Many years ago, after the invention of the printing press but before the internet, I was in a job that required frequent communications with the people who paid my salary. This was also a time when political correctness was not the domineering mistress she has now become. So, in deference to producers I decided to title my missives as the “Bull Sheet” fully expecting that those who read the stuff could, with a very slight alteration of pronunciation, pass cryptic judgment on my views. This was intentional for I have learned through experience, sometimes painful, that my views were not widely shared and were often worthy of rebuttal. Hence, since  I have decided to re-utter some views and perspectives on the cattle industry and other things , I thought it prudent to reactivate the old name as fair warning to the reader and an invitation to alternate views.

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 little more deeply I reminded myself that there is always a “payer” and a “payee”. That is why I was flummoxed by the advice that I should claim my “incentive payment” on my tax return. This confused me on a couple of levels. My first tho...

July 28, 2017

Preliminary - I have decided to make the following article public, not because I have any particular expertise in this field but because I am quite concerned about the “group think” mentality that attends this issue. Those who are sceptical about the issue are branded “deniers” and there are even those who would deny anyone the right to express an opinion outside the mainstream. Indeed, I have myself been hesitant to express m...

July 7, 2017

I have been unconsciously absorbing a lot of the hysteria that falls under the label of impending doom in the form of “climate change” erstwhile known as “global warming”. Is this slight warming caused by Them or Us? “Them” are the allegedly rapacious oil, gas and coal extractors, the heavy transport trucks, the fuel guzzling oil tankers (and cruise ships), the farmers who keep livestock. “Us” are simply those innocent folks w...

June 5, 2017

By any standard, Canada’s beef industry performance is impressive. Industry exports include live slaughter and feeder cattle and, including those live exports, Canada exported an astonishing 58% of its total production in 2016. This is illustrated in the chart inserted at the end of this article. The total tonnage produced, as reported by the Canadian Beef Research Council and my own separate analysis, was 1.33 million tonnes....

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