Category: Livestock

Can the Canadian Beef Industry Remain Competitive? – J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada

Rising feed prices, expensive oil and a high dollar have made it a difficult time to feed cattle. You can add to that the continued instability in financial markets around the world and it’s hard to imagine that our ability to compete hasn’t been heavily damaged. There is no doubt that the Canadian industry needs… Read more »

Does 4-H Desensitize Kids to Killing? A 4-H Alumni’s Response

  By Rosie Templeton A lot of buzz is being created in the blogging world this week over a recent article published by CNN. In their “Eatocracy” section of their website, the article, “Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?” has elicited over 1300 comments, from both sides of the argument. Read the article here. It’s… Read more »

The Soggy Reality of Manitoba Gets Beyond Winnipeg

By Teresa Falk Media outlets recently reported that Manitoba continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Statistics Canada reported that Manitoba’s unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent in May, up slightly from 5.2 per cent the month prior. Meanwhile, the national rate is 7.4 per cent, the lowest level in more… Read more »

Is the Canadian Livestock Industry Still Competitive? – Clint Dobson, ALMA

Is the Canadian livestock industry still competitive? We hear this discussion at every conference and coffee shop we participate in. Chances are that we are too hard on ourselves as the industry has survived (relative term) with the drastically higher dollar and increased global competitiveness from South America and the United States. The more negative… Read more »

My Trip to Washington to Speak Up For Agriculture and Tell My Story – Rosie Templeton

By Rosie Templeton As a rancher, farmer, agvocate, Cattlemen’s Young Leader, and all-around agriculture enthusiast, I’m always looking for opportunities to share my passion. About a month ago, one of those great opportunities found me. A National Cattlemen’s Beef Association representative had been present at our Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Forum in April to speak about… Read more »

The Industry comments on the Canada Beef Merger

A new single national agency for beef marketing, promotion and research is in the works for Canadian cattle producers. The new single agency comes as a result of a Canadian Beef Export Federation member vote to consolidate their operation with that of the Beef Information Centre (BIC) and the national beef checkoff agency. The merger… Read more »

Beef Market Update – US Cattle Market Fundamentals Provide Bearish Outlook

Its sometimes staggering how quickly the mood of a market can change. With US cattle on feed placements being higher by 10% compared to a year ago the resulting plethora of beef to move to the market means lower prices in the short term. Canadian cattle feeders are getting the benefit of a very narrow… Read more »

Alberta Pork Offers 2 Million Dollar Rebate to Pork Producers

Alberta Pork is taking unprecedented steps to help its producers deal with the economic hardships faced over the past years. Two million dollars collected by the organization will be refunded back to producers. The Organization made the move after it was unable to find a partner with which to leverage its funds to create programs… Read more »

Wet Conditions in Feedlots Put Pressure on Cost of Gains – Darryl Gibb, Viterra

Wet weather hasn’t just played havoc for farmers trying to get into their fields, feedlot operators across the west are dealing with disastrous conditions in their pens.   Those muddy wet, conditions impact cattle movement and gains in the yard. Producers are bedding cattle, moving cattle, or cleaning what they can in the pen to… Read more »