When is the Most Profitable Time to Cull Cows?

This is a guest post written by Brenna Grant, Research Analyst with Canfax Research Services.

Cow prices seasonally decline 16.5% from July to November.  This year the drop was sharp happening all in September.  Prices have stabilized and even rebounded in recent weeks after dropping from $78/cwt in August to $64/cwt in October.  The October average was below year ago for the first time this year.  Prices have inched up to $65/cwt in November to be back above year ago levels.  Prices typically increase 16% from the November low to a spring high in March.  Given that part of the drop seen in September and the low October prices was due to the temporary closure of the Lakeside plant in Brooks, the increase from now to the March high is expected to be higher than typical at around 19% ($77/cwt). A higher spring price will be supported given (1) current prices are depressed with the Lakeside plant not having access to the US market yet, (2) strong North American demand for trim will support prices moving into the spring, and (3) smaller cow marketings anticipated in 2013.  Continue reading

New video series disseminates valuable research information to beef cattle producers

For immediate release

Calgary, AB – Through a partnership with RealAgriculture.com, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) today launched a new online learning resource called Beef Research School for the benefit of Canadian beef cattle producers.  The School, a series of approximately 30 videos, will encourage producers to utilize research-supported knowledge and technologies, which can positively impact their herds, land and bottom lines, and support the competitiveness and sustainability of the industry.

Videos will feature interviews with researchers, veterinarians and other industry experts from across Canada on the latest research knowledge and technology, as well as progressive producers and feedlots that put it into practical use on their operations. Each segment will run approximately 6-10 minutes. Continue reading

Latest Results from Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance

The Public Health Agency of Canada has completed its most recent report on the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS). This program monitors trends in antimicrobial resistance in beef cattle, swine and broiler chickens, and in meat samples collected from retail stores, with a focus on three bacteria of interest: E. coli, Campylobacter, and Salmonella.  Samples are also collected from healthy animals entering federally inspected abattoirs that process cattle (E. coli and Campylobacter), swine (E. coli and Salmonella), and chicken (E. coli, Campylobacter, and Salmonella). All three bacteria are also examined in retail chicken, and only E. coli testing results are reported for retail beef and pork because Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria are so rare in these meats. Continue reading