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Beef checkoff plebiscite extended until Nov. 27

The plebiscite on making the $2-per-head provincial cattle checkoff non-refundable has been extended by two weeks, and so voting will continue until Nov. 27. The Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council “recognized that the terrible weather during September and early October left many producers far behind on their harvest and other fall work in the fields […] Read more


‘It’s happening,’ says new chair of sustainable beef group

Interest in producing — and consuming — sustainable beef is growing, says Anne Wasko

Interest in producing sustainable beef is growing thanks to a pilot program that is paying producers who meet the standards laid out by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, says the organization’s new chair. “I think it’s happening,” said Anne Wasko. “In this business, change happens fairly slowly. But the dollars are out there — […] Read more



Update on national beef strategy

An update on the 2015-19 National Beef Strategy is now available at the Canada’s National Beef Strategy website. As of June, 15 per cent of outcomes have been completed; five per cent are in progress (have an end); 61 per cent are ongoing (and expected to continue); seven per cent have not been started (primarily […] Read more


Plebiscite on provincial beef checkoff being held

Vote is being held until Nov. 13

Producers are being urged “to get out and vote” in a plebiscite on whether to make the $2 provincial beef checkoff non-refundable. “This is your opportunity to have your voice heard,” said Norine Moore, chair of the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council. Currently, producers can request a full or partial refund of the checkoff. The […] Read more



There’s a new brand on Canadian beef

Beef from certified ranches or products containing 30 per cent of that beef can use new CRSB logo

It’s already in use by McDonald’s Canadian division, but now other sellers of Canadian beef can use the official sustainable beef logo if they source that type of meat. Having an official logo is a significant milestone in the lengthy journey to make Canada a world leader in the certified sustainable beef movement. Over the […] Read more


It’s decision time on beef checkoff

Cattle producers will have three ways to vote on the proposed non-refundable checkoff — by mail, at their local Agriculture Financial Services Corporation office, or one of Alberta Beef Producers’ 27 fall meetings. ABP and the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) will be holding a plebiscite from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13 on their joint […] Read more



It’s strange times in cattle markets – and normal seems a long ways off

Prices, feeder cattle movement, and the basis are all behaving strangely this year, says analyst

If you’re confused about the cattle market, you’re not alone — it is not behaving normally. “We’ve got some interesting things going on,” said Anne Wasko, market analyst with Gateway Livestock. “Over the last six to eight months, we’ve had feeder cattle moving north since last fall. This year, we’ve got feeder cattle going south. […] Read more




New bid to boost beef research

The Beef Cattle Research Council wants to establish research chairs. “Currently, a shortage of scientific experts and research capacity in some areas of beef, cattle and forage research are hindering the ability to conduct priority research that supports improvements in productivity and demand and responds to emerging issues,” the council says. It is calling for […] Read more


Eugene Janzen wins outstanding beef researcher award

Dr. Eugene Janzen is the winner of the 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The University of Calgary College of Veterinary Medicine professor has contributed to a number of cattle health and welfare issues. These include diseases and pathology of feedlot cattle and cow-calf operations, Johne’s disease, bovine viral diarrhea, lameness, […] Read more