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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

Supporting 4-H during COVID-19

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: Plus, your 2020 CCIA board of directors

After countless 4-H meetings and speeches near and far, and teaching cattle to lead, kids involved in the 4-H beef project finally have a chance to sell their steers. Now those 4-H kids need your help. COVID-19 has put a stop to live auctions, and the beef kids are looking for other ways to sell […] Read more


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



Comment: Moving on from the plebiscite

From the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Alberta Beef Producers plebiscite results were a disappointment for those hoping for a non-refundable provincial check-off. In case you haven’t been following it, here’s a quick summary of the situation. Each year the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) collects $4.50 per head on cattle sold within the province. The national check-off, which supports the Beef […] 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


Cattlemen welcomes new editor in New Year

NewsMakers from the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Lisa Guenther of Livelong, Sask., will become the editor of Canadian Cattlemen in January 2019. She was raised on a commercial cow-calf farm near Bright Sand Lake, Sask., and joined Cattlemen as associate editor in October. Previously she worked as a field editor for Grainews and Country Guide, sister publications to the Cattlemen. She replaces […] Read more

Alberta beef producers can vote on a mandatory check-off during a provincial plebiscite from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13.

Alberta beef producers to vote on mandatory check-off

Associations: News Roundup from the Oct. 22 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef producers in Alberta are encouraged to make their voices heard on the issue of a mandatory check-off by voting during a provincial plebiscite between October 19 and November 13. The vote will determine if the provincial $2 per head check-off should remain refundable or become non-refundable. A return to a non-refundable check-off structure would […] Read more


A notice cancelling the water rights of an Alberta cattle producer was discovered to have been sent in error.

Water rights dominate Western Stock Growers’ Association meeting

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

The status of historic water rights for Alberta ranchers dominated the 2018 annual meeting of the Western Stock Growers’ Association February 21 in Red Deer, Alta. Newly re-elected WSGA president Aaron Brower introduced the topic after running a two-month battle with provincial officials to avoid the cancellation of his water rights application that was filed […] 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