Canadian Angus Beef Programs

What Is “Angus”?

Angus refers to a breed of beef cattle popular in Canada and around the world. There are nearly 3.8 million beef cows in Canada and two thirds of them are of the Angus breed. This type of cattle originated in the Aberdeen region of Scotland and were first brought to Canada over 100 years ago. Angus beef is well marbled, tender and full of flavour ensuring a pleasant eating experience.

How do I know if it’s Angus?

Many beef products in grocery stores and restaurants are labelled as Angus beef. There is no way to limit the use of the word Angus in Canada.

How does the CAA guarantee the beef is from Angus cattle?

The Canadian Angus indicator program guarantees that the beef used in products from tagged cattle come from beef cattle with 50% or more Canadian Angus genetics. All cattle in Canada are required to be tagged with a radio-frequency identification indicator. The Canadian Angus Association created an indicator program that is available to beef producers who use Angus genetics. Those cattle tagged with an official Angus indicator tell everyone in the industry that the cattle are Angus.

What about other Angus beef programs?  Are they not Angus beef?

Many beef programs use their own verification methods to determine how much Angus is in them.  These programs are also genuine Angus beef but not guaranteed or endorsed by the Canadian Angus Association.

How do I get involved? I have a beef program I want to get endorsed.  How do I do it?

The Canadian Angus Association is always looking to partner with beef programs from across Canada.  You can begin by contacting the Director of Business Development in your region for more information.

BC & Alberta – Brian Good, 1-403-391-4037

Eastern Canada – contact Brian Good or Bob Toner

SK & Manitoba – Bob Toner, 1-306-716-5272

I have Angus cattle and want to sell my calves to one of these programs, how do I do it?

First of all, use Angus RFID indicators on your calves.  Angus indicators are CCIA approved and the only indicator you will need.  Secondly, sell your calves through one of the over 160 Canadian Angus Green Tag Feeder Sales across the country each fall or sell your calves direct to program or feedlot working with these programs.  Contact the Business Development Team for more information.

BC & Alberta – Brian Good, 403-391-4037

Eastern Canada – contact Brian Good or Bob Toner

SK & Manitoba – Bob Toner, 1-306-716-5272

Canadian Angus Association

292140 Wagon Wheel Blvd,
Rocky View County, AB T4A 0E2

Tel: (403) 571-3580
Fax: (403) 571-3599
Toll Free: 1-888-571-3580
Text Line: 587-439-3440*
*Please note: this is an incoming text line only.  Responses will not be given from the same text line.

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Vision: The Canadian Angus Association exists to preserve and expand the Angus breed for Canadian cattle producers and beef consumers, providing the best opportunities for profitability today and for future generations. Mission: To maintain breed registry, breed purity and provide services that enhance the growth and position of the Angus breed.
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