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Project to boost seedstock production in Newfoundland and Labrador

Research: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Over the last three years, Newfoundland and Labrador has aimed to expand the availability of local breeding stock through a demonstration project. Most beef consumed in Newfoundland and Labrador comes from other Canadian provinces, with approximately 13.8 million kilograms imported in 2018. In comparison, Newfoundland and Labrador beef producers reported sales of approximately 100,000 kilograms, […] Read more

Species at Risk Partnerships get thumbs up from Saskatchewan participants

Environment: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program draws to a close, interviews with participating producers are revealing tremendous support for the initiative. SARPAL is a voluntary, producer-driven program that conserves wildlife habitat in several provinces and is delivered by local organizations. The program, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is […] Read more


Canadian beef exports to Japan have grown substantially in 2019.

Beef and veal exports up in 2019

Markets: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The latest numbers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Statistics Canada show that beef and veal exports grew significantly in 2019. As of September 30, Canada had exported a total of 330,757 tonnes of beef and veal, compared to 294,527 in the same period last year, a growth of 12 per cent. The dollar value […] Read more

University of Alberta researchers have flagged 19 genes that may play a role in feed efficiency. 


Cattle researchers map feed-efficiency genes

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

After sifting through thousands of genes, researchers have flagged a handful of genes that seem to be related to feed efficiency in cattle. Hui-Zeng Sun, a post-doctoral student at the University of Alberta, used functional genomics and computational statistics to better understand feed efficiency, writes Justin Dupuis on the U of A’s research blog, folio. […] Read more


Canada Beef’s new website is designed to answer common questions from consumers on beef.

Canada Beef creates website for consumers

Public Trust: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new website created by Canada Beef seeks to answer the most common questions about Canadian beef production. The website, raisingcdnbeef.ca, has five sections covering common topics, including where Canadian beef comes from, beef and the environment, beef and the Canadian economy, nutrition, and antibiotics and hormones. Under each section is a slide show that […] Read more

Packing plant update from B.C.

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

After completing a feasibility study, the B.C. beef packing plant committee has decided to market a B.C.-branded product before building a federally inspected packing plant. Most of B.C.’s cattle are finished and processed outside of the province, making it a challenge to sell B.C.-branded beef. A new packing plant has been seen as a potential […] Read more


A northern Ontario cattle processing plant could lead to more cattle production in the region.

Halal market focus for new northern Ontario plant

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new federally inspected processing plant in North Bay, Ont., will target the local and international halal market, Stew Slater reports in Farmtario. The new plant, which will only process carcasses at this point, is expected to open in December. The plant is owned by Canada Meat Group Inc., and the company’s owners also operate […] Read more

A new cost-benefit calculator helps quantify the benefits of sourcing calves that have been vaccinated for BRD.

Vaccinating for bovine respiratory disease

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While bovine respiratory disease is often thought of as a feedlot problem, it’s also the most common cause of death for nursing calves older than three weeks, notes the Beef Cattle Research Council’s blog. Several studies have shown bovine respiratory disease (BRD) peaks seasonally. For example, a Nebraska study that looked at several years of […] Read more


A coyote hunts mice at Riding Mountain. Researchers are looking for Manitoba producers to participate in a predation study.

Researchers take aim at reducing losses to livestock predation

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manitoba researchers are looking for beef producers interested in trying different strategies to reduce predation losses. The study will look at methods to gauge predation risk on a producer’s operation while also examining ways to monitor and deter predators. Melanie Dubois, senior riparian and biodiversity biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says that the methods […] Read more

A dairy herd in rural Quebec. Dairy producers are increasingly using beef semen to boost their operations’ profitability.

Growing use of beef semen in dairy herds noted

Breeding: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dairy producers are using beef semen to breed more cows in their herds, saving sexed semen for only the top-producing cows, writes Stew Slater in Farmtario. Slater cites data from the Canadian Dairy Network that shows the breeding of dairy cows to Holstein bulls is at a low, which clearly indicates a shift to using […] Read more