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Beef Watch: Canadian cattle herd steady, U.S. calf numbers grow

Prepared by the staff of Canfax and Canfax Research Services, divisions of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian beef cow herd remained steady on July 1, 2017. The beef cow culling rate is in line with the long-term average, but heifer slaughter is up. The feedlot sector saw impressive profitability in the first half of the year but is also facing larger price risks due to swings in fed cattle prices. […] Read more



Fossil fuels here to stay… for now

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – Renewable sources of energy may be the future, but that future is not coming any time soon as fossil fuels will be needed to continue to power the world for generations, according to author and professor emeritus Vaclav Smil, speaking at the Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Nov. 14. “We […] Read more

Wildfires claim life of young cattleman

NewsMakers from the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wildfires that swept through Alberta and into Saskatchewan last month claimed one of the young leaders of Alberta’s cattle industry when James Hargrave, 34, of Walsh, Alta., died in a vehicle crash while fighting a fire along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Hargrave was a vice-president of the Western Stock Growers’ Association and former delegate of the […] Read more



Trade talks a dicey situation, Coyne says

Winnipeg | CNS Canada — With Canada in the midst of negotiations for two different trade agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership, trade concerns are getting muddled, according to Andrew Coyne. “We need to be conscious of diversifying our trade interests beyond just North America. It would be extremely foolish that […] Read more

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CCA Report: Tax and NAFTA

From the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It has been a busy and productive month for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Tax policy has been one of the top domestic policy issues for the CCA since the Government of Canada’s mid-summer announcement. We welcomed the government’s revisions to the tax change proposal announced in October, as their original plan had the potential […] Read more



MacAulay to visit China on trade mission to boost food exports

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, will lead a trade mission next week to China as part of Canada’s efforts to double bilateral trade with that country and grow global agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025. A news release distributed on Nov. 9, said, “with a population of 1.4 billion people, and a growing appetite for high-quality Canadian food products, […] Read more

The not-so sexy side of genomics

Breeding: News Roundup from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

New technologies are sexy if they meet three criteria: they open doors to new and wonderful things, they are disruptive, and they are profitable. Genomics is proving to be one of the sexiest technologies in history. All living things are based on DNA and so genomics, the study and manipulation of that DNA, can have […] Read more



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Stretching your hay supply with straw

Feed: News Roundup from the October 23, 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Travis Peardon, the regional livestock specialist in Outlook, Sask., says few producers were reporting an abundance of hay this year, so he presumes many will be stretching what they do have with straw to get their cows through the winter. That being the case, Peardon recently prepared a short primer on straw-bolstered rations for producers […] Read more


Winning name chosen for first ever Canadian Junior Limousin Association heifer

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Two B.C. families have been honoured for 50 consecutive years of membership in the Canadian Angus Association. Congratulations go out to the Hughes family of Tafika Angus and John Urquhart of Bramblebrook Ventures. Wayne, Gillian and Bryce Hughes own and operate Tafika Angus. Wayne and Gillian, in partnership with their son Bryce and his wife […] Read more




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