Category: Cattle

Beef Market Update – The Unknowns Continue to Dominate – Anne Dunford

Every equation has a set of variables that impact the outcome.  All variables have different levels of sensitivities and betas.  The current fall run is shaping up to be a very interesting one.  All the variables seem to be up in the air and creating a real sense of uncertainty.  The interesting fact is that… Read more »

Which Silage Crop is Right For You?

By Megan Oleksyn Peas, barley and corn, oh my! Here in Western Canada, there are many different forage crops that can be cost-effectively turned into silage for cattle. High River area rancher, Phil Rowland, comments that silage is €œthe easiest way to put up a consistent quality forage crop in Alberta€™s variable climate conditions.€ And… Read more »

A Conversation with Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders

There is never a shortage of issues in the cattle business.  Since 2003 we have dealt a rising currency, export bans and struggles with boxed beef demand.  On the bright side the supply equation looks to be bullish and demand for middle meat appears to be recovering.  On the political side there has been some… Read more »

Pasture Brush Control Using Goats

By Megan Oleksyn Recently I attended the Western Stock Growers€™ Association€™s (WSGA) summer meeting, this year held in Donalda, AB. Why Donalda, you ask? I asked the same question after I got out my google map and found out just where Donalda was. The answer to €˜why Donalda?€™ really intrigued me.  In this small Alberta… Read more »

Jack Hayden, Alberta Minister of Agriculture Says the Future of the Cattle Industry is Bright

Last week at the international livestock congress I heard many speeches about the past, present and future of the canadian cattle industry. At the beginning of congress the Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development welcomed the delegates to Calgary and wished them the best at their conference. Due to the fact Mr. Hayden is… Read more »

The Reduction in the Cow Herd Seems Real

As Anne Dunford has mentioned many times in the Beef Market Update, the realities of the cow herd reduction will eventually show its face in the supply and demand equation. Sometimes you just need to see things for yourself. This week as my dad, my brother and myself drove on some back roads from Kimberley… Read more »

Poundmaker Celebrates Its Rich History

By Megan Oleksyn, It all started as an alternative market for Lanigan, Sk area farmers to sell their grain. It is now a 28,500 head/year feedlot, a 13 million litre ethanol plant and a great asset to the community. Pound-Maker began in 1970, as a 2500 head feedlot so local farmers had an alternative market… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Agriculture Still Has a Role at the Calgary Stampede – Anne Dunford

The Calgary Stampede is back again this year and it is definitely the biggest party in Canada every year. The Stampede has transitioned from a agriculture centric event to one also about the fair, thrill rides and concerts. All things considered the Calgary Stampede still holds its roots in agriculture. With the rodeo, chuck wagon… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Impact of the Wet Weather on Ranchers and FeedYards – Anne Dunford

Not only does wet weather impact the grain and oilseed markets but it also has an impact on the livestock markets.  Feedyards and ranches are in the elements which means with cattle in the elements the impact of dry or wet weather is definitely a factor in the profitability of the producer. Anne Dunford and… Read more »