Tag: CanFax

The Case for Preconditioning and a Clear Definition of What It Means

According to the Western Canadian Cow Calf Survey completed in 2015, 72 percent of calves in Western Canada are sold at weaning, with 80 percent being sold via an auction market. The combination of stressors calves face in that short time from weaning to auction to entering a feedlot has major health and economic implications, says Brenna… Read more »

Searching for Stability in the Beef Market

Cattle markets will likely continue to trend lower, although at a slower rate than we saw for much of 2015 and early 2016, according to the senior analyst with Canfax. “We’ve been through such a massive adjustment here, I think the bulk of the pain is over,” says Brian Perillat in this interview at the Canadian… Read more »

More Heifers Entering Feedlots, And You Know What That Means…

The number of cattle on feed in Canada is continuing to grow, according to the May report from CanFax. Part of the reason numbers are climbing, senior analyst Brian Perillat explains, is more heifers are going into feedlots. “We always gauge that as an appetite for expansion and unfortunately it still looks like quite a few heifers… Read more »

Canfax Starts Collecting Contract and Formula Sale Prices on Fat Cattle

With the immense drop in fat cash cattle being sold on a weekly basis the reporting of sale data has changed. A high majority of fat cattle in Canada are being sold through forward contracting or formula (grid systems). Canfax is responsible to collect data from willing producers and report back information to the industry… Read more »

Canfax Mobile App Helps Producers Make Informed Marketing Decisions

Cattle producers all along the supply chain now have access to a new, free market prices app based on historical Canfax data. Using Canadian pricing and continually updating with new pricing information, the CanFax CFX Pro mobile app is applicable and useful for all Canadian cattle producers, says Brian Perillat, with Canfax. Developed with industry… Read more »

Is this the New Normal Size of the Canadian Cow Herd? — Brian Perillat, Canfax

While the fundamentals seem to hint at conditions being right for the Canadian cow herd to begin an expansion phase, it’s not happening. Cull rates of about 10% would signal ranchers building their herds; 2013 numbers will end up somewhere about 15%, a number more synonymous with liquidation than expansion. According to Brian Perillat, senior… 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 »

The Consolidating of Finishing Feedlots, But Good News for Ranchers is on Deck: Brian Perillat

To say it was a tough winter is perhaps an understatement. High feed costs, cold weather and the dollar at par or better weighed on the cattle market well into the spring. Add the misery of more stringent COOL requirements, and there have been some grumpy faces in the cattle market these days. Brian Perillat,… Read more »

Brian Perillat On the Growth of the Canadian Cattle Herd & the XL Foods Hangover

Food safety in the beef industry was a topic that was front and centre at this years Canfax Cattle Market Forum. Producers and industry members were left questioning just how far the impact of the recall would reach and how long the hangover would last. As we found out when we sat down with Brian… Read more »

Canfax Cattle on Feed Report Confirms a Slow Fall Feeder Cattle Run

The 2012 fall feeder run seems to be moving at a very slow pace. Last weeks Canfax Cattle on Feed report would definitely confirm that. All things considered, the slow feeder run may be a blessing in disguise as many of the cattle liners are busy shipping cattle south due to the XL Foods closure… Read more »

Register for the CanFax Cattle Market Forum

The cattle industry is facing some big challenges. Feed prices, exchange rates, beef recalls and a stalled cow herd size are pressuring the industry.  We must not forget how good this industry has been to many and that volatility leads to opportunity for those that have foresight. On November 13 and 14th, Canfax will be… Read more »

Canfax Researches the Possibility of A Mobile App

If you work on a ranch or feedyard, you know that you are constantly on the move.  Whether its checking pens or pulling calves, the days can be long and hectic.   Having said that, you need to still stay on top of the cattle markets and ensure you are making the right marketing decisions… Read more »

Calf Price Considerations for Ranchers and Feeders

As the US corn crop shrinks with the effects of the drought, it continues to lower Canadian calf and feeder price prospects. Although the rapid increase in grain prices have had the most dramatic impact on the cattle markets, there have been several factors that have been chipping away at Canadian prices the past few… Read more »

How Do You Expect Me to Expand My Cow Herd?

I am hearing major frustration from some of the younger cow calf producers regarding the difficulty of trying to expand their cow herd in this crazy market. Prices for pairs has shot higher at the same time when banks may be less than eager to lend to the cattle industry.  Add on top of that… Read more »

Canfax Releases the AB/SK April 1st Cattle on Feed Report

Canfax released its Cattle on Feed Report this morning and for the first time since June of last year, cattle on feed in Saskatchewan and Alberta feedlots were reported lower than the previous year. Aggressive placements earlier last fall, a pick-up of feeder exports in the first quarter of this year, and the resulting higher… Read more »