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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

Canada Beef has shifted marketing efforts to help Canadians enjoy more beef at home, reassure consumers on food safety efforts

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

The CLTS MOBO app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency app gets an upgrade

Identification: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has added optical character recognition to its Canadian Livestock Tracking System mobile app, CLTS MOBO, available for Android and Apple devices. Technology information manager Waseem Rehman, says the new OCR technology converts lists of numbers into editable, searchable data for upload to the user’s CLTS database account. Using the […] Read more


An AAFC study found that while most unfit animals were being dealt with properly, there was room for improvement in terms of assessing cattle prior to transport.

Better tools needed to keep unfit cattle off the truck

Research: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Researchers have found that improving guidelines for identifying compromised and unfit cattle prior to transport could help lower the number of these animals being transported. A study by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) on the prevalence of compromised and unfit cattle coming into Alberta auction markets and abattoirs has found that while most of these […] 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