Category: Livestock

Is Supply Management Really on the Table?

Just when you think you know someone. Open the paper yesterday and it appears that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered up the supply management industry in negotiations to allow Canada to be apart of the TPP. I made several calls to members involved with the dairy lobby and trade and the feelings are strongly… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Balancing Volatility & Strong Fundamentals

Understanding the cattle market right now can be a real head-scratcher if you don’t know what to pay attention to. Trying to determine the factors influencing the wild market swings is like chasing the wind. There are a number of outside factors all exerting some kind of influence from unstable overseas markets to inside bids… Read more »

Will Japan Change Age Limit Restrictions on Beef Imports to 30 Months?

It looks as though Japan may consider easing restrictions on Canadian beef imports, as the first of many high level meetings have taken place in Tokyo. The meeting which took place last week inside the Japanese ministry of health and was focused on changing the age limit for domestic testing and import of cattle from… Read more »

Dairies are Different than the CWB Single Desk Issue

Now that it looks like the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk is about to be extinguished, it seems that the main stream media has turned its focus to the Canadian Dairy industry.  Is the CWB situation the same as the supply mananged dairy industry?  Should the Canadian dairy industry be in Gerry Ritz’s cross hairs next? … Read more »

Beef Market Update – U.S. Cattle on Feed Report Provides Insight Into the Hot Feeder Market

The USDA October Cattle on Feed Report came out late last week with one number in particular well above U.S. analysts estimates. The October 1st on-feed inventory was roughly a percent above estimates, re-establishing the impact the drought in key cattle producing parts of the U.S. is having on the regular flow of cattle. The… Read more »

Beef Market Update: AB & SK Cattle on Feed Report and Trade InBalance

The Alberta & Saskatchewan Cattle on Feed report came out last week and a number of over arching themes emerged. The small herd numbers are evident when we take a look at feed yard placement numbers and heifer retention. The strong calf prices seem to be driving that heifer retention as ranchers consider replentishing the… Read more »

Beef Market Update: October Brings Opportunity for Ranchers and Feedyards

Expect the unexpected is one of those phrases we’ve been trained to associate with something negative. In the reality of this global economic situation, that is understandable. Sometimes however, we get an unexpected silver lining type situation. The story surrounding our Canadian dollar and our cattle exports is one of those. A weaker dollar,(even if… Read more »

Brian Perillat, Canfax Analyzes the Sept 1 Cattle on Feed Report

The whole North American cattle industry is focused squarely on the drought situation in the United States. The realities of aggressively pulling animals forward is sure to play on the market and prices through the New Year. With last Friday’s release of the September 1, 2011 Cattle on Feed Report from the USDA, we wait… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A Dropping CDN Dollar and Slumping Boxed Beef Sales

With the announcement of the TWIST package in the United States this week, the currency and commodity markets have been put into a volatile mess. I say mess, cattle feeders say relief. With the Canadian Dollar dropping below par for the first time since February, Canadian cattle feeders can now breath a sigh of relief… Read more »

Is More Cattle Slaughter Capacity In Manitoba the Solution?

This morning I was scanning my news feeds and I stumbled across a tweet from MB Farm Journal.  The topic of the tweet was the apparent need for increased cattle slaughter capacity in Manitoba.  The discussion in the video was with the candidates in the Manitoba provincial election.  They were discussing the apparent need in… Read more »

Beef Market Update: The Hot Feeder Run Continues

The fall of 2011 may prove to be one of the most profitable seasons that the cow-calf producer has seen since the beginning of the last decade. Feeder cattle prices have begun the feeder run in Western Canada on a very hot step. Some will say though that the rancher needs a series of these… Read more »

What Does the Consumer Really Want? – Theresa Dietrich

As a livestock producer, how many times have you heard, “We need to produce what the consumer wants.” That is a simple impactful statement but is not as easy as it sounds. What does the consumer really want in its beef products? Do we know? Does the consumer know? Market research is key to finding… Read more »

Five Retail Trends Affecting the Beef Industry – Jeff Doucette

The Consumer Goods Forum has released a new report on the five trends that are impacting the global retail chain. The five trends were: Economy and Consumer Demand – the challenges of the global economy have significant potential impacts on the demand for goods like red meat. Corporate Responsibility – this includes environment and sustainability… Read more »