Category: Cattle

Beef Market Update: A flavour for strong beef demand

There’s a flavour for strong beef demand in the country, says Anne Wasko, market analyst with Gateway Livestock, which has producers feeling good about market positioning. Last week’s slaughter report showed a 6.3 percent increase in animals killed in federally inspected plants in Canada, when compared to last year at this time. It’s good news… Read more »

Beef check-off increasing to support National Strategy

The Canadian cattle industry is seeing an increase in the levies paid to national beef programs, from $1.00 to $2.50 per head on live animals sold in the country. The increase stems from the National Beef Strategy, published in 2015, where all the provinces committed to increasing funding for market development, beef promotion and research… Read more »

Join us November 8-9 for BeefTech

Join Northlands on November 8 and 9 for BeefTech presented by realagriculture — an interactive beef industry learning event. BeefTech is a comprehensive agriculture conference focusing on state-of-the-art practices and technology in the beef industry. Hands-on workshops and labs Technology demonstrations Technical learning sessions Agriculture experts will share knowledge on a range of topics from… Read more »

Consultations open for beef processing sustainability indicators

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is looking for public input on how the sustainability of beef processing should be measured. “With guidance from a steering committee of diverse expertise, the CRSB has developed sustainability indicators for beef processing that supplement indicators for beef production,” says Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, chair of the CRSB.  “I believe these… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Market proving itself after bearish Cattle on Feed report

Last week’s Cattle on Feed report, published by the United States Department of Agriculture, listed a 4 percent increase in cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market, when compared to September 1, 2016. In August, placements totalled 1.93 million head, up 3 percent from 2016. “There was a bearish surprise to the placement,”… Read more »

Making more meat with less — ABIC ’17 preview

We might be hearing more about plant-based protein and meatless burgers in headlines, but when we look around the world, demand for animal-based protein — meat — is still climbing. In this podcast we connect with Carlos Saviani, the vice president of food sustainability with the World Wildlife Fund. You might say he brings a… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Rising loonie pressuring cattle prices

A changing supply environment has the second half of 2017 shaping up much differently for cattle markets than the first. “Already things are changing. If you’re in Canada, you’re well aware — and we’ve talked about this all year long — we’ve been in this strong basis environment where Canadian prices, because we’re tight on… Read more »

Canadian cattle industry receives over $4 million in federal investment

The Canadian cattle industry will receive a $4.4 million boost in federal investments. Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Kent Hehr, was in Calgary to announce the funding on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, who was in New Orleans. “Our government’s targeted… Read more »

Longer strands in ‘Shredlage’ boost cow health, says Claas

After acquiring ‘Shredlage’ technology from its inventors last year, Claas is emphasizing the cow health benefits of the forage harvesting process. Shredlage, says Matt Jaynes, self-propelled forage harvester product manager with Claas, is a patented term used to describe the harvesting technique that takes corn through a special kernel processor, as well as cutting it… Read more »

$20 million committed to B.C. wildfire AgriRecovery program

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his provincial counterpart from B.C., Lana Popham, are committing up to $20 million through an AgriRecovery program to help ranchers and farmers affected by wildfires. The 2017 Canada-British Columbia Wildfires Recovery Initiative will assist producers with the extraordinary costs incurred to recover , and will be cost-shared 60:40 between… Read more »

John Deere accumulator brings strategy to baling

John Deere unveiled two models of round bale accumulators and a new series of precutter round balers last week, at the Farm Progress Show (FPS) in Decatur, Illinois. Round bale accumulators Among the most talked about new releases at FPS, the A520R and A420R Plus2 round bale accumulators allow baler operators to carry and drop up… Read more »

Cargill, McDonald’s & Swiss Chalet to pay producers for beef program participation

McDonald’s, Swiss Chalet and Cargill have committed to funding a pilot project that is designed to pay cattle producers a financial incentive for producing beef that meets verifiable sustainability standards. The “Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Project” was soft-launched at the recent Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. It will begin in October, with the first… Read more »

Global cattle herd to see metered growth into 2019

The expansion cycle in the cattle markets can tend to be a bit of a rollercoaster, and it’s not always easy to tell where we are at on that ride. Don Close, animal protein analyst with Rabobank, says in his opinion, the current US cattle market is still on the upward rise. “We think we… Read more »

UFA brings auto-dosing tool to Canada

Livestock producers in Western Canada now have access to a new medication system that will ensure accuracy, as well as help track medication given to their animals. The system, which was announced at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference last week, is made up of an auto-dosing tool that tracks and records what, when, and the… Read more »

USDA Cattle on feed report for Aug 1 shows lower placements

On Friday the USDA released its Cattle on Feed report which provided some clarity on the placement number heading into the fall run. Anne Wasko had the following commentary – “Aug 1 U.S. Cattle on Feed Report was called neutral from guesstimates we talked about in Friday’s Beef Market Update.  I was actually expecting the… Read more »