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Edgar Smith and his brothers run Red Angus and Red Angus-cross cattle on their operation at Courtenay, B.C.

B.C. producer narrows in on what customers want in beef

Health, environment and animal welfare top priorities for Edgar Smith’s customers on Vancouver Island and in the lower mainland

Edgar Smith and his brothers Phillip and Doug have a unique cattle operation, raising beef from start to finish and selling direct to customers. “Our family has been in the beef business since the 1940s on Vancouver Island, and the operation has evolved and changed over the decades. In the 1940s and 1950s we were […] Read more



These two Barbadian farmers discuss the merits of an Angus bull at the Agrifest Agricultural Show in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Barbados aiming for self-sufficiency in food production

As the Caribbean island gears up its food production, the beef industry will be a key part of feeding the nation’s people

Barbados’s Agrofest is much like a rural Canadian fall fair. But at this three-day event, the country’s prime minister attends the first day. The country is working towards self-sufficiency in food production and Mia Amor Mottley, Barbados’s first woman prime minister, is a driving force behind that idea. Barbados, a Caribbean island 13 degrees north […] Read more

Brett McRae and his wife Chantel on the farm in southwestern Manitoba.

Mentorship program leads Manitoba producer to regenerative ag

After participating in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program, Brett McRae rejigged his mixed farm to abide by the five principles of soil health

Brett McRae is a fifth-generation rancher in southwest Manitoba, near Brandon, but not the fifth generation on the same ranch. “I was born and raised here and my parents are still actively farming. I farm next to them; we farm separately but share equipment, labour, facilities and ideas. It’s the best of both worlds; we […] Read more


Hereford genetics were introduced to Mongolia’s Bulgan and Selenge provinces from Russia in the 1950s. The breed did well, but the cattle industry declined after the Soviet Union fell and state-run farms closed.

Canadian producer builds pasture-to-plate beef business in Mongolia

Blending modern feedlot practices with tradition is opening new doors for a small feedlot in Mongolia

When Jeremy and Roxy Thiessen first served their home-finished beef to friends, their guests declared they’d never tasted anything like it. While this is often how stories of direct-marketing success begin, the Thiessens had a distinct advantage based on their location and market demands, providing a unique opportunity for this family. At first glance, the […] 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


(Left to right) Ruby, Jacob, Rita and Ross Canning at their beef operation near Geelong, Victoria in Australia.

Passion for raising cattle brings youth to Canada

Young Australian producer drawn to Canada for opportunities to benefit her herd back home

No matter where in the world you travel, family is at the heart of agriculture. Above the main show ring at Canadian Western Agribition in 2019, Ruby Canning was taking a short break in the International Business Centre. Backpack and camera at her side, the young Australian lit up when she talked about how much […] Read more

The Rosetown Hutterite Colony aims to feed 90 per cent of its calves next year and market those animals to Ben’s Quality Meats in Picture Butte, Alta.

Beef producers share insights into certification programs

Two beef producers talk about why they decided to certify their operations and the differences between the VBP+ and EU certification programs

Canadian beef producers are rightfully proud of the cattle they raise. Due to the care they provide their animals and their environmental stewardship, this country’s farmers and ranchers produce arguably the best beef in the world. Increasingly, producers are turning to certification programs like Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) and various European Union (EU) certifications […] Read more


A broad perspective on nutritional science

Any discussion of the merits of grass-fed beef invites scientific comparison to grain-fed beef. One noteworthy difference between the two production systems is how long it takes to finish an animal. “Because of the lower energy density, it typically takes longer for animals to reach slaughter weight when they’re grass-fed,” says Dr. Tim McAllister, principal […] Read more

Market uncertainty continues to drive live cattle futures lower.

Reduced shifts, closures see cash cattle prices sink

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the May 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle Fed cattle cash prices in recent weeks have moved sharply lower as uncertainty in the market continues to drive live cattle futures lower. Reduced packing plant shifts and temporary closures across North America in recent weeks have pressured the market. Disruptions to consumers’ lives and livelihoods have shifted consumer spending. Product demand at […] Read more