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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

Today auction marts and cattle feeders still report prices on a regular basis.

Canfax celebrates golden anniversary

Marketing: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canfax reached a major milestone this year, marking 50 years of analyzing markets and trends in the North American beef industry. Today Canfax is a division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, served by a team of four livestock market specialists and two people in its research division. But, as Lee Hart writes, it started simply, […] Read more


Beef Watch: Canadian cattle herd steady

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

Sellers have lost leverage throughout the supply chain as larger protein supplies in North America are pressuring prices down. Lower cattle prices have resulted in serious red ink for feedlots and disappointing calf prices this fall. Cow-calf returns have dropped but remain above the 10-year average. For producers who have made major infrastructure investments over […] Read more

Western Feedlots is gone, what now?

News Roundup from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As our October 24 issue went to press, people across the industry were still trying to assess the impact of the surprise September 22 announcement that Western Feedlots Ltd. is mothballing its feeding operations. The company plans to feed out the remaining cattle at its High River and Mossleigh yards until sometime in early 2017. The […] Read more


Comment: Hold on!

Hold onto your hat, the roller-coaster that is today’s cattle market is still running downhill. When it hits bottom is everybody’s guess, but it won’t be for a while yet. In the meantime the red ink continues to pile up in feedlots, pulling feeder prices down just as the fall run opens for business. From […] Read more

Beef Watch: U.S. cattle herd expanding, Canadian herds stabilized

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

The U.S. herd is expanding, while the Canadian beef cattle herd has stabilized. Cattle prices have peaked and producers are now watching to see how far and how fast prices will drop with more pounds of protein available in North America. This will be largely determined by domestic and international demand, which were very strong […] Read more


Beef Watch: Canadian herd shows no growth

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

U.S. herd expansion in 2015 means more calves are available south of the border this fall. In contrast the Canadian herd continued to contract. As U.S. beef production rebounds in 2016, there is potential for beef and cattle prices to decline. Current prices are being supported by a lower exchange rate. Has Canada missed out on […] Read more



AgriClear president David Moss (l) with Kevin Chanut director of Financial Services.

AgriClear… cattle marketing on your terms

AgriClear received an enthusiastic welcome from Canadian and American buyers and sellers after it was launched in mid-June, according to company president David Moss. “We’ve had registrations, live listings, and lots of positive response,” he said. AgriClear is a platform for marketing cattle to anyone anywhere in Canada and the U.S. any time via your […] Read more