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Newfoundland expands Crown land base for farming

The Newfoundland and Labrador government plans to nearly double the amount of land available to the province’s farmers by allocating over 150,000 more acres of Crown land for development. The province’s Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods announced Thursday it has identified 62 “agriculture areas of interest” totalling about 158,150 acres. The added Crown land […] Read more

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

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures halted a two-day slide on Friday, sparked by improved wholesale beef values and better-than-expected cash prices, said traders. They said buy stops and technical buying furthered live cattle market advances. CME livestock markets will be closed on Monday in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cash price unease pressures CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Thursday slipped for a second straight day, amid investor caution while waiting for remaining cash cattle to change hands by Friday, said traders. Short-covering and futures’ discounts to early-week cash returns provided downside market support, they said. February live cattle closed down 0.25 cent/lb. […] Read more

Spend a little now and make money later

Reduced death loss, fewer open cows, and reduced shedding 
are major benefits from a proper vaccination program

The adage goes, ‘It takes money to make money.’ It is no different in the beef industry. “Low-cost producers do not cut corners on pasture, bulls, and herd health,” said beef economist Kathy Larson of the Western Beef Development Centre. “Spending less on these items often leads to reduced herd productivity and thereby raises your […] Read more



Top tips for vaccinating

Storage, the injection route, and when you administer a vaccine 
are all key, says 
Dr. Nathan Erickson

Time it right A vaccine needs to match the immune response of the cattle to the vaccine and the period of greatest risk. “So for BVD, the risk period is the first three months of gestation, while IBR, lepto, and vibrio, they tend to be a little bit later in gestation — around four months,” […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle, hogs slump on profit-taking

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday bowed to profit-taking, prompted by softer wholesale beef values and uncertainty about cash prices this week, traders said. Technical selling contributed to market losses, they noted. February live cattle closed 0.6 cent/lb. lower at 116.775 cents, and below the 10-day moving average of […] Read more


Dairy sector still working toward ingredients strategy

The Canadian dairy industry has missed a self-imposed deadline for the Feb. 1 implementation of a national ingredients strategy — but work continues toward that implementation. The strategy is meant to create a lower-priced class of milk, Class 7, to encourage the use of skim milk powder in further-processed ingredients. Ontario has already independently implemented […] Read more




A+W books sales growth despite Prairie ‘challenges’

Canadian burger and root beer chain A+W has chalked up another year of same-store sales growth despite “economic challenges” in the Alberta and Saskatchewan markets. Posting its year-end results on Tuesday, A+W’s Vancouver-based income fund reported same-store sales growth of 3.4 per cent in 2016 over 2015, down from a 7.6 per cent sales growth […] Read more