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“We’ve been striving for a long time to have a directed checkoff and this does allow people to have some choice,” says Ryan Kasko.

Long-running cattle checkoff battle may be coming to an end

An agreement on an industry development fund is key to a tentative deal between Alberta Beef Producers and cattle feeders

It’s not finalized yet, but the organizations representing cattle producers and feeders say they’re close to creating a fund to advance the province’s beef sector — and ending a nearly decade-long checkoff. “The Alberta Beef Industry Development Fund is a concept that would be able to be implemented with a non-refundable service charge,” said Rich […] Read more

Every dollar spent on research and marketing generates a big return for the 
Canadian cattle industry, says a new economic analysis.

Study points to payoff from cattle research, beef marketing

Economists use ‘econometric simulation model’ and find 
every $1 in checkoff investment generates a $14 return

A new study has found Canadian cattle producers receive a $14 benefit for every $1 in national checkoff fees invested in research and marketing activities. The study, by University of Alberta ag economists James Rude and Ellen Goddard, examined the period from 2011-12 to 2013-14. It updates a similar 2010 study (covering the period from […] Read more


Alberta beef producers want the checkoff on their cattle increased, but the provincial government 
has yet to say if it supports the move.

Bid to boost beef checkoffs remains stalled

There’s no resolution in sight on the issue of checkoffs, even though beef industry groups say research and marketing will suffer if the levies aren’t increased. “We need to invest more in marketing, research, and issues management,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP). “We simply believe we need a higher level […] Read more

Checkoffs a priority for Alberta Beef Producers

Boosting the $1 national checkoff to $2.50 had a prime spot on the agenda at Alberta Beef Producers’ annual fall meetings. The 23 meetings held across the province attracted about 900 producers and “as we had hoped, the fall meetings generated good discussion among producers on the issue of industry funding,” the organization said in […] Read more