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CCA reports: Supporting young producers through COVID and beyond

From the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It is safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year due to uncertainties unleashed by the arrival of COVID-19 on Canadian soil. These unprecedented times have been difficult for cattle producers across Canada — especially our young producers. It has reaffirmed the importance of young producers having access to financing and affordable land […] Read more

Cattle liners sit empty in a Red Deer parking lot in April 2020.

Small processors alone won’t create strong supply chain, say beef producers

Beef producers from across Canada weighed in on the packing industry’s concentration during a panel organized by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

After COVID-19 spread through the workforce of Canada’s largest beef packing plants this spring, many are asking whether the country should foster more, smaller processors. The pressure has eased somewhat, at least for now, in the beef supply chain. Canfax reports over 60,000 head were slaughtered the last week of May, and the backlog of […] Read more


Junior Stockman’s Show sees many standout winners

NewsMakers from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to Kylie Berner, who won the Ambassador Award at the Junior Stockman’s Show in Swift Current in September. The Ambassador Award is presented to an entrant who demonstrates leadership qualities and is a good role model to other youth in agriculture. Congratulations as well to the following showmanship winners: Joss Pittman and Cheyenne Berner, […] Read more

Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees in 2017

Newsmakers from the December 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cattlemen Tim Oleksyn and George Cooper, and grain producer Art Mainil will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017. Tim Oleksyn, a rancher and farmer from Shellbrook, has been a supporter of beef research for decades. He has been a board member and chair of the Western Beef Development Centre and […] Read more


High mountain disease can occur in cattle raised at high altitudes — about 5,000 feet above sea level and higher.

CCA Report: Preparing for climate change

From the November 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In October, I travelled to New Zealand for the annual meeting of the presidents and chief executive officers of the International Beef Alliance (IBA). Comprised of the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States, the IBA accounts for 46 per cent of the world’s […] Read more

Calgary Stampede voted the 2016 Stock Contractor of the Year

Newsmakers from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

One of the biggest surprise announcements of last month was the unexpected resignation of Canada Beef president Rob Meijer on September 16. A press release from the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency said Meijer has resigned to spend more time with his two daughters and his wife. He joined Canada Beef […] Read more


Forty nine enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan Junior Cattle Producers attended the 9th annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup in Neepawa, Man. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a top-notch group of interested cattle producers and 91 head of cattle.

Friends of Canadian Simmental Foundation auction raises $100,000

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the September 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We announced this last month in another part of the magazine but I just wanted to pass on my own congratulations to Bob Switzer and John Willmott, two men who are closely tied to the Angus breed in this country, who will be inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame November 6 at the […] Read more

At the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference.

CCA Report: First Canadian Beef Industry Conference brought the industry together

From the September 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As always, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) had an event-filled August. Our semi-annual meeting traditionally held in the summer was for the first time ever combined with other industry partner meetings and events to create the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). The Canadian beef industry is comprised of many moving parts and numerous professions […] Read more


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Simmental bull ‘Wheatland Kill Switch’ sells for $210K

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the May 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Garner Deobald of Hodgeville, Sask., was elected president of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council at the group’s recent annual meeting in Calgary. Roger Peters of Red Deer is vice-president. They are joined on the board by new director Mel Reekie and returning directors David Bolduc, Bruce Holmquist, Rod Remin, Stephen Scott, Rob Smith and Byron […] Read more

CCA Report: Our business goes on as usual

From the November 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau, and the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) for their convincing win in the October 19 federal election. The CCA looks forward to working closely with the new government. As I write this column, the new cabinet had yet to be announced but the CCA hopes […] Read more