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N Rail boss Claude Mongeau testily defended h i s c o m p a n y ’s g r a i n service record before MPs last week, but was often contradicted by Canada’s grain monitor, Mark Hemmes of Quorum Corporation. Hemmes, when pushed to identify who was to blame for the unprecedented grain backlog said, “I think the railways See BACKLOG on page 7 »

Michelle Schram and Troy Stozek are in their fourth year establishing a small mixed farm on Michelle’s family’s farm near Cartwright.


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hirteen southwestern Manitoba families who banded together to deliver their farm produce to Winnipeg customers have found themselves on the wrong side of provincial food safety regulations. The Har vest Moon Local Food Initiative, which has seen its direct-tocustomer sales grow to about $120,000 annually since 2008, has been told to stop delivering ungraded eggs or uninspected chickens to customers. Over the past three years, the initiative has been taking customer orders through

a web-based ordering system and delivering farm-raised products to delivery points in Winnipeg and other sites in rural Manitoba. By joining forces, the producers were able to combine orders and share transportation for their farm-raised beef, chicken, pork, lamb, eggs, produce and jams and jellies to customers 140 km away, said Troy Stozek, who operates a mixed farm near Cartwright with his partner Michelle Schram. They recently learned from provincial inspectors that they can no longer market ungraded eggs or chicken that hasn’t been processed at a provincially inspected plant over the Internet, he said.


“It’s really a bit of a grey area for the government from an inspector’s point of view, in that eggs and uninspected chicken are allowed to be sold at the farm gate only,” Stozek said.

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esearchers at Western University in London, Ont. have found youth living in rural areas are more likely to suffer concussions from injuries involving motorized vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, whereas youth living in urban areas suffer concussions mostly as a result of sports. Hockey accounts for 40 per cent of those injuries. The study which reveals where and how children are receiving concussions is published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. A team of researchers tracked youth under the age of 18 who presented to the London Health Sciences Centre emergency departments with a concussion over a six-year period. There were 2,112 pediatric concussions, with a steady increase in number treated each year. “It was important for us to learn about who is getting injured, where they’re getting injured, and why they’re getting injured. Once you answer those questions, then you can implement targeted injury prevention programs,” said Dr. Doug Fraser, an associate professor in the departments of pediatrics, physiology & pharmacology and clinical neurological sciences at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Concussions are a particular concern for children and adolescents because their brain is still developing and they are more susceptible to effects of a head injury. The goal follow-

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ing this research is to create injury prevention programs that target and educate those at high risk of sustaining a concussion. Along with properly following the rules of the sport and wearing the protective equipment, Tanya Charyk Stewart, the Injury Epidemiologist for the Trauma Program at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) said it is important to recognize symptoms of a head injury and seek prompt medical treatment. “Watch the person carefully. In young children look for symptoms like, irritability or an inability to console the child. If the caregiver has any concerns at all; if a person has any symptoms whatsoever in conjunction with an injury, they should immediately go and be seen by a doctor. Better safe than sorry, so be seen,” Fraser said.


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he province’s March 31 outl o o k f o r “n e a r - n o r m a l ” flooding for most of Manitoba had a wrench thrown into it by a snowstorm in the northern U.S. and southern Manitoba last week. “After the last few springs I’m not sure what normal is; it seems like normal is actually when we have major flooding,” Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton said at a news conference March 31. “But if you consider the fact we may not even have to operate the floodway, that indicated to my mind... the degree to which things are certainly looking a lot better than they have.” However, the province issued an update last Friday. “The flood risk on the Red River south of Winnipeg is approaching the predicted unfavourable weather scenario as indicated in the province’s March 31 flood outlook,” it said. “Un f a vo u ra b l e weather conditions could result in minor to moderate flooding. As indicated in the March outlook, river levels from Emerson to Winnipeg could be slightly higher than levels observed in 2008 and 2012. Minor flooding is expected to occur on small tributaries such as the La Salle, Rat and Morris rivers, and Buffalo Creek.” At the March 31 news conference, officials said the Portage Diversion is expected to be called into operation only under unfavourable weather conditions or if ice jams pose a threat between that community and Headingley. “We do have ice thickness 20 per cent more than normal... so not only thicker, but also very strong,” said Fisaha Unduche, Manitoba’s chief flood forecaster, adding that ice jams can be difficult to predict. Ice-cutting and ice-breaking machines have been working for several weeks to lower the risk of ice jams, breaking up 28 km of ice on the Red River north of Winnipeg, said Steve Topping, executive director of hydrologic forecasting and water management. Ice has also been broken on the Icelandic River, Brokenhead River, Whitemud River, Fisher River, as well as on Lake Manitoba at the outlet for the Portage Diversion channel. But the continued cold weather has meant some ice previously Salford_SFM14-03_14-10.25x3-MC.qxd b r o k e n u p by t h e p r ov i n c e’s

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rganizers of Arden’s annual Crocus Festival have put the call out for fresh entries to their photo contest featuring Manitoba’s perky official flower. Photographers have until midnight April 27 to enter the contest, which has several categories and boasts a combined purse worth $680 this year. Winners will be announced May 3 during the festival hosted by the Lansdowne Heritage Resources and Tourism Committee in Arden. Last year’s delayed spring left photographers with only about three days to take and enter photos, said John Dietz, contest organizer. This year, with at least a foot of snow on top of deeply frozen ground, photographers may again have a very short window for crocus photos. However, if you can find them, crocus buds also can make a captivating photo, says Dietz. The contest is open for all residents of Manitoba, except professional photographers. Separate prizes, up to $50 each, are offered for youth, under age 18, and adults. Arden is located six km north of the Yellowhead Highway, on the old Fort Ellice Trail, and about 160 km west/northwest of Winnipeg. Judging for the first stage is conducted independently, by Henry’s Photo, Winnipeg. Second-stage judging is a public event that’s part of the Arden Crocus Festival. This People’s Choice Award is sponsored by the Manitoba Co-operator, and published by the farm newspaper. Digital entries are printed in 8x10 format and displayed for one day at the Crocus Festival headquarters. The photo gallery is located inside the Arden Community Centre. There are no fees for entering the contest, and no admission fees at the family-oriented Crocus Festival. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites from among all the photo entries. Details on the contest can be obtained from the municipal website, from the RM of Lansdowne office in Arden, from local sponsors and from Henry’s Photo stores in Winnipeg.


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Rules and reality


t’s hard not to have a soft spot for farm families attempting to participate in the local food movement. For one thing, they put a fresh face on farming, as many are younger than the greying statistical demographic of Canadian farmers. That said, it’s much easier to partake in a 100-mile diet living on the coast of British Columbia or Florida than it is in Manitoba. You have to give credit to the people seeking Laura Rance to buy locally produced foods and the farmEditor ers attempting to deliver it for trying to make the concept work on the cold and sparsely populated Prairies. In this regard, “deliver” appears to be the operative word. This week we bring you the story of the Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative, which is attempting to connect consumers with southwestern Manitoba farmers by taking orders through a website and then pooling delivery to customers in Winnipeg and other locations. It makes environmental and logistical sense. Why put several partly loaded trucks on the road when one will do? Why not take advantage of the Internet? They’ve been offering all sorts of things, including fresh eggs, poultry, meat products, jams and home canning. You could call it a farmers’ market on wheels — except according to provincial regulations, you can’t. Collectively connecting with the customers over the Internet doesn’t meet the definition of a farmers’ market, and because they are delivering, they don’t meet the definition of farm gate sales. As a result, they’ve been told to stop offering two of their most popular items — eggs unless they have been graded, and poultry unless it has been processed in a provincially inspected facility, neither of which are available within a cost-effective distance for these suppliers. Home-canning recipes must now be sent for assessment by the Food Products Development Centre at a cost of $150 per recipe. Rules and regulations are all well and good. We fully acknowledge, as do the members of this co-operative effort, that food safety is paramount and cannot be taken for granted in this day and age. That said however, sometimes pragmatic exceptions are in order, especially when technicalities are the limiting factor. Other legislation allows for exceptions, such as when proposed residential or commercial development doesn’t comply with existing zoning bylaws. Variances can be obtained after a hearing process. If Manitoba’s pending regulatory framework is truly “outcome based,” as provincial officials say it will be, there must be some means by which these entrepreneurs can demonstrate they comply with the overarching goal of food safety. The inspectors tasked with enforcing the rules should have clear guidelines to work with, not poorly defined grey areas. But there must also be a review process that allows vendors who don’t fit conventional models to make their case. If home canning is safe enough to be sold at a farmers’ market, why can’t it be delivered to a customer who has placed an order for it? It only makes sense for products going to the same destination to travel on one vehicle as opposed to several. We hope a reasonable balance can be found. Instead of ruling how it can’t be done, the goal should be determining how it can.

Time to take climate change seriously


fter the winter we’ve just had, it’s hard to take the increasingly dire global warming warnings seriously. But the evidence is mounting and even though many of us have stopped denying the probabilities, many of us remain in denial. We are doing very little to change how we contribute to the problem or taking measures to adapt. Agriculture is no exception. As the recent IPCC report spells out, even those who aren’t confronted with hurricanes, flooding or tsunamis will feel the effects due to the interconnectedness of the global economy. Now a new study points out it isn’t just declining yields we need to be concerned about; it is also declining nutritional content in key crops. Researchers with the University of California-Davis have demonstrated that elevated

levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants’ assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies. Earlier studies have shown that protein concentrations in the grain of wheat, rice and barley — as well as in potato tubers — decline, on average, by approximately eight per cent under elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Based on our dietary dependence on these crops, they estimate overall protein availability could drop three per cent. That’s a reminder that when it comes to the effect of climate change, farmers — and their customers — can be the most affected. They need to do their part in addressing the problem.

Market-driven farm policy fails farmers Attention is focused on the reduction of education tax on farmland while ignoring basis levels and high seed costs By Fred Tait


Manitoba Co-operator Feb. 6 article recognized the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP). The editorial attributed the organization’s recent growth in membership to its ability to avoid becoming embroiled in debates on controversial issues such as the retention of the Canadian Wheat Board. KAP leadership decided not to become involved in the debate over the future of the CWB at a time when a majority of Manitoba grain producers and KAP members favoured the retention of the CWB. It appears the lack of policy and leadership on this important issue was driven by a vocal minority within KAP, allied with one or more KAP commodity group members. A second important consideration for KAP leadership to consider at that time may have been its reliance on the line grain companies to collect KAP and commodity group membership fees. The capacity of the line grain companies to deliver or withhold KAP and commodity group membership fees introduces a market-driven component to the Manitoba/ Canadian farm policy debate. Market-driven farm policy has demonstrated a capacity to focus attention on issues such as the $5,000 cap on the reduction of education tax on farmland or the provincial ban on the cosmetic use of herbicides. Meanwhile, a $64 basis on CWRS or $87 basis on CPRS, $96-$130 per acre on a yield of 1.5 tonne per acre is not considered worthy of comment. Market-driven farm


policy can also ignore overwhelming evidence that UPOV 91 will increase a farmer’s seed costs while avoiding commenting on $600-per-bushel canola seed. The future success of checkoff-funded farm and commodity organizations may depend upon their capacity to focus attention on important issues like timely rains, bountiful harvests, higher prices and lower taxes. The division and retention of the value of a farmer’s production will be deemed too controversial to discuss, requiring the abandonment of any responsibility to represent the farmer’s collective economic interest in the marketplace. Over the next year, millions of dollars in checkoff fees will be collected by line grain companies and delivered to KAP and commodity groups. Many meetings will be held. Most will be poorly attended. Busy work will flourish. Commodity group annual meetings may be conducted within the prescribed 40-minute time limit. Such restricted time allocations will not be applied to events held in some faraway, exotic and luxurious locations. Controversy will be avoided at all cost. Farmers will receive an ever-declining share of the food consumer’s dollar. Farms will continue to fail, while the checkoff-funded organizations they fund will flourish. Editors of the farm press will often extol the virtues of those organizations that remain uncontroversial, thereby removing any need to report on controversial issues, that if reported, may offend their advertisers. The same advertisers, that is, that collect the checkoff fees that fund the uncontroversial market-driven farm and commodity groups. Fred Tait farms near Rossendale, Man.

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his advertisement from the April 23, 1998 issue reminded Manitoba Pool members that they were about to receive 4.6 per cent of the value in their equity account. The cash payout totalled $4 million after a record net profit of $28 million from the last crop year. On the front page, we reported that Manitoba Pool delegates had decided to formally launch merger negotiations with Alberta Pool. The previous year, the two had launched an unsuccessful takeover bid of United Grain Growers, and had attempted to merge with Sask Pool, but that failed due to “undisclosed differences which could not be resolved.” We also reported that the wheat board and CN Rail had reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount after the board had formally complained to the Canadian Transportation Agency that CN had failed to move enough grain in the winter of 1996-97. Based on photos in the issue, it appears that weather was favourable in April 1998 — one was of Agriculture Minister Harry Enns and other officials without coats in a snow-free field at the official sod-turning for the new Maple Leaf hog plant in Brandon. Another photo was of a canoe tied to a baler near Ste. Agathe. After the record flood the previous year, the owner was apparently ready for another.


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New insights into Canadian Wheat Board orderly marketing Markets work best when unfettered and there is competition By Allan Dawson co-operator staff



have a new understanding of the ter m “orderly marketing.” I once thought of it simply as the approach the now defunct single-desk Canadian Wheat Board took to selling western Canadian wheat and barley. You know — pricing to market, not flooding markets to avoid driving prices down and providing equitable delivery opportunity for farmers. It turns out orderly marketing was also about co-ordinating grain movement through Canada’s constrained grain-handling and transportation system. I knew the wheat board played a vital role in grain logistics — a role missing this crop year given the historic backlog in grain movement. Even CN Rail president and CEO Claude Mongeau thinks so. “One of the biggest root causes of the challenge we face is a lack of co-ordination across the supply chain and growing pains from new grain-marketing strategies following the change in role of the Canadian Wheat Board,” he said in a March 31 news release. It’s also why some, including former wheat board director Ian McCreary, suggest a new grain transportation co-ordinating entity is needed. It makes sense. Grain companies say they haven’t oversold the system’s shipping capacity, but how do they know? Each shipper knows what it sold, but not their competitors’ sales. And how do shippers, including producer car users, know the railways are allocating cars fairly? How can a system-wide level of service be judged adequate or not when aggregate shipping targets are never established? Agriculture and transport ministers, Gerry Ritz and Lisa Raitt reject the idea, saying market forces should be allowed to work, even though a lack of them is what drove the federal government to introduce the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. To be sure, Ritz also opposes recreating the Grain Transportation Agency (GTA), which operated from 1979 until 1995, because doing so would be an admission that killing the wheat board without replacing some of what it did was a mistake. CN Rail acknowledges the lack of system coordination but like the ministers, opposes more regulation. “We steadfastly believe that ensuring commercial alignment and encouraging supply chain collaboration are much better ways to build a stronger transportation infrastructure to the benefit of Canadian farmers,” says CN spokesman Mark Hallman. Open markets work best when unfettered, or in others words, are unconstrained. Western

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Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system is constrained, especially this year. According to University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist Richard Gray most of the West’s grain wants to move to the West Coast where prices are highest. But West Coast terminals can only handle 22 million tonnes, or twothirds of normal exports. There’s an open market for grain marketing, but not in grain transportation. The two railways enjoy geographic monopolies. According to the grain companies the railways refuse to invest in surge capacity because they don’t have to. Grain is captive to rail because of the long distances to port. The grain companies say the solution is forcing the railways into service-level agreements with individual shippers and penalizing the railways when they fail to provide that service. They are probably right. But will such agreements ever be implemented? It makes sense to explore a new federally mandated GTA to oversee and direct grain transportation, and if warranted, set it up. Quorum, the firm that already monitors the grain handling and transportation, could be contracted to do the job. Coincidently, one of its staff worked for the old GTA. If service-level agreements come to be and work, the new GTA would become redundant and could be abolished — again.

New information on climate change In a March 27 letter to the editor, Erik Eriksson responded to an earlier letter from Wayne James that dealt with the science around the issues of GMOs and climate change. Mr. Eriksson stated, “The ‘manmade climate change’ theory is by no means as settled among all scientists as the mainstream media want us to believe.” Mr. Eriksson then encourages people to search YouTube for a video made in 2007, “The great global warming swindle.”

“We steadfastly believe that ensuring commercial alignment and encouraging supply chain collaboration are much better ways to build a stronger transportation infrastructure to the benefit of Canadian farmers.” Mark Hallman CN spokesman

But if those agreements don’t come, or don’t work, then the new GTA is ‘plan B.’ Peter Thomson, the head of the old GTA was fond of saying, “A little bit of competition can do away with a hell of a lot of regulation.” Nineteen years after the first GTA was scrapped competition between the railways is as elusive as ever, while the grain-handling system is even more constrained in the wake of higher grain production. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

It would be comforting if the general assertions in this video were true: that human-induced global warming was not a serious reality. However, I have concerns that the video contains misrepresentations, such as a statement by Patrick Michaels of the University of Virginia that, “Anyone who goes around and says that carbon dioxide is responsible for most of the warming of the 20th century hasn’t looked at the basic numbers.” If you are interested in the science of global warming and climate change, a more thorough and much

more recent assessment of the science of global warming is the recently released Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (http:// Agriculture, even in temperate regions like Manitoba, is expected to face more negatives than positives because of impacts of escalating levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases released by human activity. Matthew Wiens Beausejour, Man.


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“I was fully committed to doing that, and then our most recent update is that we have to send a recipe for each product to the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie,” she said, adding that the initial cost is about $150 per recipe. Schram said some financial support may be available through Growing Forward 2 programs, but she needs to pencil out whether the volumes she wants to sell match the extra costs and time. Harvest Moon’s problems are further complicated by the fact they pool deliveries, taking turns making the trip in refrigerated trucks, said Greg Wood, who owns a small mixed farm and is also owner of Cypress Meats and More at Cypress River. The rules don’t accommodate pooling of direct-marketed farm production. But he said it doesn’t make sense for each of them to be separately driving their products to customers either from a time management or environmental perspective, he said. “It’s all about the distance,” said Wood, adding that if they were all 20 minutes from the city there’d be no problem. Stozek said food safety is paramount to their group, but none of these latest restrictions have arisen because of a problem with their food products. “In our minds it’s a perfect system in terms of accountability,” he said. “Customers

know exactly where and who they bought everything from and put that trust in the farmer accordingly.”


Brad and Leanne Anderson, who raise 999 chickens on their small farm south of Cypress River and have been marketing through HMLFI, say their only option now is to start taking their birds to a provincially inspected plant in Niverville again. They’ve done so before, but it was a two-hour drive, “stressful for both us and the birds,” he said. They’ve been much happier working through a facility in their area that is inspected by provincial health officials, but does not provide inspection on the birds it processes. Customers can also come and get their chickens directly from their farm, but only a fraction have ever done so, he added. “Roughly 100 of them get picked up, the rest of them we deliver,” said Anderson. Anderson said the bottom line is the way the rules are being interpreted makes it prohibitive for small-flock producers to make a living. “I’m not sure that this actually serves the purpose it’s trying to serve, which is making food safer,” he said. Wood said about 70 per cent of their farm-raised eggs from their own small flock is sold via the truck deliveries. Eggs were one of HMLFI’s most popular products, but now they must either find somewhere nearby to get eggs graded or stop selling

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them altogether, he said. They haven’t begun to explore all their options but hauling small volumes of eggs long distances for grading would erase any profit, Wood said.

Seeking change

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Ron Kostyshyn asking for rule changes that recognize their web-based truck marketing system, Stozek said, adding that HMLFI’s system was created after the rules were laid down for direct marketing. “A lot of new and aspiring farmers are looking to get into this type of business of diversification and direct marketing

and it just seems there’s a real opportunity for the province to encourage this kind of local economic development.” Stozek added that their hope is that this latest issue related to local food marketing starts to bring about positive changes. “We’re just going to try and encourage increased dialogue,” he said. “And I think that’s already been started in the past few months.” Their group will be able to make their case again this spring when public consultations on food safety regulation begin. Although the Manitoba government implemented a new food safety act five years ago, it has not yet been proclaimed and will begin hosting public consultations on regulations this spring. That will allow public input into draft regulations that focus on how food is processed in Manitoba, said Dr. Glen Duizer, who works in the Food Safety Knowledge Centre of MAFRD. There will be both web-based consultations and public meetings to allow wide opportunity for people to have input, Duizer said, adding that the dates and locations of public meetings are expected to be announced shortly. “This is going to have a fair bit of interest around it so I would expect, obviously, there will be several times and opportunities for people to have these meetings,” he said.


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carry the brunt of it... (but) it’s not a simple issue just to point your finger at one stakeholder and say ‘it’s all your fault.’ I think we’d be remiss in this process if we are to do that.” Nineteen witnesses, including Mongeau, appeared before the House of Commons agriculture committee in Ottawa April 1 and 2 to comment on the proposed Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. Farm groups and grain shippers support the legislation, but many said it is only a first step to permanently fixing poor rail service. MPs were told repeatedly shippers need a clearer definition of “adequate and suitable” rail service under the Canada Transportation Act. Armed with that shippers said they can then get meaningful level-of-service agreements with the railways, but only if they include penalties following poor rail service.


There were lots of calls for better communication and co-operation throughout the system, but also recognition there’s much acrimony between participants. A sometimes indignant Mongeau stressed moving grain is a team sport,” and said CN “performed reasonably well” given the harshest winter in 50 or 60 years. The “key reason” for the backlog was a big crop, he told the committee. Not according to Hemmes. “( T)his year’s bumper crop has not yet been one of the fundamental problems that we’ve seen in the grain-handling and transportation system,” he told the committee. The massive 2013 crop will “start to challenge the system” nearer to this year’s harvest, he added. Hemmes said the railway unloads are down five per cent versus last year and the average. Total Canadian grain exports year to date are down six per cent. Mongeau claimed nobody knew there was a record crop u n t i l Nove m b e r. He m m e s said the industry knew there was a bumper crop coming in August. When the railways were informed they told grain companies they would ship 5,000 cars a week — about the same as last crop year, Hemmes said. “The bottom line is they (railways) have committed a certain level (of service) and they’ve fallen below it and as a consequence we’ve seen this dreadful falling down of the ability to load vessels at both the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert,” he said. CN is 35,000 cars behind — a shortfall of about 1,000 a week. But according to Mongeau 28,000 of those cars are because grain companies overbooked.

While speaking last week to the House of Commons’ agriculture committee, Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corporation, Canada’s grain monitor, repeatedly contradicted earlier testimony from CN Rail president and CEO Claude Mongeau.  photo: allan dawson

Based on Mongeau’s numbers CN is only 7,000 cars behind or short only 200 cars a week. Grain companies lacked coordination in the new open market, he said. “In week seven and beyond they (grain companies) started to order far more... than the supply chain was ever able to move,” Mongeau told the committee. “In fact they were ordering on CN close to 7,000 orders every week. “Of course we never did anything close to that.”

Terminal capacity

Mongeau told the committee the system will be lucky to handle the 11,000 cars a week required by a federal government order issued last month. “We are at capacity as we speak in Prince Rupert,” he said. “We are a whisker from being excess of what they can unload at Vancouver. “We will have to prove the hard way where the true supply chain capability is.” But Hemmes said he doesn’t see any immediate problem at the West Coast. There are 29 ships in Vancouver and 1.8 million tonnes of terminal space, he said.

There were no trains in site on this rail line at Killarney last week (April 4).   photo: Lorraine Stevenson

“It’s going to take a long time to fill that,” he said, adding more ships are arriving daily. Keith Creel, president and CEO of CP Rail criticized most West Coast terminal operators for not operating continuously, as the railways do.

“ T h e ra i l w a y i s n o t t h e bottleneck...,” he told the committee. Mongeau alleged that the grain companies are “oligopolies” — an allusion to the wide margins they are said by some to be earning.

C-30 will set the grain industry back and it’s undermining industry collaboration, Mongeau said. “There is no amount of regulation that can move grain.”

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The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

West Coast bottleneck means lower prices in the country So long as grain supplies are large the gap between world and country elevator prices will remain wide, the agriculture committee was told By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF


estern Canadian grain farmers will continue to get a lot less than the world price, even if the railways improve their service, the House of Commons agriculture committee was told April 2. That’s because almost all of the West’s grain wants to be exported through the West Coast where prices are highest, but can’t because Vancouver and Prince Rupert can only handle 22 million tonnes a year, University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist Richard Gray and former Canadian Wheat Board director Ian McCreary said in separate presentations. The committee is reviewing Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for

Grain Farmers Act, designed to improve rail service for grain and tackle the current backlog in grain shipments. Gray estimates if the West Coast could handle all Western Canada’s grain exports it would save farmers $800 million a year in reduced basis (difference between country and port prices) and eastern grain-shipping costs. Because ocean freight rates are currently low, Canada can export grain from as far east as Brandon, Man. from the West Coast to Europe and Africa via the Panama Canal. “If (grain) production stays at average to above-average levels this new ‘grain robbery,’ as it’s being seen on the Prairies, will be there for the foreseeable future,” McCreary told the com-

mittee. “Alternatively stated current international prices are very strong and western Canadian farmers are the only ones not to gain from this strong market.” McCreary, a former wheat board analyst who now farms at Bladworth, Sask., said his wheat is worth $170 a tonne more in Vancouver than at his local elevator. Since it costs grain companies $70 a tonne to get the grain to Vancouver the companies are making an extra $100 a tonne, he said. “That’s a $4.8-billion transfer from farmers to grain companies,” McCreary said. “That’s not a very attractive solution. So we need to be a bit more creative in finding that solution.”

