Category: Cattle

Beef School, Ep 5: Getting High Moisture Corn Right

High moisture corn delivers the energy benefits of straight grain corn, with the added bonuses of not having to dry or flake it, potentially higher yields and higher available energy, and, frankly, lower risk of crop and harvest losses due to the shorter Western Canada growing season. “If you can put up quality silage, you… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Carcass Weights are Lower While the Live Cattle Futures Go on a Run

The cattle markets have seen two weeks of strong futures gains, which is bringing smiles to the faces of cattle feeders. With carcass weights lower in Canada and the United States, they’re are current and looking to fill empty pens as the cash market rises. The summer of 2016 is still fresh in cattle feeders minds… Read more »

Beef Market Update – When You Are Current, You Have Bargaining Power

Trade has been the focal point for the beef industry in North America, lately, as both Canada and the U.S. search for export growth. It seems like we talk more about trade deficits and surpluses between countries than we have in a long time. This week in the Beef Market Update with Anne Wasko, Anne… Read more »

AgriClear Announces Collaboration with Verified Beef Production Plus Program

AgriClear, a North America-wide online transaction and payment platform for cattle buyers and sellers, has announced a collaborative marketing agreement with Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+). Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is a national program providing verification of Canadian beef production practices at the farm, ranch, and feedlot. Delivered nationally under the umbrella of the… Read more »

Agritalk Panel: Canada/U.S. Trade Strategy, Quota, and Border Taxes

Trade has become the talk on all news programs and in coffee shops across not just Canada, but all of North America. America’s Trump administration has promised it will improve current deals and strike new bilateral agreements around the world, creating opportunities and challenges for Canada. With the impending NAFTA renegotiation being a hot topic,… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Will March Be A Downer?

We all have our favourite months of the year. For some people, it’s December due to Christmas, or it could be April, because the cropping season begins, but right now the most critical month for cattle producers is March. It seems that many cattle analysts believe March may end up being a bit more bearish… Read more »

McDonald’s Canada Celebrates Women in Farming to Raise Money for Young Farmers

Today marks International Women’s Day, and McDonald’s Canada is marking the occasion with a new commercial celebrating the farm women who play a role in bringing home the beef in Canadian agriculture. In the commercial, you’ll likely recognize Alberta’s Jill Harvie (@BrightPasture) from a previous McDonald’s commercial, and also featured for this Old MacDonald-themed sing-a-long is… Read more »

Manitoba Beef Producers Receive Federal Funds to Protect Species At Risk

$1.2 million in federal funding to protect species at risk on farm land was announced in Manitoba on Thursday. $750,000 will be going to Manitoba Beef Producers for a voluntary, incentive-based habitat enhancement program. Working with beef producers in southwest part of the province, MBP and the Manitoba Heritage Habitat Corporation (MHHC) will work with… Read more »

NCBA Tells Tomi Lahren That 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 »

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 »

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 »