Rob Meijer says he leaves the job as president of Canadian Beef, pleased with his role in the development of the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence in Calgary.   |  Canada Beef photo

President proud of service with Canada Beef

Rob Meijer leaves Canada Beef with no regrets and a lot of pride in what the organization achieved in five years. “There are times in life when it is just the right time and it is a chapter in my career that I can put in the database and say that was a good five […] Read more

Cattle prices are down from last year and calf prices are not attractive enough to encourage Canadian producers to increase herds. | File photo

Beef markets giveth, beef markets taketh away

U.S. analyst estimates the American feedlot sector lost $1.6 billion last year after record prices in 2014

The fastest upward move in the beef markets starting in 2013 has been followed by a shocking reversal in fortune. Feedlots in Canada and the United States earned record profits and then faced disastrous losses, said market analysts from Canfax and Cattlefax. “The feedlot industry has given a lot of that profitability back with some […] Read more

The Statistics Canada livestock inventory report released today reported growth in the cattle and hog sectors but a decline for the sheep business. | File photo

Beef herd expands slightly

The Canadian beef herd has shown a slight expansion of 1.3 percent compared to last summer, making it the first year-over-year increase since 2012. The Statistics Canada livestock inventory report released today reported growth in the cattle and hog sectors but a decline for the sheep business. The beef herd is at 13.2 million head […] Read more

Canada has regained its beef market to Taiwan after being shut out since February 2015 when a case of BSE was discovered in an Alberta cow. | File photo

Taiwan again accepting Canadian beef

Canada has regained its beef market to Taiwan after being shut out since February 2015 when a case of BSE was discovered in an Alberta cow. Taiwan was a major customer for Canadian beef before the suspension of trade, buying about $12 million worth of product a year. Taiwan will accept boneless and bone-in beef […] Read more

Mexico closed its borders to all Canadian beef in May 2003 but reopened later that year to beef from cattle under 30 months of age. It stayed closed to beef from cattle older than 30 months and to some types of beef offal. | File photo

Mexico will fully open to Canadian beef in October

Mexico says it will open its borders to the full range of Canadian beef effective Oct. 1, removing one of the last restrictions that were imposed after BSE was found in Canada in 2003. The announcement was made today by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. […] Read more

Earls will now get its beef from Creekstone Farms at Arkansas City, Kansas, which offers U.S. department of agriculture certified beef in several different formats including certified humane and Black Angus beef. | File photo

Earls restaurants stop using Canadian beef

Earls Restaurants is making no apologies to Canadian beef producers for its decision to switch to a certified humanely raised and antibiotic free product from the United States. “Though I understand the job of the Alberta beef lobbyists is to lobby for their product, it seems unfortunate that they are distorting what is really good […] Read more

John McKinnon has worked in livestock production for 35 years. His feedlot nutrition research and focus on feed use have helped give producers more bang for their buck.  |  William DeKay photo

Researcher gets beef sector award

John McKinnon’s studies into feed efficiency have increased competitiveness of the cattle industry

A desire to stay connected with rural life led John McKinnon to pursue a career in agriculture. It has culminated in internationally respected research and innovation on beef cattle nutrition and management. The researcher, professor and Saskatchewan beef industry research chair at the University of Saskatchewan is well known for advancing the competitiveness and sustainability […] Read more

AgriClear is a new online platform where cattle owners can negotiate sales terms with potential buyers.  |  File photo

Market operator enters cattle business

Electronic cattle sales are not new, but a new web-based concept is offering more security and a broader connection for buyers and sellers across North America. AgriClear was launched June 16 and operates through the TMX Group Ltd., which runs Canada’s main stock exchange. Registered participants can view pictures and video, make offers, seal the […] Read more

Herd expansion in Canada and the United States relies on good pastures and hay yields, and some areas in the U.S. are seeing the best conditions in decades.  |  Barb Glen photo

U.S. beef herd expanding while Canadian herd dips

Tight supply has kept prices up, including a 21 percent rise in ground beef

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Canadian beef producers continue to enjoy record high prices, but they should be aware that their American counterparts are expanding, says analyst Anne Wasko. The United States drives North American beef prices, she reminded producers at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association convention, and the cow herd there is already up two […] Read more

Hanna Chilson of Hardisty, Alta., a member of the Battle River Beef Club, leads her steer, Bubbles, around the show ring at the Flagstaff and District 4-H Beef Show, while Ryelee Lang of Killam, Alta., pushes the wheelchair.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

VIDEO: 4-Her rolls into ring with willing calf

KILLAM, Alta. — A wheelchair hasn’t stopped Hanna Chilson from training, brushing, leading or showing her 4-H calf, Bubbles. Chilson, 12, a junior member of the Battle River, Alta., 4-H Beef Club spent the winter working and training Bubbles and led him around the show ring on achievement day, June 1. “He got used to […] Read more