Category: Livestock

SiemensSays.com – Jim Long President of Genesus Genetics €“ Our Observations

The following article was originally from SiemensSays.com. I think it is a very insightful analysis into the recent announcements in the pork industry. Loan guarantees will help some producers. But, what is the criteria for a viable hog operation? The Canadian industry is currently losing $30 million a week. The situation is deteriorating daily. The… Read more »

Feeding Cattle: Work in Progress

From drought to frost to hail, Western Canada ranchers have faced some significant challenges already this year. In a “normal” year, we gerenally only encounter one of these stresses as an issue, but this year producers have had to watch their pastures, hay land and crops alike undergo multiple stresses that have left some wondering… Read more »

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft VP at CCA – The Future Realities of MCOOL

At the International Livestock Congress, I spoke to Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President with the Canadian Cattlemans Association about the future realities of MCOOL. Many livestock producers on both sides of the border are very curious at to what will be the impact of this legislation. I have heard several Americans call MCOOL not food… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford- Gateway Livestock Exchange

Now that we are about to move into August its time to start looking towards the fall with some optimism right?  Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange breaks down the beef demand numbers, the US cattle on feed report and what the fall may bring north and south of the border.   More Beef Market Updates

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft – VP at CCA – The History of MCOOL

MCOOL has become a reality for the US, Canadian and beef industry.  Sometimes it is beneficial to better understand an issue or situation by stepping back and examining how we got here.  I asked Dennis Laycraft of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association at the International Livestock Congress to provide me with a history of the MCOOL legislation and what could… Read more »

ILC 2009: Barbara Beane – KFC – Food Innovation and Safety in the Chicken Business

With the event of H1N1 poultry food safety has become a very popular topic amongst the general public not just agriculturalists.  At the International Livestock Congress in Calgary, I talked to Barbara Beane of KFC about how KFC is bringing innovative and new products to the marketplace. We also discussed how KFC manages food safety.   Check out additional… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford- Gateway Livestock Exchange

In todays Beef Market Update, Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange, talks about the US Cattle of Feed Report that was released last week and some of the outcomes to be expected from it through the summer.   Please take the time to check out the services that Gateway Livestock Exchange provides to its clients.  

US Cattle on Feed Report: Kevin Grier, George Morris Center

Yesterday, the US Cattle on Feed Report was released and in my opinion they should get the attention of producers but also consumers.  To get a better handle of the situation I asked Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, to provide a summary:   –Cattle and calves on feed inventory was 4 percent below June 1,… Read more »

When "Urban Farms" Cross the Line

There is increased press and interest in the concept of “urban farms.” The preached benefits are community support, less fossil fuel use and the ever popular “its safer food.”Where I think we have crossed the line of common sense is that some cities in Ontario allow back yard chicken coops for urban egg production. People… Read more »

Hog Support is a Struggle in Manitoba

Talking to hog producers in Manitoba, there is a real head scratching issue taking place. Hog producers are strongly criticizing the provincial government for not stepping up to compensate hog farmers for this terrible economic environment. The province think that it is a Federal government issue but others disagree. My friend journalism friend Harry Siemens… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – Gateway Livestock Exchange

Today, Anne Dunford, General Manager, Gateway Livestock Exchange talked to me about the North American cattle industry. This is the first edition of the RealAgriculture.com Beef Market Update. In my continuing effort to increase the content I require your feedback to keep improving the site. When it comes to explaining what is happening in the… Read more »

H1N1 Is Not A Food Safety Issue

Pigs are a host for the H1N1 virus, and yet while no pigs died directly because of the virus, it was called €œswine flu€ and the news story became focused on food safety. It sprung a lot of attention onto concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) as if the food supply is not safe anymore because… Read more »