Lighter carcasses offset cattle slaughter numbers

The Canadian cattle industry is in that sweetest of spots — all sectors are making money. How long that will last is tricky to predict, market analyst Anne Wasko told those at a Nov. 15 Cow-Calfenomics session organized by Alberta Agriculture. The fall calf run was better than expected, feeders are doing well after a […] Read more

Beef herd expands slightly

The Canadian beef herd has shown a slight expansion of 1.3 percent compared to last summer, making it the first year-over-year increase since 2012. The Statistics Canada livestock inventory report released today reported growth in the cattle and hog sectors but a decline for the sheep business. The beef herd is at 13.2 million head […] Read more

Cattle producers go partially promotant-free

Manitoba farm implants steers, but not heifers in an effort to respond to consumer demands for more natural beef

FISHER BRANCH, Man. — It’s not an absolute rule, but most farm decisions are based on money. Producers will abandon the old way of doing things or adopt a novel technology if it makes the farm more profitable. Betty and Robert Green have decided to break that rule. The Greens raise half of their cattle […] Read more

Herd expansion crawls in volatile markets

A strong demand for quality grain fed beef and record large cow-calf profit margins may encourage larger herds

SASKATOON — Beef production through 2016 should be relatively stable as the cattle cycle slowly moves into an expansion phase, says Canfax research services manager Brenna Grant. Significantly reduced feeder exports through the second half of 2015 offset last year’s reduced calf crop, she told the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference. Last year also saw a […] Read more

Efficiency could bring Brazilian cattle boom

Brazil slaughters more than 40 million cattle per year, but carcass weights are below North America’s

STRATHMORE, Alta. — Brazil could expand its behemoth beef industry if its cow herd was more productive. “We are big but we are not efficient,” said Flavio Santos, an animal nutritionist at Sao Paulo University in Brazil who recently met with Canadian beef producers in Strathmore and described the new grazing concepts that are being […] Read more

Mycotoxin levels in feed need scrutiny

There are still more questions than answers about safe levels of mycotoxins in livestock feed, says John McKinnon, beef industry chair at the University of Saskatchewan. Problems with ergot and fusarium contamination have been increasing across the Prairies in the past few years, likely because of climatic conditions. There are guidelines for recommended tolerance levels, […] Read more