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Comment: Albertans now get to choose

With his introduction of Bill 9 on April 11 Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier gave the Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) the gift of a second chance to unify the provincial cattle industry as it faces increasingly uncertain times. The bill revokes previous marketing legislation to give producers the right to choose via a plebiscite whether […] Read more


Comment: Ontario banks on branding

It was near the end of the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) meeting and Sylvain Charlebois, the well-known food researcher from Dalhousie University was wrapping up his talk on changes in consumer buying habits. One final questioner asked him if he had any suggestions for the best way to convince consumers of the value of […] Read more



Comment: Grading changes still on hold

On January 21 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published its proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations for public comment. The overall aim is to streamline and tighten up on the regulation of Canada’s food supply. CFIA’s current food safety program is managed under 13 different regulations spread over five pieces of legislation covering nine […] Read more


Comment: Let us slash some red tape

With Donald Trump pledging to take a knife to government regulations to stoke the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans, Canadians can only hope some of this zeal rubs off on Canadian bureaucrats. Of course, this is a faint hope. Canadian cattlemen, for example, are already preparing to adjust their own business plans to account for more […] Read more



Comment: Goodbye Boyd

Like many of you I was saddened to hear of the passing of Boyd Anderson last month, but thankful that I had a chance to know him briefly along the way. Of course, I had met Boyd not long after I started with the magazine, either at a Saskatchewan Stock Growers meeting or around the […] Read more


Comment: Don’t bet on perceptions

Perception or reality, it’s hard to figure out which we are dealing with as we prepare to exist with a U.S. headed by Donald J. Trump. He’s bound to influence whatever plans you are making for 2017 and the next four years. But at this point it’s pretty hard to assess what he will do […] Read more



Comment: Playing the long game in Europe

It may seem facetious to be commenting on trade negotiations at a time when the bottom is still falling out of most cattle markets but let’s say it’s a long-term view. When speaking of the Canada-EU trade deal, or more properly the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), long term is the only way to […] Read more


Comment: And now, for the good news

With markets still on the sour side and winter around the corner it’s time for some good news to lift the gloom of shorter days to come. We need look no further than Ottawa, where on October 5, our members of parliament defeated Bill C-246, a private member’s bill put forward in February by Toronto […] Read more



Comment: Hold on!

Hold onto your hat, the roller-coaster that is today’s cattle market is still running downhill. When it hits bottom is everybody’s guess, but it won’t be for a while yet. In the meantime the red ink continues to pile up in feedlots, pulling feeder prices down just as the fall run opens for business. From […] Read more


Comment: What a meeting!

Unless you’ve been living in a cave since last month you are no doubt aware of the unparalleled success of the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. It made headlines around the country, topped the national Twitter feed, and generally brought smiles to the faces of anyone who was there. It’s rare to have […] Read more