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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

Comment: Talking to the new CCA president

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its annual general meeting in mid-March in downtown Ottawa. Beef producers and industry folks from across Canada and even some from the U.S. gathered in a Hilton on Queen Street for committee meetings on everything from emergency planning for a livestock disease outbreak to improving risk management programs. During […] Read more


The Hagan family (l. to r.): Erin, Alistair, Slade and Harley-Mae, Shawne and Jocelyn, Thomas, Rory and Felicity accepting the National Blue- winged Teal Award.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders and Outstanding Young Farmers

NewsMakers from the April 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Cody Adams’ family owns and operates 6A Cattle Co. a cattle feeding operation near Picture Butte, Alta. The feed yard is primarily a finishing lot but they background calves for customers as well. The family also runs 130 cow-calf pairs. Adams earned a diploma in animal science from Lethbridge College. Since graduating, […] Read more

‘Our industry has a clear path to a bright future in the National Beef Strategy.’ – David Haywood-Farmer.

CCA Reports: A roadmap for the beef industry

From the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Beef Advisors consist of elected leaders and staff representation of the seven national beef organizations responsible for policy, marketing, research and sustainability. They are a diverse group of experienced industry representatives who are responsible for advancing the National Beef Strategy with industry stakeholders, providing recommendations on future direction and reporting results against strategy […] Read more