Klassen: Feeder market holds value

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively unchanged compared to seven days earlier. Buying interest for yearlings was somewhat stronger while calves in the eastern Prairie regions were softer. Moderate temperatures are in the seven-day forecast for most of Western Canada, so the risk discount due to adverse weather has evaporated. Barley jumped an additional […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures rally for second day

Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. lean hog futures rallied 3.7 per cent on Monday to their highest level since January, with strength in the cash market leading the way, traders said. But cattle futures weakened, setting back from Friday’s gains amid plentiful supplies. Chicago Mercantile Exchange April lean hogs settled 2.3 cents higher at 62.85 […] Read more

The proposal to increase check-off funding for Beef Farmers of Ontario passed with a significant majority this year.

The repercussions of a $1.50 beef check-off increase

A proposal that failed last year to boost marketing funds passed at this year’s BFO annual meeting

Beef farmers have approved an increase of $1.50 in check-off per animal to fund an ambitious industry-wide marketing effort for Ontario beef. The move has been closely watched by other agriculture commodity organizations pondering their own ability to market product more effectively for their members. Farmers at the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) annual meeting […] Read more

Vitamins A and E have been identified as the two most common micronutrient deficiencies potentially associated with death in calves that are born alive.

Mineral, vitamin deficiencies can delay calf development

A worldwide shortage of certain livestock vitamins last year has since been alleviated

Newborn calves that are slow to get up and do not respond right away could be affected by a trace mineral or vitamin deficiency. If pregnant cows are low in selenium in the fall, the calves may be wobbly when they are born the following spring. They could suffer from a variety of maladies, including […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs dip from two-week high, await trade news

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures retreated on Wednesday after four straight sessions of gains in a technical and profit-taking setback from two-week highs as investors awaited new developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Cattle futures also fell broadly, although worries about a late-winter snowstorm forecast for the beef cattle-producing U.S. Plains underpinned the […] Read more

OSPCA to step away from livestock inspection and enforcement on March 31

Organization’s decision hastens timing for legislative rewrite for animal cruelty enforcement

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) says it will stop cease enforcing animal cruelty regulations for farm animals as of March 31. That’s shorter than the three months after March 31 that the OSPCA has offered to continue enforce legislation for pets. Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services […] Read more