Panel’s report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance — July 23, 2014


Reuters — A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting held earlier this month. But how much of the public health problem can be […]

LIVESTOCK: CME hogs drop 3-cent price limit as funds sell off — July 23, 2014


Chicago/Reuters — Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday closed down the 3-cents per lb maximum daily price limit in the wake of fund liquidation, traders said. August ended 3.000 cents per lb lower at 124.575 cents, and October at 110.450, 3.000 cents lower. Packers snug on supplies for the week, and grocers reluctant […]

Slow sales, transportation keep Prairie feed grain supported — July 23, 2014


CNS — Feed grain prices are above milling prices in some areas of Western Canada right now due to complicated travel logistics and patient farmers, says an industry analyst. “Just in general right now, farmers aren’t really big sellers of crop,” said Charlie Pearson, a provincial crops market analyst at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. […]

LIVESTOCK: CME live cattle jump about 2 pct on record beef prices — July 22, 2014


Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose almost 2 per cent on Tuesday, fueled by short-covering in response to record-high beef prices, traders said. Tuesday morning’s wholesale price for choice beef surged $3.07 per hundredweight (cwt) from Monday to an all-time high of $253.59. Select beef climbed $2.10 to a record $246.18, according […]

China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McDonalds — July 22, 2014


Shanghai/Reuters — The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks , Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald’s products as far away as Japan. McDonald’s Corp and KFC’s parent Yum Brands Inc apologized to Chinese customers on Monday after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food […]

LIVESTOCK: Beef price surge extends CME live cattle advances — July 21, 2014


Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures gained for a third straight session, fuelled by sharply higher wholesale beef prices, traders said. August live cattle finished 1.325 cents per lb higher at 152.950 cents, and October 0.925 cent higher at 155.250. Monday morning’s wholesale price for choice beef jumped $2.02 per cwt from Friday to $250.47. […]

Klassen: Strong domestic demand to curb feeder cattle exports — July 21, 2014


Fed cattle prices in Alberta reached record highs last week trading the range of $164/cwt to $165/cwt. Feedlot margins surged into positive territory, once again reinforcing the price structure for feeder cattle. It appears the fed cattle market is incorporating a risk premium due to the uncertainty in production. For the week ending July 18, […]

Beef producers: reading this may lower your blood pressure — July 18, 2014


Penn State University researchers say that contrary to conventional wisdom, a growing body of evidence shows that eating lean beef can reduce risk factors for heart disease. “This research adds to the significant evidence, including work previously done in our lab, that supports lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet,” Penny M. Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor […]

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Copper deficiency can hide in your herd

Before the 1980s, copper deficiencies were a real problem for just about anybody raising cattle from Western Canada to Cape Canaveral. Extensive copper research in beef cattle undertaken by Canadian and a host of international universities and governments, followed up by practical copper supplementation programs used by many producers has made severe copper deficiencies on […]

Mink Producers granted more time to repay cash advances — July 17, 2014


Canada’s 233 mink farmers have been granted more time to repay cash advances under the Advance Payments Program (APP). They now have until June 1, 2015 to repay their 2013 advance in full. An Agriculture Canada release said the price of mink fur has dropped significantly this past year and mink producers may be unable […]