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U.S livestock: CME live cattle futures ease before USDA report

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished the week with losses as investors tweaked positions ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CST (2000 GMT), said traders. Analysts, on average, expect the report to show 7.7 percent more cattle were placed into U.S. feedlots last […] Read more

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Canadian flax prospects dimmed by China’s silk road

Winnipeg | CNS – China’s construction of a new “silk road” connecting the country to Europe isn’t likely to be good news for Canadian flax exporters. For several years, Canada has been the main exporter of flax to China but that could likely change if Kazakhstan ever has a direct link to the China. “We […] Read more


Wheat storage a winner, says analyst

Winnipeg | CNS – As yields grow throughout North America and the physical size of the crop becomes larger, farmers who invest in storage bins now, stand to reap the rewards later. “Guys with space are winning,” said Kurt Ahrens, founder of Grainbot in Omaha, Nebraska. Speaking at the Grain World Conference in Winnipeg, he […] Read more

Farm bankruptcies down, but not out – just different

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – Fewer farms means fewer bankruptcies but with that simple equation comes the realization that the size and tone of those bankruptcies in North America is growing. “They are larger, the amount of debt is greater, the fact that we’re not seeing a higher number doesn’t mean there isn’t considerable distress […] Read more





U.S. livestock: CME live cattle slip on softer cash, beef prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday reversed some of Wednesday’s gains, led by weaker cash and wholesale beef values, traders said. Some market participants tweaked positions before Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) monthly Cattle on Feed report. “We saw a small rally yesterday, and a steady opening today, […] Read more

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Sweet clover poisoning — an old problem persists

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

Mouldy sweet clover poisoning in cattle is caused by the ingestion of sweet clover hay or ensilage containing dicoumarol. Poisoning is characterized by extensive hemorrhages into tissues throughout the body and severe blood loss after injury, surgery or parturition. Coumarol, a normal constituent of many sweet clover cultivars, is converted to dicoumarol through the action […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: Short-covering pares recent CME live cattle losses

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday settled higher after short-covering helped recoup some of the market’s recent cash price related losses, traders said. A few investors adjusted positions before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle on Feed report on Friday. December live cattle finished 0.7 cent/lb. higher at […] Read more

Strive for consistency when feeding cattle

Nutrition with John McKinnon

Striving for consistency may not sound like the most exciting goal, but when it comes to feeding cattle, it should be one of our golden rules! Consistency is essential if we want to keep cattle on an even keel and prevent wild swings in intake. This includes consistency in when we feed; how we load, […] Read more