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Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt met at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta.

Couple find love, learning at Lakeland College

Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt credit their college experience with helping them dial in their farming operation

Corey Bloder and Maxi Biederstadt not only credit Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta., as the place where their romance blossomed, but also the place of incredible learning and networking. Bloder grew up on a mixed farm near Unity, Sask., with a focus on Simmental cattle. Biederstadt came from Edmonton and although she did not grow […] Read more

Young woman is standing by a fence on a ranch with cattle in the distance

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


(Left to right) Ruby, Jacob, Rita and Ross Canning at their beef operation near Geelong, Victoria in Australia.

Passion for raising cattle brings youth to Canada

Young Australian producer drawn to Canada for opportunities to benefit her herd back home

No matter where in the world you travel, family is at the heart of agriculture. Above the main show ring at Canadian Western Agribition in 2019, Ruby Canning was taking a short break in the International Business Centre. Backpack and camera at her side, the young Australian lit up when she talked about how much […] Read more

Amanda Brodhagen is a young beef producers from Stratford, Ontario

Challenging times bring opportunities to connect with customers

A young beef producer shares how her family is finding opportunities for business and consumer engagement during the COVID-19 crisis.

Despite the challenges currently facing Canadian agriculture among other sectors, Amanda Brodhagen is determined to stay positive. While much about the ongoing situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic worries Brodhagen, this young beef producer reminds herself things could be much worse. In that light, she’s choosing to focus on the opportunities it presents for her […] Read more


James and Joan McKinlay at their farm in northeastern Grey County, about two and a half hours northwest of Toronto.

Ontario beef producers help young people get into farming

James and Joan McKinlay recognize the importance of setting up the next generation to succeed

James and Joan McKinlay are passionate about beef farming. They also believe strongly in the next generation and in the role established producers can play in getting young farmers started in the industry. It’s a philosophy they’ve put into practice on their own farm, working with their son and four other young people to start […] Read more

The Fewings family raises commercial cattle and grows grains and oilseed crops in southwestern Manitoba.

Young beef producer makes time for learning

Manitoba producer carves out time 
for mentorship program between 
family, farm and off-farm job

Tyler Fewings is a busy man, juggling family, work and farm responsibilities. He also juggles time zones half the year, after Saskatchewan and Manitoba fall out of sync in the spring. For the last year he’s also had another ball in the air, as he’s focused on improving his financial and business management skills. Fewings […] Read more


In addition to working on her own cattle operation, Kelly Smith-Fraser is  vice-chair of the Alberta Beef Producers and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association.

Leading with an eye on the beef industry’s next generation

Kelly Smith-Fraser's NuHaven Cattle Company a testament to a long family history of beef producers

Kelly Smith-Fraser’s deep roots in agriculture helped develop her present leadership role in the Canadian beef industry. The vice-chair of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association, Smith-Fraser’s path in the cattle business was shaped by the previous generations, a legacy she continues on her family’s operation, NuHaven Cattle Company of […] Read more