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DECEMBER 19, 2013


Farmer-plaintiffs ponder appealing decision on $17billion lawsuit A Federal Court dismissed most, but not all their claims




Strong turnout at Hog Days Brighter outlook for hog industry boosts attendance



armers seeking federal compensation for loss of the Canadian Wheat Board’s assets are considering whether to appeal a Federal Court ruling rejecting their lawsuit or follow the judge’s instructions to launch a different claim. Justice Tremblay-Lamer, in a written ruling rendered Nov. 29, dismissed six of the seven claims found in a $17.06-billion class-aaction lawsuit launched See LAWSUIT on page 6 »

Visitors at Hog Days check out the competing entries in the annual pork quality competition. By Daniel Winters CO-OPERATOR STAFF / BRANDON

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f the turnout at this year’s Manitoba Hog Days is any indication, the beleaguered sector is regaining its optimism. Scott Peters, a director for the Manitoba Pork Council, said that the improved fundamentals of hog production — cheaper feed grains coupled with stronger prices for finished pigs — are putting the shine back on the business. “We’re still finishing off pigs that we put $7 corn into, but the future certainly looks bright,” said Peters.


Despite the province’s moratorium on hog barn expansion, the looming expiration of the federal sow herd reduction program that paid producers to shutter their barns for three years means that some mothballed operations may be restarted. “I would imagine that there would be some refilling,” said Peters, who added that the moratorium on expansion likely won’t apply to barns that have stood empty for years. Hog marketing these days is based on multi-year, forward contracts with packing plants, which has added stability to an industry that has traditionally been

prone to extreme volatility due to the prolific nature of sows and wild swings in feed grains prices. Also, the looming threat of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus, which according to the latest reports has come as far north as South Dakota, may be one factor tempering the pace of sow herd expansion, he added. “If a guy was right on the tipping point, that might hold them back,” said Peters, who along with most of the industry hopes that the Canada-U.S. border might keep it out of the country. See HOG DAYS on page 6 »



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Australian’s manual sheep-shearing record has never been broken

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‘The proper place to celebrate’ A Christmas column from the editor in 1929


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he  Australian B r o a d c a s t i n g Corporation reports that a pair of shears used by legendary Australian sheep shearer Jackie Howe has sold for $38,000 at auction. The mechanical shears, used by Howe for many years, were listed for auction on Oct. 29 by Sotheby’s Australia. The auction house put an estimate on the shears of $15,000 to $25,000. A S o t h e by ’s s p o k e s m a n

said the auction was “hotly contested.” Howe was a legendar y Australian sheep shearer at the end of the 19th century. According to Wikipedia, on Oct. 10, 1892, Howe shore a record 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes. He also set the weekly record, shearing 1,437 sheep in 44 hours and 30 minutes. Howe’s daily record was b e a t e n by Te d Re i c k i n 1950, but Reick was using machine shears. Sotheby’s said an inscription

on the handpiece showed it was presented to “Jack Howe” in January 1893 by the Wolseley S.S.M.C. (Sheep Shearing Machine Company). The ABC reported that Sotheby’s Australia chairman Geoffrey Smith said Howe was not only a champion of the shearing shed but a champion for the worker and contributed strongly to the Australian labour movement. “While the man is no longer with us, his legacy remains through the tool of his trade.”


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AMM launches legal action

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Action not against amalgamation but way it is being implemented, says AMM president By Lorraine Stevenson


he Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) confirmed last week it will take the provincial government to court over forced amalgamation. The association and five municipalities are named in legal proceedings filed December 11, a move that follows a majority vote among delegates at AMM’s November convention to proceed with the action. The challenge is directed at the implementation of the Municipal Modernization Act, not at the act itself, which is now law, AMM president Doug Dobrowolski told reporters last week. “We know we can’t stop amalgamation. That’s not what we put the challenge in for,” he said. “We are asking for procedural fairness in accordance with the act.” The focus of the challenge relates to 11 letters sent to 32 m u n i c i p a l i t i e s by p rov i n cial Municipal Minister Stan Struthers October 30. The letters lay out merger plans the province has for these municipalities, including who these municipalities merger partners will be and where their new office will be located. D o b r ow o l s k i s a i d A M M believes the province violated its own legislation by making decisions prior to Dec. 1 on how these municipalities are to proceed. Municipalities had a Dec. 1 deadline to submit their own merger plans. Dobrowolski said AMM wants the minister to inform municipalities and their residents if the plan he ultimately recommends to cabinet for approval differs

“This is about fairness and transparency and that’s all we want.” Doug Dobrowolski AMM president

from what the municipality submitted. That’s because these plans are in accordance with ratepayers’ wishes, Dobrowolski said. “But the way the legislation is written, he (Minister Struthers) doesn’t have to notify the public if he makes any change,” he said. “We’re asking for a decision from the courts that if he changes those plans in any way he has to go back to the public. “This is about fairness and transparency and that’s all we want.” Struthers said in an interview during the AMM convention in late November that the letters were sent to tell those municipalities without a merger plan, that the province has one for them. He also gave these municipalities a deadline extension of Feb. 1 to come up with one of their own. “Right now their destiny is in their own hands,” Struthers said. “They can choose to sit out and have a plan implemented on their behalf, or they can come to the table and work on a plan that is more suited to their area.” The letters say, “Here’s the configuration that may exist come the morning of Feb. 1,” he added. Dobrowolski said the legal challenge is on behalf of the 32

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municipalities receiving these letters, but a positive outcome would affect all 87 municipalities, which have populations under 1,000 and are required to amalgamate. The five municipalities named in the action are Plum Coulee, Emerson and Gilbert Plains as well as the RMs of Grandview and Harrison. The AMM is paying for the lawsuit out of its own legal fund. This is not a defence of those who ignored the Dec. 1 deadline and submitted no plan at all, Dobrowolski added. “There are a few,” he said. The AMM has stressed to all municipalities that they must obey the law and submit a plan, even if the plan is not to amalgamate, he added. SEC_PAST13_T_MC.qxd


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Getting the mail — and much, much more


ucked away in various corners of this old house are bundles of letters, held together by elastic bands or stuffed into a big envelope. One of those bundles dates back more than 60 years. It was exchanges between two young people working in different communities the year before they married. That bundle of letters survived against all odds in the ensuing decades Laura Rance of their life together; it was even pulled Editor from the burning barrel at the last minute, much to the delight of that couple’s grandchildren today. It’s not because it’s steamy reading; in fact, it is pretty mundane. What is special about these letters is they offer a historical snapshot in the life and times of this family — glimpses of day-to-day living, the news events of the day and the reality that even 100 miles was a long way away in those times. Another bundle of note is of airmail letters — as opposed to email — tiny scrawls on see-through paper exchanged between my 19-year-old self and my family while I was on an agricultural exchange to New Zealand more than three decades ago. Even by airmail, it took those letters up to nine days to cross the ocean between Canada and New Zealand in the late 1970s — and it was expensive for the times. But those letters captured the emotions, the excitement, the homesickness and the adventures of that trip in such a way that makes them fun to read and reflect on now. They are like miniature time capsules. Thirty years later, my own daughter took a similar trip to the land Down Under. Her communications home were by Facetime or Skype and occasionally by email. Those communications were instantaneous, rich and interactive, but fleeting. There is no lasting record, except in our memories, of how her experiences changed her, helping her grow. For all we’ve gained in immediacy — the instant access we have to all of our online friends and associates through venues such as Facebook and other social media — we are losing something valuable, as letters and the art of letter writing disappears from our culture. Some social scientists worry that all of the conveniences offered by modern communications technology come at the expense of something else that’s precious — the art of conversation. In his book The De-Voicing of Society: Why we don’t talk to each other anymore communications sciences professor, John L. Locke writes that we have become so accustomed to doing our communications and business online in the digital age that people have stopped talking, as in having a conversation, with each other. “Intimate talking, the social call of humans, is on the endangered behaviours list,” Locke writes. Conversations in a group of people include eye and facial expressions, hand gestures and the rise and fall of human voices as they make a point, or laugh. Capitalized words, exclamation marks and texted LOLs are a poor substitute. In fact, many of us are starting to feel uncomfortable in social situations that require face-to-face conversation. Ever notice how many people automatically reach for their iPhone or BlackBerry as soon as there is a lull? “Without intimate conversation, we can’t really know others well enough to trust them or to work with them harmoniously,” Locke writes. ”We also lose track of ourselves, our sense of humour, our own particular way of looking at things. Our society is poorer and more fragile for being voiceless.” So while it came as no surprise to learn that Canada Post is eliminating urban door-to-door delivery as a cost-cutting measure in the face of declining mail volumes, we can’t help but think it might be a good thing. City folks will have to go to the box at the end of the street and actually meet their neighbours. Rural folks who have collected their mail from a post office for as long as we can remember know what happens when others converge on the same place at the same time with the same purpose in mind. They talk. Usually, it is mundane grumblings over such things as the rising cost of postage stamps or the weather. But over time, as familiarity grows, they begin to talk about other things, such as their children or their views on community events or hotbutton issues of the day. Sometimes they agree; sometimes they don’t. But they always walk away with a perspective they didn’t have when they came, often without even knowing it. As those emails come in with people’s Christmas letters this holiday season, try printing out a few of them as hard copies. Just for fun, pull them out and read them again in a few years. And as your families and friends reconnect this holiday season try leaving the smartphones in the cloakroom. On behalf of all of us at the Manitoba Co-operator may you have a happy holiday season full of conversation and laughter. We wish you the very best in 2014.

Say NO to UPOV ’91 By Matt Gehl


ttawa is moving quickly to implement the UPOV ’91 plant breeders’ rights convention with first reading in Parliament of the Agricultural Growth Act, an agricultural omnibus bill. The proponents for this move say that doing this will keep private plant-breeding money in Canada and stop us from somehow immediately turning into Luddites. What is never acknowledged by the supporters of UPOV ’91 is what will be taken away from farmers. In exchange for this increased level of patenting of seed stocks, farmers will lose the right to save, store, sell and reuse farm-saved seed. We currently have a similar system in place for almost all canola grown in Canada because as a GMO, the seed companies have been able to patent canola gene sequences and force farmers to pay royalties every year. Staying out of UPOV ’91 will not diminish Canada’s importance as a wheat-growing region. Research will always be done here because of our strength in growing wheat. More importantly, we do not need to be hostage to private plant breeders — our public plant-breeding system has been doing a good job for a century. In fact, the canola boom started when an Agriculture Canada scientist working in the public plant-breeding system changed the oil profile of what had been rapeseed, making it usable as a cooking oil. This work was then turned over to private-sector seed companies which commercialized — and claimed plant breeders’ rights on — varieties expressing the trait. UPOV supporters point to the canola model to support their call for giving the entire plant-breeding sector over to private interests. But are the so-called ‘amazing gains’ made


by privately bred canola better than the gains in wheat yields and quality achieved by the Canadian tradition of public plant breeding? Dr. R.J. Graf, an eminent Canadian plant breeder, is one among many researchers who points out that gains in canola yield over the last 35 years have increased marginally — just one-tenth of a bushel per acre more per year — compared with increases in wheat yields. What is more interesting is that the cost of improving canola yields has been more than three times that of the public plant-breeding system’s efforts to improve wheat. Wheat yield and baking quality have been constantly improving for a century thanks to the work of public plant breeders. There can be no denying the benefits that farmers and consumers have received from the work done at Ag Canada research centres — work that was ongoing until the Harper government set about cutting the budgets of public-interest breeding programs to the bone. Even 100 years of successful public-interest plant breeding is nothing compared to the historical importance of farm-saved seed. Since the origin of agriculture, farmers have been selecting, saving and replanting seed from one year to the next, and sharing improved varieties with their neighbours. Ottawa is about to sign an agreement and bring in a law that would eliminate that right for many Canadian farmers. Stop Harper and Ritz from favouring the rights of plant breeders at the expense of the rights of farmers and consumers to use grain varieties developed impartially in the public interest. Keep your right to use farm-saved seed. Say NO to UPOV ’91! Matt Gehl is a National Farmers Union board member who farms near Regina, Sask.

December 1929


he Scoop Shovel, which promoted the goal of Agricultural Co-operation, finished 1929 with this cover showing a peaceful Christmas scene on the Prairies. Things were not so peaceful on the grainmarketing scene. The issue carried the annual report of the Pools’ Central Selling Agency. Its conclusion began with, “Reviewing the year as a whole it has been one of many perplexities and grave anxieties,” referring to the stock market crash and collapse in grain prices. It later said, “We are unable to yet announce our final payment for the year in view of the large carry-over on hand from last year.” No payment was ever issued, and the Central Selling Agency collapsed the following year. The issue contained editor J.T. Hull’s essay on “Yule logs and wheat” reprinted on this week’s opposite page, and one of a series of travel reports by Pool superintendent D.A. Kane, with his description of a trip from Aden to Cairo. He commented favourably on the business district of Cairo as a “modern up-to-date city… electric street cars are used; the fares are very moderate and they are well patronized by the native population.” He also described the beauty of the mosques, and some of the practices of the “Mohammedan” religion.


