About Our Industry
Alberta’s beef industry grew from enterprise and innovation. The first settlers in the late 1800s quickly discovered Alberta range, farmland and climate were an ideal combination for raising cattle. Today, that innovative spirit coupled with a willingness to adapt new technology has made Alberta the nation’s major cattle producing region and a gateway to world markets for the Canadian beef industry.
Nearly 60 per cent of Canada’s beef is produced in this province. The largest cattle feeding network and the largest beef processors are located here, and beef is Alberta’s number one agricultural commodity. That translates into significant economic benefits for not only rural areas but the entire Alberta community.
What makes Alberta beef special? A major reason is the way we finish our beef with grain. Alberta beef is famous for its flavour, texture and quality, and grain is certainly part of the equation. Research has shown that consumers prefer tender, juicy beef with the firm, white fat cover of grain fed cattle.