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‘Time is ticking’ on drought response for beef cattle sector

'We need answers like yesterday'

Reading Time: 3 minutes As Canada’s beef farmers and ranchers face drought, industry leaders are trying to find ways to secure feed and help those forced to sell rebuild their herds. B.C. ranchers are dealing with high temperatures that have “parched the grass that was there,” Kevin Boone, general manager of B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, said during a Canadian Cattlemen’s […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market stays firm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian prices for yearlings weighing 800 lbs. and over were unchanged; however, calves and yearlings in the 600- to 800-lb. category traded steady to $3 higher. The calf market was hard to define due to small groups of various quality. Strength in deferred live cattle futures along with the weaker […] Read more


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Flax prices expected to push higher

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Although flax prices have held pretty much steady over the last few weeks, prices will soon increase, according to Dale Johnston of Johnston Seeds at Welwyn, Sask. Johnston said prices for old-crop brown and yellow flax were presently about $24 per bushel. New-crop flax was at $18/bu. “By the time we get done […] Read more

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Prairie cash wheat: Bids up with strong gains in U.S. markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Bids spiked for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR), and durum (CWAD) wheats in Western Canada for the week ended Thursday. Steep increases in U.S. wheat futures supported values, as did a lower Canadian dollar which lost more than a half cent. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat […] Read more


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Feed weekly outlook: Heat reducing potential yields, raising prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — The hot and dry summer that has enveloped all of Western Canada is already bringing down projected yields for feed grains, creating an inverse effect on prices. “We’re losing the crop here right now with the heat and lack of moisture across the Prairies and the northern Plains of the United States,” said […] Read more

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Klassen: Feeder market consolidates

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $2-$3 on either side of unchanged. In central and southern Alberta, quality yearling steers weighing 800 lbs. continue to hover at the psychological range of $200-$210; lower-flesh steers fresh off grass weighing 900 lbs. are readily quoted in the range of $185-$190. Saskatchewan values are […] Read more


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Feed weekly outlook: Alberta feed prices rising

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Higher-than-normal temperatures and continued demand for feed have caused prices for Alberta feed barley and feed wheat to increase over the past few weeks. However, that demand has pulled back somewhat. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids for Alberta feed barley were at $7.84 per bushel, 48 cents higher […] Read more

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Prairie cash wheat: Spring wheat bids spike

Durum bids up moderately

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Wheat bids in Western Canada for the week ended Thursday spiked sharply for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheats, while gains for Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) were much more subdued. Steep increases in U.S. wheat markets supported values — as did the Canadian dollar, by losing […] Read more