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Beef producers ask province for help with feed shortage

Wet, cold weather stunts forage production yields

Many beef producers in the province are struggling to find enough feed for their cattle this winter, according to the Manitoba Beef Producers. Ranchers in flood-affected areas, including the areas flooded by the Portage Diversion, the northwest and southwest corners of the province are facing poor-quality forage and feed shortages after a cold, wet summer. […]

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Cold, wet weather increases risk of PED virus

Vigilant biosecurity practices are important as seasons change

Hog producers are warned to be particularly vigilant about biosecurity practices this fall because the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is more likely to survive in cold, wet weather. “We expect to see more cases in the fall,” said Mark Fynn, animal care specialist at the Manitoba Pork Council. Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) had […]

PED strikes again in SE Manitoba — October 1, 2014

Manitoba has now booked its fifth hog farm with cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). The provincial chief veterinary officer (CVO) on Tuesday confirmed the case in a nursery finisher barn in the province’s livestock-intensive southeast. While the CVO didn’t give the farm’s exact location, the property is outside a five-kilometre buffer zone around two […]

U.S. livestock: CME feeder cattle surge three-cent limit — October 1, 2014

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange feeder cattle contracts on Wednesday settled up at their maximum three-cents daily price limit, lifted by live cattle futures’ climb to a new high, traders and analysts said. They also cited strong prices for calves for fattening and the corn price slide to a five year low. Less […]

U.S. livestock: Profit-taking undercuts CME live cattle — September 30, 2014

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower Tuesday, pressured by profit-taking and fund selling on the final trading day for the quarter, traders and analysts said. October live cattle closed down 0.5 cent per pound to 160.45 cents, and December one cent lower at 163.475 cents (all figures US$). Despite […]

PED confirmed in another SE Man. sow barn — September 29, 2014

A second sow operation in Manitoba’s livestock-intensive southeast is confirmed to be the province’s fourth farm with porcine epidemic diarrhea. The provincial chief veterinary officer confirmed the latest case on Wednesday last week, following a confirmation at another sow barn in the same region on Sept. 19. Most of Canada’s 69 farms confirmed with PED […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle end higher, pare early losses — September 29, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished sharply higher on Monday, erasing early-session losses as they gained on short-covering and fund buying before the end of the quarter on Tuesday, traders and analysts said. October live cattle closed up 2.5 cents per pound at 160.95 cents, and December was 2.375 cents […]

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The fight for the future of forages

There has been a dramatic drop in forage research, but it’s not just because producers could make more money growing canola

What’s Canada largest crop? The usual answer is “wheat,” which in 2012 was seeded on about 20 million acres. But that year, cultivated forages made up 33 million acres, and more than 36 million acres were in native or unimproved pastures and rangeland. Yet farmers who manage grasslands and forage fields say their industry is […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle market surges — September 29, 2014

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices surged $4-$6 per hundredweight (cwt) and in some cases as much as $10/cwt over the past seven days. Feedlot buyers became more aggressive in the market, now that corn silage season in southern Alberta is in the final stages. Favourable weather also enhanced buying interest, and the same old story […]

U.S. livestock: Nearby CME live cattle close up three-cent limit — September 26, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle nearby trading months closed up the maximum three-cents-per-pound daily price limit, driven by short-covering and fund buying, traders said. October and December finished at 158.45 and 162.1 cents/lb., respectively (all figures US$). Deferred contracts may have drawn support from the outlook for tight supplies in the […]