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The environment is a key area the CCA will focus on in order to help people become more aware of the positive environmental contributions of cattle production.

CCA Reports: Export markets, ag education and environment on the agenda

From the May 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We have certainly had a busy spring so far at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and within our industry. But I’m not complaining. We made progress to further support the financial stability of ranchers, strengthen and grow our exports and educate youth about Canadian beef. At the CCA annual general meeting held in March, our […] Read more

“We realized at some point in time, way back last spring, we’re all producing one thing, and that’s food, and we’d better start talking the same language. – Bob Lowe.

Focusing on the future while facing a pandemic

CCA president Bob Lowe reflects on the trials and silver linings of a tumultuous year

When Bob Lowe was elected president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) in March 2020, he couldn’t have anticipated everything the year ahead had in store. Mere days after CCA’s annual general meeting, Canada was in lockdown due to the pandemic, changing the trajectory of everyone’s year and presenting numerous challenges to the Canadian food […] Read more



(File photo). The proposed changes to business risk management programs are a step in the right direction, writes Martin Unrau.

CCA reports: Trade access, livestock price insurance and AgriStability

From the October 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As we look back on the past seven months, we have learned many important lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, identified areas where enhancements are needed, and how we can strengthen the resiliency within our industry as well as help support the economic hardships facing our country. Economic Development Canada identified agriculture, specifically through exports, as […] Read more


Comment: Talking to the new CCA president

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its annual general meeting in mid-March in downtown Ottawa. Beef producers and industry folks from across Canada and even some from the U.S. gathered in a Hilton on Queen Street for committee meetings on everything from emergency planning for a livestock disease outbreak to improving risk management programs. During […] Read more

David Haywood-Farmer. (We Heart Local BC video screengrab via YouTube)

New chief acclaimed for national cattle producer group

A former president of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association is the new president of the national cattle producers’ body. David Haywood-Farmer was elected by acclamation as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association at the group’s annual general meeting last week in Ottawa. Haywood-Farmer, a cow-calf producer at Savona, B.C., about 40 km west of Kamloops, was […] Read more


ABP focused on checkoff and TB

Associations: News Roundup from the January 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

For three days in early December Alberta Beef Producers’ (ABP) delegates debated resolutions passed at their district fall meetings related to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), carbon tax and sequestration, industry funding and collaboration, and electoral structure. “The resolutions that were carried will provide clear direction to ABP as we move into 2017,” said […] Read more

Turner Ranch of Pritchard, B.C. was officially named a Century Farm in December.

B.C. ranch officially named a Century Farm

Newsmakers from the January 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Nanton rancher/feeder Bob Lowe was re-elected to a second term as chair of the Alberta Beef Producers at the association’s annual meeting in Calgary last month. Rejoining him on the executive is vice-chair Roland Cailliau of Valleyview. New to executive is finance chair Kelly Smith-Fraser of Red Deer County. Mayerthorpe, Alta. rancher Tom Thompson of […] Read more


The Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

CCA Report: Preparing for change

From the January 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the January 20 inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump approaches, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is also preparing for the transition. We have worked hard over the years to build strong relationships with American industry and government officials and we will continue to do so. One of the early questions is obviously related to the […] Read more

Producer Bob Lowe says the Canadian beef industry needs to get behind producing verified sustainable beef.

Sustainable beef is within our grasp

McDonald’s Restaurant project set the tone for Canadian beef industry

Alberta cattleman Bob Lowe didn’t have to do any management back flips on his ranch to produce cattle that under a recently completed pilot project qualify as “verifiable sustainable beef.” He has always aimed to apply sound production and environmental practices with his 500-head commercial cow-calf operation and 7,000-head-capacity southern Alberta feedlot. He and family […] Read more