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An outbreak in anthrax occurs primarily in wet springs followed by a very hot, dry summer or in very dry conditions.

Preventing anthrax in cattle

In dry years, livestock graze closer to the ground and may come in contact with spores

With the fall 2018 anthrax outbreak in northern B.C., now is an ideal time to review prevention strategies. In 2006 we learned lots about the disease and how to control it with the big outbreak in Western Canada. Cattle are very susceptible, along with a long list of other species including bison and horses. It […] Read more

The permit delays affect both beef and dairy genetics.

Canadian livestock genetics exporters face delays in export permit renewal to China

Diplomatic channels being explored to help resolve the issue

Canadian livestock genetics exporters are waiting to see whether China’s delays in renewing export licences are another casualty of political conflict between the two countries. China has yet to renew export licences for Alta Genetics and Semex, which expired in late 2018. The Canadian genetics exporters deal in dairy and beef genetics. Both companies have […] Read more


Revised livestock transport regulations appear to have ignored recommendations included in the CCA’s extensive comments, questions and recommendations submitted to the CFIA.

CCA Report: CCA meets Canada’s new ag minister, reviews transport regulations

From the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

March proved to be a busy month with calving in full swing at the ranch at home and other new beginnings to tend to elsewhere. I was pleased to connect quickly with the new Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, by phone in the days following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle in early March. […] Read more

Questions remain around blockchain and beef traceability in Canada

Will the technology sustain enough interest for the concept to reach its full potential?

Blockchain is a buzz-worthy concept in various industries, and companies around the world are investigating how this technology can improve traceability in the agri-food industry. However, there are numerous questions to be answered before the Canadian beef industry can determine if blockchain is feasible for traceability. A blockchain is a web-based record-keeping system used to […] Read more


Info for beef producers exporting to the European Union

Management: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association are linking beef producers who want to export to the EU with veterinarians who can certify their operations. “Through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada has the tremendous opportunity to ship as much as 50,000 tonnes of beef to Europe annually,” Tom […] Read more

Recent bovine TB strain new to Canada

Animal Health: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The latest outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Canadian cattle involves a TB strain that hasn’t been seen before in Canadian livestock or wildlife, the Canadian Cattlemen website reports. During a briefing in early January, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said culture testing of bacteria taken from a TB-positive cow in early November showed it’s […] Read more


Canadian Veterinary Medical Association launches online platform

Health: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has created a new online platform for Canada’s veterinarians to aid their decisions on antimicrobial use in animals. The CVMA Guidelines for Veterinary Antimicrobial Use is accessible from a range of devices such as smartphones and laptops. It is searchable and gives vets quick access to information on antimicrobial […] Read more

Ontario farmers struggle with vomitoxin in corn

Health: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ontario corn growers have been dealing with vomitoxin in corn this harvest. High precipitation levels promoting Gibberella ear rot ultimately led to high DON levels in the corn. DON is a vomitoxin that can sicken livestock and levels are regulated by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The corn can be used to […] Read more


cooking technique

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

Are you ready for December 1, 2018?

Nutrition with John McKinnon

December 1, 2018, is an important date that all Canadian beef producers should be aware of. It marks the end of the phase-in period, after which Health Canada will enforce new regulations as to how medically important antimicrobials (MIA) that were previously sold over the counter without veterinary prescription are regulated, dispensed and used within […] Read more