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Hay is likely to be expensive in many areas this year due to weather.

Penciling out economics of winter cattle feeding

Feeding: News Roundup from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Drought took its toll on many hay fields, while others were so wet that producers struggled to get a dry bale. For many beef producers on both ends of the spectrum, the result is high-cost feed. Ted Nibourg, a farm business management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Food, outlined some of the economic factors producers […] Read more

The attendees at this Atlantic forage field day took in research updates and extension information at the AAFC Nappan Research Farm in Nova Scotia.

Record turnout at forage field day in Nova Scotia

Forage: News Roundup from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Agriculture and Agriculture Canada (AAFC) and Maritime Beef Council co-hosted an Atlantic forage field day this summer at the AAFC Nappan Research Farm, located near Amherst, Nova Scotia.  This was the third year that the event was co-hosted, and it proved to be the biggest turnout yet with 120 farmers, agriculture advisors, academics and government […] Read more


The first phase would see successful small businesses get up to $150,000 to refine their research.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency seeks proposals for vaccine matching

Research: News Roundup from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) seeks proposals from small businesses on developing a computer model that predicts which vaccine strain would best control foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in cattle, sheep and swine. Foot-and-mouth is highly contagious, making it a serious threat to the agriculture industry. Viral strains can be stored in vaccine banks, but right […] Read more

A helicopter drops buckets of water on a forest fire in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

B.C. seeks to control wildfires through grazing

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

In a bid to reduce wildfire damage, the province of B.C. is looking for help from its ranching community. The B.C. Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA) recently received a $500,000 wildfire management grant from the province to develop projects that will reduce fine fuels through intensive grazing in high-risk areas, CCA Action News reports. The program will […] Read more


Cargill consumer research shows gap in protein knowledge

Meat: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Consumers aren’t as aware of beef’s high protein content as one may assume, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Cargill is redesigning its ground beef packaging to better communicate the protein content, using this information and other insights gained from its latest consumer research. This lack of understanding wasn’t surprising, said Glendon Taylor, Cargill’s marketing […] Read more

A livestock extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture says it’s important that cattle consume the feed in front of them, especially when considering body condition score over winter.

Beef and forage issues series aims to boost innovation

Forages: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has published a series of six articles covering a pilot project that brought together farmers, ranchers, scientists and experts to improve technology and innovation adoption. For the pilot, participants toured east-central Alberta farms and discussed several topics. One topic was smooth versus rough awns. Many cattle feeders have voiced concerns about […] Read more


Today auction marts and cattle feeders still report prices on a regular basis.

Canfax celebrates golden anniversary

Marketing: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canfax reached a major milestone this year, marking 50 years of analyzing markets and trends in the North American beef industry. Today Canfax is a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, served by a team of four livestock market specialists and two people in its research division. But, as Lee Hart writes, it started simply, […] Read more

Harvey's Original Burger.

Harvey’s sourcing certified sustainable beef

Sustainability: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Canadian restaurant chain is the next retailer to announce its commitment to sourcing sustainably raised beef in partnership with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). Harvey’s Restaurants will now source part of the beef for its Original Burger in accordance with CRSB’s Certified Sustainable Beef Framework. Harvey’s already sources 100 per cent Canadian […] Read more


The funding will aid in a number of VBP+ activities.

Verified Beef Production Plus receives funding to support program advancement

VBP+: News Roundup from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Agriculture Partnership Agri-Assurance program has allocated $602,250 to the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program. The funding will support several VBP+ activities, including: Modifying the training platform to meet educational demands by producers. Increasing the database capacity and functionality by automating processes where practical and ensuring growing demand is met while adding value […] Read more

Cattle producers step in to replace Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program

Financing: News Roundup from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program wrapped up at the end of July, but a producer-led group is set to fill the gap. The province announced the end of the livestock loan guarantee program last summer, stating that lending wasn’t a core government function. Dropping participation was another reason given for the program’s end. Association members […] Read more