Posts Tagged ‘Cost of Production’

Seeds for Success: Enhancing Canada’s Farming Enterprises

The Conference Board of Canada, 61 pages, June 2013

Report by Erin Butler, James Stuckey

The modern farming landscape is changing. This report considers the state of farming business in Canada, and how it can be improved to achieve greater economic and social value.

Document Highlights

Farming in Canada has deep roots and traditions, but the sector undergoes significant changes: the old ways of doing things are no longer guarantors of success. Seeds for Success: Enhancing Canada’s Farming Enterprises explores the modern realities of farming business, and how it can be bolstered to achieve even more of the economic and social value that consumers expect. The report reveals that Canada’s farming sector is increasingly dynamic, presenting new opportunities, as well as risks and challenges. Although farmers have long been skilled at managing the growth of crops and livestock, they must now also be increasingly skilled at managing their businesses. This report considers the farm management issues facing farming today.

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A new online course, “Improve Your Sheep Nutrition Management Skills”, has been developed by Dr. Paul Luimes, researcher at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. This general-interest course was developed with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF and MRA), and the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI).

Strong demand for lamb in Canada has increased interest in sheep farming.  “It is important that with the rising cost of feed, shepherds having a better understanding of nutrition to help better manage costs and optimize production,” says Dr. Luimes. This course will provide new and existing producers with a foundation of knowledge in sheep nutrition, giving them the basic tools to be able to optimize the balance between feed, meat quality and profitability.  Linking nutrition with the cost of production, producers will be made more aware of the relationship between nutrition, management and profitability.

This online course will allow each individual to work through the course material at their own pace, from any computer with internet access, at a time convenient to their schedule.  Topics covered in the course include:
§        Feed Types
§        Nutrients
§        Digestive Physiology
§        Nutrient Requirements
§        Ration Formulation
§        Feed Management

Course registration opens May 1, 2013. For more information about the “Improve your Sheep Nutrition Management Skills” course or to register online visit: http://www.ridgetownc.com/bdt/ce_sheep.cfm

For further information on this program please contact:
Dezarae Kemp, Business Development Centre
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
519-675-1500 ext. 63295      email:  dmalott@uoguelph.ca

This project is funded in part through the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The AMI is part of the Best Practices Suite of programs for Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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Survey results of rates charged in 2012 by 250 Ontario custom farmwork operators are now summarized on a provincial basis and also by 6 smaller regional areas. Where available the provincial average 2009 rates are also listed.  

New in 2012 – rates for Vertical tillage, Zone tillage and Tedding.


pdf version

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2012 December OMAFRA Swine Budget / 2012 Year Average Swine Budget now posted at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/swine-budgets2012.htm 


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Crop prices have been increasing for the past number of years, but the cost of inputs and land are on the rise too.  Knowing your cost of production will help give you confidence in marketing and input price decisions as well as give you the information you need when determining what you can afford to pay for land.

The direction of input prices for 2013 is mixed.  Inputs like seed, pesticides and crop insurance are expected to see price increases while fertilizer and fuel are projecting to remain level or soften slightly for 2013.

Use the Field Crop Budgets as a guide to project your costs and return for the 2013 cropping year.

2013 Field Crop Budgets – Publication 60 (pdf version (457 kb)) 

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