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grooming a black Angus bull

Expect volatility in 2015 beef business, says Ag Days speaker

Will 2015 be a repeat of 2014’s amazing ride? Unlikely, says beef industry analyst

Canadian cattle and beef prices reached all-time highs in 2014 but 2015 will be a different story, market analyst Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock told an Ag Days seminar last week. Retail prices will remain high and are expected to go even higher, while export and domestic demand should stay strong. But there are changes

cattle in a snowy pasture

A new strategy for developing Canada’s beef sector

This strategy is about how we can work together to best position our industry to compete for a larger share 
of the world market and to become the high-quality beef product of choice in the world

The following is an excerpt from the executive summary from the recently released document “Investing in a strong future for Canada’s beef industry,” which maps out an aggressive strategy for industry development both short and long term. The full document can be found at: www.beefstrategy.com. The Canadian beef industry is at a pivotal point in time.


cattle in a feedlot

Editorial: On the right track

Beef industry leaders have outlined some gutsy goals for their sector to meet with their recently released National Beef Strategy. Boosting production efficiency by 15 per cent, increasing carcass cut-out value by 15 per cent and reducing cost disadvantage relative to global competitors by seven per cent by 2020 won’t be easy. But much of

cows feeding on bales in winter

Beef leaders strive to drive industry forward

Goals include boosting production efficiency by 15 per cent and increasing 
carcass cut-out value by 15 per cent in just five years

Business gurus call them Big Hairy Audacious Goals — and now Canadian beef leaders have to figure out how to achieve the ones they’ve set for their industry. “You have to pick a place to get to,” said Trevor Atchison, co-chair of the National Beef Strategic Planning Group. “You can’t make every goal in life,

Japan’s beef bowl to get price hike

Japanese fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Dec. 9 it would raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish — long a symbol of the deflationary economy — for the first time in 24 years due to higher import costs. The move marks a much-needed win for the central bank, which is struggling to


ground beef exiting a meat grinder

CANFAX bullish on beef market outlook

The forecast is for solid prices in 2015

The Canadian beef market will likely continue to see bulls in the new year, according to a CANFAX forecaster. “We’re looking at very solid prices for 2015. At the risk of saying it, there’s potential for even higher prices,” Brian Perillat, manager and senior analyst for CANFAX, told a group of producers at this year’s

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

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


cow eating hay

Editorial: Foraging for a national voice

Just four years since its inception, the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is struggling after losing the support of the sector that arguably benefits the most from its activities. Eighty per cent of Canada’s beef production depends on forages as the main feed source. Of the $5.1 billion of economic activity forages contribute to the

man at auction with microphone in his hand

Livestock levy increase well received

Flooding is a major issue for Manitoba beef producers, but it’s only one of the many issues facing them today

It’s been nearly five months since the Manitoba Beef Producers levy went up to $3 a head, and producers have been gathering at district meetings to hear where that money has been going. Speaking to District 4 producers at the Grunthal Auction Mart, MBP’s general manager Melinda German explained that the increased levy — which