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Comment: The trouble with science

From the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

To me, one of the most interesting aspects of working in agriculture is the ongoing research and the way that research is applied in the field (or the corral). There’s a good deal of science behind many of the products beef producers use regularly, whether it’s vaccines or new forage varieties. There’s science behind many […] Read more

The latest version of the Canada Food Guide suggests Canadians should consume more plant-based foods, and less meat and dairy. But with each person’s dietary needs being different based on age and gender, how should this be applied in a practical way?

Comment: Canada’s New Food Guide short on nuance

Canada’s Food Guide dropped earlier this winter, and there were some significant changes. While some revisions are positive, details are hard to find. I doubt anyone would argue with the food guide’s advice to regularly consume vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein. Nor does its recommendations to cook more often or enjoy your food seem […] Read more


Good stewardship practices are essential for cattle producers in order to keep land productive for many years to come.

Comment: Being a good steward

From the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In November, I was at the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association conference in Calgary when Dr. Henry Janzen delivered an inspiring opening keynote. Janzen, quoting environmental scientist Donella Meadows, suggested we pay attention to what is important, not just what we can measure. Often we evaluate systems based on only what we can measure, he […] Read more

Comment: Moving on from the plebiscite

From the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Alberta Beef Producers plebiscite results were a disappointment for those hoping for a non-refundable provincial check-off. In case you haven’t been following it, here’s a quick summary of the situation. Each year the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) collects $4.50 per head on cattle sold within the province. The national check-off, which supports the Beef […] Read more


Comment: Time for a change

December is a time to tie up loose ends and get ready to start afresh in the new year. So it seemed to me this was an ideal time to wrap up my time as editor of this historic publication. Next month this space will be given over to your new editor, Lisa Guenther of […] Read more

The carbon tax on fuel that Ottawa will impose in April 2019 on provinces without a carbon fighting plan is 4.4 cents per litre.

Comment: Carbon overload

October was a big month for the prime minister. First came the official launch of legal marijuana. Then he lifted the curtain on the government’s painful pricing plan for carbon pollution. Two election promises kept in one month, with up to a year to let the effects soak in and be forgotten before the next […] Read more


Comment: What was all the fuss about?

Whew. That was close. As I write this we are at the end of the first week after NAFTA supposedly freshened up and became the USMCA. I can’t imagine what your first impression was when you got the news. Mine was relief, followed quickly by confusion. Is this all there is? Other than the whipping […] Read more

Comment: Taking a break from Trump

While roaming around the internet to get away from the daily attacks by the Trump administration, or articles on the NAFTA talks, I came across an interesting graphic article from Bloomberg entitled “Here’s How America Uses Its Land.” Using the data from surveys, satellite images and data from various government agencies, the U.S. Department of […] 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

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