Category: Cattle

Jeff Simmons – Food Economics and Consumer Choice

There was a time when agriculture and food were sacred topics to the public. People were either on the farm or one generation removed which instilled a connection to the source of the food that we eat. In the past five years that has definitely changed as many food activists have begun attacking the large… Read more »

Elanco Beef Consultants Forum Brings Vets and Nutritionists Together

This month I attended the Elanco Beef Consultants forum which included invited vets and beef nutritionists from across Canada and the Northern US. After two days of interacting with this segment of the industry one thing is firmly clear to me. These people deeply care about their customers. Much of the scheduled sessions and informal… Read more »

Dave Zino – What is the NCBA Culinary Center

Dave Zino is the Executive Director of the NCBA Beef Culinary Center in Chicago. I had a chance to meet Dave at the Elanco Beef Consultants Forum 2009 in Banff earlier this month. Dave is a truly fascinating guy who has a real passion for how beef is cooked and trying to educate the public… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – 09-16-2009

Anne breaks down the Alberta – saskatchewan Cattle on feed Report and how the bearish feed market may be offset by the volatile Canadian Dollar.  I also ask whether or not there are cattle to be placed in feedlots at lockable profits.  Anne also discusses the impact that the US dairy situation has had on… Read more »

New Cattle Price Insurance Program Offers Alberta Producers Much-Needed Protection

The following is the official press release from AFSC on the Cattle Price Insurance Program CPIP. This truly is a revolutionary program that will allow Albertan cattle feeders to hedge some risk. I have not fully investigated the nuts and bolts of the program but I think on the surface it is a great step… Read more »

Is Winter Wheat a Silage Option?

Ross McKenzie discusses if winter wheat is a good silage option. More and more farmers are curious if winter wheat will be good for silage. From a time management stand point, Ross thinks definitely.

TIME Article Proves People Are Not Interested in Facts

I had a subscription to TIME magazine and I will be cancelling it based on the unfounded rhetoric the magazine has recently published. Writer Brian Walsh penned the cover story entitled, “The Real Cost of Cheap Food.” To say that this one sided article has raised the ire of the agricultural industry would be an… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – 09-01-2009

Anne Dunford discusses the sentiment of the Us and Canadian feedyard owner and the impact that this is having on the feeder cattle market. Anne also breaks down the affect that COOL is having on exports of feeder cattle into the US from Canada and Mexico. See Past Beef Market Updates

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – 08-19-2009

Summer is coming to an end and feedyards are starting to place grass cattle.  Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange talks about the fat cattle and feeder markets are being affected and how the fall may play out for the cattle industry in both Canada and the US.   Anne also predicts what will… Read more »

Feeding Cattle: Work in Progress

From drought to frost to hail, Western Canada ranchers have faced some significant challenges already this year. In a “normal” year, we gerenally only encounter one of these stresses as an issue, but this year producers have had to watch their pastures, hay land and crops alike undergo multiple stresses that have left some wondering… Read more »

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft VP at CCA – The Future Realities of MCOOL

At the International Livestock Congress, I spoke to Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President with the Canadian Cattlemans Association about the future realities of MCOOL. Many livestock producers on both sides of the border are very curious at to what will be the impact of this legislation. I have heard several Americans call MCOOL not food… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford- Gateway Livestock Exchange

Now that we are about to move into August its time to start looking towards the fall with some optimism right?  Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange breaks down the beef demand numbers, the US cattle on feed report and what the fall may bring north and south of the border.   More Beef Market Updates

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft – VP at CCA – The History of MCOOL

MCOOL has become a reality for the US, Canadian and beef industry.  Sometimes it is beneficial to better understand an issue or situation by stepping back and examining how we got here.  I asked Dennis Laycraft of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association at the International Livestock Congress to provide me with a history of the MCOOL legislation and what could… Read more »

ILC 2009: Barbara Beane – KFC – Food Innovation and Safety in the Chicken Business

With the event of H1N1 poultry food safety has become a very popular topic amongst the general public not just agriculturalists.  At the International Livestock Congress in Calgary, I talked to Barbara Beane of KFC about how KFC is bringing innovative and new products to the marketplace. We also discussed how KFC manages food safety.   Check out additional… Read more »