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“This project leverages innovative sensor technologies to provide greater assurance to livestock transportation.” – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Agri-food intelligence network announces third funded project

The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) has unveiled the third project to be funded through its 2020 Closed Competition. Providing Transport Assurance Via Generic Data Enablers, led by Ontario’s Transport Genie, requires modest funding but promises to deliver significant results.  “Data-driven decision-making is the backbone supporting ag-tech innovation,” said CAAIN CEO, Kerry Wright. […] Read more

The Beef Cattle Research Council has released its five-year research and extension strategy.

Beef Cattle Research Council unveils research and extension strategy

The Beef Cattle Research Council released its five-year research and extension strategy this week.  The strategy is a framework for coordinating beef research priorities, funding and technology transfer initiatives at a national level. It’s meant to guide funding from the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and other Canadian beef research funding agencies, while also encouraging collaboration and coordination among funding […] Read more

This year’s drought conditions are increasing the blister beetle threat to cattle and other livestock.

High numbers of blister beetles in hay pose a danger for livestock

The amount of poison produced by the insects varies by species

This year’s dry weather is increasing the blister beetle threat to cattle and other livestock, North Dakota State University specialists say. “Blister beetles tend to be more numerous when grasshopper populations are high because the immature stage of blister beetles feeds on grasshopper eggs, and we have higher numbers of grasshoppers in drought years like […] Read more

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef sees carbon-sequestering potential in grasslands, positioning the industry to be part of the climate change solution.

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef aims to be part of environmental solution

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has launched its sustainability goals for the world’s beef value chain.  “The goals which we have launched today are a commitment from the global beef industry, articulating the role and responsibility that we are taking together towards achieving a more sustainable ecosystem,” said Ruaraidh Petre, executive director of the Global […] Read more

The Lakeside Farms family.

Ontario Limousin Association honours farm families

Purely Purebred, news from the June 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Hunt family of Corad Farms received the Angus Campbell Award from the Ontario Limousin Association at the association’s AGM in April. The Angus Campbell Award is presented to a commercial producer who uses and promotes the Limousin breed in their business. Mervin and Judy Hunt purchased the original farm property on Waba Road in […] Read more

Crystal Fisk joins Canadian Simmental Association

Purely Purebred, news from the June 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) is pleased to welcome Crystal Fisk to their staff in the role of Young Canadian Simmental Association programs co-ordinator. Fisk and her family operate Ridgeline Cattle Co. at Parry, Sask.  “I began my cattle career in the Hereford breed and got involved in the Simmental breed when I was 17 […] Read more

Cabin Ridge Mountain, overlooking the Rocking P Cabin.

Open-pit mining on Eastern Slopes one of the biggest issues facing our generation, says rancher

Beef producers encouraged by recent developments, but still see threat to grazing lands and watersheds

The Blades family of Nanton, Alta. has been linked to Cabin Ridge Mountain for a century.  Named for the family’s original cabin, the mountain overlooks summer grazing land vital to the Rocking P Ranch. It’s remained constant as generations fostered a deep love and sense of responsibility for this landscape, and endured the hardships and joys that ranching […] Read more

A recent survey commissioned by Canada Beef found that while Canadian beef is still strong on restaurant menus, there are opportunities to better promote it.

Canada Beef Market Intelligence Update: Restaurant menu survey suggests focusing on benefits of Canadian beef

A recent survey commissioned by Canada Beef of Canadian restaurant menus confirmed that Canadian beef remains strong in many categories, and pinpointed new opportunities to better promote it to restaurant diners. Researchers randomly selected 100 menus from restaurant websites between February 16 and March 8, 2021. The menu selection provided a good representation of different […] Read more

A greater sage-grouse, considered a species at risk.

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan launches tool to gauge potential wildlife habitat

Habitat and Biodiversity Assessment Tool helps producers choose management practices to protect habitat for at-risk wildlife

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan has introduced a tool to analyze the habitat potential for species at risk, highlighting the concept of every farm and ranch having wildlife habitat.  The Habitat and Biodiversity Assessment Tool was launched in March as part of a new chapter in the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan workbook on habitat management, meeting […] Read more

2021 Canadian Junior Limousin Impact Show cancelled

Purely Purebred, news from the June 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Due to the current restrictions, the Canadian Limousin Association has made the unfortunate decision to cancel the 2021 Canadian Junior Limousin Impact Show that was to be held in Spencerville, Ont. They would like to thank the Ontario show committee and chair Laura Scott for their dedication to planning the show over the last two […] Read more

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