Category: Livestock

Beef Market Update – Will Canadian Feedyards Import US Feeder Cattle? – Anne Dunford

Not since the early 2000’s have Canadian feedyards imported US feeder cattle in great numbers.  Rumours are swirling that 2010 may be the year that this practice becomes popular again.  There is no doubt that this will not sit well with Canadian ranchers due to the possible extra supply dragging down the current healthy calf… Read more »

Tax Policy is Killing the Cattle Industry with Kindness

We have lots of cows in Canadian Agriculture, but we also have some sacred cows a well. One of these is the ability to shelter income through the cash method of reporting farming  income. For those who don€™t know how this works, it is a simplistic formula whereby as long as you have more expenses than… Read more »

Wheat DDG’s Continue to Be Researched – Dr. Colleen Christensen, U of S

Distiller dried grains (DDG’s) have quickly become a very important part of a beef ration and increasingly at dairies. Created by the ethanol industry DDG’s have allowed many livestock feeders to diversify the feeding ration. When DDG’s first came to the market the supply and delivery logistics of corn DDG’s to Canada was a major… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Trying to Place Calves at a Profit Could be Tough – Anne Dunford

In this weeks Beef Market Update Anne Dunford and I discuss the difficult market for feeders right now as cattle feeders await the arrival of the calf run. Limited calves have come to the market so far but the ones that have have a nice little premium attached.  With a flat fat cattle market, weaker than… Read more »

Dairy Cow Waterbeds Provide Better Comfort

Animal activists often criticize that animal agriculture does not care for its livestock in a humane manner. Those of us in the industry realize that this is a ridiculous notion. At a dairy, animal care is ever more important due to the rule of “a happy cow produces more milk.” In the category of providing… Read more »

Expectations of the 2010 Calf Run – Jason Danard,

The rancher has some decision making to do. Should I bring my calves to market, retain ownership feeding them or hold back the heifers for breeding stock? Everyone has an opinion on this topic but getting a definite conclusive opinion is very difficult.  In reality we can only look at the market dynamics and see… Read more »

The Silage Blade Gets a Much Needed Facelift

One of my favourite things to do at a farm show is check out some of the cool new inventions that people have come up with. Most of the time the inventions really have limited scope and will provide little value to the greater farming community except for a few neighbours. But once in awhile… Read more »

@shaunhaney VLOG – My Trip to a Dairy Farm in Indiana

Many times when we compare agriculture in Canada versus the United States we tend to focus on the differences.  When in reality there are more similarities between the two countries.  This week I went to Indianapolis with Dow Agro Sciences to learn about the things that the company is working on. Before we went to… Read more »

Will Ranchers Be Holding Back More Heifers in 2010 – Herb Lock, FarmSense Marketing

Earlier in the week Anne Dunford brought up a great question during the Beef Market Update. Will ranchers be holding back more heifers to restock the cow herd or cash in on some higher values and run? With the trend definitely pointing to a continued herd reduction, what will stop it?  Is it inevitable that… Read more »

Which Silage Crop is Right For You?

By Megan Oleksyn Peas, barley and corn, oh my! Here in Western Canada, there are many different forage crops that can be cost-effectively turned into silage for cattle. High River area rancher, Phil Rowland, comments that silage is €œthe easiest way to put up a consistent quality forage crop in Alberta€™s variable climate conditions.€ And… Read more »