The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association released information this morning that South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian Beef imports.  This news is long overdue and we have to realize that trade resumption doesn’t happen overnight. Learning from our agreement with China, Canada must complete all of the more detailed technical issues as quickly as possible… Read More

Kevin Grier Comments On The Calgary XL Foods Planting Shutting Down

When the media talks about profitability in the cattle business most times we talk about ranchers and feedyard owners. The other part of the beef value chain that cannot be forgotten is the cattle packer. Packers have not had a real great run as of late which has meant four day kill weeks.  As we… Read More

The Reduction in the Cow Herd Seems Real

As Anne Dunford has mentioned many times in the Beef Market Update, the realities of the cow herd reduction will eventually show its face in the supply and demand equation. Sometimes you just need to see things for yourself. This week as my dad, my brother and myself drove on some back roads from Kimberley… Read More

The New Site Has Arrived

After much anticipation the new design for RealAgriculture.com has arrived.  We can now take this great concept to some new heights as we explore the world of agriculture.  I look forward to the future of the site and look forward to your feedback.  You will notice immediately that there are some changes to the new… Read More

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) named a new chair at its annual general meeting held recently in Calgary. Anne Wasko will take the gavel from outgoing chair Cherie Barnes and build on the momentum that the program has already achieved. Followers of RealAgriculture will be quite familiar with Anne Wasko who has been providing… Read More

Having undergone recent changes by the former Liberal government, Ontario’s new government has announced its own changes for the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, with more consultation planned. “We heard livestock farmers’ concerns with the program so we’re making the first changes effective immediately,” says Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in a… Read More

Depending on where you’re located, what you have for cattle feed could be drastically different then what your neighbour 10 miles away has. It also differs from province to province. It’s been dry in much of Western Canada, as well as parts of Ontario, resulting in low yields and producers scrambling for feed come the… Read More

What do you get when you connect two ‘city kid’ filmmakers, a world-class chef, and nine farmers and their families? You get Before The Plate, a genuine behind-the-kitchen-door, on-the-farm look at how food is produced in Canada, and the passion and commitment chefs and farmers apply to their craft. The driving force behind the film… Read More

We were warned early on by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland that the NAFTA talks would be rocky. She was right. We are through seven rounds and more clouds hang over the talks than ever. With a Mexican election on July 1, and the fall U.S. midterms surely pushing talks into 2019, the U.S. President… Read More