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No year is perfect but this one has been golden for many cattle producers in the province.

Count ’em up: Lots of positives for cattle sector

A price rebound, a good haying season, and a third packer are three things to be thankful for

Cattle producers have a lot to celebrate. “Our prices for feeder and fed cattle are holding up quite well right now,” said Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. No one could have predicted that the market would go as high as it did, he said. “If we compare current prices […] Read more

Just a bad patch? Or is the cattle sector in denial?

Two views of how the plan to revitalize the beef sector is working so far

The cattle industry needs to stop patting itself on the back and face an uncomfortable truth — its grand plan to create a bright new future isn’t yielding results. That’s the view of Charlie Gracey, one of Canada’s most renowned experts on the beef industry. And all you have to do is look at the […] Read more


Dan Darling (l) and David Haywood-Farmer.

Ontario producer new CCA president

Dan Darling succeeds Alberta’s Dave Solverson, who can count 
the repeal of COOL legislation as a highlight of his presidency

Ontario cow-calf producer Dan Darling is the new president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Darling, who was the organization’s vice-president for the past two years, succeeds Dave Solverson, who ranches near Camrose. Darling and new vice-president David Haywood-Farmer were elected by acclamation at the CCA’s annual general meeting earlier this month. Solverson steps into his […] Read more

Christmas came early for beef and pork producers

Faced with the prospect of punishing sanctions, Congress includes repeal of COOL law in omnibus bill

Elated.” That was the word the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association used to described the U.S. Senate passage of Congress’s omnibus appropriations bill that would repeal U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for Canadian beef and pork. “This is fantastic news for Canada’s beef cattle producers,” said CCA president Dave Solverson, who ranches near Camrose. “The CCA initiated this […] Read more