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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


Dianne Riding has been named president of the Manitoba Beef Producers, following the group’s annual meeting Feb. 6-7.

Riding takes the reins at Manitoba Beef Producers

Dianne Riding of Lake Francis is the new president of the Manitoba Beef Producers

The Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will have someone new at the helm in 2020. Former vice-president Dianne Riding was named president of the organization following MBP’s annual general meeting in Brandon Feb. 6-7. Riding is entering her seventh year as director of MBP’s District 9, an area stretching north on the eastern edge of the

Pasture forage for beef production requires better insurance options, the Manitoba Beef Producers says.

Waiting on word for forage insurance

Manitoba Beef Producers has highlighted forage insurance issues it would like to see addressed

Producers are waiting for details of the province’s promised forage insurance review. The province announced the review last year as producers came off another disappointing grazing season and were facing the prospect of feed shortages and high feed prices. Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen says he wants to get to the bottom of

Manitoba Beef Producers president Tom Teichroeb addressed worries on Agricultural Crown Land changes, and what MBP will do about them, during a packed lease holders' meeting in Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 2, 2019.

Year in Review: Crown lands saga continues

Crown land changes were a hot-button topic for northern ranchers in 2019, but with promised rule changes still incoming, it's not over yet

The province’s agricultural Crown lands overhaul went from a simmer to a boil in late 2019 — and northern ranchers are still roiling. Crown lands were gridlocked to start off the year. The province froze all new lease agreements or unit transfers as of fall 2018, after changes to the Crown Lands Act got royal


“There’s conflicting arguments on that one,” MBP president Tom Teichroeb said of the proposed cap resolution.

District producers back step on AUM cap

Some producers now say they want a new, albeit larger, AUM cap on Crown lands

Ranchers near Ste. Rose du Lac want the province to take another step back on Crown lands — although this change was initially heralded as a victory. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) had welcomed the removal of a 4,800 animal unit month (AUM) cap from forage and grazing lease eligibility, one of a number of sweeping

The Myhres are one of several ranch families worried that Crown land changes mean a countdown to the end of their family farms.

Manitoba cattle ranchers hear clock ticking on grazing lands’ leases

Lack of long-term leases, right of first refusal has many livestock producers pondering their future

Dale Myhre had plans to expand his ranch near Crane River, before the province announced its new approach to agricultural Crown lands. Now he’s wondering if he is going to lose his farm. The long-awaited agricultural Crown land regulation overhaul was announced Sept. 27, sparking immediate anger from ranchers. The new regulations shortened lease terms

Light at the end of the tunnel on Crown lands leases?

Livestock producers have been stuck in limbo, but the province has released some of the details that farmers have been waiting for

Farmers awaiting new agricultural Crown lands regulations after months of suspended unit transfers and an uncertain regulatory future finally have some clarity. In 2018 the province froze new lease applications and unit transfers during their rework of the Crown lands system and shifted grazing and forage leases to an open auction system rather than the


The exterior of the Tyson Fresh Meats processing plant is seen three days after a fire heavily damaged the facility in the Finney County town of Holcomb, Kansas, Aug. 12, 2019.

Tyson fire leaves province’s cattle markets unscathed

Cattle futures dropped in the Kansas fire’s wake

Prices at cattle auction markets in Manitoba were mostly steady for feeder cattle during the week ended Aug. 16 — and Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart expects that to remain the case for the time being. Last week, at Brandon’s Heartland Livestock Auction, 700- to 800-lb. feeder steers went for between $193 and $205 per hundredweight. Similarly

Producers with available hay or forages are being encouraged to list them for sale.

Manitoba farm organizations urge farmers to list available feed

A serious shortfall has livestock producers scrambling for feed and alternatives

Manitoba’s two largest farm organizations are urging farmers to list any hay, straw or other alternative feeds they may have available. The Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers say the province is facing a shortfall this season, amid widespread reports of below-expected hay and forage yields for the season. “Many beef producers have been