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A newborn black angus calf with it's mother

Beef 911: Easy treatments for young calves?

Modern treatments can minimize stress and handling of calves

Over the years many of the effective treatments for bacterial scours and some for pneumonia in newborn calves have been taken away from us. Other antibiotics used in conditions such as viral scours are simply precautionary to prevent secondary bacterial invasion. You all remember products such as synergistin, gentomycin and baytril which have either been […] Read more

Cattle show clinic reveals tricks of the trade

Kirk Stierwalt returned to Brandon for a three-day chute clinic March 27-29 
before the start of the annual winter fair cattle show

Young cattle showers were looking to jump-start their skills with a three-day chute clinic March 27-29, before hitting the ring at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Shannon Carvey, cattle show committee co-chair, said 2017 was the latest in a line of Brandon winter fairs to host clinician Kirk Stierwalt. The clinic launched the cattle portion […] Read more

Twice the beef at Brandon winter fair

The youth-focused show drew a record number of competitors from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Cattle show numbers doubled in 2017 at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Shannon Carvey, cattle show committee co-chair, says about 100 head entered the ring from March 27 to April 1, up from the 50-60 head and 20-30 entrants the show normally claims. “We are about twice our numbers that we have been for the […] Read more

Beef producers seeing more wolf kills

Wolf predation is a growing concern among producers, says association president

A decade ago spotting a wolf was rare in this part of Manitoba’s Interlake. But the one Robert Green shot last fall wasn’t skulking through the bush around their Fisher Branch-area cow-calf operation. The animal had come right into their farmyard. It’s not the only close encounter the Greens have had with wolves lately either. […] Read more

Manitoba Beef Producers releases carbon pricing policy

The beef industry is part of the solution and must not have punitive 
profit-killing measures enacted, says MBP

Manitoba Beef Producers is proposing a carbon pricing policy centred around recognizing its sector as part of the solution. Pastures and grassland play a key role in carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction, the organization said. “We believe we have a valuable role to play in helping Manitoba achieve its goal of reducing GHGs,” said […] Read more

Zhoda-area couple reports 150 cattle missing

Manitoba Beef Producers spokesman says the loss is unprecedented

Owners of a Zhoda-area cattle operation are warning other cattle producers to be on the lookout, after discovering as many as 150 head disappeared from their ranch. Juergen Schubert, owner of New Country Ranch in Zhoda, Man., was widely quoted in media reports last week saying thieves stole the cows from their herd of 800 […] Read more

Beef 911: The facts about the dangers of antibiotic resistance

The cattle industry is doing a good job to prevent resistance and we are improving those efforts

There has been volumes written on antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance in the last several years. This article will highlight some of the key points on how well the cattle industry is doing so far and predict what changes veterinarians may make in their recommendations going forward. For those of you who crave more detailed information, there are […] Read more

Have a plan before turning your cattle out

Bountiful, nutritious forage doesn’t happen by accident — here’s how to plan for success

A grazing plan might save you more than you think. Whether it’s a simple or detailed plan, a few key components will not only save your grass, but maybe save you a few dollars in the long run. Adjusting your stocking rate will allow you to get good-quality forage and vigorous regrowth. “Managing the amount […] Read more

Manitoba Beef Producers working to protect species at risk

Producers teaming up with conservation group for protection of threatened habitat

Beef producers will lead a new program in Manitoba aimed at improving the habitat — and thereby chances of survival — for grassland birds whose populations are in perilous decline. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will receive $750,000 from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) over three years to […] Read more

Spend a little now and make money later

Reduced death loss, fewer open cows, and reduced shedding 
are major benefits from a proper vaccination program

The adage goes, ‘It takes money to make money.’ It is no different in the beef industry. “Low-cost producers do not cut corners on pasture, bulls, and herd health,” said beef economist Kathy Larson of the Western Beef Development Centre. “Spending less on these items often leads to reduced herd productivity and thereby raises your […] Read more