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Yule logs and wheat In its natural history, the annual celebration we know as Christmas began on a farm The following was written by J.T. Hull, editor of the Scoop Shovel, in December 1929.



he proper place to celebrate Christmas is on a farm because in its natural history, it began on the farm. Let me explain. From about the fourth century of the Christian era, Christmas has been observed as the birthday of the Christ. But as a human holiday, it goes back into the darkness of antiquity. It was celebrated thousands of years before the birth of Christ, and most of the customs associated with it, the decking of our houses, the giving of presents, the yule log, the mistletoe and the holly, the eating, drinking and merrymaking take us back to times where there were no cities, and the main business of men was the care of flocks and herds and the tilling of the earth. Flocks and herds depended on herbage and crops; herbage and crops depended on the weather; and the weather was the warmth of the sun, the gentle rain, and the soothing wind. Christmas originally was a weather feast and a harvest feast, in which men rejoiced in the elements which gave them warmth, food and clothing… so it is correct to say in a general way, that Christmas is the natural heritage of the men who till the land. Do you want an illustration? Let us go over to the southeastern part of Europe, and look into a Serbian house. It is Christmas Eve and everybody is celebrating. They must have a nice log for the fire, a special log for this occasion. The young men go into the woods and select a suitable tree. Before cutting it, they christen it, so to speak, by throwing on it a handful of wheat. When it falls, it must fall toward the east, otherwise it is a bad omen. They bring the log to the house; the mother meets them at the door and again sprinkles wheat on the log. Christmas greetings are passed around; the log is laid on the fire with one end protruding and the household joins in prayer for a good

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harvest in the coming year — abundance of cream and honey and fruitful flocks. Very early in the morning — Christmas Day, there is a special Christmas visitor who must be the first outside of the family to cross the threshold inward. The visitor has a woollen glove full of wheat. Before entering, he throws wheat through the open door. He sprinkles wheat on every member of the family and throws a little on the floor and into every corner of the room. His hostess reciprocates by throwing a little wheat on him. The visitor then goes over to the fire, takes a poker or shovel and strikes the burning log. As the sparks fly from the log, he says: “For as many sparks as come out of you, let there be as many oxen, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and beehives.” Then he kneels and kisses the projecting part of the log, and

A Christmas wish list for the minister An open letter to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz As I may not be able to attend your riding Christmas party, I would like you to consider this wish list: 1. A domestic low-level presence (LLP) seed policy — even the “Greens” want this very important seed law passed! 2. A good judiciary panel to put teeth into the Fair Rail Freight Service Act. 3. Federal forage breeders hired to replace those near retire-

From about the fourth century of the Christian era, Christmas has been observed as the birthday of the Christ. But as a human holiday, it goes back into the darkness of antiquity.

the members of the family kiss each other over it. Wheat, cattle, horses, pigs, logs — can you imagine prosperity centring on these things for city men? Certainly not, and yet go far enough back and you will come to the time when they were the only evidence of wealth, and when men in those times wished each other good luck and prosperity, they visualized it all in terms of the farm. There you have, in survival, the beginning of the Christmas feast — in the worship of the

sun, the clouds and the wind — gratitude for the good received, prayers for the continuation of it. And with it, the spirit of humanity. Ma n c a n n o t c e l e b ra t e a feast alone; he must join with his fellows in a communion of joy and hope. That is the lesson which Christmas has carried through the ages, a lesson strengthened immeasurably by the addition of the magnificent message 2,000 years ago, “peace on earth, goodwill among men.”

ment — even under UPOV ’91 there will still be a poor profit potential for private breeders in many areas of pure or applied breeding research. 4. Brown root rot- and floodtolerant alfalfa cultivars — with RNAi technology most anything is possible. 5. Ag research investment to help all of society — maybe one day our grandkids could safely swim in Lake Winnipeg in August. 6. The Weeds Act was last modernized in the 1930s — just get ’er done (I think we have a herbicide to control wild mustard now). 7. Private seed labs in Canada

are already the finest in the world. Why should they be held to a higher standard than ISTA? 8. Do not allow Roundup Ready alfalfa in Western Canada until the EU has LLP laws passed (maybe some horse trading in the CETA agreement is in order?). 9. With the Prairie climate being extremely variable we need to self-insure with good drainage infrastructure. Partnering with lower levels of government now will save millions in crop insurance payouts later. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas break. Paul Gregory Interlake Forage Seeds Ltd., Fisher Branch


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Hog Days organizer Rhonda Coupland estimated attendance at the free event was up around 25 per cent over last year. She credited renewed optimism in the pork sector for bringing in up to 500 visitors this year, along with a switch from a two-day event to just one day. “It’s the best turnout we’ve ever had,” said Coupland. Wayne Kelly, a research associate at Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute, gave a presentation on how Internet-based social media can be used to influence public perception. With people aged 18-34 spending more time watching YouTube videos than cable TV, and 23 per cent of Facebook users checking their status up to five times per day, the tidal wave of new information sources presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the livestock industry. The numbers are staggering, he said. Six billion hours of video is added to YouTube every month, and 8,000 new photos are posted on Instagram every

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second, which means that Internet-based media is rapidly becoming the “go to” place for information. On Pinterest, a recipeswapping site used mainly by women, a key word search for “Manitoba Pork” brought up not just the pork council’s latest promotional video and hundreds of recipes, but also a clip of hidden camera footage shot by an undercover animal rights activist working for Mercy For Animals. “ T h a t ’s t h e p r o b l e m . Anybody can set up an account on any social media site and say whatever they want. They can absolutely dictate the content about a product, a place, person, or issue,” said Kelly. Peters recognized that bad publicity for the pork industry is especially problematic on social media sites. In response, the industry encourages pork producers and their supporters to do their part in countering the negative images with their side of the story. “It seems like it’s easy to pick on the hog industry. But hope-

“We’re still finishing off pigs that we put $7 corn into, but the future certainly looks bright.”


fully, positive actions and positive responses will endure,” said Peters. The bottom line, however, is that pork is a popular meat that remains an affordable alternative for families. “Everybody loves hotdogs, and they put bacon on everything,” he said, with a laugh. In the annual hog carcass quality competition, an entry from Spring Valley Colony took home first prize, with Barrickman, Rolling Acres, and New Haven colonies taking honours for second, third, and fourth place, respectively.

In the annual hog carcass quality competition, an entry from Spring Valley Colony took home first prize.


by four wester n Canadian farmers in February 2012, with the Friends of the Candian W h e a t B o a r d ’s ( F C W B ) backing. But Tremblay-Lamer ruled the plaintiff farmers — Harold Bell of Fort St. John, B.C., Andrew Dennis of Brookdale, Man., Nathan Macklin o f D e B o l t , A l t a . , a n d Ia n McCreary of Bladworth, Sask., — could still sue the government based on their allegations it mismanaged farmer money by using it to help the board become the CWB. The transition began in late 2011 with the passing of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, which eliminated the wheat’s sales monopoly Aug. 1, 2012. Tremblay-Lamer wrote government lawyers presented “no arguments… to demonstrate that the claims are untrue or could not succeed at trial.” She directed the farmers and their lawyers to “serve and file a revised statement of claim consistent with these reasons.” St e w a r t We l l s, a f o r m e r wheat board director and chair of the FCWB said the farmers are considering whether to appeal. If they do, they will emphasize that since almost all the money earned by the wheat board came from the sale of farmers’ grain, farmers have a right to the wheat board’s assets. “This is the legislated theft of farm-paid assets,” he said of the ruling. “The minister (of agriculture Gerry Ritz) might think this suit is frivolous and gloat but farmers know who paid for those assets and who were disenfranchised when they weren’t allowed to vote (on the future of the wheat board).” “These assets exist now and the government has in effect taken them for Mr. Ritz’s grain company,” said Anders Bruun, one of the lawyers representing the farmers. “It’s not as if

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people are chasing after some imaginary gain. They’re looking for the recovery of the real assets that they paid for.” They include money in the wheat board’s contingency fund as well as the board’s Winnipeg office building, rail cars and two new lake ships. a By l a w, t h e C W B m u s t either privatize or wind down operations. CWB management is working towards the former. Wells fears the wheat board’s assets will end up enriching a merger partner or buyer. “Justice is currently not being served by this narrow, legal definition,” he said. Had something similar occurred to an American or Mexican grain company operating in Canada, its owners would be entitled compensation under ter ms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Wells said. There’s something wrong when foreign multinationals can g e t b e t t e r t re a t m e n t t h a n Canadian farmers, he added. T h e f e d e ra l g ov e r n m e n t cannot take private property without compensating the owner unless a statute clearly provides otherwise, TremblayLamer wrote. But the farmers did not establish “a de facto taking” that would involve compensation, she added. Since an earlier court case determined the government acted lawfully in ending the board’s monopoly... “there has been no deprivation of property.” Tre m b l a y- L a m e r’s r u l i n g also shot down the farmers’ claim of a “breach of trust” by the federal government. The government’s previous regulation of the grain sector, she wrote, could not be taken to imply a fiduciary duty to Prairie grain farmers. The government, she wrote, is “balancing competing interests” in regulating grain and noted there were farmers in favour and opposed to an open market. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was pleased with the decision. “Our government is pleased with this decision that underscored the right of western Canadian wheat and barley farmers to market their own grain,” Ritz said in a release. “While courts continue to strike down these frivolous lawsuits, the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of western grain farmers have embraced marketing freedom and are capitalizing on new economic opportunities that were impossible under the old single desk.” The lawsuit was not frivolous, nor did the courts find it so, Bruun said. “It’s surprising to me the minister is as cocky as he is,” he said, noting that many farmers who supported an open market agree the board’s assets belong to farmers. “These are real assets worth real money and they’ve been paid for by farmers and Ritz is calling their request for repayment of that money frivolous? That’s too much.” with files from Dave Bedard

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Monsanto, Novozymes creating BioAg Alliance The new partnership will focus on developing biological products to boost crop yields By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF


onsanto and Novozymes are partnering to develop and commercialize biological products to boost worldwide crop production, company officials announced during a telephone news conference Dec. 10. Their new “BioAg Alliance” br ings Novozymes’ commercial BioAg operations, including microbial discovery, development and production together with Monsanto’s microbial discovery, advanced biology, field testing and commercial capabilities, the companies said. Microbial-based products are derived from naturally occurring micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi. They can protect crops from pests and enhance

plant productivity and fertility, the companies said. Biological-based products can also get to market faster than more heavily regulated traditional chemical-based pesticides. “(M)icrobial solutions offer tremendous potential to deliver sustainable, cost-effective solutions that can increase yield using less inputs,” the companies said. Monsanto is well known for its seed business and its popular non-selective herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate). Novozymes is a major player in biological products, including JumpStart, an inoculant that grows along the root, making more phosphate available to the plant. Biological products will play an important role in an integrated approach to boosting

crop production along with plant breeding, biotechnology, chemicals and agronomics, Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robb Fraley told reporters. Weeds and other pest are evolving and climate change is also expected to affect crop production, he said. “I think for me it really points to the importance of having multiple new tools in the challenge of controlling new bugs and weeds,” he said.

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Monsanto is already working on “BioDirect,” a new approach to killing herbicide-tolerant weeds using RNAi technology — the “i” stands for “interference.” It makes herbicide-tolerant weeds susceptible to the herbicides they had been able to survive, Fraley said.

“It restores the effectiveness of a number of herbicides, including Roundup, the ALS-type chemistries and the HPDP-type chemistries,” he said. “There is a lot of innovation possible in the genomics and microbials space,” Fraley said. “Again, we’re really excited about how these new tools can be applied, to both let us test and characterize and produce and target fields with exactly the right products.” Western Canadian farmers will be getting some of the alliance’s new products, especially with corn and soybean acres expanding, said Trevor Thiessen, Novozymes vice-president and head of BioAg. “It is an important area for our research and development program today and we anticipate that we will be going forward with those crops grown in West-


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CN a bit under, CP a bit over revenue cap in 2012-13 KAP’s Doug Chorney says it shows the railways aren’t competing to transport grain By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


N Rail was $6.3 million under its statutory revenue cap for shipping western Canadian grain to export terminals in the 2012-13 crop year but CP Rail exceeded its limit by $177,961, the Canadian Transportation Agency said in a news release Dec. 16. Under the Canadian Transportation Act, the railways must remit excess revenues, plus a five per cent penalty, to the Western Grains Research Foundation, which benefits farmers through research. It is a small discrepancy, given under the transportation act CN and CP were allowed to earn almost $564 million and $544 million, respectively. But it also underscores a long-standing complaint that the railways don’t compete for grain traffic. Economic theory holds that in a competitive market rail earnings would be well under the so-called revenue cap, introduced through federal legislation in 2000 as a form of “economic regulation” so the railways can’t charge what the market will bear. “Year after year we see the railways compete to be as close to the revenue cap as possible rather than compete to provide service at lower prices that you’d expect in a competitive market,” Doug Chorney, president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers said in reaction to the news. The railways are free to set their freight rates, which gives them the flexibility to encourage more efficient grain movement through reduced rates. The cap also guarantees the railways a return on investment. That’s why the GTA calls it as a “revenue entitlement.” The revenue cap is adjusted for volume so there’s no limit on how much grain the railways can move. It’s also adjusted for inflation reflecting increases in expenses such as fuel. Although grain companies pay the railways to transport grain, most of the cost is passed back to farmers through deductions when they deliver to an elevator. Western Canadian farmers paid Canada’s two railways $1.1 billion to move their crops to export in the 2012-13 crop year. That works out to an average of $34.81 a tonne on CN lines — 40 cents a tonne under the cap and average of $33.99 a tonne on CP lines — two cents a tonne over the cap. The weighted average for both railways was $33.19 a tonne. While that is two cents a tonne under the cap, it’s 8.4 per cent more than the railways earned per tonne the previous crop year — a year in which both CN and CP exceeded the cap by $240,185 and $400,132, respectively. During the 2012-13 crop year the railways moved 32.4 million tonnes, down slightly from the 33.1 million tonnes moved the crop year before. CN hauled almost 16 million tonnes, while CP moved 16.4 million. Many farm groups, including KAP, have long called for a review of how much it costs the railways to haul grain, and if warranted, adjusting the formula used to set the revenue cap. It’s suspected the railways are

more efficient now than when the formula was devised, resulting in farmers overpaying for grain shipping.

But some in the grain industry note grain is the only commodity to enjoy the protection of a cap. That’s led some to suspect,

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including Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, that if the cap were eliminated farmers would get better rail service. “I don’t think that would happen,” Chorney said. “We see other rail shippers suffering with poor service too.” The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) is also skeptical. “I think removing the revenue

Per tonne

cap is a very risky proposition because when we look at other industries that don’t have a revenue cap (and) they’re negotiating with the railways to get good rates and to get better service. We’re negotiating with the railways to get better service,” WGEA executive director Wade Sobkowich said in an interview last month.

“Year after year we see the railways compete to be as close to the revenue cap as possible rather than compete to provide service at lower prices that you’d expect in a competitive market.”

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LIVESTOCK MARKETS Cattle Prices Winnipeg

December 13, 2013

Cold weather blunts activity at auction markets

Steers & Heifers — D1, 2 Cows 60.00 - 67.00 D3 Cows 57.00 - 64.00 Bulls 78.00 - 83.00 Feeder Cattle (Price ranges for feeders refer to top-quality animals only) Steers (901+ lbs.) 127.00 - 138.00 (801-900 lbs.) 140.00 - 152.50 (701-800 lbs.) 148.00 - 158.00 (601-700 lbs.) 155.00 - 166.50 (501-600 lbs.) 160.00 - 188.00 (401-500 lbs.) 175.00 - 203.00 Heifers (901+ lbs.) 115.00 - 134.00 (801-900 lbs.) 125.00 - 137.00 (701-800 lbs.) 133.00 - 146.00 (601-700 lbs.) 142.00 - 157.00 (501-600 lbs.) 150.00 - 162.00 (401-500 lbs.) 155.00 - 170.00


Alberta South 128.00 — 66.00 - 76.00 60.00 - 70.00 80.00 $ 132.00 - 146.00 138.00 - 154.00 143.00 - 158.00 146.00 - 165.00 157.00 - 177.00 170.00 - 190.00 $ 120.00 - 134.00 124.00 - 135.00 127.00 - 140.00 130.00 - 147.00 135.00 - 154.00 142.00 - 161.00

($/cwt) (1,000+ lbs.) (850+ lbs.)

