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No BRM breakthrough reached at ministers’ meeting

AgMins fail to find solution to business risk management program woes

No consensus on changes to business risk managements (BRM) programming was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meetings. After the meetings ended Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explained Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. Bibeau’s […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures trim as traders weigh weak exports

Lean hogs down with pork export figures

Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures fell on Friday on profit-taking during a shortened holiday-trading day, while less-than-stellar weekly beef exports added pressure to livestock futures overall, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures fell for the first time in the past five trading sessions, ending the day down 0.925 cent at […] Read more


Cattle markets remain in recovery mode

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

The market for fed cattle in the U.S. is now out of intensive care. But it remains in recovery mode after the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on cattle prices from mid-April through mid-July. Prices advanced US$7.05 per cwt live (based on USDA’s five-area steer average) in the four weeks to the week ended October […] Read more

The South East Research Farm’s trial on soybeans and flowery silage corn after frost.

Forage intercropping trials show promise in Western Canada

Research is underway to fully understand the best practices for incorporating forage mixtures in this cropping method

The practice of intercropping is receiving more attention on the Prairies, and research centres are exploring the possibilities for forage options. The potential benefits are promising, researchers say, but more work is needed to provide producers with accurate information on how best to apply this method. “I think it’s really interesting that there’s some combinations […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Live cattle up on cash market optimism, beef demand

Hogs up ahead of USDA exports report

Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures rose on Wednesday for a fourth straight session, climbing ahead of Thursday’s U.S. Thanksgiving holiday as strong packer margins fed expectations of improving cash cattle prices over the next few weeks, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange February live cattle futures settled up 0.225 cent at 114.175 cents/lb. (all […] Read more


Virtual breed shows headline Agribition in 2020

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

More details are available on Canadian Western Agribition’s multi-breed virtual cattle show series. The Agribition Evolution Series, presented by RBC and supported by the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, will feature 11 breeds with Grand Champion Bulls and Females from each breed competing for the Evolution Series Supreme Champion title. The Evolution Supreme Champions will receive […] Read more

Beef cow inventories are down 1.4 per cent to 3.6 million cows.

COVID-fuelled recession clips cattle markets

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

While cattle markets appear to have stabilized following the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, uncertainty surrounding the fallout of the global pandemic has created longer-lasting effects. Canadian cattle inventories continue to shrink as the U.S. cattle herd reaches its peak. What happens next will depend on domestic and global demand. All G20 […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures follow beef prices, Dow higher

Chicago lean hogs end mixed

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday for a third straight session, lifted by surging wholesale beef prices and optimism that coronavirus vaccines could trigger an economic recovery, bolstering demand for meat, traders said. Wall Street’s Dow Jones industrial average hit a record high above 30,000 on upbeat COVID-19 vaccine news, […] Read more

Supreme Champion Female.

Livestock shows and cattle awards

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Junior Stockman’s Livestock Show featured 51 junior exhibitors with 74 livestock entries across six breed classes. All junior exhibitors were also entered in the showmanship division. Results follow. Peewee Champion: Avery Greenwood, Swift Current, Sask. Peewee Reserve Champion: Cheyenne Berner, Verwood Sask. Junior Champion: Kaycee Buchanan, Caronport, Sask. Junior Reserve Champion: Lane Steen, Dundurn, […] Read more