Despite the cattle industry facing a number of challenges over the past year, the Feeder Associations of Alberta say most local feeder associations have weathered the storm.
 
“Make it Matter, Make it Happen” was this year's theme of the Feeder Associations of Alberta's 42nd Annual Convention.
 
Some of the challenges the organization has faced over the past year include reduced margins in feeding cattle and the timeliness and quality of information was not where it needed to be on various programs.
 
Provincial Supervisor of the Feeder Assocations Dace Cochlan says the good news is market prices have increased “they have strengthened significantly to the point that I’m hearing that some people that we’re backgrounding are going to be selling their calves for a pretty significant profit instead of taking them through the spring. The feedlot guys that I’ve talked to said it’s quite profitable now, overall the outlook from this time last year there’s a lot more smiling faces”.
 
Cochlan adds going into 2017 the Associations will focus on training for local staff to make sure everyone knows all policy, procedures and legislative requirements in order to do their job properly.

More Ag News

Walmart Introduces Canadian AAA Angus Beef Program

As of May 11 2017, Walmart introduced their new Canadian AAA Angus Beef Program. Walmart released a statement saying this will signal a further commitment from the retailer in offering top quality,…

Agriculture and NAFTA Discussed at Trilateral Trade Meeting

On Tuesday, June 20th in Savannah, Georgia, North America's Ag leaders met to discuss the upcoming NAFTA re-negotiations. It was the first meeting between Canadian Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay,…

Alberta Business Featured in the New Innovation Section of Farm Show

Canada's Farm Progress Show is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary. The show will be held June 21-23 in Regina, Sask. One of the Alberta businesses to be featured in the new innovation section of the…

U.S. Dollar one of the Reasons for Increase in Beef Prices

Consumers are seeing high beef prices partially because of pressure from the U.S. and their high dollar. The beef exports going into states are causing a supply shortage as well, also resulting in…

Former Ag Minister Fjordbotten Passes Away

Former Agriculture Minister and Alberta MLA, Leroy Fjordbotten, passed away June 8th at the age of 78. Serving his position as the Ag Minister from 1983 to 1986, he served with Premiers Peter…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login