Category: Livestock

NCBA Tells Tomi Lahren’s Her MCOOL Rants are Fake News

Sometimes when you respond to someone attacking you verbally you need to communicate in a way that will resonate with the people you are trying to influence.  Due to the creation of the term “fake news” by Donald Trump, this term has become mainstream but it resonates with people.  Trump followers have rallied around it…. Read more »

First PEDv Case of 2017 Confirmed in Ontario Finisher Barn

Ontario Pork announced February 23, 2017, that it had confirmed the 100th Ontario case of PED (porcine epidemic diarrhea) virus. It is the first confirmed case this year. The virus was confirmed Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in a finisher barn in Haldimand-Norfolk county. No other details have been released at this time. Read more: Managing… Read more »

How Many Tonnes of Protein Can You Raise Per Acre?

If you’ve got cows, you likely do something like this: number of cows x days on feed = tonnes of hay/forage needed. But what if you’ve got land, but no livestock, and want to include perennial forage in rotation? Have you ever sat down and done this: number of acres x tonnes of feed produced… Read more »

Health Canada Approves Irradiated Fresh and Frozen Ground Beef

Recognizing irradiation as a safe and effective treatment to reduce bacteria in ground beef, Health Canada has published new regulations allowing the sale of irradiated fresh and frozen raw ground beef. The final regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on February 22, and take effect immediately. Irradiation involves exposing food to low levels… Read more »

TechTour: If You Can’t Buy it, Build it — SSG Fusion Feedlot Software

In the feedlot business, as elsewhere, necessity is the mother of innovation. So when Stronks Feedlot at Picture Butte, Alta., couldn’t find software to fit its operation, they invented it. On this season of the TechTour, together with Dow AgroSciences, we’re shining the spotlight on on-farm innovations and inventions that improve efficiency and productivity. Hampered by the… Read more »

Know the Signs of Rabies in Livestock

Recent positive rabies cases on a few farms in Ontario’s Perth County are a stark reminder of this ever-present, reportable disease in livestock. While livestock cases of rabies are rare, it’s safe to assume the virus circulates in wildlife nearly constantly, albeit at a low level. Exposed livestock, likely from a bite, tend to exhibit… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada Keeping a Low Profile, Monitoring NAFTA Rumblings

While the U.S. dairy industry has raised its voice in calling on the Trump administration to pressure Canada into allowing more dairy imports, Dairy Farmers of Canada has kept a relatively quiet profile over the last few months. The national dairy producer group appears to have chosen to stay out of the spotlight with Canada’s… Read more »

Beef Market Update: China, the Beef Export Holy Grail

It’s time for another episode of the Beef Market Update! Shaun Haney and Anne Wasko are fresh off their trip to Nashville and they have much to discuss. Canada has agreed that they will attend the the March “post-TPP” meeting in Chile with most of the other countries minus the United States. Also invited is… Read more »

SSG Fusion Puts You In Control Of Your Own Feedyard Data

Managing a feedyard used to be fairly simple. You bought the cattle, you processed the cattle, the cattle were fed, and then sold. And that process repeated itself. In 2017, this kind of lack of attention to detail is a money-losing guarantee. Collecting data and understanding what is happening in your feedyard is essential to… Read more »

Guarded Optimism in CattleFax Report at the NCBA Convention — Kevin Good

One of the highlights of every NCBA Trade Show and Convention is the release of the Cattlefax report. Cattlemen and women from across North America gather on the Thursday morning to hear the full-hour presentation by the Cattlefax team. Shaun was able to catch up with market analyst Kevin Good on the trade show floor… Read more »

Leal Announces Funds for Upgrade at Cargill Beef Plant

Ontario Ag Minister Jeff Leal was in Guelph on Wednesday to announce provincial funding for upgrades at Cargill’s beef processing plant. The province is contributing $582,000 toward a $3.5 million upgrade that will enable Cargill to produce a protein-rich animal feed ingredient using raw by-product. “By investing in technology that will support local production, we… Read more »

Manitoba Farmer Building Robotic Coops for Raising Pastured Chicken

Count pastured chicken production as another frontier for automation and robotics in agriculture. With demand for pastured chicken rising rapidly, Manitoba farmer Daniel Badiou, through his startup Ukko Robotics, has started manufacturing automated mobile chicken coops. That’s right. They’re basically robots for raising chickens outside. “Every day it will move by itself, and it can all… Read more »

NCBA’s Colin Woodall on Potential Beef Trade Unrest Under New Administration

As officials left the recent trilateral meeting between Canada, United States, and Mexico, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney was able to talk about the outcome of the meeting with Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) vice president of government relations. When Shaun talked to John Masswohl, with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, it was clear that the… Read more »

A Big Week For Canadian Delegation at the NCBA Convention in Nashville

This week at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) conference over 200 Canadians will descend on Music City to take in Cattleman’s College, network, and possibly attend committee meetings to influence the direction of the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican beef trading relationship. On RFD-TV’s Market Day Report, Shaun Haney discussed the special importance of this years… Read more »

U.S. Dairy Companies Push Back Against Canada’s “Protectionist Policies”

The US dairy industry is pressuring its government to act on Canadian dairy import policies. A group of 17 dairy companies representing U.S. dairy farmers and processors sent a letter this week to governors in 25 states asking them to “urge Canadian policymakers to uphold existing trade commitments” and prevent the implementation of a national strategy that… Read more »