Category: Livestock

Beef Market Update – Cattle Industry Sees Opportunity to Make Money in 2012

Volatility was the recurring theme in the cattle industry over 2011. The fact is that the mood created by that volatility has carried into 2012. Even with things looking up for producers, the violent swings of the 2011 market are tempering any optimism with caution. Those sentiments were apparent at this year’s Tiffin Conference as… Read more »

South Korea Lifts Ban on Canadian Cattle Imports

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association released information this morning that South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian Beef imports.  This news is long overdue and we have to realize that trade resumption doesn’t happen overnight. Learning from our agreement with China, Canada must complete all of the more detailed technical issues as quickly as possible… Read more »

Charlie Gracey – Growing Export Markets for Canadian Beef are Real

Charlie Gracey is one of Canada’s more renowned experts on the beef industry in Canada.  Charlie very much understands the relationship of the rancher, feeder and packer.  At the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge, Charlie discussed at length the things that the Canadian industry must do to increase markets and increase supply concurrently.  Charlie believes that… Read more »

So Long to 2011 and Defining What Really Matters in Life

As things have slowed down for us over the holidays, it has given time for me to reflect on the year that was. I can’t remember a time of more trying and yet exciting times. From weather to politics, there was something for everyone to talk about. Here is my list of the good and… Read more »

RealAgriculture.com Top Ten Videos of 2011

Here we are again at the end of another year. It’s been a great year at RealAgriculture.com. Our YouTube channel has had over 150,000 views this year and our website traffic has grown dramatically. We’ve met some great people and covered some fascinating stories. We’ve also come together in some great new partnerships to launch… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Annes Christmas Wish List

It’s Christmas on this episode of the Beef Market Update and this year we get Anne to give us her Christmas list. 2011 hasn’t been a perfect year. The Beef Market Christmas tree has a few bright ornaments and a few broken branches to mark the 2011 calendar year. The year finished with some bright… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will 2012 Be Great For the Rancher and the Cattle Feeder?

Where will 2012 see the cattle market go? Who’s star will rise? there is potential for a great year for the cattle feeder depending on where the global economy will leave the Canadian Dollar and the demand for beef. That profitability could be tempered by rising feeder costs. The cow calf producer looks to be facing a great… Read more »

Cattle Packers Continue to Struggle with Profitability

With this year being financially strong for the rancher and the feeder having opportunities presented to hedge and lock in fixed profits, one has to wonder how the cattle packer is making out.  With the feeder and the rancher making money it is quite difficult for all three segments of the cattle industry to make… Read more »

Jeff Simmons Believes in Technology to Help Feed the World

Jeff Simmons is the President of Elanco and he has truly made it his personal mission to educate the consumer on why technology is so critical to dealing with the 9 billion people problem in 2050. I had a RealAgriculture.com subscriber send me the link to the below video which is a very simple monologue… Read more »

Gary Pike: Should Supply Management Stay or Go in Canada?

The topic of supply management has been raised in the news recently. A number of different media outlets have been examining the issues surrounding it and whether or not we would be better off with or without it. So far, all answers to those questions tend to depend what area you work in and whether… Read more »

TVO Puts Supply Management on “The Agenda”

Talk about supply management and whether or not it should fit in Canada’s future continues to find a place in our media. To be honest, whenever I see a link for a National Post article relating to the system for dairy, poultry and eggs, I have a hard time clicking since I can usually guess… Read more »

Macleans Surveys People on “Abolishing Supply Management”

Macleans Magazine website has been surveying the general public on the future of supply management. With Primeminister Harper suggesting that all things are on the table, the media has really picked up the debate on the future of supply management in Canada. Vote in the Macleans Poll With Harper suggesting taht everything is on the… Read more »

WTO Decision on COOL Good For Canadian Livestock Producers

With the recent ruling by the World Trade Organization declaring elements of the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling program to be unfair, Canadian livestock producers feel that the first steps have been made in restoring exports lost when the program began. While Canadian producers applaud the move, there is an underlying skepticism that this decision… Read more »

Beef Market Update: WTO Rules in Favor of Canada on COOL

The major story on every beef industry radar was last weeks WTO ruling in favour of Canada with regard to the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling legislation. The resulting effect on the market……meh. The fact is, the entire industry is awaiting the U.S. appeal and the looong drawn out process to begin again. It’s a… Read more »

What Bothers Cash Croppers About Supply Management

I hear and understand some of the issues that consumers have with the supply management structure.  I do at times struggle with other farmers criticizing the supply management structure and saying that “it has to go.”  Why would a member of the farmer brethren, a fellow peer, a guy that farms right beside a dairy farmer… Read more »