High-priced calves drop U.S. July cattle placements by 7 pct — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in July dropped 7.0 per cent from a year ago as pricey calves deterred some feedlots from purchasing them for fattening, a government report showed on Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed July placements at 1.560 million head, down 7.0 per cent from […]


LIVESTOCK: CME live cattle futures climb before USDA report — August 22, 2014

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Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Friday, supported by positioning before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CDT (1900) GMT. Analysts expect the report to show fewer cattle entered feedlots in July as expensive calves discouraged some feedyards from buying them. On Friday, USDA will […]


Dr. Shannon R. White

Measuring agriculture’s shadow

Conservation practices needed to improve environmental performance of livestock sector

The value of biodiversity to provide ecosystem services like pollination to agriculture is more and more recognized,” says Dr. Shannon R. White, a University of Alberta ecologist working with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). “Measuring biodiversity is the base for valuing the ecosystem services responsible for purifying our air and water, and ensuring the […]


Belarus cancels import ban on live cattle from EU — August 22, 2014

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Minsk | Reuters — Belarus, aiming to boost food exports to neighbouring Russia, has cancelled a ban on live cattle from the European Union, Yuri Pivovarchuk, the head of veterinary surveillance at the Belarussian agriculture ministry, said. Minsk said the cancellation of the ban was not caused by its plans to increase exports to Russia, […]


U.S. livestock: CME hogs turn higher on short-covering — August 21, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog contracts closed higher on Thursday on short-covering and futures’ discount to CME’s hog index at US109.25 cents. October and December ended 1.125 cents higher at 93.625 and 87.55 cents per pound, respectively (all figures US$). CME hogs had a relative strength index (RSI) of 15. A RSI […]


Labels now the law for all mechanically tenderized beef — August 21, 2014

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In a move to cut risk from foodborne E. coli, all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in Canada from today on must be labelled as such and list instructions on safe cooking. Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Thursday announced the new labelling requirements for all uncooked MTB — expanding a rule that’s been in place […]


"We want to see a program that works for ranchers and species at risk." – Sue Michalsky, Eastend, Sask.

Fee-for-service conservation

Ranchers engineered it now they are testing it out to see how it works in the real world

It’s been 80 years since respected American professor, ecologist and author, Aldo Leopold, recognized that conservation would ultimately boil down to rewarding private landowners who preserve the public interest. The southwestern Saskatchewan ranchers who formed the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Inc. (RSAI) in 2010 believe that day has arrived. As to how it can be done, […]


Cargill plant fined over cut wastewater samples — August 20, 2014

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One of the largest beef packing plants in Canada has been slapped with an $80,000 fine after reporting “errors” in its wastewater data in early 2012. Alberta’s Provincial Court levied the fine against the Canadian arm of Cargill for “failing to immediately report intentionally-diluted wastewater samples” from its High River, Alta. plant, the provincial environment department […]


Russia shuts four McDonald’s restaurants amid Ukraine tensions — August 20, 2014

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Moscow | Reuters – Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine. The four restaurants ordered to suspend operations by the state food safety watchdog included the first ever McDonald’s […]


U.S. livestock: CME hogs slide with cash, pork prices — August 20, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday posted losses for a second straight day, pressured by eroding cash hog and wholesale prices. October ended down 2.325 cents at 92.5 cents per pound, and December at 86.425 cents, 2.2 lower (all figures US$). Wednesday afternoon’s average price of hogs in Iowa/Minnesota slumped […]