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Don’t risk a wreck in your cow’s reproduction this spring

Breeding timing makes a difference in open rates and so do vaccinations and copper deficiency

If you want to make sure that you get calves on the ground, pay attention to body score, when you calve, and vaccinations. That was the message from Cheryl Waldner, a professor in large-animal clinical sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. “You need to get the cattle cycling […] Read more

Online town hall on cattle checkoff

The Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency will be hosting an online town hall on the cattle checkoff on Feb. 27. The agency, which oversees Canada Beef and the Beef Cattle Research Council, said the town hall will examine how the checkoff is collected, remitted and invested, and give “concrete examples of the return on investment for […] Read more

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New Harmony Beef plant ramping up

Nearly a year after Harmony Beef slaughtered its first cow, the plant is now processing 360 head a day, says the company’s director of marketing. Canada is its primary market at present, and Costco is the packer’s largest customer, said Cam Daniels. It has also started selling to the U.S., made its first shipment to […] Read more

National cattle checkoff on its way up this spring

The national levy used to fund marketing and research is going up by $1.50 — 
the first increase since 2002

Come spring, more than the grass will be rising — the national cattle levy is going up $1.50 per head on April 1. “The impetus for us was the national beef strategy,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “The national beef strategy is a plan for us for the next five years […] Read more

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Make sure your calves get off to a proper start

Beef 911: Calves need adequate amounts of high-quality colostrum after birth and substitutes are a good option

There have been many articles written over the years on the value of calves receiving adequate amounts of good-quality colostrum. Also over the years, colostrum substitutes have come into greater and greater usage. Several things have led to this change. Colostrum substitutes have become higher quality and are more convenient than using frozen colostrum. As […] Read more

There’s a new look to Alberta Beef’s 2018 board of directors

There are five women, including the vice-chair and finance chair, on this year’s board and a quarter of the directors are under age 40

One look at a photo of the new board of Alberta Beef Producers tells you something very different is happening at the province’s largest livestock organization. Five of the 17 directors on the 2018 board are women and a quarter are under age 40. Both are welcomed by new ABP chair Charlie Christie, a cow-calf […] Read more

World’s first verified sustainable beef plan is ready to roll

It’s taken two years of work and looks much like McDonald’s pilot, 
but its creators say it’s a historic step forward

After two years of consultations and review, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has rolled out the official list of procedures and standards for producing beef in a humane, environmentally friendly way. And while the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework looks a lot like the one developed for McDonald’s 2014 pilot project, its launch is historic, […] Read more

What does the Sustainable Beef Framework involve?

Even the overview of protocols set out in the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework runs nearly 60 pages. But here are a few of the ‘indicators’ for cattle producers from the five areas that the framework covers: Natural Resources One of the goals is to maintain or enhance water quality. To score 1 (a.k.a. Achievement level), […] Read more