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Canada’s largest grocer is
 hopping on to the sustainable 
beef value chain bandwagon.

Loblaw joins sustainable beef marketplace

The supermarket chain announced the purchase of one million pounds of certified sustainable beef Dec. 18

Canada’s sustainable beef value chain has its first product commitment from a retailer. Loblaw Companies, one of the founders of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), has now joined the companies actively sourcing meat certified through the roundtable’s framework. The supermarket chain announced the purchase of one million pounds of CRSB certified beef Dec.

Intercrops peek out between the corn rows of MBFI’s latest look into corn grazing practices.

Spicing up the mix in MBFI’s corn fields

Corn grazing at MBFI will see a few new species in the undergrowth, part of a project on intercropped corn grazing

Corn grazing at MBFI will see a few new species in the undergrowth, part of a project on intercropped corn grazing

For most of Manitoba’s cattle, it’s time to settle into the yard. The herd at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) north of Brandon however, is getting ready to hit the cornfield. Corn grazing itself is no surprise at MBFI. It’s how the applied research and demonstration farm, which has a goal of keeping cattle


Newfoundland beef producers backed to develop abattoirs

Three proposals get six figures each; breeding cows also provided

A provincial call for proposals to boost beef slaughter capacity in Newfoundland and Labrador has yielded three successful applicants. The provincial government on Nov. 5 announced its Beef Industry Enhancement Initiative will provide just over $1.8 million in total to its three successful proposals: $719,750 for Troy Humber of Northern Arm, about 40 km northeast

What’s your cattle’s genotype?

How genetic information can assist beef production decisions

Genomics can be tricky. But in today’s marketplace, cattle producers need to do all they can to maintain their competitive edge, and this can be one of the keys. Fortunately, there are people out there like Steven James, director of research development at Quantum Genetix, whose job it is to simplify these matters for farmers.



Area producers in many cases can finish their own cattle, but they’d have a hard time finding someone to process it, according to two local beef producers.

Legal on-farm slaughter a potential boon for producers

Scale-appropriate regulation may benefit remote communities, create an entry point to direct market meat

Legalizing on-farm slaughter of livestock would be more humane, benefit remote communities and beef up producers’ bottom line, say two Manitoba producers. Recent regulatory changes in Alberta are “exactly what we’re looking for,” said Ian Thorleifson, president of the Manitoba Elk Growers Association. On July 29, Alberta announced changes to slaughter regulations which included the creation of an on-farm slaughter operation licence. The licence

JBS vows to monitor whole cattle supply chain’s impact on Amazon

Packer plans to move against cattle 'laundering'

Sao Paulo | Reuters — JBS SA, the world’s top meatpacker, said Wednesday it plans to combat destruction in the Amazon by monitoring its entire supply chain for deforestation by 2025, as pressure mounts from environmentalists and investors. Brazilian meatpackers are facing increasing criticism that beef production is fueling deforestation in the Amazon, where cleared

Beef sector aims for new 2030 targets

Organizations involved in Canada's National Beef Strategy have announced new goals for the beef sector for the next decade

The Canadian beef industry has new benchmarks to reach for in the next decade. The organizations involved in Canada’s National Beef Strategy — the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canada Beef Breeds Council, Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, The National Cattle Feeders’ Association, Canadian Meat Council and Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef have announced new 2030


Klassen: Yearling market holding value

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged while calves traded $3 higher to $3 lower on average. The yearling run is well underway and there was no shortage of buying interest. Finishing feedlots were very aggressive on quality packages coming fresh off grass. Once again, buyers focused on local cattle, causing

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures rise on expectations of firm cash values

Hog market appears technically overbought

Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed higher on Tuesday on expectations of firmer cash prices as supplies of market-ready cattle tighten, following a drop this past spring in the number of cattle placed in feedlots, traders said. “Packer margins are huge; they are still over $350 a head.