Feeling a little beat up these days? Back in the doldrums of a flat commodity cycle…

End of commodity boom real reason for national anger

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We need to let people know that raising cattle is a good thing

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JBS Sell Five Rivers Cattle Feeding


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Careful folks, things are looking heated in land prices. We don’t have a catalyst for prices to drop just yet but be on guard.

90 years of Saskatchewan farmland prices


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“there is value in those cull cows, and many tricks to getting top value for them. Selling culls is an art, not to be taken lightly!”


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Strong Reactions to the Federal Carbon Tax

There is a lot of buzz surrounding the debate on the new Federal Carbon Tax.

Thanks to Real Agriculture for their insight:


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WLPIP Does What it is Designed to Do!

WLPIP is a really great risk management tool – if it is utilized.

Last year showed a large market correction, and without a solid risk management plan, left many producers out of luck. Although many ranchers did benefit from the program last year, a large chunck remained without any risk management at all.

Ranching is a business and protecting your bottom line is one of the many ways to get ahead.



Here is a great article from the Canadian Cattlemen Magazine outlining the difference in uptake of WLPIP between last year and this year. It also does a great job of illustrating how effective WLPIP is for those who enroll.yearlings-on-good-pasture

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Ranching and Carbon Capture

This story needs to get out to our government so focused on carbon emissions.  Ranchers are fixing carbon every day by managing range lands at our expense for the good of all.  Battles the view of “Cowboy welfare” when ranchers ask for surface compensation on grazing leases that we manage.


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Alberta Beef Industry Conference and Agri-vision 2016

Just over one week until the Alberta Beef Industry kicks off in Red Deer! We are looking forward to meeting up with everyone and getting a chance to catch up on all the exciting things going on in the Cattle industry this year. We will be set up in the Suppliers Circle on February 18th and 19th. It will be a busy week because while we are set up at ABIC, Ryan will also be speaking at Agri-Vision in Lloydminster. On Thursday, February 18th, he will be talking about the best ways to protect yourself and your profits against highly volatile markets. If you haven’t signed up for either event, we hope you do. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi!

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The US cattle on feed report highlights a 2% year over year increase in cattle on feed.  When you look at what is driving that increase it is all feeder cattle over 800 lbs, mostly steers.  Light weight cattle are well below 5 year averages (>10% below).  There will be overhead pressure on nearby fat prices as these cattle are worked through, but it will be interesting to see if the light weight cattle make their way to the feedlots later or not?  Cow slaughter is down another 16% year on year.  Another sign of retention in the cow herds.   Australian cow beef may be headed to China as they have opened up a live trade agreement with China. Watch for cull cow prices to lead this market higher, lean beef will become a premium if these cows don’t come to town.  We’ll see what happens after tax year end.

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