Category: Cattle

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 »

Beef Market Update: Cash drops again this week as futures hope to find bottom

Unfortunately cash dropped again this week which is making things frustrating for cattle feeders.  In the last three months the December live cattle future is down 7.22% and is 10.52% off of the highs. Cash dropped another three dollars this week after losing five dollars the week before. On Friday, the the December contract closed… Read more »

Canola versus soybean meal : a new protein source in feedlots?

As many ranchers know – what we feed our cattle is in direct relation to what sort of performance they achieve. Within the last few years producers have found that soybean meal is a great option for cows, as it provides the proper nutrients they require. However, if you’re a canola grower, you may find… Read more »

U.S. and Canadian beef groups still clamouring for TPP

Even though NAFTA negotiations are underway, TPP is still vitally important if Canada and the US want to expand exports.  President Trump removed the United States from TPP shortly after his inaugaration, which has caused some of the remaining eleven TPP countries to do some soul searching. Canada has been searching for its own identity… Read more »

Beef School, Ep 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Performance & Carcass Quality

Quality in…Quality out What you feed an animal it is important to achieve the maximum performance of that animal in the feedyard. everyone chases performance. There are many feed input options from oats to triticale to rye to DDG’s to corn. According to Dr. Darryl Gibb of Gowans Feed Consulting “You push for performance and… Read more »

Volatility leads the way heading into the thick of the fall run – Brian Perillat, Canfax

As Canadian ranchers and feeders head into the the thick of the fall run there are many variables that come into play.  Fluctuations in export demand, the Canadian dollar, futures prices, weather, trade, and feed costs are all hanging over how great of a fall it will be for producers. At the Canadian Beef Industry… Read more »

Sharing common ground: Canadian Beef Industry Conference wrap-up with Virgil Lowe

People from all corners of the cattle business in Canada were at Stampede Park in Calgary this week for the second annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Attendance was up over last year, with over 700 registered attendees and banquet attendance on Wednesday night topping 820. “We were hoping to build on the success of last… Read more »

NCBA confident NAFTA 2.0 will be good for beef industry

With the NAFTA renegotiations starting this week, officials with the U.S. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) were in Calgary for the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, showing their support for the relationship between the two countries. Representatives from both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and NCBA  plan on heading to Washington for the anticipating beginning of the… Read more »

“This is why you play the games” — John Masswohl on the start of NAFTA talks

Trade and market access are always major topics at cattle industry meetings, but with the renegotiation of NAFTA becoming reality, there was a little extra emphasis on the politics of trade this week at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary. If there were any questions about how unified cattle producer groups from Canada, the… Read more »

Dr. Karen receives beef industry award

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, received the Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary last night. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Genswein was honoured for her contributions to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry through her… Read more »

Sausage study challenges consumer confidence

My daughter and grandson share the same birthday, August 7. They’re part of a pork-and-grain farming operation near Thamesville. At their birthday celebration on the weekend, our family barbequed pork sausage from their farm on the campfire. There was no reason to doubt the quality of the sausage. We trust the meat packers in nearby… Read more »

Beef Market Update, August 11: More cattle ahead, but how many?

It’s a tale of two different markets when you look at the Canadian cattle business versus what’s happening in the U.S. where feeders are anticipating a bigger calf crop this fall. Western Canadian feeders are looking at the same kind of numbers in terms of supply as last year, notes Anne Wasko in this latest… Read more »

Japan to increase tariff on frozen beef imports from Canada and the United States to 50%

Starting August 1, 2017, Japan has triggered a safeguard to increase the tariff on its frozen beef imports from countries that it does not have a free trade agreement with.  Increasing the tariff on frozen beef imports from 38.5% to 50% will impact Canada and the United States and not Australia, Chile and Mexico who… Read more »

CCA urges federal response for ranchers affected by B.C. wildfires

With an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cattle left behind in areas evacuated due to wildfires in B.C.’s central and southern interior, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says it has asked the federal government for a quick response to help affected ranchers. “As an initial start, the CCA is requesting the federal government provide a tax deferral… Read more »

No positive surprises in July U.S. Cattle on Feed report

If you were looking for the the July 1 USDA cattle on feed report to shock the market to the higher side, it did not deliver. Overall, cattle on feed in the United States were up 4 percent compared to a year ago, with heifers and heifer calves on feed up 11 percent compared to… Read more »