GFM Network News


Outcome Doubtful

We’ve all heard the saying: “Be careful what you wish for because it might come true.” Even though I’m retired and no longer grow wheat, I will watch with interest to see what happens when Stephen Harper and Gerry Ritz replace the CWB monopoly with a “dual market” or “marketing choice.” Maybe with some input

Bleachers Full At Annual Poultry, Pet Stock Auction

The bleachers were full and the bidding brisk at the Manitoba Poultry and Pet Stock Association’s annual spring auction. This year saw the auction moved from its traditional location at the Neepawa fairgrounds to the Keystone Centre in Brandon. “Sometimes we like to move it around so that we can reach people from other areas,


Students Receive Monsanto Scholarships

Forty-six (46) students from farm families who are pursuing studies in agriculture have each been awarded a scholarship valued at $1,500, compliments of Monsanto Canada’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. The 2010 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program received over 170 applications from rural students across the country. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges

Downed Animal Transport Now Forbidden

It’s now illegal to ship a “downer” animal to sale or slaughter in Manitoba. The Animal Care Amendment Act proclaimed last week prohibits the loading and transportation of animals not fit to travel. The new law fills a gap created by the federal Health of Animals Act, which also prohibits transporting downers. That law only

Manitoba Goes It Alone On Alternative Hen Housing

“We would have liked to have more consultation.” – LAURENT SOULIGNY, EFC Egg Farmers of Canada will let Manitoba go its own way on requiring larger cages for layer hens while still working toward a national policy on alternative housing. EFC appears resigned to Manitoba’s recent policy requiring new layer operations to use alternative housing


Reviving Interest In Farm Poultry

“I think that’s kinda’ cool, actually. But that’s coming from a lady who has probably 500 in her yard.” – KATHY BRUNEAU The bleachers were overflowing at the Manitoba Poultry, Rabbit and Pet Stock Association’s annual auction and bidding was brisk as 250 boxes of chickens, ducks and geese and up to 40 more containing

Manitoba Egg Producers Adopt Alternate Housing Standards

“We don’t want governments and retailers telling us what to do.” – KURT SIEMENS, MEF Manitoba egg producers have taken a major step toward alternate housing for hens by introducing new animal welfare standards for layer barns. The new policy will eventually mean the phasing out of battery cages, currently the industry standard for housing

Manitoba Policy Catches Canada’s Egg Farmers Off Guard

“I have no idea why they went about it this way.” – LAURENT SOULIGNY, EFC Manitoba’s new policy on alternative housing for layer hens has caught Canada’s other egg-producing provinces by surprise. Manitoba did not consult with other members of Egg Farmers of Canada before announcing its policy last week, said Laurent Souligny, the national


Cargill Beef Plants Install Video Gear For Audits

Cargill’s beef slaughter plants in Alberta and Ontario are among 10 company facilities in North America that have installed video equipment to monitor animal welfare practices. And while the U. S. agri-food giant’s two Canadian beef plants have yet to start using the equipment, the company has also already launched a pilot program in two