A healthcare worker tests people for COVID-19 at a Calgary Rural Primary Care Testing Centre drive-through location at the High River, Alta., Culture Centre. The town is home to Cargill's beef packing facility in Alberta. |  Mike Sturk photo

Cargill closes High River beef plant

The Cargill meat processing plant in High River, Alta., which slaughters 40 percent of the cattle in Canada, announced temporary closure effective April 20. Date of reopening is unknown but the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said it could mean industry losses of half a billion dollars by June if the closure lasts that long. Halt of […] Read more

Quebec's beef producers association has joined the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. | Screencap via bovin.qc.ca

Quebec beef producers join CCA

Quebec’s beef producers association has joined the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec agreed to join the national organization at its annual meeting April 4-6. Membership in the CCA allows Quebec beef producers to join working committees and have more information on issues like foreign trade agreements, environment and sustainable beef production. […] Read more

Meat cases in Canada have less space devoted to beef than the U.S. and often carry only 22 different cuts and types of meat, compared to 59 in American supermarkets. | Getty photo

Meat audit shows work needed on improving taste

CALGARY — Juicy, tender and tasty are the benchmarks for good beef. A national meat case audit is designed to see whether the Canadian beef industry is delivering them. Results show it is, although overall satisfaction varies. “There’s only one reason to pay more than double for beef versus chicken and that’s the quality of […] Read more


The new animal transport regulations under the Health of Animals Act require shorter travel times and rest periods for cattle. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association questioned whether some of the new rules are practical. 
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Livestock transport rules questioned

OTTAWA — Proposed changes to Canada’s livestock transportation regulations have hit a sour note with some beef producers. The new animal transport regulations under the Health of Animals Act require shorter travel times and rest periods for cattle. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association questioned whether some of the new rules are practical. Ontario feedlot owner Tom […] Read more

Guarding the guardians

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? It was interesting to note a recent website launch designed to keep watch on the Humane Society of the United States, a group whose stated purpose is to “seek a humane and sustainable world for all animals.” Its Canadian affiliate is Humane Society International. What […] Read more