Beef farmers launch new marketing initiative
A new director, representing the cow-calf sector, was elected to the board of directors of the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) at the organization’s recent 55th annual general meeting.
Joining the BFO Board is Craig McLaughlin who will serve a three-year term. He resides in nificant cost of production and economy of scale disadvantages in the North American market,” BFO says. To address these unique challenges and improve the support of Ontario farmers and regionally-focused marketing initiatives, BFO has developed the three-year RMI set to Or maybe you are unsure about what the difference is between grass-fed and grain-fed beef.
Beef Farmers of Ontario and Alberta Beef Producers with the help of industry experts and current science-based research have developed a series of information resources to help consumers make informed decisions at the meat counter. Beef farmers are concerned about many of the same issues that consumers are concerned about whether it be regarding the health of their families or their animals.
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Numbers Making the grade
Ontario beef represents farm gate sales revenue of almost $1.4 billion, processing revenue of $3.5 billion, and retail sales of $9 billion annually.
Ontario’s beef industry is responsible for 9,500 jobs in primary production, 9,000 in processing, and almost 43,900 in retail. The beef industry in Ontario represents 20% of the Canadian fed cattle population and 7% of the beef cow population in Canada. There are currently 268,100 beef cows on Ontario farms. The average number of head per beef farm in Ontario is 66. The average age of a farm operator in Ontario is 54.5 years.
The average Canadian consumes 44 pounds of beef per year. Ontario's beef production accounts for roughly 50% of the beef consumed in the province.
Grading is a quality designation based on several characteristics, including marbling. The top Canadian Grade is Canada Prime. In stores, Canada AAA is the premium grade, with the most marbling, followed by Canada AA and Canada A.