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StatsCan sees higher cattle, hog inventories at July 1

Full impacts of West's drought not yet counted

Nationwide head counts of livestock from the “early stages” of Western Canada’s ongoing drought won’t yet show the weather’s full impact, but showed slightly larger herds heading into this summer compared to last year. Statistics Canada on Monday reported the first year-over-year increase in the size of the country’s cattle herd as of July 1 […] Read more

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Cattle inventories continue to decline, StatsCan says

Canada's hog herd also down on year

MarketsFarm — Canada’s cattle herd in 2019 continued on its generally consistent path of declining numbers, according to new data Statistics Canada released Tuesday. Aside from a few slight increases in 2012, 2013 and 2018, Canadian cattle inventories have moved lower since 2005. At 11.2 million head, the reported number of cattle on farms in […] Read more

Horses that escaped from an enclosure onto a road near an RCMP checkpoint in an evacuated zone at Williams Lake are calmed and walked to safety on July 17. (

AgriRecovery in place for farms in B.C. wildfire zones

Farmers and ranchers whose operations were hit or evacuated during British Columbia’s particularly destructive wildfire season can expect up to $20 million in AgriRecovery funds toward repair, rebuilding and livestock feeding costs. The federal and B.C. governments on Tuesday laid out more details for the 60-40 cost-shared program, which was announced in principle in mid-August. […] Read more

Peter DenOudsten, of Lacombe, has grown his Piedmontese cattle operation from a few cows in the late ’80s to the largest herd in Canada.

Is Piedmontese ‘the beef of the future?’

There’s just one herd in Alberta, but rancher Peter DenOudsten 
says yield and taste give the Italian breed a big advantage

Reading Time: 4 minutes Peter DenOudsten never intended to become a Piedmontese cattle producer when he bought a few cows in the late ’80s to graze off some grassland he couldn’t crop. “I only had a few cows and it wasn’t worth having a bull around, so I just got Dad to artificially inseminate them with some beef semen […] Read more

cattle in a feedlot

Year-end values have a big impact on inventory

Breeding stock can have an especially big effect on the value of inventory

Reading Time: < 1 minute When it comes to doing an accrual, an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist says it’s important to remember that a change in value for an inventory item can have a dramatic effect in calculating the accrual adjustments. As an example, if you had 500 cows with a value of $2,000 each on Dec. 31, […] Read more