NCFA is truly national in scope with a membership comprised of provincial beef organizations from all major cattle feeding regions of Canada, each of which funds NCFA based on provincial fed cattle populations. Members include:

  • British Columbia Association of Cattle Feeders
  • Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association
  • Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association
  • Manitoba Beef Producers
  • Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association
  • La Fédération des Producteurs de Bovins du Québec

Beef production is an anchor of the Canada’s agricultural sector. *In 2013, over 2.8 million head of beef cattle were raised in Canada for processing and exporting, generating $6.5 billion in income. Most of these cattle come from modern feedlots that are highly sophisticated feeding operations. A range of safe and proven production technologies are used to capture the benefits of the beef production chain, resulting in some of the most affordable, nutritious, and safest beef in the world.

* Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Cattle Feeders are Leaders in Technology

Canada’s feedlot sector employs modern production technologies, digital information and data storage systems, and leading-edge management approaches to drive value across the beef production chain, enhancing environmental sustainability in beef production and Canada’s international competitiveness.

Examples of feedlot innovations:

  • RFID tags
  • Chute-side computers
  • Animal tracking software
  • Digital date storage for real-time status and trace-back

Examples of modern and safe production technologies:

  • Vaccines
  • Growth-enhancing implants
  • Specialized feed supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and feed-grade
    antimicrobial products

Cattle Feeders are Leaders in Industry

The NCFA works with governments, industry partners, and stakeholders to create a business and trade environment conducive to growth and sustainability of the cattle feeding industry.

The NCFA acts directly, or through industry associations to:

  • Support policy initiatives that enhance the productivity and efficiency of beef
    production
  • Open new export markets
  • Enhance access to existing markets

Cattle Feeders are Competitive

The NCFA supports a regulatory regime that ‘works’ for cattle feeders and better positions our industry for future growth and prosperity by:

  • Consistently supporting the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) to
    better align regulations on both sides of the boarder and streamline trade
  • Continually building on our relationship with CFIA to modernize the Product of Canada labelling guidelines, renew Canada’s feed regulations, and change regulations governing the transportation of livestock
  • Engaging with the Canadian Beef Grading Agency to advocate for changes and better alignment of the Canadian and U.S. beef grading systems to reduce costs and enhance competitiveness