Everybody’s waiting to see what President Trump plans to do with NAFTA, but it’s unlikely it will be detrimental to the movement of cattle and pigs across the Canada-U.S. border, says Guelph-based livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier. While Trump’s “Buy American” policy and willingness to flat-out talk about being protectionist are concerning, Grier says he… Read More

Live cattle cash prices have been in the 2016-version of free fall, and many producers have been challenged trying to understand why prices at the grocery stores have not followed suit. As demand concerns rise, speculation is that beef prices in Canada must eventually fall to increase sales at the meat counter. In this week’s… Read More

The Ethanol Mandate is Killing the Cattle and Hog Industry - Kevin Grier, George Morris Centre

The food versus fuel debate seems to be alive and well according to Kevin Grier from the George Morris Center.  Kevin also believes that some of the people that should be the most update are livestock producers in Canada.  As Kevin mention in the below interview, with 40% of the US corn crop being burned… Read More

Kevin Grier Comments On The Calgary XL Foods Planting Shutting Down

When the media talks about profitability in the cattle business most times we talk about ranchers and feedyard owners. The other part of the beef value chain that cannot be forgotten is the cattle packer. Packers have not had a real great run as of late which has meant four day kill weeks.  As we… Read More

Will Changes to GIPSA Impact the Canadian Cattle Industry? - Kevin Grier

The American market is very important to the Canadian cattle industry. Domestic policies in the United States can greatly impact the Canadian industry. Just think about Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) and the discussion in Canada in terms of mitigating its impact. There are some proposed changes to GIPSA potentially coming and questions and several… Read More

When an industry struggles financially, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate how business is done.  The beef industry has struggled since the discovery of BSE in 2003 and the pork industry has felt the financial pain from the H1N1 pandemic.  One solution being circulated in the coffee shops across the country is to make either of… Read More

US Cattle on Feed Report: Kevin Grier, George Morris Center

Yesterday, the US Cattle on Feed Report was released and in my opinion they should get the attention of producers but also consumers.  To get a better handle of the situation I asked Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, to provide a summary: –Cattle and calves on feed inventory was 4 percent below June 1, 2008…. Read More

Kevin Grier, George Morris Center---Alberta Changes Association Checkoff Rules

Last month the Alberta Government announced that they were changing the checkoff rules for pork, beef, potatoes and lamb in the province. This has been a very controversial topic because of the massing theories as to what will happen with that money if a refund is requested. I spoke to Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst… Read More