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Test feed grains for best results

The weather this growing season is translating into feed grain quality issues

One of Western Canada’s leading grain quality testers says early harvest samples are showing a high risk this year for potential feed quality issues. Canadian Bio-Systems, of Calgary, is advising livestock operations and feed mills to take steps to safeguard feed quality and livestock performance. “The risk of feed grain quality issues that can affect […] Read more



All pigs need to be traceable for a national program to work.

Fines now possible under traceability program

This little pig went to market, this little pig stayed home — but both need to register with PigTrace

No matter how big or small, you have to start to tag them all. With the final phase of the Canadian Pork Council’s PigTrace national traceability program now in effect, both commercial and hobby farms can face financial penalties for failure to comply. Right now though regulators appear to still be focusing more on education […] Read more


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U.S. livestock: Cattle erase losses to finish flat

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures finished roughly unchanged on Friday, reversing from earlier steep losses as investors squared up positions ahead of a monthly supply report that was released after the market close, traders and analysts said. Feeder cattle and lean hogs also settled about flat at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, in […] Read more


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Local buyers met with quality sheep, goats

A large sale meant buyers had excellent choice in all classes of animals

A large sale attracted 1,200 sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction Sept. 7, supplying the local market with a wide variety of animals. Producers took advantage of the interest generated by the local ethnic holiday season by reducing herd size and selling animals before the Christmas rush. Local buyers as a result enjoyed […] Read more




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Olymel pork plant to get $11 million in upgrades

Pork and poultry packer Olymel has budgeted $11 million in expansions and new equipment for a Quebec sausage processing plant to handle hams and other smoked meats and boost its output by about 50 per cent. The company, part of agrifood and ag retail co-operative La Coop federee, announced Thursday that upgrades are expected to […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: Cattle decline on profit-taking

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell one per cent on Thursday, pressured by technical selling and as investors took profits following Wednesday’s nearly four-week high, traders and analysts said. Feeder cattle futures also were mostly lower while lean hog futures were mixed, with the front-month contract hitting the lowest levels […] Read more



Taste-testing during a Canadian Beef Advantage Seminar in Shanghai in 2013. (Canada Beef via YouTube)

China now taking Canadian bone-in beef

China’s premier has announced the country will accept bone-in Canadian beef from cattle under 30 months of age (UTMs) starting today, according to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The expanded access is expected to add another $10 million per year in exports to China in the short term, the CCA said, given that Canada’s beef cattle […] Read more