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(Natrel.ca)

Agropur plans three years of deeper cost cuts

Having beat a three-year, $75 million goal for cost cuts, Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur has set the bar at nine figures for the next three-year period. The Quebec-based co-op on Wednesday booked net earnings of $47.5 million on sales of $5.875 billion in its fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2015, up from $38.31 million on […] Read more



(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle fade before holiday

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell modestly on Friday, following this week’s cheaper cash prices and the potential for further declines next week, traders said. The CME will be closed on Monday in observance of the U.S. Presidents Day holiday. Packers in the U.S. Plains this week paid $128-$134/cwt for […] Read more

This nightime photo of a wild boar at large was captured by Michael Hicks’ game camera.

Saskatchewan’s elite hunting team

Meet the Saskatchewan hunters from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance's wild boar education plan

It’s a crew that comes from all walks of life — farmers, government employees, and semi-retired men. They come from all over the province. And once they get the call, they have 24 to 48 hours to assemble. Then they attempt to eradicate very intelligent, potentially dangerous animals that are invading farmland. While it may […] Read more



Averaged sea surface temperatures and sea surface temperature anomalies worldwide for the week centred on Feb. 3. (CPC.ncep.noaa.gov)

First La Nina since 2012 expected in coming months

New York | Reuters –– Even as the El Nino weather phenomenon continues to impact global temperatures and crops, its counterpart La Nina is increasingly expected to emerge in the coming months for the first time in four years. The return of La Nina, Spanish for “the girl” and characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures, […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle tumble with cash prices

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell hard on Thursday, led by more disappointing prices for market-ready, or cash, cattle, traders said. February live cattle closed 2.35 cents/lb. lower at 130.125 cents, and April ended down 2.275 cents, at 129.525 cents (all figures US$). Cash cattle on Thursday morning in the […] Read more


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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle gain, but off session highs

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday, helped by their discounts to preliminary prices for market-ready, or cash, cattle, traders said. But they said the possibility that packers might pay less for remaining supplies pulled CME live cattle contracts from morning tops. Futures are anticipating weaker cash prices […] Read more

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Agropur eyes further U.S. acquisitions

Reuters — Canada’s second-biggest dairy, Agropur Co-operative, said it is looking to grow in the U.S., possibly through acquisitions, in the face of an expected erosion of its market share at home due to recent international trade deals. Agropur, whose brands include Iogo yogurt and Oka cheese, and larger rival Saputo have already built U.S. […] Read more


cow and calf

A few tricks to grafting calves

Animal Health: It makes good economics to find replacement calves for productive cows

Since the beginning of time, a common procedure in spring calving is cross-grafting calves onto surrogate mothers. It used to be calves were bought from dairies but you do run the risk of exposing your herd to infectious organisms such as scours. With many of the exotic breeds such as Maine Anjou, twinning can reach […] Read more


(CMEGroup.com)

CME to reduce livestock futures, options trading hours

Chicago | Reuters — CME Group, the world’s largest futures market operator, plans to shorten trading hours for its livestock futures and options contracts effective Feb. 29, the exchange said in a statement Wednesday. The exchange said the proposed changes, pending CFTC approval, for live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hog futures and options are […] Read more