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Members of the McIntyre clan, Lacey, Shane, Kelly, Pam with Dayce, and Kayla, from left, enjoy horses, along with the horse operation founders Randy and Pat.

McIntyre family exploding into performance horse market

Six-year-old stallion Smokin’ N Rockin’ top rope horse in the United States

There’s something special about life with horses, as the McIntyre family of Strathclair has come to learn, both from a business and pleasure standpoint. Prodigy of River Hills Ranch Ltd., located approximately nine kilometres northwest of the community, can be found in multiple disciplines from a local, provincial, national and international perspective. Four generations of

Having enough room for ‘a horse to be a horse’ is one of the best investments you can make in horse care.

Savvy ways to wisely direct dollars in horse ownership

Uncertain economic times mean taking a hard look at where to make your investments

Whenever economic times become uncertain peripheral lifestyle choices such as horse ownership often become affected. Regardless of the circumstances that initiate evaluation or re-evaluation of financial resources, pertinent to horse-keeping practices it is prudent to understand where allocation of financial resources contribute the greatest benefit to the horse’s well-being. There is no one single best


Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

It's good, one campaign says, but could the sector have done better, another asks

Ottawa — The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website. “It’s natural for Canadians to

Outdoor Farm Show relocating to cyberspace for 2020

In-person event cancelled due to COVID-19

Another major event on Eastern Canada’s fall farming calendar has halted its up-close-and-in-person plans for 2020 but expects to follow its western sister event into virtual space. Glacier FarmMedia, the owner/operator of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and of this website, announced Monday it will cancel its event scheduled for Sept. 15-17 at Canada’s Outdoor Park

Report links business management, mental health of farmers

Farm women, young farmers report higher levels of stress, difficulties coping

Ottawa — A new report from Farm Management Canada (FMC) calls for action after determining 75 per cent of Canadian farmers reported being moderately to highly stressed about unpredictable interference, workload pressure and financial pressures. But how a farmer plans his or her business — and associated risks — can help lower that statistic. The


Each riding student has a support team of three volunteers.

Keeping in the saddle

Faces of Ag: When Graham Curnew first volunteered with Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association, he didn’t know how to ride a horse

Graham Curnew didn’t intend to spend his life teaching kids with disabilities how to ride horses. He didn’t want to volunteer when his dad dragged him to an evening class with Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association. He didn’t even ride horses. The most exposure he’d had to riding was as a kid on a

CEBA expanded to farms, other ‘owner-operated’ businesses

Program offers zero-interest, partly-forgivable loans

Farms and other “owner-operated” businesses with little or no payroll may soon be able to get in on a federal program offering zero-interest loans to businesses up against pandemic-related drops in revenue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday announced an expansion of eligibility under the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to also include “sole proprietors

PMU producers have seen volumes fall and the collection season curtailed in recent years.

Remaining PMU producers brace for more cuts

The once-robust industry is now a fading shadow of its former self

The hits keep coming for the region’s remaining pregnant mare urine producers. They’ve been told to expect further production cuts for the 2020-21 season, despite signing a three-year, 18-week collection contract with Pfizer Canada in 2019. It follows of the heels of last year’s cuts which resulted in production of PMU to cease at five


Manitoba Stampede, July 2019.

Life is a rodeo

Rodeo cancellations have widespread effects on the towns that host them

Cancelling the Manitoba Stampede is a gut-punch to the small town of Morris, Manitoba — and this year, the hits just keep on coming. “It’s a very important part of our community identity,” says Morris Mayor Scott Crick. “It’s so beneficial for the community.” In a ‘normal’ year, calling off the town’s biggest event would

CFA seeks $2.6 billion in support for producers

Federal officials sought specific numbers from ag industry

Ottawa — Canada’s agriculture industry is seeking an initial $2.6 billion in COVID-19-related emergency relief funding from the federal government. Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) officials put in the ask to the federal government on Thursday. According to second vice-president Chris van den Heuvel, federal officials asked the CFA “to go and put hard numbers