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Cows will be doing their part for beef research and marketing — those sold after April 1 will be subject to an extra $1.50 checkoff to fund those areas.

National cattle checkoff on its way up this spring

The national levy used to fund marketing and research is going up by $1.50 — the first increase since 2002

Come spring, more than the grass will be rising — the national cattle levy is going up $1.50 per head on April 1. “The impetus for us was the national beef strategy,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “The national beef strategy is a plan for us for the next five years



Fed cattle markets are expected to show strength

Manitoba’s major auction markets closed for the week

It was a slow start to the new year for Manitoba auction marts, as major outlets stayed quiet during the week ended Jan. 5. However, it may have been a good time for participants to stay home, due to the cold weather. Feed usage is likely on the minds of some ranchers, though, as they

“It’s been, actually, a good year. It’s been a year dominated by, I think, some good signals from the market. Prices were better than they’ve been in recent history, so those are positives for us,” – Brian Lemon
, Manitoba Beef Producers.

Bumper year for the beef industry, despite dry season

The beef industry is floating on high prices, high cattle volumes and cautious regulatory optimism going into 2018

Manitoba beef producers have plenty of reason to look back on 2017 fondly. The beef sector enjoyed good prices and high market volumes through the fall run, while early concerns about feed quantity evaporated as the province mostly dodged the drought conditions seen in south-central Saskatchewan. “It’s been, actually, a good year,” Brian Lemon, Manitoba

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


Dr. Allen Williams describes the ins and outs of forage management during the Aug. 14-15 grazing workshop in Brandon.

Graze better, not bigger

There’s more to grazing than leaving cattle in a single pasture all summer, 
attendees of the Aug. 14-15 workshop with Dr. Allen Williams heard

When it comes to managing a grazing operation, bigger isn’t necessarily better. That’s according to Dr. Allen Williams, a grazing specialist, grass-fed beef advocate, sustainable beef expert and the instructor at a two-day grazing workshop in Brandon Aug. 14-15. “They have a lot more options than they ever realized that they had in terms of

Mainly culls, bulls put up for sale during slow week

Beef demand should taper off as July’s holidays pass

Just a few auction yards remain open in Manitoba as ranchers enter the summer season. About 640 head were shown to buyers during the week ended June 30, down from 827 the previous week. Of the three major outlets still operating in July, just two held sales. According to Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying

Summer slowdown begins for Manitoba auction marts

Signals point to a market getting set to weaken

The dog days of summer have arrived at auction marts in Manitoba, as just 827 cattle were sold during the week ended June 23, well down from the previous week when 1,890 animals were sold. Prices stayed relatively firm, however, with some mild strengthening on a few of the light heifer classes. For instance, heifers


Beneficial rains a boost for local cattle buyer optimism

Local markets overcome turbulence in cattle futures

Moving into the summer, Manitoba’s ranchers are watching cash markets and the weather, with both delivering good news. Cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) saw some turbulence over the past week, though prices for cattle at auctions in Manitoba were able to resist that pressure. “The cash market didn’t seem to reflect it,”

There’s no simple or accurate test for ergot levels in cattle pellets.

Ergot continues to cause concerns

Feed manufacturers must sell a safe product, but are under no obligation to test for ergot alkaloids

As more Manitoba producers link cases of ergotism to pellet feed, farmers are being urged to use caution and test for ergot alkaloids. “It’s very sad,” said Wayne Tomlinson, an extension veterinarian with the province. “You’re doing the right thing, you’re feeding your animals what you think is good-quality feed and they are not thriving,