Reality tempers optimism in U.S. beef industry
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by Steve Kay
4d ago
Reality often tempers optimism in most parts of one’s life. When my newsletter’s website crashed in late January, I hoped a new one would be up and running in about two weeks. It took five weeks and more blood, sweat and tears than I had bargained for. This year began with much promise for the U.S. beef industry, especially at the ranch and feedlot levels. Cattle numbers were down and beef demand had remained strong through 2023. Demand held up for the first two months of this year. But concerns then began to grow that it might weaken because retail beef prices were well above year-ago levels ..read more
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Condolences to Harvey family
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by Mike Millar
5d ago
Our condolences to the Harvey family of Hi-Valley Limousin at 100 Mile House, B.C., on the loss of David Harvey. Harvey is survived by his wife Linda and daughters, Bobbi, Karen and Tanya, along with their families and numerous grandchildren.  Harvey was born in Princeton, B.C., the oldest of five children. During his upbringing, his father’s work in construction led the family to move throughout B.C., eventually settling in Burnaby. It was there he met Linda and they married in 1968. Their union was blessed with three beautiful daughters. In 1978, the family relocated to 100 Mile House ..read more
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Choosing forage varieties without getting lost in the weeds
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by Reynold Bergen
6d ago
Henry Ford famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it’s black.” Today’s vehicles have endless options in terms of colour, body style, engine, drivetrain and everything else you can imagine. Some people revel in these endless options, enjoy mixing and matching and “building” exactly what they want. Some of us are put off by all the extra hassle it takes just for the pleasure of dropping a king’s ransom on a new vehicle and decide we’ve probably got a few more years and a few more thousand miles before the wheels fall off whatever we’re currently d ..read more
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VIDEO: The agripreneur mindset
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by Kelly Sidoryk
1w ago
en·tre·pre·neur noun A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks to do so. As we often see and hear, the days of simply growing crops and raising livestock are gone. Of course, those two activities are anything but simple, but the point is we need to run our operations like a business, not a lifestyle. Tracy Brunet, Impact Farming podcast host, had Evan Shout on as a recent guest to explore the agripreneur mindset. Shout is a certified public accountant and involved in several ag businesses, including Maverick Ag and Farmer Coach ..read more
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Forage seed producers hold steady in changing industry
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by Melissa Jeffers-Bezan
1w ago
Forage seed production may not receive the attention of many other parts of the beef industry, but it plays a crucial role. Nathan Siklenka and his father, Darrel Siklenka, own and operate Siklenka Seed Farm together near Glaslyn, Sask. The farm has been in operation since 1985. Siklenka Seed Farm is well known for its production of a variety of forage seeds. Darrel says producing a quality product is the most important thing to them as forage seed producers. “You’re as close to being weed-free as possible,” he says. “So stuff isn’t getting spread around the country, as we have to live here an ..read more
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Federal budget includes positives and negatives for beef industry
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by Nathan Phinney
1w ago
The 2024 federal budget came down on April 16 and it’s clear our advocacy efforts are making a difference. In late March, the government announced the advanced payment program will have a $250,000 interest-free limit for the 2024 program year. We are also glad to see that the government will continue to review the advanced payment program to improve program delivery and reduce the administrative burden for producers. We have farms and ranches to tend to and the less paperwork, the better. Without this push, the amount would have reverted to $100,000. We will keep pursuing multi-year interest-f ..read more
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Franklin joins Agribition, Stone enters Hall of Fame
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by Mike Millar
1w ago
Breanna Franklin joins Agribition Canadian Western Agribition would like to welcome Breanna Franklin to the team as marketing and communications manager. Franklin joins the team with a diverse marketing background including social media and has her MBA in management. Stewart Stone joins Hall of Fame Congratulations to Stewart Stone from Canadian Western Agribition and all of us at Canadian Cattlemen on being inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame. Stone played a significant role on the Agribition board and was a member from 2001-2018. He served in the role of president from 20 ..read more
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Auction mart report for the week of May 10, 2024
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by Brennin Jack
1w ago
This last week saw 2,260 head through the ring at Heartland Livestock in Virden, Man., with 90 per cent of those cattle being feeders and 10 per cent calves. Forty per cent of cattle went to southern Alberta buyers, 30 per cent stayed local, 20 per cent headed east and 10 per cent to the U.S. Good moisture sparked buyer interest, bringing grass cattle to new levels. Big volumes made for one heck of a sale! Steer prices as follows: 400-500 lb. ranged from $410-$495. 500-600 lb. ranged from $410-$490. 600-700 lb. ranged from $390-$450. 700-800 lb. ranged from $340-$395. 800-1,000 lb. ranged fro ..read more
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Comment: What we know so far about the bovine flu
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by Lisa Guenther
1w ago
By the time our May issue hits your mailbox, the bovine influenza situation may have changed. Hopefully, it will have fizzled out by May, but the birds are still coming north. So, here’s what we knew as of April 18 about the bovine influenza A outbreak in the U.S. The disease was first noted in Texas dairy herds in late March, but it wasn’t initially diagnosed as influenza. Genetic sequencing eventually identified the pathogen as highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. Milk production dropped in infected cows, and they had loose manure as well as decreased feed consumption and rumen motility ..read more
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Native plant 411 for livestock producers
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by Melissa Jeffers-Bezan
2w ago
Southwest of Calgary, Alta., as the jagged peaks of the Rockies level out to the Prairies, rough fescue grows in dense tufts. This native plant is Alberta’s provincial grass and a tasty meal for livestock in the fall and winter. Saskatchewan’s provincial grass is needle-and-thread grass, named after its sharp seed tip and long awn. Anyone walking through a pasture of this native grass will later find seeds stuck to their socks. These types of native species used to be common on the Great Plains, feeding herds of wild animals. Now, they are rare and becoming rarer still. They also tell a story ..read more
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