Snowstorm changes Canadian cattlemen’s outlook

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A snowstorm moving across Alberta, Canada Sunday provided moisture and gave cattle producers a new view on this year’s herd just in time for the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

 Much like many cattle producing states in the U.S., the snow hit dry areas of Canada. Ranchers were mulling the idea of trimming herd sizes, but are now optimistic about pasture conditions and water for their livestock.

Doug Finseth, president of the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association, was expecting a small attendance at the sale before the storm.

"It (the storm) totally changed the attitude of the ranchers, especially those from Calgary south, where it was so dry. They didn't know if they were going to have water in their water holes, and now their water holes are going to be full. So it was a positive storm from the bull sale standpoint," Finseth told the Calgary Herald.

The sale, taking place Wednesday and Thursday, is expected to draw up to 500 ranchers and purebred producers from Western Canada.

Storms in late February in much of the U.S. plains helped ease drought conditions and provided hope for American cattlemen and crop producers.

There could be some issues as the snow begins to melt, warmer temperatures toward the end of the week is expected to create muddy conditions in Kansas and Nebraska feedlots.



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