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Russia not planning expanded ban on Western foods

Moscow | Reuters — Russia does not plan to expand the list of banned Western food products, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev told reporters. Earlier on Friday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his ministers to draft proposals to extend Moscow’s food import ban until the end of 2017. The Agriculture Ministry has already started preparing […] Read more

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Gay Lea buys Ontario artisanal cheesemaker

Another storied eastern Ontario artisanal cheesemaker is set to go co-op. Gay Lea Foods, billed as Ontario’s biggest and Canada’s second-biggest dairy co-operative, announced a deal Wednesday to buy Black River Cheese Co. effective June 1 for an undisclosed sum. Based in Prince Edward County at Milford, about 45 km southeast of Belleville, Black River […] Read more





A Cold Stone Creamery outlet in China. (ColdStoneCreamery.com)

Canadian firm to buy Taco Time, Cold Stone parent

A Montreal company known for mall food court and quick-service restaurant brands across Canada is set to buy a major U.S. player in the same sectors. MTY Food Group, which owns or holds franchises for 40 brands including Mr. Sub, Cultures, La Cremiere, Extreme Pita, Country Style, Yogen Fruz, TCBY and others, announced Wednesday it […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: Weak cash outlook limits live cattle advances

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures gained on Wednesday, helped by short-covering and bargain hunting after recent market losses, traders said. But expectations of softer market-ready, or cash, cattle prices by Friday, and subsequent increased supplies, tempered market advances, traders said. “Futures is an anticipatory market. It is already anticipating cash […] Read more

Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup hosts ninth annual event

Youth will gather in Neepawa July 29 to 31

Youth up to age 25 are eligible to attend the ninth annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup July 29 to 31 in Neepawa. The event features a variety of competitions and events to fit all skills and interests of participants. Events include team grooming, individual and team judging, showmanship, marketing art, photography, scrapbooking, educational workshops as […] Read more



Dairy producers say without new processing capacity, the industry can’t be sustainable.

Aging milk dryers limiting Canadian dairy sector

Without new industry investment dairy producers could 
be stuck in a negative loop as existing infrastructure ages

Aging milk dryers and industry paralysis on how to move forward and modernize is setting the stage for a prolonged crisis in the Canadian dairy sector. Without a plan to address the situation, milk producers are going to pay the price of this shortfall, says Peter Gould, CEO and general manager of the Dairy Farmers […] Read more


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Klassen: Improving margins support feeder market

Average western Canadian feeder cattle prices were $3-$5 above week-ago levels, with top-quality larger groups trading as much as $8-$10 higher. While current pen closeouts remain underwater, the deferred positions are somewhat brighter, which has rejuvenated buying enthusiasm. Most risk management strategies rely on cattle feeders staying in the game all year. There appears to […] Read more