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Cannon Smith answers questions on using Herdly from rancher Travis Hartley of Aetna, Alta.

Former Alberta rancher delivers high-tech ranch management

Cannon Smith finds there is life after ranching by developing software for the industry

In 2008, Cannon Smith had a big decision to make. Like many cattle producers at the time, the lifelong southern Alberta rancher was being rocked by the lingering price effects of BSE. His hog operation was also in jeopardy from free-falling pork prices. Smith had two choices: either exit livestock production altogether or embrace a […] Read more

The 2019 Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award recipients (l. to r.): Anne Wasko, Tim Hardman, Bob Lowe and David Haywood-Farmer, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award recipients

NewsMakers from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Jordan Dahmer and Leonard Retzlaff are two of the young people enrolled in the 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program. Jordan Dahmer hails from a small cow-calf operation near Brookdale, Man. She developed a passion for the beef industry at a young age, and spent six years in local beef and horse 4-H clubs. Dahmer completed […] Read more

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency redesigns traceability app

Traceability: News Roundup from the March 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has redesigned its traceability app. The CCIA’s database, known as the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS), is accessible to livestock producers via the CLTS MOBO app. The MOBO app first launched in 2010. It is now more user-friendly than ever, “with streamlined features and intuitive design,” states a press […] 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

The CLTS MOBO app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency app gets an upgrade

Identification: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has added optical character recognition to its Canadian Livestock Tracking System mobile app, CLTS MOBO, available for Android and Apple devices. Technology information manager Waseem Rehman, says the new OCR technology converts lists of numbers into editable, searchable data for upload to the user’s CLTS database account. Using the […] Read more

The New Era Beef Industry Agreement splits the $2 per head levy charged on every animal sold.

Alberta Cattle Feeders approve New Era agreement

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

The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association will partner with Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) on a proposed new breakdown of the provincial producer check-off, with negotiations to continue throughout 2018. This proposal, known as the New Era Beef Industry (NEBI) agreement, was one of the main issues discussed at the ACFA’s recent annual general meeting held in […] Read more

SCA members have their say on livestock antibiotic regulations

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

A short list of resolutions presented at the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) annual meeting in Saskatoon focused on incoming regulations for antibiotics in livestock and wildfire prevention. Some members were clearly worried by the new requirements that a vet-client relationship be established before drugs are prescribed for livestock. The meeting agreed that the SCA should […] Read more

The bovine TB mystery may never be solved

Health: News Roundup from the January 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

While there is no doubt several ranching operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan took it on the chin, Canada has come through the discovery of a single TB case in 2016 still with a “TB Free” country status and no significant market disruption, says an official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) While there was […] Read more

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

Brian Good (l) of the Canadian Angus Association presents the award to Jordan and Megan Kolk.

Kolk Farms named Western Feedlot of the Year

NewsMakers from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed of Coaldale, Alta., has been named the 2017 recipient of the Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award for her leadership in the Canadian beef industry to improve the welfare of feedlot animals. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV)) in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada). She […] Read more