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Beef Watch: Canadian beef cow inventories stable, U.S. herds continue to grow

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

Growth in domestic beef production has been tempered by smaller carcass weights offsetting larger slaughter numbers. Smaller production gains combined with strong export markets have resulted in unexpected strength in the fed cattle market that rallied 28 per cent from the October low to March. Alberta fed cattle prices in March were steady with last […] Read more


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Beef Watch: Canadian cattle herd steady

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

Sellers have lost leverage throughout the supply chain as larger protein supplies in North America are pressuring prices down. Lower cattle prices have resulted in serious red ink for feedlots and disappointing calf prices this fall. Cow-calf returns have dropped but remain above the 10-year average. For producers who have made major infrastructure investments over […] Read more



Beef Watch: U.S. cattle herd expanding, Canadian herds stabilized

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

The U.S. herd is expanding, while the Canadian beef cattle herd has stabilized. Cattle prices have peaked and producers are now watching to see how far and how fast prices will drop with more pounds of protein available in North America. This will be largely determined by domestic and international demand, which were very strong […] Read more


Beef Watch: Canadian herd shows no growth

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

U.S. herd expansion in 2015 means more calves are available south of the border this fall. In contrast the Canadian herd continued to contract. As U.S. beef production rebounds in 2016, there is potential for beef and cattle prices to decline. Current prices are being supported by a lower exchange rate. Has Canada missed out on […] Read more



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Beef Watch: Canadian cattle inventories decline, U.S. herds expanding

Beef Watch is prepared by the staff of Canfax and Canfax Research Services, divisions of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association

While U.S. herd expansion is underway, the Canadian beef cattle herd remains in the consolidation phase. Cow-calf and feedlot profitability improved significantly in 2014 with record cattle prices, lower feed costs and strong beef demand, but risk factors such as weather conditions, input costs and competition from pork and poultry need to be closely watched […] Read more


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Beef Watch: Consumer demand for beef is strong

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

Beef cow and breeding heifer numbers on July 1 were down, indicating the beef industry is still in the consolidation phase. Heading into 2015 expansion is anticipated to be slow both north and south of the border. DEMAND The fundamentals that have driven the market higher throughout 2014 will remain supportive to prices. The big question for 2015 […] Read more