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Earlier this spring, provincial and federal governments agreed to remove the reference margin limit for producers enrolled in AgriStability.

AgriStability enrolment deadline approaches, while beef sector pushes for more change

News Roundup, from the June 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the application deadline looms for AgriStability, national and provincial cattle groups are encouraging producers to take another look at the program while pushing for more improvements.  Earlier this spring, provincial and federal governments agreed to remove the reference margin limit for producers enrolled in the program, retroactive to 2020. They also extended the application […] Read more

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says expanding price insurance into the Maritimes is a “very high priority.”

Bringing livestock price insurance to the Maritimes

News Roundup, from the May 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Work is underway to bring livestock price insurance to Atlantic Canada’s beef producers.  While producers in Western Canada have access to the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program and Quebec and Ontario also have risk management programs, producers in the Maritimes lack any program to offset market risk.  “Producers in the Maritimes manage their risk by […] Read more


Ranchers concerned about grizzly bear encounters in B.C.

Ranchers concerned about grizzly bear encounters in B.C.

News Roundup, from the May 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

B.C. producers are seeing evidence of more grizzly bears, and with that comes growing concerns about the safety of ranching families and their livestock. George Olin, who ranches in the Vanderhoof, B.C. area, lost several cattle, including a Simmental bull, to grizzlies last fall, Cam Hill writes in the spring issue of Beef in B.C. […] Read more

Driving profit through cattle genetics on the ranch

Driving profit through cattle genetics on the ranch

Breeding: News Roundup from the March 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It has been said that it is getting harder and harder to make money in the cattle business. Expenses too often outweigh revenue, resulting in limited profit potential. Whether you agree or not, many ranchers are cautious about making additional investments to their management systems. To many, it feels as though mounting demands on how […] Read more


Ag in Motion, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to deliver information all year, beginning with seeding

News Roundup from the March 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With current COVID-19 restrictions making gathering in person uncertain this summer, organizers at Ag in Motion and Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show are ensuring producers have information and tools at their fingertips throughout the year with the launch of a year-long digital offering beginning in March. “There is still so much uncertainty in 2021, and while […] Read more

Rodeo champion Fred Whitfield portrays John Ware in the award-winning film, John Ware Reclaimed.

John Ware film slated for wide release

News Roundup from the February 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

An award-winning documentary about Alberta cowboy John Ware is being released online in time for Black History Month in February and will be available free of charge to Canadians. Ware was born into slavery in the American South. He drove cattle into what would become Alberta in 1882, and found work at the Bar U […] Read more


Japan is second only to the U.S. for Canadian beef exports.

JBS strikes deal with Japanese food company

News Roundup from the December 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

JBS Foods Canada has struck a partnership with a leading food company in Japan. JBS will be tapping its existing brands, such as Northern Gold, which is certified to the standards of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. JBS will also draw on its Canadian Diamond Black Angus brand, verified by the Canadian Angus Association, […] Read more

Erik Nottveit, Arvid Nottveit’s son checking cattle at Tribar Ranching Co., located on the northern edge of Lake Manitoba. Changes to Manitoba’s Crown lease program are creating uncertainty for leaseholders.

Reforms to Manitoba’s Crown lands still frustrate leaseholders

Rent break and extending lease renewals to family transfers seen as positive moves by industry, but producers say issues still exist with new program

Agricultural Crown land leaseholders in 18 Manitoba municipalities that declared a state of agricultural disaster in 2019 will be given a one-time rent credit. However, some leaseholders say this won’t make much difference due to the rising rental rate introduced as one of the many reforms to the agricultural Crown land (ACL) lease program in […] Read more


The project is being funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

University of Calgary expands diagnostic services for livestock industry

Animal Health: News Roundup from the September 28 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is piloting an expansion of its diagnostic service unit for enhanced animal disease diagnosis and welfare. Since the provincial government ended comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services for livestock in 1995, private practitioners have picked up those services. That model has worked for companion animals and, to some extent, […] Read more

cattle on pasture, mountains

Study suggests high mountain disease connected to poor feedlot performance and carcass quality

Research at Colorado State University finds pulmonary hypertension in cattle raised in high altitudes still has health and productions implications when finished at lower elevations

A new study shows the connection between cattle with high mountain disease and decreased feedlot performance and carcass quality, even when finished at low elevations. This research, conducted at Colorado State University, examined the performance and carcass traits from high-elevation regions in relation to pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) measurements. High mountain disease (HMD), also known […] Read more