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U.S. livestock: Lean hog futures lower, live cattle follow suit

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. hog futures declined on Monday on a mix of softer cash hog prices and technical selling after a run-up to contract highs earlier this month, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures followed hogs lower. The benchmark June lean hogs contract fell roughly 3 percent, settling down 2.975 cents at 93.775 […] Read more

Alberta ag minister Carlier downed in UCP win

Alberta’s incumbent agriculture minister was among the casualties as Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party defeated Rachel Notley’s New Democrats in Tuesday night’s provincial election. Oneil Carlier, the provincial NDP government’s minister of agriculture and forestry since May 2015 and deputy government house leader since February 2016, was unseated in his riding of Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland […] Read more

Heath Taylor looks over a few of the Wagyu cattle on his family’s Thorndale-area farm.

Demand a premium using Wagyu cattle genetics

Taylor family using both cross-bred and purebred strategies

Heath Taylor bought his first Wagyu cattle about five years ago, and now has about 70 cows, along with three bulls on the Thorndale-area farm. He made the move to Wagyu after first trying his hand at another niche-market bovine endeavour: milking water buffalo. Taylor said he wasn’t at the time thinking of selling the […] Read more

There’s a glut of Holstein heifers on the market, so some farmers are turning to cross-breeding to beef.

Breeding strategy bringing dairy-beef crosses to meat market

Advent of sexed semen means more dairy cattle being bred to beef

The father-and-son duo of George and Heath Taylor believe they have an ideal strategy for dairy farmers taking up the use of sexed semen for breeding: Wagyu beef. “They’ve got two-thirds of their herd that they’re not breeding for replacements,” George said recently at the family’s Thorndale beef operation, which shares space with the somewhat […] Read more