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Alberta’s feedlot capacity has eroded since 2003.

Alberta beef industry calls for regulatory change

Policy: News Roundup from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While the Alberta beef industry has been competitive relative to the U.S., regulations and costs imposed by all three levels of government could dampen that competitiveness in the future, according to a recent report commissioned by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Beef Producers. The study focused on the beef industries in Kansas, Nebraska […] Read more

Several key trade deals are poised to benefit red meat sectors.

Trade deals herald a promising year ahead

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

The new decade begins with much promise for the North American cattle/beef industry. Several key trade deals will benefit the red meat sectors in all three countries, including developments in China and the ratification by the U.S. Congress of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). China’s ongoing efforts to fill the protein hole caused by the […] Read more


Cattlemen’s Young Leaders applications now open

NewsMakers from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

CYL Program Over the next few months we will feature two or three of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) each issue. A reminder that applications opened in January for CYL. Aaron Birch grew up on a mixed operation near Lamond in southern Alberta. He developed an interest in raising purebred Gelbvieh cattle in 4-H. By […] Read more

New University of Calgary research centre named after Alberta rancher John Simpson

Alberta rancher and businessman John Simpson has donated over $5 million to the University of Calgary’s new agricultural research centre. The centre, named the Simpson Centre for Agriculture and Food Innovation, will focus on research around public policy that supports growth and sustainability of agri-food and agri-business, particularly in Western Canada. Simpson, a born and raised […] 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

Photo: Piper Whelan. The 2020 edition of the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is estimated to be one of its largest to date, with more than 9,000 producers and delegates in attendance.

Sustainability and public perception discussions kick off NCBA’s annual convention

Beef producers and industry representatives from across North America converge on San Antonio for the biggest conference in the business.

Everybody once wanted to be a cowboy, so why doesn’t the public seem to connect that heroic figure with modern beef production? This was the question posed by Wayne Morgan, president of protein products and sustainability for Golden State Foods, during one of the first sessions on Wednesday at the Cattle Industry Conference and National […] Read more


Don’t forget everyday practices such as providing clean, dry bedding during calving season.

Reducing disease in newborn calves

Calving: News Roundup from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Extra vigilance before and during the calving season can pay off when it comes to producing healthy calves. “Newborn calf mortality can have a significant impact on calf crop percentage and ultimately your herd economics,” said Dr. Steve Hendrick, veterinarian with the Coaldale Veterinary Clinic in Coaldale, Alta. Hendrick spoke about reducing disease in newborn […] Read more

Impossible Beef on display in a grocery store. Impossible Foods recently launched its pork-alternative products to further its long-term goal to replace all meat, dairy and fish products.

Impossible Foods launches new product

Food: News Roundup from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, Impossible Foods moved beyond the beef market, launching new plant protein products to compete with pork and sausage. Impossible Sausage, which is made from the California-based company’s Impossible Pork, will roll out first as a breakfast sandwich at Burger King locations. “Pork is arguably one […] Read more


The funding includes a $3.2-million investment in the USask Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

USask livestock and poultry researchers awarded nearly $7 million

Twenty University of Saskatchewan (USask) projects have been awarded nearly $7 million through a joint federal-provincial government funding program to advance cattle, swine, and poultry research. Investment from the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), supplemented by contributions from industry partners, will help researchers improve health and safety for animals, reduce the environmental impact of livestock […] Read more

Native prairie near Hanley, Sask. The Sask Stock Growers Association has started a foundation to conserve agricultural lands, advance education, relieve poverty and help disaster victims.

Sask Stock Growers Association launches charitable foundation

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) launched the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation (SSGF) at its semi-annual meeting held during the Sask Beef Industry Conference this week in Saskatoon. “We are pleased to be able to launch the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation today,” said SSGA president Bill Huber in a media release. “We’ve been working on […] Read more


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