Category: Livestock

Mercy For Animals Ohio Dairy Farm Video Outrages the Agricultural Industry

An undercover surveillance video was released this week by Mercy for Animals  that is maybe one of the most disturbing things I have ever witnessed in agriculture.  Shot over a thirty day period on the Conklin Dairy Farm in Ohio, the video shows the dairy’s hired man pitchforking the stomach of a calf, head stomping and extreme physical abuse. … Read more »

Beef Market Update – No One Ever Said the Cattle Business Was Boring – Anne Dunford

The one thing that stays consistent is that if you are in the cattle feeding business your really need to be able to stomach volatility and adverse affects that are outside of your realm of control as a producer. The snow storm has had a real impact on the cattle in the yards along with… Read more »

What is the Direction?: A Look at the Corn and Barley Markets

It is amazing how a lack of volatility in today’s feed grain markets almost makes a person nervous. Feeders and farmers don’t seem believe that the corn and barley markets can actually sit still and hold a broad trading range. It really is unbelievable how we have moved from an industry that expected feed prices… Read more »

My Weekend At the Horse Show

Last week I had to attend a horse show in Red Deer with my wife.  For those of you that know me well, you are fully aware that I am by no means a cowboy or even a hobby horse person.  I used to own a pair of cowboy boots but I sold them in… Read more »

Why is Canada Having So Many Market Access Issues?

This week I attended the Canada Grains Council Meeting and listened to a very interesting day of reports on the market access issues that Canada is facing.  Unless you have been in Phoenix all winter I am sure that you have not missed the whole Triffid flax issue that has thrown a real wrench in… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford

Its nice to actually experience some profits in the feeding business. The question is whether this will continue through the spring or fade away and leave us wondering what happened. With April producing short supplies and barbeque season a month away, the result has been some badly needed profits for the sector.  For the Canadian… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Finally Some Black Ink in the Fed Cattle Market – Anne Dunford

It is about time that we saw some black ink in the feeding sector.  Whether the rise in live cattle prices is due to hedge fund buying, increasing box beef demand or the terrible weather in the US, we will take the profits anyway that we can get them.  The next question is whether this… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – March 4 2010

With the weather issues in the US, a rise in fed cattle prices has followed.  Cattle feeders are very interested in the potential profits that can finally be squeaked out of the market.  Will this continue?  Can we expect 2010 to maybe be the turn around year that we thought was maybe possible back at… Read more »

NCBA10 – Cattlemen are Using Databases to Manage Their Operations

When your financial margins are under pressure people tend to pay more attention to the nuts and bolts of their operations.  Many consultants would say that you have to be doing this all the time not in just stressful times. At the NCBA tradeshow it was very clear that cattlemen are moving closer to the… Read more »

NCBA10 – Canada’s WTO Challenge of COOL with John Masswohl

Canada and Mexico have taken the issue of country of origin labelling (COOL) to the World Trade Organization (WTO).  We are basically one year into the implementation of COOL and the financial impact is severe.  The impact on the Canada and Mexico livestock markets has been very hurtful. The interesting thing that I found at… Read more »

NCBA10 – What is Umami? – Dave Zino

To me there is no better eating experience than eating beef.  Dave Zino is the Executive Chef with the NCBA and is responsible for spreading the word about cooking beef.  Dave travels North America educating and making sure that people understand the true beef eating experience.  The NCBA and the Beef Information Center both strive… Read more »