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Supply delays of the COVID-19 vaccine have thrown a logistical wrench into vaccination plans.

Few details on rural Manitoba vaccine roll out

The province has teased additional vaccination sites and vaccines out of doctor offices, but logistics are gumming up the works

Manitoba’s farm communities will eventually be getting access to COVID-19 vaccines closer to home, although it’s not yet clear how close or when those plans might launch. Why it matters: Some rural residents are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, but with only two sites operational, that could mean a long drive. During a technical briefing

A modified, one-pass seeder and hilling system from Spudnik was key to Berry’s foray into direct-seeded potatoes.

Direct-seed potatoes show no harvest hit

Both yield and quality were comparable in an initial trial comparison of traditional spring tillage and direct seeding

The amount and quality of the potatoes coming off Chad Berry’s field last fall weren’t that much different from one side to the other, but one half came with a lot less tillage. Results are in from the 2020 field-scale trial, which hoped to create a side-by-side comparison of conventional spring tillage and direct-seeded potatoes.


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

The familiar crowds of Ag Days are on hold this winter.

Innovations Showcase heads up reined-in Ag Days

The ag sector will have to make do with a few online efforts and a special publication this year

It’s going to be yet another quiet week at Brandon’s Keystone Centre, when normally there would be tens of thousands of visitors. On Aug. 18, Manitoba Ag Days announced that it would be cancelling its in-person show for 2021, due to COVID-19. Despite speculation on how some form of the show might go ahead online,


Canada’s largest grocer is
 hopping on to the sustainable 
beef value chain bandwagon.

Loblaw joins sustainable beef marketplace

The supermarket chain announced the purchase of one million pounds of certified sustainable beef Dec. 18

Canada’s sustainable beef value chain has its first product commitment from a retailer. Loblaw Companies, one of the founders of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB), has now joined the companies actively sourcing meat certified through the roundtable’s framework. The supermarket chain announced the purchase of one million pounds of CRSB certified beef Dec.

Cargill’s High River beef plant was one of many meat-processing facilities struck by COVID in 2020.

Processing clogs and market bogs

Processing issues, and the market fallout, will be among the livestock sector’s major memories of 2020

If pork and beef producers had one image to sum up 2020, it might be a wrench gumming up the gears. North America’s meat sector became a flashpoint as pandemic conditions put food supply chains to the test this spring. March and April saw a growing list of major meat plants, particularly in the beef

A few small changes can compound and really build the bottom line of cow-calf operations.

Time to sweat the small things

Eking out a little improvement here and there may pay off exponentially for cow-calf producers

Contrary to what most learned in elementary school, two plus two does not always equal four. Instead, according to Robyn Paddison, research analyst with CanFax, small changes to a cow-calf operation can be much more the sum of their parts when it comes to the bottom line. Why it matters: Small, simultaneous changes to production,


Farmers are making the best of the winter of COVID by building bigger and better backyard rinks.

Home ice advantage: Backyard rinks a winter oasis

A grassroots movement to resurrect the outdoor rink has got rural Manitobans back on skates despite pandemic restrictions

Ordinarily the skating rinks of rural Manitoba would be bustling community hubs. There would be the scrape of skates along the ice, the crack of a hard shot and the thud of the pucks along the boards. But today they’re ghost towns, as COVID-19 restrictions have closed and locked their doors. The parking lots are

Lamb producers say ewe nutritional needs vary so greatly depending on the number of lambs being carried that producers need reliable and affordable access to ultrasound services.

Sheep producers push for relaxed ultrasound tech rules

Currently, only vets can provide ultrasound preg checking on a flock that isn’t theirs or their employer’s

Sheep producers want access to contract services for ultrasound preg checking, something they currently have to invest in on their own, or arrange through a veterinarian visit. Manitoba Sheep chair Morgan Moore says making room for contracted ultrasound preg checks, from technicians accredited under an incoming Canadian Sheep Federation framework, would fill a critical gap