Futures (December 13, 2013) in U.S. Fed Cattle Close Change December 2013 132.25 0.60 February 2014 133.10 0.20 April 2014 134.12 0.37 June 2014 129.05 0.78 August 2014 127.82 1.12 October 2014 129.90 1.00 Cattle Slaughter Canada East West Manitoba U.S.

Feeder Cattle January 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 August 2014 September 2014

A weaker loonie and cheaper feed boost cattle values


Close 167.07 166.55 167.37 168.20 168.77 168.05

Change 2.95 2.13 2.07 2.30 1.90 1.55

Cattle Grades (Canada) Previous Year­ 45,919 13,275 32,644 NA 641,000

Week Ending December 7, 2013 721 22,205 14,804 620 868 10,126 23

Prime AAA AA A B D E

Previous Year 504 20,381 14,852 1,081 710 11,596 35

Hog Prices Source: Manitoba Agriculture

(Friday to Thursday) ($/100 kg) E - Estimation MB. ($/hog) MB. (All wts.) (Fri-Thurs.) MB. (Index 100) (Fri-Thurs.) ON (Index 100) (Mon.-Thurs.) P.Q. (Index 100) (Mon.-Fri.)

Current Week 166.00 E 155.00 E 156.26 160.10

Futures (December 13, 2013) in U.S. Hogs December 2013 February 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014

Last Week 168.12 157.33 159.08 160.30

Close 81.32 88.00 91.95 98.30 99.80

“Towards the end of January and February there will be decent numbers... But after that, it’ll probably taper off.”

Brandon Logan

Ontario $ 99.09 - 135.19 113.54 - 134.07 52.28 - 77.39 52.28 - 77.39 68.04 - 88.97 $ 142.31 - 163.78 135.03 - 166.21 130.58 - 167.18 137.12 - 176.14 141.72 - 186.35 140.98 - 194.75 $ 123.88 - 142.63 120.41 - 144.22 116.08 - 141.72 112.72 - 147.74 128.22 - 159.88 132.85 - 169.00


(901+ lbs.) (801-900 lbs.) (701-800 lbs.) (601-700 lbs.) (501-600 lbs.) (401-500 lbs.) (901+ lbs.) (801-900 lbs.) (701-800 lbs.) (601-700 lbs.) (501-600 lbs.) (401-500 lbs.)

Week Ending December 7, 2013 50,164 14,451 35,713 NA 629,000

$1 Cdn: $ .9438 U.S. $1 U.S: $1.0595 Cdn.


(Friday to Thursday) Slaughter Cattle

Slaughter Cattle Grade A Steers Grade A Heifers D1, 2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls Steers

EXCHANGES: December 13, 2013

Last Year (Index 100) 159.91 149.25 149.82 156.92

Change -1.20 -0.67 -0.20 0.20 0.30


anitoba’s auction yards were busy once again during the week ended Dec. 13, but numbers have slightly tapered off the past few weeks due to the extremely cold weather, and are expected to further decline during the final auctions before Christmas. “It was very strong again this week,” said Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Brandon. “The numbers are staying good, but we were a little lighter this week due to the cold on Monday. But besides that, numbers are decent. “I think next week the numbers will be lighter for sure as we get closer to Christmas and the new year.” However, once the holiday break is over, volumes are expected to pick up again for the early part of 2014. “Towards the end of January and February there will be decent numbers,” Cleaver said. “But after that, it’ll probably taper off.” Buyers this week were from the usual spots, with U.S. interest continuing to be strong due to a very weak Canadian dollar, he said. “We had buyers from the East, West, South and locally too,” Cleaver said, adding that poor value in the loonie is making the butcher market more favourable for U.S. buyers. “It’s keeping the butcher cows, ageverified cows and feeder cows fairly strong (in price).” At the start of the week, the Canadian dollar was valued at US93.84 cents, before closing the week slightly stronger at 94.38. In terms of prices, he said feeder and butcher prices were fairly steady during the week and should remain that way going into the new year. “Feeders were fully steady to maybe a little stronger on some classes, while the butchers were fully strong,” Cleaver said. “It looks promising going into the new year. I think prices should remain fairly strong with the low grains prices.”

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Low grain prices seen in the second half of 2013 were due to extremely large harvests seen in the U.S. and Canada. Ba r l e y p r i c e s d ro p p e d s i g n i f i c a n t l y throughout harvest, as Statistics Canada has pegged 2013-14 production at 10.237 million tonnes, which would be over two million higher than 2012-13 production. Feed wheat prices have also declined, as StatsCan has all-wheat production at 37.53 million tonnes, which would be a Canadian record and over 10 million larger than the previous year’s crop. Current prices are very good for producers, a far cry from prices seen earlier in 2013, Cleaver added. “Towards the end of this year, all the prices got to be better (due) in part to fewer cattle and low grain prices,” he said. “However, earlier in the year, they were surely no good.” Brandon Logan writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

Other Market Prices Sheep and Lambs $/cwt Ewes Choice Lambs (110+ lb.) (95 - 109 lb.) (80 - 94 lb.) (Under 80 lb.) (New crop)

Winnipeg (head) (wooled fats) — Next sale is Dec. 18 —

Chickens Minimum broiler prices as of May 23, 2010 Under 1.2 kg................................... $1.5130 1.2 - 1.65 kg.................................... $1.3230 1.65 - 2.1 kg.................................... $1.3830 2.1 - 2.6 kg...................................... $1.3230

Turkeys Minimum prices as of December 15, 2013 Broiler Turkeys (6.2 kg or under, live weight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.910 Undergrade .............................. $1.820 Hen Turkeys (between 6.2 and 8.5 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.895 Undergrade .............................. $1.795 Light Tom/Heavy Hen Turkeys (between 8.5 and 10.8 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.895 Undergrade .............................. $1.795 Tom Turkeys (10.8 and 13.3 kg, live weight truck load average) Grade A..................................... $1.810 Undergrade............................... $1.725 Prices are quoted f.o.b. farm.

Toronto 73.52 - 94.11 107.86 - 152.69 156.06 - 173.56 155.01 - 177.29 132.38 - 255.83 —

SunGold Specialty Meats 15.00

Eggs Minimum prices to producers for ungraded eggs, f.o.b. egg grading station, set by the Manitoba Egg Producers Marketing Board effective June 12, 2011. New Previous A Extra Large $1.8500 $1.8200 A Large 1.8500 1.8200 A Medium 1.6700 1.6400 A Small 1.2500 1.2200 A Pee Wee 0.3675 0.3675 Nest Run 24 + 1.7490 1.7210 B 0.45 0.45 C 0.15 0.15

Goats Kids Billys Mature

Winnipeg (head) (Fats) — — —

Toronto ($/cwt) 94.19 - 237.42 — 91.73 - 200.63

Horses <1,000 lbs. 1,000 lbs.+

Winnipeg ($/cwt) — —

Toronto ($/cwt) 14.33 - 32.11 21.63 - 38.06


U.S. FDA to phase out some antibiotic use in animal production reuters / U.S. regulators announced new guidelines that call on global pharmaceutical companies to phase out the use of some antibiotics meant to enhance growth in animals used for food. In guidance issued on Dec. 11, the Food and Drug Administration asked

global drugmakers and animal health companies to voluntarily revise labels of medically important antibiotics to remove references to use in animal production. Critics said the voluntary guidelines give drugmakers too much discretion in policing their own use of antibiotics. “Our fear... is that there will be no reduction in antibiotic use as companies will either ignore the plan altogether or simply switch from using antibiot-

ics for routine growth promotion to using the same a n t i b i o t i c s f o r ro u t i n e disease prevention,” said Steven Roach, senior analyst with advocacy group Keep Antibiotics Working. Deputy FDA commissioner Michael Taylor said the FDA would be able to take regulatory action against companies that fail to comply. The FDA’s “final guidance,” also brings the drugs under oversight of veterinarians by changing the over-the-counter status of the products.

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GRAIN MARKETS Export and International Prices


Bears beat down bulls on canola contract values CNSC


CE Futures Canada canola contracts moved to fresh contract lows for the second straight week during the week of Dec. 9 to 13. Nearby contracts lost more than $30 per tonne, as there were more bearish than bullish factors pressuring the market. The January contract broke just below the key technical level of $440 per tonne on Dec. 13. The surprisingly large 18-million-tonne Canadian canola crop continued to overhang the market, as did logistical issues and expectations of a larger than three-million-tonne carry-out this year. Chart-based selling as futures broke through key levels of support added to the bearish tone, as did a technical bias that is now pointed to the downside. Speculative-based long liquidation ahead of the new year was also a noted feature. A slew of “panic” selling from farmers, who are worried prices are going to keep tumbling lower, further weighed on canola values. The losses in canola were also linked to spillover pressure from the weakness in outside oilseed markets, though the futures were said to be somewhat divorcing themselves from Chicago soybeans and trading on their own bearish fundamentals. The canola market continues to be pointed lower, with large losses still possible before finding a true bottom. More speculative selling could build on itself if the January contract continues to settle below the $440-per-tonne level. There will likely be corrective bounces here and there going forward. But any bounce will be seen as a good selling opportunity, which will curb the advances. Chicago soybean futures were holding steady during the week. A positive U.S. Department of Agriculture report helped to support prices. USDA estimated 2013-14 domestic soybean stocks at 150 million bushels, down from prereport expectations of 153 million and its last estimate of 170 million. Strong export demand, as the U.S. is one of the only places with readily available supplies, was also bullish. If export demand stays strong, nearby soybean prices could still move higher going forward. Record-large global supply expectations, however, due to large crops out of the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay were bearish and could continue

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to put downward pressure on prices going forward. Traders are also worried China may start to cancel some previously purchased tenders of U.S. soybeans, though no cancellations were reported as of Dec. 13. Worries about Chinese purchase cancellations were also noted in the CBOT corn futures, and helped to bring prices to lower ground. China was rejecting shipments containing non-approved GMO corn from the U.S. during the week, which sparked fears that they may also cancel purchases of dried distillers grains (DDGS) from the country. Another bearish feature was the news that the U.S. government is thinking about eliminating the ethanol mandate. For now, however, ethanol demand in the U.S. is strong, which helped to limit the losses, as did good buying interest from exporters. Going forward, corn prices should avoid dipping too low as long as the demand remains strong. USDA increased its estimates for corn exports and domestic ethanol usage in its December crop report, and it’s expected they will only get bigger in upcoming data.

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Special Crops Report for December 16, 2013 — Bin run delivered plant Saskatchewan Spot Market

Lentils (Cdn. cents per pound)

Other (Cdn. cents per pound unless otherwise specified)

Large Green 15/64

22.00 - 23.00


Laird No. 1

19.50 - 22.00

Oil Sunflower Seed

Eston No. 2

14.00 - 17.75

Desi Chickpeas

Kansas City, Chicago and Minneapolis wheat futures moved sharply lower during the week, as the large global supply situation continued to weigh on values. USDA unexpectedly increased its global ending stocks figure in its Dec. 10 report, with the reasoning being larger world production. U.S. ending stocks were also upped due to an expected increase in imports from Canada. The government agency estimated global ending stocks for 2013-14 would total 182.8 million tonnes, up from its previous estimate of 178.5 million.

— 20.90 - 22.00

Beans (Cdn. cents per pound)

Green No. 1

Fababeans, large

Feed beans

11.30 - 12.50

Medium Yellow No. 1

6.05 - 6.85

Feed Pea (Rail)

No. 1 Navy/Pea Beans

5.00 - 5.50

44.00 - 44.00

No. 1 Great Northern

60.00 - 60.00

Mustardseed (Cdn. cents per pound)

No. 1 Cranberry Beans

64.00 - 64.00

Yellow No. 1

37.75 - 38.75

No. 1 Light Red Kidney

55.00 - 55.00

Brown No. 1

35.75 - 37.75

No. 1 Dark Red Kidney

60.00 - 60.00

Oriental No. 1

27.30 - 28.75

No. 1 Black Beans

38.00 - 38.00

No. 1 Pinto Beans

35.00 - 36.00

No. 1 Small Red Source: Stat Publishing

No. 1 Pink


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23.00 - 23.75

Field Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

Feed Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

Stocks weigh on wheat

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Confection Source: National Sunflower Association

Beijing’s GMO corn scrutiny due to domestic supply glut Cheap imports are hurting China’s ability to support prices for farmers By David Stanway and Dominique Patton beijing / reuters


hina’s strict checks for an unapproved strain of GMO corn in cargoes from the United States are likely to continue until early next year as Beijing seeks to curb cheap imports and support domestic corn prices, industry sources said on Dec. 13. China has rejected only a small number of cargoes of U.S. corn but that has been enough to disrupt the flow of imports from the world’s largest exporter. Traders, concerned that their

cargoes will be rejected, are already scrambling to redirect shipments to countries that will not turn them away. China has rejected four bulk cargoes and some containers from the United States in the past five weeks and local quarantine authorities are stepping up testing for MIR 162, a genetically modified strain of corn developed by Syngenta AG. “The reason (for the rejection) is pretty simple. China has had such a large crop and the government is stockpiling in the northeast to try to support domestic prices,” said an

industry source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue. China stockpiles a wide range of agricultural commodities from cotton to grains to help support market prices and ensure returns for farmers. Two industry sources said grain officials at a meeting in November urged authorities to “take measures” to counter imports being driven by U.S. prices that are 20 per cent cheaper than domestic prices. A record U.S. corn harvest this year has pushed the Chicago Board of Trade

price to a three-year low, triggering strong purchases by Chinese buyers in October. But China’s corn output is also set to hit a record in 2013-14 at 217.7 million tonnes, beating expectations and surpassing estimated consumption of 197 million tonnes, the China National Grain and Oils Information Centre (CNGOIC) said. Some analysts expect Beijing to stockpile more than 40 million tonnes of corn from this year’s harvest, on top of 30 million tonnes stockpiled last year that could not be sold.


The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013


Manitoba still lacking regulation when it comes to antibiotic use Despite repeated calls for action on growing antimicrobial resistance, the status quo remains By Shannon VanRaes CO-OPERATOR STAFF


heir misuse has the power to render the most powerful tools in modern medicine impotent, yet in Manitoba there is more regulation around the sale of pesticides than antimicrobials used in livestock production. Mounting evidence points to an increase in antimicrobialresistant diseases worldwide, and a research paper published recently in The Lancet calls for greater political oversight, as well as more judicious use of antibiotics in human medicine and animal agriculture. But government action has been slow or non-existent. “We’ve been actively lobbying the provincial government to get some controls over antibiotics, how they’re distributed, making sure that when they’re dispensed, that they’re dispensed with some appropriate advice to the producer,” said Wayne Tomlinson, president of the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. “This is such a multi-layered issue, you’ve got the federal jurisdiction, you’ve got provincial jurisdiction, you’ve got the international community dealing with this, it’s a huge issue.”

