Rising protein demand expected in 2020

Canada able to serve both plant- and animal-based protein markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Demand for plant- and animal-based proteins alike is likely to increase in the coming year. Since 2017, pea protein demand increased by about 13 per cent, Craig Klemmer, chief agriculture economist at Farm Credit Canada, said at Ag Days in Brandon, Man. Over the same time period, demand for canola protein increased by […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME cattle sag on supply expectations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures weakened on Wednesday as traders prepared for a government report that is expected to confirm the nation’s supplies have expanded from a year ago. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will report on Friday that there were 11.948 million head of cattle on feed for slaughter as of Jan. […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs, cattle ease amid uncertain Chinese demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. livestock futures came under pressure on Tuesday as traders waited for signs of increased Chinese demand after Beijing and Washington signed an initial trade deal last week. China pledged to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural products as part of the agreement, which is meant to reduce tensions after nearly two […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME cattle, hogs firm on winter weather woes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Front-month lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) settled about one per cent higher on Friday, supported by fears that a weekend winter storm in the Plains and Midwest would slow the transport of livestock and complicate pork and beef plant operations, traders said. “We see some significant disruptions […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME hogs slide on Phase One uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) fell about 1.5 per cent on Thursday, joining a broad sell-off in agricultural futures that traders attributed to fund selling and uncertainty about the details of a U.S.-China trade agreement signed a day earlier. China agreed to increase purchases of U.S. […] Read more


‘Market condition’ caveat on U.S. ag purchases adds to Phase One doubts

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago | Reuters — China’s pledge to buy U.S. farm goods based on “market conditions” during the Phase One trade deal signing ceremony on Wednesday added to doubts among farmers and commodity traders over the lingering tariffs on U.S. exports. The agreement, meant to reduce tensions after nearly two years of a tit-for-tat tariff war, […] Read more


Ontario research has found that use of antimicrobial medications has decreased significantly over five years on a per pig basis.

Hog farmers continue to reduce antimicrobial use

Five-year study shows 57 per cent of participating farms decreased their antimicrobial use

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ontario Pork Industry Council benchmarking study demonstrates that Ontario pork producers continue to lower antimicrobial use. The project, funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program, has been ongoing for five years, with surveys in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Why it matters: Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance have become greater societal concerns, so being able […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hog futures rebound

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) closed higher on Tuesday, bouncing a day after falling to a one-month low as traders adjusted positions ahead of Wednesday’s planned signing of a U.S.-China trade agreement, brokers said. “The choppy trade continues. There is clearly some nervousness associated with what is […] Read more