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The U.S. bond yield premium over Canadian bond yields is eroding.

Canadian dollar enters fresh fundamentals: Klassen

Market Talk with Jerry Klassen

Canadian fed and feeder cattle prices have been enhanced by the weaker exchange rate since oil prices crumbled back in the spring of 2014. At that time, the Canadian dollar was highly correlated with crude oil values. The Canadian election in 2015 contributed to the softer currency as the Liberal fiscal policies were negative for […] Read more

Proper custom feeding agreements protect both the client and the feeder, says risk management specialist Bruce Viney.

Competitive cattle feeding agreements

… do the right things and do things right

People looking to place cattle with custom feeders are motivated to get the best deal on rates. That’s the nature of the business — they need to bank a return on their investment in the cattle to stay in business. It’s equally important for custom feeding and grazing operators to see a return on their […] Read more


Six habits of highly resilient farmers

In 2010 David Gray, a development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), did a small study of four farms that were consistently more profitable and better at dealing with climate change. He found six common characteristics within these resilient farms.

Holistic Ranching: Financial planning

Holistic Management offers a very robust financial planning process. It differs from traditional bookkeeping in several key areas: We are always planning in the future. We would complete our financial plan before the year begins. We set our profit before the year begins. We spend our expense money more wisely. We monitor our plan monthly.[...]
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Kenyon: Set up a proactive cash flow

A few financial tips for a smoother-running operation

I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Production practices are not the most important part of my business. Intensive cell grazing or bale grazing cannot make or break my business alone. The business side to my ranch is much more important. To see if a production practice is viable for my operation[...]
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Stock Growers Association splits with SCA on traceability

News Roundup from the August 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

There was no shortage of issues to debate with 24 resolutions on the table during Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s 102nd AGM at Swift Current. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart’s launch of the province’s online premises identification (PID) database during his address to open the conference didn’t sway members set against mandatory PID. They narrowly defeated a[...]
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