For over fifty 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. BFO is the leading organization in Ontario working with beef farmers to develop and support landmark achievements that move the province’s beef industry forward sustainably and profitably. The Association is involved in a wide range of issues and initiatives that are important to all stakeholders. These include industry sustainability, market development, animal health and care, environment, and food safety. In addition, BFO works closely with other sectors of the agriculture and food industries on areas of mutual concern.
BFO is an Association deep rooted in history. The Association 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 Association transformed to become the Ontario Cattlemen's Association (OCA), a name that was sustained for 37 years.
Most recently, in 2013, the organization transitioned to become the Beef Farmers of Ontario to address the changing industry environment, and to enhance its visibility and strength with valued stakeholders.