With an expected Stats Can report maintain the status quo in the cow herd numbers next month, the current state of tight cattle inventory isn’t going away any time soon. Low cattle stocks, a sinking loonie and cheaper feed all spell opportunity for Canada’s beef industry, but it’s not all green grass and juicy steaks.
RealAgriculture sat down with Anne Wasko, of Getway Livestock, after her presentation at the recent Tiffin conference at Lethbridge, Alta. In this interview, Wasko discusses the very real and exciting notion of profitability for most of the cattle and beef industry through 2014, but not without tempering at least some of that optimism with a run down of the challenges we’re facing now and in the foreseeable future.
From record prices, to ratifying CETA, to battling mCOOL, Wasko walks us through the challenges and opportunities ahead for the year, and relates it back to her Tiffin counterpart Jim Wiesemeyer’s presentation on the U.S. economic recovery as well.