Purebred Beef Spotlight: Dec. 15, 2021
Sales and shows
- Research funded by Alberta Beef Producers at the University of Alberta could help ranchers customize their cattle to their pastures.
- Sandy Russell, the new CEO of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, is eager to capitalize on the opportunity to translate genetic data into profit. “The one component that we haven’t put enough attention on within the industry is the value of genetics and how we can utilize that genetic data to really translate value throughout the chain,” she told Canadian Cattlemen.
- The Canadian Western Agribition, back after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, was a success despite lower attendance, said CEO Chris Lane. “We had extremely high averages in our sales, and we sold genetics all around the world, as we normally do. So the business of purebred beef cattle genetics, transcends, I think, any obstacles around international travel for COVID,” he told Steinbach Online.
- Beef Australia has named Simon Irwin as its new CEO heading into Beef 2024. The former Newscorp executive said the return of international attendees was high on his agenda.
- Consumers are OK with feeding food waste to cattle, according to a survey put out by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
- Cattle prices are not keeping pace with increased costs, Melanie Wowk of Alberta Beef Producers told the Western Producer.
- The National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, is planning to come back at full capacity starting Jan. 8, with more than 700,000 attendees expected and 30 countries represented.
- The North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, wrapped up its two-week run in November with increases in entries, auction sales, and attendance.
- The New South Wales government announced $5 million for country agricultural shows, a move supported by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.
- The 2021 Agri-Trade equipment expo in Red Deer was deemed a success, with $250 million in direct equipment sales and sold-out exhibit space.
- TELUS announced a $1 million partnership with Olds College. The funding will help develop ag tech and foster the next generation of talent at the Smart Farm. The college’s purebred Red Angus herd now has 15 animals, with calves on the way.
- Olds College and the University of Saskatchewan have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct joint research into automation and increasing the integration of digital data into agriculture. The college also signed an MOU with Bioenterprise, “Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine,” to strengthen national innovation opportunities.
- Alberta Barley passed a resolution on Dec. 10 calling for a farmer plebiscite on amalgamating with Alberta Wheat. The latter organization will consider the same resolution at its annual general meeting in January.
- Dairy farmers now face more competition and more scrutiny of production practices, said Jacques Lefebvre of the Dairy Farmers of Canada at Alberta Milk‘s annual general meeting.
- The head of Alberta Turkey Producers expects there will be enough turkeys for Christmas, though supply chain disruptions and the Omicron variant of COVID-19 make it difficult to forecast.
- A fertilizer shortage is driving prices up, but waiting until spring may leave farmers without any, said Matt Conacher of Federated Co-operatives Limited.
- Farm Credit Canada donated $100,000 to 4-H clubs across the country.
Opportunities and invitations
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