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There are a host of factors to take into account if you’re thinking of changing your calving season, but the main question to answer is: What works best for you?

The right time for calving depends on your farm — and you

While many producers are calving earlier, some have gone the other way

Calving season looks different on every operation — there is no one right method or time of year to calve a cow herd. While more producers in Western Canada have moved to later calving, some have gone the other way. Here are the experiences of three ranching families. Late-summer/fall calving Taralea Simpson has been calving

After Crown land changes were announced in 2019, producers flocked to a public meeting at Ste. Rose to express their concerns.

Crown land leaseholders eye legal challenge

Forage leaseholders have started the legal wheels turning in their ongoing spat with the changed Crown land system

The organizing voice for Manitoba’s Crown land leaseholders is considering whether they can take the provincial government to court. The Manitoba Crown Land Leaseholders Association now says they have raised almost $28,000 for a potential legal challenge against changes to the Crown land system. “We’ve basically raised enough to start the process with the lawyer,”


Cattle producers finally get a little help from Mother Nature, in the form of a mild winter.

Livestock sector benefiting from mild winter weather

Producers entered the fall worrying about feed supplies, that are now stretching further

As Manitoba basks in a startlingly mild winter, the province’s graziers are catching a long-overdue break. After successive years of poor pasture, extended feeding seasons and disappointing hay harvests, the mild weather has put a cap on their herds’ feed needs. That’s helping them make the most of what they have, producers and industry watchers

Letters: Manitoba ag minister is disingenuous

Minister Pedersen’s explanation for the “muddling” of the unit transfer issue in a recent letter published on the Manitoba Co-operator website is deceptive at best. Of course the transitional regulation was not operational. Leaseholders were waiting for it to become so… as was promised October 2019. We know that unit transfer was not enshrined in

Bibeau says government committed to federal plant breeding

Seed royalty consultations stalled

The Canadian government is committed to plant breeding, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told members of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation on Tuesday. Some farmers and seed industry officials suspect Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) variety development work, along with many other programs, will be on the chopping block post-COVID-19 as the government tackles its


Troy Stozek and Michelle Schram of Fresh Roots Farm near Cartwright will be one of the first Manitoba mentors next year.

On the hunt for regenerative ag gurus

A previously Alberta-based apprenticeship program is breaking into Saskatchewan and Manitoba next year

The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program wants to fill its roster for when it launches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan next year. Dana Penrice, Prairie program manager, says five Manitoba farms have signed on as mentors for the paid apprenticeship program. The program will be opening applications for those apprenticeship slots in the near future. Why it

Year-round grazing requires year-round planning and management.

Winter grazing not just about winter

Regenerative grazing key to year-round pasture management

Whenever Steve Kenyon gives a presentation on year-round grazing systems, producers immediately think only of winter grazing. Bale grazing, swath grazing, crop residue grazing — Kenyon knows that producers who graze their cattle over winter love to talk about these things. But he cautions that, despite their importance, these methods are only a small part

“The transitionary provision was never operative because the moratorium on unit transfers was never lifted.” – Blaine Pedersen, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister.

Muddled messages on Crown land transitional measure

Ag Minister Blaine Pedersen says the transitional transfer set to be repealed, to the dismay of leaseholders, was never operational

Provincial Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen says a transitional measure on the chopping block under proposed Crown land regulations was never actually in play. Earlier this fall, forage leaseholders raised concern with the potential removal of the measure, which would have allowed those who held their lease prior to last year’s Crown land changes to transfer


Letters: Unit transfers on Crown Lands never policy

As Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development, I believe it is important and timely to clear up a few misconceptions concerning Agricultural Crown Land Leases and modernization of Crown land leases, legacy leases and unit transfers. Through 2018 and 2019, in consultation with stakeholders, the ACL Program undertook a comprehensive regulatory review to align future

Seasonal forecast calls for more snow

MarketsFarm — Most of Canada should see above-normal snowfall over the next three months, according to updated seasonal forecasts released Monday from Environment Canada. Weather maps show a 40 to 60 per cent probability of more precipitation than normal across much of the country from December through February, with the heaviest accumulations expected in Quebec.