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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle book steep drop

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Friday fell more than two per cent, their steepest daily decline in 1-1/2 months, pressured by sell stops and fund liquidation, said traders. December live cattle closed down 2.35 cents/lb. to 108.225 cents, and February 2.5 cents lower at 108.875 cents (all figures US$). […] Read more

Boyd Anderson, shown here in a video recounting his life in ranching in southwestern Saskatchewan, died this week at age 96. (GrandpaBoyd.com)

Cattle industry leader Boyd Anderson, 96

Memorial services will be held Dec. 10 in Glentworth, Sask. for Boyd Anderson, a respected rancher and leader in the Saskatchewan and Canadian beef cattle industries, who passed away Thursday in Moose Jaw at age 96. Anderson, who had started ranching in about 1937 near Fir Mountain, about 170 km southwest of Moose Jaw, is […] Read more



Quarantined ranches don’t have the facilities to feed the hundreds of calves they expected to sell in the fall, so Alberta Beef Producers is trying to get permission to use — and then find — feedlots willing to take them.

Compensation promised for ranches under TB quarantine

Ottawa promises financial help while Alberta Beef Producers trying to arrange 
for feedlots to take in calves

Beleaguered Alberta ranchers with quarantined herds are getting some relief as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved a beef industry plan to allow calves to be sent to feedlots. “We’re working with the CFIA on the conditions and requirements,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “Obviously, it would be hard to […] Read more



Elk remain the main reservoir of TB for deer and cattle in the Riding Mountain Park area.

TB in the spotlight again with Alberta outbreak

Manitoba’s drawn-out history with bovine tuberculosis highlights 
the long road ahead for our Alberta neighbours

As Alberta begins to feel the repercussions of a confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis (TB), Manitoba looks to close its nearly two-decade-long chapter with live animal TB testing. “As we witness what is happening in Alberta, it really shows how quickly this can take place and how fast it can affect the entire province. We […] Read more


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Canada again declares as avian flu-free

With an Ontario duck farm depopulated and disinfected, and no new outbreaks in the three following months, Canada has again declared itself free of notifiable avian flu. The federal government announced Wednesday it has informed the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that Ontario is considered free of avian influenza as per OIE guidelines. About […] Read more





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Quarantined Alberta ranches to get AgriRecovery

Ranchers in southeastern Alberta having to feed and maintain quarantined cattle they can’t move or sell can expect a federal/provincial AgriRecovery plan to help cover those costs in the next few days. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his Alberta counterpart Oneil Carlier on Wednesday announced producers faced with “extraordinary costs” due to federal quarantines […] Read more

Graziers from across Canada visited the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative recently.

MBFI collaboration draws accolades from visiting graziers

Tour participants said the model performs extension, something Canada has begun to fall behind on

Around 40 delegates to the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association annual conference, recently held in Winnipeg, arrived a day early to get a look at how Manitoba does it. They enjoyed unseasonably warm and sunny weather as they took a close-up look at the action at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative (MBFI) operations around […] Read more