The articles I have posted, and will post here are decidedly opinionated and, as such, I invite and welcome criticism and comment.

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 plagues public discourse in so many areas. Sweden has also come out with a...

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 tension between packers and producers, Lloyd stood out among many others...

April 26, 2018


Introduction

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 livestock species were domesticated and today provide such a high proportio...

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 had been harassing him for some time and in apparent and understandable exa...

February 13, 2018

Highlights and Observations on Updated 2017 Data

The Total Output or Productive Capacity of the industry declined 2.8% from 2016 to 1.34 Million Tonnes Carcass Weight Basis or 980,000 Tonnes on a Retail Weight Basis. The main reasons for the decline are that total steer...

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 veal”. The data source is the Foreign Ag Service (FAS) of the USDA. The d...

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 livestock producers have achieved a great breakthrough with the CETA trad...

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 gave rise to the original standards, the developing problem of excess fatn...

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, less than two months after the discovery of BSE in a herd in Alberta, the...

May 11, 2017

NOTE Re Website- This article has been edited for the website by removing some material. There is a spreadsheet displaying my calculations titled “Grain Usage in the Feedlot Sector” which is also posted on this website. I invite and welcome criticisms as to methodology...

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