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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


In the coming months, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association will be setting up meetings with parliamentarians from all parties as soon as possible to make progress on issues that matter to beef producers.

CCA Reports: CCA ready to consult with federal government

From the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The dust has now settled on Parliament Hill and it’s time to look ahead to the future of our industry. Later in November, we look forward to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet being sworn in, so we can get to work and focus on Canada’s beef sector priorities. As an organization, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association […] 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


Junior Stockman’s Show sees many standout winners

NewsMakers from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to Kylie Berner, who won the Ambassador Award at the Junior Stockman’s Show in Swift Current in September. The Ambassador Award is presented to an entrant who demonstrates leadership qualities and is a good role model to other youth in agriculture. Congratulations as well to the following showmanship winners: Joss Pittman and Cheyenne Berner, […] Read more

Woodjam Ranch was established in 1899 and is located at Horsefly, B.C. Cattle rancher Louis Seelhof of Woodjam has a unique valve device that helps keep water from freezing. Have a look below.

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees selected

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Keith Gilmore Foundation would like to acknowledge and congratulate the scholarship winners for 2019. The KGF Prize for Beef Innovation went to Matthew Bates. He received a cheque for $10,000. Emma Cross and Will Ray­mond received the Here­ford Youth Scholarship. Each received a cheque of $2,500. Future of the Breed Scholarship $1,000 cheque winners […] Read more


China’s hog losses due to African swine fever now represent 38.7 per cent of its total hog inventory.

China has a protein crisis

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, goes the old Scottish idiom. But you can if it is a Chinese sow. This is because African swine fever (ASF) has reduced China’s sow population by 37 per cent in just the past year. China’s hog losses due to ASF are rapidly mounting […] Read more

Alberta Beef Producers marks its 50th anniversary

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

A belated happy birthday to the Alberta Beef Producers, which turned 50 in September. In the 1960s, Alberta’s cattle producers felt they needed a stronger voice in Edmonton and Ottawa. Five organizations, including Western Stock Growers, Alberta Dairymen Association, Farmers Union of Alberta, Alberta Federation of Agriculture, and the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association, asked the […] Read more


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