Canadian Cattle in Drought and Animal Crackers Freed

Canadian Cattle in Drought and Animal Crackers Freed

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I'm Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**The drought singing Canada's crops is also taking a bite out of its cattle sector.

For the world's sixth-largest beef exporter, dry conditions are worsening in cattle country, scorching pastures and sending feed costs soaring. reports, the price of hay in some areas has already doubled, and some ranchers could be forced to sell animals to feedlots in the coming weeks if the drought persists.

Swaths of Alberta got less than 60 percent of normal rainfall since April 1st.

**First the circus closed, and now, thank God, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers have finally been turned loose.

Under pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, Nabisco has redesigned packaging of Nabisco's Barnum's Animal crackers removing, after more

than a century, the cages.

According to, the redesigned boxes retained the familiar red and yellow coloring and prominent "Barnum's Animals" lettering, but instead of showing caged animals, the new box features a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla side-by-side in grassland.

**Despite the ongoing trade battle between the U.S. and China, it's likely, according to a report from two ag economists, the Asian nation will have to take oilseeds from the U.S. at some point.

Carl Zulauf from Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey from the University of Illinois say China will eventually have to turn to the U.S. for soy, in part, due to Argentina's poor crop harvested this year.

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