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Increasing feed costs could temper cattle market strength

Increasing feed costs could temper cattle market strength

Strength in the Canadian dollar may also drag on beef cattle traffic

Prices for cattle moving through Manitoba’s auction yards held relatively steady during the week ended June 11, although activity was slowing down for the summer. Good rains during the week across much of the province should help ease concerns over dry pastures and forage crops, although more moisture will be needed going forward. Strong demand for beef has

Rainfall offers reprieve for crops, severe flea beetle pressure continues

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 15

Southwest Region A much-needed rain fell across the Southwest this past week. Rainfall accumulation in the region was between 45 mm to 115 mm. Rain fell over several hours, allowing opportunity to soak in. Some runoff was available to replenish dugouts and sloughs. There are some reports of standing waters in low- lying areas and


Don’t cheap out on materials and “start basic,” says Greg Paranich, an agricultural field specialist and electric fence “troubleshooter.

How to stay (properly) grounded when installing electric fencing

Quality — whether ground rods, wire or insulators — is worth the money, says fencing expert

To anyone who’s never built one, an electric fence can seem like a pretty simple structure. In some ways they’re right — like any kind of electrical circuit, an electric fence requires a source of power, a conduit, some kind of ground and usually insulators. But, as is often the case, it’s only as good

Cattle numbers likely to drop as prices hold steady

Cattle numbers likely to drop as prices hold steady

Lack of regrowth on pastures may send more cattle to market

Prices at six of Manitoba’s eight cattle auctions didn’t see much movement overall for the week ended June 3. Now on a biweekly schedule, the auction marts at Ashern and Ste. Rose skipped this week, with their next sales on June 9 and 10 respectively. At Winnipeg Livestock Sales, field representative Scott Anderson said slaughter

A report suggests that increasing soil carbon levels is one way to limit greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change.

Opinion: IEA report has consequences for agricultural producers

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) widely publicized report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve global targets further bolsters the case more needs to be done in agriculture to combat climate change. Producers, as the report notes, can’t be excluded from that effort. Released this month, the report lists 400 actions that will need to


Crop recovery good after late-May frost, flea beetle pressure on canola sees reseeding

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 8

Southwest Region Daytime temperatures across the Southwest region reached the mid- 30 C mark; average temperatures ranged from 18 to 21 C. The 37 C high over the weekend came with damaging winds. In general, most of the southern parts of the Southwest region received 2 to 10 mm. The majority of the northern districts

Corn seedlings on the rebound after frost damage in a field near Ste. Rose du Lac.

Slow crop emergence may have averted worst of late-May frost damage

Reseeding claims fewer than expected after long period of frigid temperatures, says MASC

Slow crop emergence may have saved the lives of a few canola plants after a hard frost hit most of agro-Manitoba on May 26 to 27. “We maybe feared the worst, and I would say we’re pleasantly surprised to this point,” said David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) chief product officer. Between May

Late-May rainfall welcomed as cattle bids decline

Late-May rainfall welcomed as cattle bids decline

Rising feed prices and a stronger loonie have dragged on values

It was another week of declining cattle numbers at livestock auction sites across Manitoba during the week ended May 27. As auction sites in Gladstone, Killarney and Ste. Rose du Lac were closed for the week, only 2,375 cattle went through the rings, down from 2,426 the previous week. Of those 2,375, at least 950


Pasture records can be critical to making informed choices in a year with drought conditions.

Pasture records key tool in drought decision-making

Hard management decisions only get harder if the farmer only has a ballpark figure on pasture supplies

Knowing exactly what you can expect out of a pasture can put producers on better footing when making hard management choices during drought, producers and grazing experts say. If the season continues as it has been so far, despite May rains across the Prairies, there will be hard decisions in plenty. Most land in Manitoba

Wildlife, especially rodents like raccoons and rats, can transmit leptospirosis to so-called ‘closed herds.’

Don’t be fooled into thinking a ‘closed herd’ is an excuse for inaction

Beef 911: Transmission can occur from wildlife, via spores or breeding bulls, so be proactive

In my travels, on calls or when talking to other veterinarians’ producers, I still hear some hide behind the proverbial, ‘I don’t do that because I have a closed herd.’ It is an absolute misconception that because a herd is ‘closed,’ it is protected. That is a very broad statement and may apply to a