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Klassen: Feeder cattle market holding value

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were steady to as much as $4 higher while calf values traded within $5 on either side of unchanged. Current feedlot margins are hovering around break-even, but profitability will improve during October and November, given the recent strength in the deferred live cattle futures. Therefore, short-keep feeders




Calf hutches provide many benefits

Beef 911: You will be amazed how many calves make use of these shelters and be pleased with the many benefits

Calf hutches are utilized by many producers at calving season and for very good reason. They are especially imperative if calving early in inclement weather and with the increasing size of our herds, young calves need to get away from the stress of crowding. Even summer-calving herds will make use of hutches for shade and

Rob Tremblay, bovine and equine specialist with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., 
lays out timing concerns when vaccinating cows to protect the unborn calf.

Pay attention to timing to boost immunity

That vaccination is wasted if applied at the wrong time, one expert says

Vaccination programs may look less like a road map and more like a maze to producers. There are questions on what illnesses they should target. Is a live or killed vaccine best? When should they be given? How long do they last? If it is a killed vaccine, how far apart should the doses be?


Make sure your calves get off to a proper start

Bee 911: Calves need adequate amounts of high-quality colostrum after birth and substitutes are a good option

There have been many articles written over the years on the value of calves receiving adequate amounts of good-quality colostrum. Also over the years, colostrum substitutes have come into greater and greater usage. Several things have led to this change. Colostrum substitutes have become higher quality and are more convenient than using frozen colostrum. As

BeefTalk: Keeping more heifers turned out well

Hanging on to your heifers in tough times can help preserve a herd’s genetics and increase management flexibility

How do you cut cow numbers in half and maintain the same number of cows calving? That seems like a strange question, but the question surfaced as the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC) prepped for the current drought on this year’s feed supply. The answer is to develop all the heifers as future brood cows.

Cattle prices stay on strong side

There was just a slight price drop for some feeder steers 
and heifers this past week

Prices for cattle at Manitoba auction marts continue to stay strong, but some classes did drop off slightly during the week ended November 17. Feeder steers in the 300 to 400 lb range softened by a few dollars along with heifers in that same weight class. Most classes and weights of calves were four to


Will Jermey (r) displays his senior champion female with bull calf at the Canadian Junior Angus Association Showdown in Lloydminster, Sask. His herd is largely drawn from former 4-H projects.

4-H beef program aims at breeding over butchering

A small number of 4-H’ers in the Interlake are turning their heifer projects into purebred herds

It’s all about the ladies at Ashern’s Lakeside 4-H Beef Club. Unlike other clubs, and their focus on finishing cattle for market, this group is concentrating on breeding heifers, and senior members are aging out with a purebred herd already in hand as a result. Steers, ordinarily a 4-H staple, are in the minority, making

Markets show heavy traffic on rising cattle prices

Drought hasn’t put as many yearlings on market as expected

Manitoba cattle auctions are gearing up for a busy fall run following a slow summer with feedlots coming off eight to 10 months of successive profits. Feeder cattle prices were fully steady to a bit higher during the week ended Sept. 22 with more than 9,000 animals being sold at the province’s eight major auction