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Feeder placement has been slower though the fall run of 2019 than in recent years.

Domestic, export demand supporting fed cattle prices

The Markets with Deb McMillin, from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Fed cattle The western Canadian cash bids have seen week-over-week increases since mid-September. At mid-October, fed prices were nearing $144/cwt. This is $7.57/cwt higher than the low set in August but still $6.38/cwt below the average price the same week last year. Although carcass weights are 10 lbs. heavier than a year ago — at […] Read more

Bart Lardner, Janelle Smith and John McKinnon are conducting the backgrounding study.

The economics of raising ‘natural’ beef

Researchers are comparing conventional and other backgrounding systems and crunching the numbers

How much of a premium do producers need to cover the extra cost of backgrounding cattle without growth-enhancing technologies and can they offset some of that cost or improve carcass quality with other strategies? Researchers are currently studying those very questions in a 2.5-year backgrounding study. The backgrounding project is one of many feeding research […] Read more


Woodjam Ranch was established in 1899 and is located at Horsefly, B.C. Cattle rancher Louis Seelhof of Woodjam has a unique valve device that helps keep water from freezing. Have a look below.

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees selected

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Keith Gilmore Foundation would like to acknowledge and congratulate the scholarship winners for 2019. The KGF Prize for Beef Innovation went to Matthew Bates. He received a cheque for $10,000. Emma Cross and Will Ray­mond received the Here­ford Youth Scholarship. Each received a cheque of $2,500. Future of the Breed Scholarship $1,000 cheque winners […] Read more

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


BCRC webinars start today with a session on feed testing.

Beef Cattle Research Council webinars underway

Management: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Beef Cattle Research Council launches its webinar season this month, starting with a session on feed testing on October 30. That first session will feature Karin Schmid of the Alberta Beef Producers and Megan Van Schaik of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Schmid and Van Schaik will cover everything from […] Read more

The Hoimyrs input data directly into their Numbers spreadsheet on their iPad when working cattle.

Managing data on the ranch

Maintaining cattle records can pay off at the farm level and beyond

For some beef producers, maintaining accurate cattle records is a time-consuming chore, but for others it is the tool they depend on to run a productive and profitable operation. The method and complexity of cattle records is as varied as the farm operators who use the information. But ag economist Manglai Ma’s graduate research found […] Read more


If you can select for low-maintenance cows, your profitability will go up.

Genetic Modifications Observed in cattle

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I am not an expert on cattle genetics. Not even close. I believe that in today’s livestock genetics, there is just as much variability within a breed as there is between breeds. We have diluted our genetics far too much with most breeds and most species. But I would like to share with you a […] Read more

Use the dividers in the trailer to keep groups separate during transportation to the packing plant.

Tips for minimizing dark cutters

Practical tips for handlers looking to cut the incidence of this costly problem

An extremely frustrating problem when shipping finished feedlot cattle is the incidence of dark cutters — those graded B4 — or, to a lesser degree, bruising or trim losses experienced at the packing plant. I’m sure we don’t know all the causes of dark cutters yet, but this article will explore some of the causes […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle jump as beef stocks tighten, funds buy

Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. live cattle futures scaled to their highest point in 5-1/2 months on Wednesday as tighter-than-expected beef stocks and rising cash beef prices triggered active fund buying that took prices through key technical resistance levels. Actively traded contracts posted their strongest gains in nearly a month, breaking out of a narrow […] Read more