Category: Livestock

Big Sky Farms Enters Receivership

Humboldt, Saskatchewan-based Big Sky Farms, one of the largest hog producers in Canada, entered into receivership this week, according to a story on Pembina Valley Online. Big Sky Farms is the latest company to suffer from extremely high feed costs.  As discussed last week on RealAgriculture.com, the hog industry is in trouble in Western Canada…. Read more »

Ontario Horse Racing’s Uncertain Future

Horses and horse racing may not always be top of mind as big business agriculture, but the recent announcement of Ontario pulling the plug on the Slots-at-Racetrack program as of March 31, 2013 is set to rip a huge hole in the equine industry and the economy of rural Ontario. The demise of a horse… Read more »

Should US Ethanol Mandates Be Scrapped In the Face of Drought?

There is pressure building in the halls of Washington to rescind the mandatory ethanol mandates.  With tightening supplies of corn creating higher feed prices for livestock producers and higher food costs for consumers, the pressure mounting  in Washington is real. To this point though, according to Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, nothing has changed.  Kevin believes that… Read more »

Robert Meijer on International Market Openings & Canada’s Beef Trade Relationships

As important as the domestic beef market is, the success of Canada’s beef industry depends on exports. That means a continued focus on growing current export markets and looking elsewhere for new opportunities to market our beef. It’s those relationships that will be responsible for growing the industry. SEE MORE ILC 2012 COVERAGE. Robert Meijer… Read more »

The Pork Industry In Western Canada Is Disappearing Rapidly – Harry Siemens

Pork producers in Canada continue to take a beating as what looked like a period of profitable production was turned on its head by high corn prices. Some producers who didn’t lock in some kind of a contract price are getting out while they can, selling their stock at a loss to avoid even greater… Read more »

Calf Price Considerations for Ranchers and Feeders

As the US corn crop shrinks with the effects of the drought, it continues to lower Canadian calf and feeder price prospects. Although the rapid increase in grain prices have had the most dramatic impact on the cattle markets, there have been several factors that have been chipping away at Canadian prices the past few… Read more »

CCA President Martin Unrau on Community Pastures, the Canadian Cow Herd & COOL

This year’s International Livestock Congress gave producers a chance to gather together to talk about some of the industries big issues. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association hosts the event that covers a wide range of industry topics from global economic issues all the way to individual efforts toward sustainable production. Martin Unrau is President of the… Read more »

We’ll All Be Vegetarian Soon: Report

Time to savour that juicy steak, chicken wings and delicious pork tenderloin, because within the next 40 years we’re all going to have go vegetarian. That’s according to a group of scientists from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Researchers there point to water usage in livestock production as the main limiting factor of our… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Grind Higher Plays on the Nerves of Producers

As we get closer to the rush of the fall run and there are many questions on the table. In this episode of the Beef Market Update, Anne Dunford and Shaun Haney discuss the grind higher and the difficulty of trying to take proactive risk management strategies with such volatile corn and feed barley prices…. Read more »

Before You Decide to Egg-liminate From Your Diet…..

Online news feeds, morning programs and other sources in North America are airing some version of this headline: “Egg yolks are as bad for you as cigarettes”. Dr. David Spence and colleagues from the University of Western Ontario in Canada conducted this research. The results state that eating egg yolks accelerates placquing of arteries in a… Read more »

The Dire Status of the US Corn Crop Discussed on HuffPostLive

This week Ray Prock (California Dairy farmer), Kelly Rivard (farm blogger), Jim Doolittle (agronomist), and Michael Yezzi (pig farmer) participated in a segment on Huffington Post Live discussing the US corn drought of 2012. See the segment here. Besides the fact that the host pronounces bushels incorrectly the segment is a really good first hand account of how bad… Read more »

Former Dragon Now Controls ViewTrak Technologies

According to the Edmonton Journal, Brett Wilson and a group of former Viewtrack creditors have taken full control of Edmonton based company. According to Brett Wilson (from the Edmonton Journal story) “The company was cash-flow neutral but couldn’t service the debenture debt,” said Wilson. “It had been bumping along for the last year and a… Read more »

Summer Heat Weighs on Beef Demand in the Face Of Record Retail Prices

Markets picked up in Alberta this week with 112-113 being reported which is a couple dollars higher than last week making Canada more even with the US jump last week. The US feels like its low were  in a couple weeks ago which may mean the worst of the summer cash prices is over. We… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Severe US Drought Impacts Cattle Market

The US drought is capturing the attention of many people.  One of the groups that is majorly impacted by the drought but has been lost in this meteorological drama is the beef industry.  The US drought is playing a major role in the decision making of some beef producers and feedyards heading into the fall… Read more »

Alberta Dairy Farmers Respond to Supply Management Criticism

Only days ago it was Canada Day; a day to celebrate our country and embrace all things Canadian. Some think of poutine, but I, and the thousands of other dairy and poultry farms, celebrate our truly Canadian supply management system. It’s how I feed my family, how I feed my country and how I help… Read more »