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Farm accident claims farm leader

Former Manitoba Beef Producers president Major Jay Fox died Dec. 23 after being pinned beneath a tractor’s front-end loader bucket on his farm near Eddystone.

Fox, 32, retired last month as a director of MBP, having served since 2009 as the organization’s president and previously as a vice-president.

Fox and his wife Angela are well known in Manitoba’s agriculture community, having been named as the province’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2008. Fox moved to the province from Lloydminster, Alta. in 1999.

A Ste. Rose du Lac RCMP report says Fox was helping to remove a front-end loader assembly from a tractor when the accident occurred.

The loader arms were raised but not blocked when the hydraulics were released and the bucket dropped, pinning Fox beneath, RCMP said.

RCMP Cpl. James Munro said Fox was later transported to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, where he died the following day.

Fox is survived by his wife Angela and children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major.

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