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Beef producers cautious about herd expansion proposal

Lack of profitability and uncertainty over where to market animals are two key challenges

Manitoba cattle producers aren’t against a government plan to substantially increase the province’s beef herd but have a lot of questions about how to get there. Growing those numbers will require more producers, larger herds and more acres, according to Manitoba Beef Producers. Exactly where those will come from isn’t clear, especially considering the cost […] Read more


U.S. trade rumblings unnerve Canada’s beef producers

Uncertainty rules as 
Trump eyes trade deals, 
but nobody is sure if Canada is in his line of fire

An atmosphere of uncertainty hangs over the Canadian cattle industry as it awaits a possible trade war with the U.S. The newly minted U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly signalled his 
intention to either scrap or renegotiate NAFTA, which has helped make the U.S. Canada’s largest market for beef and cattle exports. A more immediate […] Read more



Beef 911: Calving problems are becoming rare, but be prepared to act

The first key step is to note when the birth process starts and investigate if too much time passes

Numerous articles have been written over the years on how and when to intervene at calving, how to recognize malpresentations, and what to do about them. Producers now see fewer and fewer calving-related problems as our breeding has improved and we select for easy-calving heifers with larger pelvises and moderate birth weight bulls. Ensuring cattle […] Read more


Just a bad patch? Or is the cattle sector in denial?

Charlie Gracey says an ambitious plan to revitalize the beef sector 
isn’t working, but Dave Solverson says give it time

The cattle industry needs to stop patting itself on the back and face an uncomfortable truth — its grand plan to create a bright new future isn’t yielding results. That’s the view of Charlie Gracey, one of Canada’s most renowned experts on the beef industry. And all you have to do is look at the […] Read more



Research and ranching

Brandon-based Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives is realizing its 
potential as education and research centre

The Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative is fast becoming one of the key centres for sector education and research in Western Canada. The rapid ascent could not be more perfectly timed, as the MBFI is in the midst of adding a learning centre to the Brookdale site, to complement the activities on the farm. “Our […] Read more


Beef 911: Assess the risk when bringing in calves

Mingling animals, transport times, light weights, and even weather can be factors that increase the risk of BRD

There are many factors to consider when bringing in calves to feed in order to minimize BRD (bovine respiratory disease), which is still the No. 1 cause of morbidity and often mortality in our feedlots. Knowing the history of the calves regarding weaning time, distance transported, vaccination, and health history — as well as upcoming […] Read more



Beef cattle market continues to see volatility

Coming off two years of solid prices, cattle producers are adjusting to the realities to today’s market

There’s just one way to describe the beef market over the past five years — volatile. Benjamin Hamm, farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, says that’s the only thing that comes to mind when he looks at the market. “In 2015 we had some crazy highs, up to $3.75 and even a few spikes to […] Read more


Canadian forage research on the rise

The Beef Cattle Research Council has increased forage research funding from $40,000 to $6 million since its inception

The forage industry has begun to see a promised increase in research funding from the beef industry. According to Reynold Bergen, science director with the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), more of Canadian cattle producers’ checkoff dollars are being put towards research and the piece of the pie that had been allocated towards forages has […] Read more



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New beef research strategy keeps focus on consumers and sustainability

The beef industry says the plan, which will run from 2018-23, will build on the first one that was begun in 2012

The beef sector has a new five-year research strategy that will continue to emphasize its core objectives of improving production practices and building consumer confidence. The previous strategy was released in 2012 and earlier this year, a review of it was launched that culminated in the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy 2018-2023. “With […] Read more


Young cattle producers wanted

Young producers will be the heart of any future herd expansion and should be involved in setting policy

Manitoba Beef Producers is hoping to see a few more young faces at its upcoming annual general meeting. That meeting is slated for Feb. 2 and 3 in Brandon at the Victoria Inn, and will see the organization discussing a host of issues that affect the industry’s bottom line and setting policy that will chart the […] Read more