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Poor feedlot margins are limiting feedlots’ willingness to pay, but significantly lower feed costs are expected to support calf prices this fall.

Beef Watch: Canadian cattle inventories continue to decline on strong beef demand

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

Canadian cattle inventories continued to decline in 2019 with strong beef demand supporting cattle marketings. A pork shortage in China due to African swine fever has sent all meat prices to record highs in that country and resulted in strong demand for protein imports. As the virus is sweeping through Asia, production losses are expected […] Read more

Canada Beef’s new website is designed to answer common questions from consumers on beef.

Canada Beef creates website for consumers

Public Trust: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new website created by Canada Beef seeks to answer the most common questions about Canadian beef production. The website, raisingcdnbeef.ca, has five sections covering common topics, including where Canadian beef comes from, beef and the environment, beef and the Canadian economy, nutrition, and antibiotics and hormones. Under each section is a slide show that […] Read more


Pork only provides competition for beef purchases with consumers when it's low in price.

Beef faces plethora of pork in the marketplace

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Pork, pork and more pork. That’s what the U.S. beef market faces as it moves into the middle of the last quarter of 2019. American pork processors are harvesting live hogs at a record rate and putting more pork onto the market than ever before. Only strong pork exports (accounting for 27 per cent of […] Read more

Packing plant update from B.C.

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

After completing a feasibility study, the B.C. beef packing plant committee has decided to market a B.C.-branded product before building a federally inspected packing plant. Most of B.C.’s cattle are finished and processed outside of the province, making it a challenge to sell B.C.-branded beef. A new packing plant has been seen as a potential […] Read more


Beginning succession planning isn’t easy, but will have long-lasting effects on both the family and operation.

Succession planning 101

The first step to succession planning is to call a family meeting

If you asked farmers and ranchers what keeps them up at night, besides markets and weather, many would say the succession plan or lack thereof. When is the best time to start the process? Similar to planting trees, 25 years ago. But the second-best time is now, was a comment made by a recent Entreleadership […] Read more



A northern Ontario cattle processing plant could lead to more cattle production in the region.

Halal market focus for new northern Ontario plant

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A new federally inspected processing plant in North Bay, Ont., will target the local and international halal market, Stew Slater reports in Farmtario. The new plant, which will only process carcasses at this point, is expected to open in December. The plant is owned by Canada Meat Group Inc., and the company’s owners also operate […] Read more

In the coming months, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association will be setting up meetings with parliamentarians from all parties as soon as possible to make progress on issues that matter to beef producers.

CCA Reports: CCA ready to consult with federal government

From the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The dust has now settled on Parliament Hill and it’s time to look ahead to the future of our industry. Later in November, we look forward to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet being sworn in, so we can get to work and focus on Canada’s beef sector priorities. As an organization, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association […] Read more


A new cost-benefit calculator helps quantify the benefits of sourcing calves that have been vaccinated for BRD.

Vaccinating for bovine respiratory disease

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

While bovine respiratory disease is often thought of as a feedlot problem, it’s also the most common cause of death for nursing calves older than three weeks, notes the Beef Cattle Research Council’s blog. Several studies have shown bovine respiratory disease (BRD) peaks seasonally. For example, a Nebraska study that looked at several years of […] Read more

A coyote hunts mice at Riding Mountain. Researchers are looking for Manitoba producers to participate in a predation study.

Researchers take aim at reducing losses to livestock predation

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

Manitoba researchers are looking for beef producers interested in trying different strategies to reduce predation losses. The study will look at methods to gauge predation risk on a producer’s operation while also examining ways to monitor and deter predators. Melanie Dubois, senior riparian and biodiversity biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says that the methods […] Read more


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