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Standing corn may be a viable way for Manitoba producers to extend their grazing season, but there are a few things 
to watch for.

Standing corn an option for extended beef grazing

An extended grazing season may be cheaper with standing corn, but there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind

If a cow is grazing, you don’t have to feed it. It’s a deceptively simple statement, and the basis for many cattle producers looking at extended grazing to cut costs. Farmers have looked at bale grazing, forage stockpiling and swath grazing, among others; but another grazing system has caught the interest of some beef producers,

Manitoba Agriculture livestock specialist Ray Bittner explains the remote solar watering system at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Brookdale site.

Beyond the dugout: The making of a watering system

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives is testing the waters on a solar-powered pump system 
in both continuous and rotational grazing

Dugouts aren’t always ideal, and farmers who run rotational grazing or lack surface water are looking for options to get their herd a drink. For many, that means pipelines, although designing the details may quickly become complex. Will the system draw on nearby open water? Will it be piped from a yard site or pumped


Rancher’s fate rests with judge in cattle starvation case

A complicated family feud over an inheritance has left the courts to decide 
whether cattle were deliberately starved

Arancher accused of deliberately starving cattle to death over an inheritance feud has pleaded to 13 offences under the Animal Care Act. With tears welling up in his eyes, Thomas Jeffery McLean, 49, told provincial court Judge Mary Kate Harvie last week he was “ashamed” of his actions. Harvie delayed sentencing, seeking time to consider

4-H Reports

The Co-operator will publish 4-H reports once a month. Reports can be submitted by the third week of the month by email to [email protected] or by regular mail to 4-H Reports, c/o Manitoba Co-operator,1666 Dublin Ave.,Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1 Club members have been very busy getting ready for their achievement day at the Carman fair.

Same grass, different boss

Lower overhead costs under not-for-profit co-op and municipal management structures translate into cheaper pasture fees for ranchers at two non-AESB pastures

Two community pasture operations in Manitoba offer a glimpse of what the future may hold after the federal government phases out its involvement over the next six years. In the rural municipality of Wallace, near Kirkella, a block containing 25 quarters of marginal, rugged land is grazed from around June 1 to Oct. 15. It’s


It’s snowman weather!

For many, the arrival of snow is something to dread, perhaps something to escape by going south for the winter. For others, it means an end to the somewhat dreary browns of late fall. Children, particularly, often anticipate and welcome the first few snowfalls. For me, early winter has long been “snowman weather.” As a

Gonyou Recognized For Career Accomplishments

Longtime Prairie Swine Centre researcher Harold Gonyou has been named an honorary fellow of the International Society for Applied Ethology in recognition of his career accomplishments in pig behaviour and welfare research. During his career, Gonyou established the methodology for assessing feeder effectiveness (resulting in the redesign of several brands of feeders in Canada), establishment

Chute Key To Safety And Productivity For People And Animals

Agood, well-run chute plays a huge part in handling animals safely, reducing their stress and, more importantly, lowering the risk of injury or death for people working around the chute. Jennifer Woods has seen the good and the bad. The worst chutes I see are homebuilt or pieced together from parts of others, says Woods,



Create A Petunia Tree

If you do not want to have an in-ground flower bed or you do not have a suitable place in your yard to put one, you might adopt an idea that I have seen several times in yards and public places in the past few years. For lack of a better name, I call the