Category: Cattle

Beef Market Update – Strong Basis Levels and Lowering Carcass Weights- Anne Dunford

Some things change and some things just stay the same. Some things are predictable and some things are not. As expected carcass weights have peaked for the fall as the trend downwards has begun. While at the same time basis levels have been strong resulting in stronger pricing. According to Anne, pre-2003 basis levels were… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Just Ask Anne – Anne Dunford

We thought it would be cool to do something for the Beef Market Update this week.  This week I collected some questions from viewers and gave them to Anne.  We are going to call it JUST ASK ANNE !!! We think that you will really like this segment and we plan to do it more… Read more »

Is EU/Can Free Trade Good For Canadian Farmers? – Kathleen Sullivan, CAFTA

After last weeks two posts on the Canada / EU free trade agreement I received several emails from people saying that they believe that this deal will provide limited benefit to the farmer or livestock producer in Canada. The NFU has been very vocal but I find it hard to take much that they say… Read more »

Impact of the EU – Canada Free Trade Agreement on Canadian Beef – Ted Haney, CBEF

Canada has been working at increasing the access of Canadian beef into Europe for quite some time.  If the EU / Canada free trade agreement is ratified later this year the benefits will be very positive for Canadian beef producers.  Gaining access for hormone free beef into Europe will have large benefits for the industry… Read more »

Tax Policy is Killing the Cattle Industry with Kindness

We have lots of cows in Canadian Agriculture, but we also have some sacred cows a well. One of these is the ability to shelter income through the cash method of reporting farming  income. For those who don€™t know how this works, it is a simplistic formula whereby as long as you have more expenses than… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The US Fat Market Moves Sharply Higher – Anne Dunford

With the US market moving higher this week, Canadian producers have also enjoyed some higher fat sales as well. Immediately the resulting question is whether or not there is follow through in this market or will the price slowly slide down. The United States has done well exporting beef this year with its weaker dollar…. Read more »

The Benefits of a Paddle Feed Mixers – Keenan Feed Mixers

Whether you have a dairy or a beef operation you have probably had to make the decision between a paddle mixer or auger feed box.  Whether you own a Harsh, RotoMix or a Keenan you need to weight the benefits and disadvantages of each.  What I tend to find in discussing this issue with many… Read more »

Expectations of the 2010 Calf Run – Jason Danard, TEAMAuctionSales.com

The rancher has some decision making to do. Should I bring my calves to market, retain ownership feeding them or hold back the heifers for breeding stock? Everyone has an opinion on this topic but getting a definite conclusive opinion is very difficult.  In reality we can only look at the market dynamics and see… Read more »

The Silage Blade Gets a Much Needed Facelift

One of my favourite things to do at a farm show is check out some of the cool new inventions that people have come up with. Most of the time the inventions really have limited scope and will provide little value to the greater farming community except for a few neighbours. But once in awhile… Read more »