Category: Cattle

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 »

Beef Market Update: Tight supply, strong basis inspire northward migration of feeder cattle

Though you may not be able to tell from the last week of quiet trading, it’s been a busy month for the cattle markets. On January 31, the United States Department of Agriculture released its cattle inventory report for January 1, showing a one percent increase in all cattle and calves in the U.S. compared to… Read more »

Cattlefax predicts strong supply and demand in 2018 as concern over drought rises

One of the highlights of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) meeting every year are the Cattlefax market outlook presentations. Cattlefax certainly drove home the facts surrounding trade and how important it is for all U.S. agriculture at the cattle industry convention in Phoenix last week. Several Canadian attendees told us U.S. producers are optimistic… Read more »

Over $6M announced to fund livestock and forage research in Saskatchewan

Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart today announced a $6.3 million commitment to 24 livestock and forage-related research projects and $2 million over two years to the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence. Background: Livestock centre of excellence receives $4.5 million from federal gov’t A&W donates $5M to the… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Holding on to a strong basis

The Bank of Canada raised the overnight rate target to 1.25 percent this week, with a cautionary note that touched on the uncertainty around the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The announcement caused brief volatility in the Canadian dollar, but will this change, or the one or two other hikes expected by economists affect cattle… Read more »

U.S. cattle producers fighting against having livestock operations treated as hazardous waste sites

“This is most certainly not a toxic Superfund site.” As part of a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) campaign video, the organization’s chief environmental council, Scott Yager, stands in a Virginia pasture, overlooking a herd of grazing cattle, in only a portion of the yellow hazmat suit he donned at a hazardous waste site in… Read more »

Activists pushing to tax meat like cigarettes

According to the dictionary, a sin tax is “a tax on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco.” There is mounting pressure from activist groups to add animal proteins to that list of so-called “sinful” items. They argue meat creates added healthcare costs and negative impacts on the environment. It might sound… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A strong start to 2018

Cattle markets are kicking off 2018 like it’s 2017, with strong prices and a strong basis in Western Canada, in spite of a higher Canadian dollar. Factoring the jump in the Alberta fat cattle market last week to around C$167, the loonie rising over 80 cents, and a U.S. price of around $123, the spot… Read more »

Americans to enjoy a record amount of meat in 2018

With all of the hype around synthetic meat and plant based burgers, it appears consumers still have a taste and desire for regular old meat. In the 2017 wrap-up show on RealAg Radio, Kelvin Heppner described “plant-based meat” as one of the most overused terms of 2017 and consumers are not buying the Silicon Valley… Read more »

Beef School, Ep. 7: Tips for high quality silage, straight from the farmer’s mouth

From planting to feeding, there is a lot to consider when it comes to growing, and keeping a high quality silage. “I think over the years we’ve learned that we have to be patient when we’re harvesting to get the silage off at the right time,” says Ryan Kasko of Kasko Cattle Co. “Especially corn… Read more »

Research shows water usage in beef production declined 17 percent over 30 years

A new study published by researchers from the University of Manitoba and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Lethbridge has found a 17 percent reduction in the total water required to produce 1kg of beef in Canada, from 1981 to 2011. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment, looked at water use for: feed… Read more »

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef launches framework

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) today launched its Certified Sustainable Beef Framework (and a new website) at the group’s annual meeting in Edmonton today. The Framework centres around the five Global Principles of Sustainable Beef: natural resources; people and community; animal health and welfare; food; and efficiency and innovation. “We know that consumers want… Read more »

China agrees to pilot project for chilled Canadian beef and pork

China agreed to expand access for Canadian beef and pork during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Beijing this week. After agreeing in-principle to allow imports of Canadian frozen bone-in beef last year, China committed to establishing the documentation requirements and fully implementing the 2016 bone-in beef agreement. A pilot project has also been established… Read more »

Free tools help cow-calf producers calculate cost of production

Without a little office time, it’s almost impossible to know which enterprises are profitable, and which aren’t. As a result of collaboration with the federal government, the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) has developed templates to help producers in the process of calculating cost of production.  RealAgriculture’s Debra Murphy sat… Read more »