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The CCA wishes producers from coast to coast a safe and happy holiday season.

CCA Reports: Building capacity within Canada and re-establishing exports

From the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The past month has been extremely active for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). On the foreign trade front, the CCA was extremely pleased with the resumption of trade with China in late November. Following discovery of fraudulent pork export certificates on June 25, 2019, Canadian exports of meat were halted. Since June, CCA has been […] Read more

Peck steps into CCA public engagement position

NewsMakers from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Jill Harvie has left the public and stakeholder engagement manager position at Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to focus on ranching, effective November 1. Harvie managed efforts to address consumer perceptions and questions about beef production. Amie Peck has since stepped into the role. Peck has been working as a stakeholder engagement specialist with the association since […] Read more


Lindsey Verhaeghe.

Leader in agricultural education recognized by United Nations

Public Trust: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

For Lindsey Verhaeghe, educating youth about agriculture is critical as the divide between the industry and the general public grows. Her commitment to teaching young people about agriculture through interactive games was recently recognized with a prestigious award from the United Nations. Verhaeghe was one of 10 recipients of the United Nations Global Compact 2019 […] Read more

Project to boost seedstock production in Newfoundland and Labrador

Research: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Over the last three years, Newfoundland and Labrador has aimed to expand the availability of local breeding stock through a demonstration project. Most beef consumed in Newfoundland and Labrador comes from other Canadian provinces, with approximately 13.8 million kilograms imported in 2018. In comparison, Newfoundland and Labrador beef producers reported sales of approximately 100,000 kilograms, […] Read more


Stephen Hughes on his Longview ranch while filming a McDonald’s commercial about beef sustainability.

McDonald’s names Flagship Farmer, celebrates commitment to Canadian beef

First-ever recipient recognized for innovative ranching practices

On Dec. 10, McDonald’s Canada announced Stephen Hughes of Chinook Ranch as its first-ever Canadian representative for the company’s Flagship Farmer Program. Hughes was selected for his long-term commitment to innovative ranching practices, including year-round, rotational grazing techniques. As McDonald’s Canada’s Flagship Farmer, Hughes will inspire and inform fellow ranchers, share his experiences, showcase the […] Read more

Each year Cattle Trail gives Stampede-goers a chance to see live cattle close-up.

Meeting consumers on the Cattle Trail

The Calgary Stampede’s Cattle Trail is a case study into the value of face-to-face interactions between beef producers and consumers

For many visitors to the Calgary Stampede, a trip to the barns is the only interaction they ever have with livestock. This lends greater importance to the UFA Cattle Trail, an interactive exhibit about beef production. Set up each year in the Calgary Stampede’s Nutrien Western Event Centre, the Cattle Trail shares the story of […] Read more


Species at Risk Partnerships get thumbs up from Saskatchewan participants

Environment: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program draws to a close, interviews with participating producers are revealing tremendous support for the initiative. SARPAL is a voluntary, producer-driven program that conserves wildlife habitat in several provinces and is delivered by local organizations. The program, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is […] Read more

From left to right: Hugh Vandersteen, Jeff Smith and James Bekkering of Deer Creek Livestock Co.

Deer Creek Livestock honoured with Alberta Beef Environmental Stewardship Award

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) recently presented Deer Creek Livestock Co. with the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award at the ABP Annual General Meeting. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship – one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. Since the 1900s, cattle ranching has been part […] Read more


Canadian beef exports to Japan have grown substantially in 2019.

Beef and veal exports up in 2019

Markets: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The latest numbers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Statistics Canada show that beef and veal exports grew significantly in 2019. As of September 30, Canada had exported a total of 330,757 tonnes of beef and veal, compared to 294,527 in the same period last year, a growth of 12 per cent. The dollar value […] Read more

Mike Millar visited Woodjam Ranch as part of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association AGM and tour.

Junior Stockman, Ranchman pair up for Ridin’ and Recitin’

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

This year has been a whirlwind of events from breed association AGMs, cattle shows, and 4-H junior events. My travels found me in New Brunswick and B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan and overseas in Scotland. What caught my attention was the passion felt by the beef producers nationally and internationally about how lucky we are to […] Read more


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