Category: Cattle

AgriClear online cattle market shuts down

An online marketplace for buying and selling cattle that was launched in 2015 has closed, as of Monday, April 16. AgriClear sent a notice to participants and stakeholders last week that a decision had been made to discontinue the AgriClear platform and website. “After careful consideration of the challenges in creating a robust online livestock… Read more »

Quebec cattle producers join Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Canada’s national cattle producer organization now includes representation from Quebec’s provincial cattle producer organization. Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec (PBQ) has officially become a member of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), announced PBQ chair Claude Viel, alongside the CCA’s Dan Darling and John Masswohl, at the provincial group’s annual general assembly in Quebec City… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Trade news and cold weather keeping folks up at night

Whether we’re talking calving or barbecuing, it’s not ideal when temperatures are 20 degrees below their seasonal normal. The delayed onset of spring is not doing ranchers any favours, with calves hitting the ground in difficult conditions this spring (if we can call it that). At the same time, with large cattle supplies hitting the… Read more »

Proceed to checkout — what online shopping could mean for the beef industry

Would you buy a steak, roast, or package of hamburger online? Changes in the way consumers are purchase food ingredients may offer new opportunities, and challenges, to the beef industry. Don Close is a senior analyst of animal protein at Rabo AgriFinance, and recently completed a report entitled Food Fight! — Online and Brick and Mortar Battle… Read more »

New president for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has a new executive, led by a rancher from British Columbia. David Haywood-Farmer of Savona, B.C. assumed the role of president at the CCA’s annual general meeting in Ottawa on Friday, following a two-year term as CCA vice president. The implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is a… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Free fallin’, calving, and market clear-outs

As a snowstorm bears down on the prairies just in time for spring calving, the cattle markets continue their slide downwards, and futures markets try to figure out how low they have to go to clear additional product in the value chain. That’s where we start this week’s discussion from Beef Market Update analyst Anne… Read more »

Canadian Dairy XPO set for April 4 and 5

The countdown to the sixth annual Canadian Dairy XPO is on as the dairy industry showcase readies to open its doors at the Stratford Fairgrounds on April 4th and 5th. Show attendance topped 16,000 in 2017, with 350 exhibitors representing 30 countries. CDX general manager and founder Jordon Underhill says a key driver of the show’s growth… Read more »

Beef School, Ep. 8: Improving on-ranch vaccination implementation

From storage requirements to difficult-to-spell words like ‘Mannheimia haemolytica’ and ‘rhinotracheitis,’ there’s a lot to consider when it comes to vaccinating cattle. And that complexity is one of the reasons Cody Creelman, veterinarian and managing partner of Veterinary Agri-Health Services, suggests producers develop a customized, written vaccination protocol, with annual reviews. “It’s important to [re-assess it] every… Read more »

Livestock trucks in U.S. granted another 90-day exemption from electronic log rules

Livestock trucks headed south will be exempt from new electronic logging rules in the U.S. for another 90-days, as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) wrestles with how to apply the new legislation to perishable commodities, which include hogs and cattle coming from Canada. The U.S. DOT initially granted a 90-day waiver for agriculture when… Read more »

Olds College offers expertise, infrastructure to livestock production

It’s easy to overlook the resources post-secondary institutions provide outside of formal education, but facilities like Olds College’s Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production offer much more than a typical education track. “The Technology Access Centre is a new initiative made possible by NSERC [the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada],” says manager… Read more »

Beef Market Update: StatsCan confirms Canada isn’t following U.S. herd expansion

Statistics Canada has confirmed once again that Canadian cattle producers are not following their American counterparts in expanding the beef herd. The federal agency published its January 1, 2018, inventory report this week, and Anne Wasko, of Gateway Livestock, walks us through the numbers in this Beef Market Update. First of all, for the not-so-analytical… Read more »

Alberta cattle feeders vote in favour of ‘New Era Beef Industry’

The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association (ACFA) met last week at the Alberta Beef Industry Conference for their Annual General Meeting, where a resounding 75 percent of the membership voted in favour of pursuing an agreement that is being called the “New Era Beef Industry.” This agreement, if successful, will see a change to the check-off… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Riding spring highs into March

Cattle markets have remained strong, although we saw a technical correction lower on the futures market this week. “Maybe we’re getting a little numb to it, but futures markets continue to be extremely explosive whenever they tend to move. Up until this week, the market’s been building to recent highs, but futures markets, led by… Read more »

The race is on for trade agreements: Masswohl

There a great number of trade files open in Canada, with officials focused on Japan and Asia Pacific with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); the ongoing negotiations surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); and the European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), just to name a few. “I… Read more »

Last quarantine lifted in Alberta bovine TB investigation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada this week announced a release of all quarantines related to the bovine tuberculosis investigation in Western Canada. According to a press release, the release from quarantine includes 79 trace-out herds with approximately 15,000 animals, and 71 trace-in herds, also with roughly 15,000 animals. “I am… Read more »