GFM Network News


Graham Graff and Karin Naslund of Legacy Family Business Advisors.

Minimizing family conflict on the farm

Focusing on communication, problem-solving and scheduling meetings are important steps in managing conflict

Business deals and family relationships are like oil and water. Under most conditions they don’t mix very well, and age-old wisdom is to keep them separate. Usually this is good advice, not because family members are poor risks as business partners, but because of additional challenges involved in complex relationships. But family farms don’t have […] 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, Tania, Jace, Lara and Rana Beierbach live and ranch near Whitewood, Sask.

Mentorship a gateway to greater things

Mentorship can lead to improvements on one’s own operation, as well as adept leadership on industry boards

Mentorship can take many forms from basic and very informal all the way up to formal professional mentorship programs. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program (CYL), now in its 10th year, is one such program. It has proven to be a valuable addition to the Canadian beef industry scene and especially to those […] Read more

Burnt-out countryside north of Tumbarumba, New South Wales.

Reflections on resilience in Australia

As she joined the rebuilding effort on burnt-out farms in Australia, this BlazeAid volunteer found inspiration in people’s resolve to carry on

He hails from Snowy River,   up by Kosciusko’s side, Where the hills are twice as steep   and twice as rough… — A.B. “Banjo” Patterson, The Man From Snowy River We are a small band of BlazeAid volunteers gathered after dinner for a special rendition of Patterson’s epic poem, belted out by a hid- […] Read more


My Suzuki Sidekick is a very economical vehicle to operate and to repair.

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From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

In our small world of regenerative agriculture, I have heard quotes at conferences many times that encourage producers to own as little equipment as possible. Put your hand up if you recognize any of these. “Don’t own anything that rusts.” “You shouldn’t own anything bigger than a wheelbarrow.” “Get rid of the iron.” I understand […] Read more

Manitoba Agriculture puts the direct costs per cow at $1,058.57 in 2019. Once you add the fixed costs and labour, the total is $1,469.10.

Managing finances on the farm

Whether you’re managing through a black swan event such as a pandemic or so-called normal times, it’s vital to have a solid understanding of your operation’s finances

Many consider financial literacy to be a basic life skill. And further, one that is not always covered in traditional school settings. As ranchers and farmers, does this gap extend into our knowledge base? Certainly those that specialize and like “numbers” have a good grasp, but beyond that, how can we improve ag financial literacy […] Read more


Some implants are made for use in feedlots, while others are more suitable for pastured cattle.

Proper use of implants for calves

Using the right implant at the right time can fatten the bottom line, but producers must consider everything from the market to production stage before picking an implant

Some cow-calf producers implant calves they plan to sell, and most feedlots use implants to boost growth and feed efficiency. But using them effectively requires knowledge of how implants work, how to implant correctly and potential carcass effects. There are several types of implants containing different hormones. These include three naturally occurring hormones (estradiol, progesterone […] Read more

File photo of a cow and calves on a farm in Nova Scotia.

Stockyard offers regional market opportunities for Atlantic producers

The new owners of Atlantic Stockyards, one of the few remaining auction marts in the region, are determined to grow their business by attracting more buyers and putting more cattle through the ring

For more than 60 years, the auction market at Murray Siding, N.S., near Truro, has been a mainstay of the livestock business in Atlantic Canada. Atlantic Stockyards Ltd. changed ownership in 2019 and although operating through the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been without its challenges, new owners Scott and Natalie Dixon have plans to grow the […] 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

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