Purebred Beef Spotlight
- Canadian Cattlemen published a profile of Soderglen South, which received The Environmental Stewardship Award from Alberta Beef Producers and will be up for a national award at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference running Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
- In an interview with RealAgriculture, Janice Tranberg of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association expressed frustration at the lack of price transparency in Canada as packer profits grow.
- The Alberta Cattle Feeders Association saluted Shipwheel Cattle Feeders in Taber after it won an Alltech “Planet of Plenty” Award for “furthering a world of abundance through nutritional and digital technologies, innovation and sustainable management practices.”
- The Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association commented on the cyberattack that temporarily shut down the JBS meat-packing plant in Brooks. Here’s a timeline of the attack from Alberta Beef Producers.
- The Canadian Beef Improvement Network, operating for now under the authority of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council board, is moving closer to being operational, reports the Western Producer. Its goal is to standardize and unify the way genetic information is captured and communicated; to increase genetic literacy throughout the industry; and to link research and the industry.
- Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Bob Lowe outlined the actions the Canadian beef industry is taking to be part of the solution for climate change.
- The Canadian Simmental Association‘s convention has been postponed, and its AGM will be held online on July 24.
- Livestock Gentec and University of Alberta researcher Dr. David Wishart have received $481,000 to develop an app to help ranchers sort through data as they manage their herds. It’s one of eight agricultural projects approved to receive funding as part of the Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge from Alberta Innovates.
- Beef prices in Mexico have reached historical highs, as reported in Spanish by Latinus.
- US and Mexican officials will meet to discuss reclassifying Mexico’s Bovine TB risk status for live cattle exports, according to Ganaderia.com (in Spanish)
- 2021 Q1 saw a 14% decrease in US beef exports to Mexico, as reported by Spanish language site, Ganaderia.com.
- Ganaderia.com reports in Spanish that the US has sent over 14,000 head of cattle to Mexico due to lack of domestic processing capacity
- Agriculture Financial Services Corporation explained what the removal of the reference margin limit from AgriStability means for producers.
- Supply-chain disruptions, higher prices for grain, and increased demand are expected to cause soaring meat prices, but producers are unlikely to see higher profits, says Brian Perillat of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
- Fireside Chats with Erin spoke with three members of the Canadian Grain Commission as the agriculture sector prepared to participate in a review of the Canada Grain Act.
- The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has joined other associations to form the Canadian Food Industry Collaborative Alliance, which seeks to develop a food industry code of practice meant to ensure a reliable and affordable food supply in Canada.
- Alberta has granted up to $1 million to Cows and Fish to support projects that protect creeks and streams along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Here’s more on their work.
- A private–public coalition of 34 partners — including Farm Credit Canada, Lakeland College, and Olds College — are calling for the establishment of Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index.
- The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announced it will hold its 90th anniversary event from Feb. 28 to March 20, 2022.
- Lethbridge College is launching a new Bachelor of Agriculture Science program in September.
- Livestock Gentec published a post on how to communicate with the public about gene editing in light of the opportunities and risks for livestock producers.
- Olds College has signed a memorandum of understanding with Loyalist College in Ontario to create work-integrated learning opportunities for students and explore areas for collaboration.
- The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, whose supporters include the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, put together a week-long showcase running from June 14 to 20 with nine hours a day of live-streamed content. “This experience will allow us to provide a hybrid of a great show for 200,000 people to attend, but also for many thousands of others to watch on-line, literally opening up a whole new world for the Royal Highland Show,” said Mark Currie of the RHASS.
- The Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture, which typically happens during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto every November, will hold its annual public speaking competition virtually.
- Nine Mexican states, including Sonora and Durango, are suffering from extreme drought conditions, as reported in several Spanish language newspapers
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