New livestock transport regulations are coming, but are likely going to be delayed.

Livestock transport regulations could drive change

Studies show national standards are mostly being met for cattle rest, but experts say humans involved need consideration too

Everyone involved in the process has responsibility for maintaining animal welfare when shipping beef cattle, especially animals trucked long distances. If anything goes wrong, then it needs to be communicated back down the shipping chain. Those were the key messages from Kincardine-area feedlot operator Steve Eby during a session on moving cattle long distances during […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Early-week cash prices buoy CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed higher on Wednesday, lifted by initial prices for market-ready, or cash, cattle and short-covering after recent market losses, traders said. Thinly traded June futures, which will expire on Friday, led advances. Some investors bought that contract and simultaneously sold deferred months in a trading strategy […] Read more

Two-thirds of greenhouse gases produced by Canadian agriculture come from beef production, with methane produced by digestion accounting for a portion of that.

Additive could be a methane game changer

A feed additive that can halve emissions while boosting feed efficiency is now undergoing a large-scale study

There’s pressure on the beef industry to be more sustainable, and some of that pressure falls on scientists like Karen Beauchemin. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ruminant nutritionist and her team at the Lethbridge, Alta. research station are looking for ways to reduce enteric methane — gas produced when digesting feed — from beef cattle. […] Read more

Marfrig to buy control of U.S.-based National Beef

Sao Paulo | Reuters –– Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods said Monday it would buy control of Kansas City-based National Beef Packing for US$969 million, in a deal that would make it the world’s No. 2 beef processor. Marfrig also said it was seeking to sell an existing U.S. unit, Keystone Food. The proceeds will be […] Read more

All quarantines lifted in bovine TB probe

The mystery of how six Prairie cattle caught a Mexican strain of bovine tuberculosis (TB) is now expected to remain a mystery indefinitely. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday announced quarantines have been lifted from all Prairie cattle operations tested during its probe of a bovine TB outbreak beginning in the fall of 2016. […] Read more