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Association denies it’s reaping windfall profits due to the wide basis. Spokesman Wade Sobkowich said in an interview the basis is wide to discourage farmers from delivering grain because elevators are plugged. As a result little grain is moving and much of what is, was sold at higher prices. Moreover, grain companies are facing higher c o s t s re l a t e d t o t h e g ra i n backlog, including demurrage, contract penalties and lost sales. In the past when grain crops were big, the Canadian Wheat Board prevented the basis from getting as wide as it is now, McCreary said. The board would inform the railways how much grain the West was likely to ship, calculate how much would move

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University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist Richard Gray says due to the West Coast’s limited export capacity the difference between West Coast and country grain prices will remain wide so long as grain stocks are high. PHOTO: ALLAN DAWSON

through the West Coast, through Thunder Bay and to the United States and then get farmers to store the surplus. Since the wheat board is gone, it makes sense to set up another agency, perhaps modelled after the old Grain Transportation Agency (GTA), to co-ordinate grain transportation, McCreary said. A new GTA can’t force farmers to store grain but it could establish how much grain is expected to move and allocate export capacity so users get their fair share of a limited resource, he said. Pierre Lemieux, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of agriculture, rejected the idea, saying it was too bureaucratic. Barley Council of Canada chair Brian Otto agreed, saying if all players in the grain industry met they could work out a commercially based system. Liberal MP Wayne Easter disagreed. “Simply put, if this system was working under the theory you’re talking about, we certainly wouldn’t need this legislation today,” he said. “History has shown you do need some kind of GTA to have the authority to make the system work as you would like it to.” Gray suggested at very least a new GTA could allocate cars where there is a backlog. “We’ve got a bunch of contracts that are overdue and it’s up to the railways that ship grain where and that’s not working very well,” he said. Both Gray and McCreary said the cap on total grain revenues should remain, but suggested exploring compensating railways more during the winter when operating costs are higher. Gray said railway grainshipping costs should also be reviewed. The grain-handling and transportation system is much more efficient now than the last review was done in 1992. “Without long-term planning, basis levels will remain high, stifling farm income and national economic growth,” Gray warned. “Frankly, other than a short crop there’s not a lot of shortrun solutions other than use the resources we have now the best we can.” Increasing cash advances and subsidizing grain storage are options the government could consider, Gray said.


The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

Feeders and non-grain shippers fear car shortages House agriculture committee hears of unintended consequences of order to ship grain for export By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


r itish Columbia livestock producers fear running out of Prairie grain because the railways have been ordered by Ottawa to ship at least a million tonnes of grain a week. To ensure compliance the railways are focusing on shipping to West Coast export terminals, Garnet Etsell, a turkey farmer from Abbottsford, B.C. told the House of Commons a g r i c u l t u re c o m m i t t e e i n Ottawa April 2. The committee is reviewing Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, aimed at improving rail service for grain. Etsell isn’t the only one complaining about unintended consequences from the order and proposed law. Canada’s mining and fertilizer industries say their rail service is threatened. Etsell, a B.C. Agriculture Council representative to the

Canadian Federation of Agriculture, said while he supports moving western grain, domestic grain customers’ needs must also be met. “If we do not get some sort of prioritization in Bill C-30 we will be unable to get enough grain in the (Fraser) valley to feed our animals,” he warned MPs. “If that day comes where the bins are empty we are going to be faced with a decision... to cull animals. You can’t send a half-grown chicken to market. There’s only one thing to do and that’s to destroy it.” The Fraser Valley needs 100 cars of feed grain a week, year round, Etsell said. Even if there were enough trucks to replace those cars, trucking would add $40 to $70 a tonne to feed costs. Etsell said it would cost him $114,000 a year more to feed his turkeys.

Pulses affected

The order threatens pulse and special crop shippers trying to

export via Montreal and also to Mining and fertilizer the United States and Mexico, “You can’t make a change in said Greg Cherewyk, Pulse Can- one place without expecting a ada’s chief operating officer. consequence elsewhere,” Pierre “Our members... are being Gratton, president and CEO of told that their service will suf- the Mining Association of Canfer... because of the nature of ada told the committee. the move, the corridor they Mining companies have had want to move it through,” poor rail service since last fall Cherewyk said. “They’re feel- too, getting just half the cars ing very threatened right now they ordered, he said. by the actions and words of the T h e Ca n a d i a n Fe r t i l i ze r railways. And it is both. There’s Institute opposes a governa threat out there and actual ment-imposed grain-shipping evidence that this has already mandate, said president Roger started to take hold.” Larson. When the government sets “Without an expansion of rail shipping targets it must treat capacity it is a zero-sum game,” shippers and shipping corri- he said. dors fairly, he added. The current grain backlog is Prairie Oat Growers Associ- not an anomaly, but a wake-up ation president Art Enns and call to shrinking rail capacity for Brian Otto, chair of the Barley all shippers, he said. Council of Canada expressed “We’ve been warned by the similar concerns. railways any disruption that Ninety per cent of western affects those 11,000 (a week Canadian oats are exported grain) cars could have an to the U.S. Those exports are impact on our industry.” down 101,000 tonnes, Enns Larson said poor rail service Trim: 8.125” said. has resulted in less fertilizer

“If we do not get some sort of prioritization in Bill C-30 we will be unable to get enough grain in the (Fraser) valley to feed our animals.” Garnet Etsell

reaching western farmers this winter. One western Canadian retailer unable to rail 100,000 tonnes of urea to the eastern Prairies was forced to load it on a ship, which sailed through the Panama to the eastern U.S. where the urea was loaded on a train and railed to its Canadian destination, he said.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

LIVESTOCK MARKETS Cattle Prices Winnipeg

April 4, 2014

Manitoba auction yards see volumes begin thinning

Steers & Heifers — D1, 2 Cows 98.00 - 104.00 D3 Cows 80.00 - 90.00 Bulls 105.00 - 112.00 Feeder Cattle (Price ranges for feeders refer to top-quality animals only) Steers (901+ lbs.) 145.00 - 165.00 (801-900 lbs.) 160.00 - 176.00 (701-800 lbs.) 175.00 - 194.00 (601-700 lbs.) 190.00 - 218.00 (501-600 lbs.) 200.00 - 230.00 (401-500 lbs.) 210.00 - 253.00 Heifers (901+ lbs.) 130.00 - 155.00 (801-900 lbs.) 140.00 - 156.00 (701-800 lbs.) 147.00 - 163.00 (601-700 lbs.) 165.00 - 195.00 (501-600 lbs.) 190.00 - 209.00 (401-500 lbs.) 200.00 - 240.00


Alberta South $ 142.00 - 146.00 142.00 - 148.50 97.00 - 115.00 80.00 - 102.00 — $ 151.00 - 164.00 162.00 - 178.00 181.00 - 197.00 196.00 - 215.00 205.00 - 229.00 210.00 - 233.00 $ 134.00 - 150.00 148.00 - 165.00 160.00 - 178.00 173.00 - 192.00 184.00 - 200.00 190.00 - 209.00

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

(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.)

Futures (April 4, 2014) in U.S. Fed Cattle Close Change Feeder Cattle April 2014 145.15 -1.32 April 2014 June 2014 137.37 -1.15 May 2014 August 2014 134.75 -0.67 August 2014 October 2014 139.30 -0.57 September 2014 December 2014 140.92 0.15 October 2014 February 2015 141.65 0.40 November 2014 Cattle Slaughter Canada East West Manitoba U.S.

One more push is expected before the thaw begins By Dave Sims CNSC

Ontario $ 123.42 - 154.13 123.63 - 155.67 74.40 - 106.23 74.40 - 106.23 97.48 - 117.81 $ 160.03 - 183.31 168.67 - 185.11 166.75 - 193.30 163.56 - 206.33 169.94 - 226.37 157.13 - 218.34 $ 134.07 - 154.67 149.31 - 164.45 144.73 - 171.83 149.49 - 181.61 158.70 - 190.17 157.84 - 193.71

Close 178.82 180.15 181.82 181.72 181.67 181.00

Change -0.68 0.28 0.67 1.07 1.22 1.90

Cattle Grades (Canada)

Week Ending March 29, 2014 53,670 12,460 41,210 — 585,000

Previous Year­ 39,905 9,988 29,917 — 598,000

Week Ending March 29, 2014 941 30,440 13,304 558 654 7,166 122

Prime AAA AA A B D E

Previous Year 717 23,398 10,842 369 634 4,463 50

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 262.00 E 243.00 E 260.88 264.38

Futures (April 4, 2014) in U.S. Hogs April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014

Last Week 255.38 237.65 256.75 255.33

Close 125.75 123.50 123.55 120.55 120.15

Last Year (Index 100) 155.50 144.05 142.31 144.39

Change 0.28 -1.80 -5.75 -5.65 -5.65

Sheep and Lambs Winnipeg (00 head) (wooled fats) Next sale is April 16

Chickens Minimum broiler prices as of April 13, 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 March 30, 2014 Broiler Turkeys (6.2 kg or under, live weight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.955 Undergrade .............................. $1.865 Hen Turkeys (between 6.2 and 8.5 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.940 Undergrade .............................. $1.840 Light Tom/Heavy Hen Turkeys (between 8.5 and 10.8 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.940 Undergrade .............................. $1.840 Tom Turkeys (10.8 and 13.3 kg, live weight truck load average) Grade A..................................... $1.845 Undergrade............................... $1.760 Prices are quoted f.o.b. farm.


he large volumes of cattle that have been streaming through Manitoba auction yards in recent weeks are beginning to thin out, as herds deplete and ranchers run out of inventory, according to Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. Almost all major auction yards in the province were reporting a drop in the number of cattle being auctioned for the week. “This year, compared to last year, we’re probably down about 20 to 25 per cent of the volume we normally would have had,” said Wright. In Ashern, 1,323 cattle were auctioned on April 2, down from 2,541 the previous week. Meanwhile, in Gladstone, 566 cattle were auctioned on April 1, down from 933 the week before. Heartland Livestock in Brandon was one of the few yards to see an increase as it auctioned 604 more animals at the April 1 sale than the week before. But for the most part, volumes were down. Bad weather in the southeast of the province contributed to the downturn. Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart handled just 96 head at its April 1 sale due to a late-winter storm. That’s well down from the March 25 auction when 689 animals were sold. Wright said he expects there will be one more push before the temperatures break up the yards and weight restrictions are phased in on roads. “We’ll probably see some good numbers next week, after that we can expect to get fairly spotty.”

Toronto 64.54 - 94.29 95.16 - 146.32 177.23 - 187.86 177.91 - 203.85 196.13 - 262.27 —

SunGold Specialty Meats 40.00

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 Winnipeg (0head) (Fats) Kids — Billys — Mature —

Toronto ($/cwt) 63.56 - 279.28 — 71.63 - 235.02

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

Winnipeg ($/cwt) — —

Toronto ($/cwt) 13.00 - 49.00 25.78 - 50.33

Another reason why volumes are coming up shy can be found with a simple review of the weekly customer lists, he said, adding that they show many producers bumped up their delivery schedules to take advantage of the prices, which are still increasing. “Guys that (usually) sold in April were selling in March,” he said, noting those producers are now beginning to run out of animals. Good hay was in short supply and producers were simply following the inventory ahead, he added. Many animals are still coming to market, though, due to the record-high prices producers continue to receive, he said. Demand remains strong, with interest coming from the East, West and U.S. The projected futures and contract prices for August and September (off the grass) are strong, according to Wright, with prices running at 20 to 23 cents above last year at this time. “Supplies are short, with so many cattle leaving the country, we’re seeing local demand has become quite strong because we’re having to outbid the Americans to keep them here.”

Other challenges

Producers also continue to struggle to find enough trucks to transport their animals. Problems with clogged border crossings have also tempered the market. Still, Wright stressed, U.S. and Canadian buyers continue to push for Manitoba cattle. “There’s more orders than there are cattle to put into them.” Dave Sims writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.


U.S. exporters hope China, Japan lift pig restrictions

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

$1 Cdn: $0.9109 U.S. $1 U.S: $1.0978 Cdn.


(Friday to Thursday) Slaughter Cattle

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

EXCHANGES: April 4, 2014

Reuters / U.S. livestock exporters hope China will lift restrictions on imports of live U.S. pigs by the end of April if tests can be agreed for a virus deadly to piglets, a trade group said Apr. 4. China, the world’s No. 1 pork consumer, and Japan have imposed “tempo rary restrictions” on U.S. pig imports until their Agriculture Ministries reach agreements with the United States on testing animals for the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, said Tony Clayton, president of the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA.

“Japan and China are the first two to officially notify the U.S., and they both happened this week,” Clayton said, adding that import permits were being delayed. The restrictions are on shipments of live U.S. animals that are used to develop genetic breeding programs. In 2013, China bought about $20 million worth of U.S. breeding pigs. China has indicated that “it shouldn’t take long” to establish testing protocols, Clayton said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is “capable and willing” to establish testing and certification protocols for live animals exported to China, said Joelle Hayden, spokeswoman for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The United States also is

working with the Chinese government to remove the requirements, she said. USDA representatives had no immediate comment on Japan. The Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing could not immediately be reached. Mexico last year restricted imports of live hogs from the United States. Japan, C h i n a a n d Me x i c o a re among the top buyers of U.S. pork for meat. The virus, nearly always fatal in piglets, has crimped hog supplies in the United States and sent prices to record highs. There are more than 4,700 cases in 27 states so far, according to the U.S. government. Some estimates suggest four million to five million pigs have died since it was first reported in May 2013.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

GRAIN MARKETS Export and International Prices


Big supplies, outside oilseeds keep canola rangebound USDA now expects a record soybean crop in 2014-15 Terryn Shiells CNSC


CE Futures Canada canola futures were little changed during the week ended April 4, stuck in the middle of the trading range seen in the market since early March. A lack of fresh news kept prices from moving too far one way or the other. Sharp advances seen in Chicago soybean and soyoil futures helped to support values, as did continued ideas that canola is undervalued compared to other oilseeds. The market will likely continue to stay in a rangebound pattern, being pulled in both directions, until it becomes clearer how big the 2014-15 Canadian canola and U.S. soybean crops will be. On one side, recent strength in outside oilseeds, continued sentiment that canola is undervalued compared to other oilseeds and the need to build a weather premium into the market during the growing season will be supportive. But expectations of large carry-out stocks of canola, talk that acreage will increase to 21 million acres this spring from 19.94 million last year, and the continued effects from Canada’s backlogged grain-handling system will be bearish. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada expects Canadian canola carry-out stocks to total 3.3 million tonnes in 2013-14, a dramatic increase from just 608,000 tonnes in 2012-13. But the industry says it wouldn’t be surprised to see an even larger carry-out of 3.5 million or 3.7 million tonnes. So, if there’s production of 16 million tonnes or more next year, farmers will be trying to move 20 million tonnes of canola — 1.5 million more than in 2013-14. There may be signs that Canada’s grainhandling system is starting to see better movement, with CN reporting it delivered more than 5,000 rail cars to grain elevators during the week and improving basis levels in some areas. But that doesn’t mean the problem is going away. There’s still a lot of grain out there and the backlog is ultimately going to result in larger carry-out stocks this year. The opposite is true for the Chicago soybean market, which continued to climb higher on concerns about tight old-crop supplies in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed stocks of U.S. soybeans were tight as of March 1, 2014 in its March 31 stocks report.

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Some believe ending stocks for 2013-14 will be even tighter than the 145 million bushels USDA is currently projecting. Because of this, prices for old-crop soybeans will continue to move higher going forward in order to discourage buyers. The market could even test US$16 per bushel in old-crop once again. The outlook isn’t as bullish for new-crop values, as U.S. farmers are expected to plant more soybeans this year than they did last year. USDA released its planting intentions report on March 31, pegging U.S. soybean acreage this spring at a record-large 81.5 million acres, up from 76.5 million last year. Some of the increased soybean acreage will likely come out of corn. USDA estimated U.S. corn area would fall to 91.7 million acres this spring, from about 93 million last year. Acreage estimates came in below analysts’ expectations as well, which helped Chicago corn futures move sharply higher during the week. Where corn futures move going forward will depend on how many acres get planted and what type of weather is seen throughout the growing season in the U.S. Traders will likely start to build a weather premium into the futures as the growing season approaches. Wheat futures moved lower, as speculators continued to take profits following a recent rally. Forecasts calling for some beneficial weather in the U.S. Plains during the week also put downward pressure on prices. Traders will continue to monitor the weather situation for U.S. winter wheat crops, as well as the situation in the Black Sea region. Though exports haven’t been disrupted out of the region yet, there’s still a possibility that political problems will cause issues or smaller production this year. Terryn Shiells writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.


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20.50 - 21.50


Laird No. 1

18.50 - 20.50

Oil Sunflower Seed

Eston No. 2

15.00 - 19.00

Desi Chickpeas

19.00 - 20.50 — 17.10 - 18.00

Field Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

Beans (Cdn. cents per pound)

Green No. 1

Fababeans, large

Feed beans

12.80 - 13.00

Medium Yellow No. 1

5.75 - 6.50

Feed Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

No. 1 Navy/Pea Beans

37.00 - 37.00

Feed Pea (Rail)

No. 1 Great Northern

56.00 - 56.00

Mustardseed (Cdn. cents per pound)

No. 1 Cranberry Beans

39.00 - 39.00

Yellow No. 1

35.75 - 36.00

No. 1 Light Red Kidney

55.00 - 55.00

Brown No. 1

32.30 - 34.00

No. 1 Dark Red Kidney

57.00 - 57.00

Oriental No. 1

24.70 - 26.00

No. 1 Black Beans

36.00 - 36.00

No. 1 Pinto Beans

29.00 - 32.00

4.25 - 4.35

Source: Stat Publishing SUNFLOWERS

No. 1 Small Red

40.00 - 40.00

No. 1 Pink

40.00 - 40.00

Fargo, ND

Goodlands, KS



Report for April 4, 2014 in US$ cwt NuSun (oilseed)

32.00* Call for



Source: National Sunflower Association

CME group prevails in lawsuit over grain settlement rules Pit traders say the rule change is putting them out of business By Tom Polansek chicago / reuters


ME Group Inc. can keep in place rules that factor in electronic trades for settling endof-day grain futures prices, an Illinois judge ruled March 31 following a legal challenge from veterans of the Chicago trading floor. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jean Prendergast Rooney in Chicago ruled that CME Group, which owns the Chicago Board of Trade, had the authority to implement the settlement method in June 2012 with-

out taking a vote among certain stakeholders. A spokeswoman for CME Group declined to comment. A group of traders from the CBOT’s 140-year-old agricultural trading floor in June 2012 sued the exchange to overturn the method, saying that it was putting them out of business. Prior to the change, the CBOT had a century-old tradition of settling futures prices for crops like corn and soybeans based on transactions executed in open-outcry pits. “As indicated in the ruling, there is no question that the settlement

change devastated our clients’ business,” said George Sang, a lawyer for the traders. “We look forward to continuing to make that case.” The lawsuit was seen as something of a last stand for open-outcry traders, whose business has declined since the rise of electronic trading. The floor traders traditionally did much of their business at the close of trading and said CME Group’s new settlement procedures made the pits largely irrelevant. The traders had argued in court that CME Group failed to hold a required vote to approve the new settlement

method among certain holders of CBOT memberships. CME said it did not need to take a vote, and the judge agreed. “Based on all of the evidence, the plaintiffs have not satisfied their burden to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, a clear right to a member vote,” Rooney wrote in her decision. Some traders believe CME wants to shut down the floor in favour of electronic trading because the pits are expensive to maintain. CME executives have said they are committed to keeping the floor open.


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Fibre could be key to reducing sow aggression Changes to swine nutrition must benefit the producer’s bottom line, not just increase a barn’s throughput By Shannon VanRaes

“She feels full longer, and we think this is due to... fermentation in the large intestine and the actual chemical signals going back to the brain.”



hanges are coming to Manitoba’s hog barns, and for Denise Beaulieu that means it’s time to revaluate swine nutrition. With hog prices improving and feed costs declining, the Prairie Swine Centre nutrition expert said pork producers should be looking at new input models and investigating ways to increase net profits through feed efficiency. “For the past several years we’ve been focused on reducing diet costs, and one way of doing that has been to reduce dietary energy, and all of our models for several years now have shown that it pays to reduce dietary energy content... even if the pigs didn’t grow quite so fast, you could decrease costs significantly,” she told a group of farmers who gathered in Portage la Prairie for a producer meeting in late March. B u t i n t o d a y ’s m a r k e t , increasing a barn’s throughput may be more valuable than eking out savings on feed costs. “It may pay to be increasing the growth rate of those pigs, even if it costs a little more in feed,” she said.

Rapid change

Prices are changing so rapidly, the Swine Centre is having to update its models on an almost weekly basis, Beaulieu said, adding that “it’s been a long time since we could say things are changing so much for the better.”



With feed prices dropping, it might pay to feed sows a little differently.

Options for speeding pig growth can include adding coproducts, increasing energy density or aiming for the optimal particle size of 600 microns. “Some people are saying you can go a lot lower than that, but it depends on the fibre content of your rations, certainly if you’re increasing fibre content you could go lower than that,” the swine nutritionist said. That is, if the cost of get-


ting that smaller feed particle doesn’t outweigh the expected increase in net returns. While a smaller particle size may be easier for a hog to digest and could increase energy efficiency, it could also lead to an increase in waste. If you get bridging in your bins and feeder, you’ve gone too small with your particle size, Beaulieu said. Ongoing research into sow

nutrition for group housing may also change how producers feed their animals. “We’re very interested in the effects of behaviour and nutrition, if we’re in groups,” the nutritionist said. “How can we feed those animals so they’re more comfortable? They’re only fed once a day; we know they’re hungry and what we’d like to see them do is eat, then go and lay down.”

This summer, the Prairie Swine Centre will begin an experiment that looks at the impact of dietary fibre and sow behaviour, particularly aggression. But the benefits of fibre aren’t so much tied to an ability to keep a physical feeling of fullness in the gut, but to a chemical signal created as the feed ferments in the pig’s lower gut. “She feels full longer, and we think this is due to... fermentation in the large intestine and the actual chemical signals going back to the brain,” Beaulieu said. More research is needed, she added. However, if producers are going to make any major changes to swine rations, she advises that they look at their records closely and make sure the changes are right for their farm and their herd.

U.S. hog data to hit futures prices, but virus fears continue The virus has killed as many as five million pigs or eight per cent of the total herd By Theopolis Waters and Meredith Davis CHICAGO / REUTERS

New data showing the U.S. hog herd is shrinking less quickly than feared is small comfort to farmers as their piglets fall victim to a fast-moving virus that has ravaged the country’s arable heartland with no cure or containment yet in sight. Latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) March 28 make for grim reading, taking the herd to its lowest level in seven years even though the drop was not as bad as forecast. But experts worried that the USDA data, which is given voluntarily by farmers, was not showing the full extent of the damage from the virus and warned that prices for spareribs and bacon could rise as the peak summer season approaches. Cases of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which is almost always fatal in

piglets, have nearly tripled in the last three months. Some estimates suggest as many as five million pigs have died or about eight per cent of the herd. The late-March data for the three months to Feb. 28 had been expected to give a more detailed assessment of the impact of the virus, nearly a year after its first appearance in May 2013. There is no cure for the virus yet but it is highly contagious through pig manure, so farms across North America have tightened up hygiene procedures, forcing trucks to disinfect thoroughly and visitors to change their footwear. In measures reminiscent of scenes from foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks, farmers are putting up “PED” signs and picking up deliveries from the road, well away from pig barns. Unlike foot-and-mouth, PEDv outbreaks do not yet need to be notified to U.S. fed-

eral authorities. It is not transmittable to humans, pork is safe to eat and herds can win immunity in a matter of months. But its devastating impact on hog farming over the last year has pushed prices for pigs ready for slaughter to record highs recently of $131 per hundredweight (cwt).

Piglet numbers fall

The data from the USDA showed the hog herd had fallen three per cent from a year ago to 62.9 million head. That was well above the average of 61.5 million that analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast. Some of the decline can be credited to severe cold weather that has hit livestock generally. But the average number of piglets surviving in a litter fell to 9.53 head, below analysts’ forecasts of 9.75 and down from a record 10.08 a year ago, confirming the virus is taking a heavy toll among youngsters. John Nalivka, president of Sterling

Marketing Inc., told the same Pork Checkoff conference call that he saw carcass values for the western Corn Belt hitting an average $110 per cwt in the second quarter from $94.50 in the first quarter. Such high prices are, however, giving farmers record profits, especially with prices for feed languishing around half last year’s levels. Nalivka reckons break-even for farmers is about $20 lower than last year. That is encouraging farmers to keep pigs longer and put more weight on them, with latest figures from the USDA showing the average pig going to slaughter weighs a record 284 lbs. up from 275.7 lbs. a year ago. And with even more profits promised later in the year, farmers are likely to invest in producing more pigs into 2015. “Expectations are prices are going to stay strong,” said Nalivka. “That really sets the tone for expansion.”


