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TrustBIX enters into contribution agreement with Western Economic Diversification

TrustBIX Inc. announced today a contribution agreement with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WEDC) for a repayable financial contribution of up to $1,000,000 under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. The contribution agreement will see WEDC support TrustBIX with the investment prior to March 31, 2021 to support general working capital requirements. “This investment has come […] Read more

Dr. John Basarab accepted the Don Matthews Memorial Award on behalf of Livestock Gentec from Michael Latimer of CBBC.

Canadian Simmental Association elects directors, Livestock Gentec receives award

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

The Canadian Simmental Association (CSA) has elected its directors and Jennie Mutch of Earnscliffe, P.E.I., is the newly elected director for the region of B.C., N.B., N.S., P.E.I. and Newfoundland-Labrador. She will join directors Blair McIntosh of Maymont, Sask., and Bill Biglieni of Douglas, Man., who were elected by acclamation, all for three-year terms to […] Read more


The current anthrax vaccine has to be administered annually by injection, a time consuming process and not feasible for wildlife.

Texas A&M researchers developing first oral anthrax vaccine for livestock, wildlife

The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences team is working toward a vaccine that would be easier to deliver

There may soon be a new weapon in the centuries-old battle against anthrax in wildlife thanks to groundbreaking work at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). Anthrax, a disease caused by a bacterium called Bacillus anthracis, contaminates surface soil and grasses, where it may be ingested or inhaled by […] Read more

A typical barn scene at Agribition, taken in 2019.

Agribition posts strong 2019, show number 50 postponed

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

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced a successful 2019 year at its annual general meeting, reporting a net income of $325,462 from operations. “CWA’s long-term sustainability is more important than ever right now,” says Chris Lees, CWA president. “In 2019, we invested in the show, brought in new programming and continued to put our exhibitors, visitors […] Read more


Manitoba researcher questions filtration potential of riparian areas

Colder climate and limited area for nutrient uptake restrict how much riparian areas can filter nutrients on the Canadian Prairies

One highly touted benefit of riparian areas may not be entirely accurate in a prairie context. Research conducted in southern Manitoba shows that riparian areas in the Canadian Prairies are not as effective at filtering nutrients in runoff from agricultural lands as in other regions. “Over the past couple decades, much attention has been given […] Read more

Workers in Cargill's High River plant on the line in the spring of 2020. The photo, taken from a company presentation, shows the plastic barriers the company has installed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Outbreak linked to Cargill’s Case Ready plant in Calgary

Alberta noted 84 new coronavirus cases during its update on Friday, including five linked to the Cargill plant

Five cases of COVID-19 were linked to Cargill’s Case Ready meat facility in Calgary on Friday afternoon. “Widespread testing is underway. AHS and OHS have visited the plant and are making sure necessary measures are in place to reduce transmission and protect workers,” tweeted Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer, on August 14. Friday’s […] Read more


The Macdonalds run about 150 cows and hold over their calves to sell as yearlings. They see a strong business case to market some of their cattle into grass-finished supply chains.

A deeper look into A&W’s grass-fed Canadian beef initiative

A&W’s announcement to source 100 per cent Canadian grass-fed beef drew criticism from some while providing a new marketing opportunity for many Canadian producers

In challenging economic times, it can pay to diversify your business model. For Ross Macdonald of 98 Ranch, this was a strong case for marketing cattle into grass-finishing supply chains. Building resiliency into your business, especially when traditional markets have been challenged, is what Macdonald sees as “probably the least discussed and least understood opportunity” […] Read more

Left to right: Chad, Ricky, Cooper, Renee, Riata, Ellie and Louis Seelhof.

Researcher, ranchers receive awards at Canadian Beef Industry Conference

B.C.'s Seelhof family and Dr. Karen Beauchemin of AAFC Lethbridge were honoured at the national beef conference

The Canadian Beef Industry Conference, held virtually this year, spotlighted the national recipients of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA), along with the recipient of the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. Ricky and Chad Seelhof and family, of B.C.’s Woodjam Ranch, received the national TESA. The Seelhof family raises cattle in the […] Read more


CCA Reports: CCA focuses on COVID-19 recovery, trade and public engagement

From the August 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Since mid-May, we have seen provinces move to slowly reopen their economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry and the greater Canadian economy will not be short-term, we are optimistic that the agriculture sector can assist in Canada’s post-COVID-19 recovery. In recent weeks, processing capacity has […] Read more

Comment: A little respect for consumers

Sometimes I wonder if we should scrub the word “consumer” from the pages of this magazine. Ultimately, doing so wouldn’t be a practical move, as it is good shorthand for the role of the people at the end of the supply chain. But sometimes I wonder if it seems derogatory, defining people by how they […] Read more


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