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A recent online survey found that price was the most important factor for beef consumers in Canada.

Canada Beef Market Intelligence Update: Global survey pinpoints beef consumer priorities

An online survey commissioned by Canada Beef revealed beef consumers share common priorities across nearly all borders when buying fresh beef or selecting a beef brand.  Consumers in the nine countries surveyed most commonly cited product freshness, quality certification or grade, price and product origin as top considerations when purchasing fresh beef. While selecting a […] Read more

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BeefWatch: Canadian cattle inventories shrink, fed cattle prices improve

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

Canadian cattle inventories continued to shrink at the start of 2021, while U.S. inventories declined slightly from their peak. North American cattle supplies remain ample but could tighten as the year progresses with the potential of a smaller calf crop. Canadian beef production continues to be supported by feeder imports from the U.S. The backlog […] Read more


Market access, income supports come with Trans-Pacific pact

Canada’s federal government has pledged a suite of compensation programs for supply-managed dairy, poultry and egg sectors, against what it promises will be a mousehole in Canada’s tariff wall. Federal officials on Monday confirmed negotiations have concluded on the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership, now billed as “the largest, most ambitious free trade initiative in history.” The […] Read more

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Higher U.S. beef prices ahead as grills fire up, imports cool down

Chicago/Wellington | Reuters –– Record-high U.S. beef prices will likely climb even higher this summer just as Australia and New Zealand imports dwindle under an extended drought in those countries and demand for steaks in the U.S. rises. Both countries were among the top three exporters of beef to the U.S. last year as New […] Read more

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Beef Watch: Consumer demand for beef is strong

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

Beef cow and breeding heifer numbers on July 1 were down, indicating the beef industry is still in the consolidation phase. Heading into 2015 expansion is anticipated to be slow both north and south of the border. DEMAND The fundamentals that have driven the market higher throughout 2014 will remain supportive to prices. The big question for 2015 […] Read more

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The danger in strong cattle prices

Plan for a profit, but always keep a watchful eye on your cost of production

It may sound odd to suggest that there is a hidden danger in strong cattle prices. Perhaps there is a danger precisely because most producers don’t recognize that there is such a thing. I believe that there is a hidden danger. As responsible producers we need to recognize the danger and take steps to avoid […] Read more

Stephen Harper and South Korea's President Park Geun-hye

Trade and labour issues

Canada-Korea free trade agreement, access to workers needed, CETA, and COOL

What a hectic few weeks it has been, with harvest on the go at home, lobbying activities to lead and significant progress being made on trade files with huge potential for Canada’s beef cattle industry. These new opportunities come at a time when most producers are thinking about next year’s business plan. Much like the […] Read more