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A plunging futures market in mid-May caused hedged cattle feeders to sell cattle early at lower prices for three weeks in a row.

Kay: Cattle futures crush the present

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Futures markets perform an important role in agricultural markets by allowing producers of key commodities to construct risk management strategies to help them make money. The futures are also anticipatory markets, and these two roles sometimes make for strange bedfellows. Right now in the U.S., the futures market for feeder and live cattle are crushing […] Read more



Today’s precipitation

Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps […] Read more

This year the BMO Livestock Central area at Ag in Motion will have over 75 livestock exhibitors.

Canadian Simmental Foundation awards bursaries, Ag in Motion beefs up its cattle presence

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the June 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to the spring 2019 bursary recipients of the Friends of the Canadian Simmental Foundation. They include Cathryn Thompson, Riley Chalack, Lisa Reich, Alexandra Lee and Tia Schram. Cathryn Thompson grew up on a cow-calf operation near Calahoo, Alta. She has served as Alberta’s representative on the national Young Canadian Simmental Association (YCSA) board and […] Read more






An outbreak in anthrax occurs primarily in wet springs followed by a very hot, dry summer or in very dry conditions.

Preventing anthrax in cattle

In dry years, livestock graze closer to the ground and may come in contact with spores

With the fall 2018 anthrax outbreak in northern B.C., now is an ideal time to review prevention strategies. In 2006 we learned lots about the disease and how to control it with the big outbreak in Western Canada. Cattle are very susceptible, along with a long list of other species including bison and horses. It […] Read more



U.S. livestock: CME live cattle closed mixed

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed mixed on Tuesday, with expectations for a weak cash trade pressuring the benchmark August contract while back months ended firm, traders said. Packers were not bidding aggressively for cattle, a factor that some traders took as a bearish signal. “The bids that were out […] Read more