JBS to buy Australia’s Primo for $1.4B — November 21, 2014

Sao Paulo | Reuters – Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest beef exporter, has agreed to buy Australian processed foods producer Primo Smallgoods for A$1.45 billion (C$1.41 billion). The company will also buy food company Grupo Big Frango in Brazil for 430 million reais (C$192 million), stepping up the pace of acquisitions that have played […]

October U.S. cattle placements not as slow as expected — November 21, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in October declined versus last year, a government report showed on Friday, but not by as much as expected, said analysts. While pricey calves discouraged feedlots from buying them, high-priced slaughter cattle and deteriorating summer pastures drew more livestock into feeding pens, they […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rise into USDA report — November 21, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled higher on Friday on positioning before this week’s cash prices and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CT, traders said. Most analysts expect Friday’s report to show cattle placements in October declined from last year. USDA will simultaneously issue […]

Dr. Lonnie King

Antibiotic-resistant genes pass between bacteria

Solving the problem of increasing antibiotic-resistant organisms will require stakeholders to move beyond the blame game and collaborate

It’s a microscopic problem with huge repercussions, repercussions that could end a way of life humans have enjoyed for seven decades. Experts say that antibiotic resistance is on the rise, including resistance to antibiotics important to human health. “It is indeed a crisis, the evolution of antibiotic resistance is occurring at an alarming rate, outpacing […]

U.S. livestock: CME hogs fall on profit-taking; live cattle end mixed — November 20, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed lower Thursday on profit-taking and fund selling that erased Wednesday’s gains, traders said. December closed down one cent per pound at 90.775 cents, and February 0.75 cent lower at 90.9 cents (all figures US$). Anticipation of weaker-trending cash and wholesale pork prices stirred bear spreads, […]


Beef sector welcomes support

But Kostyshyn remains non-committal on AgriRecovery for crop producers

Last week’s AgriRecovery announcement brought some good news for the beef producers, but no news for Manitoba crop producers hoping for additional support after a disastrous growing season. Ron Kostyshyn, minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, was non-committal when asked whether crop producers would receive additional help this year in the form of AgriRecovery. […]

Ontario eyes expanding production insurance — November 19, 2014

Ontario’s government plans to give itself more latitude to expand its farm production insurance offerings. The province said Wednesday it’s proposing to amend its Crop Insurance Act and grant itself authority to expand production insurance beyond just crops. That authority already is available to every other provincial government in Canada, the province noted. “Giving more […]

U.S. livestock: CME hogs end higher after early losses pared — November 19, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs ended higher on Wednesday on short-covering and fund buying that trumped initial selling, traders said. December closed up 0.225 cent per pound at 91.775 cents, and February 0.525 cent higher at 91.65 cents. CME hogs rose despite lower cash hog and wholesale pork prices, partly due […]

COOL as is can’t be patched to satisfy WTO, Vilsack says — November 18, 2014

U.S. federal officials don’t see a way their mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) legislation can do what it was designed to do and satisfy global trade rules at the same time. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking Monday on a U.S. Department of Agriculture podcast, said officials “do not think that there is a regulatory fix” for […]

Britain confirms H5N8 in ducks on farm in north — November 18, 2014

London | Reuters — Bird flu on a duck farm in northern England is the highly contagious H5N8 strain, the same form of the virus already discovered in Germany and the Netherlands, Britain’s farm ministry confirmed on Tuesday. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said that the risk to humans was minimal, […]