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The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence includes a 1,500-head feedlot, a forage-cow calf facility, a livestock research unit, two cow herds, and 27 quarters of land.

U of S livestock research centre receives $250K investment from Merck Animal Health

Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence to receive $250,000 over 10 years

The University of Saskatchewan on May 16, 2019, announced details of a 10-year, $250,000 investment from Merck Animal Health for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) – a visionary research facility located southeast of Saskatoon. The long-term investment will support the LFCE’s capital build project and underlines Merck Animal Health’s commitment to the […] Read more

Ontario’s current system is overly dependent on calves from out of province, and the focus is to boost cow numbers.

Ontario votes to increase provincial beef check-off

Checkoff initially proposed in 2018 gets the go-ahead

[UPDATED: May 16, 2019] It took a year of planning, negotiating and explaining how the money would be spent, but members of the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) finally voted in favour of a hefty $1.50 increase in the beef cattle check-off at the 2019 annual general meeting. The increase was turned down in 2018. […] Read more


A disease that transfers from poultry to cattle is more likely to prove deadly than one that transfers between buffalo to cattle.

Livestock infections deadliest when host species are distant relatives

Research: News Roundup from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

University of British Columbia researchers have found that taxonomy can help predict infection severity when pathogens or parasites leap to a new species, Bovine Veterinarian reports. Some pathogens can infect multiple species. Researchers Maxwell J. Farrell and T. Jonathan Davies found that when pathogens move between distantly related species, the infection is more likely to […] Read more

Larger on-feed cattle inventories and high feed prices are adding some caution to the market ahead.

Beef Watch: Strong demand keeps beef, cattle prices firm

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

The Canadian cattle herd contracted in 2018, but feeder imports supported domestic beef production. Strong demand, especially from the global market, kept beef and cattle prices firm despite increased production. Prices have been holding at levels steady to slightly stronger than last year in the first quarter of 2019, but larger on-feed inventories and high […] Read more


Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler wants to help restore the province’s beef herd to pre-BSE numbers.

Manitoba government seeks feedback on protein strategy

Policy: News Roundup from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Manitoba government is seeking feedback on its Protein Advantage Strategy, the Manitoba Co-operator reports. Manitoba’s protein strategy encompasses both plant and animal proteins. On the meat side, the province plans to invest $500 million in primary livestock production and processing by 2025, Alexis Stockford writes, to boost animal protein production 35 per cent above […] Read more

Imports of Canadian beef to Japan have gained in volume and value since the CPTPP trade deal was implemented.

CCA Report: Focusing on beef export markets and domestic issues

From the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

April was a busy month with provincial member meetings to attend and address and a repeat visit with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in Ottawa. We are pleased that the minister is receptive to hearing our views on matters of importance to Canada’s beef producers. In March the minister announced new funding of up […] Read more


Sommerfeld has modified an 855 New Holland round baler to lift hay swaths and speed drying.

Tips for baling in high-moisture situations

Forages: News Roundup from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

In the last issue, we outlined Ryan Sommerfeld’s methods for deciding when to cut hay to minimize rain damage. Sommerfeld is a cattle producer based near Medstead, Sask. Now we turn to Sommerfeld’s methods for cutting, raking and baling. Sommerfeld prefers cutting with a 13.5-foot discbine, which allows him to cut at about six miles […] Read more

The permit delays affect both beef and dairy genetics.

Canadian livestock genetics exporters face delays in export permit renewal to China

Diplomatic channels being explored to help resolve the issue

Canadian livestock genetics exporters are waiting to see whether China’s delays in renewing export licences are another casualty of political conflict between the two countries. China has yet to renew export licences for Alta Genetics and Semex, which expired in late 2018. The Canadian genetics exporters deal in dairy and beef genetics. Both companies have […] Read more


SSGA launches wildfire relief fund to help Biggar-area ranchers

Loss of grass and fencing added to already difficult conditions

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has launched a relief fund to help Biggar-area ranchers affected by last week’s wildfire. “We’re collecting whatever people can offer,” said SSGA President Bill Huber. “Losing 22,000 acres of grass is a devastating setback. Cattle will have to be fed, which means ranchers will need feed and transportation. And maybe […] Read more

Marfrig increased its presence in the United States by acquiring a majority stake in Iowa Premium Beef last March.

Brazilians increase U.S. beef industry presence

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Brazilian beef behemoth JBS SA sent shockwaves through the U.S. beef industry nearly 12 years ago when it announced it was acquiring Swift and Company, the third-largest beef processor in the U.S. and the largest in Australia, for US$1.4 billion. Little did the industry know that Brazil’s second-largest beef company would eventually buy into the […] Read more


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