2022 was a year with a lot of gains made by cattle producers, though some losses were seen in some areas.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says that the overall higher levels of moisture helped cattle out in many areas of the prairies, though some areas weren't ideal.

President Nathan Phinney says that 2022 brought a bit of even ground for cattle producers.

"2022 was, coming out of COVID, a more stable year for the beef industry. We did have some extreme weather still bugging western Canada. You know, we had some extreme cold in the wintertime, and the drought two years ago, still existing in some areas. In the west, Manitoba, particularly in the spring, had some of the heavy, wet snow during calving time made things extremely difficult, and it carried on with that wet weather."

Phinney took the reins as President earlier in December, following the passing of former president Reg Schellenberg.

"As good as a year as it rounded out with prices, we did have the loss of our chair Reg Schellenberg, who, there's a man there that there aren't enough words to express the type of individual Reg was. He was a true advocate for this industry, he took particular interest in animal health."

"Getting to know Reg, he'd want us to continue on and drive this industry forward as hard for the next generation as what he was doing."

Heading into 2023, Phinney stressed that the CCA is at its best when it works together with farmers from all across the country.

"I think we as an industry need to continue to support producers coast-to-coast, and regardless of who's in the chair position, we're in it for the whole country and we work better as a whole unit, as opposed to picking spots here and there. I can honestly say that the CCA has embraced that, we are looking at this as a nation."