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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

Tom Teichroeb is president of Manitoba Beef Producers.

Manitoba Beef Producers releases election wish list

Risk management, trade and the environment are at top of mind for the Manitoba Beef Producers as provincial and federal elections loom. The organization released its election wish list in a news release on August 7, which encompassed both federal and provincial elections. “It is important that there is a policy and regulatory environment in

Carson Callum joins Manitoba Beef Producers as general manager

Just a couple weeks into the job he says he’s finding his feet

MarketsFarm – Only three weeks into the job as the general manager for Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), Carson Callum is faced with a few challenges. To Callum, the most pressing is the drought the province’s 6,500 cattle producers have contended with. “We had a drought in 2018 and a lot of our districts are having


Carson Callum is the new Beef Producers general manager.

Manitoba Beef Producers names new general manager

Carson Callum hails from the Miami area

The Manitoba Beef Producers has a new general manager. Carson Callum was recently appointed by the MBP board of directors. Callum grew up on a mixed grain and beef operation south of the community of Miami and he holds an agriculture degree and a master’s degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in

The power of pasture is among the environmental benefits the province wants to see recognized under its protein strategy.

Manitoba protein strategy looks for sustainability

Profits aren’t the only kind of green the province hopes to court with its protein strategy

Manitoba isn’t going to just produce more protein, it’s also going to do it more sustainably. That’s one of the top goals of the provincial government’s much-heralded protein strategy, unveiled for consultation earlier this winter. The question that raises, of course, is what that buzzword is going to mean in practice. Pasture potential Carbon sequestration