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The subtleties of performance horse dentistry Dental work can have a major effect on balance, weight distribution, gait, posture, training and back muscle development Carol Shwetz, DVM Horse Health


ain relief is only one aspect of equine dentistry. The ability to move the jaw properly side to side, up and down, and forward and back affects not only the ability of the horse to chew and digest its food, but it also affects the horse’s balance and biomechanics. These dynamics in turn influence the horse’s mental and emotional state. We are only now beginning to understand the complex interconnectedness of equine dentistry with the whole system. The horse’s jaw is highly innervated, providing the horse with sensory input to the central nervous system. This information lets the horse know the position of its body in space, most specifically its relationship to the ground surface. Dental procedures have the ability to affect neurological input into the body. Consequentially, dental work can have a major effect on balance, weight distribution, gait, posture, training and back muscle development. Abnormal strike, dysfunctional dental wear patterns, movement restriction, and/ or any source of dental pain will be magnified when a bit is placed into a horse’s mouth. Tension patterns created in the jaw and/or temporomandibular joint from dental dysfunction will radiate down the horse’s neck and back causing muscle contraction and compensation patterns. For this reason the subtleties and sophistication of well-applied equine dentistry are most recognized and appreciated in the performance horse. Head tossing, evasive and ill behaviours, leaning on the bit, difficulty with specific gaits or manoeuvres, resistance, head shyness, sensitivity to touch, rearing, bucking, ear sensitivity, or refusal to bridle are indications that something may be amiss in the performance horse’s mouth. The equine dental abnormality referred to as excessive transverse ridging presents a good illustration of the relationship that exists between a h o r s e’s d e n t a l a r c a d e and a performance horse’s development. Transverse ridges are a series of enamel r idges r unning across the occlusal or grinding surface of the tooth. These are important and necessary in the grinding of feedstuffs. Whenever these transverse ridges become pronounced they are referred to as excessive transverse ridges/ETRs. These exaggerated enamel ridges form a series of washboardlike ridges across the grinding surface of the molar arcade which restrict both the figure eight movement of the jaw during the chewing cycle and the

Excessive transverse ridges form a series of interlocking enamel points across the grinding surface of the molar arcade which effectively restricts both the figure eight movement of the jaw during the chewing cycle and the front-toback movement of the lower jaw.

front-to-back movement of the lower jaw. Although normal ridging is important to the grinding function of the teeth, exaggerated ridging affects the biomenchanical function of the dental arcade. Correct function and movement of the mandible and temporomandibular/TMJ is necessary for the horse to work properly on the bit. The excessive transverse ridges or steps will cause the horse to “lock up,” creating stiffness and tension throughout the entire body. The pressure often causes soreness in the TMJ as well. Dental work will focus on reducing the ETRs and setting up conditions that influence functional arcade movement. When long-standing, ETRs may need reduction over multiple dental visits for correction. Horses will often capitalize on well-applied dental work showing favourable improvements on their own over time as they begin to function better. The dental work nudges

them in the right direction and improved function creates overall improvement on many levels. It has been my experience that the horses that develop ETRs clench their jaw as a means of “coping” with stressors and training techniques. Interestingly enough, over time ETRs effectively disable a performance horse’s development. This is also a self-perpetuating phenomena for as the horse locks/clenches its jaw, the ridges become more well defined and the horse has even more leverage to lock. I have also found that following dentistry, a period of four to six weeks is available to the rider to reprogram and rewire the horse into new patterns of movement. If a new pattern or way of going is not offered to the horse by the rider, the horse will recreate the same abnormality or a similar variation. Carol Shwetz is a veterinarian specializing in equine practice at Westlock, Alberta.

Compensation good for all dairy producers Nearly 600,000 litres of milk left the province and 300,000 more were discarded By Shannon VanRaes CO-OPERATOR STAFF


airy Farmers of Manitoba has reached a settlement with TransCanada Pipelines following the explosion of a natural gas pipeline near Otterburne in late January. The fiery pipeline rupture left 4,000 homes and nearly 200 barns without heat. It also shuttered two dairy processors in the area — Parmalat in Grunthal and Bothwell Cheese in New Bothwell — leading to a backlog of milk that couldn’t be processed. “From Dairy Farmers of Manitoba’s perspective, we’re quite pleased by the way in which TransCanada dealt with this situation... it certainly took responsibility,” said Dairy Farmers chairman, David Wiens, adding that the compensation process moved ahead quickly and simply. “It wasn’t an onerous task to receive compensation, as it is, we track all these costs anyways and know the exact amount of milk that is being produced in the province,” he said. “I would think that ( Trans-Canada) also preferred dealing with a central organization rather than with a whole list of individual producers.”

Spilled milk

While the amount of compensation received won’t be disclosed, Wiens noted that approximately 300,000 litres of milk had to be discarded as a result of the disruption in natural gas service and the resulting closure of the two processing plants. During an interview shortly after the explosion, Wiens said the discarded milk had a value of approximately $240,000. In addition to discarding some milk, approximately 600,000 litres were

also shipped out of province. If not for a blizzard that left some milk trucks stranded on the sides of roads, more milk would have been shipped beyond Manitoba, Wiens said. He added that shipping milk outside of Manitoba also increased expenditures. But as soon as the disruption occurred, the chairman said his organization began to liaise with TransCanada and take stock of additional costs that were being incurred. “From the start it was very receptive to our concerns and the losses we were experiencing at the time, so right from the beginning it asked us to keep track of all of our costs in terms of milk loss and added transport costs,” he explained.

Costs and benefits shared

And the news isn’t just positive for the 70 or so dairy farmers that were directly impacted by the gas explosion and ensuing outage. Because dairy is a supplymanaged commodity, milk producers across the province would have been affected by the spilt milk and increased transportation costs. “We would have pooled those losses, and so there would have actually been reduced sales for the month, however, there still would have been the cost of having produced that milk,” said Wiens. “So we would have pooled those losses collectively.” That won’t be necessary now that a deal on compensation has been reached. “There was no loss to the pool, nor were there any losses to any producers,” Wiens said. “It worked out well for both sides.” TransCanada Pipelines was contacted for an interview, but did not respond to the request.

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Ste. Rose


Feeder Steers









No. on offer









Over 1,000 lbs.
















150.00-165.00 (161.00)







160.00-175.00 (179.00)


155.00-175.00 (176.00)







177.00-194.00 (197.00)


175.00-188.00 (194.00)







189.00-210.00 (212.00)


190.00-212.00 (210.00)







204.00-226.00 (230.00)


195.00-220.00 (227.00)








195.00-225.00 (230)

200.00-225.00 (242.00)









190.00-210.00 (247.00)


900-1,000 lbs.







130.00-145.00 (156.00)







148.00-158.00 (163.00)


145.00-154.00 (168.00)







159.00-171.00 (174.00)


160.00-176.00 (179.00)








175.00-185.00 (194.00)

175.00-187.00 (193.00)








182.00-197.00 (203.00)

180.00-198.00 (205.00)








185.00-204.00 (211.00)

185.00-205.00 (211.00)









180.00-195.00 (207.00)










Feeder heifers

Slaughter Market No. on offer D1-D2 Cows








97.00-102.00 (104.25)

D3-D5 Cows









Age Verified





93.00-102.00 (103.50)




Good Bulls





102.00-111.00 (114.75)


95.00-112.50 (117.00)


Butcher Steers









Butcher Heifers









Feeder Cows









Fleshy Export Cows









Lean Export Cows
















110.00-121.00 (135.00)


* includes slaughter market

(Note all prices in CDN$ per cwt. These prices also generally represent the top one-third of sales reported by the auction yard.)


Easter lamb trade affects April 2 sheep and goat sale New-crop lamb prices have not returned to levels of two or three years ago By Mark Elliot Co-operator contributor


he Winnipeg Livestock Auction received 700 sheep and goats for the April 2 sale. There appeared to be a decrease in the expected Easter lamb prices. The strong bidding was on the younger and well-developed quality ewes. The cull ewes were clearly identified by the lower bids. There appeared to be no differences between the wool and hair ewes. There was a ewe with a lamb unit sold for $135. There was a limited selection of rams at this sale. The weight ranged from 178 to 215 lbs., with a price range from $0.75 to $0.82 per lb. An exception was a 285-lb. Suffolk-cross ram which brought $151.05 ($0.52 per lb.). There were no heavyweight lambs delivered. Bidding was slightly lower on the market lambs compared to the last sale. There appeared to be no differences between the wool and hair lambs in the bids. The weight ranged from 95 to 105 lbs., with a price ranging from $1.30 to $1.54 per lb. An exception was on the quality of three 105-lb. lambs which brought $97.65 ($0.93 per lb.). Feeder lambs continued the bidding pattern, slightly lower than the last sale. The weight ranged from 80 to 90 lbs., with a price ranging from $1.44 to $1.60 per lb. An exception was an 80-lb.

Rideau-cross lamb which brought $66 ($0.825 per lb.). Lightweight lambs were less desired by the buyers at this sale. With Easter approaching, heavier lambs were more in demand. Twenty-four Suffolk-cross lambs brought $114.33 ($1.545 per lb.). Sixteen 76-lb. possibly Wiltshire horned lambs (a small hairframed lamb) brought $54.29 ($1.40 per lb.). Buyers were not as interested in the exotic lamb; a 70-lb. Jacob-cross lamb brought $75.25 ($1.075 per lb.). A group of 10, 69-lb. lambs brought $97.98 ($1.42 lb.). A group of 11, 64-lb. lambs brought $93.44 ($1.46 per lb.). Four 64-lb. Wiltshire-cross lambs brought $64 ($1 per lb.). Two 58-lb. Suffolk-cross lambs brought $80.04 ($1.38 per lb.). BSE is possibly still showing its effects, as the new-crop lambs have not reached the high prices of two or three years ago. Those prices might remain as memories. Some 75-lb. lambs brought $1.80 per lb. Lambs in the weight range of 55 to 57 lbs. brought a price ranging from $1.50 to $1.96 per lb. The 48-lb. lambs brought $1.65 per lb. The 35-lb. lambs brought $1.525 per lb. Even the 20-lb. bottle-feeding-type lambs brought $1.35 per lb. The supply of goats produced an excellent selection in all categories. The bidding seemed to separate the goat does into a highquality group and then the culls (based upon various character-

March 19, 2014 Ewes

$83.22 – $146.15

$96.60 – $124.64

$43.66 – $73.50

$32.40 – $69.93



Lambs (lbs.) 110+ 95 - 110

$97.65 – $155.02

$145 – $159.60

80 - 94

$114.80 – $143.10

$116.76 – $160.897

$114.33  (74 lbs.)

$115.92 – $140.60

Under 80 70 - 79 60 - 69

$93.44 – $97.95

$106.26  (66 lbs.)

50 - 59

$80.04  (58 lbs.)

$70.20 – $89.09  (53 – 59 lbs.)

NEW-CROP LAMBS (lbs.) 75 55 / 57

$135 $99 / $107.80 / $85.50







istics). Quality of the goat does brought the serious bids. The meat goat does that were of light weight produced the higher bidding while heavier does received lower prices. The dairy goat does continued this pattern, as indicated by the bidding. The weight ranges separated the dairy doe culls. The heavier does were of less interest for this sale. A Pygmy-cross doe brought $78 ($1.73 per lb.). The goat bucks continued the weight difference pattern by the buyers. The meat goat bucks in the weight range of 155 to 200 lbs. brought a price range from $1.29

to $1.45 per lb. The lightweight meat bucks brought a price from $1.66 to $2.13 per lb. There was a limited selection in the dairy goat bucks. A 75-lb. Pygmy-cross buck brought $0.83 per lb. The meat (goat) kids showed a slightly higher price range than the dairy (goat) kids, in each weight range. However, the differences appeared based upon the purpose of the breed. Quality of the goat kids attracted the constant bidding action. Even for the smaller goat kids that illustrated some physical disabilities, the buyers reduced

the purchasing power. Since the supply was available, all buyers took advantage of the situation, possibly for Easter season sales and future sales. Near the conclusion of the auction, the audience was entertained by the selling of three 257-lb. llamas. The Ontario Stockyard Report reported that most lamb categories sold under pressure, lower than the last sale. Only the well-finished light lambs sold at a strong price. Goat kids sold at a steady price, but other goats were lower.


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Weather pattern remains the same Issued: Monday, April 7, 2014 · Covering: April 9 – April 16, 2014 Daniel Bezte Co-operator contributor


’m trying to figure out how to make this forecast seem positive. Let’s see: well, to start off this forecast period, we are going to see a short-lived ridge of high pressure migrate across our region. This should bring the mildest temperatures so far this year, with highs in areas with deep snow cover making it into the low teens, while areas along the border could see temperatures as high as the upper teens. Temperatures will cool down a little bit by Thursday as a weak cold front slides through, but we should still see highs around average for this time of the year. An area of low pressure is then forecast to slide through central and northern regions on Friday. This should allow our temperatures to warm up a little bit again, with highs pushing 10 C. On Saturday we could see some showers or flurries on the back side of this low as it moves into northern Ontario. Temperatures will also start to cool down as a large ridge of arctic high pressure — that’s

right, another arctic high — begins to drop southward. This arctic high will bring more unseasonably cold weather to start next week, with highs struggling to make it above 0 C most days. On the positive side, this high will hopefully be strong enough and track far enough south to keep any storm system forecasted to develop next week in the U.S. Midwest, well to our south, allowing us to stay high and dry. Looking further ahead, it does look like milder weather will start to move back in later next week. There is some hint that the much-anticipated switch in our weather pattern might begin late next week, but that’s a long way off and the way this year has been going, I’m not going to hold my breath — but on the positive side, we are definitely overdue for a switch in the weather pattern. Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, +1 to +12 C; lows, -9 to +2 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


Percent of Average Precipitation (Prairie Region) November 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014

< 40% 40 - 60% 60 - 85% 85 - 115% 115 - 150% 150 - 200% > 200% Extent of Agricultural Land Lakes and Rivers

Produced using near real-time data that has undergone initial quality control. The map may not be accurate for all regions due to data availability and data errors. Copyright © 2014 Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s National Agroclimate Information Service (NAIS). Data provided through partnership with Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and many Provincial agencies.

Created: 04/01/14

This issue’s map shows the total amount of precipitation that fell across the Prairies during the winter of 2013-14 (Nov. 1 to March 31). Over Alberta, most regions saw average (green) to above-average (blue) amounts of precipitation. Only the extreme north and southern regions saw below-average amounts. In Saskatchewan, most areas saw average amounts of precipitation, with a few areas in the south seeing below-average amounts. In Manitoba, eastern and northern regions saw average amounts of precipitation while southern regions saw below- to well-below-average amounts.

Our 13th-coldest extended winter Of the dozen colder winters we’ve had, only two have been within the last 100 years By Daniel Bezte CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR


nother winter has come and gone (hopefully) and I think we can best sum it up by simply saying, “Good riddance!” Most of us are aware this has been one of the coldest winters on record — not so much for the intensity, as we rarely broke any records of cold, but rather, it was just cold day in and day out for months on end. While winter is usually described as being the three-month period starting in December and ending at the end of February, anyone who lives in Canada — well, at least Western Canada — knows winter really starts at the beginning of November and ends at the end of March. So this is the time period we will look at as we take a quick look back at the winter of 2013-14. The winter started off only slightly on the cool side across Manitoba, with all three regions (Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin) coming in with a mean November temperature between 0.5 and 1 C below the long-term average. While we were a little on the cold side in November, precipitation, or snowfall, was on the light side, which made November seem not too bad. Both the Winnipeg and Dau-

While temperatures in January were still running around 1 C below the long-term average, compared to December it wasn’t that bad.

phin regions only reported around five centimetres of snow during the month — well below the average of about 25 cm of snow. The Brandon region was a little wetter, with about 15 cm of snow, but still below its November average of 20 cm. All in all, not that bad of a start to winter. Then came December. December saw temperatures plunge across pretty much all of southern and central Manitoba. All three regions saw mean monthly temperatures come in between 5.5 and 6.5 C below average. The Winnipeg and Dauphin regions continued to see below-average amounts of snow, with both locations recording around 10 cm, which is only half the average. The Brandon region was the wet spot, with around 20 cm of snow recorded, or right around average. Extreme southern regions continued to be very dry during December, with most fields having little to no snow cover. Farther north and

east, the snow was really starting to pile up, but because of the low population in this area nobody seemed to notice. After the brutally cold December everyone hoped to see a nice winter thaw move in for January. Our hopes started to rise as we saw temperatures warm up to our west; unfortunately, these warm temperatures never truly made it into our province, at least with any vengeance. It was a warmer month, though, relative to December. While temperatures were still running around 1 C below the long-term average, compared to December it wasn’t that bad. What made the month a little less bearable was the snow and wind. All three regions saw aboveaverage amounts of snow, with around 25 cm reported. Once again, extreme southern regions seemed to miss out on most of the snow, while northeastern areas saw even heavier amounts. Combine the snow

with a lot of wind and the snowdrifts really started building up.

The coldest month

Hopes were high heading into February; after all, January was much warmer than December, so naturally this trend would continue into February. Oh, were we wrong! February ended up being the coldest month of the winter, with mean temperatures running from 6.5 to 7.5 C below the long-term average. You had to go back to January 1977 to find a colder winter month. Snowfall was a little more variable during February, with the Winnipeg region seeing average amounts, the Brandon region reporting above-average amounts, and the Dauphin area seeing below-average amounts. By the time March rolled around, everyone was pretty much fed up with winter. “We deserve to have a nice mild March” seemed to be the consensus of most people I talked to. Well, it seems as if Mother Nature doesn’t like to be told what to do; instead of seeing nice mild weather we saw another month of good-old winter. March 2014 turned out to be well below average, with temperatures running about 6 C below average. Luckily, March temperatures start to warm up significantly, and if you

were able to put the fact that it should be spring out of your head, it was actually a pretty nice winter month. Thankfully, precipitation was on the light side during March, with most areas only seeing about half the average amount. Those areas that had significant snow cover during March had to deal once again with a fair bit of drifting snow, creating snowdrifts where there usually weren’t any before. Looking at the extended winter as a whole (November to March) and using Winnipeg’s values, we had a mean winter temperature of -15.7 C. Looking back at records, this would place the extended winter of 2013-14 as the 13th coldest since record-keeping began in 1872. Of the 12 colder years, only two have occurred within the last 100 years. Coming in 10th place was 1979 (-16.1 C) and in eighth place was the winter of 1936 (-16.5 C). All the remaining cold winters occurred in the late 1800s. The coldest extended winter was in 1875, with a mean winter temperature of -18.2 C. For those of you who are interested, the warmest extended winter occurred only a couple years after the coldest. The winter of 1878 had a mean temperature of only -4.8 C. So there is hope for upcoming winters!


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andy soils will fare worse under climate change than clay soils, a study by Yale University scientists suggests. Researchers looked at soil samples collected from 11 distinct U.S. regions, to see the extent to which deforestation disturbs underground microbial communities that regulate the loss of carbon into the atmosphere. They found that it depends almost exclusively on the texture of the soil. “We were astonished that biodiversity changes were so strongly affected by soil texture and that it was such an overriding factor,” said Thomas Crowther, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and lead author of the study. “Texture overrode the effects of all the other variables that we thought might be important, including temperature, moisture, nutrient concentrations, and soil pH.”

The study is a collaboration among Yale researchers and colleagues at the University of Boulder, Colorado and the University of Kentucky. A serious consequence of deforestation is extensive loss of carbon from the soil, a process regulated by subterranean microbial diversity. Drastic changes to the microbial community are expected to allow more CO2 to escape into the atmosphere, with the potential to exaggerate global warming. Specifically, the researchers found that deforestation dramatically alters microbial communities in sandy soils, but has minimal effects in muddy, clay-like soils, even after extensive tree removal. Particles in fine, clay-like soil seem to have a larger surface area to bind nutrients and water. This capacity might buffer soil microbes against the disturbance of forest removal, they said. In contrast, sandy soils have larger particles with less surface area,

retaining fewer nutrients and less organic matter. “If you disrupt the community in a sandy soil, all of the nutrients the microbes rely on for food are leached away: they’re lost into the atmosphere, lost into rivers, lost through rain,” Crowther said. “But in clay-like soil, you can cut down the forest and the nutrients remain trapped tightly in the muddy clay.” The researchers also examined how the effects of deforestation on microbial biodiversity change over time. Contrary to their expectations, they found no correlation, even over the course of 200 years. “The effects are consistent, no matter how long ago deforestation happened,” Crowther said. “In a clay soil, you cut down the forest and the nutrients are retained for long periods of time and the community doesn’t change. Whereas in a sandy soil, you cut down a forest and the community changes dramatically within only a couple of years.”

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Roundup Ready alfalfa’s release delayed another year Forage Genetics International is planning on-farm hay trials in Eastern Canada By Daniel Winters co-operator staff


orage Genetics International (FGI) has decided to hold off on commercial sales of its herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring, but it will conduct on-farm trials in Eastern Canada. “FGI will not be having any spring of 2014 sales. But what we’re doing this spring is putting in a small number of on-farm evaluation trials just to get some grower experience with it,” said Mike Peterson, the lead global trait spokesman Forage Genetics International based in Wisconsin. All the trials will be conducted on hay farms in Eastern Canada, where a coexistence plan has already been developed by industry stakeholders, he said.

“There will be no plantings of any kind in 2014 in Western Canada because we’re just now engaging stakeholders and getting a coexistence plan for GE alfalfa in the West,” said Peterson. The company’s decision to delay the introduction of GM alfalfa into Canada comes despite the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s 2013 move to grant registration to several varieties of GM Roundup Ready alfalfa, which meant FGI and its distributors could legally sell the herbicide-tolerant GM alfalfa nationwide. T h e N a t i o n a l Fa r m e r ’s Union said that FGI’s decision to hold off selling its products for another year shows that the concerns of farmers across Canada are serious. Dave Lewington, an NFU

member and grass-fed beef producer from Ontario, said that while he’s pleased that commercial sales will be postponed by the company, the presence of on-farm trials could result in cross-pollination and contamination of non-GMO alfalfa varieties. “It potentially wouldn’t be as widely released as it would be if they were selling it, but that would still be a major concern if they’re doing that,” said Lewington, who added that he believes the company is delaying commercial sales due to the lack of demand for the product. But Peterson said that the trials will follow the agronomic guidelines in place under the coexistence plan and pose no risk to organic growers. “A Roundup Ready grower


coul d be r i gh t n ex t to an organic hay grower and there would be no issues whatsoever. It’s been working fine in the U.S. for the last four years,” said Peterson. “With hayfields right next to each other, there’s virtually no gene flow between them. There’s tons of research that shows that.” Sales in Western Canada will be held back until a coexistence plan can be developed that would be suited to the area, which is home to many alfalfa seed growers, he added. “Ou r p l a n i s t o d e ve l o p it, but we have to get input from stakeholders on how to develop a system that allows the seed and hay production to coexist,” said Peterson.

Monsanto beats expectations on strong corn, soybean demand Corn remains king in terms of the company’s growth By Carey Gillam reuters



onsanto Co., the w o r l d’s l a r g e s t s e e d c o m p a n y, re p o r t e d h i g h e r- t h a n expected quarterly earnings April 2 as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally. “Ou r b u s i n e s s i s o n track to deliver the growth we anticipated,” Mons a n t o c h a i r m a n Hu g h Grant said on a conference call. Monsanto said it had earned $1.67 billion, or $3.15 a share, in the second quarter ended Feb. 28, up 13 per cent from $1.48 billion, or $2.74 a share, a year earlier. Corn remains king in terms of growth, the company said. Profit margins expanded 2.5 points in the second quarter for that business, which Monsanto said was on track to post record volume for the fiscal year despite a decline in planted acres expected in North and South America. The company’s cor n portfolio is expanding globally, helping sales of corn seed and traits rise four per cent to $3.4 billion in the quarter. Monsanto officials said that they saw a $1-billion net sales growth opportunity in corn in the next five years due to global demand. Also strong, sales o f s oy b e a n s e e d s a n d traits rose 21 per cent to a record $820 million. Monsanto is undertaking its largest-ever soybean product launch now, rolling out offerings in Latin America that combine tolerance to glyphosate herbicide, protection against caterpillars and yield improvement. The company also sees a $1-billion net sales growth opportunity across five years for soy, officials said. Sales of vegetable seeds rose 10 per cent to $219 million, while sales of cotton fell 18 per cent to $49 million. Overall, sales in Monsanto’s seeds and genomics segment totalled $4.6 billion in the quarter, up almost seven per cent from a year earlier. The company’s agricultural productivity segment, which includes the Roundup herbicide business, contributed $1.2 billion, up from $1.1 billion.

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Producer car orders on hold for 2014-15 The new program will make producer car ordering seamless between crop years By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


roducer car orders for next crop year are on hold until the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) launches its new online application process, expected soon, says CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin. “If producers have already submitted an application for producer cars for the crop year 2014-15 they will resubmit their application when we begin accepting them through our new online application system,” Gosselin said in an interview April 4. “And we are no longer accepting applications at this time for 2014-15, but we’re still accepting producer car applications for 2013-14. “We’re trying to get the demand for cars this year through before we take applications for next year.” The CGC had received only “a few” producer car applications for the 2014-15 crop that starts Aug. 1, Gosselin said. While farmers can still order producer cars for loading this crop year, there is no guarantee they will get them. “It’s based on availability through the railways,” he said. The railways have back orders for 70,000 cars from elevator companies, according to the Western Grain Elevator Association.

In the past when most producer cars moved grain to the Canadian Wheat Board, car orders were cut off at the end of the crop year until the board was ready to accept them, Gosselin said. “As part of this new online system farmers will be able to order producer cars into the next crop year,” he said. “So the system will be seamless one crop year to the next.” As of week 34 of the current crop year the CGC has received 17,783 producer car orders with 12,752 scheduled. It’s almost certain producer car shipments in the 2013-14 crop year ending July 31 will shatter the previous modern record of 14,341 set in 2011-12. The Canadian Wheat Board was the main buyer for grain delivered in producer cars so many feared the board’s demise would spell an end to producer cars as most grain companies would decline to take delivery at port. However, producer cars are more popular this year than ever with farmers making deals with companies, including American ones, that don’t have country elevators or none near where the shipper is located.

