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HyLife Foods staff work in the recently expanded integrated pork-processing plant in Neepawa.

HyLife to hand over to Thai conglomerate

Over half of HyLife Foods stock will belong to Thai-based conglomerate CPF once the deal closes

Manitoba pork giant HyLife Foods will soon have someone else calling the shots. The company announced a deal with Thailand-based exporter Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) for 50.1 of the company’s stock April 22. The $498-million deal adds HyLife to the conglomerate’s list of companies, which span 17 countries and include hogs, chickens,

The house in Neepawa where Margaret Laurence lived from 1935 to 1944.

Author Margaret Laurence commemorated in Neepawa

Plaque was unveiled which stands in front of the house in which she once lived

August 10 was a big day for the literary community of Neepawa, Manitoba. On that day, the community held the Manawaka Festival, billed as “a celebration of stories” and, in particular, a celebration of esteemed author, Margaret Laurence, who grew up in Neepawa, and used the town as her basis for stories set in the


Clinic attendees get into the fine details of combines during a July 13 clinic in Neepawa.

Women take the wheel at combine clinic

Ag Women Manitoba wants to beat back the 
preconceptions over female farm equipment operators

Tiffany Dancho and Pam Bailey don’t think machinery should just be for men. Two of the lead voices behind Ag Women Manitoba, Dancho and Bailey set off for Neepawa and the group’s inaugural combine clinic July 13 in the hopes of getting women more comfortable in the cab. “I’ve been in equipment for 10-plus years,

Guy Baudry, (l to r) HyLife Foods division chief operating officer, HyLife executive chief operating officer Denis Vielfaure, local MP Robert Sopuck, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler, HyLife president Claude Vielfaure, Neepawa Mayor Adrian de Groot, company board chair Don Janzen and CEO Grant Lazaruk cut the ribbon at the newly expanded HyLife Foods plant in Neepawa.

HyLife Foods wraps expansion

It’s been two years coming, but the new cut floor is ready to go at HyLife Foods in Neepawa

More pork will be running through HyLife Foods in Neepawa in the near future. The company has completed two years’ worth of upgrades, HyLife announced April 3, a move that HyLife president Claude Vielfaure says will lengthen their product’s shelf life and quality as well as doubling space on the cut floor. “An example of

Edward Simpson, lead supervisor with parks in Dauphin and Dauphin city councillor, Patti Eilers sign up their community for signage about containing the spread of emerald ash borer. They were among about 65 municipal officials attending a meeting in Portage la Prairie in March to discuss ways to contain the invasive insect and pursue other community-based tree-care strategies.

Tall timber: Rural communities rally around threatened trees

The spectre of tree-destroying insects like emerald ash borer spreading in rural Manitoba underscores the urgency to begin to see trees as ‘green infrastructure’ and key community assets, say workshop speakers

Allan Derhak doesn’t want to think what his hometown would look like stripped of trees. Neepawa is renowned for its beauty and in large part because its residential streets are lined with mature elm, cottonwood and green ash trees. But Derhak, a public works employee in Neepawa, knows many of those trees’ days may be


Paul and Larissa Koshel spend their winters feeding birds and summers operating their market garden and saskatoon U-pick on their 125-acre farm purchased five years ago. It’s a good place to raise their three daughters, Ella, 10, Rhea, nine, and Kira, seven, says the couple. Paul’s father, Harry, 91, also lives with the family.

Neepawa couple committed to prairie rehabilitation

Paul and Larissa Koshel are the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District’s 2017 Conservation Award winners for their work restoring a small plot of native prairie plus a three-acre wetland

When a small farm came up for sale east of town in 2012 Paul and Larissa Koshel jumped at the chance to buy it. The couple was living in the town of Neepawa at the time, having moved down from The Pas in 2006 for Paul’s job as a school teacher at Gladstone and Larrisa’s

A current aerial photo of HyLife’s packaging plant in Neepawa. Expansion plans include increasing the plant by 130,000 square feet.


International success leads to HyLife expansion

After finding success overseas in the Asian markets, Manitoba pork processor, 
HyLife will be undertaking a major expansion to keep up with demand

A planned expansion at the HyLife pork-processing plant in Neepawa is good news for the entire hog sector. HyLife is planning a major expansion of the company’s finishing and processing capacities, a move made necessary by strong demand for its products, the company says. We produce a great product and consumers want to buy it,



Brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk hope a malt-barley variety demonstration featuring 
historical varieties will spark a discussion on the farmer-brewer connection.

Back to the future for local brewer

Farmery brewers are hoping to highlight the farm-brewer connection and show the ingredients that make beer to the public

A farm-based beer maker is offering a unique agri-tourism destination that will show attendees the historical ingredients that were used to make beer. Neepawa’s Farmery Estate Brewery, run by brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk, are showcasing the malt barley varieties ranging from a century ago to modern times on their operation, which also produces other

This year’s Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup saw 49 junior participants and 91 head of cattle.  Photos: Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup

Junior cattle producers work on show skills

Cattle producers under the age of 25 from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan 
recently came together for a weekend of education and camaraderie

The annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup (MYBR) continues to strengthen the skills of young folks in the cattle industry. “It is a great way for juniors of all cattle breeds to work together, learn new skills, and meet new people,” said event organizer Lois McRae. “Where else can you attend an event with 49 junior