Call for improvement

Nearly two years ago, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s then chief veterinary officer Brian Evans, made an impassioned call to improve usage of antimicrobials to avoid the development of resistant organisms and keep antibiotics in the disease-fighting tool box. In 2011, the World Health Organization warned that civilization is on the cusp of losing its “miracle cures” to the development and spread of drugresistant diseases, while the World Organization for Animal Health identified antimicrobial resistance as its top priority in 2012.

But governments, including Manitoba’s, have not moved forward with new regulations. Currently, Manitoba Agric u l t u r e , Fo o d a n d R u r a l Development does not track antimicrobial resistance in the province, nor does Manitoba Health, although some human p a t h o g e n s a re re p o r t a b l e if found to be drug resistant, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus. The federal government does monitor antimicrobial resistance, but it does not control production, distribution or use of veterinary drugs in Canada; that role belongs to the provinces.

More regulation

Tomlinson said he would like to see regulation in Manitoba around veterinary antibiotics that is similar to the pesticide licence. “Where we can make sure that the people who are dispensing pharmaceuticals have some training, so that they can help guide the people who are using them,” said the veterinarian. But he doesn’t believe a nationwide regulatory system is the way to go, preferring to focus on awareness and education for producers. “ We’v e b e e n p r o m o t i n g evidence-based usage of antibiotics,” he said. “So let’s use the right antibiotic at the right dose, at the right time.” Glenn Duizer, an animal health veterinarian with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) agrees that education is key for producers and veterinarians when it comes to stymieing antimicrobial resistance. “We haven’t changed anything from the regulatory side, but we are certainly continuing on with the education and awareness program,” he said, adding producers also have on-farm food safety programs, and veterinary advice to guide them in the responsible use of

“We haven’t changed anything from the regulatory side, but we are certainly continuing on with the education and awareness program.” GLENN DUIZER MAFRD

antibiotics and other antimicrobials. But the 26 researchers who authored the recent The Lancet article — titled “Antibiotic Resistance: the need for global solutions” — go further, calling for the banning of non-prescription antibiotic sales, and the curbing of non-therapeutic antibiotic use in animal agriculture.

Bad rap

To m l i n s o n s a i d t h a t t h e amount of antibiotics used at sub-therapeutic levels has decreased greatly in recent years adding that human medicine is still responsible for the bulk of antibiotic-resistant organisms. “I think our livestock producers are getting a bit of a bad rap here,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that we can’t improve and certainly, we are trying to make headway in making improvements in our management systems so we reduce our reliance on antibiotics, through proper nutr ition, through proper ventilation and through proper housing. We’re making tweaks to reduce our need for antibiotics.” Lead author of The Lancet piece, Professor Otto Cars, of Uppsala University in Sweden and ReAct Action on Antibiotic Resistance, notes that finger pointing has been an issue when it comes to finding solutions.

A worker collecting cucumbers inside a greenhouse in La Mojonera, southeastern Spain, June 2, 2011. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant E.coli contaminated vegetables in Europe that year, killing 17 and sickening more than 1,500 in 10 European countries. Antibiotic-resistant bugs are linked to overuse of antibiotics in human medicine and agriculture. PHOTO: REUTERS/FRANCISCO BONILLA

“We need to move on from ‘blaming and shaming’ among the many stakeholders who have all contributed to the problem, towards concrete political action and commitment to address this threat,” he said in an excerpt from the article. But even if calls to action haven’t resulted in sweeping reforms, they have resulted in a greater awareness among producers about the issues surrounding antimicrobial resist-

ance and responsible antibiotic use. “I think it’s slow, but we’re seeing producers who are more and more concerned about it, I think that producers are realizing that it’s no longer just about residue... that it’s moved beyond just a food safety concern, that resistance is applicable to all of us, from animals to people, to the environment,” Duizer said.

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Saskatchewan privatizes brand inspection


An advisory committee recommended a new industry-led approach to inspection services Staff


ivestock industry associations in Saskatchewan have banded together u n d e r a n e w c o r p o ra t i o n designed to deliver livestock brand inspection services in the province. T h e p r ov i n c e’s a g r i c u l ture minister, Lyle Stewart, announced the formation of Livestock Services of Saskatchewan (LSS) Corp. Dec. 12. The corporation is a non-profit corporation and is owned and operated by the five main livestock producer groups requiring inspection services: the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association, Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan. “The advisory committee we appointed to examine industryled delivery options for brand inspection has recommended this approach following thorough analysis and consultation,” Stewart said in a release. “This is an important service and, as producers and industry are the primary users of brand inspection, it makes sense to transfer it to livestock organizations.” Livestock brand inspection services, which ensure animals offered for sale are rightfully owned and verified through a brand registry, have traditionally been provided in Saskatchewan through Ministry of Agriculture livestock inspectors. This government role was unique; no other agricultural commodity purchased or sold in Saskatchewan has a government service verifying ownership. Both Alberta and British Columbia have industry-delivered livestock brand inspection. Manitoba has no brand inspection. “Livestock Services of Saskatchewan Corp. will be carrying on this important function on a go-forward basis and our members are fully supportive of the new venture,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chair Mark Elford said in a release. The Saskatchewan government will continue to be responsible for legislation governing livestock inspection. The authority to carry out the duties of the legislation will be transferred to LSS Corp. on January 1, 2014. Ministry staff responsible for livestock inspection services will also move to the new organization.

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High quality of butcher lambs at Dec. 4 sale A herd dispersal of quality ewes helped boost the number sheep on offer By Mark Elliot CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR


he Winnipeg Livestock Auction received 830 sheep and goats on Dec. 4. A herd dispersal of quality ewes and goats was delivered for serious producers to increase and improve their herds. The quality of the herd-dispersal ewes showed some influence on the other ewes delivered for this sale. The dispersal ewes were reasonably divided for bidding and allowing producers to take advantage of these quality ewes. The two groups of 150-lb. ewes brought $115 ($0.75 per lb.). A group of 157-lb. ewes brought $102.50 ($0.65 per lb.). A group of 160-lb. ewes brought $102.50 ($0.64 per lb.). Buyers did not show the same interest in the ewes as in the last sale. The two rams from the herd dispersal led the high bidding based upon the quality. There was no price distinction between the other rams based on wool or hair. The other rams kept similar strong bidding as the last sale. The price ranged from $0.60 to $0.73 per lb. for the rams. The heavyweight lambs were only represented by the 135lb. Rideau-cross lamb which brought $162 ($1.20 per lb.) and a 130-lb. Suffolk-cross lamb which brought $136.50 ($1.05 per lb.). Quality of the lambs was noticeable compared to the last sale. The buyers expressed their appreciation on the quality of the market lambs. The price bidding had increased due to the extra effort by the producers on the final lamb product. The price ranged from $1.31 to $1.40 per lb. The strong bidding continued for the feeder lambs. The wellfinished lambs brought a price range from $1.27 to $1.39 per lb. The feeder lambs dominated this sale. There appeared no price distinction between wool and hair lambs. The interest and demand for the lightweight lambs continued with similar prices for lambs in the 70-plus weights. There was no distinction between wool and hair lambs for this sale. The price ranged from $1.24 to $1.40 per lb. Lambs in lower weights did nor receive the high bids. Lambs in the 60-plus weights had a price range from $1.175 to $1.25 per lb. An exception was a group of four 66-lb. Dorper-cross lambs which brought $91.08 ($1.38 per lb.). Lambs in the 50-plus weights had lower prices for this sale. The price ranged from $1.05 to $1.225 per lb. Two 45-lb. Rideau-cross lambs brought $40.50 ($0.90 per lb.). A 40-lb. Cheviot-cross lamb brought $36 ($0.90 per lb.). Eight 38-lb. Dorper-cross lambs brought $26.60 ($0.70 per lb.). The herd dispersal of goats drew buyers for quality animals. The Boer-cross goats set the quality level. The younger goat does developed the high price bidding. The Boer-cross does led the price range compared to the Alpine-cross does. An 80-lb. Boer-cross doe brought $1.63 per lb., while an 80-lb. Alpine-cross doe brought $1.03 per lb. The lightweight Boer-cross bucks brought a high price. The 95-lb. Boer-cross buck brought $1.32 per lb. and the 115-lb. Boer-

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$136.50 / $162.00

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cross buck brought $1.20. The 155-lb. La Mancha-cross buck brought $1.10 per lb. The price for the meat kids remained strong based upon

a limited selection or a high demand. A 70-lb. Alpine-cross kid brought $1.70 per lb. and a 75-lb. Boer-cross wether brought $1.50 per lb.


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Three 60-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $1.98 per lb. and two 65-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $2.03 per lb. Ten 57-lb. Boer-cross bucklings brought $1.88 per lb.

The meat kids of the lighter weights led the price range. Three 47-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $2.08 per lb. The 44-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $2.05 and the La Mancha kids brought $1.60 per lb.

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Cold, warm weather both trying to win out Issued: Monday, December 16, 2013 · Covering: December 18 – December 25, 2013 Daniel Bezte Co-operator contributor


espite fairly weak areas of low pressure affecting our part of the world, last week’s forecast ended up playing out pretty much as expected. The big question now is whether the warmer weather will move in for the Christmas holidays. After a weak area of low pressure brought some light snow to most of southern Manitoba late last weekend, it looks like another weak low will follow a similar path around the middle of this week, bringing another chance for some light snow. This low will be quickly followed by an area of high pressure, but this high is not originating from the high Arctic, so temperatures shouldn’t get too cold. By Friday or Saturday another weak area of low pressure is forecast to rapidly cross southern and central areas, bringing with it a light dusting of snow. This area of low pressure will once again be followed up by a fairly strong area of high pressure. This high will allow temperatures to get fairly cold next weekend, with

highs only expected to be in the -17 to -20 C range and overnight lows in the -26 to -30 C range. The confidence in the weather models starts to drop off as we approach Christmas. They’ve been consistent with bringing a slightly stronger area of low pressure through our region sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but they haven’t been consistent with the track and strength of this system. Let’s just say there will be a fairly good chance of some snow during this period, with a very slight chance of significant amounts. Looking further ahead, the weather models keep trying to bring in warm weather, with a forecast of high temperatures in the -5 to -10 C range for the four to six days following Christmas. With these milder temperatures come the chance for some more snow. Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, -19 to -3 C; lows, -30 to -12 C. Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park. Contact him with your questions and comments at


This issue’s map shows the total amount of snow cover across the Prairies as of Dec. 13. The map was originally created by Environment Canada, but I do a lot of “cleaning up” to make the map easier to read. For this reason some of the data has been lost, so the map should only be used to give a rough idea as to how much snow cover there actually is. Overall, it has been a fairly snowy start to the 2013-14 winter season, with most areas of the Prairies seeing fairly significant snow cover for mid-December.

Cold weather and a curvy jet stream Several spots across the Prairies saw new record lows earlier this month By Daniel Bezte CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR


ver the first half of December the Northern Hemisphere has seen some fairly wild weather. Our part of the world has seen some record cold weather, whereas Alaska and Florida have seen record warmth. Over Europe and the Middle East there have been wild temperature swings and early-winter snows in places that rarely see snow. What has been causing this wild weather? Well, it seems as if the jet stream has been meandering a little more than usual so far this month. What exactly does this mean? The jet stream is a ribbon of high-speed winds that flow eastward across the Northern Hemisphere and form along the boundary between warm air in the south and cold air in the north. As the jet stream flows along it develops waves — that is, the path it takes begins to curve north and south, much like a meandering river. If one of these waves pulls the jet stream north of a location, that region will see warm weather; if the jet stream

While it is not super-unusual to see snow in Jordan, Israel and Egypt, it is unusual to see it this early in the winter.

moves to the south of a location, colder air moves in. In the summer, the jet stream is usually well to the north of our region and we stay mostly on the warm side. In the winter the jet stream sags to the south and we tend to be on the cold side. The waves or meanders in the jet steam do not usually get that large — that is, we don’t see the jet stream going really far north and then diving way south over a short distance. Instead, the meanders tend to cover a fairly large distance, bringing periods of warm or cold weather to a region. This December the jet stream has not been behaving as usual; instead, the meanders have become exaggerated and as a result, there has been some very unusual weather. Let’s start in North America. Earlier this month we saw the jet stream become very exag-

gerated as a strong series of ridges and troughs forced it to climb way north over Alaska, then dive deep into the southcentral U.S. before climbing well to the north over the Atlantic. This brought some of the coldest weather central North America has seen since at least January 2011 for Canada and all the way back to 1990 for regions farther south. Record lows were set in several locations across the Canadian Prairies and the northern U.S. As far as I was able to find, only one location set an all-time record low during the cold snap. Lakeview, Oregon hit -32.8 C on Dec. 8, breaking the previous all-time cold record of -31 C set way back on Jan. 15, 1888. While our region was freezing its butts off, Alaska and the southeastern U.S. were breaking heat records. The north coast of Alaska was particu-

larly warm, with temperatures near +4 C being reported near Prudhoe Bay, with rain falling! This reading may be the warmest temperature ever recorded in December along the Arctic coast of Alaska. Farther south, temperatures also soared, but to a different level. As the jet stream swung north, warm air flooded into the southeastern U.S., pushing temperatures to near 30 C in some places; this came close to or tied some alltime December records. Over Europe a pattern similar to ours developed and brought with it some extreme temperature patterns. In Sweden, temperatures on Dec. 3 were well above freezing, with temperatures in the north-central region being in the +5 C range. By Dec. 9, temperatures had plummeted to near -40 C in this region. But wait, it gets better: by Dec. 11, temperatures soared once again and to new heights, with high temperatures pushing close to +10 C in some regions! This broke several alltime records for December. In Umea, Vasterbotten, the official high was +9.5 C, which broke the all-time December record of +9 C set back in 1932.

This large northward swing in the jet stream meant that it also had to swing way south. This southward dip allowed cold air to pour into the eastern Mediterranean. Snow was reported at low elevations in Jordan, Israel and Egypt. While it is not super-unusual to see snow in these regions, it is unusual to see it this early in the winter. As can be expected nowadays, some of the reports from these regions have been exaggerated. Cairo was reported to have received snow for the first time in 112 years, but weather historian Christopher C. Bert of the Weather Underground points out that no snow actually fell in Cairo; instead, it was small hail, with the Cairo airport reporting rain and an air temperature of +5 C. So, what does this mean for us and the weather for the rest of this winter? Well, the real answer is “Who knows?” If this pattern of unusually large meanders in the jet stream continues, then we should expect these large swings and variations in temperatures to continue — along with the unusual weather that comes with them.