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he Transportation Safety Board of Canada says equipping railway crossings with low-cost advance alert systems could help prevent collisions between automobiles and trains. Over the last 10 years in Canada, there have been 658 accidents involving vehicles at passive public crossings, which resulted in 59 fatalities and 107 serious injuries, the board said in a report. “Research indicates that a key to improving safety is to equip these crossings with lower-cost advance active warning devices, such as those using GPS, magnetic flux and radar to detect approaching trains, in order to attract driver attention and provide them with advance warning of the need to stop,” it said. The recommendation emerged from the board’s investigation of a 2012 vehicletrain collision near Broadview, Sask., in which four out of the six occupants of a camper van were killed. The investigation concluded that vegetation along the railway right-of-way obscured the driver’s view of the upcoming railway crossing, marked only by reflective crossing signs, and the approaching train. But it also found that driver inexperience, the type of vehicle and the position of the sun were contributing factors. “Considering the serious consequences that can result from a crossing accident, and the technological advancements that have been made, the board is concerned that, in the absence of timely implementation of low-cost alert systems, the risk of accidents at passive crossings will continue,” its report said. The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.



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Support for small-scale farmers critical, says UN report A new United Nations report evaluating the science of climate change urges financial support to help small-scale farmers adapt to changing weather patterns By Amanda Thorsteinsson cfgb release


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Much of CFGB’s agricultural programming is already helping farmers adapt to warming temperatures and increasingly erratic weather. This year, Phiri tried conservation agriculture — farming that involves minimal soil disturbance, the use of mulch and crop rotations — for the first time. This farming method, which was made possible through support from CFGB, has been proven to retain moisture in the soil, facilitate more timely planting with uncertain rains, and improve yields. He is optimistic that this new farming method will reduce the risk of crop failure. But more funding for adaptation from governments on a large scale is necessary to meet the vast adaptation needs for people like Phiri. For this reason, “CFGB and supporters have been urging the Canadian government to support small-scale farmers adapt to cli-

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hen Robert Phiri, a small-scale farmer from Zambia, looks out on his maize field, he can’t help but worry. In the last several years, the changing climate means drought has affected his fields, and growing enough food to feed his family has become more difficult. “Our rainy season has gone from eight months to only four,” he says. “It used to last from October to May.” Phiri’s story is repeated by many of the farmers who receive assistance through programs supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). They tell of changing seasons, increasing floods and more severe droughts. They also speak of the critical need for support in adapting to these changes. His concern is echoed by a major new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body tasked with assessing the vast body of science on climate change. The report, released March 31, drives home the very real concern that climate change is already increasing hunger, and will do so increasingly in the future. “Throughout the 21st century, climate change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps,” reads the report. The report predicts that in the near future, extreme climatic events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and wildfires will disproportionately affect the world’s poorest people — many of whom are small-scale farmers and the ones least able to cope with the disastrous consequences. The report speaks to the urgent need for adaptation, showing that adaptation actions can go some distance to alleviate these threats.

mate change,” says CFGB executive director Jim Cornelius. “The IPCC report heightens the importance of putting in place a major global adaptation financing plan and program.” The IPCC report also makes it clear that adaptation must be accompanied by concrete steps to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change in the first place. Adaptation alone will not solve the problem. “The challenge is helping people adapt as quickly as possible, while still making the major changes necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Cornelius.


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Western European wheat crops well advanced but need rain By Sybille de La Hamaide paris / reuters

Rain is needed in many parts of Western Europe to prevent damage to wheat crops now running several weeks ahead of schedule due to mild winter conditions and sunny weather in recent weeks, analysts and traders said April 3. The region joins a list of Wheat Belts including the U.S. Plains, Australia and parts of the Black Sea, where dry weather is being monitored for potential harm to crops. In France, the European Union’s largest grain producer and exporter, the rapid growth was starting to raise concerns plants may not be strong enough to resist late frost or drought. “It is going too fast,” a French trader said. Forecaster Meteo France said rainfall in March was on average 35 per cent below normal, while temperatures were 1.1 C above normal. Farm office FranceAgriMer the previous week said winter cereals in France remained mostly in good condition but far ahead of schedule. In Germany, the bloc’s second-largest wheat g r o w e r, c r o p s c a m e through the winter without significant frost damage and are up to four weeks ahead of normal growth in much of the country, but now urgently need rain, analysts said. “At this stage of strong vertical wheat growth, rain is urgently needed. JOB ID: I do not think there is 6229-1 B concern about dryness damage yetDATE: but I would JAN 30 / FEB 13, 27 / be glad if rain fell today MAR 13, 27 / rather thanAPR tomorrow,” 10, 17 one analyst said. CLIENT: Similar conditions were SYNGENTA CANADA seen in Poland where PROJECT: crops were doing well and BRAND AD 2014 wereAXIAL about two weeks ahead of last year after a PUBLICATION: mildMANITOBA winterCOOPERATOR but concern was growing about dry DESIGNER: weather. DC Britain’s wheat crop ) MECHANICAL ( ) good PDF/X was( in generally condition after a mild FINAL SIZE: 8.125” X 10” winter with output UCR: 240% expected to rise following CLIENT a sharp increase in SERVICE planted area. PROOFREADING “The weather is helping cropARTdevelopment, cerDIRECTION tainly it’s helping farmers PRODUCTION stay on top of their field work,” said Jack Watts, senior analyst at the Home-Grown Cereals Authority. An HGCA survey, issued last month, showed wheat plantings in England and Wales were at 1.815 million hectares as of Dec. 1, up 19 per cent compared with the previous season.

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Brazil’s second soy crop could rain on bull parade Farmers are considering sowing soy on soy instead of the traditional soy-corn rotation By Gavin Maguire chicago / reuters


razilian farmers may be in the midst of har vesting the largest-ever soybean crop in that country’s history, but could still be on the verge of planting additional area to the oilseed for the country’s safrinha or second crop season. Traditionally, Brazilian growers plant corn as a second crop behind soybeans, and last produced more than 40 million tonnes off more t h a n 2 2 m i l l i o n a c re s (8.9 million hectares) of planted area. But with corn prices substantially lower than where they were at the same point in 2013, Brazilian growers are expected to scale back corn production in favour of another round of soybeans as well as cotton and other crops. This additional soy output may not only push the country’s total even higher, but could extend Brazil’s export season by several months — potentially crimping U.S. soy price potential in the process. The steady climb in second-crop corn plantings in Brazil from around eight million acres in the 2005-06 crop year to more than 22 million last year coincided with the global rally in corn prices during that time, and highlights how growers in that country have proved to be highly responsive to favourable p r i c e m ove s in recent years. But with corn values trading at more than a 30 per cent discount to last year’s levels during the opening months of 2014, B r a z i l i a n g r ow e r s a re expected to scale back corn-planting intentions this year, especially in areas where corn production costs remain substantially above that of other crops. Instead of corn, growers in many of the top producing areas are expected to favour soybeans above most other options, as the cost of soy production remains more affordable than the alternatives and international soy prices remain attractive.

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unding for Manitoba’s Partner 4 Growth program is doubling and will offer up to $260,000 in grants to support community-led projects focused on strengthening and diversifying local economies and creating new jobs, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostytshyn has announced. “Partner 4 Growth supports communities working together to find new opportunities, explore new markets and create local jobs,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “By taking a regional approach, communities of every size are encouraged to work together, make plans and take action to build economic success, based on their own unique mix of resources, infrastructure and expertise.” The program provides grants of up to $8,000 to help com-

munities identify regional development projects and undertake feasibility studies. A second grant of up to $15,000 is available to help complete projects identified in the first part of the process. Both grants are cost shared with the community, with government funding not to exceed 50 per cent of total project costs. All projects must be regionally focused and involve more than one local government to support regional partnerships and broader economic planning. “The AMM is pleased to see the Partner 4 Growth program renewed and its funding increased for 2014,” said Doug Dobrowolski, president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. “Economic development is truly the lifeblood of Manitoba and these resources will have a real impact on our communities.”

Last year, the Manitoba government budgeted $130,000 for the program and funded 15 successful projects through the Partner 4 Growth program. More than 100 local governments and First Nations communities worked together to develop and implement new ideas focused on economic growth and diversification. Some of the funding for projects last year included: • A $15,000 grant for the Beausejour Brokenhead Development Corporation to develop a 3D image of what the region will look like over the next 20 years based on plans for business, housing and infrastructure. These images will be used in a promotional video to attract new business to the region. • $10,000 for the McCreary District Economic Development Board to pursue experiential tourism development based on

the region’s strengths in agriculture, arts, entertainment and recreation. • $8,000 for the Lynn Lake Community Development Corporation to investigate the feasibility of a regionally based essential oil business because many local plants and trees have cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other uses. Manitoba communities and not-for-profit organizations outside of Winnipeg are eligible to apply including rural municipalities, towns, local government districts, First Nations communities, chambers of commerce and industry or tourism associations. More information about the Partner 4 Growth program and how to apply can be found at in the section on Rural Communities at the Economic Development link or at the nearest GO office. The application deadline is May 31.


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AUCTION DISTRICTS Parkland – North of Hwy 1; west of PR 242, following the west shore of Lake Manitoba and east shore of Lake Winnipegosis. Westman – South of Hwy 1; west of PR 242. Interlake – North of Hwy 1; east of PR 242, following the west shore of Lake Manitoba and east shore of Lake Winnipegosis. Red River – South ofHwy 1; east of PR 242.

The Pas

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Directions: From Arran, Sk Go North To White Beach, Sk, Then Continue North And East On Grid 752 To The Manitoba/Saskatchewan Border, Then Continue East To The First Farm On The North Side Of The Road.






Gilbert Plains

Fisher Branch

Ste. Rose du Lac







Elm Creek



Ste. Anne



Pilot Mound Crystal City

Lac du Bonnet





Stonewall Selkirk






Langruth Gladstone

Rapid City



9:30 AM








Riverton Eriksdale



Shoal Lake







Swan River


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Birch River


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St. Pierre


Morris Winkler Morden




Red River


2007 JD 9520

ANTIQUES Antiques For Sale MULVEY “FLEA” MARKET. Osborne & Mulvey Ave E. Wpg. Sat-Sun-Hol. 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. 40+ vendors. A/C. Debit, Visa, M/C. Table/Booth rental info: (204)478-1217.

ANTIQUES Antique Equipment 66 OLIVER ROW CROP, running, LPT, VGC; 6 bottom Case 3-pt. semi-mount plow; 1969 Sunbeam 4 door, 4 cyl, leather upholstery; 44 Massey stnd, Power Takeoff, running, VGC. Free lug house & lug barn. (204)324-6101

ANTIQUES Antiques Wanted STAMP & COIN COLLECTIONS wanted by private collector. Phone (204)831-6004.

2011 JD 9770 STS 761 HRS

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AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Westman BUCKINGHAM BROS., KILLARNEY, MB. Farm Retirement Auction Thurs., April 24th, 10:00am.DST. 3.5mi East of Killarney. 1987 Deutz-Allis7145 DSL MFD, 540 & 1000 PTO., good front &rear rubber, 3 spool hyd., w/Allied 895 loaderw/bucket, grapple & joystick, 7100-hrs., VG. Balespear sells separate; 1976 Case 970 DSL w/cab,3-PTH., 540 & 1000 PTO., 6100-hrs., w/Allied 760loader w/bucket; Case 680 Back-hoe w/ loader &bucket, cab, 4-spd. trans; Case 400 DSL tractor,8-spd., engine stuck; Case 1830 Skid-Steer loader,gas; 1994 Dodge Ram 1500, 4X4- 1/2-ton, V-8 auto., 337,340-kms., new tires, as is; 1967 GMC 1-tontruck w/box & hoist; Suzuki J410- 4-cyl., 5-spd.,4X41/4 ton; 1990 Case-IH 8460 round baler w/auto. tie & bale kicker, 1000-PTO; John Deere 121412-ft. hydro-swing mower conditioner; JD 7-ft. sickle mower; Wood deck hay trailer- 24-ft. X 10-ft., 4wheel; 16-ft. X 8 1/2-ft; Wood deck trailer w/tandemwalking axle; Cockshutt 7-ft. SD rake; 2010 PoulanPro 26-HP ride-on mower, hydrostatic w/54-in deck, 226-hrs., like new; Case 446 ride-on tractor,16HP, w/mower & mulcher; Case 444 ride-on tractor, 14-HP, w/mulcher; Roper 18T ride-on tractorw/42in mower; Rally 12-HP ride-on w/38-in mowerdeck; IHC #80- 3-PT snow blower; Allied 7-ft. snowblower; Crown prong rock picker; JD 18-ft. discerw/seed box; 2 poly water tanks on trailers- 400 &500-gal; 3-PT 6-ft blade; 3-PT wire roller; 500-gal.fuel tank w/stand; Yamaha 3-wheel Tri-moto 175ATV; 1980 Ski-Doo 4500 snowmobile; 1979 ArcticCat snowmobile - both need restoration; Firearm,Scopes, & Ammunition; Excellent Quality ShopEquipment & Tools - Best variety we have sold inyears. Check web site for detailed listing. Moremisc. listed. For info Contact: Fred (204)5230026,Will (204)523-0455. Web sites Murray Rankin Auctions Murray (204)534-7401 Killarney, MB. Ross Taylor Auction Service (204)522-5356 Reston, MB.


SK PL # 914507 • AB PL # 180827

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AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland

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Plumas, MB | April 15, 2014 · 10am

Dauphin, MB | April 17, 2014 · 11am

Bill & Mary Reimer

Dean & Genadri Myhre

1989 FORD VERSATILE 846 & EZEE-ON 7550 37 FT



AUCTION LOCATION: From DAUPHIN, MB, go 4.8 km (3 miles) South to the Jct of Hwy 10 & 5, then go 4.8 km (3 miles) East to Road #108W, then 1.6 km (1 mile) South, 0.8 km (1/4 mile) East. North side. GPS: 51.03991, -99.59181


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AUCTION LOCATION: From PLUMAS, MB, go 12.9 km (8 miles) West on Grid #265. South side. GPS: 50.36376, -99.43128


1989 Ford Versatile 846 4WD, s/n D430388, std, 4 hyd outlets, 1 aux hyd, 3 pt hitch, 20.8R38 duals. Versatile 750 Series 2 4WD, 3 hyd outlets, 18.4x38 duals, 7056 hrs showing. 1983 Case 2294 2WD, s/n 9929450, powershift, 2 hyd outlets, 540/1000 PTO, 18.4x38 duals, 6603 hrs showing. Case IH 885 2WD, 2255 ldr, bkt, pallet fork, open station, 2 hyd outlets, 540/1000 PTO, 3 pt hitch, 18.4x30 R.

SWATHERS FARM AUCTION FOR TED & ODELIA HOEHN Fri., Apr. 25th, 2014 12:00 noon 2-mi South of Waldersee MB on Hwy 260 to Lone Spruce Road, then 5-mi East Till Rd 64W& 1.25-mi South equipment starts at 1:00pm. Tractors: 1997 9370 Case IH 4,300-hrs 4 hyds 24-SPD 24 suit case weights 24.5x32 duals; 1988 936 Vers Designation 6, 9,300-hrs 20.8R424 4 hyds; 1976 1570 Case 2 hyds PTO 20.8x38 fact duals PS 6,353-hrs; 1965 806 Intl 2 hyds PTO 18.4x34; Combines /Swather & Trucks: 1978 Ford F600 15-ft. box & hoist 330 eng 4+2 SPD 55,168-km; 1978 Ford F700 16-ft. box & hoist 360 eng 5+ 2SPD 98,000-mi; 1963 Ford F700 12-ft. wood box & hoist 289 eng 5+2-SPD; 1981 860 MF combine MF PU chopper 3,177 eng hrs shedded; 2, 24-ft. MF 9024 Straight headers; 1998 220 MF 25-ft. swather Shoe maker drive PU reel 1,435-hrs; Swath Roller; Seeding & Tillage Equip: model 39, A/O, 39-ft. Maxim Morris Air Seeder rubber press wheels 7300 Morris Cart; 41-ft. EZEE-ON Vibra Shank Cult w/mulchers; 35-ft. Friggstad Deep Tiller mulchers & NH3 kit; 35ft. 8100 Agri Tech Deep Tiller/mulchers; model PL 60-ft. P40 Packer Bar; 70-ft. Inland Tine Harrows; 72-ft. Summers Super Plus Harrows; 25-ft. JD 335 Tandem Disc; 24-ft. Glencoe Cult; 6-16 INT Plow; 56 Rock-O-matic Rock Picker; 614 Deluxe Walinga Grain Vac (blower replaced); 2001 MK100-61 Westfield swing-out Auger; 2006 J208-41 Westfield auger w/13-HP Honda ES; Misc Equip: Labtronics model 919 Grain Tester; Farm King Farm Wagon; 8 suit case weights; Cult Shovels (some new); Air Seeder Hose; 11L-15sl implement wheel; 2, 12.4x24-in. Tractor Tires; 18.x38 clamp on Duals; 2, 9.00x20-in. Truck tires; Keer Shear; NH3 Kit; 2, 500-gal Fuel Tanks; approx 75-lb. Anvil; Grease Tubes; shop misc. Terms Cash or Cheque Lunch served. Subject to additions & Deletions. Not responsible for any errors in description. GST & PST will be charged where applicable everything Sells AS IS Where IS All Sales Final. Owners & auction company are not responsible for any accidents on sale site Any statements made on sale day will take precedent over all previous advertising. Sale conducted by Nickel Auctions Ltd Dave Nickel Auctioneer (204)637-3393 cell (204)856-6900 Owner (204)352-4369.


1998 Massey Ferguson 220 25 Ft, s/n G220363, P/U reel, 21.5Lx16.1SL F, 9.5Lx15SL R. Case IH 725 25 Ft, s/n 133124C003840, 540

PTO, transport.

Reimer T/A Swather Transport.


2003 Kenworth T800 Sleeper T/A Truck Tractor, s/n 1XKDDR9X53J967412, Detroit Series 60, 18 spd, A/R susp, 60 in. sleeper, wet kit. 1980 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 30 S/A Grain, s/n CCM33AV127737, 350, 4 spd, 11 ft steel box, hoist. GMC 960 S/A Grain, s/n C9E639P012721, 366, 5x2, spring susp, 14 ft steel box, hoist, roll tarp, 89,141 miles showing. 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS Sports Utility Vehicle, s/n 1GNDT13S232232532, A/T, 173,059 km showing. 1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Car, V8, A/T, 119,440 km showing.

TRAILERS 2009 B&D Trailers 22 Ft T/A End Dump. Reimer 24 Ft T/A 5th Wheel Equipment.


1988 Ford L8000 T/A, s/n 1FDZY82AXJVA03430, 6 cyl, 13 spd, London 9 cubic yard mixer.

1974 Ford 8000 T/A, s/n Y80CV52188, Caterpillar 3208, 13 spd, London 8 cubic yard mixer.


1979 Cat 950, s/n 31H02026, bkt, 20.5x25. Massey Ferguson 470, bkt, 4.00x20.


4x4 Crane, s/n M-410SR9608-C, diesel, 14.00x24.


Concrete Plant, 2 cement powder silos, water pump, stove, tank, building, batch plant, 220v,Conveyex, scale, 11 yd hopper, augers. Bartell 48 In. Ride On Concreter Power Trowel, Onan 20 hp. 100 Ft Screed. Gravel Screener.


Ezee-On 7550 37 Ft, s/n 45110, 8 in. spacing, sgl shoot, 2.75 in. rubber packers, 3210 tow-behind tank, sgl fan, 7 in. load auger. International 5600 33 Ft Cultivator, s/n JAG0003199, 12 in. spacing, harrows. Case IH 4700 33 Ft Cultivator. International 33 Ft Cultivator. Riteway 900 35 Ft Packers, s/n 1991-9043. 36 Ft Packers. Allied 60 Ft Harrows, tines. Degelman R570 Rock Picker, s/n 3662.


Great Northern 72 Ft Field, hyd pump, 500 gal poly tank, sgl nozzle bodies.


Bandwagon 1100 Gallon Liquid Fertilizer Tank.


Grain Handling Equipment · 8 Ft Tapered Steel Swath Roller · 72 In. 3 Point Hitch Mower · Bobcat HB880 Q/C Skid Steer Jack Hammer ...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Bill Reimer: 204.386.2001 (h), 204.476.6392 (c) Jake Reimer: 204.476.6692 Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Travis Sack: 306.280.0829 800.491.4494

1993 Ford Versatile 876 Designation 6 4WD, s/n D930188, 12 spd std, 4 hyd outlets, 20.8x38 duals, 6131 hrs showing. 1983 John Deere 8650 4WD, s/n RW8650H003951, 12 ft dozer, quad shift, 3 hyd outlets, 1 aux hyd, 1000 PTO, 20.8x38 duals, 11,499 hrs showing. 1995 John Deere 7200 MFWD, s/n RW7200H002715, 740 ldr, bkt, 16 spd, 2 hyd outlets, 540/1000 PTO, 3 pt hitch, 16.6x23 F, 18.4x38 R, 12,707 hrs showing.


1980 New Holland TR85, s/n 303523, 971 hdr, John Deere 12 ft P/U, chopper, 24.5 x 32.


1990 Versatile 4750 30 Ft, s/n D460369,

4030 hdr, s/n D461209, P/U reel, cab, 3105 hrs showing. 1990 John Deere 590 25 Ft, s/n E00590A877738, P/U reel, 540 PTO.


1988 Peterbilt 379 T/A Grain, s/n 1XP5DB9XYJN260415, Caterpillar 3406B, 425 hp, 13 spd, A/R susp, 20 ft steel box, hoist, roll tarp. GMC 9433 S/A Service, s/n 1943307470, 6 cyl, 4 spd, 8 ft bed.


1995 Lode Handler 40 Ft Grain, s/n 2LDBT4027SW026574, spring susp, roll tarp. 1995 Temisko 27 Ft Tri/A Super B Hiboy, s/n 2TMFC2831SN426601. Temisko 28 Ft Super B Hiboy, s/n 2TMFC2826SN426701.


2003 Bourgault 5710 Series II 40 Ft Air Drill, s/n 37578AH-20, 9.8 in. spacing, sgl shoot, mid-row banding, NH3 pkg, 3.5 in. steel packers, Raven Accu-Flow. 1998 John Deere 1900 270 Bushel TowBehind Air Tank, s/n H01900H675228, sgl fan, 8 in. load auger. 1987 Case IH 8500 45 Ft Hoe Air Drill, s/n C000525, 7 in. spacing, 2 in. steel packers & parts drill. John Deere 1060 41 Ft Air Drill, 7 in. spacing, mid-row banding. Case IH 6200 24 Ft Seed Drill, 6 in. spacing, grass att, rubber packers, transport. 2003 Bourgault 9800 36 Ft Cultivator, s/n


Custombuilt 12 Ft 3 Point Cultivator. 2012 Bourgault 6000 70 Ft Mid Heavy Harrows, s/n 41109MH-05, auto fold. Morris Rangler II 60 Ft Harrow Packer.


2004 Ag Sheild A7700 100 Ft Sprayer, s/n 0304008, hyd pump, 850 gal poly tank, chem mix tank, dbl nozzle bodies, wind screens, rinse tank, GFS height control, Microtrack control, 20.8x38. 2012 Valmar 1665 Granular Applicator Spreader, s/n 166513005, Honda 270, factory mtd for John Deere 1900 seed cart.


2002 Westfield MK130-71 13 In. x 71 Ft Mechanical Swing Grain Auger, s/n 139746 2006 Westfield MK100-61 10 In. x 61 Ft Mechanical Swing Grain Auger, s/n 175014 2012 Rem 2700 Grain Vac, s/n 210146.


HLA 6.5 Ft Rock Grapple · Agriculture Equipment · Survery Equipment · (2) Free Form 1800 Gallon Poly Tanks...AND MUCH MORE!

Also Selling For Wilf Kachurowski – 204.638.8543: COMBINES

1996 John Deere 9600, s/n H09600X666676, 912 hdr, s/n H00912B640238, long auger, chopper, 24.5x32 F, 14.9x26 R, 3760 sep hrs showing. White 8650, P/U, 1000 PTO, chopper.


Massey Ferguson 35 28 Ft, 540 PTO. Massey Ferguson 35 21 Ft, 540 PTO. Co-op 626 26 Ft, 540 PTO.

SEEDING, TILLAGE & BREAKING Flexi-Coil 40 Ft Harrows. 95 Ft Harrows, tines. International 8 Bottom Plow. Melroe 7 Bottom Plow.


International 1490 14 Ft Mower Conditioner, rubber on rubber.


Flexi-Coil 120 Ft Field, hyd drive, 800 gal poly tank, chem mix tank, sgl nozzle bodies, disc markers, rinse tank


Grain Augers · (2) OMC Drum Baler · Set of Haukaas Markers...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Dean Myhre: 204.638.7413 (h), 204.572.5365 (c) Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Travis Sack: 306.280.0829 800.491.4494


The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland


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Manchur Farms Ltd.

