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U.S. boosts trade pact’s outlook lifting tariffs on Canadian, Mexican metals

Washington/Ottawa | Reuters — The United States struck deals on Friday to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, the three governments said, removing a major obstacle to legislative approval of a new North American trade pact. The separate agreements, which will not impose U.S. quotas on Canadian and Mexican metals […] Read more

Ontario’s current system is overly dependent on calves from out of province, and the focus is to boost cow numbers.

Ontario votes to increase provincial beef check-off

Checkoff initially proposed in 2018 gets the go-ahead

[UPDATED: May 16, 2019] It took a year of planning, negotiating and explaining how the money would be spent, but members of the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) finally voted in favour of a hefty $1.50 increase in the beef cattle check-off at the 2019 annual general meeting. The increase was turned down in 2018. […] Read more


Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler wants to help restore the province’s beef herd to pre-BSE numbers.

Manitoba government seeks feedback on protein strategy

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

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback on its Protein Advantage Strategy, the Manitoba Co-operator reports. Manitoba’s protein strategy encompasses both plant and animal proteins. On the meat side, the province plans to invest $500 million in primary livestock production and processing by 2025, Alexis Stockford writes, to boost animal protein production 35 per cent above […] Read more

Marfrig increased its presence in the United States by acquiring a majority stake in Iowa Premium Beef last March.

Brazilians increase U.S. beef industry presence

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Brazilian beef behemoth JBS SA sent shockwaves through the U.S. beef industry nearly 12 years ago when it announced it was acquiring Swift and Company, the third-largest beef processor in the U.S. and the largest in Australia, for US$1.4 billion. Little did the industry know that Brazil’s second-largest beef company would eventually buy into the […] Read more


Olds College is now recognized as a “Certified Sustainable” beef production facility.

Olds College gets Verified Beef status

Verified Beef Production: News Roundup from the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Olds College is now a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) beef operation. “As a post-secondary institution focused on agriculture, it is important for Olds College to raise our livestock using sustainable methods that support healthy animals, have minimal environmental impacts and offer transparency to the consumer,” said Stuart Cullum, Olds College president, in a release. […] Read more



Rafael Ramírez González judges the President’s Classic Show during Canadian Western Agribition in 2018.

Mexican beef producer finds top genetics in Canada

Producers in Mexico appreciate high quality of Canadian cattle herds

Canadian beef producers frequently brave winter weather to attend bull sales and cattle shows. In the stalls and by the sales rings, breeders learn about each other’s operations in the hopes of starting partnerships, finding new genetics and sending their best into other herds. A western Canadian ranch or cattle show is also the perfect […] Read more



New Year’s resolution: Get better beef grades

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Youthful carcasses from feedlot-finished cattle are graded for yield (amount of meat in the carcass) and quality (marbling score). Federal grading began during the Second World War to ensure quality standards during wartime price controls. Canada’s last major beef grading change occurred in the early 1990s, when Canada added quality grades to the grading system. […] 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