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More than 80 per cent of the land base at Round Rock Ranching is native range and cattle are selected for their ability to do well on that type of land.

The Big Squeeze: Alberta cattle sector struggling to get ahead

In this tight-margin business, a host of smaller factors pull down profitability

Alberta’s cattle industry may not be facing another near-fatal blow like BSE, but it’s hemorrhaging all the same. And this time, it’s a death by a thousand cuts, says a new study. Government regulations. Global trade wars. Rising land prices and ever-higher costs. Drought. Feed shortages. Head taxes and exclusion zones. There’s not one single […] Read more

A portion of an infographic called Beef’s place in a healthy environment that was one of the most popular items produced by the Beef Cattle Research Council last year.

Here’s what your fellow beef producers were reading last year

The Beef Research Council produces a raft of articles every year — here’s the Top 10 for 2019

Production advice dominates the Top 10 list of Beef Cattle Research Council’s most popular blogs in the past year — but occupying the No. 1 spot was an article on how plant-based protein stacks up against beef. The article Isn’t beef Canada’s ultimate plant-based protein? beat out 77 other blog posts, the council said in […] Read more



Klassen: Feeder cattle market remains volatile

Western Canadian yearling markets appeared to stabilize after coming under pressure earlier in the month. Compared to last week, yearling prices were unchanged to $4 higher on average while calf markets traded $2-$3 on either side of unchanged. Major feedlots were more aggressive for 800-plus-lb. cattle as feed grain prices continue to grind lower. Favourable […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Cattle, hog futures sag under pressure from big supplies

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. livestock futures weakened on Wednesday under pressure from large numbers of cattle and hogs and uncertainty over demand, traders said. Declines in the markets reflected expectations that meat supplies will remain plentiful, after farmers expanded their herds. Beef production in the third quarter of 2019 is expected to top seven […] Read more


Canada’s safe beef production practices and high food standards allows us to stand behind our products’ quality attributes.

It’s tough to stand out in the world of commodities

Producing the best beef or grain doesn’t mean your product will be recognized for its quality

Having a point of differentiation is really important when it comes to commodities. Let us start with the term ‘beef.’ You may have been in conversations where someone said, they don’t eat beef — they eat old dairy cows. Which is interesting because technically, those old dairy cows and the Alberta bred fancy show steer […] Read more

Low-stress cattle handling practices and improved facilities have made the work more enjoyable for producers.

There have been many gains on many fronts in the cattle sector

We’re reducing stress, using early disease detection, and improving animal welfare

One only has to take a step back to see the advances the cattle industry is making. This article is a small overview of some of the major ones I have seen. Canada is unique because the different seasons require different management strategies and our distances are great when it comes to stress of transportation. […] Read more