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CRSB Releases 2019 Annual Report

December 5, 2019, Calgary, AB. – The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has released its annual report, highlighting key achievements over the past year. Launched in 2018, the CRSB developed the first outcome-based certification program for beef sustainability in the world and uptake is steadily increasing. “We are excited to see such strong growth in the certification program over the past year, with a 45% increase in the volume of beef that has been sold through the program, and a 16% increase in certified farms and ranches over the past six months,” says Anne Wasko, Chair of the CRSB and a rancher from Eastend, Saskatchewan. “It shows that there is demand for the program and we hope Canadians are proud of the leadership role we are taking—working together and committing to transparency and continual improvement.”

The organization also launched an online sustainability projects inventory and, through its partnership with MultiSAR, Cows and Fish, beef producer associations and the Species at Risk on Agricultural Lands program, has worked with 17 ranches and implemented 32 habitat improvements covering 189,000 acres in the Grassland Natural Region of Alberta. These improvements are made possible through funding generously provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada. “All these projects are producer driven and highlight the benefits of collaborative stewardship programs building on local knowledge and the positive impacts they can have for biodiversity and wildlife habitat,” noted Brad Downey, Biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association, one of MulitSAR’s partner organizations.

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Upcoming Safe Handling Course




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BCRC Upcoming Webinar Series

Beef Cattle Research Council has a series of upcoming webinars beginning at 10PM local time that may be of interest to you!

Additional information of this eight part series, including content and dates, can be found by clicking here.

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2020-24 National Beef Strategy Announcement

October 1, 2019

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Beef Advisors are pleased to release the 2020-24 National Beef Strategy. The strategy is designed to take advantage of the opportunities facing the industry while simultaneously addressing the challenges.

The development of the 2020-24 National Strategy has been a dynamic collaborative process engaging all industry sectors and national and provincial organizations. The Canadian Beef Advisors and provincial cattle associations believe a united industry is a stronger industry, and that a stronger industry benefits all those working in it today and into the future.

Substantial progress was made under the 2015-19 strategy and the intention is to continue building on the strengths of existing industry organizations.

“The National Beef Strategy has provided real value for Canadian beef producers; it acts as a roadmap for the groups as they work together. We have set our industry up for success, now we just need to follow through.” said David Haywood-Farmer, Past Chair of the Beef Advisors.

To read the full Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off announcement, please click here.

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Updated VBP+ and Transportation Regulation Changes

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UPDATED Forage and Winter Feeding Workshop

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UPDATED Safe Handling Course

Are you requiring a safe handling course?

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The Economic of Packing Plant Fires and Cattle Prices

August 20, 2019 – About two weeks ago, a fire at a Tyson meat packing plant destroyed about 5 to 6% of the nation’s beef processing capacity. The fire caused a significant drop in the price of cattle and a significant rise in the price of wholesale beef, increasing the packing margin (the difference between cattle prices and beef prices). This has caused a lot of consternation.

To read the full article by Jayson Lusk, please click here.

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New demand index measures Canadians’ preferences for beef

September 10, 2019 – Protein has been a hot topic on the dinner plate of Canadians.  Plant-based proteins have received a lot of attention lately. But what do we know of the actual demand and preference for animal proteins?  We introduce a quarterly demand index to measure consumption preferences for beef and other meats. The barometer reveals the preference for beef remains strong.

Click here to read the full FCC article

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Grazing Management Pasture Tours

Join regional Department of Agriculture staff and Perennia Specialists on a series of pasture tours across the province led by farmers who are considered experts at on-farm grazing management.

Whether you’re interested in intensive rotational grazing or just looking to improve on your current grazing system, attending one of those tours is a must.

No RSVP required.

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