The proposal to increase check-off funding for Beef Farmers of Ontario passed with a significant majority this year.

The repercussions of a $1.50 beef check-off increase

A proposal that failed last year to boost marketing funds passed at this year’s BFO annual meeting

Beef farmers have approved an increase of $1.50 in check-off per animal to fund an ambitious industry-wide marketing effort for Ontario beef. The move has been closely watched by other agriculture commodity organizations pondering their own ability to market product more effectively for their members. Farmers at the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) annual meeting […] Read more

Ontario beef checkoff to rise by $1.50

Ontario beef farmers have approved an increase of $1.50 in checkoff per animal to fund an ambitious industry-wide marketing effort for Ontario beef. Producers at the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) annual meeting in Mississauga on Wednesday voted 87 per cent in favour of the plan. A similar plan was rejected at last year’s annual […] Read more

The proposal to increase checkoff funding for Beef Farmers of Ontario passed with a significant majority.

Ontario beef checkoff increases $1.50 with strong farmer support

A proposal that failed last year to boost marketing funds passed at this year’s BFO annual meeting

Ontario beef farmers have approved an increase of $1.50 in checkoff per animal to fund an ambitious industry-wide marketing effort for Ontario beef. Farmers at the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) annual meeting in Mississauga Feb. 20, voted 87 per cent in favour of the plan. A similar plan was rejected at last year’s annual […] Read more

The number of cows on Ontario farms has been in decline and the new checkoff funding, in part, aims to stem that trend.

Beef Farmers of Ontario look to get check-off increase passed again

The initiative will help fund a joint committee on market growth with the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association

Beef farmers will again vote on whether or not to increase the amount they send to Beef Farmers of Ontario at the organization’s annual meeting in late February. Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association hope to work together to market Ontario-branded beef and engage consumers. Why it matters: The beef sector […] Read more

The Ontario cow herd has been stagnating or shrinking for more than a decade. New BFO programs aim to increase the cow herd.

Beef Farmers of Ontario look to get checkoff increase passed again

The initiative will help fund a joint committee on market growth with the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association

Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association are hoping to work together to market Ontario-branded beef and engage consumers. The joint committee’s activities would be funded by a checkoff that Beef Farmers of Ontario hopes will be approved at its annual meeting in late February. “This will avoid duplication of costs, make […] Read more


Ontario beef farmers are losing $200 to $300 per head.

Livestock price drop being felt by farmers

An August drop in prices in pork and beef mean losses across the province

The drop in the livestock markets in the past couple of months is concerning because the factors that created it show little sign of abating. “I think if we saw an end in sight, we’d ride through it,” said Joe Hill, president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario. “Unfortunately this is more than just (the […] Read more

Beef Farmers of Ontario designs profitability calculator

Calculator will estimate cow-calf producer finances based on herd and production practices

Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has recently launched a cost of production calculator to help Ontario beef farmers determine how much they spend to produce their cattle. Production practices on Ontario beef farms vary significantly, and that means nailing down cost of production has been difficult. Creating useful numbers has been challenging and historically have […] Read more

Ontario farm groups offer government ideas on coping with market and production disruptions

Commodity groups are pleased the federal government is reviewing farm business risk management programs (BRMPs) but they worry the process will stop short of fixing major flaws.

Farm leaders say the ongoing review can’t simply reinforce the status quo and there needs to be more consideration given to recent American-driven trade battles, which pose barriers to implementing more effective programming. Why it matters: Current federal BRMP programs continue to be scrutinized across commodities for providing inadequate coverage for farmers. Ideal programs would provide […] Read more



Guelph gets new beef research facility

The federal and provincial governments and the Beef Farmers of Ontario have all announced funding for buildings and programs at the University of Guelph’s renewed beef research station this week. The funds announced are to help create a completely new cow-calf and heifer research facility next to the current beef research station, and a new […] Read more