PEDv seen pushing U.S. 2014 pork production down two per cent — April 15, 2014


Reuters — U.S. pork production is likely to decline about two per cent this year due to the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its monthly livestock outlook report. Live hog prices were expected to increase as a result of the pig virus, the report said. As of […]

U.S. livestock: Cash price uncertainty weakens CME live cattle — April 15, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle turned lower, pressured by profit-taking and uncertainty regarding this week’s slaughter-ready or cash prices, traders said. Bullish participants see packers paying steady to higher money for cattle to be delivered during the first full slaughter week after the Easter holiday. They also cited possible beef cutout […]

The Grazing Plan

Hope you have your plan together for this year’s pastures. If not, your first question is: What is your stocking rate? Stocking rate is the number of animal units that you plan to have on the pasture for the season. This, of course, is not determined by the number of acres grazed, but it needs […]

Below-average temperatures to continue across Prairies — April 14, 2014


CNS Canada – Temperatures are expected to continue to be colder than normal for much of agricultural Western Canada this week. A smaller disturbance will be moving through Alberta and into parts of western and southern Saskatchewan, according to Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City. “It will be kind of similar to […]

USDA seen considering mandatory reports of PEDv outbreaks — April 14, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. government is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said Monday. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has killed millions of […]

U.S. livestock: Fund buying sends CME hogs mostly higher — April 14, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog contracts gained ground on Monday with help from fund buying and anticipation of reduced production in the weeks ahead, traders and analysts said. Some packing plants plan to be dark during the Easter holiday weekend, limiting their need for hogs. Processors have already cut operations as […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle market remains strong — April 12, 2014


Throughout the winter and early spring period, feeder cattle prices have been trending higher led by strength in beef values throughout the food processing chain. However, it appears consumer demand is now starting to ease, given historical high retail values. Restaurants are also cutting costs or serving smaller portions in order to reduce the effect […]

Federal deputy ag minister retiring, new DM named — April 11, 2014


One of Canada’s former federal trade negotiators for the North American market is set to become the country’s top agriculture bureaucrat at the end of this month. Andrea Lyon, who from 2009 to 2011 was an associate deputy minister for agriculture and agri-food and has been associate deputy minister of the environment since July 2011, […]

U.S. livestock: Fund buying extends CME live cattle gains — April 11, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle gained for a fourth straight day on Friday on short-covering and fund buying after futures broke through technical resistance levels, traders said. April live cattle closed up 0.85 cents per pound to 144.85 cents, after topping the 10-day and 20-day moving averages of 144.255 and 144.756 […]

Cows eating grass in a field.

Swift Current researchers take the long view

The central grasslands of the northern great plains of Western Canada is a major forage growing area and makes up a significant portion of the landscape of the Prairies. This semiarid region extends from southwestern Manitoba to southwestern Alberta; north to just below Saskatoon and south to the United States border. Swift Current Ag Canada […]