Category: Livestock

Ontario Cattlemen’s Assoc. to Become Beef Farmers of Ontario

The Ontario Cattlemen’s Association‘s annual general meeting is going on right now at Toronto, Ont., and yesterday the motion to re-name and re-brand the association was carried. As of next year, OCA will be known as the Beef Farmers of Ontario. This name change is many years in the making, but a similar motion was… Read more »

Anne Gets Hitched at the NCBA Convention

Some people go to the NCBA to visit the immense trade show.  Some go for the in-depth committee meetings.  Some people even go just for the opening keynote speaker or the Cattlefax presentation. Apparently some people go south in the first week of February to get married before the NCBA convention. We would like to congratulate Anne… Read more »

Beef Research School: Preventing and Treating Lameness in Cattle

Lameness isn’t just a welfare issue, it’s a production issue too. A cow or bull in pain due to an abscess, foot rot or or injury may go off feed, or, if it’s a bull, may not be able to breed. There are several different types of lameness, some more common in feedlots, others an… Read more »

Let’s Blow our Own Horn about Canadian Beef

Almost 10 years ago, Canada got its global butt kicked when news broke about a lone case of BSE in Alberta.  Naysayers everywhere – competitors and anti-corporate activists, among them — were lurking in the weeds, waiting for an opportunity to discredit our food system. The agriculture minister at the time, Lyle Vanclief, tried hard… Read more »

Beef Research School: Using RFI to Breed an Efficient Beef Herd

How much would you save if each of your cows ate 10 pounds of feed less per day but gained the same? The exact value would change, but the cost savings would be significant no matter where you farm. But is there a way to not just identify more efficient animals, but also breed the… Read more »

Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz talks EU Trade, Japan, CWB and GF2

Once again Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz took to the stage at the FarmTech conference to talk to a packed house about the state of agriculture in Canada. This year saw the Minister announce details on two federal Growing Forward 2 programs as well as address a number of other topics including the lay of… Read more »

Horseracing at A-Level Tracks Secured with 2-Year Deal

As we’ve covered here on RealAgriculture.com before, the Ontario government announced last year that it would end the Slots at Racetrack program as of March 31, 2013. The partnership had allowed Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) to house its VLTs at racetracks throughout the province, and the tracks were given a 20% stake in the… Read more »

Canadian cattle UTM Get Green Light for Shipping to Japan

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast today announced the Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Japan to expand market access to Canadian beef from animals under 30 months of age (UTM). This is an improvement over the current requirement which only permits beef exports from animals under 21 months… Read more »

Winter Woes: How I’m Feeling This Morning

It’s day 1,665 of winter (or so it feels), and we Prairie folk are finally emerging out from a solid week of high wind chills, blowing snow, awful driving conditions and more blowing snow. The lucky few booked their warm vacations for this week, but most of us are doing what we always do in… Read more »

Comment Period Open on Beef Code of Conduct: Have Your Say!

A draft of a revised Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle is up for a 60-day comment period, and the cattle industry is encouraging its members to read the draft and proposed changes before the comment period ends in early March. The process of creating this draft took several… Read more »

Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry Gets Federal Funding Boost

Saskatchewan forage industry members will work together to develop and implement a strategy to improve the sector’s competitiveness and to ensure its long-term prosperity with the help of federal government funding announced this week. Federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz was on hand this week to announce a $148,000 investment to help the Saskatchewan Forage Council… Read more »

Beef Research School: How to Save Time & Money with Bale & Swath Grazing

Extending the grazing season past the warm weather months isn’t just a great way to save on fuel and time, it also can significantly reduce feeding costs. Bale and swath grazing or grazing stock-piled fields isn’t as difficult as it first appears, though some planning is required. RealAgriculture.com asked Dr. Vern Baron, with AAFC, and… Read more »

Anne Dunford – Cargill Closes the Plainview Texas Cattle Plant

Cargill has announced that they will be shutting down its Plainview, Texas Cattle slaughter plant.  Cargill cited a shrinking cattle supply as one of the reasons for the decision. Is this a big surprise, not really in terms of the excess capacity that is in North America.  For Canada, the near term impact is a… Read more »

Beef Market Update – JBS, January Doldrums and the Latest in the Cattle Markets

Managing your risk continues to be the message that drives the decision making strategies of feedyards and ranches in Canada and the United States.  One piece of stability to the Canadian market is the announcement that JBS will be exercising its option on the XL Foods purchase. All this and more in the Beef Market Update with… Read more »

Expanded Canadian Beef Export Capacity to China Announced

China has approved four additional Canadian beef facilities that will now be able to export beef to China, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced today. The newly approved establishments will increase the Canadian export capacity for beef in a market estimated by the industry to be worth approximately $20 million… Read more »