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CCA reports: Trade access, livestock price insurance and AgriStability

From the October 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As we look back on the past seven months, we have learned many important lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, identified areas where enhancements are needed, and how we can strengthen the resiliency within our industry as well as help support the economic hardships facing our country. Economic Development Canada identified agriculture, specifically through exports, as […] Read more

Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association virtual show results

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

Juniors from across Canada participated in the Canadian Junior Shorthorn Association 2020 Virtual Show back in August. Here are the results: Class 1 — Female, born 2020 Split 1: First went to Gabriela Kott, Caistor Centre, Ont.; second to Samantha Lundy, Collingwood, Ont.; and third to Peyton Woods, Arthur, Ont. Split 2: First to Samantha […] Read more


A snapshot of the poster for the Stockmen's Memorial Foundation annual dinner and auction.

Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation gets creative with fundraising

The charity is offering catered home meals and an online auction to raise funds during the pandemic

An Alberta-based charity is side-stepping pandemic issues by turning its annual fundraising dinner and auction into a “chuckwagon edition” that will see supporters bid online and order a catered meal to eat in their own homes. The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, based in Cochrane, Alta, documents the history of the livestock industry in Western Canada. This […] Read more

Edam Fall Fair celebrates 30th

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

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Edam Fall Fair. This commercial cattle show has become a premier event to attend in Western Canada and kicks off Friday night, October 30 at 6 p.m. and rolls into Saturday, October 31 starting at 9:30 a.m. Classes consist of Pen of Three and Five Bred Heifers, […] Read more


By running simulations, researchers found indications that wetlands and grasslands can mitigate floods.

Research shows benefits of well-managed agricultural landscapes to flood resiliency

Scientists are creating tools to better measure the value of wetlands and grasslands to naturally mitigate floods

Of the many benefits to human well-being provided by wetlands, flood attenuation is an ecosystem service that is receiving more attention. Now, scientists are working to accurately measure the flood resiliency of well-managed wetlands and grasslands, taking into consideration the value of agricultural management practices that benefit a landscape’s water-holding capacity. “We’re building better tools […] Read more

Beef cattle publisher and promoter passes

NewsMakers from the October 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We are sad to report the passing of Laurel “Laurie” Watson, 66, of West Montrose, Ont., on September 3. Watson was a promoter and publisher in the beef cattle industry. Together with her father, Harald Gunderson (deceased in 2012), they produced the World of Beef and the Limousin Leader in the ’70s and ’80s. Watson […] Read more



Cattle hides take a tanning

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Cattle hides for many years added up to US$60 to the value of a fed steer or heifer and accounted for two-thirds of the value of all byproducts. But hide prices and the value began eroding in 2018 and have not recovered. Now the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed any improvement in hide prices and the […] Read more


B.C. beef producers are leasing a federally inspected plant in a bid to launch a  B.C. beef brand.

B.C. Beef brand a step closer to grocery store shelves

Producer-owned corporation to source B.C.-raised cull cows and market ground beef locally

A rancher-owned beef brand in B.C. is a step closer to reality with the lease of a federally inspected packing plant. The plan to launch a B.C. Beef brand is moving ahead after several years of work by the province’s beef industry, with the project’s steering committee announcing its lease of the KML processing plant […] Read more

Canadian Western Agribition launches Evolution Series

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the Sept. 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As many cattle shows go virtual this year because of COVID-19 protocols, Canadian Western Agribition is no exception. Agribition has come out with their Evolution Series virtual show for the Black Angus, Red Angus, Charolais, Horned Hereford, Polled Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental and Speckle Park breeds. The deadline for entries is October 22, with […] Read more


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