workers cutting beef at a meat-packing plant

Meat industry needs outside help urgently

The shortage of labour is becoming critical for processors

Labour shortages in Canada’s meat sector are cutting into profitability and resulting in more livestock being sent south for processing, James Law, executive director of the Canadian Meat Council told the Senate agriculture committee last month. “The greatest threat to the future of Canada’s livestock and meat sector at the moment is the severe shortage […]

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U.S. livestock: CME feeder cattle drop limit fourth straight session — December 16, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Lightly-traded Chicago Mercantile Exchange feeder cattle futures finished down their three cents per pound daily price limit on Tuesday for a fourth day in a row following sharply lower cash prices, traders said. Fund selling, sell stops and CME live cattle’s subsequent limit-down settlement further pressured feeder cattle contracts. The inability […]

From left to right: Larry Thomas, Hubert Lau and Ted Power.

BIXS transfers ownership to new privately held company

ViewTrak with CCA, are the initial shareholders in new BIXS program

A new partnership announced this week could raise the profile and popularity of the Canadian cattle ID and information exchange system. Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), founded by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) declared Dec. 8 it is transferring ownership to a new privately held company, of which the initial shareholders are the CCA and ViewTrak, an […]


B.C. egg farm joins turkey, broiler farms on quarantine list — December 15, 2014

A 53,000-bird table egg layer operation in the greater Vancouver area is the 10th farm in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland to be confirmed with avian influenza since the beginning of the month. The farm, in the Langley municipality, was investigated Saturday under “suspicion” of avian flu and confirmed later that day to be infected with […]

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle end lower — December 15, 2014

Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures ended lower on Monday on fund liquidation and bearish fundamentals, traders said. December ended down 0.075 cent per pound at 161.975 cents and February ended 0.425 cent/lb. lower at 161.75 cents (all figures US$). Even though the overall supply of U.S. cattle is the lowest […]

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Cargill sees $1B investment in Indonesia, eyes poultry sector — December 13, 2014

Jakarta | Reuters – Cargill may invest US$1 billion in Indonesia over the next three to four years, with a focus on entering the poultry sector and expanding its palm business there, the CEO of the top global commodities trader said Tuesday. Earlier this year, Indonesia entered talks to resume poultry shipments to Japan after […]

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Klassen: Feeder market upward trend stalls — December 13, 2014

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were unsettled last week, trading $3 higher to $3 lower. However, feedlot operators were eyeing the U.S. market, where softer U.S. fed cattle prices caused feeder cattle prices to drop by $4 to $8. The deteriorating Canadian dollar was mildly supportive, but the uncertainty in the fed cattle set a […]

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U.S. livestock: CME feeder cattle, lean hogs end lower — December 12, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — CME live cattle ended lower Friday as fund selling and weak cash cattle prices weighed, traders said. Lower U.S. stocks and weak crude oil also pressured the overall livestock futures market, said Lane Broadbent of KIS Futures. “We are in a tough time of the year as far as beef demand […]

herd of cattle eating hay in the winter

Short hay this year? Try grain

MAFRD nutritionists have developed a feeding schedule to accommodate 
producers’ wallets during feed shortages

Cheap corn could be a lifesaver for Manitoba cattle producers who are short of feed this winter, but a provincial livestock specialist warns it must be handled with care. “Grain might be the ideal part of your diet this year,” Ray Bitner, livestock specialist with MAFRD, told listeners during the latest Stocktalk webinar. After calculating […]