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Manitoba farm groups happy with AgriRecovery program details

AID | $155 million in relief measures hits the biggest hurts, but how does it stack up against groups’ initial asks? KAP, Manitoba Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers of Manitoba said they were pleased with AgriRecovery drought relief measures announced August 31. “We thank both levels of government for recognizing the severity of the disaster and enacting



“That’s one of the challenges — on the surface, it seems like a great idea until you fully understand what it means to implement mandatory COOL.” – Fawn Jackson.

Labelling law rears its head again, but officials don’t expect its return

Some American ranchers are ‘making a lot of noise’ but odds of a return to COOL seem slim

Glacier FarmMedia – Mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is gone, but there’s a new effort by American beef producers wanting to bring it back. “It’s still hugely on our radar,” said Alberta Beef Producers chair Melanie Wowk. “When COOL was first instituted in 2003, it was costing us about $600 million a year, so I think

These portable, solar-powered automatic gate release timers are allowing farmers to graze cattle faster through smaller paddocks, while decreasing labour demands.

Using sun power to open gates

Neil Dennis could see the advantages of intensively grazing small paddocks by moving his cattle often — but going to the fields every two hours to move the herd was time consuming. Now he gets the sun to open those gates for him with the help of a portable solar-powered automatic gate release timer sold

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Be the grill master this spring

Prairie Fare: Foil Vegetable Packets

What should I grill for dinner tonight?” my husband asked the other day. I began naming a variety of possibilities. Then I paused and grinned. Buying him a grill for Father’s Day was the best gift I ever bought myself, our three kids and even our three dogs. We all enjoy the benefits of delicious


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Editorial: Time to quit fighting COOL

Maybe we missed it, but somehow we expected there would be more of a buzz when McDonald’s announced that it had chosen Canada for its first-ever project to source sustainable beef. We saw no industry or government releases welcoming the announcement, which seems a bit odd. After all, McDonald’s is North America’s largest beef buyer.

Craig Price

Message to cattle producers: Don’t cut back on BSE testing

The latest BSE case only increases the need for Canada to test 30,000 animals yearly

Keep calm and carry on testing. That’s the message going out to producers following the latest case of BSE in an Alberta cow. “At times like this, it’s as important, if not more so, to continue with surveillance and be vigilant,” Canadian Food Inspection Agency official Craig Price told attendees at the recent Alberta Beef

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Beef producers and A&W remain at odds

A&W continues to purchase beef from the U.S. and Australia to meet the need 
for hormone- and steroid-free product

Tension was palpable in the room full of Manitoba beef producers as the representative from A&W restaurants communicated the reasoning behind the company’s ‘Better Beef’ campaign. “In recent years the beef industry has been inundated with bad-news stories and we find consumers reluctant to choose beef,” said Trish Sahlstrom, vice-president of purchasing and distribution for


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Young beef producer gaining knowledge through mentorship

Brandon-area farmer will spend eight months with an experienced grazing manager in Alberta

Brett McRae is a passionate young producer who shared a glimpse into the mindset of the beef industry’s upcoming generation during the recent Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting. Twenty-seven-year-old McRae is the fifth generation to raise cattle on his family’s 100-year-old farm. Mar Mac Farms is located outside of Brandon, operating with 210 head

Tod Wallace

A look at international opportunities for beef

Shipping beef to the EU requires adherence to strict protocols, 
but the premium may make it worthwhile

Breakout sessions and informal discussion at the 36th annual general meeting of Manitoba Beef Producers in Brandon earlier this month focused on the possibilities of capitalizing on the European Union and Asian markets. “The markets are changing and as producers we need to adapt. Whether you want to go to the EU, China, or you’re