JBS funds communities it operates in. Brooks, Alta., to get $2 million towards development.  |  Mike Raine photo

JBS contributes $2 million to Brooks

JBS Foods Canada, which operates the beef processing facility in Brooks, Alta., is providing $2 million to that community, the company announced Oct. 22. The funds are part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative that has earmarked $50 million for use in communities within Canada and the United States where it has facilities. The money […] Read more

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

Stefon and Rebecca Beechinor of Bentley, Alta., and partner JNR Farms of Willingdon, Alta., sold a 15-month-old Simmental bull named BLL Kalibre 762E for $275,000 to Christel and Steve Humbke and Ken and Carol Warkentin and of Starwest Farms, who own Starwest Farms and have farms at Calmar, Alta., and Chilliwack, B.C. 
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Two bulls hit price stratosphere

(Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from an original version.) It was – 40 C on Feb. 25 when the Beechinor family prepared for their seventh bull sale. They never imagined that the pace of their sale would be so hot. Stefon and Rebecca Beechinor of Bentley, Alta., and partner JNR Farms of Willingdon, […] Read more


Bart Lardner, left, senior research scientist for the Western Beef Development Centre, chats with Chip Hines, author and retired rancher from Colorado during the centre’s 19th annual summer field day at the Termuende Research Ranch near Lanigan, Sask., June 20.  |  William DeKay photo

Bigger calves aren’t always better

LANIGAN, Sask. — Chip Hines says bigger cattle aren’t better for increasing the financial bottom line. “That’s something that people do not understand. Our whole focus has been on pounds and performance, but that’s not the one that tells the story,” the author and retired Colorado rancher said during the Western Beef Development Centre’s 19th […] Read more

Beef producers in Alberta, like these bulls, are butting heads over whether Alberta Beef Producers’ checkoff should be refundable or non-refundable.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Producers lock horns over checkoffs

Refundable or non-refundable? Cattle producers are split on how to fund Alberta groups through levies

CORRECTION – November 14, 2016 1000 CST – The Ontario Corn Fed Beef Program does not receive any money from the national beef checkoff. It does receive 50 cents per head from the Beef Farmers of Ontario. Alberta’s refundable checkoff for beef cattle remains a bone of contention for producers, even though it has now […] Read more


The herds of about 50 ranchers in southeastern Alberta remain under quarantine after one cow that grazed in a community pasture near Jenner and Suffield was diagnosed with tuberculosis in mid-September. | File photo

TB takes terrible toll

‘I was sick for the industry:’ Alberta ranchers worry about what happens next after one cow was diagnosed with tuberculosis

BROOKS, Alta. — Sleepless nights and worry: that’s what about 50 ranchers in southeastern Alberta are experiencing as their cattle herds remain in quarantine. One cow that grazed in a community pasture near Jenner and Suffield was diagnosed with tuberculosis in mid-September after being shipped to the United States. The cow belonged to Brad Osadczuk, […] Read more

Bill Freding was active in the cattle business throughout his life, and he earned a master's degree in economics from the University of British Columbia. Freding died at his Oliver home Oct. 18 at the age of 73. | Supplied photo

B.C. cattle producer, entrepreneur dead at 73

British Columbia cattle producer Bill Freding died at his Oliver home Oct. 18 at the age of 73. Active in the cattle business throughout his life, he earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia. Freding started  Southern Plus Feedlot in 1988, a 7,000 head yard, which was dispersed earlier this […] Read more

Bovine tuberculosis is a contagious and reportable disease in Canada. One case does not affect trade, but there could be repercussions if the disease is found to be more widespread. | File photo

TB found in Alberta cow

An Alberta farm has been quarantined after a positive case of tuberculosis was detected in a cow shipped to the United States for slaughter. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating and the index herd will be tested, said Rob McNabb of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “They detected some lesions and cultured it and then […] Read more


The Alberta government is increasing the provincial loan guarantee for feeder associations to $100 million.The Alberta government is increasing the provincial loan guarantee for feeder associations to $100 million. | File photo

Feeder association loan guarantee increased

The Alberta government is increasing the provincial loan guarantee for feeder associations to $100 million. The Feeder Associations of Alberta has requested an increase for several years as demand for cattle went up, said chair Eric Boot. “Cattle prices were way up and there was demand and in the meantime there just wasn’t enough money […] Read more

Canada not in expansion mode

STRATHMORE, Alta. — Canadian beef producers face a big decision: expand the herd or take the money and run. The Canadian cow herd has shrunk by 31 percent since 2005. Record prices and profits in the last 18 months should have signalled that it is time to turn things around, but not much is happening, […] Read more