The Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association is gearing up for the 16th annual Ontario Beef Industry Convention. The event, held in conjunction with OCFA’s annual general meeting, will be held January 9-11, 2014 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre in London.
Our theme is the future of the cattle industry in Ontario while managing risk. We have a great lineup of knowledgeable speakers who will be sharing their insight.
Our Ontario Corn Fed Beef program continues to grow and attract new business at the retail and food service levels. But to take advantage of these opportunities, farmers need to be able to manage the risks in the marketplace.
To help cattle feeders address the risks, the Ontario government came forward with a $10 million investment in the Ledger Account program. Brian Kaufman, Manager, Ontario Corn Fed Beef Inc., Risk Mitigation and Trading, will be giving a detailed presentation on the program during the Friday morning portion of the Beef Convention.
The Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association is teaming up with North America’s leading food service provider to bring more Ontario Corn Fed Beef to people across the province.
Jim Clark, Executive Director of OCFA, says SYSCO Canada has signed up to be a licensed carrier of Ontario Corn Fed Beef (OCFB). “It’s a huge opportunity to grow our business because of their coverage in the marketplace,” notes Clark. “For our program, it’s a really nice fit.”
Officials with SYSCO are also excited about the deal. Lonnie Lake, National Procurement Manager for SYSCO Canada, says the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program delivers a consistent and quality product. “We too have a vision of locally-produced product and to market ‘local’ to our customers,” adds Lake. “We have a number of customers that would love to buy local, and this is just a fit that was made to happen.”
The editors of Scientific American are wading into the GMO labeling debate.
In an article posted on the publication’s website, they write that labels for GMO foods are a bad idea.
Rather than giving people useful information, they argue that mandatory GMO labels would intensify the misconception that GMO foods endanger people’s health.
Other key points:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the World Health Organization and the exceptionally vigilant European Union agree that GMOs are just as safe as other foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tested all the GMOs on the market to determine whether they are toxic or allergenic. They are not.
Because conventional crops often require more water and pesticides than GMOs do, the former are usually more expensive. As a result, we would all have to pay a premium on non-GMO foods—and for a questionable return.
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When it comes to explaining beef farming to non-farmers, being open and direct can go a long way. This approach has been a recipe for success for Bill Sheard, a certified Ontario Corn Fed Beef farmer near Caledon.
Canada Beef Inc. and Canadian Living Magazine staged a public event on Sheard’s Sunnymead family farm in June to give people a closer look at a beef farm.
Canadian Living’s food director Annabelle Waugh demonstrated four beef recipes to the audience that gathered in the hay barn for lunch. They were also treated to tours of Sheard’s farm.
Paying tribute to their community took centre stage as the Pallister family opened an impressive new cattle barn this summer.
While the barn officially went into operation last fall, the Pallisters waited until July to hold an open house so they could also mark an important milestone. The farm, near Dundalk, Ont. has now been in the Pallister family for 140 years.
More than 400 friends, family and business associates were on hand to help celebrate the occasion.
Highlights of the day included Dale Pallister’s guided tours of the barn and a dinner featuring Ontario Corn Fed Beef that was served from the mobile kitchen unit.