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Pastures aren’t this lush this year in many parts of the province but there are many positives in Alberta’s cow-calf sector right now.

Despite some stresses, ‘cautious’ optimism for cow-calf sector

Strong demand and prices are good news, but feed costs and tariffs are troubling

Alberta cattle producers have a few reasons to be optimistic as they head into the fall. “We’re still on the profitable side for the cow-calf guy,” said Charlie Christie, chair of Alberta Beef Producers. “I’m hearing some optimism on the market side. Whether that will translate into good calf prices in the fall remains to […] Read more

Apply now for Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program

Applications must be received by March 31

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program is now accepting applications for its next mentorship program. Young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 years have a chance to participate in provincial, national and international high-level discussions that define the direction and future of the Canadian cattle and beef industry. The program gives participants a chance […] Read more



Applications for Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award open

The Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award is accepting applications for the 2016 award. The BIISA is presented on behalf of beef cattle producers by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to recognize industry stakeholders and value chain members for their outstanding commitment to the sustainability of Canada’s beef industry through innovation. BIISA is awarded to any […] Read more


Beef research mentorship applications open

Submission deadline is June 1

Applications are now open for the Beef Cattle Research Council’s Beef Researcher Mentorship Program, which helps connect upcoming and new applied researchers with Canada’s beef industry through travel to visit innovative cattle producers or other industry professionals for a one-year mentorship (Aug. 1 – July 31). The mentors are valuable resources of information about day-to-day […] 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