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Report discusses disseminating agricultural research

The Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) says the next suite of Growing Forward programs should include funds dedicated to communicating about research to the general public. Its 2016 Conference Report (the Report), which summarizes the need for the agricultural sector to better disseminate research results to producers, farmers, industry, academia, consumers and among the research […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures surge by 3-cent/lb price limit

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up by their 3-cents-per-lb daily price limit on Monday, driven by fund buying and Friday’s mildly bullish government monthly cattle report, said traders. August and October live cattle closed at 112.950 cents and 111.075 cents per lb, respectively. Live cattle’s trading limit will be expanded […] Read more


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U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures rally before USDA report

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Friday after short-covering and bargain hunting snapped a three-day losing streak, traders said. August live cattle ended 2.425 cents per lb higher at 109.950 cents, and October closed 2.375 cents higher at 108.075 cents. Investors were awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report on Friday at 2 […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle futures plunge to five-year low on supply worries

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday slumped to a five-year low in anticipation of increased supplies that could further pressure wholesale beef prices, traders said. August live cattle ended 1.900 cents per lb lower at 107.525 cents, and October closed 2.375 cents lower at 105.700 cents. Affordable grain reduced cattle input costs which translates into plenty […] Read more


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U.S. livestock: Lower cash, beef prices again sink CME live cattle futures

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures’ extended their losses on Wednesday from the previous session, led by the morning’s lower cash and wholesale pork prices, traders said. August live cattle ended 0.975 cent per lb lower at 109.425 cents, and October closed 1.400 cents lower at 108.075 cents. A small number of market-ready, or cash cattle in […] Read more

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Beef 911: The pros and cons of hormone-free beef programs

There’s a lot of confusion about these programs — here’s a take from a veterinary perspective

With all the terms we are hearing in the beef industry — such as organic, natural, hormone free, sustainable — there is no doubt confusion even for you the producers trying to raise cattle to fit into these programs. Most of these branded or niche programs are trying to differentiate themselves from the traditional ways […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: Technical selloff upends CME live cattle futures

Chicago / Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts closed sharply lower on Tuesday, undercut by technical-related selling that wiped out Monday’s gains, traders said. They said August futures led losers after investors periodically sold that contract and simultaneously bought deferred months in a trading strategy known as bear spreading. August live cattle ended 2.050 cents per lb lower […] Read more

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Regulatory changes would limit farmers’ vet drug imports

Proposed Health Canada changes will affect how antimicrobials are imported into Canada

For John Prescott, a move to end farmers’ right to import certain veterinary drugs marks a significant turning point in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in Canada. The Public Health Agency announced last year that Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate would introduce new regulations requiring veterinary oversight of antibiotics used in food animals, such as […] Read more