Gilbert Plains, MB | April 16, 2014 · 10 am

DIRECTIONS: Sale will be held at the farm of Del & Gert Smith, ½ Mile West of the Jct of #3 & #18 Hwys. (Just off #3 across from water tower) ORDER OF SALE: 10:00am – 1:00pm (Misc, tools, palleted lots, Livestock related items)1:00pm (Major-Equipment)

THIS WILL BE A VERY LARGE AUCTION BY SALE DAY! CALL NOW TO HAVE YOUR ITEMS ADDED TO THIS GREAT ANNUAL SALE. FOR A COMPLETE SALE LISTING WITH PICTURES VISIT: NEW PREMIUM PIECES ADDED THIS WEEK! THIS SALE WILL FEATURE: TRACTORS: *1985 Versatile 836 Designation 6 4WD w/1000 PTO, 15 speed std trans, 4 remote hyd, 18.438 duals (50%), AC/Heat, manual and parts book, 5100hrs showing *2007 NH TS115A MFWD tractor w/NH 840TL loader, 16 spd pwr shift, bucket, grapple, joystick, dual pto, 3 remote hyd, 3pt, approx 3700hrs *1992 Ford Versatile 9030 bi-Directional w/ Loader, bucket, Grapple, 3 PT both ends, PTO Both ends, 6141 Hrs showing, *NH TM150 MFWD tractor w/ 4 Remote Hyd, Dual PTO, 36 Spd Auto Shift Trans, 520/85R42 Rear rubber, 18.4R30 Front Rubber, Left Hand Reverser, *1989 Case IH 7120 Tractor, 3 PT, Approx 8100 Hrs Showing, 14-9-46 Duals *1985 JD 4450 2wd tractor w/3pt, quad range trans, 3 remote hyd, 14.9R46 duals *1979 Case 2870 4wd w/newer 20.8-34 rubber, 8300hrs showing, 4 remote hyd, return line, 6cyl Scani eng, pwr shift Trans *1986 Case IH 2394 2wd w/1000 pto, duals, 6900 hrs showing *8’ Loader 790 Bucket, Model 790-S, *Allied 795 loader w/bucket (mounts for JD 50 series) *Allied 790 Loader w/ 8’ Bucket (mounts for Case Tractor) *RTK Radio Receiver (for Case Ih or NH 362 receiver). HARVEST EQUIPMENT: *2012 Westward M155 Dual Direction DSL Swather w/ 35’ D60 Header, single Knife drive, P/U Reel, Header Transport, 600/65/28 Front Rubber, 16.5/16.1 Rear Rubber *2012 Elmers 850 Grain Cart, Big 1000 PTO, Scale Tarp, 30.5-32 Rubber, 18” Unload Auger w/ Hyd Adjustable Sprout, Rear Camera & Auger Camera *1982 7720 JD Combine, Yellow Top, Pickup and Chopper, Some New Parts, Chaff Spreader, 4101 Eng Hrs, *JD 7720 Combine w/212 pick-up (yellow top) *8650 White Combine, Pick-up, Chopper, always Shedded *30’ CaseIH 1010 straight cut header w/bat reel *30’ JD 230 straight cut header w/bat reel *24’ JD 224 straight cut header w/pick-up reel *30’ NH 971 Straight Cut Header w/ CX840 Adaptor *25’ JD 590 PT Swather, s/n E00590A959580 *25’ IH #75 pt swather w/bat reel, always shedded *18’ Versatile #10 PT Swather w/ pick reel *8’ Douglas Swath Roller *8’ Farm King Swath Roller *10”x61’ Westfield pto swing hopper auger (mechanical drive) *10”x61’ Westfield pto swing hopper auger (hyd drive). SPRAYER: *2008 100’ 1074 SS Rogator Sprayer, Auto Farm Full Auto Steer, Invisio Pro Raven Controls, Auto Boom Shut off, 1000 SS Tank, Air bubble Jet Nozzles (5 way) Air Ride (Narrow Rubber 320-90/50 Sell with) *Big Rubber (650/75/32 Sell Separate) *Tridekon S/S Crop Dividers. SEED & TILLAGE: *(NEW) 11.5’ 2430 Offset Disk, Green *114’ Flexi-Coil System 65 pt field sprayer w/hyd pump, poly tank, Chem wash tank, auto rate *110’ Flexi Coil Sprayer 65XL, Hyd Drive, Auto rate control, 3 Way Nozzles, Wind Screen, 1200 Gal Tank *100’ Flexi-Coil 65XL pt field sprayer w/830 gallon poly tank *2008 100’ NH Sprayer SF216, Triple Nozzles, Auto Rate Controller *80’ Flexi-Coil pt field sprayer *Bourgault 2130 air cart w/hyd fan, single chute *3540 Spray Coupe Sprayer *40’ Morris 9000 Field Cultivator *70’ Herman harrow *40’ Morris Rangler II Packer Bar *21’ Versatile 2200 Zero Till Seed Drill *20’ Ezze-on Tandem Disc *114’ Summer PT Field Sprayer *48’ Summer Packer Bar *45’ Wilrich Field Cultivator w/ Wilrich Harrows *40’ Laurier Packer Bar *37’ Wilrich Deep Tiller w/ Herman Harrows *20’ NH Tandem Disc *Glencoe Cultivator *Twin 1000 Gallon NH3 Wagon, New Paint, New 5 Year Inspection *Degelman Stone Picker, Model R570S, *Degelman Stone Picker – Prong Type *Leon rotary ground drive stone picker *Crown stone picker *Applicator Kit for inoculating the hay complete with monitor *NH3 Kit – 2 Manifolds *Morris Distribution Tubing *100 Bushel Hopper Bottom Grain Wagon *7 x 16 Melroe 903, 7 Bottom Plow. GRAIN HANDLING: *1381 Westfield Flex Auger. HAYING EQUIPMENT: *NH688 Rd Baler, Bale Command 1000 PTO, Approx 12,000 Bales *Case Baler 8760 *MF 1560 rd baler *510 JD Round Baler *16’ NH Haybine *Massey Hay Trailer, s/n 531. BINS: *S1 – 14’ X 5 Tier, No cement just sitting on ground *S2 – 14’X 8 Tier, New style door, Bin lid opener, Lag bolted to cement *S3 – 15’X 5 Tier, Wide Corr, New Style door, Bin lid opener, Fill indicator, Ladder, No cement just sitting on ground *S4 – 19X 6 Tier, No cement just sitting on ground *S5 - 19X 6 Tier, No cement just sitting on ground (Deadline for removal of these 5 bins must be on or before August 1, 2014 and if they get removed AFTER the deadline the buyer is responsible for crop damages) *Meridien Skid for 16’ Hopper Bin. FANS: *Grain Guard 3PH Fan, 10HP, Model FC18-3-380/415, *Grain Guard 3PH Fan, 10HP, Model GGF-81033B, *Grain Guard 3PH Fan, 10HP, Model FC18-3-380/415, *(5) Caldwell transitions *JD Ventilation Fan. LIVESTOCK RELATED ITEMS: *Case IH 575 Manure Spreader, DBL Beater *Hoof Trimming Cattle Shute *Cattle Squeeze Chute *Big Valley Headgate *Smith Roles Headgate *Assortment of Stock Panels – Various Sizes *(3) Miami 10’ Creep Feeders *Round Bale Feeder *Oval Water Trough – like new – Approx 200 Gallons *Calf Puller *Assortment of livestock panels *Cancrete Cattle Waterer – 250 Head *Calf Chute 7L with Scale *Rays Welding Cattle Head Gate, Self catching *(200) 6’ Posts *(75) 7’ Posts. TRUCKS & TRAILERS: *NEW Warwick s/a dump trailer w/hyd hoist *2010 GMC Sierre Nevada Edition 1500, 4 Door, 4 x 4, 4.8 Litre Gas, Auto Trans, Extra Clean, Very Low Miles, 33,465 Kms Showing, SAFETIED *2008 PJ 36’ Trailer w/ ramps, 3 – 12,000 lb axles w/duals, pintle hitch, ratchets, SAFETY *2007 Ford 150 XLT 4 WD, New Tires, steps, spark plugs, hood shocks, 2 nd Owner, 126,650 Kms Showing, Safetied *1978 Chev C65 s/a truck w/grain box, SAFETY *18’ t/a goose neck stock trailer w/removable top (converts to flat deck) *20’ NEW Grain Box *20’ T/A Flat Deck Bumper Hitch Trailer w/ Beaver Tails & Ramps (3500 lbs Axles) *12’ NEW Gravel box w/ End Gate (raw – no paint). INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT: *Case 1838 skid steer loader w/bucket *(2) NEW 12’ Box Scrapers. ATTACHMENTS & 3 PT EQUIPMENT: *NEW Lowe Hyd Auger 1650ch w/ 9in & 12in & 18in w/ skid steer quick attach, designed for 14-25 GPM/2,000-3,300 PSI and uses augers up to 36” in diameter, solid unit structure, heat-treated alloy shaft, HD reduction drive, 9”, 12” & 18” hex bit, Universal Quick attach plate *NEW Lowe Hyd Auger 1650ch w/ 9in & 12in & 15in w/ skid steer quick attach, designed for 14-25 GPM/2,000-3,300 PSI and uses augers up to 36” in diameter, solid unit structure, heat-treated alloy shaft, HD reduction drive, 9”, 12” & 18” hex bit, Universal Quick attach plate *NEW Lowe Hyd Auger 750ch w/ 9in & 12in w/ skid steer quick attach, designed for 7-20 GPM/2,000-3,300 PSI and uses augers up to 18” in diameter, solid unit structure, heat-treated alloy shaft, HD reduction drive, 9” & 12” hex bit, Universal Quick attach plate *NEW Lowe Hyd Auger 750ch w/ 9in, 12in & 15” w/ skid steer quick attach, designed for 7-20 GPM/2,000-3,300 PSI and uses augers up to 18” in diameter, solid unit structure, heat-treated alloy shaft, HD reduction drive, 9”, 12” & 15” hex bit, Universal Quick attach plate *NEW Stout Brush Grapple XHD84 w/ skid steer quick attach, High strength ½” steel, Universal Quick attach plate, 84” x 38” x 30”, 6 7/8 Tine Spacing, Grapple opening 32”, 3034 PSI hydraulic lines, NPT ½” hydraulic flat-faced couplers, cylinder guards *NEW Stout Brush Grapple HDU 72” w/ skid steer quick attach, High strength 3/8” steel, Universal Quick attach plate, 72” x 35” x 30”, 8 ¼” Tine Spacing, Grapple opening 32”, 3034 PSI lines WITH ½” cap *NEW Stout Skid Steer Rock Bucket Grapple HD72, 72”, High Strength 3/8” Steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate, 72” x 41” x 30”, 3” Tine Spacing, Grapple Opening 39”, 3045 PSI Hydraulic Line, NPT ½” Hydraulic flat-faced couplers, cylinder guards *NEW Stout Skid Steer Rock Bucket/Brush Grapple Combo HD72, Open-End w/ Skid Steer Quick Attach, 72”, High Strength 3/8” Steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate, 72” x 41” x 30”, 3” Tine Spacing, Grapple Opening 39”, 3045 PSI Hydraulic Line, NPT ½” Hydraulic flat-faced couplers, cylinder guards *NEW Stout Stump Grinder SG-13R w/ Skid Steer Quick Attach, 45 ½”w x 40”h 37”l, below ground depth 11”, cutting teeth 20, wheel dia 26” *NEW Stout Full-Back Pallet Forks 48 in w/ skid steer quick attach, 3-position pin adjustment, 4000 lbs fork rating, High strength steel, Universal quick attach plate, see through spill guard w/walk-through step, frame 51” x 57.5” *NEW Stout Walk-Through Pallet Forks 48” w/skid steer quick attach, 3-position pin adjustment, 4000 lbs fork rating, High Strength Steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate, see through spill guard w/walk-through step, Frame 51”x57.5” *NEW Pallet Forks 48” w/skid steer quick attach, 3-position pin adjustment, 4000 lbs fork rating, High Strength Steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate, Frame 35”x45” *NEW Stout Round Bale Spear w/ Skid Steer quick attach, 3-prong, bolt on replaceable spears, Main Spear: 2” x 39”, (2) Side Spears: 1 ¼” x 18”, High Strength Steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate *(2) NEW Stout Receiver Hitch Plate, high strength 3/8” steel, Universal quick attach plate, 2” receiver tube *NEW Stout Grapple Attachment Add-On, High Strength 3/8” Steel, ½” High Strength Steel Bar, 2 Cylinders, 3045 PSI capped hydraulic lines *NEW Stout Regular Weld-On Skid Steer Plate, High Strength 3/8” Steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate, Half- Back *NEW Stout Solid Weld-on Skid Steer Plate, High strength ¼” steel, Universal Quick Attach Plate, Full-back *NEW 5’ Howse 3PT Rotory Mower *NEW 6’ Kodiak 3 PT Blade *NEW 7’ Kodiak 3 PT Blade *C53 Tractor Mower IH *Allied Snow Blower *3PT Harrows Approx 13’ *3PT Harrows Approx 10’ *Farm King 3PT Blade *Farm King Brush Cutter *6’ Farm King 3PT Finishing Mower *1080 Farm King Snow Blower *8’ Farm King Snow Blower w/ Hydraulic Chute with Yellow spout *8’ Farm King Snow Blower w/ Hydraulic Chute with White spout *3 PT Sprayer *3PT Hitch Track Erasers *720 3pt Farm King Scrub Cutter



BRANDON, MANITOBA Licensed and bonded. P.L. License #918093. Member of M.A.A., S.A.A., A.A.A., A.A.C. PHONE: (204) 727-2001 FAX: (204) 729-9912 EMAIL: Auctioneer: Scott Campbell Not responsible for errors in description. Subject to additions and or deletions. Property owners and Fraser Auction Service not responsible for any accidents. GST & PST where applicable. TERMS: Cash or cheque. NOTE: cheques of $50,000 or more must be accompanied by bank letter of credit. Sale conducted by FRASER AUCTION SERVICE 1-800-483-5856

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McSherry Auction Service Ltd

Estate & Moving Sat., April 12 @ 10:00 am Stonewall, MB - #12 Patterson Dr

Tools, Yard & Misc * Antique Furniture * Antiques * R Albert * Old Country Rose * American Beauty * Adv & Collectibles * Household: Various Furniture & K Appliances * Acccoustic & Elec Guitar * Go to the Website for Viewing Location!

2008 JOHN DEERE 4895 36 FT

2010 JOHN DEERE 4730 100 FT

AUCTION LOCATION: From GILBERT PLAINS, MB go 11.2 km (7 miles) North on Rd 274 to Rd 153, then 6.4 km (4 miles) West to Rd 133, then 0.8 km (0.5 mile) North. GPS: 51.2654, -100.5668 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2009 John Deere 9530 4WD · 2006 John Deere 9420 4WD · 1992 Case IH 9250 4WD · 2008 John Deere 6430 MFWD · 2010 John Deere 9870STS Combine · 2008 John Deere 9870STS Combine · 2008 John Deere 4895 36 Ft Swather · 1992 International 9200 T/A Truck · 1990 GMC 7000 Topkick T/A Truck · 1984 International S1700 S/A Truck · 2010 Excursion 16 Ft T/A Trailer · 1993 Duncan Trailers Ltd 12 Ft T/A Gooseneck Stock

Trailer · 2003 Bourgault 5710 Series II 52 Ft Air Drill · 2009 Bourgault 6550ST Tow-Behind Air Tank · 2001 Bourgault 9400 60 Ft Cultivator · 2010 John Deere 4730 100 Ft High Clearance Sprayer · 2008 Brandt 1070 10 In. x 70 Ft Mechanical Swing Grain Auger · 2010 Rem 2700 Grain Vac · 2011 Buhler Farm King Y750R 84 In. Finishing Mower · (4) 320/90R46 Sprayer Tires & Rims ...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Lawrence Manchur: 204.648.4544 Dave Manchur: 204.638.1876 Jim Manchur: 204.638.0242 Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Travis Sack: 306.280.0829

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AUCTION SALE OF E & R Industries Ltd. Door # 22 - 305 McKay Ave., Winnipeg (Corner of Roch & McKay)

Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 am (Viewing Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Only) (SIGN’S POSTED)

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE After 28 years, the business is closing & all equipment is in well kept condition


Cat 5,000 lbs. forklift propane, solid tires w/extension forks*


Uni-Hydro Iron worker SLS 42-ton w/dies* Microcut 3-HP milling machine w/vise (Like New)* Precimax 3ft. Metal lathe w/ dies, 3ft. Bed* Tennsmith 4ft. Air shear* Brown Boggs 373-C, 14 gauge shear* Chicago 8ft. Box & pan brake* Brown Boggs 4ft. Hand brake* Big Brute pipe & tube bending machine 2” w/dies* Metalex 4ft. Electric roller* Milwaukee horizontal mill* Cosen model MH1016 jam band saw w/45° angle cut* 5” swivel band saw* Sander on stand* Delta band saw (variable speed)* Campbell upright air compressor* De-Vilbiss older air compressor* 50-ton press* 2-floor drill presses* lock former* Slitter machine* Arber press* Milwaukee portable band saw* Rotabest magnetic drill* hyd. Stinger 9107A single speed body shop ram* etc.


TRW 5000 model100 Stud welder w/2-guns* Miller MP 45-E welder w/double head, electric* Lincoln electric square Wave tig 275* Hobart Beta-Mig II* SIP model PP.20 spot welder* Grob Brothers band saw blade spot welder*


3-steel welder benches (3/4” & 1/2” thicknesses)* floor scale w/weights* 3-bins of new nuts & bolts* 3-floor grinders* Darex drill bit sharpener* strapping machine* 2-floor fans* cabinet w/drills, cutters, etc.* Specialty tools,Hitachi hammer drill, calipers, dial gauges, lots of tools, etc.


Large pile of angle iron, pipe, tubing, etc. (Sold with rack - 1-LOT)

TERMS: Cash, Visa, Mastercard or Debit paid in Full Same Day of Sale. SUBJECT TO ADDITIONS & DELETIONS “Everything Sold As Is, Where Is” with no warranties implied or expressed.

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tri-field farms ltd.

Teulon, MB | April 14, 2014 · 10am AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Red River AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

We know that farming is enough of a gamble so if you want to sell it fast place your ad in the Manitoba Co-operator classifieds. It’s a Sure Thing. Call our toll-free number today. We have friendly staff ready to help. 1-800-782-0794.

2008 JOHN DEERE 6430

2008 & 2010 JOHN DEERE 9870STS

(204) 668-0183 (WPG.)

Unreserved pUblic farm aUction

(204) 467-1858 or (204) 886-7027

BUCHANAN CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Sat. Apr 19th, 2014 10:00am 6-MI SOUTH ON #47, 1-MI WEST (VASOLOVITZ HALL) BUCHANAN, SK. Including 4 & 2 wheel tractors, air seeders, swathers, sprayers, semi’s, grain trucks, cattle & haying equip, tillage & harrows, augers, misc, guns, antiques, household, recreation, yard & house for auction. To consign call Julius at (306)592-4705 or Doug at (306)647-2661. Online Bidding 1:00pm. Visit for updated listing & pictures. Sale conducted by Ukrainetz Auction Theodore SK. (306)647-2661. License #915851

2009 JOHN DEERE 9530

2004 & 2005 John deere 9860StS

A PARTiAL equiPmenT LiST incLudeS: 2002 John Deere 9520T Track Tractor · 1996 Case IH 9370 4WD · (2) John Deere 9860STS Combine · 2008 John Deere 635F 35 Ft Flex Header · 2005 John Deere 635F


2006 SeedmaSter 60 Ft & 1998 Flexi-Coil 3450

AucTion LocATion: From TEULON, MB, go 14.5 km (10 miles) East on Hwy 17 to Hwy 8, then 0.4 km (0.25 miles) South, #9389. GPS: 50.38402, -97.04417 35 Ft Hydra Flex Header · 2004 Westward 9352I 25 Ft Swather · 2006 Seedmaster 60 Ft Air Drill · Rogator 854 90 Ft High Clearance Sprayer · J&M 750 750± Bushel Grain Cart...and much more!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Randy Penner: 204.886.2173 (h), 204.785.0432 (c), Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Travis Sack: 306.280.0829 800.491.4494

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 10 AM Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433


• 2002 CIH • Steiger, STX375, standard shift 3590 hrs. • 2003 CIH MX 210 • FWA, 4270 Hrs. w/ CIH LX192 loader, trimble Auto steer • 2011 Kubota B2630, 194 hrs., FWA, LA403 loader, 3pth, diesel 26hp, • 2005 CIH 2388 Combine, 880 sep. hrs., two 30 ft, flexheaders • Two MacDon 9200 and 2920 Swathers, 30 ft. • Good trucks 05 Ford F-150, TWO Frieghtliners, 2000 and 96 W/ newer grain bodies, sprayer tender tender Ford 9000, 66 Mercury 1 ton, 4710 Concord air seeder with 2300 tank See for complete listing

See our website: or call 204-325-4433 cell 6230



The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

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Brian & Dana Soke

Bredenbury, SK | April 14, 2014 · 10am

MACK AUCTION CO. presents a farm equipment auction for Gordon & Edith Kolish (306)722-3610 or (306)737-0610 Sat., Apr 19th, 2014 10:00am. Live internet bidding Directions from East side of Creelman, SK. go 18-mi North to dead end & 1/4-mi W. Watch for signs! Case 9370 4WD tractor w/5,120-hrs; IH 1086 2WD tractor w/6,000-hrs; 2013 MF Hesston WR9725 SP swather w/75-hrs & 30-ft. PU reel; Case IH 2188 Axial Flow SP combine w/2,230 Rotor hrs; 30-ft. Case IH 1020 straight cut header; straight cut header trailer; Koenders poly swath roller; 49-ft. Morris Maxim air drill double shoot w/Morris 7300 air cart; 53-ft. Friggstad 420 cultivator w/tine harrows; JD 20-ft. offset disc; 32-ft. IH 4700 vibra tiller cultivator; Degelman ground drive rock picker; Crown ground drive rock picker; 100-ft. Bourgault 1450 field sprayer; 1,250-gal poly water tank; 1,000-gal steel water tank; 2001 Volvo tandem axle Hwy tractor w/sleeper; 1996 Doepker tri axle grain truck w/3 compartments & air ride; 1977 GMC 6500 grain truck w/74,500-km; Brandt 10-60 swing auger; Sakundiak 7-41 auger w/Briggs engine; 3, Westeel 2,500-bu bins on wood floor; 2, Westeel 1,600-bu bins on wood floors, plus shop tools & a whole bunch more! Visit for sale bill & photos. Join us on Facebook & Twitter. (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962

MACK AUCTION CO presents a farm equipment auction for Wilfred & Joan Messer (306)461-5145 Mon., Apr. 14th, 2014 at 10:00am. Directions from Macoun, SK 4-mi South. Watch for Signs! Live internet bidding at JD 8450 4WD tractor; Case 2290 2WD tractor w/duals; Case 1494 2WD tractor w/Case 66L FEL & 3-PTH; 24-ft. Seed Hawk air drill w/onboard Magnum 257 air tank; 32ft. Case field cultivator w/Degelman harrows; 29-ft. IH 55 DT cultivator; Malcam 24-ft. DT cultivator; Melroe 5 bottom plow; Co-op G100 discers; diamond harrow packer drawbar; MF 860 SP combine w/2,750 hours; MF 9024 straight cut header; MF 9030 straight cut header; 30-ft. JD 590 PT swather; Buhler Farm King steel drum roller; 90-ft. Flexicoil field sprayer; Degelman PTO rock picker; 100-gal slip tank w/electric pump; 1,250-gal poly water tank; Trimble EZ Guide 500 GPS; 1977 Dodge 600 3Ton grain truck; 1977 Dodge 600 3-Ton grain truck; 1984 GMC Sierra 1500 PU; 4, Twister 2,300-bu hopper bottom grain bins; Twister 4,000-bu hopper bottom bin; 2, Behlen 2,950-bu grain bins on cement; 2, Westeel 3,300-bu grain bins on cement; Westeel 2,750-bu grain bin on cement; Westeel 1,650-bu grain bin on wood floor; OPI Stormax grain temp monitor & cables; Motomco 919 moisture tester; Sakundiak 7-45 auger w/Kohler engine; Sakundiak 7-51 auger w/Onan engine, hyd bin sweep; Honda 250 Big Red; Deines zero turn mower; Craftsman snow blower; JD lawn mower; Shur Lift pressure washer; 3-PTH flail mower; 3-PTH cultivator; 3-PTH disc; 3-PTH Allied snow blower, complete line of shop tools & much more!! Visit for sale bill & photos. Join us on Facebook & Twitter. (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962

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• 1995 Case IH Steiger, 9270 IHC B-275 diesel utility tractor, allis • 7045, Case DC Antique, 2006 CIH 8010 combine, 8820 swather • 2006 model 2062 Macdon 36 ft Flex head. 200 • 4 Freightliner tandem grain Truck 425 hp, 1938 Maple Leaf truck • Concord air Seeder 37 ft, 3 twister 6000 bu, hopper bins w/ air

MACK AUCTION CO. presents a farm & livestock equipment auction for Dave & Doreen MacCuish (306)486-4911 Tues., Apr. 15th, 2014 10:00am. Directions from Frobisher, SK 3-mi South. Watch for Signs! Live internet bidding @ Ford Vers 876 4WD tractor w/5,195-hrs; NH TM135 FWA tractor & FEL w/2,455-hrs; Versatile 836 4WD tractor with professional rebuilt engine and PTO; MF 2745 2WD tractor w/3,609-hrs; MF 35 2WD tractor w/3-PTH, JD 9500 SP combine & JD 214 PU header w/2,472 sep hrs; 30-ft. JD 930R straight cut header; 32-ft. Seedhawk 32-12 air drill w/onboard 110-bu seed tank & 1,450-gal onboard liquid fertilizer tank; 35-ft. Bourgault 8810 air seeder w/JD 787 air cart; Willmar Eagle 8200 SP 90-ft. high clearance sprayer & Auto Steer Trimble Auto Mapping w/2,500-hrs; JD 567 round baler w/net wrap & silage kit; Premier 2900 SP Cummins turbo swather w/30-ft. Macdon 960 draper header; 16-ft. Macdon 922 hay header w/steel crimper; Golden Bell straight cut header trailer; Gleaner N-6 SP combine w/2,238-hrs; 30-ft. Gleaner straight cut header; Jiffy Bale processor; Morris 14 bale Hay Hiker trailer; Degelman Strawmaster 7000 heavy harrows w/Valmar 4400; Farm King roller mill; Morris 43-ft. cultivator w/Valmar 240; Morris Magnum CP-731 cultivator; Big G 24-ft. tandem disc; Valmar 240 granular applicator; Chem Handler I, 12V Chemical transfer pump & meter; 1988 IH S1900 tandem axle grain truck; 1976 Ford F600 grain truck; 1975 Western Star tandem water truck; 2003 Wilkinson 14-ft. bumper pull stock trailer; 3, Goebel 3,500-bu hopper bins; 2, Goebel 4,200-bu. hopper bins, 10,000bu steel grain ring; Westfield MK 13-71 swing auger; Walinga 510 grain vac; Brandt 7-45 auger w/Kohler engine; Farm King 8-51 PTO auger; Pattison 8,300-gal liquid tank; 2, Hold On 4,500-gal liquid tank; Hold On 1,500-gal liquid tank, approx 3,000-gal of liquid fertilizer; Schulte 9600 3-PTH snow blower; Leon 36-14 6 way dozer blade w/Vers 876 mounts; Harley high dump rock picker; 20-ft. Harley rock windrower; C&J trailer post pounder, 4-YKS 20.5-25 wheel loader tires; JD HPX Gator ATV w/hyd dump & 380-hrs; Artic Cat 3000 snow machine; snow machine sleigh; Generac SVP 5000 generator; Eagle horizontal air compressor; Easy clean steam washer; electric DSL fired washer; floating slough pumps; 2-in. gas water pumps; Degelman single acting hyd tine angle kit 7000 heavy harrow, plus much more! Visit for sale bill & photos. Join us on Facebook & Twitter. (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962



AUCTION LOCATION: From BREDENBURY, SK, go 2.4 km (1.5 miles) East, North to yard. GPS: 51.1439, -102.2051 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2003 New Holland TJ375 4WD · 1994 John Deere 6400 MFWD · 2010 John Deere 9770STS · 2002 John Deere 930R 30 Ft Header · 2009 Case IH WD1203 36 Ft Swather ·2000

Freightliner Sleeper T/A Truck Tractor · 2009 Wilson DWH-550 36 Ft T/A Grain Trailer · 2011 Morris Contour 61 Ft Air Drill ·2006 John Deere 4720 90 Ft High Clearance Sprayer · Qty of Hopper Bins...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Brian Soke: 306.621.7206 Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Dan Steen: 306.361.6154 800.491.4494


Gardner Brothers

in conjunction with Pennell Farms Ltd Kamsack, SK | April 17, 2014 · 10 am

See for complete listing


See our website: or call 204-325-4433 cell 6230



• Tractor Ford Versatile • 9680, IHC 1086 only 4427 hrs. • CIH 1688 Combine, 2600 E, hrs. • 1998 MacDon 2930 swather 22 ft. • 1997 Bourgault 8810 seeder, 40 ft w/ 2320 tank. See for complete listing

See our website: or call 204-325-4433 cell 6230


Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433


A great way to Buy and Sell without the ef for t.



