GFM Network News


Proposals for irradiating ground beef back on table

Regulations to allow Canadian beef processors to irradiate fresh and/or frozen raw ground beef for food safety purposes will soon be up for public comment. Health Canada on Monday served notice it will soon propose amendments to its Food and Drug Regulations that would add fresh and frozen ground beef to its list of allowed […] Read more

Worker shortfall a three per cent hit for farms: Study

Having the Canadian economy’s highest job vacancy rate has cost the country’s primary ag sector three per cent of its value, new research shows. The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council on Tuesday released labour market information (LMI) research which, based on data for 2014, pegged primary agriculture’s annual farm cash receipt losses at $1.5 billion, […] Read more


U.S. COOL rules formally off beef, pork

The U.S. Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has formally patched a long-sore spot in cross-border trade relations by pulling its country-of-origin labelling (COOL) regulations off beef and pork. The AMS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), published its amendments Wednesday in the U.S. Federal Register. The changes, which took effect upon publication, mean […] Read more

Cargill to supply Alberta carcass data to BIXS

One of Canada’s biggest beef packers is set to supply the specs on beef carcasses processed at its Alberta plant to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) BIXS information-sharing system. Cargill and BIXSCo, the CCA-backed operators of BIXS (Beef InfoXchange System), announced Thursday that the multinational agrifood firm will provide its past three years of beef […] Read more


BSE case’s traceout continues

Federal officials tracing out the herdmates of Canada’s 19th domestic case of BSE expect to have their final report on the case ready in late fall. Confirmed Feb. 11 as Canada’s first domestic case of the brain-wasting bovine disease since 2011, Case 19 was born in 2009 on the same northern Alberta farm as Case […] Read more

New faces on Young Cattlemen’s Council

Albertans Laura Bodell, Rae-Leigh Pederzolli, and Jake Meyer join council, which provides leadership and learning opportunities 
for young producers

Albertans Laura Bodell and Rae-Leigh Pederzolli have been elected as members at large on the Young Cattlemen’s Council. They join another Albertan, Jake Meyer, who is president of the council. The organization was formed last year to provide leadership and learning opportunities for young producers aged 18 to 35. Council members sit on Canadian Cattlemen’s […] Read more


New company set up to deliver BIXS livestock data system

A new company — a partnership between the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and livestock technology company ViewTrak — plans to bring the newborn unsteadiness of an information exchange network to a full gallop for all Canadian livestock sectors. The as-yet unnamed private company was formed to bring the CCA’s beef information exchange system, BIXS, to […] Read more

Beef advocacy program launches

Two courses help farmers and the public become advocates for the beef industry

CCA Beef advocacy Canada launched its live advocacy and education program at the recent Canadian Cattlemen’s association (CCA) annual general meeting. Canada Beef and the CCA, along with funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat association (ALMA), have brought together industry partners to develop a comprehensive program that will walk future beef advocates through the entire […] Read more