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Beef Breeds Council becomes arm of CCA

Cattle genetics body now a division of Canadian Cattlemen's Association

The market development group representing Canada’s beef cattle seedstock sector has formally merged into the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The association on Friday announced the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) has officially joined the Beef Cattle Research Council and Canfax among the divisions of the CCA. The move follows a cost-benefit review by an advisory […] Read more

Glen Gabel checks over an Angus bull. Read his story at bottom.

Glen Gabel, a “true Cowboy”

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Stromsmoe Herefords and Angus 34th annual production sale was held on December 4, 2018 at Etzikom, Alta. The sale grossed $495,075. As well, 31 Angus bulls averaged $7,250, seven Angus bull calves averaged $4,550, 12 Hereford bulls averaged $4,291 and 81 commercial bred females averaged $2,310. The Canadian Maine-Anjou Association awarded Bronwynn Frenzel of Magrath, […] Read more


Graham Plastow says genomics has the potential to improve the efficiency of
commercial cattle.

Genomic tools for crossbred cattle in the works

The structure of the beef industry poses challenges

Genomic technologies may soon be available to predict traits in commercial cattle, according to University of Alberta researchers. Graham Plastow, CEO of the University of Alberta’s Livestock Gentec Centre, spoke about current opportunities for commercial producers to benefit from genomic tools and technologies in development during the Canadian Beef Breeds Council’s Technical Forum. This was […] Read more

Don Pochylko with calf.

A tribute to Don Pochylko

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hereford and cattle juniors from all breeds have until December 15 to apply for two $1,500 awards to participate or attend a cattle-related event or learning experience. It is all part of the Beef Cattle Learning Award created by Frances, Lance and Sheri Leachman of Big Gully Farms at Maidstone, Sask., in memory of Buddy […] Read more


The Canadian Simmental Association board of directors. Back row (l to r): Larry Barkley, Marlin Leblanc, Byron Johnson, Roger Deeg, Frank Robblee, and Francis Gagnon. Front row (l to r): Bruce Holmquist (CSA general manager), Blair McRae, Lee McMillen, Garth Rancier, and Barb Judd (CSA office manager).

Simmental Association brings back Award of Excellence program for 2018

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Simmental Association new board of directors (see above) will be meeting for the first time October 22, 2018 in Calgary, Alta. The Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation board of directors (see below) will be meeting October 21, also in Calgary. The Canadian Hereford Association is now providing identification and genetic services to producers […] Read more

David and Dyce Bolduc of Cudlobe Angus.

Brothers win Certified Angus Beef Canadian Commitment to Excellence Award

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

David and Dyce Bolduc of Cudlobe Angus are the inaugural winners of Certified Angus Beef’s Canadian Commitment to Excellence Award. The brothers manage their 500-head Angus cow herd near Staveley, Alta. When the Canadian Beef Grading System adjusted to account for quality grade in the early 1990s, the Bolduc brothers, began to search out carcass […] Read more


Mark your calendars. The Canadian Beef Industry Conference, Aug. 14-16, will soon be here.

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Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

The third annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) takes place in London, Ont., on August 14-16. The CBIC is co-hosted by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), Canada Beef, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The CBIC’s Bov-Innovation session is a popular, interactive, fast-paced workshop full of tips, ideas, and concepts […] Read more

Garner and Lori Deobald.

Three families added to Saskatchewan honour roll

Associations: News Roundup from the March 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Saskatchewan Livestock Association presented Honour Scrolls to three families that have made an outstanding contribution to the livestock industry during the provincial beef industry conference in late January. The Honour Roll dates back to 1927 and the three new recipients are the late Dale Blair and Janet Blair of Drake; Garner and Lori Deobald […] Read more


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Refund scam flagged by Canadian beef breeders

Canadian cattle breeders should be on their guard after reports of an online scam. The Canadian Beef Breeds Council issued a warning after numerous producers reported fake emails looking to set up a sale, then requesting a refund before cheques clear. “It’s generally pretty high dollar values, so it gets the people excited that they’ve […] Read more

Finally, a shirt-pocket tag reader that talks to your smartphone

Finally, a shirt-pocket tag reader that talks to your smartphone

Identification: "Herdly" iPhone app aims to be available for the 2018 calving season

A smartphone tag reader and app that the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has had bubbling on the back burner for several years is being field-tested and could become commercially available next year. Mark Klassen, the CCA technical director, says CCA has partnered with software developer Cannon Smith of Synergy Farm Solutions, Hill Spring, Alta., to take […] Read more