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Life was a little simpler for Cattlemen’s Young Leaders in the pre-pandemic days. This scene is from a new video celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program. It can be found at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s YouTube channel.

New set of Cattlemen’s Young Leaders chosen

Reading Time: < 1 minute Seven Albertans are among the 16 finalists chosen for the 2020-21 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program. The seven Albertans are Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Dave Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton). They were chosen from 24 semi-finalists from across the […] Read more

Beef industry conference moves online

Beef industry conference moves online

Reading Time: < 1 minute The fifth edition of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference will be a virtual affair, but the online event will also be free. The Aug. 11-13 conference will have a condensed program with three live sessions per day. Speakers include food trends expert David Hughes (aka Dr. Food) and South Dakota rancher and advocate Amanda Radke. […] Read more


Ten Albertans chosen as CYL semi-finalists

Ten Albertans chosen as CYL semi-finalists

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ten Albertans have made the short list for the 2020-21 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association program pairs participants with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef industry and provides networking and travel opportunities tailored for personal and professional growth. More than 50 young people, […] Read more

Campaign seeks public support for farmers

Campaign seeks public support for farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and other groups have launched a new advocacy campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the support farmers require because of the pandemic. Called “Food for Thought,” the campaign focuses on the rising cost of food, the number of jobs that agriculture employs and how the […] Read more


Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program extended

Reading Time: < 1 minute This year’s group of Cattlemen’s Young Leaders participants will have another year to take advantage of networking, travel and mentorship opportunities that have been disrupted by the pandemic. The participants in the 2019 CYL program were originally set to graduate this summer, but will now be graduating in August 2021. This will give them more […] Read more

Verified Beef looks to remote audit system

Verified Beef looks to remote audit system

Reading Time: < 1 minute Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is exploring new ways to deliver certification services to producers. A new electronic audit management system has entered a pilot testing phase, and the organization is looking at ways to deliver VBP+ certification services by remote audit. The goal is to ensure the same conclusions are determined from the remote […] Read more


Are there shortages on your ranch?

Are there shortages on your ranch?

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, along with other industry stakeholders, is conducting a weekly survey to determine any potential shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic that could disrupt the Canadian beef supply chain. The association will work with government and industry partners to provide support to avoid shortages and address any should they occur. A weekly update, […] Read more

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program still open

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program still open

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentors Program is still accepting applications for the 2020-21 program year. The program pairs young people aged 18 to 35 from across Canada with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef sector. They are also given the opportunity to participate in unique travel experiences and peer […] Read more


New sustainable beef videos

New sustainable beef videos

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has a quartet of new videos on its YouTube channel, including one in which producers talk about their definition of sustainability. The roundtable also has new videos on the certification process and the principles of beef sustainability, both in terms of efficiency and in food production. The videos can […] Read more

Ranchers prefer conservation management agreements

Ranchers prefer conservation management agreements

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ranchers and farmers in Western Canada prefer conservation management agreements when it comes to protecting habitat, a survey of 200 producers by the University of Waterloo has found. These agreements are usually made with a conservation organization to undertake practices that benefit wildlife. Annual payments for habitat management were the preferred incentive. Market certification (having […] Read more