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One U.K.-based researcher believes the real culprit behind colony collapse is inexperience, poor weather, mites and disease — not neonicotinoids




Syngenta bee researcher told the recent GrowCanada conference neonicotinoids are being unfairly blamed for declining bee populations. “The risk to bee populations from neonicotinoids as they are currently used and used according to the label, is low,” Helen Thompson, a Syngenta bee researcher, told attendees. The U.K.-based scientist said studies used in the European Union to justify a two-year ban on the use of neonicotinoids across the continent were based on studies that didn’t replicate the kinds of conditions bees actually encounter in their natural environment. The conditions used in the studies were “very extreme,” Thompson said, adding that in some cases bees were exposed to thousands of times the amount of pesticide contained in actual agricultural products. But a study led by the British researcher and used to oppose the European ban on neonicotinoids has also been called into question. Before joining Syngenta in September of this year, Thompson worked for the U.K. government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). It was there, British publications report, that her study on neonicotinoids and bumblebees drew criticism after control colonies intended to remain pesticide free, were contaminated with the neuro-active insecticide. Syngenta also financed an FERA research project in which Thompson participated, leading some in the British Parliament to question the impartiality of the work. But Thompson doesn’t put much stock in what the media has to say about her research, and believes opinions around the use of pesticides are tied more to perception than science. “I’m certainly one of those people now, who is a little more circumspect when I read the headlines in the press,” she said.

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While acknowledging that some bee populations are experiencing die-offs and colony collapse, Thompson attributed this to — among other things — the now ubiquitous varroa mite and the diseases it brings with it, such as deformed wing virus. “Viruses are a big challenge, and they’ve become an enormous challenge in the presence of varroa,” she said. “So again pesticides, not a major problem.” An influx of inexperienced beekeepers may also be part of the issue, according to the Syngenta researcher. “This is another challenge, how do you train those new beekeepers in good bee health... you need healthy bees, and people cannot just go and buy a colony, put it in the garden and keep bees, it’s a commitment,” she said. Poor weather, with long cold and wet periods, has also affected bee colonies in recent years, Thompson added. Fear of a European-style ban on neonicotinoids has now prompted action by some Canadian farm

groups, including Grain Growers of Canada and the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. “I have been working with my beekeeper neighbours for a number of years now and they have never indicated that neonicotinoids are a problem for their bees,” said Dennis Thiessen, director of the Corn Growers Association. A submission presented to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency by the Grain Growers asserts that a decision to restrict neonicotinoid use in Canada “will majorly impact Canadian farmers’ ability to compete, and, in fact, increase the need for foliar spraying.” Thompson urged Canadian producers to keep fighting against a neonicotinoid ban and make their voices heard. “From a personal perspective, I would say the farmers have no voice... I heard no comments on how this would impact agriculture,” she said.

“I’m certainly one of those people now, who is a little more circumspect when I read the headlines in the press.”





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Propane has been the best-performing part of the barrel this autumn thanks to a record-busting but damp corn harvest across the Midwest United States, which has sent demand from crop dryers soaring. In response, U.S. propane prices have firmed, which should eventually slow the rate of exports and rebuild stocks at home. Price increases have started to ripple out worldwide. Last week, Wyoming became the latest state to declare an emergency due to propane shortages and ease rules restricting deliveries by truck. NYMEX propane futures for December 2013 delivery have risen more than 40 per cent since the beginning of August, while natural gas futures for delivery in January are up just 14 per cent over the same period and crude prices also for January delivery have actually fallen. Propane prices have pulled level with normally more-expensive butane for the first time in over four years. “A record-setting corn harvest is currently underway in the United States,” writes Alex Wood, an analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “Corn must be dried to a 15 per cent moisture content before it can be stored to avoid mould and other quality problems. Because propane is used for crop drying, a wet growing season in the Midwest combined with the largest corn yield in U.S. history has greatly increased the demand for propane,” Wood said on the agency’s website on Dec. 12. “Thus far, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency to allow for more delivery of propane throughout the Midwest.”


The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013

PMRA inaction on generic pesticides costs farmers It takes longer to register generic pesticides in Canada than the U.S. By Alex Binkley

“It makes no sense, PMRA actually conceded that the problems existed, yet nothing has been done to remove them.”



armers are paying inflated pesticide prices because the federal Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency takes far too long to approve generic versions of brand name weed and bug killers, Farmers of North America says. Saskatoon-based FNA says in a statement that a massive price differential exists between pesticide products in Canada and the U.S. because of PMRA inaction. It takes at least two years to bring a generic version to market in Canada after the patent of a brand name product expires, compared to six months in the U.S. “It makes no sense,” says Darren Palendat, crop protection manager with AgraCity Crop & Nutrition, one of the companies that supplies products for FNA members. “PMRA actually conceded that the problems existed, yet nothing has been done to remove them.” In some cases, because of regulatory contradictions and PMRA management, companies are simply throwing up their hands in frustration and walking away from the process, he added. FNA said another of its suppliers has had an application in the process for four years that is still not completed. “PMRA cites policy issues as the reason for the delay,” its release says. The farmers’ buying group and its suppliers have pointed out the problems at PMRA for three years, yet the agency “appears to be no closer to finding solutions” correcting the issues surrounding its Protection of Proprietary Interests in Pesticides regulation, Palendat said.


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The generic companies don’t object to the 10 years of patent protection the brand name companies have to recoup their development costs. They are also entitled “to be fairly paid for relevant and legitimate data” the generics use. The stumbling block for the generic companies is PMRA handed the brand name companies “the tools to control the process,” he added. “These are the very companies that will



he four top negotiators for the new U . S . Fa r m B i l l , a l re a d y a ye a r b e h i n d schedule, said Dec. 10 they would not complete work until January on the legislation to cut food stamps for the poor and expand crop insurance for farmers. After an hour-long meeting, the leaders said the Farm Bill, which covers issues from crop subsidies to far m expor ts and food aid, would not be ready for action before Congress adjourns for the year.a

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do almost anything to keep a generic product out of the market.” In a separate statement, the generic companies said PMRA’s inaction denies “Canadian farmers’ access to an array of generic crop protection products similar to what we find in the U.S. market. Consequently it has become a competitiveness issue for Canadian farmers in U.S. and international markets.” The companies are Mana,

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The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013

Major corporations want freedom and cash If companies don’t regulate themselves and stay ahead of the curb, government will step up and do it for them: Buckner By Shannon VanRaes CO-OPERATOR STAFF / CALGARY


Bill Buckner speaks to attendees at the GrowCanada conference in Calgary about his current role as president of the Oklahoma-based Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. PHOTO: SHANNON VANRAES

sustainable future doesn’t need government intervention, it needs a free market and self-regulated industry, the head of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation told the recent GrowCanada conference. “Give me an open market, free of retaliatory trade restrictions and a predictable regulatory environment to advance technologies, and I’ll find a way to be profitable and do great things at the same time for the environment,” said Bill Buckner, a former Bayer CropScience CEO and past president of CropLife America. Buckner is now president of the Samuel Roberts Noble

Foundation, an Oklahomabased non-profit research and extension institution focusing on farm productivity. “At the end of the day no one wants to see the agricultural producer suffer, hence the development of an old movement, spun in a different way, called free market environmentalism,” Buckner said. Central to the idea of free market environmentalism is that business should be entirely self-regulated, he said, indicating that the interests of business are in tandem with those of environmental protection. But he also added that those pushing for sustainability and environmental protection can’t expect to get all the things they want in one go. It will take time, Buckner said.


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“Farmers and producers, they’re environmentalists too, but yet they have to make a profit at the end of the day,” he said. “The free market concept is that we want you to make a profit, we want to help you make a profit, we’ve got ideas where you can perhaps be better stewards by doing different things and using new technologies and bringing science to another level, so that you can enjoy the free market aspects of it, make money and at the same time do great things for the environment.” Buckner said he doesn’t believe a self-regulated biotechnologies industry would result in the kinds of issues experienced in other once self-regulated industries, like the U.S. mortgage sector. In 2008, a subprime mortgage crisis south of the border, toppled major banks and plunged the U.S. into a deep recession. “That’s a whole different set of circumstances,” Buckner said. He noted the agriculture sector in the United States is heavily regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, describing the relationship as a “good tussle back and forth” at times. However, if business is going to avoid government-imposed regulations, Buckner said it needs to take the lead and selfregulate, something he learned during his time working with companies in Canada. “Given the right business environment, the right people in government, the right communication message and the right industry leadership, they could in fact stay ahead of the regulatory curve and preserve as much freedom to operate while advancing agriculture in a way now known as sustainable,” he said. But while business may not want government regulations, the free market isn’t opposed to government money. Buckner said while major corporations have good intentions, they “can be long on vision but short on cash.” His answer is public-private partnerships. “Today’s agriculture requires more private involvement in order to help reshape the landscape of our public sector,” he said, adding that “purposeful” outcomes need to be the focus of research.

“At the end of the day no one wants to see the agricultural producer suffer, hence the development of an old movement, spun in a different way, called free market environmentalism.” BILL BUCKNER


The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013

Stephen Fox awarded an honorary life membership in seed growers’ association The former Agriculture Canada wheat breeder developed Unity, Kane and Cardale By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


tephen Fox is a canola breeder now, but his success developing new hard red spring wheats for western Canadian farmers was recognized Dec. 11 when the Manitoba Seed Growers Association (MSGA), presented him with an honorary life membership during its annual awards banquet in Winnipeg. Fox, who joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in 2001, commercialized nine wheat cultivars including Kane, Unity and Cardale. In 2012, Manitoba farmers grew almost 400,000 acres of wheats developed by Fox, representing 17 per cent of total hard wheat plantings. “By listening to producers and being cognizant of the issues and concerns of primary producers, Stephen was able to focus his programs so that they would deliver varieties that addressed serious concerns, while maintaining the reputation of Canada’s wheat quality in the global marketplace,” said MSGA vice-president Eric McLean. “Stephen’s work developing the first midge-tolerant lines of wheat for western Canadian producers was game changing in areas where the midge pest was decimating yields for producers.” Fox authored or co-authored 52 research papers and more than 100 abstracts on wheat, barley and oat genetics, molecular genetics and plant pathology. The federal government, as part of its budget cuts, is closing the Winnipeg Cereal Research Centre where Fox worked. Instead of moving to AAFC research stations in Morden or Brandon, Fox resigned from AAFC this spring and started working for DL Seeds in July. Fox said he is proudest of his two varieties AC Unity VB and Kane. AC Unity was the first midgetolerant wheat registered in Canada and is one of the most popular hard red spring wheats grown in Western Canada. Kane was once the most popular wheat grown in Manitoba and last year ranked third with 307,774 acres accounting for 14 per cent of the province’s 2.2 million acres of hard red spring wheat. “You have a lot of hope for all of them but clearly some do better than others,” he said. Shaw is the first wheat variety Fox developed from start to finish. The cross was made in 2001. “I’ve been standing on (retired AAFC wheat breeder) Fred Townley-Smith’s shoulders for quite a while and with any luck there will be some other guy standing on mine for quite a while,” Fox said, noting he has four wheats in their third and final year of registration trials. He expects at least one will be recommended for registration in 2014. Fox also has high hopes for Cardale, one of his newer varieties to hit the market. Former MSGA president Terry Rempel received the MSGA’s “Outstanding Service Award.” Rempel, who farmed and operated a seed business at Springstein, served 10 years on the MSGA’s board from 1997 to 2007, including two years as president. “He was professional and well spoken whenever representing

“By listening to producers and being cognizant of the issues and concerns of primary producers, Stephen (Fox) was able to focus his programs so that they would deliver varieties that addressed serious concerns, while maintaining the reputation of Canada’s wheat quality in the global marketplace.” Eric McLean

MSGA and his influence is still being felt positively in the association,” McLean said. Rempel and his wife Lorna sold their farm in 2009 and now live in Lorette. Rempel is currently working with Intel Seed marketing an optical sorter and with Farmers Edge as its lead seed crop inspector under the new crop privatized pedigreed crop inspection program.

Carol McLennan of Mather received the MSGA’s 2013 scholarship award. Sons and daughters of active seed grower members who are pursuing post-secondary studies are eligible to apply for the $1,200 scholarship. McLennan is the daughter of Don and Elaine McLennan, who farm and produce pedigreed seed at Mather.

Former Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada wheat breeder Stephen Fox (l) received an honorary life membership in the Canadian Seed Growers Association Dec. 11 at the association’s annual awards banquet in Winnipeg. MSGA president Ryan Murray made the presentation. Fox’s wife Dora was given flowers.   photo: allan dawson

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The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013


Grunthal auction hopes to help wrangle hunger Dozens braved frigid deep freeze to help fight hunger during Manitoba’s first charity cattle auction

Buyers check out the goods during a charity cattle auction for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Photos: Shannon VanRaes By Shannon VanRaes co-operator staff


It’s not every day that a busy cattle auction takes a moment to pause and consider the effects of hunger in far-flung places like Syria, but that’s exactly what happened at the Grunthal Auction Mart earlier this month. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) held its first-ever fundraising cattle auction in the province, with all the proceeds going to the organization’s food assistance programs. The response was strong. Seventeen animals were donated to the auction by 13 people and businesses. The sale netted $16,380 and those funds are matched on a four-to-one ratio by the federal government. “ We didn’t know what to expect because this is the first one we’ve had here in Manitoba, so we’re very delighted with the number of animals that were donated... and the amount that was raised,” said John Longhurst, director of public engagement for the organization, which works to end world hunger. Money raised by the organization is used to buy food from producers in areas affected by hunger, so that local economies can benefit as well. “We don’t know exactly where it will be used, because the projects come

Henry Penner gets down to bid calling during a charity auction at the Grunthal Auction Mart.

in throughout the year,” Longhurst said. “But right now, one of the most important emergencies we’re responding to is in Syria, where over nine million people are in need of assistance of some kind, so some of it could potentially go there.” Corny Paetkau of Lowe Farm near Morris brought three generations of his family to the auction and also donated a top bull, which went on to fetch more than $2,000 for the cause. “We run a grain farm with a few cattle, and we’ve been involved with

A life-size statue welcomes buyers and sellers to the Grunthal Auction Mart on one of the coldest days of the year.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank since its inception 30 years ago,” Paetkau said. “We were part of loading rail cars to send overseas at that time, and now my whole family is involved.” CFGB has held similar events in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, but wanted to expand the cattle sales into Manitoba where the organization is based. The province is also home to dozens of community growing projects. Ha r o l d Un r a u , m a n a g e r o f t h e Grunthal Auction Mart said it was an

easy decision to jump on board with the fundraiser and donate time and facilities. “We said sure, we’re very interested. So we had a meeting, lined it up and said we’re going to give it a try,” the manager said. Organizers are hopeful the fundraiser will expand next year as more people become aware of the event. “It’s about passing along the blessings that we have,” Paetkau said.