MACK AUCTION CO presents a farm & livestock equipment auction for Ross & Ron Moncrief (306)489-4913 or (306)489-4813 Wed., Apr. 16th, 2014 Alameda, SK. Directions from Alameda 5-mi West & 3/4-mi North @ 10:00am. Watch for signs! Live internet bidding at JD 8570 4WD tractor w/4,490-hrs; JD 6300L FWA tractor w/JD 640 FEL & open cab; JD 9500 SP combine w/JD 914 PU header & 2500 sep hrs; JD 930R straight cut header; Trail Tech straight cut header trailer; 25-ft. Premier 1900 PT swather; Koenders poly swath roller; Labtronics moisture tester; 1987 IH 466 DSL single axle S1900 grain truck; 1980 Chev C-60 3-Ton grain truck; 1965 Dodge 500 grain truck; NH BR780 round baler; NH 116 haybine; NH 1033 PT square bale wagon; Jiffy bale processor; NH 357 Mix Mill; NH 791 manure spreader; NH side delivery rake; MF 124 square baler; Real Industries tandem axle gooseneck stock trailer; Peerless PTO roller mill; Horst 18 bale hay trailer; Pearson squeeze chute; Lewis cattle oilers; Dust Actor mineral feeders; metal clad calf shelter; quantity of corral panels & gates; windbreak panels; barb wire & electric fencing supplies; round bale feeders, vet & misc cattle supplies; 14-in. & 15-in. western saddles; 35-ft. Morris 8900 air seeder & Morris 6130 air cart; 35-ft. Morris CP 732 cultivator w/anhydrous kit; 37-ft. Morris CP 731 cultivator; 36ft. Morris rod weeder; 56-ft. Morris tine harrows; 15ft. Cockshutt cultivator; 14-ft. Oliver tandem disc; Farm King 10-70 swing auger; Sakundiak 7-40 auger w/Kohler engine & Wheatheart bin sweep; EZ Guide GPS, Schulte front mount snow blower, Easy Load 2 compartment tote tank; 25-ft. Brandt 3-PTH sprayer; Bush Hog 3-PTH mower; Wilkomi PTO grass weeder; ATV yard sprayer; Polaris 300 Explorer quad; 1971 Yamaha 650 motorcycle; Artic Cat 340 snow machine; MF 832 lawn tractor; Yd Machine; roto tiller; Honda 2-in. & 3-in. water pumps; 1,000-gal fuel tank & stand, slip tanks & pumps, complete line of shop tools plus much more!! Visit for sale bill & photos. Join us on Facebook & Twitter. (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962 Do you want to target Manitoba farmers? Place your ad in the Manitoba Co-operator. Manitoba’s bestread farm publication.

Prairie-Wide Display Classifieds 1982 Chev C70 Safetied All New 10-20 tires, 366 eng. 5+2 trans,16ft box with roll tarp, 80,000 km. Sells April 19th at Vic Giesbrecht Farm Auction Oakville, MB - Owners 204-871-0706

See our website: for complete listing or call 204-325-4433 cell 6230



Buy one province, buy two provinces or buy all three. Great rates whatever you choose

Contact Sharon


2008 JOHN DEERE 930D 30 FT



1998 GMC 3500

AUCTION LOCATION: From KAMSACK, SK, go 4.8 km (3 miles) East on Hwy 5, then 8.8 km (5.5 miles) North on Bearstream Road. GPS: 51.6477, -101.842 PARTIAL LIST OF EQUIPMENT INCLUDES: 2008 John Deere 9870STS Combine · 2008 John Deere 9770STS Combine · 2005 John Deere 9760STS Combine · 2009 John Deere 635D 35 Ft Draper Header · 2008 John Deere 930D 30 Ft Draper Header · 2004 John Deere 630R 30 Ft

Rigid Header · 2003 Freightliner FL80 Crew Cab T/A Grain Truck · 1979 GMC Brigadier T/A Grain Truck · 1998 GMC 3500 Crew Cab Dually 4x4 Pickup · Custombuilt 4 Wheel Wagon ...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date photos & details, please check our website:

Rod Gardner: 306.542.7644, Ted Gardner: 306.542.7604, Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Dan Steen: 306.361.6154 800.491.4494


The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions



Nussbaumer Farms Inc.




Yorkton, SK | April 12, 2014 · 10am

Directions: From The West Side of Rhein Go 5 Miles North On Grid Rd. 637 - Yard On West Side.

10:00 AM

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 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2005 IHC 9900I Cummins ISX 500 HP, 18 SP, 3:73 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5in Aluminum Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 72-in Mid-Rise Bunk, Four-Way Differential Locks, 1,428,989-kms. $29,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2005 Peterbilt 379 Cat C15 475 HP, 13 SP, 3:55 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5in Aluminum Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 70-in Bunk, 2,013,769-kms. $30,000.00



AUTO & TRANSPORT Semi Trucks & Trailers

AUCTION LOCATION: From YORKTON, SK, go 13 km (8.1 miles) East on Hwy 10 to Tonkin, SK, then go 6.4 km (4 miles) South, then 3.2 km (2 miles) East. GPS: 51.1439, -102.2051 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2007 New Holland TJ430 4WD · 1996 John Deere 8570 4WD · 2004 New Holland CR940 · 1998 New Holland TR98 · 2012 MacDon M155 35 Ft Swather · 2008 International

Pro Star T/A Grain Truck ·2005 Seed Master 60 Ft Air Drill ·2005 New Holland SC430 Tow-Behind Air Tank · Ezee-On 1250 14 Ft Tandem Disc · 2002 Rogator 854 100 Ft High Clearance Sprayer...AND MUCH MORE!

2003 NH TJ425

2010 CASE 7120-462 HRS

A great way to Buy and Sell without the ef for t.

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Dave Nussbaumer: 306.621.1611 Shelley Nussbaumer: 306.782.0537

2005 BOURG 5710 SERIES II 54 Ft W/TANK

Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Dan Steen: 306.361.6154 800.491.4494


Pennell Farms Ltd. Kamsack, SK | April 17, 2014 · 10 am

2004 JOHN DEERE 9520, 2011 JOHN DEERE 9430 & 2009 JOHN DEERE 9530

2012 PREMIER 105-30 Ft



SK PL # 914507 • AB PL # 180827

2— 2013 JOHN DEERE S670

2008 JOHN DEERE 4895 30 FT

2— BOURGAULT 8810 50 FT & 2— BOURGAULT 6550ST

2013 JOHN DEERE 4830 100 FT

AUCTION SALES Auctions Various


BE AN AUCTIONEER. (507)995-7803

2004 FORD 350 DUALLY, 11-ft flat deck, diesel, 6spd, 4x4, one owner, $8,000 OBO; 7x22 GN stock trailer, $3,300. 7x24 Stock Trailer, $3,000. Phone:1 (204)857-8403.

Farming is enough of a gamble, advertise in the Manitoba Co-operator classified section. It’s a sure thing. 1-800-782-0794.

FUEL TRUCK 1992 FREIGHTLINER S/A 8.3 Cummins 310 K, 13,000-Litre tank, 5-yr PVIR ot/2013. (204)534-6891, Mel Maynes, Boissevain MB.

AUTO & TRANSPORT Auto & Truck Parts

AUTO & TRANSPORT Semi Trucks & Trailers

GREAT PRICES ON NEW, used & remanufactured engines, parts & accessories for diesel pickups. Large inventory, engines can be shipped or installed. Give us a call or check us out at Thickett Engine Rebuilding. Ph (204)532-2187, Russell MB.

48-FT TRIDEM HIBOY ALUMINUM steel combo, bale extensions to 53-ft; 53-ft Tin Scow for hauling scrap. (204)827-2629 (204)526-7139.

AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

2005 INTERNATIONAL 9200I & 1997 MACK AUCTION LOCATION: From KAMSACK, SK, go 4.8 km (3 miles) East on Hwy 5, then 8.8 km (5.5 miles) North on Bearstream Road. GPS: 51.6477, -101.842 PARTIAL LIST OF EQUIPMENT INCLUDES: 2011 John Deere 9430 4WD · 2009 John Deere 9530 4WD · 2004 John Deere 9520 4WD · 2005 New Holland TV145 Bi-Directional · 2007 John Deere 7330 MFWD · (2) 2013 John Deere S670 Combines · 2008 John Deere 4895 30 Ft Swather · 2005 International 9200I Sleeper T/A Truck Tractor · 1997 Mack E7-427 Sleeper T/A Truck Tractor · 1982 Mack RS600 T/A Grain Truck · (2) 2010 Doepker 36 Ft T/A Grain Trailer · 1977 Cat 930 Wheel Loader · 1978 Case 580C Loader

Backhoe · Cat 70 Pull Scraper · 2004 Bourgault 8810 50 Ft Air Seeder · 2002 Bourgault 8810 50 Ft Air Seeder · 2010 Bourgault 6550ST Tow-Behind Air Tank · 2009 Bourgault 6550ST Tow-Behind Air Tank · 2013 John Deere 4830 100 Ft High Clearance Sprayer · 2006 Brent 880 Grain Cart · 2008 Mainero 2230 9 Ft Grain Bagger · 2004 Brandt 5000EX Grain Vac · 2009 John Deere Gator XU2 620i ATV · 2007 Suzuki King Quad 450 Quad · Large Quantity of GPS Equipment, Tools, Parts, Pumps ...AND MUCH MORE!


R & L Napady Farms Ltd. Wroxton, SK | April 19, 2014 · 10 am

Classifieds TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2006 Freightliner Cabover Detroit 515 HP, 13 SP, 4:11 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5-in Aluminum Wheels, 154-in Wheel Base, 876,810-kms. $20,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2006 IHC 9400I Cummins ISX 450 HP, 13 SP, 12000-lbs Front, 40000 lbs Rear, 22.5-in Aluminum Wheels, 236-in Wheel Base, 72-in Mid-Rise Bunk, 3 X 4 Way Differential Locks, 1,231,432-kms. $25,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2006 Peterbilt 379X Cat C15 475 HP, 18 SP, 3:55 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5in Aluminum Wheels, 275-in Wheel Base, 70-in Bunk, 1,657,883-kms. $65,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2007 Freightliner Columbia Mercedes MBE4000 450 HP, 13 SP Ultrashift, 3:58 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5-in Aluminum Wheels, 228-in Wheel Base, 919,524-kms. $22,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2007 IHC 9400I Cummins ISX 455 HP, 13 SP, 4:11 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5in Aluminum Wheels, 222-in Wheel Base, 72-in Mid-Rise Bunk, 1,210,399-kms. $22,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2007 Peterbilt 379 Cat C15 470 HP, 13 SP, 3:36 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5in Alloy Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 70-in Bunk, 1,536,191-kms. $49,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2007 Peterbilt 379L 379L Legacy, Cat C15 475 HP, 18 SP, 3:55 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5-in Aluminum Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 70-in Bunk, 1,373,064-kms. $70,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2009 Peterbilt 388 Cummins ISX 450 HP, 18 SP, 3:55 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5-in Aluminum Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 63in Mid-Rise Bunk, Three-Way Differential Locks, 1,145,366-kms. $49,000.00 TITAN TRUCK SALES (204)685-2222 2010 Peterbilt 388 Cummins ISX 550 HP, 18 SP, 4:10 Gear Ratio, 12000-lbs Front, Super 40000-lbs Rear, 22.5-in Aluminum Wheels, 244-in Wheel Base, 63-in Mid-Rise Bunk, Three-Way Differential Locks, 739,252-kms. $65,000.00


2004 CASE IH 8010 & 2007 CASE IH 7010

2011 CASE IH 485


For up-to-date photos & details, please check our website:

Kim Pennell: 306.542.3097 (h), 306.542.7493 (c) Wilf Pennell: 306.542.7328 Jason Pennell: 306.542.7726 Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Dan Steen: 306.361.6154 800.491.4494

2008 CASE IH 3320 100 FT

2006 HESSTON 9240 30 FT


AUCTION LOCATION: From Yorkton, SK, go 40 km (25 miles) East on Hwy 10 to Jct 8, then 9.6 km (6 miles) North, then 1.2 km (0.75 miles) West. A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2011 Case IH 485 4WD · 1993 Ford Designation 6 976 4WD · 2007 Case IH 7010 Combine · 2004 Case IH 8010 Combine · 2006 Hesston 9240 30 Ft Swather · 2006 Westward 9352I 30 Ft Swather · 2003 Westward 3020 30 Ft Swather · 1993 Freightliner FL150 T/A Truck Tractor · 2001 Mack Vision T/A Grain Truck · 1981 Ford 9000 T/A Grain Truck · 2009 Timpte 45 Ft Tri/A Grain Trailer · Columbia 40 Ton 22 Ft T/A Equipment Trailer · 1978

Caterpillar D7G Crawler Tractor · 2004 Bourgault 5710 54 Ft Air Drill · 2004 Bourgault 5440 Tow-Behind Air Tank · 2003 Bourgault 7200 70 Ft Harrows · Degelman P7700 Super Picker II Rock Picker · 2008 Case IH 3320 100 Ft High Clearance Sprayer · Bourgault Centurion III 100 Ft Field Sprayer · Westfield 130-71 13 In. x 71 Ft Mechanical Swing Grain Auger · (4) Tridekon Crop Dividers · John Deere LA145 48 In. Lawn Mower · Yamaha Electric Golf Cart · John Deere 9 Ft Hydraulic Dozer ...AND MUCH MORE!

Advertise in the Manitoba Co-operator Classifieds, it’s a Sure Thing!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Randy & Linda Napady: 306.742.4254 (h), 306.621.1372 (c) Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Dan Steen: 306.361.6154



The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014



TILLAGE & SEEDING Tillage Various

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

28-FT CASE HOE DRILL, always shedded, in great shape. $5500 OBO. Phone (204)295-8417

QUONSET NEW, 35X52X18; JD 2420 DSL, 25-ft & 16-ft hay; JD 7410 w/loader; MF 860 p/u & 20-ft straight cut; Ford 5000 w/loader; Vac, sewer tank & pump; Rotex SR7 power parachute for parts; Chev tandem gravel box & hoist; C7 tree farmer skidder; Bison head squeeze (complete); 2004 Rumblebee shortbox; 24-ft dual axle cattle trailer gooseneck, like new. (306)236-8023.

CARBIDE DRILL POINTS & openers for air drills. VW Manufacturing Ltd Dunmore (Medicine Hat) (403)528-3350 US: Loren Hawks Chester, Montana (406)460-3810 FOR SALE: 42-FT. OF 7200 Case IH hoe drill rubber press w/field markers, factory slow SPD sprockets for Canola, shedded, field ready. (204)773-3252

Serving Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NW Ontario & Alberta....Since 1937

HARROW TINES for all makes of Harrows: Mounted, Standard Draw Bars & Heavy Harrows. Ex: 9/16x26-in straight (Degelman, Brandt, Bourgault, Flexi-coil, Riteway) 100+ $20.50ea; 5/8-inx27-in 100+ $34.95ea; 3/8x15-in bent (Riteway, Morris, Herman) 100+ $8.60ea. Fouillard Implement Ltd (204)683-2221.

• Quality Commercial/Agricultural/Residential Overhead Doors & Operators. • Aluminum Polycarbonate Doors Available. • Non-Insulated and Insulated Sectional Doors Available. • Liftmaster Heavy Duty Operators. • Mullion Slide Away Centre Posts. • Commercial/Agricultural Steel Man Doors and Frames. • Your washbay door specialists. • Quality Installation & Service. • 24 Hour Service. • Replacement Springs & Cables.

Phone: 204-326-4556 Fax: 204-326-5013 Toll Free: 1-855-326-4556 email: BUILDING & RENOVATIONS Roofing

PRICE TO CLEAR!! 75 truckloads 29 gauge full hard 100,000PSI high tensile roofing & siding. 16 colours to choose from. B-Gr. coloured......................70¢/ft.2

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.

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

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

HAYING & HARVESTING Baling Equipment

Also in stock low rib white 29 ga. ideal for archrib buildings BEAT THE PRICE INCREASES CALL NOW

2004 NEW IDEA 6X5 softcore round baler, w/PU reverse, $5,000. (204)525-4521, Minitonas, MB.

Ask about our blowout colours...65¢/ft.2


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, valued at $90,000. (204)867-2436, (204)868-1212.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AUTO BODY SHOP AND Equipment in Baldur MB. 60-ft x 30-ft, wood frame w/metal roof, built in 1980. Would sell building only, Priced right. (204)245-0165.


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

CONTRACTING CONTRACTING Custom Work CORRAL CLEANING AVAILABLE W/VERTICAL beater spreaders. Phone (204)827-2629 (204)526-7139.

FARM MACHINERY FARM MACHINERY Fertilizer Equipment FERTILIZER SPREADS 4-8 TON. 4T Tyler stainers, $4,000; 5T, $5,000; 6T Simousen w/tarp, $6,500; 8T Willmar $7,000; Valmar applicator, $1,500. 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 FOR SALE: AERATION ROCKET w/duct 14-in. diameter, $800. Phone (204)648-7136.

FOR SALE: NH 1089 bale wagon w/2130-hrs, $77,000 OBO; 2 Hesston 4655 small square balers, $6000, $9000; 2005 Hesston 4760 medium square baler w/accumulator, ISO updated, $38,000 OBO. Phone (204)728-4784, Brandon MB.

FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Various FOR SALE: JD 535 baler s/n E00535X987332 (1995). Push bar, monitor, 1000 RPM PTO, flotation tires, always shedded, low usage. $8,750. Boissevain, MB. Phone:(204)534-7255 (home) or (204)534-7390 (cell).

TracTors TRACTORS Case/IH 1990 CASE IH 9180, 7900-hrs, 12-spd power shift, VGC, $41,000 OBO. Phone (204)523-7469 cell, (204)534-8115.

FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories 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

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

STEINBACH, MB. Ph. 326-2443 Toll-Free 1-800-881-7727 Fax (204) 326-5878 Web site: E-mail:

1997 BOURGAULT 8800 40-FT. 8-in. spacing, new style manifolds, Ridgeland boots w/removable mulchers & packers, 3,195 tank, all in very nice shape, $26,500 OBO; 74-ft. Tormaster heavy harrows, 5/8 time, 21-in. long, big rubber all around, $18,500 OBO. (204)373-2502, Emerson.

COMBINES Accessories MF 9750 FLEX 30-FT. PU reel, Poly skids, field ready off MF 8570 Consignment located in Cabri, SK, $12,900. Reimer Farm Equipment, Hwy #12 N, Steinbach, MB. Gary Reimer (204)326-7000

TILLAGE & SEEDING Harrows & Packers WELD-ON HARROW TEETH, HEAT treated, hardened to 50 Rockwell hardness. Size 3/8: 7/16: 9/16 & 5/8. Diameter sample 9/16 $3.00, G.B. Mfg. Ltd. Yorkton SK, (306)273-4235.

TILLAGE & SEEDING Seeding Various FOR SALE: JD 7000 planter, 12-row 30-in, w/single disc fertilizer openers, trash wipers w/tow behind Concord 1502 air seeder for fertilizer. Price $11,000. Phone (204)745-2900, (204)745-8334, Carman MB. FOR SALE: VALMAR MODEL 240 truck mount, 40-ft wide, excellent for seeding alfalfa, grasses & canola. $4000 OBO. Optional 1980 GMC 3/4 tonne. Phone (204)355-4980, cell (204)371-5744. JD 1997 750 15-FT no-till drill. Rebuilt w/new blades, seed boots, & rubber. All bearings & seals checked over, very nice machine, $24,000 OBO. Phone (204)822-3005, Morden. JD 9350 HOE PRESS drill, w/markers & transport. Phone (204)858-2573.

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

FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories

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

TRACTORS Versatile FOR SALE:1985 836 Designation 6. Very nice condition, next to new radial tires all around, 15-spd trans, w/PTO. Asking $35,000 OBO. Phone: (204)743-2145 or (204)526-5298.

TRACTORS 2-Wheel Drive 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.

KINZE 2600, 12/23 ROW, good 15-in bean planter. Phone:(204)437-4641.

TILLAGE & SEEDING Tillage Equipment LEON 45-FT DEEP TILLAGE cultivator w/mulchers & Nichols knock-on clips. $8500 OBO. Phone: (204)362-2321. Morden, MB.

Big Tractor Parts, Inc. RED OR GREEN 1. 10-25% savings on new replacement parts for your Steiger drive train. 2. We rebuild axles, transmissions and dropboxes with ONE YEAR WARRANTY. 3. 50% savings on used parts.


FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous 2000 NH TV 140, excellent condition, not re-furbished or re-painted, original condition, very light use, 2,700-hrs, loader, 3PT, excellent tires, was $69,000, now $64,000; 2009 NH disc-bine, 2PT hook-up, flail conditioner, very low acres, was $21,500, now $19,000; 2008 Meyers 3954 V-Max spreader, only used 4 seasons, vertical beater, tandem axle, auto-oiler, 580-bu, spreads everything from liquid to solid. Was $14,000, now $9,800. Phone:(204)425-3518. BOURGAULT 28-32-FT COIL PACKER w/hyd wing lift; Farm King 10-ft hyd drill fill auger; Phone (204)386-2412, Plumas. BOURGAULT LIQUID CART hyd pump, 2,000-gal, Trell tires, front & back, very low hrs; Summers mid harrow 88-ft., VGC; Great Plains 45-ft. hoe drill, good condition; 730 PT swather, low hrs. Ron (204)782-2173, Domain. DISCS: JD 335 30-FT, $10,500; JD 300 22-ft $9,500; Bushog 21-ft $7,000, 25-ft $7,500; IH #490 25-ft $7,500; Krause 16-ft $5,000; JD 15-ft $5,000; Rowcrop cultivators 4-12R, Call; Lilliston 6-8R DMI rippers 5 & 7 shank $8,900 up; JD 7000 planter 8-30 $5,500; #7100 3PT 8-30 $4,000; Phoenix harrow 42-ft $9,500, 53-ft, as new, $18,000; Summers heavy harrow 70-ft $12,000; Scrappers Midland 8.5-yd $8,000; Soilmover 7.5-yd $8,000; Eversman 6.5-yd $6,500; Fieldmaster 4-yd $3,900. Phone:(204)857-8403.


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.

“For All Your Farm Parts”

GILBRAITH Farm Services

St. Claude, MB (204) 379-2843 / (204) 745-0092

A great way to Buy and Sell without the ef for t.

Classifieds FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted WANTED: 20-FT OF JD 9450 hoe drills, 7-in spacing, in good condition. Phone Doug (306)695-3389, Indian Head, SK.


