Category: Livestock

We’ll All Be Vegetarian Soon: Report

Time to savour that juicy steak, chicken wings and delicious pork tenderloin, because within the next 40 years we’re all going to have go vegetarian. That’s according to a group of scientists from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Researchers there point to water usage in livestock production as the main limiting factor of our… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Grind Higher Plays on the Nerves of Producers

As we get closer to the rush of the fall run and there are many questions on the table. In this episode of the Beef Market Update, Anne Dunford and Shaun Haney discuss the grind higher and the difficulty of trying to take proactive risk management strategies with such volatile corn and feed barley prices…. Read more »

Before You Decide to Egg-liminate From Your Diet…..

Online news feeds, morning programs and other sources in North America are airing some version of this headline: “Egg yolks are as bad for you as cigarettes”. Dr. David Spence and colleagues from the University of Western Ontario in Canada conducted this research. The results state that eating egg yolks accelerates placquing of arteries in a… Read more »

The Dire Status of the US Corn Crop Discussed on HuffPostLive

This week Ray Prock (California Dairy farmer), Kelly Rivard (farm blogger), Jim Doolittle (agronomist), and Michael Yezzi (pig farmer) participated in a segment on Huffington Post Live discussing the US corn drought of 2012. See the segment here. Besides the fact that the host pronounces bushels incorrectly the segment is a really good first hand account of how bad… Read more »

Former Dragon Now Controls ViewTrak Technologies

According to the Edmonton Journal, Brett Wilson and a group of former Viewtrack creditors have taken full control of Edmonton based company. According to Brett Wilson (from the Edmonton Journal story) “The company was cash-flow neutral but couldn’t service the debenture debt,” said Wilson. “It had been bumping along for the last year and a… Read more »

Summer Heat Weighs on Beef Demand in the Face Of Record Retail Prices

Markets picked up in Alberta this week with 112-113 being reported which is a couple dollars higher than last week making Canada more even with the US jump last week. The US feels like its low were  in a couple weeks ago which may mean the worst of the summer cash prices is over. We… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Severe US Drought Impacts Cattle Market

The US drought is capturing the attention of many people.  One of the groups that is majorly impacted by the drought but has been lost in this meteorological drama is the beef industry.  The US drought is playing a major role in the decision making of some beef producers and feedyards heading into the fall… Read more »

Alberta Dairy Farmers Respond to Supply Management Criticism

Only days ago it was Canada Day; a day to celebrate our country and embrace all things Canadian. Some think of poutine, but I, and the thousands of other dairy and poultry farms, celebrate our truly Canadian supply management system. It’s how I feed my family, how I feed my country and how I help… Read more »

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 »