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Sweet clover is grown extensively for forage, but mould can create an anticoagulant in hay or silage.

Beware sweet clover poisoning during calving

As one producer discovered, sweet clover poisoning can trigger widespread hemorrhaging, especially during calving season

Pilgrim Winslow’s life had mainly been in the fast lane of oil exploration, successful businesses and high-level finance. He retired early and bought a half-section farm east of Regina. Winslow had built a small barn, a set of corrals and spent his days looking after 16 two-year-old Hereford heifers, bred to calve near the end […] Read more

CME August 2021 feeder cattle (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark red line) and August 2021 live cattle (pink line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle down, feeders up with corn

CME lean hog futures down

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures extended losses on Friday on long liquidation that also dragged down corn futures, analysts said. It was the second consecutive day that cattle futures followed declines in the Chicago Board of Trade corn market, which has retreated from eight-year highs reached last week. "Cattle got […] Read more


The environment is a key area the CCA will focus on in order to help people become more aware of the positive environmental contributions of cattle production.

CCA Reports: Export markets, ag education and environment on the agenda

From the May 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We have certainly had a busy spring so far at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and within our industry. But I’m not complaining. We made progress to further support the financial stability of ranchers, strengthen and grow our exports and educate youth about Canadian beef. At the CCA annual general meeting held in March, our […] Read more

CME June 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with Bollinger (20,2) bands and June 2021 lean hogs (pink high/low/close). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures fall on long liquidation

Lean hogs down with pork export sales data

Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. live cattle futures fell 2.5 per cent on Thursday, following broad declines in grain and livestock markets that analysts attributed to fund-driven long liquidation and technical selling after recent highs. "It seems it was a risk-off day all across the board... It was more of a technical move and just […] Read more


cattleman on a horse

Should I expand the cow herd?

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

I’ve received many inquiries over the past six to eight months from cow-calf producers asking if they should be expanding their cow herd. Producers are asking whether they should try to get another calf out of the older cows and how aggressive they should be with heifer retention. In my experience, cow-calf producers do not […] Read more



CME June 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (brown, dark red and black lines) and June 2021 lean hogs (pink high-low-close). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures end mixed

Feeder cattle rise as corn prices falter

Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. live cattle futures closed mixed on Wednesday, with the benchmark June contract easing in a light round of profit-taking while robust beef prices continued to underpin the market, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange June live cattle futures settled down 0.025 cent at 118.6 cents/lb., retreating after a climb to 119.425 […] Read more

File photo of cattle grazing on Prince Edward Island. (ArodPEI/iStock/Getty Images)

Eastern drought zones set for livestock tax deferrals

Regions designated in P.E.I., N.S., N.B., Quebec

In a decision that may have come late for some, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and parts of southeastern Quebec and northwestern Nova Scotia have been declared drought zones for eligible livestock producers' 2020 tax purposes. The federal government on Monday released its list and map of prescribed drought regions where tax deferral on sales […] Read more


CME June 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20- and 100-day moving averages (brown, black lines) and June 2021 lean hogs (pink line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle extend rally as beef prices climb

June hogs down third straight day

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Tuesday for a fifth straight session, led by high-flying wholesale beef prices, analysts said. Feeder cattle futures also advanced but gains were muted as corn futures rallied, signaling higher costs to bring cattle up to market-ready weight. CME June live cattle futures settled […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

BeefWatch: Canadian cattle inventories shrink, fed cattle prices improve

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

Canadian cattle inventories continued to shrink at the start of 2021, while U.S. inventories declined slightly from their peak. North American cattle supplies remain ample but could tighten as the year progresses with the potential of a smaller calf crop. Canadian beef production continues to be supported by feeder imports from the U.S. The backlog […] Read more