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The Waldron ranch is an example of how having cattle on the landscape can protect grasslands.

Conservation groups rally behind beef sector

If pandemic forces ranchers to exit sector, grasslands will suffer, say conservationists

Government needs to step up its support for the cattle sector — not just for ranchers, but to save the country’s most endangered habitat, say a coalition of conservation groups. Very little of Canada’s grasslands remain and the cattle sector is essential to preserving what’s left, conservation organizations told the federal environment minister in a […] Read more

Meat-processing plants across North America have had to temporarily close because workers have contracted COVID-19. But the Canadian beef sector is particularly vulnerable because two Alberta plants process nearly 75 per cent of the country’s cattle.

Alberta’s cattle sector takes a direct hit from pandemic

Packing plant closures create a backlog that quickly affects the entire production chain

It’s going to be painful, but hopefully COVID-19 in packing plants won’t turn into a nightmare scenario, say the president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and a leading food industry expert. Alberta’s two big facilities — Cargill’s High River plant and JBS’s Brooks plant — process nearly 75 per cent of the country’s beef. Combined, […] Read more


The cattle sector is threatened and needs quick action from government to help it deal with the fallout from the pandemic, says Alberta Beef Producers.

Cattle ranchers urged to lobby their MLAs for quick action

Reduced slaughter means cattle sector needs immediate changes to support programs, says ABP

Alberta Beef Producers is urging its members to write their MLA and ask that they strongly push for additional assistance for the cattle sector following the temporary shutdown of Cargill’s High River beef plant. A form letter prepared by the organization states that “with time, this closure will also impact Canadian’s access to beef and […] Read more

Are there shortages on your ranch?

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, along with other industry stakeholders, is conducting a weekly survey to determine any potential shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic that could disrupt the Canadian beef supply chain. The association will work with government and industry partners to provide support to avoid shortages and address any should they occur. A weekly update, […] Read more


Cattle producers press for lower price insurance premiums

WLPIP is needed, but unused because premiums too expensive, CCA says

The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is not functioning properly due to very high premiums and needs to be quickly revamped, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re having unprecedented volatility for markets. Having tools in place for farmers and ranchers has never been more important,” executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft said during a telephone town hall […] Read more

Calving season at Crooked Lake Farm and ranches across the province is well underway. Ensuring everything is done to make this year as normal as possible is the top priority for livestock organizations and others in the food supply chain.

Co-operation and nimbleness the order of the day in cattle sector

COVID-19: ‘Everyone is taking this very seriously and it’s showing,’ says CCA president Bob Lowe

The cattle industry has adopted new measures needed to work under COVID-19 — and so hope endures and business continues. “We’re working on trying to make sure that we keep plants open, keep borders open and keep cattle moving and supplies coming in,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. For the most […] Read more


Tips for branding and safe processing of cattle

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has a COVID-19 information sheet offering tips for branding and processing cattle. Among the tips are to divide tasks as much as possible, using a bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water) to frequently disinfect equipment and supplies, encouraging people to speak up if they feel unwell or think […] Read more

Trade deal hailed by Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is hailing the completion of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement and encouraging its swift ratification. “The experience of the North American beef cattle industries under NAFTA is testament to the value of trade agreements,” it said. “Access to global markets, including the North American market, means that on average that each animal […] Read more


“The National Beef Strategy has provided real value for Canadian beef producers.”

Canada’s beef sector gets an updated strategic plan

An updated five-year plan for the Canadian beef sector will “take advantage of the opportunities facing the industry while simultaneously addressing the challenges.” The 2020-24 National Beef Strategy, a follow-up to a 2015-19 strategy, was developed by the Canadian Beef Advisors, formed by the seven national beef organizations. “The National Beef Strategy has provided real […] Read more

Reaching out to environmentalists such as Steve Lee is part of the behind-the-scenes advocacy outreach effort co-ordinated by Canada’s beef sector. Lee is a climate change activist who runs the Three Percent Project, which aims to get one million Canadian students involved in the effort to combat climate change. Lee (pictured with Kat Cadungog of the Three Percent Project) visited various beef operations, including Stephen Hughes’ ranch near Longview.

The behind-the-scenes effort to tell beef’s story

Besieged beef sector aims to fight hyperbole with facts

It can seem like the ‘beef is bad’ crowd is scoring all the points in the battle to influence consumer attitudes. But the beef sector is fighting back — even if its efforts don’t get the same kind of headline-grabbing attention. One of the main initiatives is being conducted by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association that […] Read more