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How to make the best of a bad situation

Beef 911: If you plan ahead, you can still get good value for an animal that suddenly needs to be put down

All producers run into the need for emergency slaughter of their livestock from time to time. With a co-ordinated effort between producers, abattoirs, and veterinarians we can realize good value and prevent the waste of good meat protein. It is important to preplan the chain of events that would happen in the event of emergency […] Read more


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Beef producers put spotlight on Crown Land changes

Producers raise questions on access, lease terms as MBP makes its membership rounds and Bill 35 makes its way through the Legislature

Crown Lands have come up more than once as the Manitoba Beef Producers makes their annual membership rounds. The topic of conversation is a proposed bill to change the Crown Lands Act and legislate changes that do away with the previous points system (under which Crown Lands have historically been allocated but that critics, including […] Read more



Manitoba Beef Producers pleased with CPTPP ratification

MPB general manager Brian Lemon says being in the original six is very important

Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford spoke to Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Brian Lemon at AgEx in Brandon about the recent ratification of theComprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement. Below is the audio file of that conversation.


VIDEO: Ag Ex debuts Speckled Park cattle

Speckled Park cattle are more common in northwestern Saskatchewan, but they’ve made their way onto the Ag Ex schedule this year

Manitoba breeders have a new breed to show locally. The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s Ag Ex is already one of the biggest stops for Manitoba cattle breeders, with at least one breed usually crowning its national champion every year in Brandon. This  is the first year, however, that Speckled Park has been in the mix. […] Read more



Make the most of passes through the cattle chute

Beef 911: Don’t take a ‘we can do it later’ attitude and miss the opportunity to get more done in one pass

Some preplanning by the cattle producer in consultation with the herd veterinarian ahead of a major processing will accomplish many things, including herd improvement. This article will describe a specific example of this. Certain points may fit into the management of your operation. Some points may become obvious when the processing starts and can be […] Read more


Meeting the mark for sustainable beef

CRSB supporters hope its newly unveiled logos, trademarks and certification marks may help draw in the consumer once they start appearing on product labels and advertisements

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) hopes consumers will soon be on the lookout for its new logos. The organization launched its trademarks and logos, along with rules on how to use them, to the market Sept. 20. The logos and trademarks may soon be appearing on company advertisements, promotional materials or specific products […] Read more



When feed is in short supply, time to cull

Beef 911: Downsizing the herd will be profitable if you have good records and good reasons for culling

With the shortage of feed across Western Canada, this may be a good year to downsize by extra culling. The question of what the next wave of culls should be goes beyond reproduction — the fall is also an ideal time to consider culling problem cows. The yearly cost to maintain those cows is at […] Read more


Forced liquidation a cause of volatility in beef cattle prices

There are record meat supplies in the U.S., but demand has been boosted by the strong economy

Several producers recently expressed their frustration with the volatility in cattle prices. Price movements of several dollars can occur from one day to the next, and cash and futures market prices even seem to move in opposite directions at times. Of course, uncertainty causes market volatility, and a number of supply-and-demand challenges are adding to […] Read more



Made-in-Manitoba meat to head south of the border

True North Foods is already Manitoba’s only federally certified slaughter option for beef. Now, it says USDA approval is imminent

True North Foods in Carman might be days away from federal certification in the U.S. Owner and operator, Calvin Vaags, says they are expecting their USDA certification for beef to be finalized any day now. The milestone would open up the American market for the facility, which is currently the only CFIA certified slaughter plant […] Read more


Silage is a growing trend for beef cattle operations

Weather woes and labour shortages are all adding up to a new case for parking the baler

As beef cattle herds get larger, the case grows stronger for silage instead of bales. Dwayne Summach, livestock and feed extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture told a session at last week’s Ag in Motion outdoor farm show here that larger operations can better absorb the higher overhead costs, and benefit the most from parking the […] Read more