Ontario beef farmers are losing $200 to $300 per head.

Livestock price drop being felt by farmers

An August drop in prices in pork and beef mean losses across the province

The drop in the livestock markets in the past couple of months is concerning because the factors that created it show little sign of abating. “I think if we saw an end in sight, we’d ride through it,” said Joe Hill, president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario. “Unfortunately this is more than just (the […] Read more

Beef Farmers of Ontario designs profitability calculator

Calculator will estimate cow-calf producer finances based on herd and production practices

Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has recently launched a cost of production calculator to help Ontario beef farmers determine how much they spend to produce their cattle. Production practices on Ontario beef farms vary significantly, and that means nailing down cost of production has been difficult. Creating useful numbers has been challenging and historically have […] Read more

The number of beef heifers retained for breeding declined by 2.6 per cent.

Canadian cattle herd numbers keep dropping

It’s at its lowest point since 1988, dropping 26.3 per cent from a peak recorded in 2005

The Canadian cattle herd continues to shrink and is at the lowest July 1 number since 1988, Statistics Canada reported in its summer inventory report. Breeding stock numbers are also down and many in the industry say it is unlikely to improve, at least in Western Canada, because drought and resulting feed shortages will force […] Read more

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