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Award of Excellence Female with heifer calf.

Top Simmental breeders awarded at Agribition

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

The Canadian Simmental Association recognized top Simmental seedstock breeders at Canadian Western Agribition. Award of Excellence Female: Boss Lake Ms Elle, two-year-old cow shown with heifer calf at side. Owned by Boss Lake Genetics of Parkland County, Alta. (photo at top of page) Award of Excellence Bull: Ironhill Rollin Thunder, yearling bull owned by Ironhill […] Read more

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association launches online platform

Health: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has created a new online platform for Canada’s veterinarians to aid their decisions on antimicrobial use in animals. The CVMA Guidelines for Veterinary Antimicrobial Use is accessible from a range of devices such as smartphones and laptops. It is searchable and gives vets quick access to information on antimicrobial […] Read more


Ontario farmers struggle with vomitoxin in corn

Health: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ontario corn growers have been dealing with vomitoxin in corn this harvest. High precipitation levels promoting Gibberella ear rot ultimately led to high DON levels in the corn. DON is a vomitoxin that can sicken livestock and levels are regulated by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The corn can be used to […] Read more

CN and 4-H Canada renew leadership program

Youth: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian National (CN) Rail and 4-H Canada announced the renewal of the 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction program during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. The program offers scholarships and mentorship opportunities to 4-H members pursuing post-secondary education. Over the next four years, CN will commit $600,000 to the program. Shannon Benner, CEO of […] Read more


Alberta Beef Producers’ plebiscite results in

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

The results of the Alberta Beef Producers’ plebiscite on the future of the producer check-off model were announced at the start of the AGM in December. The tight results, released by the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council, stated that 51.3 per cent voted for a refundable service charge model, while 48.5 per cent voted for […] Read more

Canadian beef grading standards will be replaced with two more yield grades, increasing the number to five.

Canadian beef yield grade standards change in January

Grade: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

*[UPDATED: Jan. 15, 2018] Canadian beef yield grade standards were updated in the new year to match those south of the 49th parallel. The Canadian Beef Grading Agency announced that the three yield grades of the Canadian beef grading standards will be replaced in January 2019 with five yield grades. The quality grades will remain […] Read more


Saskatchewan to change trespass laws

Legislation: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On November 27 the Saskatchewan government introduced legislation that puts the onus on those seeking access to private land to ask permission, whether or not the land is posted. The changes include amendments to the Trespass to Property Act, the Snowmobile Act and the Wildlife Act, 1998. Prior to the amendments, the three acts contained […] Read more

Interest in Canadian beef in European Union countries continues to grow and is an opportunity for Canadian producers to produce more EU beef.

CCA Report: Trade focus bears fruit for Canadian beef producers

From the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) focus on trade and market access priorities continued to bear fruit in 2018 and set the stage for a sustainable future for Canadian beef production. The events of 2018 created unprecedented opportunity for producers as we head into the new year. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) […] Read more


Luke, Sandra and Randy Radau.

Coulee Crest Farms of Alberta recognized for environmental stewardship

NewsMakers from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The 2019 Alberta Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Coulee Crest Farms of Red Deer County during the Alberta Beef Producers AGM in December. Randy and Sandra Radau and family (photo above), who raise purebred Hereford cattle on their farm east of Bowden, were in attendance for the presentation of the award at the event’s […] Read more

North American trade deal signed

Trade: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Officials from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on November 30 as officials gathered in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit. Leaders have agreed on a deal in principle but legislators in all three countries still must pass the USMCA before it replaces NAFTA. Negotiations have been marked by discord, […] Read more


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