Category: Livestock

Beef Market Update – Will Santa Bring the Gift of a Profitable 2011 First Quarter

When you look back at 2010 it was a real turnaround year for the cattle markets.  Both the Canadian feedyard and the rancher did quite well considering all the volatility in the marketplace.  We saw higher calf prices and fat prices throughout the fall run which was much needed and required more some people to… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Volatility Brings Opportunity – Anne Dunford

You can look at volatility in two ways.  Volatility in the cattle markets means that you may be exposed to risk that you did not plan for.  For example, earlier this decade when the CDN dollar moved from the low 70’s to par in a violent upward fashion which caught many people off guard. The other… Read more »

Do Ontario Livestock Producers Need a Risk Management Solution Like Alberta – Ernie Hardeman, MPP

Managing risk is a major part of running any farm or livestock operation. Alberta recently tried to aid it’s provincial livestock producers by launching the Cattle Price Insurance Program (CPIP). Recently Ontario Provincial Ag-Critic, Mr. Ernie Hardeman, MPP, questioned why the Ontario government was stalling in implementing a similar program to ensure Ontario producer competitiveness…. Read more »

Is the Hog Business Drowning in Canada – Harry Siemens

I have never owned a hog or participated in the business at all but from the outside it does appear to be a very tough financial business. I have had several chats with producers that have been in the business for a long time and the concerns are real for the long term sustainability of… Read more »

Feeder Assoc Alberta Expands its Program to Include Equity Draws

The last seven years have not been kind to the income statement and balance sheet of the cattle feeder in Canada. With that has come a harsh reality for many small to mid €“sized feeders that were dealing at schedule one banks. Many on the schedule ones have decided to focus on the larger feeders… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Just Ask Anne – Anne Dunford

We thought it would be cool to do something for the Beef Market Update this week.  This week I collected some questions from viewers and gave them to Anne.  We are going to call it JUST ASK ANNE !!! We think that you will really like this segment and we plan to do it more… Read more »

Will Changes to GIPSA Impact the Canadian Cattle Industry? – Kevin Grier

The American market is very important to the Canadian cattle industry. Domestic policies in the United States can greatly impact the Canadian industry. Just think about Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) and the discussion in Canada in terms of mitigating its impact. There are some proposed changes to GIPSA potentially coming and questions and several… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will Canadian Feedyards Import US Feeder Cattle? – Anne Dunford

Not since the early 2000’s have Canadian feedyards imported US feeder cattle in great numbers.  Rumours are swirling that 2010 may be the year that this practice becomes popular again.  There is no doubt that this will not sit well with Canadian ranchers due to the possible extra supply dragging down the current healthy calf… Read more »

Tax Policy is Killing the Cattle Industry with Kindness

We have lots of cows in Canadian Agriculture, but we also have some sacred cows a well. One of these is the ability to shelter income through the cash method of reporting farming  income. For those who don€™t know how this works, it is a simplistic formula whereby as long as you have more expenses than… Read more »