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


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ATTENTION: CATTLE PRODUCERS & CATTLE BUYERS ----------------------------------------------There Will Be No Cattle Sale On Wednesday April 16th, 2014 Please Contact: Buddy (204)768-0018 Kirk (204)768-0079 To Book Your Cattle for the April 23rd Sale Lic #1128

Every Friday 9AM

GOODS USED TRACTOR PARTS: (204)564-2528 or 1-877-564-8734, Roblin, MB.

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

We offer four large vertical beater spreaders to give you well-mulched, evenly spread coverage on any field. Our trucks are equipped with flotation tires for less compaction. Loading is also available.


Tractors Combines Swathers


Book now to receive 10% off any spring manure spreading completed by June 1, 2014!!




Combine ACCessories

What are your manure clean-out plans this spring?

2009 JD 9330 2,102-HRS, 24-SPD high/low trans, diff locks, Goodyear 800/70R38 duals, Greenstar Ready, 48 GPM, hyd pump, rear wheel weights, 4 SCV hyd. Phone (204)841-0258.

Geared For The Future


1997 CIH 2188 W/RAKE Up PU, 3,499 Sep Hrs., AFX Rotor Kit, Big Top Hopper Ext., Long unloading auger, Air foil chaffer. Service check done Nov 2011, not used in 2013. Consignment Sale Asking $33,500. Reimer Farm Equipment, Hwy #12 N, Steinbach, MB. Gary Reimer (204)326-7000

STONE-PICKER: 14-FT ROCK-O-MATIC HD5; Grain Drill: 9350 JD disc drill. Phone: (204)437-4641.


FOR SALE: MOLE HILL Leveler, 24-ft, fully hydraulic, like new. Folds up to 8-ft. Phone (204)564-2540.


SCREENERS DUAL STAGE HICAP 5-48 $2,500; DMC 54 $5,000; Hutch 3000 $5,000, Hutch 1500 $2,200; Kwik Kleen 5 tube $4,000, 7 tube $5,000; Small Screener $200; Eversman V-Ditcher $2,000; UFT 3PH Rotary Ditcher $1,250; Degelman 14-ft rock rake $7,900; Double axle dolly $2,000, Single Axle dolly $2,000; 35.5 x 32 tires w/rims off log skidder $4,000 OBO; JD rops canopy $450; Tractor cab $600; Pallet fork for skidsteer 48-ft new $850, extensions $475. Phone:(204)857-8403.

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FOR SALE: PROPANE FILLING PLANT SIZE: 1,000-gal PSI: 250 OAL: 24’.4” approx. (propane tank only 16’.3”) OAW: 12-ft. approx. 1/4-LB Scale. Safety guard rail $6,500 OBO. To be moved by purchaser. Contact Darlene (204)378-2251 or (204)641-0853 or Donald (204)378-0092 or (204)378-2738


GRAIN CARTS 450-1080-BU: NEW Gravity wagons 400-bu, $7,100; 600-bu, $12,000; 750-bu, $17,750; tarps available. Used 250-750-bu: $2,250 up Grainvacs; Brandt 4000, $7,000; Brandt 4500, $7,500. Balers: JD 510, $1,250; JD 530, $3,500; JD 535, $5,000; Flexheads Case-IH 1020 25-ft, $5,000; 30-ft, $8,000; JD 925, $6,500; JD 930, $6,500; Case-IH 1015 pick-up head, $3,500; Vermeer R23 hyd. rake. Phone:(204)857-8403.

40 Suffolk Dorset Bred Ewes 3rd and 4th May Lambers, Bred Dorset, Good local and eastern demand on new crop lambs and goats

LARGE CAT #27 W/12-FT dozer blade, engine not running. For sale or part out or scrap. (204)646-4226.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle Auctions

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Blonde d’Aquitaine

LIVESTOCK Sheep For Sale


BELLEVUE BLONDES HAS AN excellent group of performance & semen tested, polled Purebred Reg. Blonde yearling bulls for sale. Reasonably priced. Call Marcel (204)379-2426 or (204)745-7412, Haywood MB.

100 GOOD 2-3-YR OLD Arcott, Suffolk’s cross Ewes, to lamb May 1st, $150 each firm. Call Rick (204)646-2157.


LIVESTOCK Cattle – Charolais

Hwy #205, Grunthal • (204) 434-6519 AGENT FOR T.E.A.M. MARKETING


every TUESDAY at 9 am 15th, 22nd & 29th Saturday April 12th

Wilkinridge Bull Sale at 1:00pm

Monday April 14th & 28th

Sheep & Goat Sale with Small Animals & Holstein Calves at 12:00pm

Saturday April 26th

Bred cow Sale at 10:00am

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CLINE CATTLE CO. has for sale purebred Charolais yearlings & 2-yr old bulls. Bulls are quiet, hairy & easy calving, will be semen tested & guaranteed. Drop in anytime to have a look. (204)537-2367 or Brad’s cell (204)523-0062.

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FOR SALE: POLLED YEARLING Charolais bulls, Silverado grandsons, will be semen tested. Jack Bullied:(204)526-2857.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Angus F BAR & ASSOCIATES Angus bulls for sale. Choose from a selection of two-yr old & yearling Red & Black Angus bulls. Great genetics, easyhandling, semen-tested, delivery available. Call for sale list. Inquiries & visitors are welcome. We are located in Eddystone, about 20 miles east of Ste. Rose or 25-mi West of Lake Manitoba Narrows, just off Hwy #68. Call Allen & Merilyn Staheli at (204)448-2124 or email: FOR SALE: 27 M/O Reg Black Angus Bull- A.I. sired Net Worth, 95-lb BW; 2-25 m/o Reg Red Angus Bulls- sires (AI) Makn Waves 39X (90-lb BW) & Designer 63X (88-lb BW). $2400.00 each firm. Semen tested & Breeding soundness evaluated. Drumhaggart Ltd. Corina (204)266-1616. RIDGE SIDE RED ANGUS: (3)2-yr old, 15 Reds & 1 Black yearling bulls for sale. From top AI sires, semen tested, guarented, will keep & feed till you need & deliver. Call Don:(204)422-5216 or visit our website@

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus 5 2-YR OLD/15 YEARLING Registered Black Angus Bulls, semen tested & delivered within 100-mi. (204)741-0070, (204)483-3622, Souris. BLACK ANGUS & POLLED HEREFORD bulls for sale. Yearlings & 2-yr olds available, natural muscled bulls developed w/high forage rations. Semen tested, delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430. BOTANY ANGUS FARM & Leaning Spruce Stock Farm have for sale yearling Black Angus bulls. Come early, a deposit will hold your purchase until Spring. For more info & prices contact Ryan Shearer (204)824-2151 or Cell:(204)761-5232. CRANBERRY CREEK ANGUS REGISTERED bulls for sale. Sired by HF Tiger 5T, SAV Pioneer, Cranberry CRK Dynamite, Cranberry CRK Highlander, J Square S Tiger. Bulls are easy doing with great dispositions. Hand fed for longevity. Semen tested, guaranteed & delivered. Will hold until the end of April. All weights & EPD’s available. Call (204)534-2380, or for more info, David & Jeanette Neufeld, Boissevain FOR SALE: 2 1/2-YR old Black Angus bull, sired by Iron Mountain. Asking $2,800 OBO. Phone: (204)743-2145 or (204)526-5298. FOR SALE: 2-YR OLD & yearling Black Angus bulls, bunk fed, fertility tested, weigh sheets available, low birth weights, many industry leading bloodlines, delivery available, Black Meadows Angus. Call Bill (204)567-3782. FOR SALE: REGISTERED BLACK ANGUS bulls low birth weight, very quiet, hand fed, no disappointments, EPD’s & delivery avail. Amaranth (204)843-2287. KEMBAR ANGUS HAS REGISTERED Black Angus yearling bulls for sale. Thick w/lots of hair, good disposition & EPD’s available. 70% will work on heifers, Kodiak 5R, FAV Peacemaker & KMK Alliance bloodlines. Also for sale, a select group of Registered Black Angus open replacement heifers. Phone Colin (204)725-3597, Brandon. N7 STOCK FARM HAVE 30 top quality yearling Black Angus Bulls for sale by private treaty. Sired by some of the breed’s leading AI sires, bulls are developed on a homemade oat ration & free choice hay. Performance records available, will be semen tested, delivery available, contact Gerald & Wendy Nykoliation (204)562-3530 or Allan’s cell (204)748-5128. OSSAWA ANGUS AT MARQUETTE, MB. For sale: yearling & 2-yr old bulls. Also, a couple of herd sires. Phone: (204) 375-6658 or (204)383-0703. SELLING 2 REGISTERED BLACK Angus bulls, 23-mo old. Birth weight 83-85-lbs, sired by KLM Kryptonite 5R. Also young bulls born Apr & May 2013 sired by Ossawa Tix41Y, birth weight avg for males 81-lbs, females 80-lbs, all quiet. Semen test & delivery up to 100-mi. Phone: (204)428-3961 or Cell: (204)856-6931 Frank Case, Portage.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Red Angus Cornerstone Red Angus & Charolais Bull Sale April 19th, 1:30pm, Whitewood (SK) Auction Market. Offering 32 Red Angus & 24 Charolais Yearling Bulls. Semen tested, guaranteed with free board & delivery available. Plus 27 Red Angus heifers. Contact Phil Birnie (306)577-7440, Kelly Brimner (306)577-7698, or view the catalogue online at WILKINRIDGE STOCK FARM BULL sale April 12, 1:00pm Grunthal Auction Mart, featuring 18 yearling Red Angus Bulls. 18 Red & Black polled yearling Maine-Anjou Bulls. Also new this year 18 yearling & 2-yr old Charolais Bulls from Walking Plow Charolais, videos of the bulls will be online at early in March. For more info call Sid Wilkinson (204)373-2631. WWW.REDDIAMONDFARM.COM 18 MTH OLD PB Red Angus bulls for sale. Check out our bull catalogue online. We guarantee & deliver. We also have Purebred Black & Red Angus cows to calve Aug/Sep for sale. Phone Michael Becker (204)348-2464, Whitemouth.

LIVESTOCK Horse Auctions Rocking W Spring horse & tack sale CANCELLED. See you in the Fall. Phone (204)325-7237

FOR SALE: 2 COMING 2-yr old PB Registered Charolais bulls, also yearlings. Will be easy calving, good hair coats, good feet & good dispositions. Guaranteed. K.E.H. Charolais, Keith Hagan: (204)748-1024. FOR SALE: 2-YR OLD Charolais Bulls, polled, quiet, low birth weights, tested & delivered, $2300-$2500. Wayne Angus (204)764-2737, Hamiota MB.

Harold Unrau (Manager) Cell 871 0250 Auction Mart (204) 434-6519


Cornerstone Charolais & Red Angus Bull Sale April 19th, 1:30pm, Whitewood (SK) Auction Market. Offering 24 Charolais & 32 Red Angus Yearling Bulls. Semen tested, guaranteed with free board & delivery available. Plus 27 Red Angus heifers. Contact Kelly Brimner (306)577-7698, Phil Birnie (306)577-7440 or view the catalogue online at


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80 COMM EWES, (Suffolk Hampshire & Cross) breds w/lambs; 18 NCC ewes 3 & 4 yr olds w/lambs; 6 NCC yearling replacement lambs. Rams NCC Reg 4 yr old & 2 yr old, plus 6 yearlings (not Reg.) 12 Dorset ewes w/lambs & 7 yearling replacements, Dorset ram 7 yrs old. Deal for whole flock to include 2 Pyrennes/Akabash guardian dogs. (306)967-2202 (306)460-4721.

FOR SALE: PUREBRED CHAROLAIS bulls, 2-yr olds & yearlings. Polled, some Red Factor, some good for heifers, semen tested in spring, guaranteed & delivered. R & G McDonald Livestock, Sidney MB. (204)466-2883, (204)724-2811. LEG CHAROLAIS HAS 2-YR old & yearling bulls for sale. Both White & Red factor, all polled, bred for calving ease & performance, all bulls semen tested. Check out our consignments to Cattlemen’s Classic Sale in Verdon, April 6th. Phone (204)252-3115, (204)856-6357. MARTENS CHAROLAIS EXCELLENT YEARLING & 2-yr old bulls for sale. Dateline sons for calving ease & performance. Specialist sons for consistent thickness. Also Pleasant Dawn Marshall sons. Call Ben (204)534-8370. PB CHAROLAIS YEARLING BULLS for sale. Sired from easy calving bulls, fed hay ration, excellent growth. Call Ken (204)824-2115, Wawanesa.

LIVESTOCK Horses – Haflinger LIVESTOCK Cattle – Salers PEDIGREED POLLED SALERS SEEDSTOCK, Black or Red, yearling & 2 yr old bulls, also females avail; selected from the strongest performing CDN herd (see SLS stock on Breeding since 1989 for quality, thickness, docility & performance. Records avail. Assistance to match your needs. Bulls semen tested & guaranteed. Can arrange delivery. Ken at Lundar (204)762-5512,

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Shorthorn FOR SALE: PUREBRED YEARLING Shorthorn bulls. Red & Roan, thick & beefy w/moderate birth weights. Get the maternal edge w/Shorthorn sired females. Call Uphill Shorthorns. (204)764-2663 cell, (204)365-7155, FOR SALE: YEARLING & 2-yr old bulls. Polled, mostly Red. Birthweights starting at 63-lbs. Developed on a growing ration. Out of practical, hardworking cows. Phone (204)764-2382.

CAN. REGISTERED HAFLINGER HORSES, well broke to drive teams of mares & geldings. Also young stock. Call or email for info. (519)870-9503 or (519)236-4518 (evenings).

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ORGANIC Organic – Grains

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

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PERSONAL SHARE YOUR LIFE, as it’s meant to be! A Lasting Relationship. CANDLELIGHT MATCHMAKERS is here to help you. Confidential, Rural, Photos and Profiles to selected matches, Affordable, Local. Serving MB, SK, NW Ontario. Call/Write for info: Box 212, Roland, MB, R0G 1T0, (204)343-2475.

PETS PETS & SUPPLIES EXOTIC BIRD & ANIMAL AUCTION. Apr 27, 2014, Weyburn Livestock Exchange, Weyburn, SK, 11:00a.m. To Consign, Call Charlotte: (306) 861-6305. For Info, Call Ken: (306)861-3456.

REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE Houses & Lots RTM’s - AVAIL IMMEDIATELY. 3 bdrm homes w/beautiful espresso kitchens; Ensuite in Master bdrm; Main floor laundry. 1,320-sq.ft. home, $75,000; 1,520-sq.ft. home, $90,000. Also will custom build your RTM plan. Call MARVIN HOMES Steinbach, MB. (204)326-1493 or (204)355-8484. Building Quality RTM Homes since 1976.

WALKING PLOW CHAROLAIS IS consigning 18 yearling & 2-yr old Charolais bulls to Wilkinridge Stock farm Maine-Anjou Red Angus bull sale. April 12, 1:00pm Grunthal Auction Mart. Videos of the bulls will be online at early in March. For more info call Cliff or Warren Graydon (204)427-2589.

HATFIELD SHORTHORNS HAS NICE thick Red & Roan Shorthorn bulls for sale. Yearlings and 2-yr olds. Monty Thomson (204)782-3549 or (204)870-0089.


LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental

LIVESTOCK Specialty – Goats

WWW.REDDIAMONDFARM.COM 18 MTH OLD PB Polled Charolais bulls for sale. Check out our bull catalogue online. We guarantee & deliver. We also have Purebred Charolais cows to calve Aug/Sep for sale. Phone Michael Becker (204)348-2464, Whitemouth.

BLACK & RED YEARLING PB Simm bulls. Thick & Solid coloured. Sired by A.I. Sires: Full Throttle, 680S, IPU Revolution, Poker Face & Red Force. Heifer bulls also avail. Valleyfield Simmentals, Larry Dyck (204)822-3657, Morden.

MINIATURE SILKY FAINTING GOATS, $500 each. Check us out or call (204)773-7872.

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160-ACRE CATTLE/SHEEP W/1232-SQ.FT HOME, 100x50-ft Biotech, 2 grain bins, corals, garden, good grazing land. 5 string high-tensile cross fencing., $299,900. Phone (204)664-2027.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Galloway FOR SALE: GALLOWAY BULLS. 2-yr olds & yearlings. Blacks & Duns. Reg. Also yearling heifers, quiet, easy calving, ideal for forage based Beef Production. (807)486-3622

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Gelbvieh POLLED RED & BLACK Gelbvieh bulls also Glancers (Gelbvieh X Red Angus) for sale, semen tested & delivered. Maple Grove Gelbvieh (204)278-3255 email POLLED YEARLING & 2 PRAIRIE GELBVIEH ALLIANCE BULL sale Apr. 5 1:30p.m. Johnstone Auction Mart, Moosejaw, SK. Selling 50+ Red & Black bulls. Download catalogue: or Phone Selin’s Gelbvieh: (306)793-4568.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Hereford 16 OPEN REPLACEMENT HEREFORD Heifers & yearling & 2-yr old bulls. Phone:(306)743-5105. Langenburg, SK. 2 PB LONG YEARLING bulls sired by Reserve Senior Champion from Toronto Royal Winter Fair, very quiet, heavy muscled, from good uddered heavy milking dams; 1 Herdsire from Crittenden herd from SK. 3 Polled Bull Calves, same sire. 54 yrs of Raising Quality Herefords. Francis Poulsen (204)436-2284, cell (204)745-7894, Elm Creek. FOR SALE: BIG, STOUT PB Polled Hereford Bulls for sale. Yearling & 2-yr old bulls available. Good, balanced EPD’s. Will semen test, deliver & winter until May 1st. Call Allan/Bonnie:(204)764-0364 or Kevin/Holly:(204)764-0331. Hamiota,MB. Can be viewed online @ FOR SALE: REGISTERED HORNED Hereford bulls, 2-yr olds & yearlings. Semen tested & delivered when needed. Also, yearling open Hereford heifers. Phone Morley Wilson:(204)246-2142. FOR SALE: REG POLLED Hereford bulls, yearlings & 2 yr olds, current Pedigrees, reasonably priced. Phone Martin (204)425-3820 or Lanard (204)425-3809, Vita, MB. HORNED HEREFORD 2-YR & yearling bulls for sale. Performance tested; fertility tested; guaranteed & delivered. Raising & selling Horned Herefords since 1973. Call Wendell Reimer: (204)379-2773. Located at St. Cloud, MB. POLLED HEREFORD & BLACK ANGUS bulls for sale. Yearlings & 2-yr olds available, natural muscled bulls developed w/high forage rations. Semen tested, delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Limousin TRIPLE R LIMOUSIN has 15, 2 yr olds, 21 yearling bulls, Red & Black & Polled, Red bred for performance or calving ease, semen tested, guaranteed & delivery avail. Call Art (204)856-3440 or (204)685-2628.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Maine-Anjou FOR SALE: BLACK & Red Polled Maine-Anjou 2 yr old & yearling bulls, Moderate birth weights, excellent performance, semen tested & guaranteed. (204)534-8222. WILKINRIDGE STOCK FARM BULL sale April 12, 1:00pm Grunthal Auction Mart, featuring 18 Red & Black polled yearling Maine-Anjou Bulls. 18 yearling Red Angus Bulls. Also new this year 18 yearling & 2-yr old Charolais Bulls from Walking Plow Charolais, videos of the bulls will be online at early in March. For more info call Sid Wilkinson (204)373-2631.

FOR SALE: TWO, 2 yr old Black Simm bulls, sired by Cut Above, out of Wheatland 680S daughters. Also 1 Hereford Simm X Black blazed faced bull, sired by Designer Jeans. Call (204)873-2430. POLLED 2 YR OLD & yearling Red factor Simm bulls from AI sires. Acomb Valley Simmentals (204)867-2203, Minnedosa. RIVERBANK FARMS HAS AN excellent group of Red, Red Blaze face & Black Polled Simm bulls for sale. Semen tested & fully guaranteed. Call Ray Cormier (204)736-2608.

LIVESTOCK Cattle Various BLACK ANGUS COWS, 2nd time calvers, due Mar-Apr, bred back to Black, very quiet. Also have 63 fall calvers, Black Angus, bred back to Black. Phone (204)745-7917. HERD SALE: 120 BRED cows, mostly Red Angus. Quiet large cows, had all shots, will calve out & keep till May 25/2014. Started calving Feb 15. $1,900 for the pair. Phone:(204)261-3664, evening, Winnipeg Area, Richard. Cell:(204)782-3659. HERD SIRES FOR SALE, Simmental 2 3-yr olds, 1 4-yr old, 1 5-yr old; Red Angus 1 3-yr old, semen tested, delivery available. More information call N.O.L. Simmental, (204)345-8492, Lac Du Bonnet. HIGH QUALITY BLACK ANGUS & polled Hereford 2-yr old bulls for sale. Bar H Land & Cattle Co. Phone:(306)743-2840, cell (306)743-7490. Langenburg SK.

3000-G VACUUM MANURE TANK, in good condition, $5,000 OBO; 35 BSM farrowing crates w/stainless steel feeders, like new. CW/ baby pig dividers & heat pads, also includes Tender Foot flooring 5x7-ft, $150/each; 50 self feeders for grower to finishing hogs, like new, $60/each. Assorted fans & flooring, etc, free w/purchase of above items. Phone:(204)683-2396. 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. 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. Advertise your unwanted equipment in the Classifieds. Call our toll-free number and place your ad with our friendly staff, and don’t forget to ask about our prepayment bonus. Prepay for 3 weeks and get 2 weeks free! 1-800-782-0794.

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N.O.L. SIMMENTAL DISPERSAL OF winter calving cows & heifers. Approx. 150 Simmental & Simmental/Angus cross cows & 35 heifers. Deposit by May 1, will pasture & breed to your calving needs. Preg. check by Oct 1. Phone:(204)345-8492 Norman Lussier. Lac Du Bonnet, MB. WE SELL ALL OUR purbred fall calving cows & heifers, 25 Angus, (20 Red & 5 Black), 18 Charolais. Will sell w/or w/o papers. Phone Michael Becker at Red Diamond Farm, Whitemouth MB (204)348-2464 W + RANCH HAS 2 beef boosters M3 Black bulls: 3 yr old special for breeding heifers, low birth weights from 65-68-lbs. On full herd health program, will semen test. $2,800 each. Phone Stewart RM of St. Laurent, MB (204)646-2338.

LIVESTOCK Cattle Wanted YOUNG PRODUCER WANTING TO lease spring calving cows. For Details, please call: (204)424-5895.

TIRED OF THE HIGH COST OF MARKETING YOUR CALVES?? 300-700 LBS. Steers & Heifers Rob: 528-3254, 724-3400 Ben: 721-3400 800-1000 LBS. Steers & Heifers Don: 528-3477, 729-7240

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ORGANIC ORGANIC Organic – Certified ORGANIC PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA CO-OPERATIVE (OPAM). Non-profit members owned organic certification body. Certifying producers, processors & brokers in Western Canada since 1988, Miniota, MB. Contact: (204)567-3745,

LAND FOR SALE: ACCEPTING offers on West half of NE 17-19-23. RM of Rossburn, 80-acs w/50-acs broke. Dennis Kowal, Box 658 Rossburn (204)842-3643. MIXED CATTLE & GRAIN farm in the RM of Birtle & Miniota, 7-quarters, older 5-bdrm house, machine shed, 2 large cattle shelters, calving barn, well water, 10,000-bu grain storage. Asking $897,000. For more info call Century 21 Brandon (204)725-0555. MLS 1320867 156-ACS LAKELAND Clay Loam fenced, outbuildings, older home, mun. water, Gladstone; MLS 1400601 716-acs mixed farm, fenced elk, bison, cattle, 1,064-sq.ft. bung, outbuildings, 2nd yard site, McCreary; MLS 1320985 24-15-11 RM Lakeview Section of pastureland in block, fenced, 4 dugouts; SW 9-18-15 RM of Rosedale Rdg Mtn., Erickson clay loam, ideal grain/forage. Beautiful bldg site, 2-mi to RMNP. MLS 1404843, 1/2 section, forage/grain, Arden clay loam soil, NW & NE 19-17-14, RM of Lansdowne. Call Liz (204)476-6362, John (204)476-6719. Gill & Schmall Agencies. PART SW 3030 RANGE 9, 105-ac taxable, 60-ac cultivated, some hay, poplar & spruce trees. Buildings need major renovations. House has full basement w/septic tank & field. Phone:(204)449-2117. GRANT TWEED Farm Specialist If you are Buying, Selling or Renting Farm Land You Can Benefit from my Experience & Expertise the Decisions you Make Can Have Long Lasting Impact, So Take the Time to Know your Options. Call (204)761-6884 to Arrange an Obligation Free Consultation. Visit:

FARM LAND FOR SALE BY TENDER Sealed tenders in writing will be received for the purchase of the following property in the RM of Lansdowne: Parcel 1: SE ¼ 21-16-13 WPM (approx 110 cultivated ac. and 40 pasture ac.) Parcel 2: SE ¼ 22-16-13 WPM (approx 70 cultivated ac.) Parcel 3: SW ¼ 22-16-13 WPM (approx 130 cultivated ac.) TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TENDER AND SALE: 1. Interested parties must rely on their own inspection of the property. 2. Tenders for more than one parcel must show a separate price for each parcel. 3. Each tender must be accompanied by a deposit cheque of $5,000.00 per parcel payable to Treble Law Office Trust. Deposit cheques accompanying unacceptable bids will be returned. 4. Possession date May 1, 2014. 5. If the balance of the purchase price is not paid by May 1, 2014, or other satisfactory arrangements are not in place, the deposit shall be forfeited to the vendor as liquidated damages and not as a penalty. 6. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Please submit tenders to Treble Law Office, 115 Broadway Street, Box 10, Crystal City, Manitoba R0K 0N0 before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014

For further information contact Doug Treble (204) 873-2427 Fax: (204) 873-2656 Email:

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Wanted GOOD QUALITY GRAIN & Cattle Farms wanted for Canadian & Overseas Clients. For a confidential meeting to discuss the possible sale of your farm, or to talk about what is involved, Phone Gordon Gentles:(204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan: (204)724-7753. HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc.

