Growing Ontario’s cattle herd has to start with increasing demand.

Strong global protein market drives meat production expansion

The growth in American beef and pork is based on export markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Strong demand continues for beef around the world, along with other proteins. That’s kept prices decent globally despite growing supplies. “The global demand for beef is very very strong,” says John Baker, the director of Business Development with the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program. He also works with the combined beef marketing committee of the […] Read more

The beef with packing capacity

The beef with packing capacity

Ontario is missing opportunities and stuck with lower farm gate prices because of low beef packing capacity. Here’s what the sector is doing about it

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are numerous ways to increase beef processing capacity in Ontario — but none of them are quick or easy. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is working with Beef Farmers of Ontario, the Ontario Cattle Feeders Association and Dairy Farmers of Ontario to try to find some relief to a lack of processing capacity — and […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Ontario offers cash for abattoir upgrades

Applications now being accepted through April

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s 123 provincially-licensed abattoirs can now start applying for a piece of $2 million in federal/provincial funding to step up food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare measures. The Ontario and federal governments on Wednesday announced applications for cost-share funding can be submitted between now and April 30, “as long as funding for the initiative is […] Read more

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is investing over $294-thousand towards research into antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial monitoring project gets support

Reading Time: < 1 minute A project to monitor antimicrobial resistance in beef feedlots recently received funding. The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) welcomed the investment of up to $294,314 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to conduct new research on the “National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Ontario Feedlot Cattle”. “Collecting antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance […] Read more

Antimicrobial monitoring project gets support

Antimicrobial monitoring project gets support

Reading Time: < 1 minute A project to monitor antimicrobial resistance in beef feedlots recently received funding. The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) welcomed the investment of up to $294,314 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to conduct new research on the “National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Ontario Feedlot Cattle”. “Collecting antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance […] Read more


A colourized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria. Individual bacteria in this photo are oblong and colored brown. (Eric Erbe photo and colourization by Christopher Pooley courtesy ARS/USDA)

Ryding-Regency’s federal beef packing licenses cancelled

Reading Time: 3 minutes Citing “false or misleading information” given them during an E. coli probe, food safety officials have now permanently pulled the federal slaughter, processing and export licenses for Toronto’s Ryding-Regency Meat Packers and related companies. The cancellation, announced Monday, indefinitely prolongs what was already described as “critical processing capacity shortage” for the province’s cattle producers, leaving […] Read more

Editorial: Farm group management changing quickly

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s a time of generational change in Ontario’s major farm organizations, with significant retirements of long-time stabilizing influences and the hiring of new leaders of a different generation. Neil Currie, for 19 years general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), and Dave Stewart, executive director of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), where he’d […] Read more

Dave Stewart (l) and Neil Currie retired this summer from the helms of BFO and OFA respectively.

An experienced look at farm organization futures

Retiring farm leaders on what Ontario agriculture needs to thrive

Reading Time: 3 minutes After years acting as organizational leaders in Ontario’s farm sector, Dave Stewart of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), and Neil Currie, who was for 19 years general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), see great potential for the farm and food sector. However, both believe co-operation and ongoing efforts to foster new leadership […] Read more


Ted Arnott (left), MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills; Randy Pettapiece, parliamentary assistant for agriculture; Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman; Malcolm Campbell, University of Guelph vice-president of research; Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario chair Lorne Hepworth; and Joe Hill, president of Beef Farmers of Ontario, officially open the new Ontario beef research facility.

New Elora Beef Research Centre officially opened

Plans for leading beef research facility began in 2011

Reading Time: 3 minutes The new Elora Beef Research Centre officially opened on Wednesday. The state-of-the-art facility was accomplished through a partnership between Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) the provincial government, through the Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario and the University of Guelph. The centre measures out to 165,000 square feet, equal to about 3.8 acres of land. Why […] Read more

Richard Horne started the position on July 22 under the guidance of outgoing Executive Director David Stewart.

New Beef Farmers of Ontario executive director hired

Richard Horne, former manager of policy and issues to take on role

Reading Time: < 1 minute Richard Horne is the new executive director of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), replacing the retiring Dave Stewart. Horne began his career as a policy advisor with BFO in 2014 and started his new role July 22. “Serving the province’s beef producers for the past nine years has been both a privilege and an honour,” […] Read more