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Study shows cattle temperament affects feedlot performance

Calmer animals perform better in the feedlot and have higher carcass quality and value than their more excitable counterparts

Differences in beef cattle temperament could significantly affect value from the feedlot to the plate, according to a Texas A&M University study. These findings, published in the Journal of Animal Science, show that heifers with calmer temperaments have better feedlot performance and, as a result, higher carcass quality and value than those with more excitable […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hog futures retreat as interim China trade deal delayed

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. lean hog futures retreated on Wednesday, surrendering nearly all of the prior session’s strong gains on worries about U.S. pork exports to China after a senior White House official said a “phase one” trade deal with the world’s top pork consumer could be delayed. The delay followed news that Canada […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Lean hogs jump in short-covering, technical bounce

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. lean hog futures rallied on Tuesday in a technical-buying and short-covering bounce from recent lows, underpinned by hopes for accelerated pork sales to China amid surging prices in the world’s largest pork-consuming country, analysts said. Pork prices have surged to record highs in China as African swine fever has decimated […] Read more

Klassen: Steady demand seen for all feeder cattle

Compared to last week, Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively unchanged.  Yearlings supplies were limited in certain regions which caused buyers to shrug off fleshier characteristics in some cases; however, heavier yearlings over 950 pounds were somewhat softer. Finishing feedlots appeared to be more aggressive on heavier, vaccinated or pre-conditioned calves. Many auction barns […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle climb to new six-month peak on rising cash market

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures scaled a six-month high on Monday, propelled by firming cash cattle and beef prices and strong packer margins, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle settled up 0.550 cent at 120.075 cents per pound, its highest level since April 25. February futures gained 0.375 cent […] Read more

Comment: Reading the National Beef Strategy

The beef industry faces more than its fair of challenges these days. From public perception about beef’s impact on the environment and health to labour shortages to pending regulatory changes around traceability and transportation, you all have your hands full. At the same time, new technology and the disruption to pork production overseas are opportunities […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle set six-month high on fund buying, firm cash prices

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures shot to a six-month high on Friday and feeder cattle reached their highest prices since May on fund buying and strength in the cash market, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle settled up 2.3 cents at 119.525 cents per pound after reaching 119.7 cents, […] Read more

Chancey Guichon is a fourth-generation beef producer and the inaugural recipient of the James Hargrave Legacy Foundation award.

Legacy award promotes grasslands innovation

Young cattle producer uses James Hargrave Legacy Foundation award to help advance land stewardship practices on his ranch

In the cattle industry, the successes of the present and future innovations are often closely linked to past experience. The James Hargrave Legacy Foundation aims to nurture this type of innovation by supporting people whose work and interests align with Hargrave’s values. Chancey Guichon, the first recipient of the James Hargrave Legacy Fund Award, is […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures retreat from multi-month highs

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. cattle futures fell on Thursday in a turnaround from multi-month highs reached the previous session. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle ended 1.075 cents lower at 117.225 cents per pound after reaching 118.600 cents on Wednesday, its highest since April 25. CME most-active January feeder cattle futures slipped 0.125 […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures jump on fund-driven buying

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday to fresh multi-month highs and feeder cattle futures surged 2 percent on what traders said was a combination of fund-driven buying and signs of strength in the cash cattle market. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) December live cattle ended 1.475 cents […] Read more