Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

More Stocker Cattle for Sale

By Manny Paiva

Beef Farmers of Ontario reports nearly 14,000 head of cattle on sale last week.


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Special fall stocker sales pushed marketings of fed cattle in Ontario up to 13,769 head for the week.

That's up over 46 hundred head from the previous week.

The Beef Farmers of Ontario says average steer prices ranged from 7.30 lower to 7.49 higher -- with three of the seven weight categories higher on the week.

Average heifer prices ranged from 6.82 lower to 14.46 higher, with 4 of the 7 weight categories higher on the week.

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The group Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board is taking its multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against Ottawa to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The group filed suit in 2012 after the government passed legislation that removed the marketing agency's monopoly on western wheat and barley sales.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he is disappointed.

He adds the government has delivered on a promise to give western farmers marketing freedom.

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The Canadian Hereford Association has recognized two Wiarton area beef producers.

Don and Maureen Crow have been named Ontario Commercial Breeders.

They operate Crow Cattle Company -- with 350 head of Hereford and red Angus cows on a farm that was homesteaded in 1860.

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And Cargill says it plans to close its grain facility in Swan River, Manitoba.

The food giant says the facility -- which includes two grain elevators -- will shut down at the end of May.

Cargill says it would cost too much to keep the facility safe and efficient.

 

 


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