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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

This map shows the Bighorn Country proposals. There would be one large provincial park (Bighorn Wildland) along with three smaller ones (David Thompson, Ya Ha Tinda, and North Saskatchewan River). The largest area on the map is the proposed West Country Public Land Use Zone. A second such zone, Kiska/Willson, already exists but would have enlarged boundaries. Within the Kiska/Willson zone would be four provincial recreation areas: Bighorn Dam, Snow Creek, and Shunda (in the upper part of the zone) and Hummingbird in the middle.

Alberta Beef Producer’s view on Bighorn Country proposals

Cattle group supports conservation of sensitive lands, but the details raise concerns

Editor’s note: This is a condensed version of an ABP briefing note. The full PDF version can be found at the Alberta Beef Producers website. The Bighorn Country proposal by Alberta Environment and Parks consists of four provincial parks, four recreation areas, and two Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs). There are several beef producers who […] Read more


Latest bovine TB investigation includes Alberta

An investigation that came after a B.C. cow tested positive for bovine TB in November has reached Alberta. The CFIA has been tracing animals that have entered (trace-ins) or left (trace-outs) the B.C. herd over the past five years. As of mid-December, six other operations in B.C. and Alberta had been placed under movement controls […] Read more

Alberta Beef Producers executive re-elected

The senior leadership of Alberta Beef Producers have all been re-elected. Charlie Christie (Trochu) will serve a second year as chair while Kelly Smith-Fraser (Pine Lake) and Melanie Wowk (Beauvallon) stay on as vice-chair and finance chair, respectively. The other board members are: Garth Porteous (Bow Island), Sheila Hillmer (Del Bonita), Chris Israelson (Didsbury), Jesse […] Read more


Most of the checkoff refunds go to feeders, but every producer will also be able to get back the $2 provincial beef checkoff after a mandatory levy was narrowly voted down in a plebiscite.

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

Delegate results from ABP fall meetings

Six new producer delegates, along with many returning ones, were elected or acclaimed at Alberta Beef Producers’ fall meetings. In Zone 5, Katlyn Benedict (Wimborne) and Kelly Fraser (Pine Lake) were elected and in Zone 6, Jill Burkhardt (Gwynne) and Assar Grinde (Bluffton) were elected while Cecil Andersen (Drayton Valley) was acclaimed as the Cattle […] Read more



This sight is becoming rare in many parts of the province and after two dry years, 
will only get worse.

Province-wide farm aid unlikely, says Alberta Beef Producers chair

While many producers are in dire straits, feed shortage is not technically ‘a disaster’

Alberta Beef Producers is gathering the facts on the feed shortage in the province and preparing a case for government aid for drought-stricken ranchers. But although the federal government has now made much of the province eligible for its tax deferral program, direct aid is unlikely, said ABP chair Charlie Christie. “My gut feeling right […] Read more


Beef checkoff plebiscite coming in fall

A plebiscite on a non-refundable cattle checkoff will be held this fall and the leadership of Alberta Beef Producers is urging its members to get out and vote. Currently, the provincial portion of the checkoff is voluntary and ABP refunds about $2.4 million yearly (mostly to feeders). If the checkoff is made non-refundable, most of […] Read more

Dry conditions this summer have seen water in many dugouts go unreplenished.

Have you been affected by drought?

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is currently collecting information on conditions and impact of the drought in Western Canada. It’s asking producers to take an online survey, which takes about three minutes to complete. “This information helps justify and document the necessity for programs such as Livestock Tax Deferral,” it said, adding the results will be […] Read more