New ACFA/NCFA President & CEO Janice Tranberg

Non-refundable checkoff defeated, cattle group moving on
ABP leaders say they wish more had cast ballots but the issue is now in the rear-view mirror

Opinion: Healthiest diets include meat and dairy, say health professionals
CALGARY HERALD Updated: December 8, 2018

We have read the opinion article titled “Health Canada’s new Food Guide is on the right track” (Calgary Herald, Nov. 27) with interest. We represent a growing number of Canadian physicians and health professionals, called the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition, who use whole-food nutritional strategies, which often include meat, eggs and dairy, to prevent and often put into remission the burden of chronic non-communicable disease in our patients. This usually involves lower levels of carbohydrates and higher levels of natural fats than is currently recommended, a therapeutic nutritional strategy well supported in the literature.

More Canadians turning to plant-based proteins: report
Canada’s Food Price Report 2019

Canadians are showing more and more interest in reducing meat consumption, while increasing their purchases of plant-based proteins, according to data compiled in the latest Food Price Report from the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University.

Government of Alberta Employment Standards Update
Minimum age for employment in Alberta is going up

The new rules don’t apply to volunteers, contractors, youth employed on farms and ranches, or to casual work such as babysitting or snow shovelling.

Alberta feedlot harnesses the power of sun

Solar panels supply some power on this feedlot, but they probably wouldn’t be here without government funding

Market Update: Strong consumer demand is using up beef supplies

Feedlot operators should also look to hedge up about 50 per cent of their production later in November when fed cattle prices are expected to make seasonal highs. It looks like the fed cattle market will experience a similar pattern as last year over the winter period.

It’s decision time on beef checkoff

Get out and vote is the main message coming from Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association chair Ryan Kasko and his counterpart at Alberta Beef Producers.

Feeder associations hire new executive director
Barbara Duckworth, The Western Producer

‘It’s change they’re afraid of’: We asked beef farmers what they think of supply management

 “I understand (dairy’s) trepidation, but there are hundreds of thousands of other farmers that are being potentially hung out to dry if NAFTA fails because of supply management,” said Ryan Kasko, a cattle feeder from near Lethbridge, Alta.

Ryan Thompson, owner of Living Sky Beef near Minton, Sask., laughed at the argument that food safety is tied to market controls. “To say that monopolizing a market will ensure safety, they’re not even connected,” he said. “It’s change they’re afraid of, but I firmly believe that the milk produced in Canada is the highest quality in the world, and I don’t think they need to be afraid of some other country coming in and taking their market,” said Thompson. “Canadians will pay for Canadian milk because that’s what they want to buy, and I don’t think it matters if there’s U.S. or New Zealand or European milk on the shelf.”

Canadian farmers struggling with labour shortage seek changes to Temporary Foreign Worker program

In Alberta, the two agricultural sectors that rely the most on foreign workers are the greenhouse and the cattle feeding industries. Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, said at some feedlots up to 10 per cent of the workforce is made up of foreign workers.

“Our members require foreign workers to augment their Canadian workforce, and they can’t get applications proved in a timely manner,” Walton said. “Those who don’t really understand agriculture are setting the policy, and that is creating a lot of discomfort for us and our members.”

Feedlots to benefit from new animal care audit

“Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed, feedlot veterinarian, was instrumental in developing the audit program with the National Cattle Feeders’ Association. Canadian facilities JBS and Cargill Meats, and Tyson’s at Pasco, Washington, are involved with the program as are retailers and some companies like McDonald’s.

The program has received certification and approval from the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), National Farm Animal Care Council and the Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef.

It is available online and is offered in English, French and Spanish. It includes low-stress animal handling videos online.”


Summary of the AINP program and Alberta Labour’s changes provided by Newland Chase.

Third generation continues legacy on Alta. farm
ACFA Past Chair, Martin Zuidhof is in the news!
The Western Producer, March 1, 2018

How Alberta’s Employment Standards apply to farms and ranches

The GOA Communications Director for Alberta Labour, Andrew Hanon, advises that an information booklet and accompanying poster have been compiled to explain at a summary level, the upcoming employment standards for farms and ranches that take effect January 1, 2018. In the PDF attached for your reference, the first page can be folded into the booklet, and the second page is the poster that can be used for reference purposes.

The poster is available for download at:

and the GOA will send on printed copies free of charge to any producer groups and their members that request it. Requests can be directed to:

Tel 780-644-1964

Cell 780-217-1218

National Cattle Feeders’ Association News

Industry News

New CCIA Canadian Livestock Tracking System MOBO app

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is introducing its new Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) MOBO app. The app has recently undergone massive changes to design and function and CCIA thought these updates were worthy of sharing with its industry partners. For an explanation on all the updates and history of the app and how this will affect users moving forward, click here.

With expected regulation changes slated for later 2019, we consider this an essential time to start planning to meet proposed increased livestock traceability reporting.Greater responsibilities will be placed on producers and the CLTS MOBO app will be a great asset in reducing the time it takes to complete increased tasks. The app is designed to add convenience to the workflow of traceability requirements for users.

For more information on traceability requirements in Canada, contact:

Anne Brunet-Burgess
General Manager
Canadian Cattle Identification Services
7646  – 8 Street NE
Calgary, AB Canada T2E 8X4
Main: 403-476-1995  |  Fax: 403-275-2099
Email:  |  1-877-909-2333

New livestock technology unveiled

EuroTier, the big German livestock show, once again delivered some of the most innovative ideas in animal agriculture

Canadian beef project extended
 By Aidan Fortune

The Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot project is being extended following positive fourth quarter and full-year results.

Industry takes stock of achievements guided by the National Beef Strategy

October 3, 2018 – Calgary, AB – The Canadian Beef Advisors today released a status update on the 2015-19 National Beef Strategy. The report summarizes progress towards achieving the outcomes outlined in the Strategy since its launch. As of June 2018, 15% of outcomes have been completed; 5% are in progress (have an end); 61% are ongoing (and expected to continue); 7% have not been started (primarily due to funding constraints); 8% need modification; and 5% have mixed status (due to multiple objectives at different stages).

The gulf between farmers and the people they feed is getting dangerously wide
The Financial Post

The solution may be as easy as taking a Grade 3 class to a working farm. Our next prime minister could be in that group. We need to take agricultural education seriously.

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