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Walmart stakes big claim on Canadian sustainable beef

Retailer pledges to take over 680 tonnes in 2022

The Canadian arm of the world’s biggest retailer has put a number to its previous commitment to source certified-sustainable beef for its grocery business. Walmart Canada on Thursday announced it has committed to buy 1.5 million pounds of beef sourced from farms and ranches certified to Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) standards over the […] Read more

A tract of Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers at Rio Pardo in Brazil’s Rondonia state on Sept. 15, 2019. (File photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

Brazil’s JBS bought 301,000 cattle from ‘irregular’ farms in Amazon, audit finds

Prosecutors 'negotiating improvements' with companies

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Nearly a third of the cattle bought by JBS SA in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para came from ranches with “irregularities” such as illegal deforestation, prosecutors found in a 2020 audit of the world’s largest meatpacker released on Thursday. In a presentation, federal prosecutors said they were “negotiating improvements” […] Read more

The COP Network offers cow-calf producers a chance to see what farmers using a system like theirs are spending on their operations, as well as the results and revenue they’re achieving. The goal is to offer producers insights on how to boost the bottom line.

Finding treasure by taking a deep dive into cow-calf production data

Cost of Production Network opens a window on how producers like you spend and make money

Reading Time: 3 minutes An effort to create apples-to-apples benchmarking for cattle producers has released its results from 2020 — and has also issued an appeal for more producers to join the Canadian Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network. “The purpose of the network is to produce benchmarks for different production systems found across Canada,” a newly released Canfax video […] Read more

Beef webinar season starting up soon

Beef webinar season starting up soon

Reading Time: < 1 minute Backgrounding basics and crafting a grazing game plan are two of the topics in this winter’s season of webinars from the Beef Cattle Research Council. The first webinar on backgrounding (Nov. 17) features two vets and a livestock nutritionist. It will be followed by ones on collecting data during calving season (on Jan. 12), developing […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market continues consolidation

U.S. corn northbound into Prairies

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged while calf markets were down $2-$3 on average. Feedlot inventories in Alberta and Saskatchewan are 30 per cent above the five-year average; therefore, demand is lacking moving into the main marketing period for calves. Finishing feedlots have sufficient ownership and being fairly finicky on […] Read more

File photo of a steak sandwich with chimichurri sauce at a street food market in Buenos Aires. (Aleksandr_Vorobev/iStock/Getty Images)

Argentina to restart beef exports to China after caps lifted

Buenos Aires | Reuters — Argentina on Tuesday said it would once again allow cattle farmers to freely export beef to China, lifting a cap imposed earlier this year that had stoked tensions with the agricultural sector. The government had capped beef exports at 50 per cent of the normal volumes to tamp down fast-rising […] Read more

Kendra Donnelly, pictured with husband Bryan and son Owen, is featured in a new video sponsored by McDonald’s Canada. Being open and telling the story of sustainable beef remains critical, says an expert in global beef supply chains.

Sustainable beef has made big gains, but there’s more to do

Beef industry now needs to achieve ambitious targets to combat climate change, says expert

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canada’s beef sector is a model when it comes to sustainability but the entire industry has more to do in the face of a changing climate, says an expert in global beef supply chains. “Our needs today are changing rapidly — with the widespread droughts in some places and flooding in others,” Tim Hardman of […] Read more