CANADIAN BEEF GRADING AGENCY
DECEMBER 10, 1952 – DECEMBER 25, 2021
The Passing of Fred Taylor – contract grader
Mr. Fred Wayne Taylor
December 10, 1952 – December 25, 2021
It is with a very heavy heart that I pass along the sad and tragic news of Fred Taylor’s unexpected passing on December 25, 2021. Fred had been one of our main contractors, providing grading services for the CBGA since its inception.
Fred always took beef production to heart, he was not only one of our main contractors, but in years past he also delivered the regional standards for Alberta and the grading service to X-L Beef in Calgary. His most recent contracts were at Cargill High River, and Harmony Beef in Balzac, where he was involved in beef production from the ground floor.
Focusing on the goals and objectives of the Agency for consistent and efficient delivery of grading service, Fred took this matter very seriously. He both trained & continued to provided auditing to his employees and the emergency back-up plant-employee graders on the application of the Canada grade standards. If concerns ever arose Fred was quick to get on the phone or into his vehicle to start the process to determine the source and cause of the concern.
Communication of what constitutes each grade is very important to the understanding of the Canadian Beef Grading System and Fred was always more than willing to educate the consumer, the producer, the packer, or the retailer based on his experience and knowledge.
His roots were from a mixed farm in Pierson Manitoba, and he accredited his success to being raised in a small farming community and being a 4-H member in the community for ten years. He was well known in Industry and judged cattle shows across Canada and wrote and established the carcass competition for the Calgary Stampede. The competition is based on what the consumer, retail, and restaurant trade demands.
Fred will be forever missed by all that knew him, and our condolences go out to all his family and friends during this sad and difficult time.
Visit Fred’s memorial page to share a memory or send condolences to the family, read the obituary, and find the upcoming events.
— Amanda Bennett, Executive Director