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The 47,000-acre Deer Creek Livestock ranch is this year’s winner of Alberta Beef Producers’ environmental stewardship award.

Making environmental stewardship pay in many different ways

Environmental stewardship award honours southern Alberta ranchers who pride themselves on conservation

Deer Creek Livestock Co.’s land has changed a lot in the past nine years as the grassland has improved, the wildlife has increased, and the stocking rates have gone up. It’s the combination of improving both productivity and the environment in tandem that earned the operation the 2020 Environmental Stewardship award from the Alberta Beef […] Read more

“We’ve got some great young people who want to go to work, and they’ve got some great ideas.” – Kelly Smith-Fraser.

Alberta Beef Producers revamps, elects first female chair

Kelly Smith-Fraser will lead the implementation of major changes for the 50-year-old cattle group

Alberta Beef Producers is entering a new decade with a brand new look. Along with a major overhaul of its structure — shrinking its board, roster of delegates and number of meetings — the organization is being led by a woman for the first time in its 50-year history. New chair Kelly Smith-Fraser paid tribute […] Read more


Ag-plastic recycling now in business

A pilot program for recycling twine and grain bags is now up and running. The ‘Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It!’ program, funded by the province and administered by Alberta Beef Producers has 20 drop-off sites. Collections started in October but producers should check with the site in their area to confirm it is up and running […] Read more

Fall beef producers’ meetings set to begin

Meetings kick off Thursday, Oct. 24

Alberta Beef Producers is reminding its members that its slate of fall meetings is getting underway. “ABP prides itself on being an organization of producers, run by producers, speaking and working on behalf of the cattle and beef producers in Alberta,” the organization said in a recent e-newsletter. Twenty-five meetings are being held across the […] Read more


The Alberta landscape hasn’t changed but the cattle sector has, and that’s prompted Alberta Beef Producers to rethink how it operates. The farm group says it plans to make “substantive changes.”

Having just turned 50, Alberta Beef Producers looks to make changes

Changing the delegate structure and responding to the faux meat craze are two top priorities

It’s not a midlife crisis but having reached the age of 50, Alberta Beef Producers is considering some lifestyle changes. That includes reviewing the way that delegates are chosen, working more closely with both its national parent and its provincial sibling, and seizing “the opportunity” created by Beyond Meat, says ABP chair Charlie Christie. “Our […] Read more

Ducks Unlimited Canada sees first hand “the steps that the beef industry has taken to be a leader in sustainability,” Mickenzie Plemel-Stronks, the organization’s cattle industry liaison, said in announcing a three-year deal to work with Alberta Beef Producers on public awareness campaigns. She is pictured here with ABP’s Tom Lynch-Staunton.

Agreement shows how ‘cattle and conservation work together’

Ducks Unlimited Canada and Alberta Beef Producers to work together to raise public awareness

Ducks Unlimited Canada and Alberta Beef Producers have signed a three-year agreement to work together to “help Albertans gain a better understanding of how cattle and conservation work together.” The deal to work on joint public awareness campaigns is an acknowledgment their work on issues such as conservation, the environment and sustainable practices is complementary […] 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

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

Ag plastic recycling to start this fall

Cleanfarms has been chosen to operate a three-year pilot program to collect grain bags and twine in Alberta for recycling. In its first year, there will be up to 20 collection sites in operation this fall, said Alberta Beef Producers, which helped to choose the national non-profit organization to run the pilot. ABP and the […] Read more


Environmental stewardship award nominations open

Nominations open until July 15

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

Young Guns contest underway

Entry deadline is May 31

Young people involved in beef 4-H, junior cattle shows, or beef production can win $1,000 in the Young Guns contest put on by Alberta Beef Producers. The focus of this year’s contest is on the young producers themselves. Youth between the ages of eight and 21 are being asked to talk about how cattle and […] Read more