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Janice Tranberg.

New CEO for cattle feeders’ associations

Janice Tranberg is the new president and CEO of both Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association and National Cattle Feeders’ Association. Tranberg takes over from Bryan Walton, who is retiring early in the new year. She most recently served as the executive director for Sask-Canola and prior to that was assistant deputy agriculture minister in Saskatchewan. Tranberg […] Read more

Get out and vote is the main message coming from Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association chair Ryan Kasko and his counterpart at Alberta Beef Producers.

It’s decision time on beef checkoff

Cattle producers will have three ways to vote on the proposed non-refundable checkoff — by mail, at their local Agriculture Financial Services Corporation office, or one of Alberta Beef Producers’ 27 fall meetings. ABP and the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) will be holding a plebiscite from Oct. 19 to Nov. 13 on their joint […] Read more


Too many voices in the beef industry create mixed messages, says Rick Paskal.

Opinion: The beef industry needs to start speaking with a unified voice

Having at least 10 organizations representing the beef industry in Alberta is quite frankly a joke

Our farming and feeding operations have fundamental challenges and issues that are not being communicated in an effective manner to government. We have ongoing issues about hiring qualified managers and workers; with WCB compliance and enforcement; OH&S adherence; WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) education of our employees; an obsolete farm taxation model utilizing 25-year-old […] Read more

Cows will be doing their part for beef research and marketing — those sold after will be subject to an extra $1.50 checkoff to fund those areas.

National cattle checkoff on its way up this spring

The national levy used to fund marketing and research is going up by $1.50 — 
the first increase since 2002

Come spring, more than the grass will be rising — the national cattle levy is going up $1.50 per head on April 1. “The impetus for us was the national beef strategy,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “The national beef strategy is a plan for us for the next five years […] Read more


High hopes for remote sensing of pasture conditions

Federal funding assists pasture project

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says it hopes a research project on remote sensing of pasture conditions will be the foundation for a new national pasture insurance program. “The project’s findings may allow for more precision in the development of insurance programs for pasture production, on a farm level, rather than by geographic regions or limited […] Read more

The vast majority of Canadian feedlots is doing an excellent job when it comes to animal welfare, says Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed, who helped create the new audit tool.

Cattle feeders get proactive with new feedlot animal welfare audit

Rather than wait and see multiple audits imposed by packers and retailers, 
the National Cattle Feeders Association developed an easy-to-use tool

Last April, the Vancouver-based Earls restaurant chain announced it would no longer source its beef from Canada, opting instead for ‘Certified Humane’ beef sourced from the United States. Though pressure from customers loyal to Canadian beef eventually forced the chain to reverse the decision, those most in the know — the feedlot associations and meat […] Read more


Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed (with Rick Paskal at his feedlot in Picture Butte, Alta.) is getting ready to pilot an animal care assessment tool 
in feedlots across the country.

New animal care assessment tool to measure animal welfare in Canadian feedlots

With the new assessment program, cattle feeders can show consumers exactly 
how they’re ensuring the welfare of their animals

The organization that represents Canada’s cattle feeders is staying one step ahead of changing consumer demands, through a new feedlot animal care assessment program. “The National Cattle Feeders’ Association decided that it wanted to be proactive and develop a national animal care assessment program for feed yards,” said Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed, a feedlot veterinarian […] Read more