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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


Native prairie near Hanley, Sask.

Joining the conversation

While beef producers are on the front line of issues such as antibiotic use and greenhouse gases, their voices still aren’t being heard

Crystal Mackay was surprised to learn that a national event with beef on the menu didn’t have any beef producers at the table. Food Day Canada was created in 2003 to give Canadian beef a boost, and it’s now held annually on the first Saturday in August. Chefs across the country from small restaurants to […] Read more

Comment: Making mistakes in the right direction

Comment: Making mistakes in the right direction

I’m a horse person, and one thing I’ve learned while working with horses is that there’s always more to learn. In my opinion, effective horsemanship is a blend of logic, emotional intelligence, physical ability, timing and the ability to read a horse. So, in short, it’s all pretty complicated and all riders make mistakes. Sometimes, […] Read more


Ag in Motion's Discovery Plus will screen the short documentary Guardians of the Grasslands July 24 and 25.

CCA Reports: Public and stakeholder engagement program gears up

From the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Happy New Year, Canadian beef producers! January is often regarded as a time of growth and new beginnings, and an up-and-coming initiative I am particularly excited to see grow in 2020 is the Public and Stakeholder Engagement (PSE) program. The PSE program was envisioned under the first National Beef Strategy and has since grown into […] Read more

The CCA wishes producers from coast to coast a safe and happy holiday season.

CCA Reports: Building capacity within Canada and re-establishing exports

From the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The past month has been extremely active for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). On the foreign trade front, the CCA was extremely pleased with the resumption of trade with China in late November. Following discovery of fraudulent pork export certificates on June 25, 2019, Canadian exports of meat were halted. Since June, CCA has been […] Read more


Peck steps into CCA public engagement position

NewsMakers from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Jill Harvie has left the public and stakeholder engagement manager position at Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to focus on ranching, effective November 1. Harvie managed efforts to address consumer perceptions and questions about beef production. Amie Peck has since stepped into the role. Peck has been working as a stakeholder engagement specialist with the association since […] Read more

Species at Risk Partnerships get thumbs up from Saskatchewan participants

Species at Risk Partnerships get thumbs up from Saskatchewan participants

Environment: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program draws to a close, interviews with participating producers are revealing tremendous support for the initiative. SARPAL is a voluntary, producer-driven program that conserves wildlife habitat in several provinces and is delivered by local organizations. The program, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is […] Read more