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If you’re feeding alfalfa hay, you may actually have to restrict intake to prevent your cows from becoming over-conditioned.

‘As fed’ or ‘dry matter’ — does it matter?

Nutrition with John McKinnon

When I visit with beef producers about their feeding program, I often sense confusion when I talk feed dry matter (DM) values or express intakes on a DM basis. Most producers, when they think of their feeding program, think “as fed” and have difficulty converting to DM. Getting this conversion correct, however, is critical to […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle hit contract highs on storm forecast

Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures rose to life-of-contract highs at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday, lifted by worries that severe winter weather could prompt beef packers to pay higher prices for animals in the U.S. Plains, traders said. Technical buying and short-covering also buoyed cattle prices while lean hog futures finished narrowly […] Read more



RFID tags can act as a cross-reference to the dangle tag.

Multiple uses for RFID tags

Traceability: There are still many positive uses for the tags

RFID tags can be useful to you, the Canadian cattle producers, as well as for traceability and unique animal identification purposes. More uses are emerging all the time. I will be the first to admit there have been problems in the past such as deadline changes, retainability and in rare cases inability to read them […] Read more


Farming insects may solve one problem, create others

Rome | Thomson Reuters Foundation — Insects have great potential as an alternative source of protein, but further research is urgently needed before mass production begins in order to avoid environmental disaster, Swedish researchers warned Monday. There is currently an “overwhelming lack of knowledge” on basic questions such as suitable species, their housing and feed […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME hogs slip on weaker cash

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures closed lower on Friday, following softening cash hog prices, traders said. CME February hog futures settled down 1.425 cents at 62.65 cents/lb., halting a three-session advance (all figures US$). Traders noted that hogs in the top cash market of Iowa and southern Minnesota traded […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Cattle ease after rally

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) hog futures rose 2.1 per cent to their highest in more than three weeks on Wednesday. Cattle futures were weaker, pressured by profit-taking after the front-month February live-cattle contract hit an all-time high on Tuesday. “There was no fundamental line item to go with it yesterday so […] Read more



Klassen: Feeder market starts year with cautious tone

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively unchanged to slightly softer compared to mid-December. The market was lightly tested, with direct off farm to feedlot trade, but auction market activity was rather quiet. Winter conditions in southern Alberta caused buyers to be on the defensive, with lighter calves reflecting small discounts; however, vaccinated feeders on […] Read more