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Alberta’s cattle herd has already been shrinking at twice last year’s rate and that’s likely to accelerate because of high feed costs.

With feed expensive and supplies tight, more cows are ‘heading to town

Your culling criteria will depend on your operation — and your cows

Alberta cattle producers may need to make some tough choices when it comes to culling this fall and winter. “There are a number of reasons for culling, and they all relate to profitability,” said provincial business management specialist Ted Nibourg. “If the herd isn’t profitable, if the cows aren’t making you money, it might be […] Read more

While other ag sectors have been roiled by politics or other issues, the cattle sector has been steady.

Stability of Steady Eddie cattle market is the envy of other sectors

Calf prices a bit higher, exports edging up, and despite a smaller herd, processing is doing well

There have been a few small hiccups but unlike much of the ag sector, the cattle market has been blissfully uneventful in recent months. “Calf prices are generally higher than a year ago. We’re seeing our calf and feeder prices 15 to 20 cents higher than a year ago, which is pretty positive,” said Brian […] Read more


Clay and Jesse Williams have grown their herd quickly and the fall in prices hasn’t deterred their plans to expand even more aggressively.

Canada’s cattle herd has stubbornly refused to grow

High prices made expansion expensive and falling prices have folks nervous — but young producers like Clay and Jesse Williams see only opportunity

Canada’s cattle herd has been poised for expansion for the last two years, but declining cattle prices have put those expansion plans on hold. “The July 1 inventory showed that we were completely steady with beef cow numbers,” said Brenna Grant, manager of Canfax Research Services. “We did have an increase in beef heifers for […] Read more



The drought and resulting feed shortage saw a big sell-off of breeding stock — and they’ll be expensive to replace.


Building the herd: The downside of strong cattle prices

Cattle prices are expected to remain strong into 2016, but what does that mean 
for replacement cattle next year?


Next year could see continued strong or even stronger cattle prices — and that’s a double-edged sword for producers who’ve reduced their herds this year and plan to buy replacements in 2016. Producers in prescribed drought regions who have reduced their breeding stock by at least 15 per cent can tap into the Federal Livestock […] Read more



Is your livestock premises identification profile up to date?

Premises identification became mandatory in 2009, and is required to complete transport documents such as manifests and permits, sell livestock at auction markets, apply for government grants, and buy over-the-counter medication at retail outlets. Premises identification is an important component of traceability, and is crucial during a disease outbreak or other emergency situation. Have you […] Read more

Innovation and the bottom line in cattle production

One-day conference to be held in Lethbridge on March 31

Maximizing innovation for profit is the theme of a one-day conference being put on by the Canadian Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef in Lethbridge on March 31. In addition to presentations on genomics, the national beef strategy, and market outlook, Ryan Kasko (Kasko Cattle Co.) and Leighton Kolk (Kolk Feeders) will discuss Allied Marketing […] Read more


Five-year beef plan seeks boosts in demand, efficiency

A new strategy from national and provincial cattle producer and beef marketing agencies has set five-year percentage benchmarks for the industry’s productivity, added value and cost-effectiveness. Canada’s beef sector groups on Wednesday formally released their National Beef Strategy, a guiding document for “how the organizations can work together to best position the Canadian beef industry […] Read more