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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

Comment: What caught my eye in London

[UPDATED: Oct. 12, 2018] This past month started off with a bang at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in London, Ont. No doubt you’ve read yards of material about the three-day event but I wanted to pass on some of my observations as I moved from one event to another while it was still fresh […] Read more


It would be very difficult for the U.S. to maintain their healthy beef export market without an imported supply of cattle from Canada.

Here we go again

Tariff disputes with the U.S. are nothing new

For many years we have complacently assumed that American displeasure with Canada’s supply management regime for dairy and poultry production was an issue well isolated from other agricultural sectors. This perhaps was never the case, but it certainly is no longer. If the wayward and quixotic President Trump can slap punitive duties on steel and […] Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017.

Comment: Trumped

As this issue arrives in your mailbox the industry is gathering in London, Ont., for the third Canadian Beef Industry Conference. It’s a place to network, exchange views on issues of the day, and gain a sense of whether the industry is still on track with its National Beef Strategy. Trade is a large part […] 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

CCA Report: Reviewing our priorities

From the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future,” couldn’t be more applicable in today’s beef industry. Change is happening all around us, or about to happen, and it is absolutely vital that the beef industry […] Read more


CCA Report: A time of renewal

From the May 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calving is always a hectic time for producers, with round-the-clock care required no matter the weather, and one that finishes with a sense of reward and renewal. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has undergone a renewal of sorts over the past few months as well, with new directors elected to the board and the addition […] Read more

Haywood-Farmer acclaimed CCA president

NewsMakers from the May 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

At the March annual meeting of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in Ottawa David Haywood-Farmer of British Columbia was acclaimed president replacing Dan Darling from Ontario. Nanton, Alta.       Cow-calf and feedlot operator Bob Lowe was elected vice-president of the national cattle organization, and next in line for the top job. Lowe served as […] Read more