Category: Livestock

Beef Market Update — Holiday High Followed by Softening Demand

Last week’s U.S. beef market opened with the same strong numbers leading up to American Thanksgiving. By the end of the week, numbers had, as expected, weakened somewhat, as supplies increase in the U.S. In Canada, the reverse is true for supplies — as the fall run ends, the basis is tightening. Canadian cattle producers… Read more »

Grazing Corn in Saskatchewan — Tips for Making it Work

Planting grazing corn is a great way to extend the Western Canadian grazing season well into the winter or start it earlier in the spring. The crop works well as a forage, even when seeded a bit later than ideal, as you’ll see in this interview. In this interview, Kevin Elmy, of Friendly Acres Seed… Read more »

Preventing and Treating Lameness in Dairy Cattle

We demand so much of our dairy herd — the highest quality milk in copious quantities, excellent production persistence and (we hope) a heifer calf at every calving. The demands of modern dairy production mean cows spend much of their day standing, supporting their large frames and heavy udders. While dairy farmers take extra care… Read more »

The Role of Cattle Shows & Mentorship for the Young Rancher

The cattle business is also a people business. Sharing a coffee, shaking hands and commiserating in the leaky barns at Agribition is an import part of building your cattle business, whether as a purebred breeder or a commercial stock grower.  RealAgriculture.com sat down to speak with Sheldon Kyle, with Kenray Ranch, about why national cattle… Read more »

Brian Perillat On the Growth of the Canadian Cattle Herd & the XL Foods Hangover

Food safety in the beef industry was a topic that was front and centre at this years Canfax Cattle Market Forum. Producers and industry members were left questioning just how far the impact of the recall would reach and how long the hangover would last. As we found out when we sat down with Brian… Read more »

Expected Nutrient Mineralization from Manure and Crop Residue: Jeff Schoenau

Soil is a magnificent thing. It’s the medium that makes crop production possible. It’s also rather mysterious. Even now, scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of naming all the microbes that live in soil and understanding their functions and interactions. There’s also much we do know and understand about soil and its ability… Read more »

Strong Dollar, Stable Interest Rates for 2013

  Todd Hirsch, ATB financial senior economist, spoke at the Canfax Cattle Market Forum. The outlook he provided was one of cautious optimism mixed with a little bit of wait and see. The cautious optimism stems from the overall stability of the Canadian economy and the growth in provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan. The wait… Read more »

Farmer Fallout From Puratone Bankruptcy in the Hundreds of Thousands: Harry Siemens

The hog industry in Western Canada has been knocked to its knees in recent months by high feed prices and negative margins. A large hog breeder, producer and feed company — Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation — is in the process of being bought by Maple Leaf Foods, the company’s largest hog buyer. Amidst the fall out… Read more »

Beef Research School: The Value of Research for the Canadian Producer

The Canadian cattle industry has made continual gains in beef quality  and safety and production efficiency, year over year, even in the face of significant challenges in the past decade. That’s due in no small part to the tenacious nature of Canada’s beef producers, but it’s also a result of significant gains made through extensive… Read more »

Coming Attractions: Beef Research School To Debut on RealAgriculture.com

After a year-over-year doubling of traffic to the site, RealAgriculture.com hired its first full-time editor this spring. Now, the site continues to expand in the form of a new school. Joining the line up RealAgriculture’s production-focused Schools is the new Beef Research School —  a series of 30 videos produced in partnership with the Beef… Read more »

What Will the Next 6-12 Months Look Like for Feed Grains?

The world is a much smaller place than it ever was. When it comes to areas like feed grains, what was once a very localized trade is now increasingly international. That requires a new level of international awareness for producers, especially in times marked by historic highs and increasingly tight supplies. So what should we… Read more »

The Weather, High Prices Still Concerns as Cattle Producers Look Ahead

The optimism cattle producers started off 2012 with has become a little less broad and a little more cautious as 2012 starts to wind down. High commodity prices, a brutal US drought and high replacement costs among other factors have really dampened the high enthusiasm seen at the beginning of the year. It was February… Read more »

Is the U.S. Moving Towards Supply Management in Dairy?

Utter the words “supply management” and those involved in the agriculture industry are likely to have strong opinions for and against. The same can be said for the U.S., where an expired Farm Bill and recent run-ups in feed costs have converged to make a whole lot of farmers and industry folk nervous about the… Read more »

Will There be Horse Racing in Ontario Next Year?

In September, Bernard Tobin, RealAgriculture.com’s Ontario correspondent, explained in this interview that the Slots-at-Racetrack program was ending and ending quickly. As of March 31, 2013, the slot machines would be pulled from Ontario racetracks, and the revenue generated by the slots (and shared with the province) would walk out the door with the machines. The… Read more »

Hay Moves East, Still More Needed

After a very dry growing season, farmers in eastern Canada are hurting for hay. Western Canadian farmers know all to well what that’s like, having experienced a similar situation in 2002. Farmers, private companies and governments have come together to form Hay East — a program to send much-needed forage from the west to the… Read more »