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Wowk takes the helm of new Alberta Beef board

Reading Time: < 1 minute Melanie Wowk of Beauvallon is the new chair of the revamped board of Alberta Beef Producers, which has reduced the number of zones, delegates and directors. Jason Hale of Bassano takes over Wowk’s role as vice-chair, Brodie Haugan of Orion is the new finance chair, and Pine Lake producer Kelly Smith-Fraser is the past chair. […] Read more


Are you a cattle producer thinking about EU certification?

Are you a cattle producer thinking about EU certification?

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has a resource for producers wanting their herds to be eligible for EU beef programs. Cow-calf producers and feedlot operators must meet specific production requirements for cattle used to produce beef for export to the European Union. That includes not using growth-enhancing products (GEPs). The CCA web page has a summary […] Read more

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Beef deal with Japanese distributor hailed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Beef Producers is hailing a new partnership between JBS Foods Canada and Kanematsu, “a well-respected and leading food-service/distribution company based in Japan.” JBS Foods Canada said the arrangement will see Kanematsu distribute products such as the premium beef Northern Gold brand and the Canadian Diamond Black Angus brand. The partnership is exciting and reflects […] Read more


Cattle producers urged to consider insurance

Cattle producers urged to consider insurance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Agriculture Financial Services Corporation has extended the purchase deadline for Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) calf insurance until June 18. With the recent market volatility, Alberta Beef Producers is strongly encouraging its members to consider purchasing insurance to protect prices in the fall. Producers should be monitoring premiums and coverage levels for both calf […] Read more

Brucellosis is contagious and can present in a variety of situations for either pregnant cows or newborn calves.

Bovine brucellosis abortion screening pilot

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and participating Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network laboratories are conducting a pilot project to improve Canada’s bovine brucellosis surveillance. Blood and tissue samples related to reproductive issues in cattle submitted to participating network laboratories during this time may be tested for brucellosis at a CFIA laboratory. Brucellosis is a contagious […] Read more


Deer Creek Livestock recognized for environmental stewardship

Reading Time: < 1 minute Deer Creek Livestock Co. is the winner of the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award. The award from Alberta Beef Producers recognizes a cattle operation demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. The Deer Creek Livestock shareholder group purchased the ranch, located near Milk River, in 2011 from the […] Read more

ABP has nine zones, which can elect up to five delegates and one cattle feeder delegate.

Alberta Beef Producers delegate nominations closing soon

Nomination deadline is Aug. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Beef Producers is accepting nominations for delegates to run in this fall’s elections — but they must be received by Aug. 31. The organization has nine zones, which can elect up to five delegates and one cattle feeder delegate to serve two-year terms. However, elections are staggered. That means this year, there are three […] Read more


Young Guns contest attracts a host of entries

Reading Time: < 1 minute This year’s Young Guns contest attracted 26 submissions. Participants, youth ages eight to 21, were asked to say how cattle and beef production impacted their lives and future. First place, which came with a $1,000 prize, was awarded to Paytten Fankhanel of New Norway. Her essay detailed how growing up on a multi-generational family farm […] Read more

Environmental stewardship award nominations open

Environmental stewardship award nominations open

Nominations open until July 15

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Beef Producers is seeking nominations for its 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes cattle producers whose practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability. “We are asking producers to take this opportunity to share the unique environmental practices employed on their operation and to present the positive story about cattle producers’ […] Read more