportunity to build public trust, but the industry must act before the public’s attention on food production wanes

The importance of transparency isn’t a new concept at Chop Steak­­house, but it’s certainly become amplified this year. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian consumers were already asking more questions about food production, something Marcel Blais, president of Chop Steakhouse, anticipates will become more common. “We’ve always had really strong practices on food and safety; we’re […] Read more

Manitoba researcher questions filtration potential of riparian areas

Colder climate and limited area for nutrient uptake restrict how much riparian areas can filter nutrients on the Canadian Prairies

One highly touted benefit of riparian areas may not be entirely accurate in a prairie context. Research conducted in southern Manitoba shows that riparian areas in the Canadian Prairies are not as effective at filtering nutrients in runoff from agricultural lands as in other regions. “Over the past couple decades, much attention has been given […] Read more


The Macdonalds run about 150 cows and hold over their calves to sell as yearlings. They see a strong business case to market some of their cattle into grass-finished supply chains.

A deeper look into A&W’s grass-fed Canadian beef initiative

A&W’s announcement to source 100 per cent Canadian grass-fed beef drew criticism from some while providing a new marketing opportunity for many Canadian producers

In challenging economic times, it can pay to diversify your business model. For Ross Macdonald of 98 Ranch, this was a strong case for marketing cattle into grass-finishing supply chains. Building resiliency into your business, especially when traditional markets have been challenged, is what Macdonald sees as “probably the least discussed and least understood opportunity” […] Read more

A broad perspective on nutritional science

Any discussion of the merits of grass-fed beef invites scientific comparison to grain-fed beef. One noteworthy difference between the two production systems is how long it takes to finish an animal. “Because of the lower energy density, it typically takes longer for animals to reach slaughter weight when they’re grass-fed,” says Dr. Tim McAllister, principal […] Read more