Manitoba names new chief vet — August 27, 2014


The Manitoba government has tapped another federal veterinarian to lead its animal health and welfare, food safety and livestock biosecurity programs. Dr. Megan Bergman, most recently the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s regional director for Manitoba, was named Tuesday as the province’s chief veterinary officer, replacing Dr. Wayne Lees. Bergman graduated from Saskatoon’s Western College of […]

Shaun, when shorn, may be world’s woolliest sheep — August 27, 2014


Sydney | Reuters – Two Australian farmers say they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55-lb.) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held in neighbouring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from […]

U.S. livestock: CME hogs extend gains on short-covering — August 27, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday gained for a third day in a row, supported by short-covering ahead of the U.S. Labour Day holiday, traders said. Fund buying developed after some CME hog contracts broke through moving average resistance levels. October closed 0.825 cent per pound higher at 95.925 cents […]

Tyson wins antitrust nod for Hillshire deal — August 27, 2014


Washington | Reuters — Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, has won antitrust approval for its purchase of Hillshire Brands, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. The companies agreed to sell Heinold Hog Markets, which purchases sows that are sold to sausage-makers, to win approval for the US$8.5 billion deal, the department said. […]

Beef, pork prices down from summer highs — August 27, 2014


CNS Canada — As the end of summer draws near, so does the end of the barbecue season, which is expected to mean less demand for beef and pork products after a summer of significantly higher prices. “I think summer 2014 is going to go down as extraordinary from a (beef) price perspective clear across […]

U.S. livestock: Short-covering sends CME hog futures higher — August 26, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures closed higher on Tuesday, driven by short-covering as some investors prepare for an early start of the Labour Day holiday weekend, traders said. Speculators bought CME hogs in the belief that the two-week slump in prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, hogs may be about to end. […]

A bright-red colour is key to grading high and avoiding a steep discount.

Study on dark cutters aimed at boosting the bottom line

The goal is to figure out which animals are most prone to this costly condition and how to better manage them

In the quest for ever-improving beef quality, scientists are taking a new look at an age-old challenge: dark cutters. Those are the animals that get the B4 grade and discount, and exhibit the unsightly darker-red colour and associated toughness in the meat, along with reduced shelf life. Dark cutting shows up more often during the […]

Bloc Quebecois’ ag critic quits party — August 25, 2014


The Bloc Quebecois’ critic for agriculture has quit the party to sit as an independent MP in the House of Commons. Andre Bellavance, the Bloc MP for Richmond-Athabaska since 2004 and a candidate in the party’s leadership contest in May, also confirmed to Quebec media he will not run in the next federal election, to […]

U.S. livestock: CME live, feeder cattle extend gains after USDA report — August 25, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live and feeder cattle contracts closed higher for a third straight session on Monday, partly driven by Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Cattle-On-Feed report, traders said. Initially, analysts considered the report mildly bearish because more cattle were placed in feedlots last month than forecasted. Some analysts later said […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle supported on positive outlook — August 25, 2014


Western Canadian feeder cattle sold steady with week-ago levels based on the positive outlook for fed cattle market during the winter period. Buying enthusiasm among feedlot operators remains very strong, due to the positive margins experienced over the past year. Despite the higher price structure for replacements, financial constraints are non-existent, with many cattle buyers […]