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Beef producers seeing more wolf kills

Wolf predation is a growing concern among producers, says association president

A decade ago spotting a wolf was rare in this part of Manitoba’s Interlake. But the one Robert Green shot last fall wasn’t skulking through the bush around their Fisher Branch-area cow-calf operation. The animal had come right into their farmyard. It’s not the only close encounter the Greens have had with wolves lately either. […] Read more


Manitoba Beef Producers releases carbon pricing policy

The beef industry is part of the solution and must not have punitive 
profit-killing measures enacted, says MBP

Manitoba Beef Producers is proposing a carbon pricing policy centred around recognizing its sector as part of the solution. Pastures and grassland play a key role in carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction, the organization said. “We believe we have a valuable role to play in helping Manitoba achieve its goal of reducing GHGs,” said […] Read more



Career journalist carves out new niche

Glen Kirby operates the Southwest Post, a digital-only news site serving southwestern Manitoba

Glen Kirby has been writing the news his whole life, but to say the guy has ink in his blood isn’t quite accurate anymore. Binary codes, maybe. The career journalist launched the Southwest Post last fall, a digital-only news site carrying daily news stories he writes and photos taken as he covers the region around […] Read more


Well-told stories attract customers, conference speaker says

Even small businesses with no budget to market can use this approach to build brand recognition

Small-scale direct-marketing businesses that don’t have budgets to do much marketing can build brand recognition by openly telling their business’s story, said the keynote speaker attending the Direct Farm Marketing conference here last week. “The best thing you can do is tell stories about yourselves,” Mark Evans, of Mark Evans Consulting, a Toronto-based company specialized […] Read more



Zhoda-area couple reports 150 cattle missing

Manitoba Beef Producers spokesman says the loss is unprecedented

Owners of a Zhoda-area cattle operation are warning other cattle producers to be on the lookout, after discovering as many as 150 head disappeared from their ranch. Juergen Schubert, owner of New Country Ranch in Zhoda, Man., was widely quoted in media reports last week saying thieves stole the cows from their herd of 800 […] Read more


Canola worth $26.7 billion, economic impact study shows

Total economic impact rising dramatically, independent analysis shows

Canola’s value to the Canadian economy has tripled in the past decade, now coming in at $26.7 billion a year, according to a newly released study. That’s an increase of nearly $6 billion compared to the three-year period of 2009-11, with a large part of the value stemming from the 250,000 jobs and the $11.2 […] Read more



Last edition of 117-year-old rural newspaper hits newsstands

The Exponent in Grandview published its last edition February 28. It first rolled off the presses March 7, 1901

Residents of Grandview have read the last edition of their weekly local newspaper, publishing weekly for well over a century. The Chaloners, owners of the Exponent announced on the front page of the February 28 edition that this would be its last after 117 years in business. It marks the end of an era in […] Read more


A ‘new-old’ food business celebrates cross-Canada ties

Prairie Fare: Avion Harvest’s first incarnation marketed yellow peas to Quebec cooks

Canadians are planning many celebrations for our 150th year, and guaranteed these events will revolve around lots and lots of food. Expect to consume, for example, copious amounts of ultra-Canuck and super-delicious pea soup. Pea soup’s been around awhile. It would have fuelled French explorer Samuel de Champlain and his crew as they rolled in […] Read more



Manitoba Beef Producers working to protect species at risk

Producers teaming up with conservation group for protection of threatened habitat

Beef producers will lead a new program in Manitoba aimed at improving the habitat — and thereby chances of survival — for grassland birds whose populations are in perilous decline. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will receive $750,000 from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) over three years to […] Read more


Iconic peace tower coming down at International Peace Gardens

Work to dismantle the tower, put up in 1982, began last week by a crew experienced in concrete grain elevator demolition

It was expected to last a century but after just 35 years the 120-foot iconic tower at the International Peace Gardens is coming down. A North Dakota-based firm with experience deconstructing concrete grain terminals arrived on site Feb. 22. The contractor was expected to be done the task in about two weeks using a crane […] Read more