Plan to Attend the International Livestock Congress (ILC) at the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is about celebrating our western roots and bringing out the inner cowboy in all of us. The Beef business continues to play a huge role in that history and will play a role in the future. On July 10th I will be attending the International Livestock Congress (ILC), Beef 2009: Firing Up… Read More

Travis Toews Intends to Make the Canadian Cattle Industry Internationally Competitive and Profitable Again

To say that Travis Toews is willing to take on challenges is putting things mildly. In fact if I was him I would say goodbye to my cows back home and get the frequent flyer program revved up, especially if his reign as President of CCA is anything like his predecessors. Travis is the new… Read More

The Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence, Niche Marketing & Promoting Canadian Beef — Marty Carpenter

With thirty seven employees and six offices (including one each in Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and Shanghai), Canada Beef Inc. is an independent, national organization that works to promote and market Canadian beef and cattle globally. The organization is funded by cattle producers and the national check off, a $1/head levy on cattle sales that also supports the… Read More

There’s certainly a lot going on in the world economy, with ongoing discussions around the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (mCOOL), and Russia’s response to recently imposed sanctions. But what does the future look like for global growth, in general? For next year, it looks good. At least according to Glen Hodgson,… Read More

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) compliance panel has issued a preliminary ruling on the complaint sent forward by Canada and Mexico on the United States’ Country of Origin Labelling rules. The ruling, sent to all three countries, remains confidential. “In the past, these confidential rulings have been leaked, so they’re usually pretty poorly kept secrets, but this… Read More

The face of Canada is constantly changing, however, a great deal of those changes happen so slowly they go unnoticed. But sometimes changes take place that can’t help but be felt. Any of those shifts that involve the famous or infamous “baby boomer” generation tend to be some of the more noticeable demographic shifts. That’s… Read More

This year’s International Livestock Congress gave producers a chance to gather together to talk about some of the industries big issues. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association hosts the event that covers a wide range of industry topics from global economic issues all the way to individual efforts toward sustainable production. Martin Unrau is President of the… Read More

The Consumer Goods Forum has released a new report on the five trends that are impacting the global retail chain. The five trends were: Economy and Consumer Demand – the challenges of the global economy have significant potential impacts on the demand for goods like red meat. Corporate Responsibility – this includes environment and sustainability… Read More

Fixing the Current Beef Industry Model in North America - Bill Helming

Margins in the feedyard business are tighter than they have ever been in an extremely volatile market. Fuel is expensive, feed is expensive and the Canadian dollar is high. The beef industry is struggling to stay competitive. “Break even” is a term that holds more weight now than it has the industry’s history. With volatility… Read More

Innovation Finds a Home in Alberta - Dr. Stan Blade

Where are we headed in agriculture? What does the future hold for biotechnology and food production? Where will the next big innovations in these areas come from? Dr Stan Blade hopes those innovations will come from in Alberta. Dr. Blade is the CEO of Alberta Innovates – Bio Solutions. They help companies working on research… Read More

A Conversation with Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders

There is never a shortage of issues in the cattle business.  Since 2003 we have dealt a rising currency, export bans and struggles with boxed beef demand.  On the bright side the supply equation looks to be bullish and demand for middle meat appears to be recovering.  On the political side there has been some… Read More

 

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