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Japan lifts block on B.C. poultry

Tokyo | Reuters –– Japan’s farm ministry on Friday partially lifted a ban on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from Canada and the U.S. following an outbreak of bird flu. Imports from British Columbia and from eight U.S. states — Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana and Indiana — will resume after […] Read More



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U.S. livestock: Cash price sentiments extend CME live cattle gains

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher for a second straight session on Friday in anticipation of this week’s cash prices, traders said. Spot-August futures, which will expire on Monday, ended 1.875 cents/lb. higher at 146.525 cents, and October up 1.425 cents, at 143.975 cents (all figures US$). “Feedyards and […] Read More

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Farm kids: Don’t worry about wages

A new study by Cornell University agricultural economists says family members who work on the family dairy farm make $22,000 less annually than comparable hired managers, but are handsomely compensated with “socioemotional” wealth. “While $22,000 seems like a large penalty, there are non-financial rewards they experience working for the family business,” Loren Tauer, professor at […] Read More


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U.S. livestock: Wall Street surge rallies CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Thursday, prodded by the stock market comeback as data showed better-than-expected second-quarter U.S. economic growth, traders said. Renewed consumer confidence in the economy could support demand for U.S. goods, including meat, they said. Short-covering and bargain hunting furthered CME live cattle market advances […] Read More







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Chinese demand seen eating into pork supply glut

CNS Canada –– Canadian pork producers have seen increased demand from China in recent weeks, which could boost prices in coming months. Despite turbulence in the China’s economy, an industry specialist says exports should be little affected. Pork prices are sensitive to economic change to an extent, but not as much as non-food markets, said […] Read More