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The revised Beef Code of Practice a win for everyone

Beef 911: Everyone involved in the cattle industry should keep a copy handy and consult it frequently

There has been a lot written about the revised Beef Code of Practice, which was released in 2013 and was the first revision since 1991. It is most definitely worth a read, whether you are a beef producer, transporter, marketer, nutritionist, veterinarian, or are involved with the cattle industry in any way. At 56 pages, […] Read more

Now’s the time to make a list on improving calf processing

Beef 911: There are always ways to improve and it’s worthwhile reviewing how things went this year


Since the traditional time for getting calves ready for grass is close to over, it is good to review your protocols, methods, and any issues you had this year and introduce ways to improve next year. There are two main ways ranchers process calves. The first is the traditional way we call ‘branding,’ where calves […] Read more


Ceanna Tannas, a registered animal health technologist with Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, says producers should think about both the big and small things when thinking about biosecurity.

When thinking about biosecurity on a beef farm, it helps to think both big and small

Disease can be introduced when people visit the farm, such as in the case of the bull sale

When people think about biosecurity, they generally think about swine, poultry or dairy operations. But biosecurity is important on beef operations too and there are a number of things producers can do to minimize their risk. “Dairy, swine and poultry are in barns, so biosecurity is easier to control, whereas in the beef industry, the […] Read more

Food animals are entrusted to our care and how we treat them is part of our social licence.

The cattle industry hasn’t fully embraced animal welfare

The cattle sector has come a long way but there are still 
areas to be addressed and it should be leading the way

The children and I have a map marked with every road I drove in the 20 years in the 1980s and 1990s I spent speaking about animal welfare in Canada. There were a few empty spots, but those travels included hundreds of farm stops and thousands of participants. It was my mission to bring the […] Read more