The Canadian beef industry is mourning the loss of a key figure.

Charlie Gracey served as General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association from 1970 to 1990.

He's known for several accomplishments, including playing a leading role in developing a new grading system and standardized procedures for packing plants. 

He also helped address key health issues, like the eradication of Brucellosis, and played a key role in the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency.

He is also known for his work in helping to initiate key tax policies for producers, from the capital gains rollover to the tax deferral on forced livestock sales.

He was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2001 You can read his bio here.

Gracey also ran his own website an informational website dedicated to Canadian Beef Producers.

Charlie Gracey was 88