Tag: George Morris Center

Examining The Canadian Hog Market with Kevin Grier, George Morris Center

The Canadian hog market is definitely an example of an up and down cycle of financial losses, frustration, PED and financial wins. Some would say its comparable to a roller coaster full of pain and exuberance. I spoke with Kevin Grier, George Morris Center to discuss what is happening in the Canadian hog market and… Read more »

Cattle Packers Get Caught and Force a Once in a Lifetime Market Run Higher in Early 2014

Anyone that has ever fed cattle has targeted a hole in the market to get a better price at some point.  Sometimes the hole develops as predicted and sometimes the market adjusts and the hole is no more than a dent.  In the first four weeks of January, cattle packers in the US found themselves… Read more »

Is the Tyson Pasco Plant Viable with New MCOOL Rules – Kevin Grier

The battle of the new MCOOL rules continue to raise concerns on both sides of the border.  Groups like NCBA, AMI, CCA and more are battling the US Government in its quest to make MCOOL a long term reality.  Obviously with the US government shut down the last two weeks, nothing is happening.  MCOOL seems… Read more »

How is JBS Going to Use Lakeside Brooks to Compete – Kevin Grier

When the news broke that JBS was going to buy the XL Foods Lakeside plant after the fall 2012 ecoli crisis, many were relieved that a buyer had stepped up.  The plant going dark was a much worse scenario for local cattle feeders. Now that the plant deal has closed we thought it would actually… Read more »

Should US Ethanol Mandates Be Scrapped In the Face of Drought?

There is pressure building in the halls of Washington to rescind the mandatory ethanol mandates.  With tightening supplies of corn creating higher feed prices for livestock producers and higher food costs for consumers, the pressure mounting  in Washington is real. To this point though, according to Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, nothing has changed.  Kevin believes that… Read more »

Al Mussell – Does Canada Need to Dismantle Supply Management in the TPP?

This week the George Morris Center released a paper, which discusses the TPP negotiations and the potential impact on supply management.  Al Mussell is the author of the report and he strongly believes that the TPP / supply management discussion is not an all or none scenario. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Al Mussell believes that Canadian trade negotiators can… Read more »

The Ethanol Mandate is Killing the Cattle and Hog Industry – Kevin Grier, George Morris Centre

The food versus fuel debate seems to be alive and well according to Kevin Grier from the George Morris Center.  Kevin also believes that some of the people that should be the most update are livestock producers in Canada.  As Kevin mention in the below interview, with 40% of the US corn crop being burned… 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 »

Should Canadian Pork and Beef Be Supply Managed? – Kevin Grier

When an industry struggles financially, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate how business is done.  The beef industry has struggled since the discovery of BSE in 2003 and the pork industry has felt the financial pain from the H1N1 pandemic.  One solution being circulated in the coffee shops across the country is to make either of… Read more »

US Cattle on Feed Report: Kevin Grier, George Morris Center

Yesterday, the US Cattle on Feed Report was released and in my opinion they should get the attention of producers but also consumers.  To get a better handle of the situation I asked Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, to provide a summary:   –Cattle and calves on feed inventory was 4 percent below June 1,… Read more »