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New tales told in ‘More Abandoned Manitoba’

Author Gordon Goldsborough is hitting the road with his newest release featuring 28 more fascinating stories about little-known places in rural Manitoba

Manitoba author Gordon Goldsborough is on the road again — this time to launch the sequel to his 2016 runaway bestseller Abandoned Manitoba. More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins released in October contains photos and stories of more than two dozen sites he’s visited in the past two years. Wherever he goes, there’s always […] Read more

Environmental farm planning workshop season now underway

Over 6,000 producers covering more than 9.3 million acres of land have participated in workshops and completed EFPs since 2004

Environmental farm planning season is now well underway again as field work wraps up and producers enrol in workshops. Taking a workshop and developing an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), which is voluntary and confidential, both increases a producer’s environmental awareness of their farm, by identifying the farm’s assets and risks, and enables them to develop […] Read more

Details of Crown land changes for grazing raise concerns

Beef producers have won a few battles as the province pushes Crown grazing land changes, but others have raised some questions

Upcoming changes over how provincial Crown grazing land will be meted out is raising some dust in the livestock industry. Manitoba Beef Producers says it won’t be shedding any tears for the existing points system, should the government go ahead with changes, but some aren’t so sure, especially about some of the finer details of […] Read more

Snow forces German cyclist off the road

Shoal Lake’s hospitality appreciated by stranded visitor

An early snowfall forced a German cyclist off the road at Shoal Lake in the latter part of September. Alexander Adler was able to make his way through Oak River and Hamiota during a sprinkle of rain followed by a downpour, but when it turned to heavy snow, he decided to pull over in Shoal […] Read more

Range management for the bird and herd

Manitoba Beef Producers seeks more producers for SARPAL program

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) wants more of its members to get worried about birds. About 27 producers, and 17,000 acres, have signed on so far with MBP’s SARPAL pilot in its first year of implementation. SARPAL (Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands), an initiative by Environment and Climate Change Canada to tie farmers […] Read more

What does bird-friendly grazing look like?

Is twice-over grazing the way to go on a SARPAL-committed pasture? The system shows promise, but providers say ideal grazing system may depend on the operation

Cattle producers looking for bird-friendly grazing need to look past the usual metrics like pounds per acre, soil carbon and forage yield. But just what the right system is will depend a lot on the variables of each operation. “We shy away from recommending a specific type,” Carol Graham, habitat conservation specialist with the Manitoba […] 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

Hog barn expansion poses questions

Hog Watch says the approval should have been subject to different rules

A hog barn near Strathclair has come under scrutiny after critics say it failed to meet the proper approvals prior to construction. The wrangle over the facility has revealed grey areas in the regulations which some feel are open to interpretation. Capacity in question In a September submission to the RM of Yellowhead council, advocacy […] Read more

Ag Ex debuts Speckled Park breed

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

For Darla Sauter of Second Chance Speckle Parks, the trip to Ag Ex is a pleasant change. It’s the difference between making the drive to Edmonton or Lloydminster, all the way across the province from her home in Fairlight, Sask., and making the hour and a half drive to Brandon. “This is huge for us, […] Read more

Deadline Nov. 2 to register for seed royalty meetings

The proposal is for farmers pay more for seed, but the proponents say the payoff is better varieties

The deadline register to attend meetings to discuss ways for farmers to pay more for cereal and pulse seed so plant breeders have more money to develop superior varieties is Friday Nov. 2. The consultations being led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) focuses on two options — […] Read more