Category: Livestock

NCBA10 – What is Umami? – Dave Zino

To me there is no better eating experience than eating beef.  Dave Zino is the Executive Chef with the NCBA and is responsible for spreading the word about cooking beef.  Dave travels North America educating and making sure that people understand the true beef eating experience.  The NCBA and the Beef Information Center both strive… Read more »

NCBA10 – The Cattlefax Outlook for the 2010 Cattle Market – Duane Lenz

With the losses that have been suffered in the feeding industry in 2010 it is no surprise that there is a very keen interest in what the analysts are saying about the cattle market in 2010. Before I attended the NCBA convention many people told me that the highlight of the show is the Cattlefax… Read more »

NCBA10 – Be a Risk Manager and Not a Forecaster – Larry Hicks

Larry Hicks is the founder of CattleHedging.com and specializes in helping clients manage risk in Canada and the United States.  The cattle market has been just as viscous as any other market in agricultural commodities.  Larry has always been a proponent for making sure that customers protect their equity and assets and reduce the amount… Read more »

NCBA10 – How to Properly Cut Meat

In the United States the NCBA does a lot of work to make sure the consumer really understands the cooking process of beef.  The NCBA booth was full of cookbooks and other how to’s to make sure everyone enjoys the beef eating experience. I talked to Steve Leigh, a technician with the NCBA about how… Read more »

NCBA10 – What to Consider When Buying a Cowboy Hat

After being in San Antonio for a couple days I have seen many shapes and sizes of cowboy hats.  I’ve been wondering why some people buy one and not another.  I asked several people on the tradeshow floor and most said that stetson is the hat leader.  I went to the Stetson booth to talk… Read more »

NCBA10 – The Economic State of the Cattle Business – Gregg Doud

One of  the great things about attending the NCBA convention is that you get a chance to hear what some of the NCBA analysts an staff have to say about the industry.  I was very fortunate to get a chance to talk with Gregg Doud. Gregg Doud is the Chief Economist at the National Cattlemans… Read more »

NCBA10 – Current Issues in the US Beef Business

This is my first trip the NCBA convention and I have been amazed at the scope of the convention. The first person that I had a chance to interview was Sara Brown, Livestock & Production Editor, Beef Today.  I asked Sara what a couple of the main issues were in the beef business in the… Read more »

NCBA10 – The Importance of Being an Advocate for Agriculture

Troy Hadrick is a great model for agriculture producers.  Troy is not only a rancher in South Dakota but he also firmly understands the need for producers to tell the story of agriculture.  Agriculture has never received the attention it is getting now from the mainstream media.  Never before has agriculture had defend itself so… Read more »

Tiffin 2010 – Can Canadian Beef Compete Globally?

Photo is courtesy of BugMan50 Dennis McKnight, The Innovators, spoke at Tiffin Conference 2010 about the ability of the Canadian beef industry to compete globally.  Dennis has clients around the world who he assists in developing markets for their products. Dennis believes that Canadian beef can compete but we may need to rethink how we… Read more »

Tiffin 2010 – A Look at Brazilian Beef Production

At the Tiffin Conference at the Lethbridge College, one of the most popular speakers was Ryan Kasko from the Kasko Cattle Co. Ryan talked about his 2008 trip to Brazil and what some of his observations were.  Ryan travelled to Brazil and visited ranches and feedyards.  Ryan talks about the fact that Brazilian beef tastes… Read more »

Beef Market Update – What Can We Expect For the Cattle Industry in 2010

Now that we have flipped the calendar into 2010 we can leave 2009 behind us and look forward to a year of prosperity for ranchers and cattle feeders right?  I’m not sure if it is that easy but it seems that the flip to the new decade has brought some fresh optimism and willingness to give it… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Has the Cattle Market Finally Bottomed?

Last week was a brutal week in terms of cattle pricing and the question is starting to loom, what will 2010 bring the business.  The feeding and ranching industry needs some relief from the financial pressure that has been experienced over the last twelve months.  Had it not been for the currency trade gains in 2008,… Read more »

Can the World’s Largest Government Owned Farm Survive

Based on the economic turmoil that the hog industry has been in over recent years, it is no surprise that barns have been de-populated and the industry has retrenched.  One of the major events in recent months has been Big Sky Farms entering creditor protection.  Big Sky is the largest hog operation in Saskatchewan and to say this is a… Read more »