Manitoba farm organizations urge farmers to list available feed

A serious shortfall has livestock producers scrambling for feed and alternatives

Producers with available hay or forages are being encouraged to list them for sale.

Manitoba’s two largest farm organizations are urging farmers to list any hay, straw or other alternative feeds they may have available.

The Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers say the province is facing a shortfall this season, amid widespread reports of below-expected hay and forage yields for the season.

“Many beef producers have been hard hit by back-to-back dry conditions that have led to diminished pasture and forage yields and depleted their hay and straw reserves,” said Tom Teichroeb, MBP president. “Faced with these conditions, they are looking to source both traditional and alternative sources of feed and bedding. We are encouraging producers with these kinds of resources available to consider listing them for sale. ”

Bill Campbell, KAP president, said better information would help producers make tough management decisions this fall and winter.

“Given dry conditions reported across much of the province, we feel that it is important to ensure producers know what their options are when it comes to both buying and selling available hay and straw,” Campbell said. “As a grain farmer and a beef producer, I must utilize every option available to ensure the long-term viability of my operation.”

Listing methods include Manitoba Agriculture, online exchanges, classified ad services and even social media.

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