In-vitro bovine embryos allowed from the U.S. — October 29, 2014

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced a new agreement which allows in-vitro fertilized (IVF) bovine embryos to enter Canada from the U.S. Previously, only IVF bovine embryos produced within Canada were accessible to producers. A Canadian Food Inspection agency release said this represents the first agreement Canada has developed with another country to permit the […]

Cheap grain could shore up any Man. forage shortages — October 28, 2014

CNS Canada – Excessive moisture in some parts of Manitoba over the past few months has led to localized forage shortages heading into the winter. However, ample feed grain supplies are expected to help supplement any lack of forages. Manitoba’s Interlake region was particularly hard hit by moisture in 2014. Water levels on both Lake […]

U.S. livestock: CME lean hogs turn higher on short-covering — October 28, 2014

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed higher Tuesday, supported by short-covering and speculative buying after recent market losses, traders said. December finished 1.15 cents per pound higher at 90.2 cents, and February was up 1.075 cents at 89.3 cents (all figures US$). Fund buying surfaced after the December contract broke through […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle markets remain firm at feature sales — October 27, 2014

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets experienced extreme volatility over the past week. Strong buying interest was noted on pre-conditioned calves while unweaned bawlers traded $2-$5 per hundredweight (cwt) lower. Alberta packers showed limited interest for fed cattle due to uncertainty in wholesale beef values. However, by the weekend, fed cattle in the U.S. southern Plains […]

CME to include electronic trades in livestock settlement prices — October 27, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — CME Group will begin including electronic trades in the calculation of daily settlement prices for its live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hog contracts, the exchange said in a letter to its livestock customers Monday. The change, which is considered a blended settlement, will take effect from Dec. 15, pending a […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle jump with beef prices — October 27, 2014

Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled higher on Monday, fueled by the rebound in wholesale beef prices that helped erase Friday’s market losses, traders said. October closed 1.3 cents per pound higher at 169.55 cents, and December was 0.925 cents higher at 167.825 cents (all figures US$). Monday morning’s choice […]

Hong Kong fast-food firm sheds food-court icons — October 24, 2014

A group of quick-serve Asian cuisine outlets renowned in shopping-mall food courts across Canada is back under Canadian ownership. Hong Kong-based Cafe de Coral, a major publicly-traded operator of Chinese fast-food restaurant chains, and its operating arm Manchu Wok Entities announced Thursday they’ll sell the Manchu Wok, Wasabi Grill and Noodle and SenseAsian businesses in Canada […]

Profitable U.S. feedlots buy more cattle in September — October 24, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in September increased one per cent from a year ago, a government report showed on Friday. Analysts attributed the gain in part to continued profits by feedlots that allowed them to purchase more young calves, or feeder cattle, to fatten. The U.S. Department […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle pare initial gains before USDA report — October 24, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled lower on Friday, pressured by profit-taking ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report, traders said. Most analysts expect Friday’s report at 2 p.m. CT to show placements of cattle in U.S. feedyards likely grew last month compared with a year ago. […]

corn cobs with mould growth

Do not feed mouldy corn to dairy cattle

Mould count tests are inexpensive, but their usefulness is limited, since most moulds are not poisonous

Last year’s weather was not particularly kind to growing corn on the eastern Prairies. A late spring planting, cold weather in July, and topped off by a cloudy fall created millions of bushels of corn that was not initially dry enough for storage. Some of this wet corn was dried down and augered into a […]