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Sheep and goat sale wild and woolly

It looks like the local auction is acting as strangely as financial markets

The local sheep and goat market must be watching the wild swings on Wall Street and taking notes. Prices at the Feb. 7 sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction were taking their own dramatic legs up and down. The 80 animals that went into the ring were also clearly following the trends noted in the latest […] Read more



BeefTalk: Why push a chain up a hill?

Matching cattle inventory and calving date with appropriate forage-based systems is critical

The recent thaw has helped cows into their generally relaxed routine in which they’re essentially finding shelter, eating, drinking and returning to shelter. The slow days of late gestation are eminent. In another month, many cows will be calving. Producers have time now to look ahead. In fact, the cow actually is looking ahead as […] Read more




GOING BIG: Chinese pork producers supersize

The country is the world’s top pork market, but until recently most of it has been raised on small operations

Surrounded by mountains in a remote part of southwestern China, Xinguangan’s first large-scale, modern pig farm is getting ready to produce its first offspring. By the end of the year, 10,000 sows will live inside two huge barns on this 73-hectare (180-acre) site, producing up to 280,000 piglets annually, or about 20,000 tonnes of pork. […] Read more


Mandatory livestock inspections split MBP membership

A resolution pushing for mandatory livestock inspections got a narrow pass during this year’s 
Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) AGM. Now, it’s up to the province if that program becomes reality

Manitoba Beef Producers will be pushing for mandatory livestock inspections, although not all their membership agrees. The producer group passed a resolution Feb. 8 to lobby government for the new program. The 45-42 vote was among the most polarizing resolutions of the 2018 AGM in Brandon. Ben Fox stepped out of his role as MBP […] Read more



Trials are open on CCA record-keeping app

The CCA is pitching a new record-keeping app, and it’s letting producers try it for free until April 1

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is dishing out a taste of its new cow-calf record-keeping tool before it hits the market. Producers can get a free trial of Herdly, software developed for both desktop and Apple mobile, from now until April 1, 2018, Mark Klassen, CCA director of technical services announced during the Manitoba Beef Producers […] Read more




KFC

KFC closes most U.K. stores due to chicken shortage

London | Reuters — Fast-food chain KFC said on Monday it had been forced to close hundreds of its British stores because of a shortage of chicken. The problem arose at the weekend after the chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, forcing the majority of its 900 outlets in Britain to shut. “We’ve brought […] Read more