Category: Livestock

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 »

Beef Market Update – The Basis Widens as Packers Are Slow to Lift Cattle – Anne Dunford

It always amazes me how two weeks can make such a difference in the outlook for an industry.  Two weeks ago Anne and I talked about the nervousness of the cattle market based on a high dollar, high feed and price plateau.  Now the dollar is lower and the US fat prices spiked $5 last… Read more »

Pasture Brush Control Using Goats

By Megan Oleksyn Recently I attended the Western Stock Growers€™ Association€™s (WSGA) summer meeting, this year held in Donalda, AB. Why Donalda, you ask? I asked the same question after I got out my google map and found out just where Donalda was. The answer to €˜why Donalda?€™ really intrigued me.  In this small Alberta… Read more »

Travis Toews Intends to Make the Canadian Cattle Industry Internationally Competitive and Profitable Again

To say that Travis Toews is willing to take on challenges is putting things mildly. In fact if I was him I would say goodbye to my cows back home and get the frequent flyer program revved up, especially if his reign as President of CCA is anything like his predecessors. Travis is the new… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Feeders Are Displaying Nervousness – Anne Dunford

With the fall run about to begin many feeders are in a very nervous place.  It can be very difficult to make good business decisions when the market is nervous.  If the list below continues to unfold through the fall it will really separate the good managers from the great managers.  Or the lucky from… Read more »

The Reduction in the Cow Herd Seems Real

As Anne Dunford has mentioned many times in the Beef Market Update, the realities of the cow herd reduction will eventually show its face in the supply and demand equation. Sometimes you just need to see things for yourself. This week as my dad, my brother and myself drove on some back roads from Kimberley… Read more »

Poundmaker Celebrates Its Rich History

By Megan Oleksyn, It all started as an alternative market for Lanigan, Sk area farmers to sell their grain. It is now a 28,500 head/year feedlot, a 13 million litre ethanol plant and a great asset to the community. Pound-Maker began in 1970, as a 2500 head feedlot so local farmers had an alternative market… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Agriculture Still Has a Role at the Calgary Stampede – Anne Dunford

The Calgary Stampede is back again this year and it is definitely the biggest party in Canada every year. The Stampede has transitioned from a agriculture centric event to one also about the fair, thrill rides and concerts. All things considered the Calgary Stampede still holds its roots in agriculture. With the rodeo, chuck wagon… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Impact of the Wet Weather on Ranchers and FeedYards – Anne Dunford

Not only does wet weather impact the grain and oilseed markets but it also has an impact on the livestock markets.  Feedyards and ranches are in the elements which means with cattle in the elements the impact of dry or wet weather is definitely a factor in the profitability of the producer. Anne Dunford and… Read more »