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Feast and forget the fuss Lorraine Stevenson Crossroads Recipe Swap


any of us take some time off during holidays, but not the bakers and cooks of the house. It’s a busy time. The stove is always on, there’s always one more thing on the grocery list, and even the best-

laid plans go awry. But why fuss? What we’ll remember from holiday meals together is that there was laughter and peace, and a sense of place and belonging around that dinner table. No one cares if we forget the dill sauce. If you spill, write your name and the date beside it. I read somewhere of a family who made it their tradition to have everyone at Christmas dinner sign the tablecloth. It became a wonderful hodgepodge of handwriting, little pictures and messages

down through the years, and one of the family’s most precious possessions. Good eats are a consideration too, of course. You’ll have your own favourites, but here are three desserts you might want to try at one of your celebratory meals. This is my last column for the year, so I’d like to wish you many blessings for the season and share a saying to keep you all happily cooking and baking in 2014; nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

Fruit And Cream Shortbread Wreath

Aunt Nellie’s Cream Puffs

Thanks to its buttery taste, shortbread dough is the starting point to many scrumptious recipes during the holidays. In this recipe, the shortbread dough is shaped in the form of a wreath and topped with fruit such as strawberries, mandarins and kiwis, and lots of whipped cream. A simple, yet colourful and yummy dessert!

Awhile back I wrote about the afternoon teas my grandmother used to serve, and afterward received a wonderful letter and recipe from my cousin Jeanne Gitzel in Brandon. Jeanne wrote of the Ne’ers Dae dinners she remembers at our Aunt Nellie and Uncle Bob Blackwood’s house at Basswood where roast goose, shortbread, Christmas cake, pudding with brown sugar sauce, and these luscious cream puffs were served. I am passing along this recipe that is much loved in our families. Thanks, Jeanne!

1 c. butter, softened 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1-3/4 c. flour 1/2 c. cornstarch 1 c. 35% cream 1 c. halved strawberries 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced or fresh fruit of your choice

Real cream is what naturally separates from and floats on top of the milk layer of freshly gathered milk. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar on high speed of mixer until light and fluffy. Combine flour and cornstarch and gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Shape dough into a large ball and on a baking sheet flatten into a 9-inch round; score into eight wedges. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake shortbread about 20 minutes or until set and edges start to brown. Re-score almost all the way through; let cool 15 minutes then slide onto wire rack to cool completely. Beat whipping cream with electric mixer until firm peaks form; spread over shortbread. Arrange fruit on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves: 8. Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada


Festive Trifle Cake Inspired by the original English version, this variation on the traditional trifle is very easy to make and perfect for a holiday dessert. Take an angel cake infused with orange juice or sherry, topped with vanilla pudding, a heap of whipped cream and fresh fruit and voilà, you have all the ingredients for an irresistible, fairy-tale dessert. 1 angel food cake 1-1/2 c. 35% cream 1 four-serving package of vanilla instant pudding and pie filling 2 c. milk 1/4 c. orange juice* 1-1/2 c. whole raspberries, washed 2 kiwi, sliced or quartered

Slice angel food cake into three layers. Beat whipping cream. Prepare pudding with milk as directed on the package. Gently fold in a cup of whipped cream. Place one cake layer on serving dish and sprinkle with half of the orange juice and spread with half of the pudding mixture. Top with half of raspberries and kiwi slices and a third of remaining cream. Place second cake layer on top and sprinkle with remaining orange juice. Spread with remaining pudding mixture; sprinkle with remaining fruit and spread with half of remaining cream. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread whipped cream over top. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves: 8. *Sherry can be used instead of orange juice. Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada

1/2 c. butter (do not substitute margarine) 1 c. flour 1 c. water 3 large eggs (or 4 small)

Boil the water. Add the butter and bring it back to the boil. Add the flour all at once and beat. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue beating until smooth. This will become a very thick batter. Drop by tablespoon on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 F oven until puffed up and golden (about 15 to 20 minutes, but watch them carefully!). Cream puffs can be made a day ahead. Just cut a hole in the shell and fill it with whipped cream. And remember, the joy of eating a cream puff is how they tend to spurt up your arm or down your chin!


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he tree has been trimmed a few weeks ago in the Jacksons’ house. Over time the pile of neatly wrapped gifts has spilled out so far into the room that Jennifer could no longer sit in the nearby armchair unless she curled her legs up underneath her rather than letting them rest on the floor. There was simply no available floor left to rest them on. The lights in the family room had been dimmed so the tree glowed with that festive air one always hopes for from a Christmas tree, and the wonderful aroma of Christmas dinner wafted in from the kitchen. Jennifer however, was not sitting in the armchair. She was sitting at the table with the rest of her large noisy family, and dinner was well under way. Plates were piled high with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a variety of yellow, orange and green vegetables. Wineglasses had been filled and the children were being fed, Allison at the table on a booster seat, and little Andy sitting bolt upright in his highchair, relishing his mashed potatoes while attempting to feed the greens to an imaginary dog under his chair. “If I die and go to heaven,” said Jennifer, “this is what I hope it smells like.” “That’s a big if,” said Brady, grinning in the chair next to hers. “Ouch,” he added as she kicked his shin underneath the table. “It tastes even better than it smells,” said Randy. “It’s ridiculously good, Mother. I don’t know how you do it. The turkey is just perfect.” “That’s fresh organic free-range turkey for you,” said Rose. “None of that frozen store-bought prestuffed poultry for us. Not at Christmastime anyway. It’s expensive but it’s worth it.” Andrew put down his fork and picked up his wineglass. “A toast,” he said. “To the chef!” There was a chorus of agreement from around the table and the noisy clink of wineglasses as the others joined him. “Me too,” said Allison holding up her glass of milk. “Of course,” said Andrew and reached over to clink his glass against hers. “Merry Christmas darling!” There was a brief lull in the conversation as they all turned their attention back to the meal and for a time the only sounds were the clicking of knives and forks on china dinner plates.



“Hey Grandma,” said Allison. “Guess what?” Rose paused in her eating. “I can’t guess, Allie,” she said. “What?” Allison picked up a piece of turkey between her fingers and popped it into her mouth. Rose waited expectantly. “Guess where Mommy and I went?” Allison said, and then continued without a pause. “We went to the place where baby Jesus was born.” “You did?” said Rose, surprised. “We did?” said Allison’s mother Jackie, equally surprised.

“Did you go all the way to Bethlehem sweetie?” said Andrew. “That’s a long way!” “Not Befflehem,” said Allison. “We went to that place where… I can’t remember it now.” She looked up at her mother. “That place where you buyed paper, Mommy.” Jackie furrowed her brow, “You mean Staples?” she said. Allison nodded. “Yes,” she said. “And the baby Jesus was born in the Staples. In Befflehem,” she added. “But it’s the same as the Staples in Winkler, right Mommy?” She looked around the table. “Why is everybody laughing Daddy?” she asked with a little giggle. “Because you’re hilarious, sweetheart,” said Randy. “Do you know what a stable is honey?” Allison shook her head. “A stable is like a little barn,” said Randy, “where people keep their animals, like a cow and a donkey maybe, and a few sheep. And that’s where baby Jesus was born. In a stable in Bethlehem. Not a Staples in Bethlehem.” “Oh.” Allison pondered that for a moment. “That’s better,” she said. “I think so too,” said Randy. “But why?” “Because Santa might not find you in a Staples,” said Allison. “But he would find you in a stable if he went to feed his reindeer.” “Good thinking honey,” said Jackie. “But it wasn’t Santa who brought gifts to the baby Jesus.” “Who was it?” asked Allison through a mouthful of potatoes. “Kings,” said Jackie. “Three Kings from the East.” “Where’s the East?” Allison wanted to know. “That way,” said Jackie, pointing. “What did they bring?” asked Allison. “According to the little chap I talked to at the café,” said Andrew, “they brought golden Frankensteins and Smurfs.” Allison took a drink of milk and set her cup down noisily. “I’m all done,” she announced. “I want to get down.” “What do you say?” said Jackie. Allison wriggled in her seat, then flung her arms suddenly over her head. “Merry Christmas!” she said. There was more laughter from the family. “Close enough,” said Jackie. “And Merry Christmas to you too Allie!”

Poinsettias and Christmas Why this plant has become such a symbol of the season By Albert Parsons FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR


o plant says “Christmas” more than the poinsettia, a native plant of Mexico, which has become the quintessential symbol of the holiday season. Christmas cards depicting poinsettia flowers, artificial poinsettia blooms to enhance outdoor — and sometimes indoor — Christmas décor, and even holiday china painted with this enduring festive symbol abound at this time of year. The tradition of associating the poinsettia with Christmas i n No r t h A m e r i c a b e g a n over a century ago when the United States’ first ambassador to Mexico brought the plant back to the U.S. accompanied by a poignant legend. The story was that two children, Maria and her younger brother, Pablo, were always disappointed that they could not afford to place gifts for the baby Jesus around a Christmas manger scene at the village church because their family


was extremely poor. The days before Christmas were filled with parties and parades, while gifts accumulated around the manger at the church. As the story goes, one Christmas Eve Maria and Pablo were determined to add something to the manger scene, and while walking to church

that evening they picked some stems of green poinsettia they found along the roadway. They placed them around the manger and lo and behold the tops of the green branches turned an exquisite bright red and the scene became awash in colour. Although other children had teased the two siblings when

they placed the greens, the teasing soon stopped when the magical colour transformation occurred. Ever since that time the red, star-shaped flowers of the poinsettia have been associated with the Christmas season. Although the traditional colour of the poinsettia is bright red, there is an increasing

array of other colours available now to suit any taste and colour scheme. The blooms of the poinsettia are not really blooms at all, but a form of leaf called a bract. The bracts are clumped at the top of the plant and turn colour as the plant is subjected to the extended dark hours of long winter nights. The poinsettia is photosensitive and restricted light during the night causes colour change of the bracts. In fact, the plant does produce real flowers, but they are insignificant blooms, usually yellow, located at the base of the bracts. Take care of your poinsettia during the holidays: keep the soil moist, allow good drainage, keep it warm but away from heat registers, and give it good light — some sun if possible. Display it in an attractive Christmas container and whenever you admire its beauty remember the touching legend that established its association with Christmas. Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba


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Weather folklore: true or false? What do you think — reliable indicator of changes to come or merely myths? By Donna Gamache Freelance contributor


r ov e r b s a n d f o l k l o r e about the weather are often quoted, but can we depend on these? For centuries, those whose living depends on the weather — farmers, shepherds, sailors, fishermen and hunters — have observed their surroundings and connected changes in nature with changes or patterns of weather. Frequently they invented proverbs or ditties to predict the future, and some of their ideas do seem to forecast short-range weather changes. Red sky at night, sailors (or shepherds) delight; red sky in morning, sailors (shepherds) take warning. We’ve all heard this proverb, and there may be some truth to it, since there is a scientific basis on certain atmospheric conditions. Another common saying is: Rain before seven, clear by 11. This one, too, seems to prove right quite often (unless it’s one of those three-day rains!). A ring around the sun or moon means rain or snow is coming soon. This is also dependent on conditions of the atmosphere and often proves true. The halo is a layer of cirrus clouds which may warn of an approaching warm front and low-pressure area. The ditty about dew is another one with some scientific basis: When the dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass. When grass is dry at morning light, look for rain before the night. T h e m a i n p ro b l e m w i t h these proverbs is that they will not be valid for all times or in all places. Much of the folklore we quote actually originated in Europe.

Will a hornet nest up high mean deep snow?

Red sky at night, nice for tomorrow?  GAMACHE PHOTOS

Animals are often used to predict short-range weather changes, but these usually have little or no scientific basis. For instance, my father used to predict rain if the cattle went to the far end of the pasture, where there was no water hole. Did the cattle know the grass was going to be wet and they wouldn’t need a drink? Another prediction based on cattle states: Tails pointing west, weather’s at its best. Tails pointing east, weather is least. This might make sense, for observations show that cattle and horses prefer to stand with their backs to the wind, rather than have the wind in their faces. Since in Canada, west winds typically mean good weather, and east winds mean unsettled weather, the tail blowing might show what the weather will be for the next few hours. (One Internet web-

site states that any reference to cow or horse tails in the sky actually refers to cirrus clouds, which may indicate a change of weather.) However, all these examples are for short-term forecasts. When it comes to seasonal or long-term predictions, folklore proves much less accurate. Still, that doesn’t stop old wives’ tales and myths from flourishing about seasonal changes. Many lighthearted verses can produce a laugh, especially if they sometimes prove true. As winter starts, there are a few proverbs to consider. For instance: If snow falls on unfrozen ground, look for a mild winter, might be one to check out. Or for last month: A warm November is a sign of a bad winter. Wildlife is often used as the basis for predictions about winter. If animals’ fur is thick, prepare for cold weather. (This one makes sense.) But what about:

When squirrels bury their nuts early, it will be a hard winter. I’ll have to start watching the squirrel in my backyard more closely. One piece of folklore I’ve been checking out lately is the one about hornet and wasp nests. I began to research this when I discovered two such nests not far from our house — both located high in treetops, at a height of about 20 feet or so. If wasp nests are high, a severe winter is nigh, was the first prediction I found. A similar dire prediction proclaimed: The higher the hornet nest, the deeper the snow. One more legend announces: The height of the wasp nest equals the snow depth. (I sincerely hope not!) Further research, however, turned up a contradictory forecast: If hornets’ nests are built in treetops, a mild winter is ahead; nests close to the ground mean a harsh winter is coming. I think maybe I’ll go with this prediction.

Freelance contributor


his Christmas season, try a craft that requires only water, a balloon, a candle and our Manitoba winter. To make these ice candles, fill a 12-inch balloon quite full with water, being sure to leave a bit of air in the balloon as you tie it off. Set the balloon in a plastic-lined bowl and put outside on a cold night. After about 12 hours, bring in, puncture the balloon, and using a sharp knife, break through the ball at the top where the air bubble is. The ice seems to be thinner under the air bubble. Pour the water out of the middle and you have an ice ball into which a candle may be placed. One mistake I made was to pack newspaper around the balloon to stabilize it. The paper insulated the water and the ice was too thin on the sides.

