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Animals at Minnedosa's Bison Park are gathered in front of their now-flooded pasture July 1.

PHOTOS: More rain en route as water damage continues

Southern Manitoba can expect another five to seven days of “widespread precipitation” and “occasional heavy thunderstorms” with the potential for more overland flooding, the provincial lood forecasting agency said Friday. Storms could develop over most southern, southwestern and southeastern Manitoba watersheds during that period, bringing up to 100 millimetres of “heavy localized” rain, the provincial

Regenerative agriculture event to return to Brandon

Window closing on 'early bird' price regenerative ag conference tickets

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association isn’t resting on its laurels after last year’s two-day dive into regenerative agriculture. The production philosophy believes farm practices should build the environment and soil health rather than just maintain them, and will once again be the topic this fall when the MFGA launches its second regenerative agriculture forum.


PC leader Brian Pallister says a new economic development office in Brandon will cater to rural development if the party is re-elected to government.

Election 2019: Pallister promises rural economic development office

PCs say office would become new go-to resource for rural industry

Manitoba’s Progressive Con­ser­vatives say they want to streamline rural economic development and, to that end, they have promised a central office in Brandon if re-elected. The new economic development office became the latest promise on the PC campaign trail Aug. 29, during a media event in Brandon. “The office itself is not designed to just

Co-op Feeds to shut two Prairie plants, sell another

In the face of “industry challenges,” Federated Co-operatives’ livestock feed manufacturing division plans to pull its operations from six plants down into three. Saskatoon-based Federated Co-op announced Monday it will consolidate its production of bulk and bagged cattle, horse, sheep and poultry feed into three of its existing plants, at Calgary, Saskatoon and Moosomin, Sask.

This photo of Brandon in 1912 reveals many details about the early economy of the Wheat City.

The Maple Leaf Flour Mill in Brandon

There were many early mills in Manitoba, but they didn’t last

One of the photos in the Manitoba Agricultural Museum’s photo collection is a 1912 view of Pacific Avenue in Brandon, looking to the east. It appears to have been taken off the roof of the International Harvester Corporation (IHC) warehouse which still stands at the northeast quadrant of the intersection of 18th Street and Pacific


VIDEO: Weed ID day comes to Brandon

Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford recently met with provincial weed experts at one of two recent weed identification days to hear about some of the key points to watch for when identifying weeds as seedlings. The events were held in Carman and Brandon in the second-last week of May.

Jewles Smyth of Roblin managed to successfully get the tie rope off a calf after running the full length of the arena during one of two calf scrambles, where 20 teens try to catch 10 frisky calves.   

PHOTOS: Winter Fair attracts youth

Spring break meant hitting the Manitoba Royal Winter Fair for many students

Brandon’s Keystone Centre was recently once again the scene of the 111th Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Once again the event educated and entertained attendees and participants during the week-long event. The event drew young people both as patrons and participants, coinciding as it did with spring break for many of the province’s youth. Freelance photographer

Equipment dealers pitch to potential new customers during the 2017 Hog Days in Brandon Dec. 14.

Hog Days celebrated in Brandon

Dec. 14 marked the return of Manitoba’s Hog and Livestock Days, a biennial show highlighting the pork sector

It was all about the pigs in Brandon. Manitoba’s Hog and Live­stock Days, more commonly known as Hog Days, returned to the Keystone Centre Dec. 14. The biennial show was last held in 2015. The pork-specific trade show was up about 25 exhibitors, bringing participation up to 135 booths. “In two years, a lot of


A high school rodeo competitor teaches how to grip the bull rope to students from Earl Oxford School Oct. 26.

Students see rodeo first hand

Ag Ex once again brought in the region’s Grades 6-8 students for a look behind the scenes at rodeo

If you asked Brandon’s middle schoolers how a bull rider grips his rope on Oct. 25, you would probably get silence. If you asked the same question a day later, they might be able to answer. Riding rough stock was one, but not the only, topic at the Keystone Centre’s main arena as the region’s

Grade 3-5 students “bid” on animals during the mock auction at Moo!Mania Oct. 24 in Brandon.

Bridging the gap between urban and beef farm

Elementary students from southwest Manitoba beat the Ag Ex crowds Oct. 24 with an agricultural education event around cattle

The day before Ag Ex is all about setup for most, but the festivities were already in full swing for 360 of the region’s Grade 3-5 students. Moo!Mania, the fair’s nod to public education and the cattle industry, returned in the lead-up to the fair. One of three major events organized by the Provincial Exhibition