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Workers in the JBS beef plant at Brooks, Alta. appear in a screen shot from a 2018 corporate video. (JBS Canada video screengrab via YouTube)

Third major Alberta beef plant confirms COVID-19 cases

JBS in Brooks is the latest with infected workers, but will continue operations

UPDATED, April 17 — Cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed at three of Alberta’s major beef packing plants. Three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Wednesday at the JBS beef packing plant in Brooks, said Tom Hesse, Local 401 president with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada. JBS Canada spokesman Cameron Bruett confirmed some […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog, cattle futures dive as volatile trade continues

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures tumbled on Friday, with several contracts falling the expanded daily limit of 4.5 U.S. cents/lb. on worries about a slowdown in demand for pork and fears that the coronavirus could shutter slaughterhouses, potentially backing up hog supplies, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange June lean hog futures settled […] Read more


Alberta’s Harmony Beef halts slaughter on positive COVID-19 test

CFIA pulls inspectors after plant employee tests positive

Ottawa/Winnipeg | Reuters — Harmony Beef, an Alberta packing plant, halted cattle slaughter on Friday after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) kept some inspectors from work, due to a positive test for COVID-19 by a Harmony worker, the company said. The partial closure follows a positive COVID-19 test by a worker at U.S. chicken […] Read more

Salute the brave new owners

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay: From the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Entering the beef processing business is full of risk. Just ask those who have tried and failed over the past 25 years. So it’s worth saluting the owners of two new beef processing companies that have started operations at almost opposite ends of North America. I’m referring to Harmony Beef, which began operations February 27 […] Read more


Harmony Beef back on track

News Roundup from the November 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Harmony Beef is now looking at April 4, 2016 as its startup date for the former Rancher’s Beef plant in Balzac after the Rocky View Council approved a development permit to construct a water-recycling facility on the site. The Rocky View Council voted seven to one to issue the permit after 18 months of often […] Read more

Vesta plans to begin construction on a  European-designed water treatment plant this fall putting him on schedule to open in the first quarter of 2016.

New Alta. packer seeks Harmony by design

Rich Vesta’s pride in his family’s state-of-the-industry beef-processing plant is evident as he talks about the features that will make Harmony Beef a one-of-a-kind plant in North America. The modernized Rancher’s Beef facility located in a vast industrial area east of Balzac, Alta. is now loaded with the latest European technology to provide a safe, […] Read more


UK DNA ear tag

New DNA sampling process to be applied to every pedigree Aberdeen Angus calf

News Roundup: Speak up about the Safe Food Act, ALMA supports Harmony Beef, and Zilmax study shows no harmful effects in cattle

SEEDSTOCK Big DNA step for U.K. Aberdeen Angus – by Colin Ley The Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society in the U.K. and Ireland has introduced a new DNA sampling process to be applied immediately to every pedigree Aberdeen Angus calf at birth with the aim of “raising the bar on pedigree validation.” “With paper-based systems, mistakes […] Read more