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Sister-led team brings success at At Ex 2018

The Jackson sisters led High Bluff Stock Farm’s all-female showing team to success at Ag Ex in Brandon this year

The stall belonging to High Bluff Stock Farm in Inglis appeared like many others at Brandon’s Ag Ex last month. It was nestled midway through the Charolais barn, marked overhead signs announcing the farm’s name and a display at the mouth of the aisle, and now adorned with a banner marking the farm’s success in […] Read more

Hay claims shoot past 2017 levels

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is processing 975 claims, up from 533 last year and 500 in 2016

Forage claims have risen abruptly in 2017, according to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation. The agency has reported 975 forage insurance claims this year, up from 533 last year and higher than any year since at least 2015. David Koroscil, MASC manager of claim services, says the agency has paid out about $4.2 million so far, […] Read more

Unfriendly Manitoba: No sale on used grain dryers to Keystone province

Manitoba may be one of the hardest provinces to set up a used grain dryer in and critics say the interpretation of rules is the problem

A tough harvest meant plenty of demand for used grain dryers in Manitoba this fall, but A.R.K. New-Tech Ltd. wasn’t selling. At least, it wasn’t selling in Manitoba. Adrien Caillier, president of the Manitou company, says they have stepped back from selling used grain dryers in their home province, although they are more than happy […] Read more

No Canadian certification for grain dryers

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan face the same manufacturing challenges, according to Lorne Neault, an energy management consultant with EMW Industrial Ltd., based in the Interlake. The Saskatchewan company he works for sets up grain dryers throughout Western Canada, including Manitoba. “Typically most of the dryer manufacturers are U.S., they sell dryers to whoever requests them, […] Read more

Regenerative agriculture gets ready for the spotlight in Brandon

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is gearing up for its regenerative agriculture conference later this month

An upcoming conference in Brandon will examine how to build up land, rather than just harvesting from it. The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is preparing for its first-ever regenerative agriculture conference Nov. 27 and 28, with the theme “Adapting to Today’s Food and Farming World.” MFGA says it’s hoping a lineup of producer testimony […] Read more

Winnipeg to welcome rising stars of agriculture

Brooks and Jen White are getting ready to represent Manitoba at Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers national event in Winnipeg later this month

The nation’s Outstanding Young Farmers will go head to head in Winnipeg next month. Seven stand-out farm families between the ages of 18 and 39 will make an appearance at Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer’s National Event at the end of November, hosted this year by the Manitoba region. Representatives from each western province, Ontario, Quebec […] Read more

Ag Ex drew three national breed shows this year

Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeders all converged on the Keystone Centre

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba more than doubled down on purebred cattle for Ag Ex. The fall fair included three national breed shows this year. Ag Ex typically draws one national breed organization, the most recent being the Canadian Charolais Association last year. This year, Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn all hosted their national shows at […] Read more

Details of Crown land changes for grazing raise concerns

Beef producers have won a few battles as the province pushes Crown grazing land changes, but others have raised some questions

Upcoming changes over how provincial Crown grazing land will be meted out is raising some dust in the livestock industry. Manitoba Beef Producers says it won’t be shedding any tears for the existing points system, should the government go ahead with changes, but some aren’t so sure, especially about some of the finer details of […] Read more

Range management for the bird and herd

Manitoba Beef Producers seeks more producers for SARPAL program

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) wants more of its members to get worried about birds. About 27 producers, and 17,000 acres, have signed on so far with MBP’s SARPAL pilot in its first year of implementation. SARPAL (Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands), an initiative by Environment and Climate Change Canada to tie farmers […] Read more

What does bird-friendly grazing look like?

Is twice-over grazing the way to go on a SARPAL-committed pasture? The system shows promise, but providers say ideal grazing system may depend on the operation

Cattle producers looking for bird-friendly grazing need to look past the usual metrics like pounds per acre, soil carbon and forage yield. But just what the right system is will depend a lot on the variables of each operation. “We shy away from recommending a specific type,” Carol Graham, habitat conservation specialist with the Manitoba […] Read more