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Among the biggest changes were the amalgamation of zones in the province.

Alberta Beef Producers to streamline organization

Associations: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Changes are underway at the Alberta Beef Producers after the association held its AGM in early December. Delegates passed several resolutions designed to reduce costs and better engage grass-roots members after members rejected a proposal to make the group’s check-off non-refundable in 2018. Among the biggest changes were the amalgamation of the zones, creating five […] Read more

Janelle Smith talks about her research during the LFCE’s field day last June. 


Agribition donates $100,000 to Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Research: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Western Agribition is contributing $100,000 over the next decade to the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), the largest and most comprehensive centre of its kind in Canada. The funding partnership will see Agribition sponsor the annual field day for producers at the new research facility in Clavet, Sask., as […] Read more


Canada Beef’s new website is designed to answer common questions from consumers on beef.

Canada Beef creates website for consumers

Public Trust: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new website created by Canada Beef seeks to answer the most common questions about Canadian beef production. The website, raisingcdnbeef.ca, has five sections covering common topics, including where Canadian beef comes from, beef and the environment, beef and the Canadian economy, nutrition, and antibiotics and hormones. Under each section is a slide show that […] Read more

Packing plant update from B.C.

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

After completing a feasibility study, the B.C. beef packing plant committee has decided to market a B.C.-branded product before building a federally inspected packing plant. Most of B.C.’s cattle are finished and processed outside of the province, making it a challenge to sell B.C.-branded beef. A new packing plant has been seen as a potential […] Read more


A dairy herd in rural Quebec. Dairy producers are increasingly using beef semen to boost their operations’ profitability.

Growing use of beef semen in dairy herds noted

Breeding: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dairy producers are using beef semen to breed more cows in their herds, saving sexed semen for only the top-producing cows, writes Stew Slater in Farmtario. Slater cites data from the Canadian Dairy Network that shows the breeding of dairy cows to Holstein bulls is at a low, which clearly indicates a shift to using […] Read more

Cargill consumer research shows gap in protein knowledge

Meat: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Consumers aren’t as aware of beef’s high protein content as one may assume, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Cargill is redesigning its ground beef packaging to better communicate the protein content, using this information and other insights gained from its latest consumer research. This lack of understanding wasn’t surprising, said Glendon Taylor, Cargill’s marketing […] Read more


A livestock extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture says it’s important that cattle consume the feed in front of them, especially when considering body condition score over winter.

Beef and forage issues series aims to boost innovation

Forages: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has published a series of six articles covering a pilot project that brought together farmers, ranchers, scientists and experts to improve technology and innovation adoption. For the pilot, participants toured east-central Alberta farms and discussed several topics. One topic was smooth versus rough awns. Many cattle feeders have voiced concerns about […] Read more

Cattle producers step in to replace Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program

Financing: News Roundup from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program wrapped up at the end of July, but a producer-led group is set to fill the gap. The province announced the end of the livestock loan guarantee program last summer, stating that lending wasn’t a core government function. Dropping participation was another reason given for the program’s end. Association members […] Read more


Regions eligible for livestock tax deferrals released

Policy: News Roundup from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Drought in Western Canada and Quebec prompted the federal government to release an initial list of regions eligible for livestock tax deferrals in late July. The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 […] Read more

Swidersky trains cattle to walk under the wire by setting up two risers like a gate.


Tips for using risers with electric fencing

Grazing: News Roundup from the June 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Replacing gates with risers that lift up electric fencing may be beneficial to producers looking to save time and money. Several producers are taking advantage of tools that lift electric wire, allowing cattle to walk under the wire instead of through a gate. “I love using these lifters. They are by far one of my […] Read more