Klassen: Feeder cattle market remains variable — September 1, 2014

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The western Canadian feeder cattle market continues to trade in a volatile fashion. Similar-quality cattle varied by as much as $10 per hundredweight (cwt) in some cases, especially on calves under 600 pounds. There are three key factors enhancing the volatility in the feeder market at this time. First, wholesale beef prices are under pressure […]


Levinoff-Colbex beef plant to be sold for parts: report — August 29, 2014

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A Quebec cattle producer group’s bid to buy and reopen the shuttered Levinoff-Colbex beef packing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region has been rejected, according to the province’s main farm organization. The ill-fated cull cow slaughter plant’s receiver, Richter Advisory Group of Montreal, had been taking bids on the St-Cyrille-de-Wendover plant’s assets this summer, for sale […]


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade — August 29, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska […]


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When will cow-calf producers stop shrinking?

No sign of a turnaround yet

What will it take for cow-calf producers to start expanding the herd? That was the question that kept popping into my head as I read through the recently released 2013-14 results report of the Canadian Cattlemen Market Development Council. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, I’m not surprised. It isn’t well known outside of […]


Jamaica re-opens to Canadian beef — August 28, 2014

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Canadian beef producers have scored access to a long-closed market as Jamaica will again take Canadian product. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Monday that Jamaica has approved all imports of beef from Canada, effective immediately. The country closed its ports to Canadian beef in 2003 after the discovery of Canada’s […]


U.S. livestock: Cash price optimism rallies CME live cattle — August 28, 2014

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Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures turned up sharply on Thursday in anticipation of steady-to-better prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. Futures drew more support from their discounts to last week’s cash cattle returns. August live cattle, which will expire on Friday, ended up 1.45 cent per […]


EU provides aid to dairy sector after Russian ban — August 28, 2014

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Brussels | Reuters – The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers. Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the U.S., the European Union, […]


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We want to market more beef

A&W explains its marketing plan to producers

It was fun while it lasted — the new burger family served in tidy little foil bags; the frosted mug of root beer; the carhops delivering orders to the window. It was 1956 and A&W came onto the Canadian food-service scene with a flare that captured the fancy of the postwar generation. By 1972, when […]


Flax production seen poised for modest gains — August 28, 2014

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CNS Canada — Canada’s flaxseed production is expected to exceed last year’s totals — a rare occurrence after last season’s bumper harvest for most crops. “It sounds like we lost a little bit of acres (due to flooding) but they’re still holding onto a pretty good forecast,” said Will Hill, president of the Flax Council […]


Manitoba names new chief vet — August 27, 2014

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The Manitoba government has tapped another federal veterinarian to lead its animal health and welfare, food safety and livestock biosecurity programs. Dr. Megan Bergman, most recently the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s regional director for Manitoba, was named Tuesday as the province’s chief veterinary officer, replacing Dr. Wayne Lees. Bergman graduated from Saskatoon’s Western College of […]