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COVID-19 strains already-battered Ontario beef industry

Limited processing capacity remains financial challenge for province's feedlot sector, despite recent increase in retail demand

Ontario’s beef industry was already in the midst of an economic crisis, but COVID-19 is worsening the financial toll on the province’s cattle feeders. Due to extremely limited processing plant capacity, an uncompetitive market and disruptions to trade and market access, Ontario’s beef industry was losing an average of more than $2 million per week […] Read more

The current board of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association (Photo: Supplied by ACFA).

Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association continues collaboration with Alberta Beef Producers

Together, the cattle feeders and beef producers have established election priorities and partnered in the new Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education.

2019 was a productive year for the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, with several successes in government advocacy and industry collaboration. ACFA’s year-end highlights were celebrated at the association’s annual general meeting on March 4, held in conjunction with the 2020 Alberta Beef Industry Conference in Red Deer, Alta. Janice Tranberg, ACFA’s CEO, reported that one […] Read more


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Western Stock Growers push for wildlife compensation changes

The association also asks province to reinstate funding for Alberta students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. 

The Western Stock Growers’ Association plans to concentrate part of its lobbying efforts on updating wildlife compensation programs.  In keeping with its focus on sound range management, WSGA membership passed a resolution to lobby both the provincial and federal governments to remedy the existing wildlife compensation programs at its recent annual general meeting, held March […] Read more

The show barns are a place to not only get ready for the ring, but visit and do business.

Doing business at Agribition

How do major livestock exhibitions facilitate commerce? Canadian Western Agribition provides a case study

For those who know it, stepping into the show barns feels like coming home. The sound of blowers competes with speakers blasting everything from classic country to AC/DC. Clipping chutes are pulled into the aisles, with capable teams of fitters putting on the finishing touches in time for the next class. In this atmosphere, there’s […] Read more


Three generations of the Stokke family take a break from working cattle for a picture. Randy and Terry are happy to see that the land that has supported their family will continue to do so into the future.

Dealing with a protection order for species at risk

Decades of carefully managing native pastures, documentation and open communication were key to convincing government officials and conservationists that this ranch is supporting wildlife

A landscape like the Palliser Triangle holds its own challenges for raising livestock. These trials are well understood by those who make their living on the arid plains, shaping how they manage the native prairie to sustain their herds and the world around them. But when an emergency protection order (EPO) under the federal Species […] Read more

Research out of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity found that 46 per cent of surveyed consumers are concerned about hormone use in livestock.

Research finds Canadians want to learn about agriculture

Public Trust: Study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity shows gaps in consumer understanding of modern agricultural practices

The general public’s lack of agricultural knowledge is more widespread than likely imagined, according to a 2019 study. The study by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) found that 91 per cent of Canadians feel they know little, very little or nothing about modern agricultural practices. However, this research also shows that 60 per […] Read more


Church suggests the new Mavic Mini drone as a training drone. It retails for less than $500 and has a range of four kilometres. It also weighs less than 250 grams, so it doesn’t require a license from Transport Canada to fly it.

What to know before investing in a drone

Flight safety, training and stockmanship will help you get the most out of adding a drone to your operation

With many agricultural uses, drones are becoming one of the top new tools to catch the attention of beef producers. If you’re unsure where to begin, there are several areas to consider before investing in a drone of your own. Dr. John Church, associate professor in the faculty of science at Thompson Rivers University, works […] Read more

Chop Steakhouse  Bar's Executive Chef, Stephen Clark, with old friend and mentor, 2019 Pinnacle Awards Chef of the Year, Chef Alex Chen, at the launch of the Steak Masters - In Pursuit of Perfection tour. (CNW Group/Chop Steakhouse & Bar)

Chop Steakhouse & Bar unveils Steak Masters tour

Limited-time menu puts Canadian beef in the spotlight during cross-country tour

Chop Steakhouse & Bar is celebrating culinary excellence and Canadian beef with a special tour and new, thoughtfully crafted dishes. On Feb. 27, the “Steak Masters — In Pursuit of Perfection” tour will debut at Chop Steakhouse’s Richmond, B.C. location, with a limited-time menu that will travel to other locations across Canada this year. Stephen […] Read more


Photo: Piper Whelan. The Washington, D.C. staff of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reported on several recent policy wins Thursday morning at the Cattle Industry Conference and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

Trade deals, environment on the agenda during NCBA’s policy meetings

Upcoming work on issues affecting U.S. beef producers more urgent with election looming

An election year can present challenges to commodity groups lobbying in support of their members, and the largest beef association in the United States is counting on this. The Washington, D.C. staff of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reported on several recent policy wins Thursday morning at the Cattle Industry Conference and NCBA Trade […] Read more

Crocuses peeking through the last year’s grasses in a southwestern Saskatchewan pasture. Land must be in continuous grass cover for 10 years to be eligible for the pilot.


Registry accepts first Canadian grassland carbon offset protocol

Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association leads project to build public trust and reward producers for conserving grasslands

A new pilot project aims to reward Canadian producers for sequestering carbon in grasslands, highlighting the value of agriculture on these landscapes to the public. Climate Action Reserve, a U.S.-based carbon offset registry, has accepted the first grassland carbon offset protocol for Canadian agriculture producers. The Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association (CFGA), which led the […] Read more