U.S. producers struggle to resolve traceability debate

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Working out an efficient traceability system for the United States beef industry is a priority for government leaders there. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told beef producers they must promote their products and provide full information on all stages of the production process because consumers want to know more. “You know that […] Read more

U.K. hopes to increase U.S. trade after Brexit

A U.K.-U.S. investment working group has been created that could lay the groundwork for future free-trade deals

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The United Kingdom hopes that its strong trading relationship with the United States will help the two grow even closer after the U.K. severs ties with the European Union March 29. A trade deal between the two could grow from a strong basis, said Sarah Clegg, head of trade policy in […] Read more

The United States has become a net beef exporter, and imports are lower. Here, cattle rest in a field on a farm near Peosta, Iowa, last summer.  |  REUTERS/Joshua Lott photo

Healthy exports support booming American cattle sector

Expansion is slowing, but the herd is likely to increase slightly this year with peak numbers expected in 2020-21

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. cow herd expansion is slowing, but a healthy economy and growing exports keep demand strong. There is a record amount of beef, pork and poultry that relies on exports to chew through. The American population is growing at a rate of less than one percent, and even though per […] Read more


Lab-cultured meat products are not yet available, but plant-based products have gone mainstream and are competing with more traditional protein sources, such as beef.  |  Mike Sturk photo

USDA vows to label imitation meat

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association presses the government to ensure cell cultured protein is not called meat

NEW ORLEANS, La. — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has promised that meat substitutes will be regulated and labelled. Cell cultured protein has received a lot of attention, and livestock groups such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are pressing government to ensure it is not called meat. Clear labelling is demanded for plant based […] Read more

Quality improvements help boost American beef demand

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. beef industry has turned itself around in the last 25 years. In 1994, demand had fallen to all time lows, beef quality audits showed widespread consumer dissatisfaction because of tough steaks and profits were fleeting. In the last year, 80 percent of graded cattle were either USDA Prime and […] Read more


The U.S. cow herd expansion is slowing, but a healthy economy and growing exports keep demand strong. | File photo

U.S. cow herd stable

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. cow herd expansion is slowing, but a healthy economy and growing exports keep demand strong. There is a record amount of beef, pork and poultry that relies on exports to chew through. The American population is growing at a rate of less than one percent and even though per […] Read more

Meat sector slams vision of plant-based future

A recent report from the EAT-Lancet Commission makes the case for drastically reducing meat consumption

A diet rich in plants and low in animal-based products could feed a hungry world and save the environment. That is the conclusion of the EAT-Lancet Commission report released Jan. 16. EAT is a non-profit foundation based in Sweden that funded the report written by more than 30 experts from around the world. It has […] Read more

Kevin Jensen of Kansas shows Harvie OVHF Empower ET 5F, owned by Harvie Ranching of Olds, Alta., Torchview Cattle Co. of Saskatchewan and the Empower Syndicate, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Impulse buy pays off for Alberta producer

The spur-of-the-moment purchase of a Hereford heifer calf three years ago has earned dividends for Harvie Ranching

DENVER, Colo. — For some people, an impulse purchase is a bag of chips at the grocery checkout. Jill Harvie’s impulse buy was a Hereford heifer calf that has exceeded expectations. She bought Next Gen Riesling 295 ET at the Mile High Hereford sale held during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, in […] Read more


Charolais friends at the National Western Stock Show in Denver included Wyatt Daines of Innisfail, Alta., Mitch Benz of Nebraska and Kyle O’Neill of Innisfail. Daines Cattle-Oneill Livestock is a family run ranch that raises Charolais, Simmental and Angus. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Alberta producers see Denver as chance for promotion

The Daines-O’Neill family attended the National Western Stock Show more to promote their stock than to win ribbons

DENVER, Colo. — Being at the National Western Stock Show was like a working vacation for the owners of Daines Cattle and O’Neill Livestock as the crew and six Charolais bulls basked in the Colorado sunshine. The Innisfail, Alta., based ranch is a family operation, and members have attended the Denver event before with good […] Read more

The Good Food Institute is a U.S. based NGO that offers strategic support and lobbies on behalf of plant based protein companies. It is the driver behind the clean meat label. | Screencap via gfi.org

U.S. producers want labelling for imitation meat

NEW ORLEANS, La. — U.S. livestock groups want clear labelling on plant based protein and meat products generated in a laboratory so consumers know they are buying an imitation product. “There are too many terms out there and I am not sure consumers are fully aware,” said Danielle Beck of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. […] Read more