Category: NCBA12

All of our coverage of the NCBA 2012 meeting in Nashville

Barry Gets a New Stetson Cowboy Hat at the NCBA12

Every cowboy or cowgirl needs to make sure that they look good. Whether you are headed to church or on horseback on the ranch in East End, Saskatchewan, you need a cowboy hat that makes a statement about yourself. At NCBA 2012 in Nashville, my ranching friend Barry decided that he needed a new cowboy… Read more »

PNEU-DART System Allows Producers to Treat Cattle From a Distance

Running a ranch can be tough work in the large open space of Western Canada. Animals get spread out, the landscape doesn’t allow you to get close to the animals always and labor is hard to come by.  This is where the where the PNEU-DART System comes into play.  Now the PNEU-DART does come with… Read more »

Easy Rake Brings Safety & Efficiency to Your Silage Pit

Depending on how many cattle you feed and what stage those cattle are at, the silage pit can be your second home during the day. It can also be a very dangerous place depending on how high that pile is. Typically if your pile is high, you end up creating a cliff when you dig… Read more »

Canadian Beef Trade Relations Lightning Round – John Masswohl

The current beef-trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada is the best it’s been in a long time. That’s good. We do a lot of business with the U.S. and from a geographical perspective, there is a “convenience factor” that will always keep that relationship somewhat open no matter the issue. However, even with that… Read more »

CanFax: Short Cow Numbers Lead to Thin Packer & Feeder Margins in 2012

Cattle producers and industry members from the U.S., Canada and beyond gathered at NCBA 2012 to talk about the state of the industry, the triumphs and the challenges. As we look further ahead into 2012, the challenges for the margin operator don’t seem to get any easier. In fact, you could say that it looks… Read more »

John Masswohl Discusses Future of COOL

The World Trade Organization’s ruling on the country of origin labelling (COOL) legislation brought some small sense of victory to the Canadian beef industry. The excitement over that victory was short-lived however as producers realized that any tangible results stemming from that ruling would be a long way off. The potential for an appeal by… Read more »

CattleFax Cattle Market Outlook with Duane Lenz at NCBA 2012

This years NCBA conference saw a more positive outlook from producers and industry members than there has been for a while. That outlook comes with some qualifiers as well as some questions that have to be answered as we look ahead to the rest of 2012. I spoke to Duane Lenz of CattleFax about the… Read more »

NCBA 2012 – Should Your Feedyard be Covered by the Beef Hoop System

If you’re in the cattle feeding business, you know how tight margins are. With feed costs continuing to be expensive and feeder prices looking toward potential record highs this year, the importance of improving feed efficiency becomes magnified. Watching cattle struggle through wet pens to get to that feed in the spring can be hard… Read more »

Beef Market Update – NCBA 2012 – The Rancher is in the Drivers Seat

If a person were to describe the overall mood of this year’s NCBA Conference, it would be descibed as price bullish and margin bearish. As we have mentioned before, it’s a cautious optimism for feeders and packers, which comes with a recognition of the volatility that producers have gone through and are also facing in the future…. Read more »