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Demand for sustainable beef is outstripping supply.

Cargill looking for cow-calf operators for sustainable beef program

Meat Packers: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cargill has declared its sustainable beef pilot program a success and is now looking at long-term strategies for the program, Joel Crews of Meat + Poultry reports. Demand is outpacing supply in Cargill’s Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration program, the company says. The program is now looking for more producers, particularly cow-calf producers, to join. To […] Read more

“We’re kind of at a tipping point,” says Alberta VBP+ co-ordinator, Melissa Downing.

Smoothing the kinks in the sustainable beef supply chain

“The people who are selling beef…are coming to us and saying, ‘we need you to supply this.’"

Ken McGladrie has always watched for new programs and technologies to keep his herd moving forward. It’s no surprise, then, that like many Canadian beef producers, he was eager to take advantage of the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot. McGladrie, a commercial cow-calf producer from Wetaskiwin, Alta., became involved in the CBSA pilot through […] Read more





Comment: Will sustainable beef pay?

[Updated: Sept. 14, 2017] – Finally. After years of discussion and planning and surveying and researching, the Canadian version of Verified Sustainable Beef is about to face its ultimate test in the marketplace. It begins this October with the soft launch of the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot in which Cargill, the Beef InfoXchange System […] Read more



Charlie Gracey

Sharing the grade

The sharing of grading information is being seen as a necessary step for the future development of Canada’s beef business

Beef industry consultant Charlie Gracey weaves his way through several sticking points to conclude feedlots, and ultimately, packers are out of excuses for not sharing carcass information with cow-calf producers. “Now the industry has the opportunity to move forward. All the necessary pieces are in place. Electronic identification tags make it possible to link carcass […] Read more

Cargill to supply Alberta carcass data to BIXS

One of Canada’s biggest beef packers is set to supply the specs on beef carcasses processed at its Alberta plant to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) BIXS information-sharing system. Cargill and BIXSCo, the CCA-backed operators of BIXS (Beef InfoXchange System), announced Thursday that the multinational agrifood firm will provide its past three years of beef […] Read more


Breeders will benefit from carcass data

News Roundup: From the April 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) believes the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) will become invaluable for cattle breeders, geneticists and beef researchers if significant numbers of producers can be encouraged to make use of the national database. And they aren’t the only ones looking forward to a more productive BIXS, according to a recent blog […] Read more

BiXSCO CEO Hubert Lau (l) and executive vice-president Ted Power.

BIXS gets the fix it needs

News Roundup from the January 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Identification BIXS fix No more beta tests, pilots, soft launches or sequels. It’s full bore ahead for Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) from here on in. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and ViewTrak Technologies are teaming up to form a new company with the provisional name of BIXSCO, that will work with industry partners to take BIXS to […] Read more