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Plett named Cattlemen’s Young Leaders finalist

Laura Plett was one of two Manitobans named to 16 finalist spots through the 2020 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program

Laura Plett’s story and farm plan was enough to land her one of 16 finalist spots in the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program, offered through the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), this year. The finalists, all between 18 and 35 years of age, were selected after a virtual roundtable event Aug. 10. A panel of

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


Beef Breeds Council becomes arm of CCA

Cattle genetics body now a division of Canadian Cattlemen's Association

The market development group representing Canada’s beef cattle seedstock sector has formally merged into the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The association on Friday announced the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) has officially joined the Beef Cattle Research Council and Canfax among the divisions of the CCA. The move follows a cost-benefit review by an advisory

According to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, AgriStability does not work for its members.

Set-aside funds snapped up

Cattle and pork producers tell MPs $100 million for program is not enough

A federal committee was told the $50 million made available by Ottawa for a set-aside program in the beef industry has already been spent, according to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to $50 million in AgriRecovery funding was being earmarked to fund a COVID-19 set-aside program for cattle producers,

Manitoba no closer to new beef-processing capacity

The industry has long desired more slaughter and processing capacity here at home, but despite decades of hoping, nothing is on the horizon

It’s an intermittent thorn in the side for Manitoba beef producers. Lack of local processing capacity is a popular topic among the sector, one that has cropped up time and time again for decades, and one that gains particular traction when, like now, the market turns sour. Why it matters: Processing issues out of Alberta


Cattle producers press for lower price insurance premiums

WLPIP is needed, but unused because premiums too expensive, CCA says

The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is not functioning properly due to very high premiums and needs to be quickly revamped, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re having unprecedented volatility for markets. Having tools in place for farmers and ranchers has never been more important,” executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft said during a telephone town hall

Canadian cattle producers continue to miss market opportunities due to BSE, and Conservatives say a key deadline was missed.

Conservatives criticize Liberals for missing BSE risk status deadline

Canada had an opportunity to boost its BSE risk ranking, which would improve market access

The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is criticizing the federal government for missing a deadline to apply for a more favourable World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) designation for beef exports. CPC Agriculture Critic John Barlow says Canadian ranchers were given a “stunning setback” because the federal Liberal government missed a deadline this summer to

Manitoba Beef Producers says new livestock transport regulations will hit this province the hardest.

Beef producers not backing down on livestock transport regs

Beef producers have four months until new transport regulations come into force

Beef producers are still fighting transport regulations that they say will cut off trade of live cattle. Livestock transportation will look very different when new regulations come into effect next February. The livestock sector was given one year to comply with new humane transport regulations, published by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in February 2019.


Canadian Cattlemen’s Association sees beef potential in Europe

More vets needed to certify animals were raised without growth promotants

Canada could be selling more beef to Europe if it increased the number of veterinarians trained to approve cattle for shipment there or secured approval for using Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) to meet European requirements, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) says. Since the free trade agreement with Europe came into effect nearly two years