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Canada Beef Market Intelligence Update: Imports rise in Japan

Canada Beef Market Intelligence Update: Imports rise in Japan

Japan’s imports of Canadian beef rose this spring, buoyed by increasing retail demand and expectations that American beef imports would be curbed. Japanese beef consumption remains relatively steady compared to last year’s levels, with foodservice sales anticipated to remain weak for the first half of 2021. Japan’s total beef import volumes in March were 54,200 […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: Lean hogs end mixed as traders eye Dominican hog disease

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures closed mixed on Thursday as pressure from news of a deadly hog disease in the Dominican Republic offset support from strong export sales and firm cash hog prices, traders said. CME August lean hog futures settled up 0.600 cent at 106.300 cents per pound, while […] Read more


Individual veterinary practice owners often struggle to find an associate to help with the caseload.

Is the veterinarian shortage real or regional?

Mentoring and partnering with farm animal practices can increase vet student confidence

There was a time when a veterinary help-wanted ad, even for a large-animal practice, would receive a healthy number of applications.  Not anymore.  A perceived global shortage of veterinarians is creating an urban-rural, companion-large animal bidding war for salary, incentives and work-life balance to attract applicants.  Why it matters: Rural and large animal practices are […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: Profit-taking drags down CME livestock futures

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Tuesday after rising to their highest price in more than three weeks, while feeder cattle pulled back from contract highs on Monday. Lean hog futures also weakened as traders took money off the table after recent gains. Traders said profit-taking hit cattle markets […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle top three-week high; feeder cattle set contract high

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures topped a three-week high on Monday on expectations that supplies will tighten in the coming months, while feeder cattle set a contract high, traders said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a monthly report issued after the markets closed on Friday, said 1.67 million cattle were […] Read more


CME October 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures gain

Medium-, long-term supplies tighten

Chicago | Reuters — CME feeder cattle futures firmed on Friday, bolstered by lower corn and wheat markets that may translate into eased feed costs, traders said. CME live cattle also gained and are expected to firm next week as the trade digests the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly cattle on feed report released after […] Read more

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New B.C. youth work rules: Heavy lifting, ag chem handling out

New standards also lift province's 'general working age' to 16

“Light farm and yard work” are deemed appropriate for workers at ages 14 and 15 under new employment standards taking effect in British Columbia this fall. The province on Wednesday announced changes to its Employment Standards Act, which have been through the development and consultation stages since 2019, have now been finalized and will take […] Read more