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Herman Wehrle of FP Genetics talks hybrid fall rye and how it might best work in greenfeed and grazing systems at MBFI north of Brandon.

Hybrid rye, coming soon to a grazing system near you?

Most of the province’s hybrid rye goes to grain, but new projects hope to get a better handle on its potential for feed, forage and grazing

Those marketing hybrid fall rye hope their next market expansion might involve hooves. Herman Wehrle, director of market development with FP Genetics, is exploring how hybrid rye might work into greenfeed and grazing systems, having already spent the last several years evaluating its use for silage. Why it matters: Industry is trying to shift hybrid

Year in review: Ranchers brace for another short feed winter

It’s a bad case of deja vu for livestock producers facing stressed pastures come 2020

Livestock producers were already starting from behind in 2019. Producers were already looking at a feed shortage after drought conditions stuck much of the province in 2018, particularly areas of southwest Manitoba and the Interlake. Most of agricultural Manitoba had qualified for the federal livestock tax deferral program in 2018 — a program that allows


Though later rains brought some life back to pastures, producers still face a feed shortfall.

Livestock producers scrambling for feed solutions

DROUGHT Two years of drought has 
the sector scrambling as winter approaches See story pg 6

Producers searching for feed may have to go off the beaten path again this year, as supply concerns mount. The province got little relief from its recent streak of poor forage this year. Most first cuts yielded between 40 to 60 per cent of normal, according to a recent report from the Manitoba Forage and

Hay and Silage Day attendees take to the field on June 20, 2019, for equipment demonstrations at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives' site north of Brandon.

Don’t let hot air spoil your silage

Silage expert highlights dry matter and nutrient loss in uncovered pits and poorly managed feed-out where oxygen can get into silage

If you think you’ve packed that silage enough, pack it again. That’s among the tidbits from John McKinnon of JJM Nutrition Services in Saskatoon as Manitoba farmers prepare for what’s potentially another bad forage year. Late rains, a delayed or even skipped first hay cut, thin stands, frosts and a generally cold spring all have



Beef producers want better insurance for new grazing techniques, among other requests.

Time to tailor insurance, says Manitoba Beef Producers

The issue is also expected to be front and centre for the upcoming annual general meeting this winter

Manitoba’s beef producers say it’s time insurance options for feed and pasture get with the times. The Manitoba Beef Producers is chewing through a wish list of insurance changes after its fall district meetings. Farmers in several districts are now looking for more support on alternative grazing strategies, something MBP general manager Brian Lemon says

Feed shortage looms

Livestock industry warns of short feed supplies due to dry conditions as pastures start to run out of both forage and water

Manitoba livestock producers are bracing for a double hit. They’re facing their second extended feeding season at the same time as forage yields have fallen short. Extension staff are predicting feed shortages in some regions. Herds were already late coming onto pasture this spring after conditions slowed regrowth. Now, herds in Manitoba’s driest areas may

Custom silage harvest will run between $10 and $12 a tonne, and feeding requires some equipment changes, including a mixer wagon and a second tractor.

Silage is a growing trend for beef cattle operations

Weather woes and labour shortages are all adding up to a new case for parking the baler

As beef cattle herds get larger, the case grows stronger for silage instead of bales. Dwayne Summach, livestock and feed extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture told a session at last week’s Ag in Motion outdoor farm show here that larger operations can better absorb the higher overhead costs, and benefit the most from parking the


Making silage cost palatable for producers

Silage becomes more palatable for producers if you look beyond simple cost 
per acre, Manitoba Agriculture’s Ray Bittner told the Ag Days audience Jan. 17

It’s time to add a little fermentation to your feed plan. That’s the message Manitoba Agriculture’s Ray Bittner had for his Ag Days audience. The livestock specialist centred his talk around maximized silage value. Silage is old hat for producers in the Interlake, but its expense, and the fact that it often requires a custom

Ray Bittner of Manitoba Agriculture makes the case for silage during Ag Days 2018.

Farmers don’t need to feel like they’re choking down silage cost: Ag Days speaker

Silage becomes more palatable for producers if you look beyond simple cost per acre, Manitoba Agriculture’s Ray Bittner told the Ag Days audience Jan. 17

It’s time to add a little fermentation to your feed plan. That’s the message Manitoba Agriculture’s Ray Bittner had for his Ag Days audience. The livestock specialist centred his talk around maximized silage value. Silage is old hat for producers in the Interlake, but its expense, and the fact that it often requires a custom