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Calf contract numbers were down in Alberta and Saskatchewan and up in British Columbia and Manitoba in 2016.

Calf price insurance: The tale of two years

Premiums were low relative to rising cattle prices last year during the February-to-May window to buy Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) calf contracts. When market prices fell last fall, WLPIP paid out significant amounts. It did exactly what it was designed to do — protect producers against an unexpected drop in cattle prices, says […] Read more

Nutritional considerations for the cow-calf herd during drought

News Roundup from the August 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Lower-than-normal seasonal rainfall this spring and summer has led to severe drought conditions throughout much of Alberta and Saskatchewan resulting in poor growth of annual cereals, crops for hay and pasture. This will have obvious implications on the nutrition and management of the cow-calf herd during the grazing season and into the winter as preserved […] Read more


Ryan and Carolyn Copithorne of Jumping Pound, Alta.

Ready to hire a marketing specialist for your calves?

Ryan Copithorne is betting you are.

A typical marketing plan for many cow-calf producers revolves around hoping to hit a run of good prices when they sell calves, yearlings and cull cows after preg-checking. If the stars don’t align to bring all of the variables together in their favour on sale day — weather conditions for roundup, trucking arrangements, market forces […] Read more

Five steps to a successful calving season

Preparations in advance makes calving season both easier on you and your herd

Calving season is an exciting time of year in most operations. It is exciting to see new calves hitting the ground, but it can also be exciting in more of a pending emergency sort of way. Most herds that have successful, low-drama calving seasons have several things in common, regardless of their calving season, most […] Read more



Klassen — feeder cattle market reflects mixed tone

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices reflected a mixed tone over the past week with values $3 to $5 higher on vaccinated preconditioned calves; unvaccinated calves just off their mothers were $3/cwt to as much as $10/cwt lower in some cases. Yearling prices were also quite variable by as much as $10/cwt despite the tightening supply […] Read more


Calf carrier

A farm built for two

700 cows, a feedlot, two people… and it works

A picture-perfect scene of 700 black cows set against a canvas of white transforms to pairs on a collage of gold and green as Bryce and Dawn McKenzie put the final touches on their calving season. They have the strokes down pat after 38 years in the beef business and share some insights on how […] Read more