U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labelling regulation — July 29, 2014


A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerning labelling requirements for meat, marking a potential setback for other businesses fighting federal regulations on free-speech grounds. For the second time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the 2013 regulation could be enforced. […]

U.S. proposes allowing more pork imports from Mexican states — July 29, 2014


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in regulations that would relax restrictions on pork imports from certain areas of Mexico, potentially allowing for increased U.S. imports at a time of a supply shortage. The proposal would permit pork to be imported from certain parts of Mexico defined as having a […]

Brazil cattle herd to grow two per cent this year — July 29, 2014


sao paulo Brazil, home of the world’s largest commercial cattle herd, will likely grow its stock by two per cent this year from 2013, reaching a record 198.7 million head, according to a report sponsored by analysts Informa Economics FNP. The increase is due to better management and more investment in maintaining pastures, according to […]


Support for Assiniboine River water commission grows

Stakeholders will meet again at November convention in Regina to formalize organization

The push to create a water commission for the Assiniboine River Basin is gaining momentum following the catastrophic flooding in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan this spring. “This ongoing (flooding) event has certainly heightened awareness of the need for a basin-wide agency,” said Wanda McFadyen, who was hired by the Prairie Improvement Network to manage […]


Beef producers: reading this will lower your blood pressure

As long as you’re not producing well-marbled carcasses

Penn State University researchers say that contrary to conventional wisdom, a growing body of evidence shows that eating lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease. “This research adds to the significant evidence, including work previously done in our lab, that supports lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet,” Penny M. Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor […]

Klassen: Feeder market surges like a rocket — steers hit $330 — July 27, 2014


Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were extreme volatile and relatively undefined as the market made fresh historical highs. U.S. weekly beef production continues to come in below expectations and the market appears to be in a “supply shock.” At the same time, market-ready supplies of slaughter cattle are rather tight moving into August causing packers […]

Maple Leaf’s Brandon plant is operating at 75 per cent capacity due to shortages of hogs and workers.

Double trouble for Maple Leaf

Pigs and people to 
process them are in 
short supply

Getting more pigs and people to process them into Maple Leaf Foods’ hog-killing plant in Brandon isn’t as simple as putting more dollars on the table, said the plant’s Morgan Curran-Blaney. “There’s not enough (pigs) so you end up stealing from somebody else,” Curran-Blaney told reporters July 10 after speaking at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ […]

Fungus in your forage? Try moose drool — July 25, 2014


York University researchers have found a surprisingly effective way to fight against a certain species of toxic grass fungus — moose saliva. Their paper published this month in Biology Letters shows that moose and reindeer saliva slows growth and reduces toxicity of a fungus in red fescue. “Plants have evolved defence mechanisms to protect themselves, […]

LIVESTOCK: CME hog futures slide on weaker cash, pork prices — July 24, 2014


Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Thursday finished lower, pulled down by softer cash hog and wholesale pork prices, traders said. August finished 1.375 cents per lb lower at 123.200 cents, and October at 107.900, 2.550 cents lower. The average price of market-ready, or cash, hogs Thursday morning in the eastern Midwest, fell […]