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
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.
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,”
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
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 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.
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
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,
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
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