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- A partnership led by the Canadian Beef Improvement Network plans to create a unified digital platform for the genetic data. Sandy Russell of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council called the move “exciting and transformational for the industry.” Eight breed associations are participating in the first phase: the Canadian Angus Association, the Canadian Blonde d’Aquitaine Association, the Canadian Charolais Association, the Canadian Gelbvieh Association, the Canadian Hereford Association, the Canadian Limousin Association, the Canadian Simmental Association, and the Canadian Speckle Park Association. The project is funded by a $640,000 investment from Results Driven Agriculture Research.
- Members of the Charolais Society of Australia finally got to mark the 50th anniversary of the breed in Australia after the pandemic interfered with previous attempts to mark the occasion. “Without critical selection, preparedness to take the hard knocks and willingness to reset the course, the enterprise would not have lasted,” Graham Blanch of Charnelle Charolais said at the ceremony honour builders of the breed.
- The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association called for more investment in research and its implementation to reduce methane emissions in light of Canada’s support for the Global Methane Pledge. The beef industry decreased the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by 15% from 1981 to 2011, and it has a goal to reduce it by 33% over the next 10 years, Brenna Grant of Canfax Research Services told CBC. The CCA’s Fawn Jackson shared more about the beef industry’s take on COP26 on Real Agriculture.
- Some ranchers are heading into winter dangerously low on feed and water, Bob Lowe of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association told the Canadian Press. “I’m hearing stories from auction markets about herds of cattle coming up for sale that just haven’t been up for sale before,” he said.
- TrustBIX announced that its subsidiary ViewTrak has successfully commercialized three modules to modernize the display boards at sales rings to display all of the attributes of the animals up for sale. Brian Danard from Calgary Stockyards Strathmore and Mark Daines from Innisfail Auction Market spoke highly of the technology.
- Livestock Gentec spoke to fifth-generation rancher Sean McGrath, who raises Angus cattle at Round Rock Ranching, about the importance of genomics.
- Chris Lane, CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, spoke to CTV Morning Live Regina about the show’s 50th anniversary and its return from a pandemic-induced break.
- The pandemic has made bison meat more widely available,but the drought and rising feed costs will likely decrease the herd, the head of the Canadian Bison Association told Alberta Farmer. “The difference between the cattle and the bison industry is there is more liquidity in the cattle industry,” said Terry Kremeniuk. “There is always a home for the animals people want to slaughter. That is not necessarily the case for the bison industry.”
- Hubert Lau of TrustBIX spoke to InvestorIntel about how his company’s blockchain-based solution “allows food processors, retailers, and consumers to individually validate brand promises and claims,” which creates a win-win for everyone from farmers to retailers.
- The new Ag Tech Centre at Lakeland College seems to be a hit. “I really do think that this program is going to set all the students involved in the program up for success in the future no matter what field they enter, student Courtney Wallace told Alberta Farmer. “Last year when I heard about this opportunity I knew I wanted to continue my education so that when I complete this degree I’ll be able to go back to my hometown and start bringing in a better influence on how to create a more sustainable future within the livestock industry.”
- Alberta’s new agriculture minister, Nate Horner, plans to continue Alberta’s Rural Engagement Survey, an engagement tour he started as associate minister in charge of rural economic development. He earned an ag business diploma from Olds College and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Lethbridge from a family with a deep history in Alberta politics.
- The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth pointed to UK Farming’s response to climate change, published in time for COP26. The RASC has also launched a newsletter.
- Agricultural Shows Australia released its five-year strategy plan.
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