US beef exports put Canada’s domestic supply at ri...

High exports to the US have left Canadian beef producers less able to deliver beef on their own doorstep, according to a new report by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). The report concluded that Canada’s beef industry is at a “profound tipping point” and in desperate need of corrective action. It warned that despite an abundance of natural quality resources and an ability to produce high amounts of beef, Canada could eventually become a net importer of the red...

Bovine Respiratory Disease: BCRC

If you have not done so yet, please visit Beef Cattle Research Council for great updated articles on various topics including animal health, beef quality, environment, feed efficiency, food safety and many others.   Bovine Respiratory Disease Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is the most common and costly disease affecting the North American beef cattle industry. In the broadest sense, BRD refers to any disease of the upper or lower respiratory tracts. BRD is commonly associated with infections of the lungs causing pneumonia in recently weaned and feedlot cattle, nursing beef calves, housed dairy calves, and lactating dairy cows. BRD is...

CFIA Statement on E. coli O157:H7 Investigation

September 27, 2012, Ottawa : The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) priority is maintaining the safety of the food supply. CFIA actions were and continue to be guided by science-based evidence and a commitment to protect public health. To this end, the CFIA has taken and is continuing to take comprehensive action to respond to the E. coliissue. The Agency’s response started on September 4, 2012 when it first detected E. coliO157:H7 in products produced from an Alberta facility supplied by XL Foods Inc. That same day, the CFIA was notified by the United States Department of Agriculture of a positive E. coli O157:H7...

Change Needles For Good Beef Quality Assurance

Geni Wren, Editor, Bovine Veterinarian | September 17, 2012 Ben Schroeder, DVM, Cedar County Veterinary Services, Hartington, Neb., explains why he supplies his producers with a full box of needles instead of just what they might need, in order to help them maintain BQA principles when vaccinating cattle.   VAHS Needle and Syringe Standard Operating Procedures Multi-dose syringes should be clean and maintained in good repair.  Use syringe sizes appropriate to the volume of the injection.  Disposable syringes should be discarded at the end of the day.   Use clean needles and change needles after every 10-15 head or if the needle is...

USDA projects lower beef production this year and ...

John Maday, Managing Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork|Updated: September 19, 2012 While there is no question the drought of 2012 has hurt cattle markets both directly and indirectly, the outlook for beef and cattle prices into next year looks positive. This month’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report from USDA outlines several of the forces influencing supplies of and demand for beef and competing meats in the coming months. Dairy cow slaughter, the report notes, has been running well ahead of last-year’s levels as high feed costs and low milk prices have hammered profitability in the dairy sector. Short feed supplies also drove...

The Global Cattle Cycle

Canfax Research Services has just published a special edition in their Fact Sheet series titled “The Global Cattle Cycle”. It is a very nice summary on global cattle inventories, cattle cycle influences from around the world, and a year 2020 demand outlook for beef...