Kill and Chill

Kill and Chill

Restructuring Canada's Beef Commodity Chain

eBook - 2001
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"Both horrified and fascinated by a visit he made with his geography students to the Canada Packers Lethbridge plant, Ian MacLachlan searched for a book that would explain the main workings of the Canadian meat-packing industry. Finding very little available on the subject, he set about writing an account that is both an economic geography and a history of the meat-packing industry in Cananda." "Comprehensive in its treatment of the whole system surrounding the industry, Kill and Chill traces the structural changes in Canada's cattle and beef commodity chain, beginning with calf production and cattle feeding on farms and feedlots. It describes the changes in cattle marketing, the development of meat packing - in particular the emergence of Canada's 'big three' meat-packing firms - and the rise of the industry's unions. Covering developments up to the end of the twentieth century, with the takeover the Maple Leaf Foods by the McCain family, MacLachlan concludes with an enlightening discussion of current trends in retail beef marketing."--Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă2001
ISBN: 9781442676503
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 378 pages, [18] pages of plates) : illustrations


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May 18, 2012

An excellent, academic book about cattle and beef production in Canada. Procedures are different in eastern and western provinces (e.g. albertans tend to castrate using jacknkives; out east, they prefer clamping to cut the cords; some apply elastics to newborn calves to cut off blood supply). Consumer choices at the checkout influences how the industry operates whether or not it is rational or unpredictable. Consumers are manipulated to buy more meat by labeling meat in more 'succulent' terms, emphasizing cost per serving rather than cost per kilo, etc. A great section on how meat is graded in Canada, in case you ever wondered about the criteria. Treatment and demographics of the slaughterhouse workers. Consumption pattern/trends and graphs, including historical information. One interesting message was that what happens in the US ag policy usually trickles up to Canada.

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