Levinoff-Colbex beef plant to be sold for parts: report — August 29, 2014


A Quebec cattle producer group’s bid to buy and reopen the shuttered Levinoff-Colbex beef packing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region has been rejected, according to the province’s main farm organization. The ill-fated cull cow slaughter plant’s receiver, Richter Advisory Group of Montreal, had been taking bids on the St-Cyrille-de-Wendover plant’s assets this summer, for sale […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska […]

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Feed shortages could push flooded farmers to sell cattle

This year’s flood has created more uncertainty for Manitoba’s cattle sector

The stress of extended flooding losses followed by a harsh winter prompted Scott Kolomaya to make a tough decision in the spring. He sold three-quarters of his cattle herd. His hayfields were flooded in 2011 and had not yet been returned to production. After a long and bitter winter, he was running short of feed. […]

Jamaica re-opens to Canadian beef — August 28, 2014


Canadian beef producers have scored access to a long-closed market as Jamaica will again take Canadian product. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Monday that Jamaica has approved all imports of beef from Canada, effective immediately. The country closed its ports to Canadian beef in 2003 after the discovery of Canada’s […]

U.S. livestock: Cash price optimism rallies CME live cattle — August 28, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures turned up sharply on Thursday in anticipation of steady-to-better prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. Futures drew more support from their discounts to last week’s cash cattle returns. August live cattle, which will expire on Friday, ended up 1.45 cent per […]

EU provides aid to dairy sector after Russian ban — August 28, 2014


Brussels | Reuters – The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers. Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the U.S., the European Union, […]


Report sounds alarm for food processing in Manitoba

Trouble in the pork and potato industries could put a $100-million 
drag on food processing in Manitoba, a new report says

Manitoba’s food-processing sector could take a $100-million nose-dive by 2020 if challenges faced by two of its three biggest players — pork and potatoes — aren’t addressed soon. That’s the worst-case or “business-as-usual” scenario laid out in a recent study by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University. Researchers gathered data from Statistics Canada […]

Manitoba names new chief vet — August 27, 2014


The Manitoba government has tapped another federal veterinarian to lead its animal health and welfare, food safety and livestock biosecurity programs. Dr. Megan Bergman, most recently the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s regional director for Manitoba, was named Tuesday as the province’s chief veterinary officer, replacing Dr. Wayne Lees. Bergman graduated from Saskatoon’s Western College of […]

Shaun, when shorn, may be world’s woolliest sheep — August 27, 2014


Sydney | Reuters – Two Australian farmers say they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55-lb.) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held in neighbouring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from […]

U.S. livestock: CME hogs extend gains on short-covering — August 27, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday gained for a third day in a row, supported by short-covering ahead of the U.S. Labour Day holiday, traders said. Fund buying developed after some CME hog contracts broke through moving average resistance levels. October closed 0.825 cent per pound higher at 95.925 cents […]