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COVID-19 concerns are impacting everything from school closures to travel, but the year’s bull sale guides are still appearing in the mail.

Breeders expect online uptick as COVID-19 hits bull sale season

’Tis the season for bull sales, but producers should plan for more of their customers to bid online, given social distancing measures

Doug McLaren of JAS Red Angus near Neepawa is full tilt into the last few weeks before his farm’s annual bull sale April 7 — but he’s still not entirely sure what that sale will look like. The McLaren family typically hosts their sale on the local show grounds of the Neepawa Ag Complex, also

Truckers deal with new reality under COVID-19

Reduced services on the road have made for a much different international trucking experience

Trucks are still moving across the Canada-U.S. border, but trucking companies say the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is still making life difficult. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have exempted trade from their travel restrictions. On March 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada would ban entry to foreign nationals except for Canadian citizens, permanent residents,


Pork processors are grappling with social distancing and employees who are suddenly without childcare.

Pork sector looks for coronavirus answers

COVID-19: The pork sector’s labour- and human-intensive production system has added an extra challenge to maintaining the value chain

Andrew Dickson has had a busy few days. The general manager for the Manitoba Pork Council, Dickson has been on the phone, both dealing with his own organization’s steps towards social distancing and trying to deal with the looming concerns of the pork industry in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. For an industry like

New shipping regulations might not match up with the research on animal welfare.

Early research shows no benefit of rest stops to livestock

First-year data out of an AAFC-led study seems to support the sector’s argument that rest stops would not increase animal welfare

The beef sector is hoping new data will help make the case to soften new animal transportation regulations that are currently officially in force, but are being slowly phased in. The rules came into force February 20, and include controversial changes to mandatory rest stops the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) argued will improve animal

The Steppler family has made a name for themselves from their Charolais operation near Miami.

Steppler family named Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers 2020

Andre and Katie Steppler will be the next Manitoba farmers bound for a chance at the national competition after taking the regional award this month

Charolais breeders and 2020 Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers Andre and Katie Steppler run a much different operation than they did in 2007. That’s when they took over the cattle portion of Steppler Farms near Miami. In terms of sheer numbers, the Steppler herd has grown. In 2007, the couple took on less than 100 purebred


Concerned residents lined the walls and into the hallway as representatives from the now closed Morris Sales and Service stood up to address questions on the future of the dealership March 11 in Virden.

Morris Sales and Service shuttered in Virden

The staff at the now defunct Morris Sales and Service in Virden are still hoping that interest from some other company might revive their business

Employees of Morris Sales and Service in Virden are looking for work after the dealership officially closed its doors March 12, part of restructuring efforts after Morris Group, including Morris Industries, came under creditor protection earlier this year. The company was approved for creditor protection Jan. 8, 2020 by a Saskatchewan court. The company has

Auction marts urged to introduce social distance

Cattle are still flowing through auction marts as scheduled

The Livestock Markets Association of Canada wants to see more social distance at auction marts in the wake of COVID-19. The association has released an emergency response policy, asking its members to implement social distancing and prevention measures against the virus. “What we are looking at is trying to get a consistent message out to

Bull sales still rolling despite pandemic

COVID-19: The purebred cattle sector may see more movement online, but sales are still on the schedule

Tis the season for bull sales among the country’s purebred cattle operations, but this year they have an extra hurdle to contend with: COVID-19. The purebred cattle sector expects bull sale season to move forward as planned, albeit with social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As of March 17, the province


Roquette’s pea plant has promised to be a boon for the sector, but are growers ready to sign on the dotted line?

Farmers weighing the balance on Roquette pea contracts

The upcoming pea protein plant has gained a lot of attention, now farmers are wondering if the premium will be worth the trouble

Farmers now see what Roquette wants in its first yellow pea contracts — and some are questioning whether there is enough bang for the buck to make the crop worthwhile. The company will be contracting yellow peas for its long-awaited plant in Portage la Prairie this year, ahead of the plant’s planned opening this fall.

Michelle Gaudry has been named this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award winner.

Bring on the bison

Faces of Ag: Michelle Gaudry may not be a bison producer, but her support of the industry earned her this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award, the Manitoba Bison Association’s largest annual award

If you’re a bison rancher in Manitoba, chances are you know Michelle Gaudry. She has spent the last five years promoting the sector’s growth as an industry development specialist with the province. Bison ranchers will have seen her at Manitoba Bison Association (MBA) meetings or hosted her on a visit to their farm. They likely