For sixty years, the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has been a tough and credible advocate and unified voice for the province’s 19,000 beef farmers, representing all sectors of the industry. On behalf of its members, BFO advocates in the areas of sustainability, animal health and care, environment, food safety, and domestic and export market development. BFO’s vision is to foster a sustainable and profitable beef industry, and have Ontario beef recognized as an outstanding product by consumers.
BFO is an organization deep-rooted in history. The organization was founded in 1962 as the Ontario Beef Improvement Association (OBIA) and was first established to address the need for a unified voice for Ontario's beef industry. Later, in 1976, with growing concern to become a stronger lobby organization with government, and to align its name with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the organization transformed to become the Ontario Cattlemen's Association (OCA), a name that was sustained for 37 years.
In 2013, the organization transitioned to become the Beef Farmers of Ontario to address the changing industry environment, be more inclusive and to enhance its visibility and strength with valued stakeholders.