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Alberta’s feedlot capacity has eroded since 2003.

Alberta beef industry calls for regulatory change

Policy: News Roundup from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While the Alberta beef industry has been competitive relative to the U.S., regulations and costs imposed by all three levels of government could dampen that competitiveness in the future, according to a recent report commissioned by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Beef Producers. The study focused on the beef industries in Kansas, Nebraska […] Read more

Among the biggest changes were the amalgamation of zones in the province.

Alberta Beef Producers to streamline organization

Associations: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Changes are underway at the Alberta Beef Producers after the association held its AGM in early December. Delegates passed several resolutions designed to reduce costs and better engage grass-roots members after members rejected a proposal to make the group’s check-off non-refundable in 2018. Among the biggest changes were the amalgamation of the zones, creating five […] 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

Alberta Beef Producers marks its 50th anniversary

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

A belated happy birthday to the Alberta Beef Producers, which turned 50 in September. In the 1960s, Alberta’s cattle producers felt they needed a stronger voice in Edmonton and Ottawa. Five organizations, including Western Stock Growers, Alberta Dairymen Association, Farmers Union of Alberta, Alberta Federation of Agriculture, and the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association, asked the […] 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



In addition to working on her own cattle operation, Kelly Smith-Fraser is  vice-chair of the Alberta Beef Producers and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association.

Leading with an eye on the beef industry’s next generation

Kelly Smith-Fraser's NuHaven Cattle Company a testament to a long family history of beef producers

Kelly Smith-Fraser’s deep roots in agriculture helped develop her present leadership role in the Canadian beef industry. The vice-chair of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association, Smith-Fraser’s path in the cattle business was shaped by the previous generations, a legacy she continues on her family’s operation, NuHaven Cattle Company of […] Read more

Clerical error threatened water rights of southern Alberta ranchers

Environment: News Roundup from the April 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Historic water rights became a source of contention for ranchers relying on the Milk River watershed this winter, due to what provincial officials are now calling a bureaucratic error. Last December several ranchers in the Milk River basin received letters from Alberta Environment and Parks (AE&P) cancelling their traditional water rights applications, which were submitted […] Read more


The New Era Beef Industry Agreement splits the $2 per head levy charged on every animal sold.

Alberta Cattle Feeders approve New Era agreement

Associations: News Roundup from the April 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association will partner with Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) on a proposed new breakdown of the provincial producer check-off, with negotiations to continue throughout 2018. This proposal, known as the New Era Beef Industry (NEBI) agreement, was one of the main issues discussed at the ACFA’s recent annual general meeting held in […] Read more

The latest research into cattle transport looked at the effects of rest stop duration on calves.

Are your cattle fit to travel?

Transport: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

When it comes to culling and marketing cattle, are your animals fit to travel? The beef industry isn’t doing too bad but the dairy industry needs to pull up its socks. Overall there is room for improvement in all sectors of the cattle industry, says Melissa Moggy, a veterinarian and researcher with Alberta Farm Animal […] Read more