NCFA membership is comprised of provincial beef organizations from the major cattle feeding regions of Canada. Representation on the NCFA Board of Directors and funding contribution levels are 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
- Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec
The National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA) was established in 2007 to represent Canada’s cattle feeding sector on issues of national importance and to work collaboratively with other Canadian beef organizations to strengthen and advance the fed cattle value chain.
NCFA serves as a unified voice for Canada’s cattle feeders on a wide range of policy issues affecting their competitiveness, such as regulatory reform and reduction of the regulatory burden, growing domestic value-added beef production, and seeking new and expanded international markets for Canadian beef.
The activities of NCFA are guided by a five-year Strategic Plan that rests on three pillars:
Growth and Sustainability:
Creating a business and trade environment that encourages growth
and sustainability of the cattle feeding sector;
Improving the policy and regulatory regime to enhance competitiveness; and
Establishing NCFA as a credible and solutions-oriented expert on the cattle feeding sector in Canada.
With over two million head capacity, the beef feedlot sector is a vital part of Canada’s beef production chain. Advocating with the federal government on behalf of the interests and concerns of Canada’s cattle feeders comprises a large part of NCFA activities. Our dedicated board and provincial staff representatives, coupled with an expert team of Ottawa-based political, regulatory, and trade consultants, NCFA is building national political champions for the beef industry and working to ensure decision-makers understand the business realties of cattle feeding and that our issues are both understood and addressed.
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:
- Growth-enhancing implants
- Specialized feed supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and feed-grade
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
- 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