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Study shows cattle temperament affects feedlot performance

Calmer animals perform better in the feedlot and have higher carcass quality and value than their more excitable counterparts

Differences in beef cattle temperament could significantly affect value from the feedlot to the plate, according to a Texas A&M University study. These findings, published in the Journal of Animal Science, show that heifers with calmer temperaments have better feedlot performance and, as a result, higher carcass quality and value than those with more excitable […] Read more

Hay is likely to be expensive in many areas this year due to weather.

Penciling out economics of winter cattle feeding

Feeding: News Roundup from the September 30, 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Drought took its toll on many hay fields, while others were so wet that producers struggled to get a dry bale. For many beef producers on both ends of the spectrum, the result is high-cost feed. Ted Nibourg, a farm business management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Food, outlined some of the economic factors producers […] Read more


The U.S. meat and livestock industry has a comprehensive price reporting system that is the envy of the world.

Kay: Price reporting invaluable to livestock and meat industries

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

Good market information, particularly regarding prices, is the lifeblood of the livestock and meat industry, in which millions of dollars change hands every day of the week. “Good” information, however, must be accurate and unbiased, as comprehensive as possible, timely and easily accessible, and understood by all market participants. Today’s cattle producers throughout Canada can […] 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


Once a calf has been weaned, providing a low-cost, balanced ration that supplies the required nutrients for the desired rate of gain is key to success.

The nature and design of backgrounding rations

Nutrition with John McKinnon

Over the past number of years, I have had the opportunity to work with several operations whose business plans focus on backgrounding weaned calves. These programs generally fall into one of two categories. The first involves feeding calves weighing 550 to 650 pounds over the winter and marketing them in the spring at weights ranging […] Read more



Weather will continue to be a key factor along with the Canadian dollar.

CCA Report: North American trade deal still top priority

From the February 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

January proved to be an action-packed start to 2019 for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). With the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) firmly in force, and the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) anticipated to come into force within the expected timelines in spite of the partial U.S. government shutdown, the CCA shifted focus to […] Read more

A more tightly backed bale is better at shedding water than a less dense bale.

Managing weather risks to feed and water

You can’t control the weather but you can increase your operation’s resilience

Drought is a fact of life for beef producers. And if it’s not too dry, there’s a good chance it’s wet enough to complicate haying operations. Producers can’t control the weather, but they can mitigate risks to water sources, pasture and feed. Extension specialists with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry share ideas on protecting those resources […] Read more