GFM Network News


CCA Reports: CCA talks trade, climate and business risk management

From the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the leaves begin to turn and cattle return from summer pasture, I find myself reflecting on the productive summer we have had at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The highlight was the fourth annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) that welcomed over 640 registrants from across Canada and around the globe to Calgary. The […] Read more

Alberta beef producers can vote on a mandatory check-off during a provincial plebiscite from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13.

Alberta beef producers to vote on mandatory check-off

Associations: News Roundup from the Oct. 22 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef producers in Alberta are encouraged to make their voices heard on the issue of a mandatory check-off by voting during a provincial plebiscite between October 19 and November 13. The vote will determine if the provincial $2 per head check-off should remain refundable or become non-refundable. A return to a non-refundable check-off structure would […] Read more


Wasko elected chair of Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

NewsMakers from the October 22, 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Anne Wasko, well known market analyst with Gateway Livestock who ranches with her husband Barry at Eastend, Sask., has been elected chair of the industry-weighted council of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef for 2018-19. She replaces rancher Cherie Copithorne-Barnes who chaired the council through its early growing pains over the past four years. Anne […] Read more

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


NCFA’s Casey Vanderploeg, Andre Roy, Ryan Thompson, and John Shooten in Ottawa.

National Cattle Feeders’ Association focused on competitiveness

Associations: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

“That will be a focus this year,” says NCFA chair Ryan Thompson. “We have made the federal government aware of it and other national organizations are also aware of and using it. It’s a public document on our website for anyone who wants the information.” A feature of this report is the detailed economic analyses […] Read more

Cattle transportation practices

Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 6

Do your feedlot employees know when new cattle will arrive and cattle need to be shipped out? Are you prepared for weather extremes when shipping and receiving to provide protection from extreme cold, heat, mud and snow? Will someone be available during unloading or are instructions posted for truckers? Do your receiving pens provide shelter, […] Read more


Cattle community members inducted into Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame

Newsmakers from the November 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Three well-known members of the cattle community were inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame last month. They are: Cor Van Raay of Iron Springs helped mould Alberta’s modern feedlot sector. Starting with just 50 head of cattle, his business grew to be one of the largest feedlot operations in Canada. He also helped […] Read more

Auditing facilities and cattle handling

Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 4

Properly constructed facilities and appropriate cattle-handling equipment confine cattle safely and efficiently with minimal stress and risk of injury to cattle and workers, going a long way to help alleviate much of the stress and frustration staff experience when working with excited, stubborn or aggressive animals. Auditors award five points if facilities and equipment are […] Read more


The animal care model is tied very closely to the requirements of the new Beef Cattle Code of Practice.

Comment: We can audit for animal care

As I write this the vitriol that flooded over the industry after Earls Restaurant chain announced it would buy only Certified Humane Beef from the U.S. has started to fade from the headlines, the Blogosphere and Twitterland. Reading through the debris field of this latest battle for beef’s reputation I have to admit I’m having […] Read more

Canada sets the bar for feedlot animal care

Buttons were bursting with pride at the National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) with the recent release of the first national certified program in North America for assessing the care of beef animals in backgrounding and finishing operations. Officially known as the Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program, it is an auditable seal of approval for […] Read more