Category: Livestock

Beef Market Update – Canada Claims Victory Over US in WTO Ruling on COOL

We could easily call this episode of the Beef Market Update the “even Steven” episode or the “good news bad news” episode as it seems as though every point has a counter-point and every yin, a yang. In some cases it’s less of a counter-point than it is a “wait just a minute, not so… Read more »

Al Mussell – Does Canada Need to Dismantle Supply Management in the TPP?

This week the George Morris Center released a paper, which discusses the TPP negotiations and the potential impact on supply management.  Al Mussell is the author of the report and he strongly believes that the TPP / supply management discussion is not an all or none scenario. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Al Mussell believes that Canadian trade negotiators can… Read more »

RealCropReport – Altona Tries to Recover from the Early Spring Frost

Kris Penner of H & M Farms near Altona, Man., sent in a few images of the corn and soybean crop. There was a light frost last Tuesday night (May 27th) that knocked the corn back a bit, especially on field margins, about six to eight rows in. It should recover fine, he says, but… Read more »

Calling All Culls

Cull cow and bull prices have transitioned from strong to red hot over the last few weeks. The market is certainly calling for available cull animals to move to market. There are many factors on both the supply and demand side of the cull market that have been price supportive. Somewhat like the fed market… Read more »

AgriTreks Ep. 9 – Cotton, Corn & Alfalfa in Casa Grande, Arizona

This episode of Agri-Treks brings us back to the Casa Grande area of Arizona for a look at some of the biggest crops in that region. It’s an area that ventures on the extreme side when it comes to hot and dry temperatures, but as we mentioned last time, if those heat units can be… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Cautious Optimism Among Producers at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Meeting

“The number one cure for high prices is high prices” That also was a pretty good reflection of the mood surrounding the Saskatchewan Stock Growers annual general meeting this week.  There is  great optimism for the rancher heading into the fall run as I expect feeder cattle to have strong prices attached to them.  Whether… Read more »

How Do You Expect Me to Expand My Cow Herd?

I am hearing major frustration from some of the younger cow calf producers regarding the difficulty of trying to expand their cow herd in this crazy market. Prices for pairs has shot higher at the same time when banks may be less than eager to lend to the cattle industry.  Add on top of that… Read more »

Beef Market Update – A Look Ahead to the Fall

This friday is the release of the USDA Cattle on Feed report and the early consensus is that US feedyard placements will be confirmed tighter.  As Anne discusses in the video, this is the scenario that many thought would play out last year but the drought proved otherwise.  An interesting issue is that there is some… Read more »

Canfax Cattle on Feed Report Shows Low Feedyard Placements

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 »

How Much Meat Do We Eat?

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 »

Beef Market Update – A Complicated Market & Potentially Ugly Summer

This edition of the Beef Market Update is…….complicated. Let’s start with the things we expected. We knew those summer lows were coming and we knew that risk management would be extremely valuable to producers in this volatile market. We even expected a little bit of the unexpected, i.e. a recent case of BSE in California…. Read more »

California Dairy BSE Case Impacts Markets

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 »

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Profile – Ryan Beierbach

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 »

Canfax Releases the AB/SK April 1st Cattle on Feed Report

Canfax released its Cattle on Feed Report this morning and for the first time since June of last year, cattle on feed in Saskatchewan and Alberta feedlots were reported lower than the previous year. Aggressive placements earlier last fall, a pick-up of feeder exports in the first quarter of this year, and the resulting higher… Read more »

Barry Gets a New Stetson Cowboy Hat at the NCBA12

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 »