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Town hall speakers talk about where the money goes

Manitoba Beef Producers hosted one of a series of cross-Canada information meetings on the national checkoff

A pound of beef takes about 17 per cent less water to produce than it once did, new research being released by the beef industry this week will show. The findings are part of ongoing efforts to measure how the Canadian beef industry has been lightening its environmental footprint as it improves productivity efficiencies since […] Read more


Who’s the father?

Initial data out of the Western Beef Development Centre and University of Saskatchewan shows siring rates in a pasture might vary more than you’d think

That bull has one job — and he might not be doing it. That’s the message from a recent study out of the Western Beef Development Centre and University of Saskatchewan and the focus of the latest Beef Cattle Research Council webinar. The research team, including the BCRC’s Stacey Domolewski, used DNA testing to track […] Read more



Beef industry speaks to the sector’s future

Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba 4-H Council are making the rounds through the province with three youth-focused forums

It’s time for the next generation of beef producers to speak up. Manitoba Beef Producers, which has been engaged in its annual membership meeting circuit this fall, has handed them the microphone at a series of three emerging beef leaders’ forums, as a joint project with the Manitoba 4-H Council. Brian Lemon, MBP general manager, […] Read more


Manitoba Beef Producers hosting checkoff town hall

The meeting will include representatives from 
several key industry groups

Manitoba Beef Producers is hosting a town hall Dec. 7 in MacGregor to keep producers in the loop on the national checkoff program. The meeting is one of a series being held nationally, and is slated for the Heartland Multiplex, kicking off at 4 p.m. The program includes presentations from the National Check-Off Agency, Canada […] Read more



Traceability changes to jumpstart enforcement in livestock movement reporting

Manitoba producers without a premise 
ID might find it hard to ship livestock once 
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency 
announces traceability changes 
expected next spring

The countdown is on for Manitoba beef producers to get a premise ID or risk being unable to ship cattle to feedlots. The beef industry is one of several (including sheep and poultry) facing changes by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency within the next year. The CFIA has promised tighter controls over livestock traceability and […] Read more


Marketed cattle jump cited as Manitoba Beef Producers ends strong on financial year

An increase in marketed cattle let the Manitoba Beef Producers buck an expected deficit 2017, according to the first financial statements

Manitoba Beef Producers is back in black — black in, that is. A surprise swing in marketed cattle left the organization well ahead on its financials, after initially projecting a $136,100 deficit in 2017. Instead, MBP ended the year with a $214,700 surplus, according to financial documents presented during regular district meetings this fall. MBP […] Read more



Manitoba Beef Producers sets eyes on 2021 TB-free goal

Manitoba Beef Producers hopes to get the province back on the USDA’s tuberculosis-free list, saying negative tests from wildlife proves its point

Beef producers around Riding Mountain National Park have their hopes riding on a good hunting season. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is waiting on the newest round of bovine tuberculosis tests, sampled from deer and elk harvested near the national park, in a bid to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture that Manitoba is free of […] Read more


Beef Producers sees carbon policy as a win, but still has some worries

Manitoba Beef Producers saw some of its priorities reflected in the province’s proposed carbon plan, but say input prices are still a concern

Manitoba Beef Producers has checked exemptions for on-farm emissions and farm fuel off its carbon policy wish list, but it’s not done yet. MBP general manager Brian Lemon says there’s still plenty of advocacy work to be done on the details on the plan. Read more: Manitoba carbon plan targets lower rates Read more: Mazier defends […] Read more



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Cattle prices stay high with large fall run volume

Auction marts were packed with cattle, yet prices stayed on the stronger side

The momentum from previous weeks continued at Manitoba auction marts during the week ended Nov. 3, as prices held steady and volumes stayed strong. “Pretty much every auction mart around the countryside was full this week for the consignments and prices stayed relatively strong,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Company. Approximately 17,282 head […] Read more


Standing corn an option for extended beef grazing

An extended grazing season may be cheaper with standing corn, but there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind

If a cow is grazing, you don’t have to feed it. It’s a deceptively simple statement, and the basis for many cattle producers looking at extended grazing to cut costs. Farmers have looked at bale grazing, forage stockpiling and swath grazing, among others; but another grazing system has caught the interest of some beef producers, […] Read more