Category: Livestock

Ontario Farm Animal Council Responds to the Conklin Dairy Video – Crystal Mackay

To say that last weeks release of the Mercy for Animals video from Conklin Dairy Farm was an outrage is being light. My post last week brought on some high amounts of emotion and ridicule for the people at Conklin dairy farm. In that post we also discussed the needed criticism for Mercy for Animals… Read more »

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 »