Category: Cattle

NCBA10 – Be a Risk Manager and Not a Forecaster – Larry Hicks

Larry Hicks is the founder of CattleHedging.com and specializes in helping clients manage risk in Canada and the United States.  The cattle market has been just as viscous as any other market in agricultural commodities.  Larry has always been a proponent for making sure that customers protect their equity and assets and reduce the amount… Read more »

NCBA10 – How to Properly Cut Meat

In the United States the NCBA does a lot of work to make sure the consumer really understands the cooking process of beef.  The NCBA booth was full of cookbooks and other how to’s to make sure everyone enjoys the beef eating experience. I talked to Steve Leigh, a technician with the NCBA about how… Read more »

NCBA10 – What to Consider When Buying a Cowboy Hat

After being in San Antonio for a couple days I have seen many shapes and sizes of cowboy hats.  I’ve been wondering why some people buy one and not another.  I asked several people on the tradeshow floor and most said that stetson is the hat leader.  I went to the Stetson booth to talk… Read more »

NCBA10 – Current Issues in the US Beef Business

This is my first trip the NCBA convention and I have been amazed at the scope of the convention. The first person that I had a chance to interview was Sara Brown, Livestock & Production Editor, Beef Today.  I asked Sara what a couple of the main issues were in the beef business in the… Read more »

NCBA10 – The Importance of Being an Advocate for Agriculture

Troy Hadrick is a great model for agriculture producers.  Troy is not only a rancher in South Dakota but he also firmly understands the need for producers to tell the story of agriculture.  Agriculture has never received the attention it is getting now from the mainstream media.  Never before has agriculture had defend itself so… Read more »

Tiffin 2010 – The Canadian Cattle Industry is Still Searching For Change

I am finding more and more ranchers and feeders are struggling to find the answers to their short term profitability issues.  I just hope that if ALMA has success there is enough people in the industry still to benefit from the hard work.   At the Tiffin conference I really detected frustration from producers on how… Read more »

Tiffin 2010 – Can Canadian Beef Compete Globally?

Photo is courtesy of BugMan50 Dennis McKnight, The Innovators, spoke at Tiffin Conference 2010 about the ability of the Canadian beef industry to compete globally.  Dennis has clients around the world who he assists in developing markets for their products. Dennis believes that Canadian beef can compete but we may need to rethink how we… Read more »

Tiffin 2010 – A Look at Brazilian Beef Production

At the Tiffin Conference at the Lethbridge College, one of the most popular speakers was Ryan Kasko from the Kasko Cattle Co. Ryan talked about his 2008 trip to Brazil and what some of his observations were.  Ryan travelled to Brazil and visited ranches and feedyards.  Ryan talks about the fact that Brazilian beef tastes… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Has the Cattle Market Finally Bottomed?

Last week was a brutal week in terms of cattle pricing and the question is starting to loom, what will 2010 bring the business.  The feeding and ranching industry needs some relief from the financial pressure that has been experienced over the last twelve months.  Had it not been for the currency trade gains in 2008,… Read more »

Beef Market Update – What Will Save This Turn in the Cattle Market

This fall is proving to test the real intestinal fortitude of the cattleman in the United States and Canada.  With feeding losses mounting and demand not recovering in the early winter months, the outlook looks extremely strained.  Traditionally cattleman have been internal optimists but this turn of feeding has challenged all of that and more…. Read more »

Questions from Ranchers and Cattle Feeders – Gordon Cove, CEO of ALMA

This is part two of my interview with the President and CEO of the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency (ALMA), Gordon Cove.  In this interview I asked questions provided to me by producers.  I gathered questions from Twitter and Agriville and asked them in no particular order to Mr. Cove.  I would suggest that many people at the… Read more »

Should Canadian Pork and Beef Be Supply Managed? – Kevin Grier

When an industry struggles financially, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate how business is done.  The beef industry has struggled since the discovery of BSE in 2003 and the pork industry has felt the financial pain from the H1N1 pandemic.  One solution being circulated in the coffee shops across the country is to make either of… Read more »