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 […]

dairy cow walking through a footbath

New footbath for dairy cattle

Laboratorie M2 based in Quebec has introduced what it describes as a new safe, low cost and easy-to-use agriculture disinfectant footbath that has been proven to be more or as effective as traditional treatments to prevent and control lameness diseases such as digital dermatitis (DD) in dairy herds. Made from the plant-based ingredient thymol, Thymox […]

calf with a plastic nose flap device

Proactive calf weaning programs save money

Many calves are “truck weaned” as a low-cost and low-management weaning option, but it is a wasteful practice. It often costs the seller and/or the buyer a lot of money. Fortunately, better weaning alternatives are available compared to such abrupt removal of calves from their mothers, and transporting them bawling to another yard. These better […]

Olymel plans major expansion at Que. chicken plant — October 22, 2014

Meat packing giant Olymel has announced plans for $10 million in expansions and upgrades at one of its poultry further-processing plants in Quebec’s Monteregie region. The company said Wednesday the planned expansions at its Ste-Rosalie facility will include 15,000 additional square feet of work space and storage, including a third cooking line, a spice warehouse, […]

Ex-Cargill beef plant worker fined in Alta. court — October 22, 2014

Reuters — A former worker at Cargill’s High River, Alta. beef plant has been fined for tampering with wastewater samples required by the province, Alberta officials said Wednesday. Cargill Ltd., the Canadian division of the privately held U.S. company, was required by Alberta to study the plant’s wastewater, and limit the amount of phosphorus discharged […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rebound with beef prices — October 22, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday erased Tuesday’s losses, aided by short-covering and the upswing in wholesale beef prices, traders said. October closed up 1.5 cents, to 168.05 cents per pound, and December was 1.05 cents higher at 168.1 cents/lb. (all figures US$). Wednesday morning’s choice wholesale beef price […]