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Fed cattle prices seen higher on sustained demand

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle The last two weeks have seen fed cattle prices pushed higher by continued demand, the re-opened border, higher cut-out values and reduced supplies. Seasonally, fed prices are responding to demand for middle meats as buyers look towards their holiday needs in the coming month. At the same time, China announced that it has […] Read more

JBS says U.S. IPO would not change headquarters

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA said in a securities filing late on Friday the company is considering a U.S. listing of its international assets but not a change of its headquarters. The company said it expects to have a capital structure that allows it to compete “on equal footing” with international […] Read more


It’s important to keep in mind that animals don’t have to be completely parasite-free to be healthy and productive.

Managing resistance to internal parasites in cattle

Producers need to tailor parasite control to align with their herds and management systems

Managing internal parasite resistance starts with asking the right questions and understanding the principles of antiparasitic resistance and the range of control products. From there, a producer needs to develop a deworming strategy and pin it to the spring and summer grazing calendar. A veterinarian can help. Antiparasitic resistance is typically defined as the genetic […] Read more



New vaccine will stop the spread of bovine TB

Scientists at the University of Surrey have developed a novel vaccine and complementary skin test to protect cattle against bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB). Publishing their findings in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers reveal they have for the first time created a vaccine that is compatible with a synthetic form of the tuberculin skin test (PPD), a […] Read more

Cannon Smith answers questions on using Herdly from rancher Travis Hartley of Aetna, Alta.

Former Alberta rancher delivers high-tech ranch management

Cannon Smith finds there is life after ranching by developing software for the industry


In 2008, Cannon Smith had a big decision to make. Like many cattle producers at the time, the lifelong southern Alberta rancher was being rocked by the lingering price effects of BSE. His hog operation was also in jeopardy from free-falling pork prices. Smith had two choices: either exit livestock production altogether or embrace a […] Read more



Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation was instrumental in helping to get the new Elora Beef Research Centre up and running.

Doing livestock research and innovation right in Ontario

The new CEO of the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation shares his thoughts on the organization’s direction

Mike McMorris, the new CEO of Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC), is a firm believer in systems research — finding ways to leverage better results through collaboration and making connections across species. He’s also focused on better co-ordinating research services, making sure member organizations receive value for their investments and digging deeper into the […] Read more