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Producers are encouraged to provide feedback on what they want animal welfare enforcement to look like.

Ontario given a year to revise animal welfare legislation

Policy: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ontario’s Superior Court has ruled that the province must revamp legislation governing enforcement and inspection of animal welfare complaints in the next year, Stew Slater of Farmtario reports. Unless the province’s Attorney General appeals, the revised legislation will have to include reasonable oversight and accountability. Under the current legislation, the Ontario Society for the Prevention […] Read more

Climate change’s impact on managing animal health

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

I’m losing more arguments with grandchildren that our climate hasn’t changed significantly, prompted by signals that have only grown more evident through the last half of my lifetime. At one point, I convinced myself that climatic changes were part of a natural phenomenon — one of those things history would look upon and call an […] Read more


Ed Pajor.

Ed Pajor takes the reins at W.A. Ranches

The donation of W.A. Ranches also kicks off an exciting new chapter for Ed Pajor, who has been appointed the ranch’s first director. Pajor was raised on a tobacco farm in southern Ontario and studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Waterloo. There, he participated in a co-op program as part of his […] Read more

Fatigued Cattle Syndrome can exhibit in highly finished cattle following transport.

What we know about Fatigued Cattle Syndrome

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

Fatigued Cattle Syndrome (FCS) appeared as a clinical syndrome during the summer of 2013. Scientists described it as a novel syndrome affecting highly finished cattle following transport. FCS became a welfare issue when first described and remains a potential welfare problem if not managed properly. Prevention of FCS appears on many conference agendas covering beef […] Read more


Take-aways from the 2018 beef summit, Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series highlighting “take-aways” from the 2018 Beef Summit in Calgary that combined the International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare and the UCVM Beef Cattle Conference

Pain mitigation Andrew Fisher, University of Melbourne A number of presentations at this year’s summit dealt with pain in livestock and the responsibility of producers, veterinarians and everyone in contact with livestock to lessen discomfort whenever possible. It’s universally accepted that day-to-day husbandry practices include things that cause pain; procedures such as hot-iron branding, dehorning […] Read more

Who do you think you are?

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

The business of agriculture is getting it from all sides. Some folks liken farmers, ranchers and cattle feeders to monsters who are destroying the land and even more so the air. Society has a way of defining those involved in food production by what they do and not who they are. When someone asks us […] Read more


Two-month-old calves were numbered to identify them as they were sampled for blood and weighed through the chute.

Pain control in cattle remains a complex issue

The age of the animal is often a factor when considering pain mitigating options

When it comes to pain mitigation practices for her cattle operation, Cecilie Fleming believes it’s the right thing to do. It’s also proven to be practical and cost-effective, factors that many beef producers consider when deciding whether to implement pain control. Fleming, who raises purebred Angus, Simmental and Charolais cattle with her family at Fleming […] Read more

Curt Pate demonstrates his pressuring technique with cattle in the chute.

Effective stockmanship adds to the bottom line

... and it’s the right thing to do

For Curt Pate, handling cattle in an effective manner is vital to a stockman’s success. “What we really need to think about are what the effects of our cattle handling are doing to the performance of our cattle,” he said during the 2018 Western Canada Feedlot Management School in Regina. Pate, who came into the […] Read more


Food consumers increasingly want to know how their food is produced, how animals are cared for, and want guarantees that beef is safe and has been produced in a sustainable way.

Tyson leads transparency push on beef production

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Consumers in the U.S. and Canada increasingly want to know how their food is produced. As far as beef is concerned, they want to know how animals are cared for, they want guarantees that beef is safe and that it has been produced in an environmentally sustainable way. Until now, the beef industries in both […] Read more

A recent study for one of the world’s largest beef companies found respondents indicate that an animal’s diet is directly related to food safety.

Carbon cut on beef

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

Will consumers want carbon-neutral and certified cared for beef? Will they determine those to be traits of safe food? Australia has set a goal of carbon-neutral meat production by the year 2030. The focus will be on trees and grasses that cover and sequester carbon for the nation’s 28 million head of cattle, 70.9 million […] Read more