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Hog producers are losing a lot of money, says the executive director of Alberta Pork.

Hog sector is grim, cattle is recovering

Cattle backlog is being cleared but hog producers are losing upwards of $50 on every pig they sell

The beef sector is regaining some optimism, but pork producers are still fighting to stay afloat. “Our producers are losing a lot of money,” said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork. “It truly is, right now, related to COVID-19. The price that we’re seeing that they’re being paid, is related to what is going […] Read more

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to grazing management, says range management specialist Ross Adams. Shown here are cattle grazing south of Pincher Creek earlier in July.

Taking a fresh look at your land, cattle and grazing system

Range management principles are ‘fairly simple’ but applying them depends on local conditions

You might think you know your land inside and out, but getting back to basics can improve pasture productivity. “It’s important to look at this basic stuff because it helps tune the eye,” said Ross Adams, range management specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks. “It’s easier to integrate livestock into the system if you understand […] Read more


The Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program can now accept cattle that haven’t been branded but are instead identified by their RFID tag.

Co-op’s pilot paves the way for identifying feeders with RFID tags

Feeders have another option to branding after pilot shows reading pages is ‘reliable and sustainable’

Feeder associations can now trace their livestock via RFID tags thanks to a pilot project conducted by the Picture Butte Feeder Co-operative. Provincial regulations were recently amended so radio frequency identification tags are now an approved method of identifying cattle in addition to branding. The change comes in the wake of a successful pilot project […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Cattle futures close higher on strong export data

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Thursday for a third straight day, buoyed by strong weekly beef export sales and signs of firming cash cattle prices, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) August live cattle futures settled up 0.275 cent at 101.725 cents per pound while most-active October rose 0.700 […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures close higher; lean hogs decline

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday for a second session on firm cash cattle prices and a softer dollar, traders said. Cash cattle traded in the Texas Panhandle and Kansas at $97 per cwt, mostly $1 higher than last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a daily note. A […] Read more


Beef breeds council now part of CCA

The market development group representing Canada’s beef cattle seedstock sector has merged into the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The Canadian Beef Breeds Council has joined the Beef Cattle Research Council and Canfax among the divisions of the CCA. The move follows a cost-benefit review by an advisory committee. The council, formed in 1994, represents 8,000 registered […] Read more




U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures retreat on supply concerns

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. live cattle futures opened firm on Monday but retreated from session highs on technical selling and lingering concerns about cattle supply backups in the wake of recent packing plant closures due to coronavirus infections among workers. Prices climbed at Monday’s open in reaction to Friday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cattle on […] Read more