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Strip steak with mushrooms. (Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Beef trade gap seen growing as U.K. pact clears Parliament

Interim post-Brexit trade deal gets royal assent

Canada’s beef cattle producers are warning of a growing beef trade deficit, not only between Canada and the European Union but between Canada and the United Kingdom, as a new stopgap U.K. trade pact nears its launch. International Trade Minister Mary Ng on Friday announced Canada is ratifying the Canada-U.K. Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA), after […] Read more

Hormone-free beef pros and cons

Hormone-free beef pros and cons

Beef 911: There’s a lot of confusion about these programs — 
here’s a take from a veterinary perspective

Reading Time: 4 minutes With all the terms we are hearing in the beef industry — such as organic, natural, hormone free, sustainable — there is no doubt confusion even for you the producers trying to raise cattle to fit into these programs. Most of these branded or niche programs are trying to differentiate themselves from the traditional ways […] Read more


large inflatable chicken at a protest march

Hormone-free beef for European markets the next big export opportunity

Half a million cattle raised without implants will be needed to fill the 
quota in the new trade deal with the European Union

Reading Time: 4 minutes The proposed trade deal with Europe has a simple story line for Alberta cattle producers — build the herd. “To take advantage of the European agreement, we’re going to have to expand,” said John Masswohl, director of government and international relations for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) finalized late […] Read more