Incoming Alta. premier taps ex-MPs to push for market access — September 18, 2014

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Boosting market access for Alberta’s agricultural wares and other exports is expected to loom large on the new provincial premier’s radar. Jim Prentice, sworn in Monday as premier, kept Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Verlyn Olson as his minister of agriculture and rural development, and reappointed Jason Krips as deputy minister for the department. Prentice, in his mandate […]


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Strategic protein supplementation in beef cattle

Mismatches in dietary energy and protein availability in the rumen negatively affect performance

In the May and June issues of this column, we examined how stage of maturity influences the nutritive value of forages for grazing cattle. The focus was on factors influencing the availability of energy and crude protein (CP) in forages and on the ability of rumen bacteria to utilize these nutrients to support their own […]


U.S. livestock: CME hog futures fall with cash, pork prices — September 17, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures slumped more than two per cent on Wednesday, pressured by lower prices for slaughter-ready or cash hogs and pork at wholesale, traders said. October closed 1.775 cents per pound lower at 105.1 cents, and December at 93.9 cents, down 2.025 cents (all figures US$). Wednesday […]


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Veteran, Alta. market introduces ‘fall-forward’ sales

On-screen video sale to help ranchers and auctioneers sell calves

With optimism on ranches and feedlots riding an all-time high, auction markets are gearing up for an exciting fall run with potential for record calf prices. Auction markets continue to reinvent this long-established and trusted system of selling cattle with all sorts of options to suit their customers’ needs and Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. at […]


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle close lower on cash price outlook — September 16, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed down slightly on Tuesday in anticipation of likely lower prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. October and December live cattle both ended 0.15 cent per pound lower, at 156.2 and 158.875 cents, respectively (all figures US$). Packers might curb cash […]


Crop damage varies across Prairies — September 16, 2014

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CNS Canada — Last week’s Prairie frost seems to have bitten Alberta crops the hardest, but all across Western Canada, crop experts say wet, cold weather poses challenges to late-stage development. In Alberta, a hard frost came the night of Sept. 10 and morning of Sept. 11. “The cereals and canola that were least ripe, […]


Meat industry groups seek rehearing of COOL court case — September 16, 2014

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Canadian, U.S. and Mexican livestock and meat industry groups want a rehearing from a U.S. court that so far has shot down their challenges of U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws. The American Meat Institute (AMI), the lead group in a list of plaintiffs including the Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), filed […]


U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms — September 16, 2014

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Reuters — Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect […]


‘Average’ Manitoba corn harvest pushed back — September 15, 2014

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CNS Canada — A southern Manitoba corn agronomist says most corn farmers in the province can expect to see average yields this season. “Normally harvest would begin in late September but I would be surprised if that happened. I think it will be the first or second week of October,” said Morgan Cott of the […]


U.S. SEC announces settlement with AgFeed over accounting fraud — September 15, 2014

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Washington | Reuters – A Tennessee animal feed company will pay back US$18 million in alleged illicit profits to settle civil accounting fraud charges, U.S. regulators said Monday. AgFeed Industries, which is currently in bankruptcy, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission in March in connection with charges that it reported fake revenue from […]