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Fulton looks down the pipe as new MBP president

Tyler Fulton has taken over from Dianne Riding as president of the Manitoba Beef Producers

Between an off-farm job, a national committee and his own operation, Tyler Fulton of Birtle knows a thing or two about business risk management. That’s probably a good thing, since BRM programming is expected to be near the top of the priority list for the board he’s now heading. Fulton is now several weeks into

Manitoba Beef Producers is calling for several improvements to the Livestock Price Insurance program.

Time for a shift on livestock price insurance?

Government cost sharing for premiums and an expansion to a permanent, nationwide program are on the list of price insurance changes beef producers would like to see

AgriStability might be taking up news headlines when it comes to business risk management, but the beef sector also has a wish list to overhaul Livestock Price Insurance. Three such asks, including several that echo stances already made at the national level through the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), made the docket for the Manitoba Beef


A difficult year for Manitoba’s cattle industry

COVID backlogs and market pivots were all just part of the challenge

It would be something of an understatement to say the Manitoba cattle industry faced a tough year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a pair of industry experts. “Prices were volatile and then very flat in the second half of the year,” commented Brian Perillat, manager and senior analyst for CanFax. He

“Sharing the stories of TESA winners at both the provincial and national level helps to build public trust and confidence in the beef industry.” – Manitoba Beef Producers.

Call out for TESA hopefuls

The beef sector’s annual environmental stewardship award is open for nominations until Dec. 4

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is once again looking for the cream of the crop when it comes to sustainable beef production. Nominations are open for TESA (The Environmental Stewardship Award). Producers have until Dec. 4 to complete their 2021 nominations. The award — presented first at the provincial, and then at the national level

Cattle producers are now eligible for funding to cover extra expenses related to the COVID pandemic.

Finished cattle slated for up to $2.5M in AgriRecovery

Finisher operations that took the brunt of the market hit earlier this year can apply for AgriRecovery aid until Dec. 1

Two of Manitoba’s largest producer groups say they’re perplexed why the provincial government is blaming them for their lack of participation in a recently announced AgriRecovery program. The 2020 Canada-Manitoba Finished Cattle Feed Assistance Program will spend up to $2.5 million federally funded dollars through provincial administration. That’s a departure from past AgriRecovery efforts, which


Province promises rent break on 2019 dry Crown lands

The province says a rent credit will help forage leaseholders hurt by last year’s feed shortage, while producers are less convinced

Leaseholders hardest hit by the 2019 feed crisis will catch a break on next year’s rent — but producers say that won’t erase their financial woes under the new Crown lands system. On Oct. 16, the province announced a one-time rent credit for Agricultural Crown land leaseholders in the 18 municipalities that announced a state

Livestock producers share their outrage at a last-minute, Oct. 2, 2019 meeting in St. Rose du Lac after the province released incoming changes to Agricultural Crown Lands regulations.

Crown land lease renewals to extend to family transfers

Producer groups had urged the government to add family transfers into their plan for renewing legacy forage leases for the sake of farm succession

[UPDATED: Oct. 6, 2020] Family members taking up the torch on their family’s operations which involve Crown land leases will, in fact, benefit from the right of renewal promised last year by the provincial government. The regulatory change would allow producers who held their grazing or haying lease prior to last year’s changes to renew

Livestock insurance premiums have since come down, though not to pre-COVID levels.

WLPIP premiums won’t be subsidized, says ag-minister Pedersen

Deadline for producers to buy policies extended by three weeks

The province will not subsidize price insurance premiums for beef producers ag minister Blaine Pedersen has said. Western Livestock Price Insurance (WLPIP) premiums have come down since Manitoba Beef Producers asked the province for help, Pedersen added. “Premiums change every week, and that’s something that producers need to keep on,” Pedersen told the Co-operator on


Crown grazing leases are getting more expensive over the next two years and that worries the province’s ranchers.

Rising lease rates worry ranchers

Livestock producers want to see the province’s new Crown land rental rate changed

Northern ranchers are experiencing sticker shock over new lease rates. The price of Crown grazing land is rising this year, as part of a larger plan to revamp how that land is allocated and managed. The new rental formula ties rates to the beef market. Under the new system, rates are calculated by multiplying the

Beef producers vote on this year’s batch of resolutions, many of which dealt with Agricultural Crown Lands, during the Manitoba Beef Producers annual meeting in Brandon Feb. 6-7.

Beef producers urge consideration for land improvements

Beef producers have a long list of changes they’re pushing with the province, including more room for land improvement values

Beef producers want to roll land improvement costs into what people are bidding for when Agricultural Crown Lands come up for auction. In late 2019, the province said it would no longer be in the business of buying land improvements when a lease rolls over, one of a swath of changes made to the Agricultural