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Look for beef producers at big-city events this year

Alberta Beef has already signed deals with the Eskimos and the Stampeders

Get ready, beef producers, you’ll soon see yourself on a Jumbotron near you. Alberta Beef Producers unveiled a new marketing campaign and new marketing and education manager Brad Dubeau at its semi-annual meeting. “The problem for marketing to solve is how to ensure consumer and producer confidence for beef production in Alberta to 2020 and […] Read more




NAFTA works for beef, say cattle leaders

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Dan Darling and his U.S. and Mexican counterparts have issued a joint letter calling on governments of the three nations to keep the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement affecting beef producers. The CCA, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas say the trade agreement properly […] Read more


Producers pick the topics for popular Bov-Innovation event

The event is designed to be quick paced and full of practical advice you can put to use on your ranch right away

Genomics, feed analysis, and a look at replacement heifers are on the menu for this year’s Bov-Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary in August. Bov-Innovation is focused on sharing practical tools, innovations, and ideas that feedlots and cow-calf producers can readily implement on their operations. Speakers include scientists and industry experts alongside […] Read more



Talk about a yo-yo: Cattle prices jump to near-record highs

The glory days of 2015 were a distant memory last fall — and then all of a sudden prices shot up again

Alberta cattle producers are enjoying unexpectedly strong pricing this spring with both fed cattle and calf prices in Alberta rallying almost 50 per cent since last fall’s painful lows. “There’s always going to be someone who says they saw it coming. We didn’t,” said Brian Perillat, manager and senior analyst with CanFax, the Canadian Cattlemen’s […] Read more


They’ll drink to that — cows and calves do better with cleaner water

Study finds cattle drink more from troughs, and that results in more milk and faster-gaining calves

Pumping dugout water into troughs can boost weight gain in calves. In a study done at the Western Beef Development Centre, cow-calf pairs were provided with either direct access to a dugout or access to troughs of untreated water pumped from the same dugout. Calves with cows that drank from the troughs gained an additional […] Read more



There’s a lot to love about Sussex cattle — but try finding any

Sussex cattle thrive in countries as diverse as England, South Africa, and Australia, but haven’t made it to Canada

I recently toured a South African farm that is home to the country’s most highly valued Sussex bull — a beautiful stud that recently appeared on the cover of one of the nation’s leading agricultural publications. South Africa is in the worst drought in 100 years, so bad that cattle farmers in other provinces have […] Read more


Green grass and newborn calves a perfect match, says longtime grazer

The list of pluses is long, says Jim Bauer, including easier calving, reduced feed requirements, and calves that outgain their winter-born cousins

Assisting a cow with her calf is much nicer when the weather is pleasant — and matching calving season with the onset of green grass makes you more money, too. “When you can line up that reproductive cycle with the grass production cycle, that’s huge,” said Jim Bauer, an Acme-area rancher and former manager of […] Read more



Tell your beef story and win $1,000

Deadline for entries is June 2

Are you between the ages of eight and 21, and involved in Beef 4-H, junior cattle shows, or beef production? Then you could win one of three cash prizes in the ABP Young Guns Contest. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and 4-H Alberta’s centenary, entrants are being asked to celebrate their beef story. Entries can […] Read more


Help for calculating stocking rate

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has revised its Using Animal Unit Month (AUM) Effectively fact sheet. AUM can be used to calculate suitable stocking rates for pastures under a wide variety of conditions, said forage/beef specialist Karin Lindquist. The fact sheet includes sections on defining the animal unit, determining the AUM, differences in consumption rates, and […] Read more