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Canadian feed-grade dairy product class expanded

Buttermilk products now qualify for 4(m) permit price

A dairy product class set up to boost markets for solids non-fat (SNF), by boosting their use in animal feed such as milk replacer, has been expanded to include more products. The Canadian Dairy Commission announced Monday that its 4(m) milk class has been updated to allow dairy processors to get the 4(m) permit price

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ADM, InnovaFeed to build world’s biggest insect protein plant in Illinois

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland and French biotech company InnovaFeed announced plans on Thursday to build the world’s largest insect protein plant at Decatur, Illinois. The announcement comes amid rising global feed grain prices and tightening supplies, and as more companies work toward reducing the carbon footprint of


Year in review: Ranchers brace for another short feed winter

Year in review: Ranchers brace for another short feed winter

It’s a bad case of deja vu for livestock producers facing stressed pastures come 2020

Livestock producers were already starting from behind in 2019. Producers were already looking at a feed shortage after drought conditions stuck much of the province in 2018, particularly areas of southwest Manitoba and the Interlake. Most of agricultural Manitoba had qualified for the federal livestock tax deferral program in 2018 — a program that allows

A producer uses a bale processor to feed hay.

Steps to stretch limited hay supplies

All options must be closely evaluated while keeping an eye on the bottom line to ensure carrying animals through winter is realistic

Harvest and transport challenges have left many livestock producers facing a shortage of hay. That has some producers worrying they do not have enough forage on hand at this time to meet winter feed needs. “There are numerous strategies that can be used to help stretch limited forage supplies,” said Janna Block, extension livestock systems

Dry pasture conditions and rising feed prices could see higher cattle volumes at auction this fall.

Dry conditions may drive cattle to market this fall

Fed cattle, bulls also expected to head to market sooner

MarketsFarm – Dry pasture conditions in Manitoba mean cattle markets may make for a busier fall than normal. “The yearling run is right around the corner,” remarked Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Auction Ltd. in Virden. Dry pasture conditions and rising feed prices are expected to speed up cattle volumes to auction in the fall,



Careful planning will be necessary this year to stretch feed supplies to winter the herd in good condition.

Finding a recipe for success on winter livestock rations

Producers may be going ‘off script’ this year as they get creative with feed sources to make 
up for poor forage yields, but what does that mean when it comes to a winter feed plan?

Take a by-the-numbers approach to ration planning this year, especially if there are more feed types than usual in the yard. That means getting feed tested to determine what nutrients are available in what quantity, to allow for formulating a winning ration. Why it matters: Cattle producers are facing feed shortages and need to plan

CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin says the decision not to license feed mills reflects the low risk of payment defaults to farmers and to Canada’s grain quality assurance system.

Canadian Grain Commission rejects licensing feed mills

That means farmers delivering grain to feed mills won’t be covered by the CGC’s payment security program

It remains “seller beware” for farmers delivering grain to feed mills. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) will continue to exempt feed mills from being licensed, it announced Sept. 12. That means feed mills won’t have to post security in the case of payment defaults to cover the value of grain farmers deliver. The CGC also



Black soldier flies are held in a pen at the Enterra Feed Corporation in Langley, British Columbia.

Bugging out

Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand

Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10 high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini. But this is no garbage dump. It’s a farm. Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the