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May 11, 2020

This “Year End Review” is written with an awareness of COV 19 but that is not relevant to the situation at the end of 2019. This review is based on the data in the accompanying Productivity Analys...

August 18, 2019

I admit that I sometimes dozed off in Econ 101, but I think I got the essence of the course. It could possibly be oversimplified by the assertion that “There is no free lunch”.

Thinking just a litt...

August 5, 2019

We have been favoured once again with a new, updated version of “Canada’s Food Guide” and its cousin the U.S. Food Guide. They are so very similar as to suggest a form of "group think" that now pl...

May 12, 2018

This week an old friend named Lloyd MacLeod died and prompted this happy memory. Lloyd was a much-respected employee and executive of Canada Packers. Given the not infrequent but rarely justified...

April 26, 2018


I do not begin this analysis with any real concern that animal agriculture is under imminent threat. Animal products have been a major part of human diets since long before present li...

April 4, 2018

A little piece in the paper this past week shows an “animal rights” activist in front of a restaurant window where the Owner/Chef can be seen butchering the hind quarter of a deer. The activist ha...

January 9, 2018

This discussion is limited to trade in beef and veal and therefore excludes trade in live slaughter and feeder cattle. Veal constitutes a tiny fraction of the whole, but my sources cite “beef and...

October 5, 2017

Donald Trump boasted that the crowd assembled for his inauguration was the largest in history, thus introducing “alternate facts” into our lexicon. In like fashion we have been told that Canadian...

September 4, 2017

Originally written in June of 2014, this work is an outline of the history and present status of beef carcass grading in Canada. This document discussed the early concerns with poor quality that g...

August 17, 2017

This article summarizes the trend in beef cow numbers, number of Producers and average cow herd size. An edited version appeared in the August 2017 Issue of Cattlemen Magazine. CG

On July 1 2003, l...

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