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Exotic sheep see little interest

Exotic sheep see little interest

Quality and age of animals were the key to bidding

The Oct. 4 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction saw 258 sheep and goats delivered. The buyers present were not interested in exotic sheep or lambs, but instead paid close attention to age and quality. During the sheep sale, all ewes saw major interest from buyers, with no evident price difference between wool

A pygmy goat and duck own the farmyard during a yoga session at 10 Acre Woods in Anola.

Goat yoga makes Manitoba debut

Yoga moves out of the studio and into the farmyard as enthusiasts flock to goat yoga

Move over Vancouver and look out New York, goat yoga is taking Anola by storm — but there is a Manitoba twist to the growing fitness trend. “It’s goat yoga, but it’s also more than that,” said Tara McKean, owner of 10 Acre Woods near Anola, which recently added yoga sessions to its roster. “It’s


Jamie Moran of Shale Creek Bison Ranch near Russell, Man., poses with the 2017 Bill Lenton Memorial Award.

Manitoba Bison Association awards industry leader honour

Jamie Moran has been named this year’s Bill Lenton Memorial Award winner by the Manitoba Bison Association

Jamie “Malone” Moran is the latest recipient of the Bill Lenton Memorial Award from the Manitoba Bison Association. The Russell-area bison producer, fittingly, entered the business 20 years ago by purchasing his first animal from Lenton himself. He currently keeps 60 breeding cows and 50 yearling heifers on his ranch, and he says the tough

VIDEO: A message for Canadian agriculture

VIDEO: A message for Canadian agriculture

Meet misinformation with storytelling, says CBC Radio's Terry O'Reilly

Terry O’Reilly, veteran ad man and host of the popular CBC Radio show “Under the Influence” told an Ag Days audience in Brandon, Man., on Jan. 18 that telling an emotional story is a better way to influence opinion than repeating facts and figures. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson met with O’Reilly after his presentation

Ernestine Sepke holds up the tiny orange trees she’s started from seed from a Sunkist orange. The retired Glenboro farmer’s bright sunroom has many more tropical fruits growing in it.

Glenboro woman tends tiny tropical garden in her home

A south-facing sunroom on a Glenboro-area farm home sees a tropical plant oasis in rural Manitoba

Ernestine Sepke doesn’t need to travel south in winter to be surrounded by orange, avocado and banana trees. They’re growing in her sunroom on the side of her Glenboro farm home. Some are so tall they’re brushing the ceiling. All were started from local seed — fruit bought at Glenboro Co-op. “I just stick them


History preservation awards on offer

The provincial efforts aim to recognize individuals who preserve provincial heritage

If you know anyone who’s put in the time and effort to save or promote Manitoba’s history, now’s the time to nominate them for a provincial award. The province, in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society, wants to recognize prolonged and meritorious service for heritage preservation Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon says. “As we celebrate 150 years

Order of Manitoba nominees sought

Annual nomination deadline is Jan. 31

You have until Jan. 31 to nominate a friend or neighbour for induction into the Order of Manitoba. The province’s highest honour, the awards annually recognize up to 12 deserving individuals. The awards are open to Manitoba citizens or former residents of the province who have demonstrated excellence and achievement leading to the improvement of

Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday

Four to be inducted to the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in Portage

The induction ceremony for the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame will be held 1:30 Thursday, July 14 at the William Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie. Four Manitobans will be honoured for their significant contributions to agriculture in the province. Gordon McPhee of Dauphin for his promotion of zero tillage and soil conservation. The late


A small wooden grain elevator in the village of Underhill, in what is now the Municipality of Grassland, was built in 1908 by the Underhill Farmers’ Elevator Company. One of three elevators operating here by 1917, its ownership was transferred to the provincial government in 1911, then leased and in 1926 purchased outright by United Grain Growers. In 1966, it was sold into private ownership. Graffiti on its side said “Burn Me Please.” It appears someone obliged and the elevator was gone by 
the mid-1990s.

PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: April 2016

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator

Winnipeg-based pumpkin grower 13-year-old Milan Lukes is eagerly awaiting the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weigh-Off on October 3 to find out if he’s got a winning entry this year. This is his third year growing giant pumpkins.

Pumpkin growers ready to vie for 2015 heavyweight title

Self-professed pumpkin-growing addicts will converge on Roland Oct. 3
 to find out who will be this year’s heavyweight champion

Milan Lukes has crawled inside the pumpkins he grows. He fits in the cavity because he’s only 13 years old. He dug into them last year and in 2013 to collect seed. “There’s room for people my size in them, which is cool,” says the teen from St. Norbert who is growing pumpkins again this