Barley south of Ethelton, Sask. on Aug. 3, 2017. (Dave Bedard photo)

Feed weekly outlook: Prices dropping off over past month

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — While prices for Canadian feed grains are quite higher than they were a year ago, high-delivered bids for feed grains have seen a slight drop-off over the past month. “Demand has just fallen off a little bit,” Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities at Moose Jaw, said. “Farmers are either getting down […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Wheat stocks should limit barley’s further upside

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Feed barley bids in Western Canada remain strong, although ample wheat supplies should limit the upside heading into the new growing season. Feed barley in the Lethbridge region of southern Alberta is currently trading at around $305-$310 per tonne, according to Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities. Prices for delivery later in the […] Read more


A barley crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Feed weekly outlook: High barley prices to stay awhile

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The price of feed barley in Western Canada, along with those of other feed grains such as corn and wheat, has jumped over the past year and shows no signs of a drop-off. Mike Fleischhauer of Eagle Commodities in Lethbridge said international demand — especially in China, Japan and India — has grown […] Read more



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Klassen: Steady demand supports feeder cattle prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were unchanged while calves were steady to $2 higher on average. Auction barns received larger supplies of backgrounded cattle and there was a fair amount of direct trade of yearlings off farm. Larger supplies of heavier-weight feeders appeared to limit the upside but there was no slippage. […] Read more

Eastern Canadian beef farmers vaccinate at a lower rate compared to those in the west, resulting in cattle more likely to become ill.

Cow-calf management has big effects in feedlots

In-utero management of calves can assure a better functioning immune system

Reading Time: 4 minutes Making minor adjustments to health management may result in higher returns for cow-calf and feedlot operators. “I think there’s money being left on the table,” said Greg Dimmers, Metzger Vet Services veterinarian. “And potential things that could be done a little bit differently that can end up with a better-finished product at the end and […] Read more

CME April 2021 live cattle with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle, lean hogs end lower on profit-taking

March feeder cattle also lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell on Wednesday in a light profit-taking setback following a four-session climb, and on spillover weakness from declines in Wall Street equity markets, traders said. However, continued strength in wholesale beef prices and expectations of higher cash cattle prices this week underpinned the market. Chicago Mercantile Exchange […] Read more


CME March 2021 feeder cattle (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (red line) and CBOT March 2021 corn (yellow line). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Feeder cattle gain from falling feed prices

Live cattle, lean hog futures also up

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — CME Group feeder cattle futures rose on Friday, bolstered by falling corn futures. March feeder cattle gained five cents to settle at 144.15 cents, adding 9.575 cents for the week — a 7.1 per cent gain as corn fell 5.8 per cent, its biggest drop since the week ending March 20, […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Barley, wheat prices very likely to increase

Increases seen tied to rising U.S. corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Two Alberta traders believe strong feed grain prices will continue to push higher over the next week of January, with much of the upswing tied to the rise in corn prices in the U.S. “As corn edges higher, becoming the preferred direct replacement to barley, your barley floor comes up and wheat starts […] Read more