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Letters: Changes requested

Our provincial government listened to producers when they said they wanted to see changes to the Crown Lands Act. Unlike previous governments, we don’t take the agricultural sector for granted, and were excited to phase in new rules for Crown land leases. The first auctions took place over November and December of 2019, and saw

Martin Unrau (left) receives his lifetime achievement award from Tom Teichroeb, Manitoba Beef Producers president, February 7.

Unrau receives MBP lifetime achievement award

The award is based on his years of service in both provincial and national organizations

There are very few organizations in the Canadian beef sector Martin Unrau hasn’t been a part of. He’s the former head of the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association (the forerunner of Manitoba Beef Producers) and was president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He helped chair the National Beef Strategic Planning Group. He has been a mentor


Flooded fields and feed shortages

Our History: September 2008

This image of a flooded field near Eddystone appeared in our Sept. 18, 2008 issue. Hayfields in the Interlake were going unharvested after weeks of drenching rains, and the week before about 250 local producers had met to discuss ways of dealing with the impending feed shortage. The blow came just as the cattle industry

‘Wypout’ your wild oats

Our History: April 1979

Uniroyal’s Wypout was available for wild oat control in April 1979 — an internet search doesn’t indicate the active ingredient. The winter in 1978-79 had been the second coldest on record along with abundant snowfall, as was evident by the stories in our April 19 issue. The report from the Provincial Flood Forecasting Committee correctly

Cast your vote on the Manitoba Beef Growers’ Promotion Plan

Our History: November 1973

Our November 23, 1973 issue contained advertisements encouraging farmers to vote on two questions. One was to allow a compulsory checkoff requested by the Manitoba Beef Growers Association to fund a beef-promotion agency for Manitoba cattle producers. While 22,000 farmers were eligible, only 5,696 ballots were returned and the proposal was defeated, with only 43


Free trade between provinces far from a done deal

Our History: October 1987

The soon-to-be ratified Canada-U.S. free trade agreement was much in the news in 1987, but as indicated by this editorial cartoon from our Oct. 1 issue, free trade between provinces, as today, still seemed elusive. We reported that Canadian hog and cattle farmers were enthusiastic about the free trade deal, but that supply management producers

Capture more profit by feeding cattle to finish

Our History: August 1983

The Manitoba Beef Commission, a marketing agency established by the NDP government in the late 1970s, ran this ad in our August 18, 1983 issue. It encouraged cattle producers to capture more profit by feeding their animals to finish, and offered marketing assistance plus financing assistance through MACC. The Manitoba Cattle Producers Association and the

Sector’s profitable streak helpful for flood recovery

Activity at cattle auction yards across Manitoba was somewhat subdued during the week ended April 6, with a number of facilities taking the week off ahead of the Easter long weekend. For what was traded, prices held relatively firm on lighter-weight cattle, with demand from eastern and western feedlots continuing to provide support. However, recent



Canada Beef Inc. Off And Running

In this case, one head is better than three. Canada Beef Inc. – formed by the merger of Canadian Beef Export Federation, the Beef Information Centre, and the National Check-off Agency – is ready to hit the ground running now that it has a board and chief executive, says the chair of the new agency.