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European beef exports growing, but still small

The number of Canadian producers raising EU-eligible beef has tripled in the past year — but the number remains small, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. In a recent newsletter, the CCA says its “best estimate” is that more than 100 producers have enrolled in a certification program that ensures they’re not using growth-enhancing products. But […] Read more


Non-refundable checkoff defeated, cattle group moving on

ABP leaders say they wish more had cast ballots but the issue is now in the rear-view mirror

*[UPDATED: Dec. 20, 2018] He’s disappointed to have lost the vote and wishes more cattle producers had cast a ballot, but the chair of Alberta Beef Producers says it’s now time to “move forward.” There were 1,874 votes cast in a plebiscite to make the $2 provincial beef checkoff non-refundable — with 51.3 per cent […] Read more



Doing the math on a straw-grain ration for pregnant cows

You need to ensure the mothers-to-be are getting what they need

Feeding a straw-grain ration to pregnant cows is a viable option, but you’ve got to do the math. The first step is to test the quality of the feed, but determining what type of supplements or mineral product must also be done, said provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “It is often a point […] Read more


Review your biosecurity measures, says CCA

In the wake of a recent case of bovine tuberculosis, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging producers to review their biosecurity protocols on preventing and limiting the spread of the disease. In October, the case was detected at an Alberta slaughter plant and the carcass was confirmed to be from a cow from B.C. The […] Read more



Why isn’t Alberta’s cattle herd in growth mode?

History says this should have been a boom year — but cattle numbers are actually falling

This should have been a golden year for cattle producers — but it wasn’t just the weather that didn’t co-operate. Viewed through a high-level, macro-economic lens, the national herd should have seen a significant jump in numbers as the cattle cycle — that big wheel that takes a decade or so to make one turn […] Read more


The big wheel keeps on turning

In a perfect world, supply would equal demand and everything would balance out. But it’s not a perfect world, which is why there’s something that Brenna Grant of Canfax calls a “biological-economic phenomenon influenced by production, prices, and profits.” This is the cattle cycle. It starts when demand spikes for one reason or another, and […] Read more



Is there an Alberta advantage when it comes to beef?

Lots of research has been done on evaluating juiciness and tenderness, but the flavour factor isn’t well understood

When people talk about a cut of meat, they might praise its juiciness and tenderness. But they don’t often talk about its flavour. This is something Nicole Gaudette — an expert in a branch of science called sensory analysis — wants to change. “By using sensory evaluation to study consumer preferences, we get an idea […] Read more




Beef ‘report card’ pegs carcass losses at $110 million annually

Problems such as liver abscesses, overfat cattle, and tag come with a big price tag

The beef industry has got its “report card” and it’s not living up to its potential when it comes to carcass defects. In fact, its marks have slipped, according to the latest National Beef Quality Audit. “When you look at the various defects and what they cost, they add up to $85 a head on […] Read more


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