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Manitoba producers could soon benefit from a sustainable beef market in Eastern Canada.

Eastern Cargill plant tapping into sustainable beef

Cargill’s Guelph plant had just completed its standard certification when COVID-19 hit

Cargill says it’s on its way to opening up Eastern Canada for its certified sustainable beef supply chain. The company says its Guelph processing plant had just been certified according to sustainability standards, as set down by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, when the COVID-19 pandemic gained steam. “It was end of February, end

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures gain, fall short on the week

Lean hogs slip after three days' gains

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures gained on Friday, after four consecutive days of declines, as traders anticipated the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle on Feed report. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) August live cattle futures settled up 0.475 cent at 101.325 cents/lb. and October live cattle added 0.5 cent to close at

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures ease, demand picture foggy

Hogs up on firmer cash, pork prices

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell again Thursday, the fourth consecutive step back after reaching a high not seen since early March. “The rally last week was kind of counter-seasonal. You typically don’t rally the cattle in late July, early August, in the dog days of summer,” said Jeff French, an analyst

U.S. livestock: Live cattle continue lower on unclear outlook

'Hard hill to climb' expected for lean hogs

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed lower on Wednesday as uncertainty about demand lingers, while dry conditions in the U.S. West have analysts worried about an influx of market-ready cattle in the coming weeks. “You look at pasture range and it is deteriorating very quickly,” said Ted Seifried, chief ag market strategist

A healthy foal starts with a healthy mare and minerals are an important part of ensuring her health.

Minerals and the broodmare

Horse Health: For a healthy and well-nourished foal, start with a healthy and nourished mare

The physical demands placed upon the body of the broodmare are extraordinary, especially as the number of offspring she is expected to bear increases. These demands and expectations easily position the broodmare as a top performance horse in the horse industry. The broodmare relies on body reserves and nutritional resources to fund a smooth breeding cycle, gestation and lactation — a


Workers and excavators are seen at a construction site of a new pig farm in Beijing’s eastern Pinggu district.

Cheek by jowl

China pork crisis spurs pig farms’ return to cities

Reuters – China is building industrial pig farms near its urban areas, reversing years of policies to relocate the livestock over waste concerns, as the government prioritizes food security over the environment after African swine fever decimated its herds. The world’s biggest pork consumer will add about 200 million pigs by constructing new farms around

U.S. livestock: Live cattle pull back on demand uncertainty

CME lean hogs strengthen

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed lower on Tuesday for a second consecutive session after key contracts reached more-than-four-month highs last week as processors continued to cut into a surplus of market-ready cattle, traders said. Concerns about a piecemeal economic reopening as coronavirus cases flare up across the United States have traders

Pregnancy testing cows early provides a number of benefits.

Consider pregnancy testing beef cattle early

More information can lead to better — and more profitable — management decisions

The breeding season for spring-calving cow herds could run from March through late summer or early fall, depending on the desired time of calving and length of the breeding season. “Regardless of the length of the breeding season, reproductive efficiency is a critical factor in maintaining a profitable ranch operation,” says Janna Block, Extension livestock



U.S. livestock: Live cattle backslide amid cautious slaughter improvements

Lean hogs down on supply backlog

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed lower on Monday, pulling back after a rally last week on signs that meatpackers may be working through backlogs of market-ready cattle, traders said. Although slaughter rates have returned to pre-coronavirus levels, cattle remain heavier after backing up in feedlots when processing plants closed this spring