By Addy Oberlin Freelance contributor

Another failure resulted when I tried to use a hammer to break through the top and the ball cracked in two. Tap a sharp knife into the top — it works better! Make a hole big enough to fit your hand so you can position the candle. I like to line the bowl with plastic so the balloon does not freeze to the bowl. The ice balls will often freeze onto cement or wooden steps so keep plastic under them until you are sure of where you wish to place them. If you do not want to be lighting candles all the time, place outdoor LED Christmas lights inside the balls and turn them upside down. Then place some greenery around them to finish off the decoration. Have a very Merry Christmas! Blythe Kneeshaw writes from Carberry, Manitoba

Donna Gamache writes from MacGregor, Manitoba

Thoughts on Christmas

Light up the night By Blythe Kneeshaw

Or what about the height of a beaver dam or the size of muskrat houses? A year ago I noticed a ver y high beaver dam, and last winter had plenty of snow and cold weather. This year on the same creek, the dam was much smaller. Scientists suggest this is more likely a result of the stage of the water when the dam was being built — but you never know! Perhaps we can try to base forecasts on our garden produce. For instance, did you examine your onions this fall? Folklore says: Onion skin very thin, mild winter coming in; Onion skin thick and tough, winter will be cold and rough. I think I’ll give some of these seasonal weather proverbs a pass, especially the long-term ones!


e all look forward to Christmas — the tree, the food, family gatherings and the presents. However, when we look around us we see destruction in the Philippines, the hospital is filled with sick people, some are mourning the death of a loved one and many of the elderly are separated from family because of distance. It is depressing to think about these things, but it is a reality. Nevertheless there are also celebrations of thankfulness. Many farmers had a bountiful crop and their bins are full. A young boy had brain surgery and is now able to use his arm and leg a little. The other day a little baby boy was born and brought happiness in a family. When we approach Christmas, let us look forward to what really happened. God sent His Son to this earth, just for you and me. We celebrate the birth of his special little baby boy at Christmas. Then we rejoice and say with the angel: “Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest” (Luke 2:11,14). PHOTO: BLYTHE KNEESHAW

Addy Oberlin writes from Swan River, Manitoba


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TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2005 IHC 9900I Cummins ISX 475 HP, 13 SP, 3:73 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5in Aluminum Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 72-in Mid-Rise Bunk, 1,409,137-kms. $19,000.00

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FOR SALE: JD 2130 - 3pt, re-built engine w/146 loader, painted; JD 2750 -MFWD, 3pt, 245 FEL, painted; JD 2950 -MFWD, 3pt, painted, w/265 FEL; JD 4250 -MFWD, powershift w/o FEL; JD 4440 Quad,fact duals; JD 4450 -2WD,3pt,15 spd; JD 4640 -2 WD, 3pt, 3 hyd, Quad shift; JD 7610 MFWD, 3pt, P.Q. w/LHR, 2 hyd,s , w/740 loader,grapple, 5000 hrs; 8 front weights w/bracket. All tractors can be sold with new or used loaders. Mitch’s Tractor Sales Ltd. St. Claude, MB. Call: (204)750-2459.

AUTO & TRANSPORT Auto & Truck Parts

• Parcels # 1 thru #5 will be offered in separate auction • Parcels # 6 thru #9 will be offered in separate auction • All quarters are fenced • 6 quarters are sown to tame hay and pasture • 3 quarters are summerfallow • Lease quarter is native grass R.M. of Willowdale Parcel # 1 NW ¼ 3-16-3-2 Parcel # 2 SW ¼ 6-16-3-2 • Includes yard site with 2 storey house, barn and heated shop Parcel # 3 SE ¼ 6-16-3-2 R.M. of Silverwood Parcel # 4 NW ¼ 31-15-3-2 • Sells with right to lease SW ¼ 29-15-3-2 Parcel # 5 NE ¼ 31-15-3-2 Parcel # 6 SW ¼ 31-15-3-2 Parcel # 7 SE ¼ 31-15-3-2 Parcel # 8 NW ¼ 30-15-3-2 Parcel # 9 NE ¼ 30-15-3-2


AUTO & TRANSPORT Vehicles Various OVER 200 VEHICLES LOTS OF DIESELS Chrysler Dodge (800)667-4414 Wynyard, SK.

BUILDING & RENOVATIONS BUILDING & RENOVATIONS Doors & Windows FOR SALE: 12-FT H x 16-ft W insulated overhead door w/track & hardware. $1,500. Phone: (204)364-2252.

To All Our Clients & Friends From Across Western Canada


B-Gr. coloured......................70¢/ft.2

Multi-coloured millends.........49¢/ft.2

Ask about our blowout colours...65¢/ft.2 Also in stock low rib white 29 ga. ideal for archrib buildings BEAT THE PRICE INCREASES CALL NOW


BUILDINGS AFAB INDUSTRIES IS YOUR SUPERIOR post frame building company. For estimates and information call 1-888-816-AFAB(2322). Website: CONCRETE FLATWORK: Specializing in place & finish of concrete floors. Can accommodate any floor design. References available. Alexander, MB. 204-752-2069. FOR SALE: 1 FUTURE steel building X frame model, dimension 110-ft. long x 40-ft. wide x 21-ft. high, all steel building, asking $55,000. (204)867-2436, (204)868-1212.


FARM CHEMICAL SEED COMPLAINTS We also specialize in: Crop Insurance appeals; Chemical drift; Residual herbicide; Custom operator issues; Equipment malfunction; Yield comparisons, Plus Private Investigations of any nature. With our assistance the majority of our clients have received compensation previously denied. Back-Track Investigations investigates, documents your loss and assists in settling your claim. Licensed Agrologist on Staff. For more information Please call 1-866-882-4779

FARM MACHINERY Fertilizer Equipment FERTILIZER SPREADERS: 4-TON $1,500, 5-ton $4,000, 6-ton $6,000, 8-ton $7,000-8,000; Vicon 3-PH spreader $450; Valmar 240 $1,500; Valmar PT $5,500; Small Valmar $700. Phone: (204)857-8403.

FARM MACHINERY Grain Bins BIG BINS & FLOORS at old prices, 20,000-56,000bu. bins holding prices until spring. NEW MOISTURE CABLES! Call Wall Grain for details (204)269-7616 or (306)244-1144 or (403)393-2662. CUSTOM BIN MOVING Book now! Fert Tanks. Hopper Bins/flat. Buy/Sell. Call Tim (204)362-7103 or E-mail Requests

FARM MACHINERY Grain Dryers NEW MC DRYERS IN STOCK w/canola screens 300-2,000 BPH units. Why buy used, when you get new fuel efficient & better quality & control w/MC. Call Wall Grain for details (204)269-7616 or (306)244-1144 or (403)393-2662.

From Everyone at

SUKUP Grain Dryers For Sale: 1 or 3 ph, LP/NG, canola screens. Discount pricing now in effect. Call for more info (204)998-9915

FARM MACHINERY Grain Elevators

1-855-326-4556 BUILDINGS


Ross Taylor Auction Service For details on Multi-Parcel selling call Ross at 204-877-3834

Ross Taylor Auction 204-877-3834 Toll Free 1-877-617-2537 Visit our website for For full listing and photos PL # 909917

80-FT. BUCKET ELEVATING LEG w/3 phase 10-HP electric motor. Phone (204)886-3304.



The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013



Tired of shovelling out your bins, unhealthy dust and awkward augers? Walinga manufactures a complete line of grain vacs to suit your every need. With no filters to plug and less damage done to your product than an auger, you’re sure to find the right system to suit you. Call now for a free demonstration or trade in your old vac towards a new WALINGA AGRI-VACS

FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories

FARM MACHINERY Snowblowers, Plows

Harvest Salvage Co. Ltd.

FOR SALE: BUHLER ALLIED 9620 Snowblower 8-ft., 2 augers, 3-PTH, $3,000. Phone (204)534-6850.

1-866-729-9876 5150 Richmond Ave. East BRANDON, MB. New, Used & Re-man. Parts

Tractors Combines Swathers


FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous


SCHULTE SDX960 C/W HYD deflector, like new, $6,950. Phone (204)436-2049


FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Drills


36-FT JD 730 DOUBLE Disc w/1900 TBT Cart, $34,000; JD 787 TBT Cart $12,500. Can Deliver. Call Brian:(204)856-6119 or (204)685-2896. MacGregor, MB.

John Deere 1830 41 Ft Air Seeder with 1910 Seed Cart

1-800-667-9871 • Regina 1-800-667-3095 • Saskatoon 1-800-387-2768 • Winnipeg 1-800-222-6594 • Edmonton

Fergus, ON: (519) 787-8227 Carman, MB: (204) 745-2951 Davidson, SK: (306) 567-3031

FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Various

Rebuilt Concaves

Rebuild combine table augers Rebuild hydraulic cylinders Roller mills regrooved MFWD housings rebuilt Steel and aluminum welding Machine Shop Service Line boreing and welding

The Real Used FaRm PaRTs sUPeRsToRe Over 2700 Units for Salvage • TRACTORS • COMBINES • SWATHERS • DISCERS Call Joe, leN oR daRWIN (306) 946-2222 monday-Friday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WATROUS SALVAGE WaTRoUs, sK. Fax: 306-946-2444

Penno’s Machining & Mfg. Ltd. Eden, MB 204-966-3221 Fax: 204-966-3248

NEW & USED TRACTOR PARTS NEW COMBINE PARTS Large Inventory of new and remanufactured parts

Check out A & I online parts store

Seeded approx 5000 acres

John Deere TRACTOR

“For All Your Farm Parts”

8360 R, 1104 Hrs, FWA

John Deere Guidance System

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Seeders

2013 Harriston 8 Row Potato Planter– “NEW”

8800 BOURGAULT 40-FT AIR Drill, Poly Packers, Harrows, 8-in Spacing, 3225 TBH Cart, $32,000. Call (204)825-8121.

Never Used 36” spacing, Rear GPS Steering Axle

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Various BOOKING SPECIALS for all makes of Harrow Tines: Mounted, Standard Draw Bars & Heavy Har-rows. Ex: 9/16x26-in. straight 100+ $21.95/each. 3/8x15-in. bent (Riteway, Morris, Herman) 100+ $8.60/each. Special ends Dec. 31st, 2013. March 2014 delivery. Call Fouillard Implement Ltd. (204)683-2221.

Contact: 204-834-3704 home | 204-476-0480 cell

BOURGAULT 42-FT 9200, CP, Harrows, $21,000. Call (204)825-8121.

FOR SALE: KUHN ROTOSPIKE tiller w/crumbler, 9-ft. 6-in. wide, 3-pt., 1000 PTO, 2-SPD gear box, great for breaking land up, $6,000 OBO. (204)648-7136

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – John Deere

CARBIDE DRILL POINTS & openers for air drills. VW Manufacturing Ltd Dunmore (Medicine Hat) (403)528-3350 US: Loren Hawks Chester, Montana (406)460-3810

JD 1770 16 ROW 30-in. planter, 1 season on discs, new chain & bearings on drive shaft, liquid fertilizer, $46,000. (204)746-4555.

FOR SALE: 1979 JOHN Deere 4440 tractor w/148 loader w/8-ft bucket, duals (shedded, good shape) Phone: (204)748-1024.

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

Combine ACCessories STEINBACH, MB. Ph. 326-2443

FARM MACHINERY Combine – Accessories

Toll-Free 1-800-881-7727 Fax (204) 326-5878 Web site: E-mail: FARM MACHINERY Salvage GOODS USED TRACTOR PARTS: (204)564-2528 or 1-877-564-8734, Roblin, MB.

HEADER TRAILERS & ACCESSORIES. Arc-Fab Industries. 204-355-9595

MURPHY SALVAGE New & used parts for tractors, combines, swathers, square & round balers, tillage, press drills & other misc machinery. MURPHY SALVAGE (204)858-2727 or toll free 1-877-858-2728.

SPECIAL EDITION Manitoba Ag Days Taking place Jan. 21, 22 & 23, 2014

at the Brandon Keystone Centre

The Manitoba Co-operator is presenting a great opportunity for you to feature your business, products or booth at Manitoba Ag Days in the Jan. 10th edition. The Manitoba Ag Days Show is a winter indoor exposition of agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment held in Brandon every January. The Show attracts exhibitors and visitors from across Canada and North Central United States and provides an annual opportunity for producers to comparison shop for everything they need for their agricultural operations.

DEADLINE: JAN. 2nd · ISSUE DATE: JAN. 9th Contact your Manitoba Co-operator Sales representative to book your space today!

Terry McGarry Ph: 204-981-3730 Fax: 204-253-0879 Email:



GREAT GORP PROJECT Triathlete creates home-grown energy bar » PAGE 44

The pros and cons of applying in dry soil » PAGE 17

OCTOBER 11, 2012

Communications breakdown added to emergency Firefighting made more dangerous without communications By Lorraine Stevenson CO-OPERATOR STAFF


olunteer firefighters racing to reach fire-threatened Vita last week passed hundreds of vehicles headed the other direction and wondered what they were headed into, said veteran firefighter Alain Nadeau. “I’ve been doing this for 33 years and this was the scariest I’ve seen,” said the weary La Broquerie fire chief on Friday after an exhausting week. The air was so smoke filled around the southeastern village “we could barely breathe,” he said. See GRASS FIRES on page 6 »




ising corn acres and severe drought in the Midwestern United States may crimp supplies of popular corn seed varieties for the com-

ing year. “It’s really short,” said Ron Rabe, a Dekalb agronomist, who gave a brief talk on corn production in Manitoba at a recent WADO field tour. Derek Erb, who farms near Oak Bluff and sells Pioneer Hi-Bred corn




Corn seed might be tight next spring Rising demand and dismal growing conditions in the drought-stricken United States may limit supplies seed, said farmers looking to secure seed for next spring should act quickly to secure their supplies, even if it means placing orders earlier than usual. Pioneer Hi-Bred’s top varieties, which include D95 and D97, account for roughly half the acres seeded in the province. Erb said that with the harvest and quality testing still underway in some areas, it’s difficult to estimate how much corn seed will be available for next year. One thing’s for sure, waiting until Ag Days in January to secure supplies will

be too late. “I would pretty much bank on that,” said Erb. Dry conditions throughout the province have seen the corn harvest arriving about a month earlier than usual, and seed orders have started coming in sooner than usual too. Even with the possibility of a shortage of corn seed, Erb doesn’t expect the price of Pioneer’s supplies to rise much more than it has in recent years. Rob Park, of RJP Seeds in Carman, who deals in Hyland seed varieties, See CORN SEED on page 6 »


The Manitoba Co-operator | December 19, 2013

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – 2 Wheel Drive

LIVESTOCK Cattle Auctions

LIVESTOCK Cattle Various

LIVESTOCK Livestock Equipment

REAL ESTATE Cottages & Lots

STEVE’S TRACTOR REBUILDER specializing in JD tractors in need of repair or burnt, or will buy for parts. JD parts available. Phone: 204-466-2927 or cell: 204-871-5170, Austin.


LAZY RAINBOW RIVER RANCH has for sale complete herd of 130 heifers, 77 second calvers, 43rd-5th calvers. $1200-1500. Phone (204)372-6945.

KELLN SOLAR SUMMER/WINTER WATERING System, provides water in remote areas, improves water quality, increases pasture productivity, extends dugout life. St. Claude/Portage, 204-379-2763.

LAKEFRONT COTTAGE AT LAKE of the Prairies: 1,104-sq.ft, w/full finished walkout basement. 3bdrms, 3-bths, Vaulted ceiling. Low maintenance exterior, Deck, Infloor Heat & FA furnace. Built 2013. $395,000.00 Karen Goraluk, Salesperson. Northstar Ins. & Real Estate. (204)773-6797.

