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Cow-Calfenomics presentations online

Presentations from this winter’s Cow-Calfenomics are now available online. The presentations include a market outlook (as of November) from Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock; use of risk management tools in different market situations; business structures for new entrants; how to measure production and profit by doing an enterprise analysis; a farmer’s guide to agricultural credit […] Read more

Taking care of business

First sessions begin Nov. 14

The theme of this year’s Cow-Calfenomics sessions is enhancing farm business decisions in the cow-calf sector. Topics this year will include the market situation and outlook from Anne Wasko, use of risk management tools, business structures for new entrants, production enterprise analysis, Agriprofit$, a guide to agricultural credit, and the value of having a mentor. […] Read more


Succession planning offered at Cow-Calfenomics

Cow-Calfenomics to be held in five locations from Nov. 1 – 9

The theme of Cow-Calfenomics 2016 is Managing Uncertainty in Alberta’s Cow-Calf Sector. “This year we have a great lineup of speakers to discuss trending farm business topics in the cattle industry,” said farm financial specialist Rick Dehod. “For an example, Shauna Feth, executive director of the Alberta Business Family Institute, will be speaking on Transition […] Read more

What’s on this year’s Cow-Calfenomics agenda?

Sustainability, keeping a social licence, human resource strategies, and leasing for cattle are on the agenda for this year’s Cow-Calfenomics. As well, the one-day event will feature Brian Perillat from Canfax, who will give a marketing outlook and speak about herd expansion while forage business specialist Grant Lastiwka will give a presentation on economic grazing […] Read more


Cow-Calfenomics risk management video series

A video of the beef cow investment session from Cow-Calfenomics risk management series is now available at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s website. In the 35-minute video, business development and risk specialist Bruce Viney looks at four areas to consider when evaluating the investment potential of beef cattle. They are: profitability (cost of production and break-evens) […] Read more



The rise in cattle prices offers a chance to invest in herd health, as well as strengthening your balance sheet.

Cow-calf sector needs a different approach when it comes to investing

Pay attention to working capital, and invest in productive assets, herd health and yourself, says expert

Now that the cow-calf business is providing positive margins, an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist has some suggestions where cow-calf operators can invest to help improve their bottom line. In the Managing Prosperity in the Beef Industry presentation now available from Cow-Calfenomics risk management series, farm financial specialist Rick Dehod suggests that improving working […] Read more

Session recordings available from the Cow-Calfenomics risk management series

One of the sessions from the recent Cow-Calfenomics risk management series is now available on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s web page. The theme of this year’s series was Seizing Opportunity in the Alberta Cow-Calf Sector. The agenda included: Meat and cattle fundamentals for herd planning: opportunities and threats to expanding the cow herd; Linking […] Read more


Grier featured Cow-Calfenomics speaker

Kevin Grier, senior market analyst with the George Morris Center will be the keynote speaker for this year’s edition of Cow-Calfenomics. “Kevin writes the Canadian Cattle Buyer and Canadian Boxed Beef Reports and will provide a wealth of information that can be used in formulating future planning prices,” said Bruce Viney, a business development and […] Read more

New season of Cow-Calfenomics

Total of six seminars start Nov. 25 in Medicine Hat, conclude in Vermilion

Cow-Calfenomics is back and this year’s seminar theme is Seizing Opportunities in the Alberta Cow-Calf Sector. Topics include opportunities and threats in herd expansion; linking pasture systems to optimize performances and profitability; cost of bred heifers; managing prosperity; human resources strategies; and innovative business models. The first round of seminars will be held in November […] Read more