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Ryan, Tania, Jace, Lara and Rana Beierbach live and ranch near Whitewood, Sask.

Mentorship a gateway to greater things

Mentorship can lead to improvements on one’s own operation, as well as adept leadership on industry boards

Mentorship can take many forms from basic and very informal all the way up to formal professional mentorship programs. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program (CYL), now in its 10th year, is one such program. It has proven to be a valuable addition to the Canadian beef industry scene and especially to those […] Read more

Left to right: Chad, Ricky, Cooper, Renee, Riata, Ellie and Louis Seelhof.

CCA Reports: Linking conservation and cattle

From the September 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has shown us that we have an innovative and resilient food system and has also identified where enhancements are needed. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the future of families who raise beef cattle across Canada. It is also important to look at the impacts through […] Read more


CCA Reports: CCA focuses on COVID-19 recovery, trade and public engagement

From the August 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Since mid-May, we have seen provinces move to slowly reopen their economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry and the greater Canadian economy will not be short-term, we are optimistic that the agriculture sector can assist in Canada’s post-COVID-19 recovery. In recent weeks, processing capacity has […] Read more

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



Cattle liners sit empty in a Red Deer parking lot in April 2020.

Small processors alone won’t create strong supply chain, say beef producers

Beef producers from across Canada weighed in on the packing industry’s concentration during a panel organized by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

After COVID-19 spread through the workforce of Canada’s largest beef packing plants this spring, many are asking whether the country should foster more, smaller processors. The pressure has eased somewhat, at least for now, in the beef supply chain. Canfax reports over 60,000 head were slaughtered the last week of May, and the backlog of […] Read more


From left: Kate Barnett, Kathleen Holweger, Kimberly Lansdall.

New Cattlemen’s Young Leaders

NewsMakers from the June 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Kate Barnett was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation near Williams Lake, B.C. By age 15, she’d started building her own commercial Red Angus herd, which she showed at 4-H and fall fairs. Barnett earned her bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, with an agriculture business major. She […] Read more

Supporting 4-H during COVID-19

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: Plus, your 2020 CCIA board of directors

After countless 4-H meetings and speeches near and far, and teaching cattle to lead, kids involved in the 4-H beef project finally have a chance to sell their steers. Now those 4-H kids need your help. COVID-19 has put a stop to live auctions, and the beef kids are looking for other ways to sell […] Read more


COVID-19 has taken a toll on the relationship between the union representing workers and plant management.

CCA calls for BSE-era set-aside framework to mitigate processing backlog

Industry groups urge federal government for support implementing program in light of critically reduced packing capacity across Canada

Canada’s national beef organizations are pushing for the swift implementation of a program used to weather the industry’s last major storm. With processing capacity reduced across Canada, including one of the country’s largest packing plants, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and other stakeholders are calling on financial support from the federal government to reintroduce the […] Read more

Cattle producers press for lower price insurance premiums

WLPIP is needed, but unused because premiums too expensive, CCA says

The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is not functioning properly due to very high premiums and needs to be quickly revamped, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re having unprecedented volatility for markets. Having tools in place for farmers and ranchers has never been more important,” executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft said during a telephone town hall […] Read more