Category: Canfax Market Forum 2013

Ruminating with RealAg, Ep. 2 — Conference Highlights, Hay Shortages & the Beef Straw Man Initiative

It’s calving season. You waited – we’ve delivered! Our second podcast is up and available for download! This podcast features an interview with Travis Peardon, a livestock specalist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, about how last year’s harsh winter is still affecting ranch management. The rest of the podcast is a blur of activity,… Read more »

Mo Crop, Mo Problems – Western Canada Grain Markets

If  the NOTORIOUS B.I.G was a market analyst he would describe the current situation in Western Canada as, “Mo crop, mo problems” (was that a reach???).  The 2014 Western Canadian crop is very large, on farm storage is full, railways are jammed and ports are shipping as much as they can. Get More: If you… Read more »

The Australian Beef Industry – Expanding Export Markets through Challenging Times

There has been many challenges that have faced the Australian beef industry in recent years, from floods and drought, record high currency, political challenges and global economic slowdown. However, despite all these issues, Australia’s beef export footprint has expanded into developing nations, helping to offset the slowness into traditional markets. Shaun Haney was at the… Read more »

John Scott: Understanding the Perspective of Food Retailers

The business of food retailing is undergoing significant changes.  There is significant consolidation happening, new entrants like Whole Foods, the growth of WalMart and all of this is happening while the consumer market is not growing overall. Just like farming technology is allowing food retailers to lower costs and gain more insight into its operations… Read more »

The Beef Straw Man Attempts to Facilitate a Canadian Beef Industry Strategy

For a year there has been a very interesting project in development called the Beef Straw Man which is trying to facilitate a Canadian beef industry strategy. The three straw men gathered 200 people into the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on Tuesday to get more input, seek feedback and prepare for a final… Read more »

CCA President, Martin Unrau Provides an Update on the Activities of CCA – Nov 2014

At the Canfax Market Forum I was able to catch up with the Canadian Cattlemen Association President Martin Unrau to get an update on the recent activities of the CCA in the last year. Obviously mandatory country of origin labeling MCOOL and CETA have captured much of the time. If you cannot see the above… Read more »

Weather is the American Cattle Industry’s Friend Right Now – Duane Lenz, Cattle Fax

It would seem that American and Canadian cattle producers have a little hop in their step and a little more jingle in their pockets. Cattle prices are high and feed costs continue to shrink. Shaun Haney caught up with CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz at the CanFax Market Forum in Calgary to discuss the American cattle… Read more »

Lots of Great Speakers and Information at the Canfax Market Forum – Nov 26, 27

On November 26 and 27 Canfax will be hosting its second annual Canfax Market Forum at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary Alberta.  I had a chance to talk to Canfax Market Analyst Brian Perillat about the conference and specifically about some of the headlining speakers.  Whether its COOL, currency and cattle markets or… Read more »