Today’s Canfax COF report for May 1 exposes the current feedlot inventory situation. As of May 1, total numbers on feed were down 7% from last year, down 10% from 2010 and the smallest May 1 inventory other than 2008. Coincidentally, that was also a year that saw large exports of feeder cattle during the first 4 months… Read More

Do you eat as much meat as you used to?  Many people in North America do say no, yet the the US still eats the second highest amount of meat per capita in the world according to the Economist.   The average American consumers 276 pounds of meat per year while Personally I still love… Read More

Cattle market conditions today saw the LC and FC pit futures trade limit down on the news of the 4th case of BSE in the US. Overnight trading (Tues night) has already seen some recovery off of those pit lows earlier today. Markets will be closely watching the communication of this BSE case to US… Read More

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s Young Leaders program provides invaluable mentoring partnership opportunities for young entrepreneurs involved in the cattle industry. Ryan Beierbach is one of those young leaders that benefitted from the program. Ryan lives in Whitewood, Saskatchewan where he operates both a ranch and a ranch supply store as well as serves on the… Read More

Every cowboy or cowgirl needs to make sure that they look good. Whether you are headed to church or on horseback on the ranch in East End, Saskatchewan, you need a cowboy hat that makes a statement about yourself. At NCBA 2012 in Nashville, my ranching friend Barry decided that he needed a new cowboy… Read More

There can be no underestimating the importance of a mentor in your life. Head knowledge is important, but the ability to apply that knowledge in the right way is something only life can teach you. Being able to walk with someone who’s been there can provide you with all of the benefits of that experience…. Read More

Feedlot owners know the importance of getting cattle in and out in the shortest available time. Feed efficiency is a critical aspect of that cycle that has to be looked at from every possible angle, especially considering costs associated with that feed. One of the angles that should be looked at is how that feed… Read More

I am not surprised by the decision that has been made by the US government to appeal the recent decision by the World Trade Organization.  Many American producers and packers were hoping that the government would not appeal but the level of shock should be low. The American Farm Bureau and the NCBA recently passed… Read More

The Ontario Government recently announced that they will be ending the relationship of horse racing and slot machines.  Some free marketers are cheering the decision and others are weeping for the end of the horse racing business in Ontario. I spoke to several farmers this week and this is definitely a hot button issue.  … Read More

The North American cattle market has been very strong this spring. Without a doubt producers in the U.S. and Canada are nervously waiting to see where the market will go following the peak. Feed grain production, especially corn will have a major influence on the feeder side. The other player continues to be the weather,… Read More