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‘Time is ticking’ on drought response for beef cattle sector

'We need answers like yesterday'

As Canada’s beef farmers and ranchers face drought, industry leaders are trying to find ways to secure feed and help those forced to sell rebuild their herds. B.C. ranchers are dealing with high temperatures that have “parched the grass that was there,” Kevin Boone, general manager of B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, said during a Canadian Cattlemen’s […] Read more



Farmer and Grainews columnist Toban Dyck inspects wheat on July 6, 2021 near Winkler, Man., where hot and dry weather has led to thin, uneven stands. (Photo: Reuters/Rod Nickel)

Saskatchewan raises salvage threshold for parched crops

Stock watering program also boosted; APAS, Tories' ag critic had called for more drought aid

Saskatchewan’s provincial crop insurance agency is raising the yield threshold at which drought-damaged crops can be grazed, baled for greenfeed or cut for silage with no penalty on future coverage. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. said Wednesday it would double the “low yield appraisal” threshold values on cereal or pulse crop acres put to feed. SCIC […] Read more

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Saskatchewan ranchers backed for runoff control

Funding on offer for earth-moving work

Cow-calf producers in Saskatchewan may be able to get cost-shared funds from the federal/provincial Farm Stewardship Program to build ponds, ditches, dikes or berms to collect or manage runoff. The province and federal government on Tuesday announced such work now qualifies as a beneficial management practice (BMP) covered under the program. Eligible beef cow-calf producers […] Read more






The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef sees carbon-sequestering potential in grasslands, positioning the industry to be part of the climate change solution.

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef aims to be part of environmental solution

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has launched its sustainability goals for the world’s beef value chain.  “The goals which we have launched today are a commitment from the global beef industry, articulating the role and responsibility that we are taking together towards achieving a more sustainable ecosystem,” said Ruaraidh Petre, executive director of the Global […] Read more


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Klassen: Yearling prices consolidate, calf values soften

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were relatively unchanged; however, calves weighing 500 to 700 lbs. were $2-$4 lower. Featherlight bawlers under 500 lbs. were down $6-$8 from seven days earlier. Strong feedlot buying interest supported quality groups of yearlings. Feed barley prices were down $5-$10 per tonne from last week while the […] Read more

A recent survey commissioned by Canada Beef found that while Canadian beef is still strong on restaurant menus, there are opportunities to better promote it.

Canada Beef Market Intelligence Update: Restaurant menu survey suggests focusing on benefits of Canadian beef

A recent survey commissioned by Canada Beef of Canadian restaurant menus confirmed that Canadian beef remains strong in many categories, and pinpointed new opportunities to better promote it to restaurant diners. Researchers randomly selected 100 menus from restaurant websites between February 16 and March 8, 2021. The menu selection provided a good representation of different […] Read more