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The latest from the Canadian Angus Association

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As Myles Immerkar, CEO of the Canadian Angus Association, puts it, “2020 will be a year like no other as everyone across the globe deals with challenges related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The beef industry and Angus community have shown great resolve through these times, and I thank everyone involved in making 2020 bull […] Read more

JT Volk Premonition.

Canadian-bred Simmental bull wins big in U.S.

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the role that Canadian beef genetics play in North America and the world. A case in point is the black Simmental bull JT Volk Premonition 113E that was named Reserve Grand Champion at the 2020 National Western Stock Show in Denver back in January. Bred by […] Read more


Conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited Canada are concerned about the pandemic's effect on beef producers and the long-term implications for the wildlife habitat those producers protect.

Conservation organization calls for support for beef producers during pandemic

Beef industry and its allies need to find opportunities to raise public support for Canada’s food production system

As the Canadian beef industry struggles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ducks Unlimited Canada is among the conservation organizations advocating on behalf of producers. “History has shown that the potential of an economic fallout within the beef industry is a risk we simply cannot afford to take,” said Karla Guyn, Ducks CEO, referencing […] Read more

VIDO-InterVac making progress on COVID-19 vaccine

There are some promising early signs as researchers at USask’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre develop a vaccine for COVID-19

University of Saskatchewan – “Early indications show that the vaccine induces an immune response, so that is positive,” said Dr. Volker Gerdts (DVM), director of Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac). “But whether the vaccine will work, we don’t know that yet. There is a lot of testing to be done.” Safety assessment […] Read more


Being on the cusp of grilling season, the timing could not be worse.

COVID-19’s continuing chaos

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

As I write this on April 6, the April live cattle futures contract here in the U.S. has closed down its 450-point extended daily limit for the fourth day in a row. The contract closed at US$83.82 per cwt, thus losing 1,800 points in those four days. In contrast, the contract settled on February 21 […] Read more

Mike Sidoryk.

Michael Sidoryk retires from Lloydminster Exhibition

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Anybody who has spent any time at the Lloydminster Exhibition in the last number of decades knows Mike Sidoryk. After starting his career in 1981, it wasn’t long before he became agricultural manager in 1985, and then general manager in 1989. In his 39 years with the association, there has been a tremendous amount of […] Read more


Trade continues to be of critical importance for the CCA.

CCA Reports: Pulling through the COVID crisis

From the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It’s a privilege to address you for the first time through this column as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). As I take over CCA’s leadership from David Haywood-Farmer, I’d like to express my sincere thanks for his commitment to Canadian beef producers and the significant progress accomplished on key files during his term. […] Read more

The angel of death striking a door during the plague of Rome. Engraving by Levasseur after J. Delaunay.

Comment: The Antonine plague

There has been plenty of chatter about how this pandemic will change society. I don’t have any predictions worth the paper this magazine is printed on, so I decided to turn to history. One of the podcasts I regularly listen to is Tides of History. In April, they ran an episode on the Antonine plague, […] Read more


Canadian cattle inventories decline yet again

Prepared by the staff of Canfax and Canfax Research Services, divisions of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

It is rare to see two black swan events occur so close together. But that is what the market is currently facing. African swine fever (ASF) has created a giant protein gap in China and other Asian countries. It is unclear at this point how international demand for protein will be impacted by COVID-19 in […] Read more

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Haley Scott grew up on a commercial cow-calf operation west of Lacombe, Alta. As a long-time 4-H member she especially enjoyed the livestock judging and horsemanship projects. Scott earned a bachelor degree in animal science from the University of Saskatchewan, and a master of science from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine […] Read more


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