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

Taiwan again accepting Canadian beef

Canada has regained its beef market to Taiwan after being shut out since February 2015 when a case of BSE was discovered in an Alberta cow. Taiwan was a major customer for Canadian beef before the suspension of trade, buying about $12 million worth of product a year. Taiwan will accept boneless and bone-in beef […] Read more

Mexico will fully open to Canadian beef in October

Mexico says it will open its borders to the full range of Canadian beef effective Oct. 1, removing one of the last restrictions that were imposed after BSE was found in Canada in 2003. The announcement was made today by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. […] Read more

Earls restaurants stop using Canadian beef

Earls Restaurants is making no apologies to Canadian beef producers for its decision to switch to a certified humanely raised and antibiotic free product from the United States. “Though I understand the job of the Alberta beef lobbyists is to lobby for their product, it seems unfortunate that they are distorting what is really good […] Read more

Researcher gets beef sector award

John McKinnon’s studies into feed efficiency have increased competitiveness of the cattle industry

A desire to stay connected with rural life led John McKinnon to pursue a career in agriculture. It has culminated in internationally respected research and innovation on beef cattle nutrition and management. The researcher, professor and Saskatchewan beef industry research chair at the University of Saskatchewan is well known for advancing the competitiveness and sustainability […] Read more

Market operator enters cattle business

Electronic cattle sales are not new, but a new web-based concept is offering more security and a broader connection for buyers and sellers across North America. AgriClear was launched June 16 and operates through the TMX Group Ltd., which runs Canada’s main stock exchange. Registered participants can view pictures and video, make offers, seal the […] Read more

U.S. beef herd expanding while Canadian herd dips

Tight supply has kept prices up, including a 21 percent rise in ground beef

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Canadian beef producers continue to enjoy record high prices, but they should be aware that their American counterparts are expanding, says analyst Anne Wasko. The United States drives North American beef prices, she reminded producers at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association convention, and the cow herd there is already up two […] Read more

VIDEO: 4-Her rolls into ring with willing calf

KILLAM, Alta. — A wheelchair hasn’t stopped Hanna Chilson from training, brushing, leading or showing her 4-H calf, Bubbles. Chilson, 12, a junior member of the Battle River, Alta., 4-H Beef Club spent the winter working and training Bubbles and led him around the show ring on achievement day, June 1. “He got used to […] Read more

Ranchers unlikely to hold onto heifers and pursue expansion

Feed costs ($/head)

The lucrative cattle market is prompting cow-calf producers to sell their heifers for slaughter instead of retaining them for herd expansion. However, those with confidence that prices will hold may be sharpening their pencils as they consider heifer retention. Ben Hamm, a business development specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, examined the costs of retaining heifers to […] Read more

Ground beef no longer a second-class product

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The beef industry talked for years about the need to offer more convenience to consumers without realizing that the perfect product was there along. Ground beef is no longer a second-class product, but instead is increasing in value, says market researcher John Lundeen of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “We have […] Read more