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Dairy services organizations create partnership

Three major service providers in Canadian dairy farming have formed a partnership that will result in one company supplying herd management and genetic services to Canadian dairy farmers. The partnership, including CanWest DHI, Valacta and the Canadian Dairy Network (CDN), still has to be approved by farmer-members of the organizations. CanWest DHI provides on-farm testing […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rebound on cash, beef prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday rallied from Monday’s losses, ignited by short-covering as investors digested initial cash prices and firmer wholesale beef values, said traders. Technical buying contributed to market advances along with unwinding of Monday’s short live cattle futures long hog spreads, they said. December live cattle […] Read more

Marketed cattle jump cited as Manitoba Beef Producers ends strong on financial year

An increase in marketed cattle let the Manitoba Beef Producers buck an expected deficit 2017, according to the first financial statements

Manitoba Beef Producers is back in black — black in, that is. A surprise swing in marketed cattle left the organization well ahead on its financials, after initially projecting a $136,100 deficit in 2017. Instead, MBP ended the year with a $214,700 surplus, according to financial documents presented during regular district meetings this fall. MBP […] Read more

Import changes looming for veterinary drugs

Canadian producers have used the U.S. to access cheaper veterinary drugs, 
but the list of approved drugs is about to change Nov. 13

Livestock producers are still in the dark on incoming changes to the list of approved veterinary drugs they may source from the U.S. Health Canada is tightening regulations on own-use importation, a practice allowing producers to buy approved drugs in the United States and carry them into Canada. As of Nov. 13, that list of […] Read more


Quebec veal processors merging

The bulk of Quebec’s veal processing capacity is forming up under one banner as Delimax-Montpak gets set to buy its rival Ecolait out of creditor protection. Delimax-Montpak Group announced Friday it has an agreement in principle to buy St-Hyacinthe-based Ecolait for total consideration of $50 million. Delimax-Montpak said Friday the deal “will allow the veal […] Read more


Klassen: Feeder market rally stalls

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively unchanged from week-ago levels. Eastern Prairie markets were softer but continue to maintain a $5 to as much as $8 premium over major feeding regions of Alberta. We’ve seen a sharp year-over-year increase in imports from the U.S., which is causing a variable price structure to develop across […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Fund selloff sinks CME live cattle to 4-month low

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell to their lowest level in four months on Monday, hit by fund selling and Friday’s bearish U.S. government cattle report, traders said. Last Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly Cattle-On-Feed report showed ranchers in October placed the highest number of cattle in feed lots […] Read more