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U.S livestock: CME live cattle futures ease before USDA report

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished the week with losses as investors tweaked positions ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CST (2000 GMT), said traders. Analysts, on average, expect the report to show 7.7 percent more cattle were placed into U.S. feedlots last […] Read more

Farm bankruptcies down, but not out – just different

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – Fewer farms means fewer bankruptcies but with that simple equation comes the realization that the size and tone of those bankruptcies in North America is growing. “They are larger, the amount of debt is greater, the fact that we’re not seeing a higher number doesn’t mean there isn’t considerable distress […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle slip on softer cash, beef prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday reversed some of Wednesday’s gains, led by weaker cash and wholesale beef values, traders said. Some market participants tweaked positions before Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) monthly Cattle on Feed report. “We saw a small rally yesterday, and a steady opening today, […] Read more

Producers wanted for cow-calf survey

Do you wonder how your cow-calf operation compares with others in your region, province or herd size on matters like conception rate and weaning weight? Producers who participate in the second Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey will receive a complementary report that allows them to compare their own operation with benchmarks. The survey takes about 45 […] Read more



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U.S. livestock: Short-covering pares recent CME live cattle losses

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday settled higher after short-covering helped recoup some of the market’s recent cash price related losses, traders said. A few investors adjusted positions before the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle on Feed report on Friday. December live cattle finished 0.7 cent/lb. higher at […] Read more

Solar watering can save stress during droughts

Long viewed as a band-aid solution for droughts, solar watering systems can help raise your grazing game

Cattle grazer Tim Hoven has a love-hate relationship with solar watering systems. “When it works great, it’s amazing. But when there’s complications, it’s extremely frustrating — just like any piece of technology,” the Eckville-area producer said in an interview last month. “Yesterday, I was literally out fighting a frozen water line that had drained the […] Read more



When the herd is a province away, you need reliable water

Beiseker rancher has solar waterer for 100 cow-calf pairs he grazes across the Saskatchewan border

The phrase ‘remote watering’ takes on a new meaning on Duane Kent’s farm. Kent lives in Beiseker (northeast of Calgary) but also has a four-quarter pasture more than 500 kilometres away in Biggar, Sask. The site has no natural surface water and it would cost $30,000 to bring in electrical power. So he relies on […] Read more


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U.S. livestock: Lower cash prices drop CME hogs to one-month low

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Tuesday slid to their lowest level in a month after downward-trending cash prices triggered sell orders, traders said. Fund selling developed after some contracts drifted below technical support areas. December hogs ended 2.325 cents/lb. lower at 59.975 cents, and below the 100-day moving average of […] Read more


Banff Pork Seminar offers ‘powerhouse program’

The 47th Banff Pork Seminar from Jan. 9 to 11 at the Banff Springs Hotel will once again have a “powerhouse program,” says co-chair, Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta. It will feature “innovation, latest technology, challenging thinking on the big issues of the day combined with production information that producers can implement […] Read more