The recent meat recall at XL Foods is just another issue to provide adversity to the Canadian cattle industry.  With one of two Western Canadian packers being forced to deal with a meat recall the lift lines have pushed an already wide basis wider.   Additionally, the topic of a struggling pork industry has left… Read More

Whether you are a fan of QR Codes or not, you have to admit that this is very cool.  Kraay Family Farm has officially been informed by the Guinness Book of World Records that they have created the world’s largest QR Code.   Based in Lacombe, Alberta,  Kraay Family Farm created the QR code to cover a record 309,570 square… Read More

The current livestock feeding environment is not sustainable, according to John Oliver. Casualties continue to mount in the hog industry as major producers fall as a result of the high price of corn. The cattle industry is not immune to skyrocketing input costs either, as feedyards deal with the same issues around high commodity prices…. Read More

There is pressure building in the halls of Washington to rescind the mandatory ethanol mandates.  With tightening supplies of corn creating higher feed prices for livestock producers and higher food costs for consumers, the pressure mounting  in Washington is real. To this point though, according to Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, nothing has changed.  Kevin believes that… Read More

This week Ray Prock (California Dairy farmer), Kelly Rivard (farm blogger), Jim Doolittle (agronomist), and Michael Yezzi (pig farmer) participated in a segment on Huffington Post Live discussing the US corn drought of 2012. See the segment here. Besides the fact that the host pronounces bushels incorrectly the segment is a really good first hand account of how bad… Read More

The US drought is causing much concern for farmers and the impending impact on food prices in the next 12 months.  It can be difficult to sometimes get a handle on how bad this year is in comparison.  Its always easy to say, “this is bad but nothing like 88 or 34.”  Sometimes a graphic… Read More