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Comment: Time for a change

December is a time to tie up loose ends and get ready to start afresh in the new year. So it seemed to me this was an ideal time to wrap up my time as editor of this historic publication. Next month this space will be given over to your new editor, Lisa Guenther of […] Read more

Brian Harper (left) got down to ground level as a recent grazing workshop toured the high-stock-density grazing experiment on his land north of Brandon, Man.

Put the land first… and everything else will follow

Rotational grazing setup uses 16, eight-acre paddocks that cattle move through on four-day intervals

When Brian Harper first witnessed high stock density or “mob” grazing, his reaction was “there is no way I am moving cattle two to three times a day.” Yet the beneficial impact on the land from this approach ultimately convinced Harper that it could fit into their operation. He had already seen an improvement when […] Read more


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Your burgers are still done at 71

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Maintaining consumer confidence is crucial to our industry. Consumer confidence in the safety of Canadian beef was briefly shaken by the 2012 XL Foods E. coli outbreak that infected at least 18 people and resulted in the recall of 1,800 tonnes of beef, a $4 million legal settlement and the sale of the packing plant […] Read more

CCA Report: Legislative update

From the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canada’s participation in the USMCA agreement and continued progression of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) towards ratification have helped to alleviate a sense of unease for many producers at a crucial time in the beef cycle. The 2018 fall run got underway with assurances of uninterrupted access for Canadian beef and […] Read more


Alberta beef producers can vote on a mandatory check-off during a provincial plebiscite from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13.

Alberta beef producers to vote on mandatory check-off

Associations: News Roundup from the Oct. 22 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef producers in Alberta are encouraged to make their voices heard on the issue of a mandatory check-off by voting during a provincial plebiscite between October 19 and November 13. The vote will determine if the provincial $2 per head check-off should remain refundable or become non-refundable. A return to a non-refundable check-off structure would […] Read more

The newly unveiled Canadian sustainable beef logo.

Canadian sustainable beef logo now available

Marketing: News Roundup from the Oct. 22 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new logo will help Canadian consumers identify a beef product produced under certified sustainable standards. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) officially launched its certification marks and the accompanying Communications, Claims and Labelling Guide on September 20 at its annual general meeting in Calgary. The marks and claims will be used in the […] Read more


Wasko elected chair of Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

NewsMakers from the October 22, 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Anne Wasko, well known market analyst with Gateway Livestock who ranches with her husband Barry at Eastend, Sask., has been elected chair of the industry-weighted council of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef for 2018-19. She replaces rancher Cherie Copithorne-Barnes who chaired the council through its early growing pains over the past four years. Anne […] Read more

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pose for a photo during a joint news conference on the closing of the seventh round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City, Mexico March 5, 2018.

CCA Report: International trade deals on the front burner

From the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The focus of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was firmly fixed on trade liberalization throughout September. Renewed activity on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations arrived just ahead of the return of Canadian Parliament following summer break, and the sitting of the fall session where it’s widely expected the Government of Canada will […] Read more


New beef researchers chosen for mentorships

NewsMakers from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) had named four new beef researchers who will be mentored on the practical aspects of beef production by producers and industry reps over the next year. Dr. Jill Bainard is being mentored by Saskatchewan rancher Duane Thomp­son and agri-environmental specialist Sarah Som­­merfeld. Bainard is a forage ecophysiologist who studies the relationship […] Read more

CCA Report: Busy semi-annual meeting

From the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

August was another busy month on several fronts, with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) 2018 semi-annual meeting held in London, Ont., in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). The meetings got underway against a backdrop of concerns about weather across the country and its impact on farms back home. Hot and dry weather […] Read more