LIVESTOCK: CME live cattle fall, pressured by equities tumble — July 31, 2014


Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts closed sharply lower on Thursday, pulled down by the stock market’s sheer drop caused by European deflation and Argentina default worries. Wall Street investors dumped long positions across a broad range of commodities, including CME livestock futures, an analyst said. Global economic jitters could undermine consumer confidence, which could […]

Cargill, citing shrinking cattle herd, to shut Wisconsin beef plant — July 31, 2014


Reuters — Cargill Inc, one of the nation’s largest beef processors, said on Wednesday it plans to close its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, beef-processing plant on Friday, because the size of the U.S. herd has fallen to its smallest in 63 years. The ground beef production side of the plant, which employs about 200 people, will remain […]

Saskatchewan canola crop development variable: crop tour — July 30, 2014


CNS– The development of canola was clearly at varying stages of development in east central and southeast Saskatchewan during the third day of a crop tour organized by CWB (formerly the Canadian Wheat Board). On July 30, participants took a circuitous tour starting in Yorkton, then going northwest to Melfort, before once again heading south […]


May calving bull turnout is Aug. 1

Expected start of the 2015 calving season set at May 10

NDSU Extension Service – Given later calving, 99 per cent of the cows are calving within the first two breeding cycles (42 days) at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center switched to May calving in 2012. So far, following late-calving on grass in 2013 and 2014, the cows have rebred very well. Again this […]

U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labelling regulation — July 29, 2014


A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerning labelling requirements for meat, marking a potential setback for other businesses fighting federal regulations on free-speech grounds. For the second time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the 2013 regulation could be enforced. […]

U.S. proposes allowing more pork imports from Mexican states — July 29, 2014


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in regulations that would relax restrictions on pork imports from certain areas of Mexico, potentially allowing for increased U.S. imports at a time of a supply shortage. The proposal would permit pork to be imported from certain parts of Mexico defined as having a […]

Brazil cattle herd to grow two per cent this year — July 29, 2014


sao paulo Brazil, home of the world’s largest commercial cattle herd, will likely grow its stock by two per cent this year from 2013, reaching a record 198.7 million head, according to a report sponsored by analysts Informa Economics FNP. The increase is due to better management and more investment in maintaining pastures, according to […]

Calf carrier

A farm built for two

700 cows, a feedlot, two people… and it works

A picture-perfect scene of 700 black cows set against a canvas of white transforms to pairs on a collage of gold and green as Bryce and Dawn McKenzie put the final touches on their calving season. They have the strokes down pat after 38 years in the beef business and share some insights on how […]

Klassen: Feeder market surges like a rocket — steers hit $330 — July 27, 2014


Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were extreme volatile and relatively undefined as the market made fresh historical highs. U.S. weekly beef production continues to come in below expectations and the market appears to be in a “supply shock.” At the same time, market-ready supplies of slaughter cattle are rather tight moving into August causing packers […]