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous 24-FT OCEAN STORAGE CONTAINER, excellent shape, asking $3850, can be delivered; 45-ft extendable Hallin semi rafter trailer, good shape, asking $3900; Case 730 gas tractor, good tires, 3-PTH, w/7-ft Allied snowblower, asking $3700; 48-ft Fruehauf semi storage trailer, good condition, asking $4000. (204)728-1861 30-FT WHITE TANDEM DISC, new front blades, also a New Holland 116 Haybine. Phone Jack: (204)526-2857. Holland, MB. 3 PTH FARMKING SNOW blower, in good condition, $1,800 OBO. Phone:(204)745-3009. Evenings. FLAT DECK TRAILER 8X24, Pinto hitch, 4-whl dbl axle, $2,500; Manure bucket w/grab fork, $1,000. Phone:(204)444-2997. GRAINVACS BRANDT 4500, $7500; Rem 552, $3000; Rem 2500HD, $9500; Walinga 510, $950; 8x30 auger, $900; New 9-ft 3-PTH blade, $950; 10ft box scraper, $2250; 12-ft, $2450; 12-ft Leon front blade, $3500; 10-ft Leon blade, $2000; 150-bu Snowco feeder cart, $750; Sudenga weigh-wagon digital scale, $3500; Haybuster bale shredder, $6000. Phone (204)857-8403. GRAVITY WAGONS NEW 400-BU, $7100; 600-bu, $12,000; Double compartment type & tarps available used. 750-bu Parker, $14,000; JM750, $14,500; Parker 500, $6000; Parker 616-bu, $10,500; Kilbros 375, $3000; 250-bu Daicon, $2500; Grain carts 450-1100-bu large selection priced to sell. Phoenix Harrow, $9500; Mixmills Artsway, $1500; Henke 36-in rollermill, $5000; Champion rollermill 20-in, $2000. Phone (204)857-8403. QUONSET NEW IN CRATE, 35x52x18, $20,000; JD dozer blade w/guard fits 8970 16-ft. 6 way, $15,000; MF 860 & 20-ft. straight cut, $7,000; Ford 5000 w/loader, $7,500; Vac sewer tank & pump, $14,000; Rotex SR7 power parachute 300-hrs, for parts, $3,000; Tree Farmer skidder $4,500; Bison head squeeze, $4,500; 2004 Rumble Bee short box, $11,500; Stock trailer, 43-ft. 3, 12,000-lb. axles gooseneck, no price. OBO. Downsizing! (306)236-8023. SNOWBLOWERS: LORENTZ HEAVY DUTY 8-ft $1,700, JD 7-ft $1,500, 8-ft single auger $1,000, 6-ft V-type $250; Skidsteer NH 865LX $12,900; 6x16 bumper pull stock trailer $3,000, 6x16 GN $3,500; Powder River squeeze chute $1,600; 10-in skidsteer tracks $750; Tractor cab $600; Balzer forage wagon front conveyor $3,000; Harsh 350 Auger feed cart $5,000. Phone:(204)857-8403.

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted WANTED: SCALE FOR WEIGHING cattle and/or round bales. Phone (204)548-2932 or (204)648-7383. WANTED TO BUY: pair of 24.5x32 tractor tires. Also hyd cyls from JD model 1050 cultivator. Phone (701)593-6168


Hwy #205, Grunthal • (204) 434-6519

Season’s Greetings

from the owners and staff



REGULAR CATTLE SALES will return TUESDAY January 7th, 2014 at 9 am Sales Agent for


We also have a line of Agri-blend all natural products for your livestock needs. (protein tubs, blocks, minerals, etc)

For on farm appraisal of livestock or for marketing information please call

Harold Unrau (Manager) Cell 871 0250 Auction Mart (204) 434-6519 MB. Livestock Dealer #1111


FOR SALE: REGISTERED BLACK ANGUS bulls low birth weight, very quiet, hand fed, no disappointments, EPD’s & delivery avail. Amaranth (204)843-2287.

LIVESTOCK Swine Wanted

FOR SALE: REGISTERED BLACK Angus heifers, bred to calving ease Black Angus bull, to start calving in April. Also Registered polled Hereford heifers bred to Hereford bull. Call Don (204)873-2430

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Charolais PB BULLS & HEIFER calves born Feb & Mar. Also 1 1/2-yr old bulls. Phone Jack: (204)526-2857. Holland, MB.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Hereford FOR SALE: REGISTERED POLLED Hereford Heifers, bred to calving ease Hereford bull, to start calving in April. Also Registered Black Angus heifers bred to Black Angus bull. Call Don (204)873-2430

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental

LIVESTOCK Cattle Various 20 GOOD QUALITY BLACK & Red Angus X bred heifers for sale. Start calving March 12th, 2014. Bred w/easy calving Black Angus bull. (204)379-2408. 25 BRED HEIFERS Simm Angus X, exposed from May 1st-July 3rd to Red or Black Angus bulls, full vacc & Ivomec. Norman Lussier (204)345-8492, Lac du Bonnet. 2 CHAR X COWS w/2, two week old calves, $1,200 OBO; 6 Char X cows. Phone (204)825-8354 or (204)825-2784. 30 BRED YEARLING HEIFERS, Red & Black Angus X, exposed July 1st to Aug 15th to easy calving Angus bulls, $1,500 each. Phone (204)278-3372, (204)485-1490.

LIVESTOCK Cattle Auctions

30 QUIET EXCEPTIONAL RED Angus Simm X & RA Char X cows bred Simm & Limo to start calving Mar 15th. All cows home raised from closed herd & can be age verified. Weaned calves still on farm for viewing. Call (204)871-1588, anytime.

Last Sale Friday, December 20

FIRST CATTLE SALE OF 2014 Friday, January 10 @ 9:00 am

NEXT SHEEP & GOAT SALE Wednesday, January 8 @ 1:00 pm Gates Open: Mon.-Wed. 8AM-4PM Thurs. 8AM-10PM Friday 8AM-6PM Sat. 8AM-4PM

We have 7 to 10 local buyers and orders and 7 to 8 regular order buyers on our market.

“Where Buyers & Sellers Meet” For more information call: 204-694-8328 Jim Christie 204-771-0753 Scott Anderson 204-782-6222 Mike Nernberg 204-807-0747 Licence #1122

500 BRED HEIFERS, REDS, Blacks & Tans, start calving April 5th, 2014. Had all shots, preg checked, Ivomec, pelvic measured, weigh approx 1100-lbs. (204)325-2416, Darlingford. 65 BRED HEIFERS, BLACK Angus, Angus Hereford cross, some Red Angus. From our own range calving herd, bred to calving ease, Black Angus & Angus Hereford cross bulls. Start calving mid-Feb. All shots, Ivomec. $1,200. (204)873-2525 evenings, Clearwater. BRED HEIFERS 20 RED & 73 Black Angus & Angus cross bred heifers, full health program, bred to proven easy calving bulls. Exposed 60 days maximum, starting June 14th. Choice $1500, all $1450. Cell (306)434-6980, Home (204)683-2208 St. Lazare, MB. FOR SALE: 15 RED Angus cross Simmental heifers, bred to Red Angus bull, due to calve March/April. Heifers are 1000+ lbs & very deep bodied. Call (204)746-0377 or (204)347-7490, St Malo. FOR SALE: 18 ANGUS Cross cows & heifers, bred to easy calving Black Angus bulls. To start calving May 15. Asking $1450. Phone (204)758-3374, St Jean. FOR SALE: 60 RED & Black Angus cross young cows, $1185 each. Phone (204)937-4683, Roblin, MB. FOR SALE: RED ANGUS & Red Angus Cross bred heifers, bred to easy calving Red Angus bulls, March/April calving. Phone: (204) 873-2530 or (204) 825-8419. PUREBRED & COMMERCIAL SIMMENTAL heifer, bred w/A.I. dates. Also 2-yr old polled Simmental bulls. Bruce Firby (204)867-2203, Minnedosa.

THANK YOU To all our Customers & Happy Holidays!



P. QUINTAINE & SON LTD. 728-7549 Licence No. 1123

Specialty LIVESTOCK Livestock Equipment 285 LUCKNOW MIXER WAGON complete w/scale, always shedded, well maintained, like new condition, $15,000. Phone (204)967-2157 ALTERNATIVE POWER BY SUNDOG SOLAR, portable/remote solar water pumping for winter/summer. Call for pricing on solar systems, wind generators, aeration. Carl Driedger, (204)556-2346 or (204)851-0145, Virden. FOR SALE: 2 NEWLY rebuilt Bobsleighs w/2.5-in wide runners for horses, $1000 each OBO; 1 smaller Bobsleigh, newly built, $500; 1 single horse cutter, almost new, $300. Call Leon (204)866-4141. FOR SALE: BALE KING 3100 Bale processor, excellent condition, will do partial trade for JD-4240 or JD-4040 w/loader. HAY FOR SALE: 1400-lb ALFALFA/Brome round bales. Phone:(204)733-2436, Ochre River.

REAL ESTATE Houses & Lots READY TO MOVE HOMES -1,320-sqft, 3 bdrm, master bedroom has ensuite & walk-in closet, main floor laundry, kitchen has island & corner pantry. $75,000. Call MARVIN HOMES INC: (204)326-1493 or (204)355-8484. Steinbach, MB

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Manitoba

MUSICAL FOR ALL YOUR MUSICAL instruments & accessories, shop Hildebrand Music, Portage La Prairie Mall. (204)857-3172. Large variety of student & professional instruments, famous name brands, new arrivals weekly, strings, sound equip, keyboards, percussion, band & wireless.

ORGANIC Organic – Grains M&M ORGANIC MARKETING: Now buying milling oats & these feed grains: oats, flax, soybeans, peas. Phone:(204)379-2451.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus

FULL LINE OF COLORED & galvanized roofing, siding & accessories, structural steel, tubing, plate, angles, flats, rounds etc. Phone:1-800-510-3303, Fouillard Steel Supplies Ltd, St Lazare.


Contact: D.J. (Don) MacDonald Livestock Ltd. License #1110

YOUNG EWES, 100 SUFFOLK Dorset cross, 25 Katahdin Dorper cross, $125 each or trade for bred cows/heifers or lite calves. Call Rick (204)646-2157.

FOR SALE: REGISTERED FULL-BLOOD Simmental cows, closed herd, calving from late DecApr, would preg-check. Phone:(204)720-3103.

Season’s Greetings & Best Wishes For a Safe and Happy Holiday

Rob: 528-3254, 724-3400 Ben: 721-3400 Don: 528-3477, 729-7240

PUREBRED CLUN FOREST RAMS for sale. Born March. Ready to breed this fall. All breeding lines from Imported British Genetics. For more information about our Cluns go to $250-$300. Phone:(204)722-2036. (Virden area)

31 RED FACTOR SIMMENTAL heifers, bred to proven light birth weight (75lbs) black bull. To start calving Mid-April. Got all vaccinations, Ivomec’d & preg-checked. $1,600/each for the lot. Riverbank Farms, Ray Cormier. Phone:(204)736-2608.

FREE STANDING CORRAL PANELS, Feeders & Alley ways, 30ft or order to size. Oil Field Pipe: 1.3, 1.6, 1.9, 1 7/8, 2-in, 2 3/8, 2 7/8, 3 1/2. Sucker Rod: 3/4, 7/8, 1. Casing Pipes: 4-9inch. Sold by the piece or semi load lots. For special pricing call Art (204)685-2628 or cell (204)856-3440.

800-1000 LBS. Steers & Heifers

HAMCO CATTLE CO- The Hamiltons at Glenboro, MB have for sale a strong group of Red & Black Angus bred heifers & cows, bred to easy calving bulls, due to calve Mar-Jun. Very good vaccanation program. For more info, contact Albert, Glen, or Larissa Hamilton:(204)827-2358 or (204)526-0705 or David Hamilton:(204)822-3054.

• Sprayed foam insulation • Ideal for shops, barns or homes • Healthier, Quieter, More Energy Efficient®



LIVESTOCK Sheep For Sale

140 SIMMENTAL & SIMMENTAL Charolais cross heifers. Bred Red Angus, home raised, start calving March 25. Full herd health program. Fisher Branch (204)372-6492 or (204)372-8801.


WANTED: ALL CLASSES OF feeder cattle, yearlings & calves. Dealer Licence# 1353. Also wanted, light feed grains: wheat, barley & oats. Phone:(204)325-2416, Manitou.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Angus

The Icynene Insulation System®

LIVESTOCK Cattle Wanted

Bioriginal Food & Science Corp., based in Saskatoon, is actively buying Organic Flax from the 2013 crop year. If interested, please send an 8lb sample* to the following address: Attn: Sandy Jolicoeur Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. 102 Melville Street Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7J 0R1 *Please state the Variety & Quantity for Sale

For more information, please contact Sandy at:

306-975-9251 306-975-1166

PETS & SUPPLIES AUSTRAILIAN SHEPHERD PUPS FROM working trial champion lines, Hangin Tree & Las Rocosa breeding. Available to farm & ranch homes, ready to go w/vaccinations & vet exams. Phone (204)859-2167 or Border Collie Pups: Out of good working parents. Over 20 years breeding - pups guaranteed. Pam McIntyre (204)365-0372 BORDER COLLIE reg male pups from rare match of champion bloodlines & working parents, born Sept. 22nd, 2013, $700. First shots, microchip, registration, more. Classic black & white coloring. (204)664-2027

REAL ESTATE Cottages & Lots LAKEVIEW COTTAGE AT LAKE of the Prairies: 864-sq.ft w/3-bdrms, 1-bth. Deck, Great View, Well, Septic holding tank. $155,000.00. Karen Goraluk, Salesperson. Northstar Ins. & Real Estate. (204)773-6797.

GRAIN FARM FOR SALE 2800 acre grain farm in Southeast MB. Great bean and cereal land located on paved highway

Please Contact Sheldon Froese 204-371-5131 Stacey Hiebert 204-371-5930 FOR SALE: WOODSIDE 160-ACS fenced pasture w/1982 built bungalow, 1056-sq.ft, efa, $164,000. 2) PLUMAS 1,156-sq.ft. 2+ BDRM MODERN HOME 4.17-ACS, ca c vac, WORKSHOPS & MORE! 2) ARDEN 5-acs 2+ bdrm renov. Home dbl garage. Also 2-ac lot only $8,000; 4) 1 section of pastureland NE of GLADSTONE, fenced & dugouts, $269,000; 5) GLADSTONE, 157-acs Lakeland, fenced, arable. older home, outbldgs, $360,000. 6) Acerage w/3-bdrm home w/trucker’s shed 72x36, in OBERON, $229,000. Phone Liz:(204)476-6362 or John:(204)476-6719. Gill & Schmall Agencies. GRANT TWEED Your Farm Real Estate Specialist. Developing a successful farm takes years of hard work. When it’s time to sell there are many factors to consider. I can provide the experience & expertise to help you through the process. To arrange a confidential, obligation free meeting, please call (204)761-6884 anytime. Website;

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