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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

Canadian beef grading standards will be replaced with two more yield grades, increasing the number to five.

Canadian beef yield grade standards change in January

Grade: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

*[UPDATED: Jan. 15, 2018] Canadian beef yield grade standards were updated in the new year to match those south of the 49th parallel. The Canadian Beef Grading Agency announced that the three yield grades of the Canadian beef grading standards will be replaced in January 2019 with five yield grades. The quality grades will remain […] Read more


The Canadian government’s focus on trade diversification is appreciated, but a number of competitiveness issues remain to be addressed.

CCA Report: Good news to close out the year

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On December 30, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will come into force among the first tranche of signatories to the agreement: Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. Canadian beef producers will benefit from the first tariff cut in 2018 during the holiday season, a development that is sure to […] Read more

Carcass bruising has potential for high costs given the value of the affected cuts.

Beef quality takes a slight bruising

Audit reveals an increase in overall consumer satisfaction with retail beef steaks

The latest National Beef Quality Audit shows that while consumer satisfaction remains high, the Canadian beef industry can make improvements related to carcass quality. Mark Klassen, director of technical services for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, presented an overview of the audit in a webinar hosted by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC). The audit was […] Read more


Lemoyne brings Canadian focus to Certified Angus Beef

Marketing: News Roundup from the December 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

To get premiums for raising high-quality beef, there must be somebody marketing that beef. To sell more, it’s good to have a plan. When you have a plan, it helps to have a person in charge of seeing it through. That’s what the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand believes it has gained by hiring Martin […] Read more

Comment: Grading changes still on hold

On January 21 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published its proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations for public comment. The overall aim is to streamline and tighten up on the regulation of Canada’s food supply. CFIA’s current food safety program is managed under 13 different regulations spread over five pieces of legislation covering nine […] Read more


Upgrading beef grading research

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Youthful carcasses that meet A, AA, AAA or Canada Prime quality grades are also assigned a yield grade. Yield grades estimate the red meat percentage of the entire carcass based on the thickness of the backfat and size of the rib-eye muscle between the 12th and 13th ribs. The method that the Canadian Beef Grading […] 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


TESA award for environmental stew­ard­ship awarded

Newsmakers from the August 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Miles Anderson walked away from the Sask­atchewan Stock Growers annual convention with two mem­­­­or­able souvenirs, the provincial environmental stew­ard­ship award (TESA) won by him and his wife Sheri and an autographed copy of Dr. Temple Grandin’s book, Humane Animal Handling, auctioned off during the annual fundraiser. The TESA award recognizes the efforts Miles and Sheri and their family put into managing their native […] Read more

NCFA three-pronged strategy sees cattle feeders looking forward

News Roundup from the April 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) has adopted a three-pronged strategy that zeros in on research, growth and sustainability for cattle feeding in Canada to improve the competitiveness of the industry. One step in this plan is a study by Noblepath Strategic Consulting scheduled for completion late this year that will outline the potential for […] Read more