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Showing off the industry to tomorrow’s consumers

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba strives to include agriculture education programs at all of its events, including Ag Ex

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba seized the opportunity to spread some agriculture knowledge to Manitoba youth during its annual Ag Ex event. “At all of our events we like to put a focus on ag education,” said Ron Kristjansson, general manager of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “Having the students come out to our events […] Read more

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Wet weather promotes foot rot

Experts warn to be on the lookout for foot rot as recent weather conditions have been ideal for the growth of the bacteria

Keep a weather eye out for foot rot. The wet and warm conditions of this season have set the stage for the bacteria that causes it to flourish. “The wet weather gives more places for the bug to live and softens up the animal’s skin which makes little wounds more prevalent,” said Dr. Wayne Tomlinson, […] Read more

The rural Manitoba advantage

Take the Leap provides valuable business development tools for rural entrepreneurs

Rural Manitobans have big entrepreneurial dreams. The sizable turnout at this year’s Take the Leap conference in Dauphin Oct. 17 is just the latest sign of this, according to event organizers. Take the Leap, hosted by the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce, aims to provide insight into the resources available to these budding business […] Read more

International success leads to HyLife expansion

After finding success overseas in the Asian markets, Manitoba pork processor, HyLife will be undertaking a major expansion to keep up with demand

A planned expansion at the HyLife pork-processing plant in Neepawa is good news for the entire hog sector. HyLife is planning a major expansion of the company’s finishing and processing capacities, a move made necessary by strong demand for its products, the company says. We produce a great product and consumers want to buy it, […] Read more

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Milk producers seek added processing capacity

Lack of processing is keeping the industry from reaching its full potential say the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM) says the lack of processing capacity in the province is hampering its ability to reach quota. At the organization’s first fall meeting held on October 11 in Elkhorn, DFM reported being 6.4 per cent under the issued quota. “Our lack of processing ability has created a situation where, at […] Read more

Trade deals loom for dairy farmers

But compensation packages remain elusive

International trade agreements continue to weigh on the minds of the province’s dairy producers. The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba held the first of its fall meetings on October 11 in Elkhorn, where conversations frequently turned to the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. “There was nothing […] Read more

CFGB to celebrate successful harvest with fall banquet events

This year Manitoba communities have grown approximately 5,600 acres that will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The final tally isn’t quite in yet, but communities throughout Manitoba have once again produced a sizable harvest for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). “You never know exactly at this time of year, but I am seeing about 5,600 acres and that includes a project in Thunder Bay, Ont., as well,” said Harold Penner, CFGB […] Read more

Future farmers raise funds for Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities

Students from the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agriculture have raised just over $9,000 for Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities

Its not every day you see a group of young people running down the main drag of small-town Manitoba with a bed in tow. Local residents in towns throughout southern Manitoba may have witnessed a peculiar sight recently as agriculture students from the University of Manitoba got together for their annual Aggie Bed Push fundraiser. […] Read more

Bale grazing – benefiting the pasture and your wallet

Bale grazing has the potential to reduce overwintering costs and leaves substantial nutrients behind, promoting increased forage production and quality

Not only can bale grazing reduce costs and time in the tractor, it can also boost forage growth and overall production. “The advantages of bale grazing are that you are able to save money and reduce operating cost by lowering yardage, tractor use and removing the need to haul manure,” said Shawn Cabak, livestock specialist […] Read more

Rivers honours its railway history

Built along the CN main line, Rivers looks to honour its connection to the railway with the creation of a one-of-a-kind labyrinth in the shape of the front of a steam locomotive

A small Prairie town on a main rail line is defined by that presence. The town of Rivers is a good example of this, just a few miles northwest of Brandon, according to local residents who have banded together to commemorate their history as a railway centre. “We wouldn’t be here without the railway. Rivers […] Read more