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BSE class-action suit takes another step

Legal: News Roundup from the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The BSE class-action lawsuit against the federal government launched on behalf of producers that was moving toward a possible trial date last fall is still moving through the courts. Duncan Boswell, a senior partner with Gowling WLG in Toronto, says an amended litigation plan was approved by the court on April 30 and offers hope […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME hogs snap back on higher cash, wholesale pork prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Tuesday recovered from Monday’s selloff, helped by higher wholesale pork values and surging market-ready, or cash, hog prices, traders said. Fund buying and bargain hunting enhanced futures advances, they said. June hogs, which will expire on Thursday, closed up 0.375 cent/lb. at 80.525 cents (all […] Read more

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Canadian dairy sector skimming global exports, U.S. complains

Winnipeg/Chicago | Reuters — Canada’s surging exports of protein-rich skim milk powder have angered farmers in the U.S., as the sheltered dairy sector in Canada draws the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump for its high tariffs. Canada cannot expect to have both a protected system and compete globally, U.S. Dairy Export Council CEO Tom […] Read more

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Canada’s dairy farmers cling to protections as Trump demands concessions

Winnipeg/Chicago | Reuters — Canadian dairy farmers want trade negotiators to keep their hands off the protected sector in increasingly contentious talks with the United States, however loudly U.S. President Donald Trump demands greater access, an executive with Canada’s biggest dairy lobby group said Monday. The sector, worth $21 billion in farm and processed dairy […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Profit-taking, renewed trade fears drop CME hogs

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Monday reversed Friday’s advances, hit by profit-taking and renewed concerns over U.S. exports following late last week’s contentious G-7 summit, said traders. Europe will implement counter-measures against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret […] Read more

Innovation fuels GBT Angus

Sask. seedstock operation raises Angus cattle on its sixth-generation family farm

Trevor and Cheryl Branvold raise registered Angus cattle on their farm near Wawota, Sask., a farm that has been in Cheryl’s family since it was settled in 1888. “Our kids are the sixth generation of our family to be on our farm. We have two boys, Brett (13) and Carter (10). They are a lot […] Read more