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Fish habitat clause sent swimming

Senate amendments to the recently passed Fisheries Act repealed the ‘Deeming Habitat’ provision opposed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The provision would have greatly expanded what could be deemed fish habitat to include any watercourse or water body with water flows able to sustain fish ecosystems.  It would have meant virtually all water bodies could […] Read more

Cattle producers, feeders crafting industry plan

Alberta Beef Producers says it’s working with the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association on a “joint advocacy plan” for the province’s cattle sector that it will be putting forward to the new provincial government. “We will be seeking support for a globally competitive beef industry operating in a strong rural economy to provide sustainable food production, […] Read more


Japan beef buyers ease back a bit on purchases

After surging in January, beef sales to Japan slipped a little in February as buyers adjust to the new Trans-Pacific trade deal, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. An initial tariff cut (to about 27 per cent from 38.5 per cent) in the new year saw beef sales more than triple in January to 3,545 tonnes […] Read more

Ian Murray — the 2018 winner of Alberta Beef Producers’ Environmental Stewardship award — talked about his environmental efforts and how he raises cattle at Shoestring Ranch. On the left and right are two députés of France’s national assembly (Philippe Bolo and Nicolas Turquois)
with Yannick Dheilly (from the Canadian Embassy in France) and Ty Murray.

C’est bon: French politicians check out Alberta cattle ranch

Bringing European officials to cattle country is part of a multi-pronged effort to sell beef to the EU

It’s not every day you see a group of politicians from France’s Assemblée nationale trooping around an Alberta ranch in plastic booties. But that was the case earlier this month at Shoestring Ranch near Acme as Ian and Carman Murray played host to three députés (France’s version of MPs), a pair of officials from Canada’s […] Read more


The country’s “robust” BSE surveillance efforts are paying dividends, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Stage set for upgrading Canada’s BSE status

Surveillance has highest numbers in five years, country eligible to apply for ‘negligible risk’ status

Canada’s BSE surveillance effort saw the highest number of tests in five years, setting the stage for an application to have its risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy upgraded to “negligible.” There were 30,949 samples, mostly submitted by deadstock collection operators, tested in 2018, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said in its e-newsletter. None tested positive […] Read more

Group honoured for sustainable beef effort

The organization that brought together producers, food retailers, conservation groups, and others to create a system for producing sustainable beef has been honoured by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The efforts by the founding council and members of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef have resulted in “transformational change in the Canadian beef industry,” the cattle […] Read more


There is a lot of solid information to show consumers about the beef industry’s environmental footprint, but getting it to them is a challenge.

Beef sector redoubles its efforts to reach out to consumers

The goal is to use solid data and offer to the public in easy-to-digest ‘packages’

A new Beef Cattle Research Council article making the case that beef production uses water efficiently is the latest example of a renewed effort to reach out to consumers. The industry has recognized there is “a gap on the consumer communication side and somebody needed to do something,” said Reynold Bergen, the council’s science director. […] Read more

Continued growth is riding on the access Canadian beef will have to an independent U.K. following Brexit.

Beef exports to the European Union doubled last year

That growth is expected to continue as supply of EU eligible cattle grows


Year-end numbers for beef exports to the European Union show growth that is encouraging to Canadian and European farmers and ranchers alike. Canada exported 1,059 tonnes of beef to the EU last year, worth $15.5 million, according to Statistics Canada. That’s a 113 per cent increase in volume and 98 per cent increase in value […] Read more


Canada has adopted a new system of yield grades (which estimate how much salable beef a carcass will produce) and that has implications for producers and packers.

Making the grade — new yield standards will drive change

New yield grades based on what retailers want will affect both genetics and management

Canada’s new beef yield grade standards will make it easier for beef producers to know which of their cattle are hitting top marks — and which ones literally aren’t making the grade. “In the old system, we basically had a high, medium, and low classification, and for many years, we had more than half of […] Read more

Get the lowdown on new beef yield grades

Canada’s beef yield grade standards have now changed to mirror U.S. ones, with five yield classes replacing the former three classes. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has several resources on its website outlining the changes and what it means to producers. This includes a brief on the five most commonly asked questions of the Canadian Beef […] Read more