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MANITOBA FARM LAND- FOR sale 2000-acs 1977 cultivated R.M. of Stanley & Pembina, Good productive land, Manitoba Crop insurance C & D, Option to lease back to vendor. Contact: Melvin Toews at Golden Plains Realty Ltd. Tel:(204)745-3677.

CERTIFIED CARBERRY WHEAT, CERTIFIED Leggett & Summit oats, Certified Tradition barley. Wilmot Milne, Gladstone, MB. (204)385-2486, (204)212-0531.


SECTION OF PASTURELAND for rent, new fence, 4 dugouts, corral system, excellent for faraway owners. (204)436-2571 TENDERS FARMLAND FOR SALE RM of Hanover (approx 3-mi South, 1-mi West of Mitchell) Marked & sealed tenders will be received by the undersigned for the above described land up to 4:00pm, Apr. 25th, 2014. Parcel 1) Vacant farmland (manure spreading rights given to parcel 3 below) Ely 1320’ SE 24-6-5E. Parcel 2) Vacant farmland (manure spreading rights given to parcel 3 below) Wly 1320’ NW 13-6-5E 80-acs. Parcel 3) 3200 space feeder barn, house & yard site (right to spread manure on parcels 1 & 2 above) Ely 1320’ NW 13-6-5E 80-acs. When submitting an offer, please note: 1. Your offer should clearly identify the property & any conditions of your offer, if any, must be clearly stated. 2. The highest, or any, offer will not necessarily be accepted. 3. You must provide a certified cheque or bank draft for 5% of the price being offered payable to Tapper Cuddy LLP. 4. You must rely on your own research of the property to determine acreage, condition, improvements & assessment. 5. The vendor will be responsible for taxes on the property to Apr. 30th, 2014. 6. Title to the land shall be transferred free & clear of all encumbrances & liens except for the following: Parcel 1 Caveat/easement #1642364-Man. Telephone system #2773512-MTS Communications Inc. Parcel 2 & 3 Caveat/easement #1642364-Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. 7. Possession of parcel 3 to be no earlier than June 15th, 2014 w/respect to the barn, but possession of crop lands & residence be available Apr 30th, 2014. Submit offers to: Tapper Cuddy LLP 1000-330 St Mary Ave Winnipeg, MB Canada R3C 3Z5 attn: Timothy S. Fry

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Campers & Trailers FOR SALE: 1994 25-FT Fifth wheel, Golden Falcon, single slide, A/C, rear kitchen, free standing table stored inside. Phone (204)745-3773.

CERTIFIED VESPER VB WHEAT, wheat midge tolerant hard Red Spring, Number 1 yielding wheat on our farm in 2013. Very plump w/97% germination. Call Ron or Riley Jefferies (204)827-2102, Glenboro. GREAT VOLUME DISCOUNTS on truck load Carberry Wheat & Tradition Barley. Also consider the solid yield advantages of Pinnacle Oats. Krym Farms Ltd (204)955-5562, Rosser. JAMES FARMS LTD AC Carberry Wheat, Tradition Barley, Souris & Summit Oats, Hanley Flax, Forage seeds, various Canola, Sunflower & Soybean seed varieties. Custom processing, seed treating & delivery avail. Early payment discount. For info call (204)222-8785 or toll free 1-866-283-8785, Wpg. LARGE QUANTITY OF CERTIFIED harvest wheat for sale, wholesale pricing & selling in truckload lots only. Also certified Newdale 2-Row malt barley. Inland Seed Corp. Binscarth MB. (204)683-2316. PUGH SEEDS: CERT CARDALE, AC Barrie, Kane Wheat, Conlon Barley, Souris Oats. Phone (204)274-2179 or (204)871-1467, Portage. SANDERS SEED FARM FDN, Reg, Cert Domain, Carberry & Glenn Wheat, Cert Celebration Barley Canterra 1990, 1970, Canola. Phone (204)242-4200, Manitou, MB.

PEDIGREED SEED Pulse – Beans CERTIFIED CDC SUPER JET (Black), Certified CDC Jet (Black), Certified CDC Pintium (Pinto). Call Martens Charolais & Seed or participating dealers, (204)534-8370.

PEDIGREED PULSE SEED Pulses Various AGASSIZ PEAS, excellent quality & germination, certified number 1. Grown & cleaned on our own farm in 2013. Call Ron or Riley Jefferies (204)827-2102, Glenboro.



CONTRACTS AVAIL FOR CARAWAY crop production, good return potential. For more info call Giesbrecht Seed Farm Ltd (204)829-3365.

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FOR SALE: ORGANIC SAINFOIN seed. Called “Healthy Hay” in Europe. ( An ancient, non-bloating, nutritious, low input, perennial forage loved by all animals. Better flavored meat & dairy. (306)739-2900 MILLET SEED, TOP YIELDING leafy foxtail, harvests in dryer Aug weather. Forage yield 2013 @ 9670 lbs/ac. Info phone D. WHITE SEEDS (204)822-3649, Morden.


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250 1ST CUT ALFALFA bales, 3x3x8-ft., 149.8 Relative feed value, 57.2 TDN. Harry Pauls (204)242-2074, La Riviere, MB.

CERTIFIED BARLEY & OATS, Conlon feed barley, Bentley malt barley, Souris milling oats, germination in the high 90’s w/no disease on seed. Call Ron or Riley Jefferies (204)827-2102, Glenboro.

Celebration & Tradition *2-Row* AC Metcalfe & CDC Copeland We buy feed barley, feed wheat, MALT BARLEY BARLEY MALT oats, soybeans, corn & canola We buy feed*2-Row* barley, feed wheat, *6-Row* oats, soybeans, cornCopeland & canola AC Metcalfe & CDC & Tradition COMECelebration SEE US AT AG DAYS IN We buy feed barley, feed wheat, THE CONVENTION HALL SEE barley, US AT AG DAYS IN WeCOME buy feed feed wheat, oats, soybeans, corn & canola CONVENTION HALL BOOTH 1309& oats,THE soybeans, corn canola BOOTH 1309 COME SEE US AT AG DAYS IN COME SEE US AT AG HALL DAYS IN THE CONVENTION THE CONVENTION BOOTH 1309 HALL

F/T position avail. General Farm worker wanted on large progressive livestock operation in Pipestone MB. Duties include feed & care of cattle, operating & maintaining haying/harvest equipment. Competitive wages based on experience. Accommodations avail for the right candidate. Ag background & mechanical experience an asset. Valid drivers license req’d. (204)854-2510

WANTED: A HERD MANAGER. We have a modern, 200 cow milking herd in the Lake Francis, MB area. We are looking for a hard working, responsible, patient individual. Breeding, herd health & computer data are some responsibilities, in addition to milking & care of young livestock. Housing is available. Please Phone (204)383-5249 to express your interest or for more information.

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HAY FOR SALE. 5 x 5 round bales of native grass, hay bales for $30.00 per bale. Phone(204)646-4226


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PEDIGREED SEED Cereals - Various CERT. CARBERRY, AC KANE Wheat, Cert. CDC Meredith Barley. Call Elias Seeds (204)745-3301.

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Long-delayed Brazil water project gets election-year boost It is now eight years since the government first committed to the project and four years after it was supposed to be finished By Anthony Boadle cabrobo, brazil / reuters


n 2006, then president Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, a native of Brazil’s historically drought-plagued northeast, pushed through an idea that long-suffering residents of the region had been hearing about for more than a century. At last, he promised, Brazil would channel water to the sun-baked region from the Sao Francisco, the country’s second-longest river. By 2010, he said, water would be pumped over hills and into a 477-kilometre-long network of canals, aque ducts and reser voirs to quench thirsty cities and farms in four states. E i g h t y e a r s l a t e r, a n d near the end of a first term for Lula’s hand-picked successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, the project is only half built. Delayed by bureaucracy and contract problems, the cost of the government’s single-biggest infrastructure venture has almost doubled to 8.2 billion reais (US$3.4 billion). Plants grow through cracks in the concrete slabs of canals that were laid five years ago. Parts of the early construction are in such disrepair that they will have to be rebuilt by the time any water flows. Four years past the initial deadline, the project is unlikely to be finished even by the end of a possible second term for Rousseff, whose government is n o n e t h e l e s s a c c e l e ra t i n g construction as she vies for re-election in October. The transfer of water from the Sao Francisco, like many other major infrastructure projects, is the sort of investment that economists have long argued is necessar y to modernize Brazil, the world’s seventh-largest e c o n o m y. T h e c o u n t r y remains crippled by bottlenecks that hinder the effic i e n t f l ow o f g o o d s a n d services, not to mention the basics needed for development of some of its poorest regions. But hobbled by bureaucracy, political squabbling, corruption and other obstac l e s, m o s t i n f ra s t r u c t u re projects in Brazil take far longer than forecast or never get done at all. “Lula said the Sao Francisco project would be the eighth wonder of the world,”

Ulysses Flor, 85, stands near the skulls of some of his nearly 50 cows that died due to the prolonged drought near the city of Forest, Pernambuco state, January 29, 2014.   Photo: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

says Adriano Pires, an infrastructure consultant in Rio de Janeiro. “But it’s a fiasco.” The government says it is moving as fast as possible for a project of such size and complexity, involving myriad contractors and a labour market with a shortage of skilled workers. Construction slowed in 2011 and 2012, for instance, because contracts with builders had to be renegotiated. “People say it will never be finished, like an Egyptian pyramid that will take ages to build,” says José Francisco Teixeira, Brazil’s minister of national integration and the official charged with delivering the project. But by 2015, seven years after work began, Teixeira says water will be flowing to 12 million people in at least parts of the four states m e a n t t o b e n e f i t : Ce a r á , Pa r a í b a , R i o G r a n d e d o Norte and Pernambuco. “Seven years is an acceptable time frame for a project this big,” Teixeira argues. Me a n t i m e, t h e g ov e r n ment wants something to show for this year. Rousseff, according to people familiar with the project, has urged

officials in charge of it to deliver a first section before the October vote. The goal is to have water flowing by June from Cabrobó to Tucutú, the first reservoir, just nine km (5.5 miles) away.

A century of talk

The 2,900-km Sao Francisco River flows north from the southeastern state of Minas Gerais and tur ns sharply seaward when it reaches Pe r n a m b u c o, l e a v i n g t h e northeast dry. The idea of transferring water from the river was first proposed in 1847 and discussed ever since. Governments in the 1990s decided to pursue the transfer but could not muster the necessary political support, especially from leaders southward who would be giving up some water. It was Lula, a legendary negotiator, who convinced them to share a “tiquinho,” or tad, of the river water. Opponents saw it as porkbarrel politics, payback from Lula for campaign financing by big builders and engineering firms. Critics said it would dry up the Sao Fran-

“People say it will never be finished, like an Egyptian pyramid that will take ages to build.”

José Francisco Teixeira

Brazil’s minister of national integration

cisco, whose flow is already diminished by three hydroelectric dams. The canals, however, are designed to divert a maximum 1.4 per cent of the river’s average water volume, lowering intake when the river levels drop. Engineers and water experts say the project is well conceived and badly n e e d e d f o r g r ow t h i n a region that is finally emerging from a long history as an economic backwater.

Dead cattle

For locals, the water can’t come soon enough. “There’s a pipe connected to my house, but it never has water,” says Antonio da Rocha, who drives a cart pulled by bullocks to fetch water three times a week from a pond. The cart plods along the new, unused canal.

Dead cows are a common sight these days on roadsides in the region now in a third consecutive year of drought. Hundreds of thousands of cattle have died of thirst and starvation for lack of water and fodder. Ulysses Flor, who has 15 cows left standing after the drought wiped out 50 head of cattle in the last year, doubts he will ever get water from the project. An existing pipeline feeding the nearby town of Serra Talhadaruns runs by his farm, but he can’t tap it. In a gruesome protest, the 85-year-old farmer has stuck heads of his dead cows on fence posts lining his property. Meteorologists say droughts in the region will likely intensify with climate change, making water even more scarce.


The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014

Merck wants to test Zilmax on 240,000 cattle but beef industry resists Drug manufacturer wants to sign up 50 feedlots, but owners and packers are reluctant By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek REUTERS


Merck hopes to enrol five to 15 feedlots for each slaughterhouse that agrees to process the cattle.


We want to hear from you. What do you think of the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project Preferred Border Crossing and Alternative Routes? Manitoba Hydro is proposing to construct a 500-kilovolt transmission line from Winnipeg to Minnesota to sell surplus power and enhance the reliability of supply in Manitoba in times of drought or emergency. You are invited to drop by during any open house to review the project and share your comments, feedback and local knowledge. Manitoba Hydro will present refined alternative routes and a preferred border crossing for review. Your feedback will help us determine a preferred route for the project. Open houses will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the locations listed here. We will be available to provide project information and answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

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Find more project information or to sign up for project email updates: You can also phone 1-877-343-1631 or email

Richer Wednesday, April 16 Richer Young at Heart Community Club 22 Dawson Rd. (at Hwy. 302) Vita Tuesday, April 22 Vita Community Hall 209 Main St. N. Piney Wednesday, April 23 Piney Community Centre Hwy. 89 (Main Street), Piney La Broquerie Thursday, April 24 La Broquerie Arena 35 Normandeau Bay Dugald Tuesday, April 29 Dugald Community Club 554 Holland St. Marchand Wednesday, April 30 Marchand Community Club Dobson Ave.

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Ste. Anne Tuesday, April 15 Seine River Banquet Centre 80-A Arena Rd.

Winnipeg Thursday, May 8 Holiday Inn Winnipeg South 1330 Pembina Hwy.

Lorette Tuesday, May 6 Lorette Community Complex 1420 Dawson Rd. Headingley Wednesday, May 7 Headingley Community Centre 5353 Portage Ave.

erck & Co. Inc. wants to feed its controversial feed additive Zilmax to 240,000 U.S. cattle to prove it is safe. But there is a problem: giant meat processors like Cargill Inc. don’t want to touch animals fed with the drug. Merck plans to conduct the biggest-ever test of its kind in an effort to reintroduce the weight-adding drug into the United States and Canada after suspending sales last August. A test herd of this size is currently worth up to $500 million. Feedlot owners, however, are reluctant to participate in the study until they get a g u a ra n t e e t h a t s l a u g h t e rhouses will be willing to buy the Zilmax-fed animals. Snags with the study, whose size was confirmed to Reuters by Merck, have not been previously reported. “I’d be happy to sign up, just as soon as Merck tells me who is going to pay me after they’re done,” said a feedlot owner in Texas. “It’s been a horrible time, with the drought. I can’t afford to give away a steer, let alone hundreds.” Cargill Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc., two of the world’s largest beef processors, told Reuters their stance on Zilmax had not changed since last autumn, when they stopped accepting cattle fed the drug following reports it may cause lameness. Together the two c om p a n i e s c o n t ro l 3 7 p e r cent of the daily U.S. beefprocessing capacity. Reuters reported in December that Tyson stopped taking Zilmax-fed livestock after more than two dozen animals that had been fed the drug arrived at one of its slaughterhouses with missing hooves. The beef processors said their ban would remain until Merck had scientifically proven that Zilmax was safe for animals. They also want certainty that key export markets in Asia and elsewhere will accept such beef products. Merck has said it is confident in the “safety and performance” of Zilmax. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed the drug safe for both animals and humans. A source with National Beef Packing Company said the company was not accepting Zilmax-fed cattle. JBS USA Holdings Inc., another major beef processor, did not return calls and emails for comment. Merck in December said the evaluations would start in the first quarter. But company spokeswoman Pamela Eisele declined to say this

Questions about study

The attempt to launch a large-scale study underscores Merck’s determination to put zilpaterol-based Zilmax, once the largest-selling growth drug for cattle, back on the lucrative agriculture drug market. The scale is unprecedented for a randomized, controlled study of cattle, and the logistics involved with tracking so many cattle “boggle the mind,” said Morgan Scott, an epidemiology professor at Kansas State University. Merck said it believed the field evaluations will “support the results of previous studies and the safety of the product.” A principal investigator hired by Merck, who is an epidemiologist and veterinarian, will oversee the study and analyze data, Eisele said. Merck has declined to name the investigator, or any of the scientists or other academic experts involved in the study, but said it would release the results once the study was completed. Some livestock researchers have questioned why Merck has declined to say who is leading the research effort. Others have cr iticized the company for promoting the study’s outcome before data are collected or analyzed. “It would suggest that they’ve already decided the results,” Scott said. Christopher Reinhardt, a feedlot extension specialist at Kansas State University, said meat packers and feedlots will make sure certain results are objectively reported. Merck has “a vested interest in the outcome but their partners don’t, so there is sort of a check and balance in place,” he said.

“I’d be happy to sign up, just as soon as Merck tells me who is going to pay me after they’re done.”

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week where the 240,000 cattle would come from in the United States, whether the tests had started, or whether Me rc k h a d s i g n e d u p a n y packing plants, ranchers or feedlots. Eisele said the company’s current plan was to sign up at least 50 U.S. feedlots, out of more than 73,000 nationwide, to participate in field tests over several months. Merck hopes to enrol five to 15 feedlots for each slaughterhouse that agrees to process the cattle, she added. Anne Burkholder, who runs a 3,000-head feed yard in Cozad, Nebraska, is eager to hear results. “We need to have a large study, where we can really look at mobility and wellbeing issues we’re seeing in the present,” said Burkholder, who switched to another feed a d d i t i v e a f t e r Me rc k s u s pended Zilmax sales. She said she never had any problems with Zilmax.

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NOTES: 1     Proposed Sepp Holzer-style berm for windbreak and              micro-climate creation; 2:1 slopes, 2-4.5M high.   2,4,5    Proposed ponds for water retention and trout. Proposed large trout pond; 2.5:1 slopes 4M deep. 3  Proposed mini berms  6 


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The hardest part so far, said

Three other farms in Manitoba are planning to adopt restoration agriculture, she said. If more join the movement and succeed,



Looking for trees

Taking root

the pool of known tree varieties will inevitably expand and that will reduce costs for others down the road. Benot chose Shepard-style restoration ag for her farm because it incorporates livestock and perennial trees and shrubs, but her studies of permaculture haven’t stopped there. From May 17-20, the Benots will host a workshop led by world-renowned Austrian permaculturist Sepp Holzer on the only Canadian leg of what could be the 72-year-old farmer’s last North American tour. Some 30 participants from as far away as Virginia and Quebec have already booked at a cost of $950 for four days of intense instruction in Holzer’s unique raised-bed “hugelkultur” system, natural beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, root cellars and other techniques he has developed over four decades. “People are starting to recognize that the current system isn’t sustainable and that there has to be an alternative way,” said Benot. Holzer’s methods are “tried and true,” she added, noting that he has been commissioned by governments to undertake food security projects from Portugal to Siberia. More information is available at



he design is in, dozens of species of fruit- and nutbearing trees have been ordered, and now the owners of Prairie Heritage Farm north of Gimli are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the spring planting season. Last fall, Kirsten Benot and her husband Daniel hosted a threeday workshop featuring permaculture pioneer Mark Shepard. Along with classroom sessions where Shepard explained his techniques, theories and philosophies on how to create a truly sustainable and profitable farm based on the photosynthetically rich savanna ecosystem, the camo-clad author of the book Restoration Agriculture also agreed to develop a design plan for their 72-acre farm. Now, with the design sketched out on paper, the Benots are keen to start constructing a two- to 4.5-metre-high earthen berm along the northwest corner of their pasture to create a more amenable microclimate for tree growth, as well as a series of swales to direct water flows towards a large central pond that may one day be stocked with fish.

Kirsten, has been finding stock to plant a 350-metre row of as many as 20 different tree species, including Nanking cherry, stone pine, black walnut, butternut, apples, grapes, currants, apricots, pears, and more. “The cheapest apple you can find in container stock is $26,” said Benot. “If you’re trying varieties that aren’t grown commercially, maybe you don’t want to invest tens of thousands. Instead you could start with a smaller plot.” Bare root stock, if available, is cheaper, but the total cost to recreate the Garden of Eden — especially for early adopters of the system — could go as high as $40,000 mainly due to the need to create berms to keep tree roots out of their farm’s high water table. Benot has chosen mainly trees and shrubs hardy to Zone 3a and 3b, but after this past winter’s horrifying stretches of -50 weather, she’s going to hold off on Zone 4 varieties until she sees whether the existing trees in her yard survived. “You don’t want to put that kind of investment into stock and not have it live,” said Benot.




By Daniel Winters

This plan was prepared using the drawing Elevation contours of Benot  property, prepared by East Interlake Conservation District.  This is not a  survey, all locations are approximate.  To be used for planning purposes only.  

Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and permaculture pioneer, has created a permaculture design plan for Prairie Heritage Farm north of Gimli. PHOTO: DANIEL WINTERS


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The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014


Local food workshop fields anxious questions Workshops hosted by MAFRD fields questions on regulation by those selling at farmers’ markets and farm gate By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff / Teulon

The Farmers’ Market Guidelines were developed in consultation with the Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba and last updated in 2009. The document explains how to meet the regulatory requirements for selling food at farmers’ markets. To review the document log on to: Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba website (under Member’s Resources)


an homemade salsa be sold at a farmers’ market? What is a ‘potentially hazardous food?’ Which farmers’ markets need handwashing facilities? Public health inspectors fielded those questions and more at a recent workshop here for local food vendors. Several participants said they haven’t known where to go for answers until now. “There’s a lot of anxious people here,” said Lana Knor, a seller of fresh produce and canning at several Manitoba farmers’ markets, and one of about 40 who braved icy roads last month to attend. There is huge interest in selling at markets, but also plenty of confusion about what health inspectors allow, Knor said, adding that when vendors see or hear of rules being enforced in one market and not in another, they’re additionally perplexed and intimidated. “It’s scaring people off, and I don’t want to see that happening.”

Salsa iffy

The latest furor has been over requirements for processing pickles and salsa. Mike LeBlanc, the provincial chief public health inspector, said inspectors have been hearing a lot of questions about these products. “I’m not sure why it developed,” he said, adding that the issue seems to boil down to the use of tomatoes in some of the products for sale. The problem with tomatoes is that they’re a lower-acid food, putting products made with them in the category of a ‘potentially hazardous food,’ he said. “We’re really iffy when it comes to the whole salsa thing,” he said, adding that inspectors will probably advise people to take salsas to the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie to have the recipe standardized and all food safety requirements met. The chief inspector also tried to dispel some of the myths around what’s being barred from farmers’ markets. You can certainly sell “slightlier risky foods,” he said. “But you must get your own permit and make them in a certified kitchen and label them properly.” That is a permit in addition to the farmers’ market’s own operational permit, he added. Certified kitchens are provincially inspected and often can be found in local churches or halls.

Certified kitchens

Others said this requirement comes with its own set of challenges, however. Several workshop participants commented that it requires extra driving, plus these kitchens aren’t necessarily equipped with the necessary storage and freezing units. The farmers’ market guidelines, updated in 2009, are available online at a number of locations including Manitoba Public Health and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development’s websites. The shared inspections between the two departments also puzzled some workshop attendees. Permits for selling food products are issued either from Public Health or MAFRD depending on the product and where the vendor plans to sell it. “If it’s one of the potentially hazardous foods you will need a permit from either us or MAFRD,” LeBlanc said. “When you come up with a business plan and explain to us what you want to do, we’ll explain if it’s MAFRD or Health (issuing the permit),” he said. Although workshop participants described the meeting as helpful, some still left puzzled.


Patrice Drouin, a honey producer at St. Laurent said he’d like to start producing and selling more value-added honey products. Some of his questions were answered at the Teulon workshop, but he said the regulations remain pretty perplexing. It further complicates things with both Manitoba Health and MAFRD involved in the permitting process. “We need regulation, of course, but the diffusion of that

Tomatoes are low acid, which makes salsa and other homemade products containing them potentially hazardous, provincial food inspectors say.  photo: thinkstock

information to the people who will use it is poor, in my opinion,” Drouin said. The market guidelines are found online on websites of Manitoba Public Health, MAFRD and the Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba. Others speaking at the workshop said a proactive approach directly involving public health inspectors is what gets local food sellers off to a good start. Megan McKenzie, president of the new Rural Roots non-profit local food co-op store in Boissevain said they invited their health inspector in to explain the rules several months before they even opened their doors. That meeting helped dispel a lot of the confusion, she said. People wanted to know things like, ‘Where do I get a rabbit butchered?’ or, ‘Can I grow sprouts for sale?’ she said. “We worked very closely with the health inspector and it got us off on the right foot,” she said. “We didn’t know the answers to those questions either, and there were debates about who covered what and what the rules were.” Rural Roots has since seen a dozen new food products successfully launched from their store, she added.

Good start

LeBlanc said later in an interview that inspectors are working hard to be consistent about enforcing the food safety requirements. What can confuse people is the difference between markets. A market where no food is being prepared on site, and non-hazardous foods are being sold won’t require handwashing facilities. Rural markets tend to be “more traditional” that way and don’t require the handwashing sites, he said. Handwashing facilities are required where food samples are being offered, or foods being prepared on site. “If you’re cooking sausages or a highly prepared meal you do require a different level of handwashing,” LeBlanc said. LeBlanc said public health inspectors are trying to make sure they’re “all on the same page.” “We just need to do a bit more education among our staff about what is considered acceptable at a farmers’ market. Some staff are not as comfortable with food being prepared on site. We’ve done some internal talking with our staff,” he said.


The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014



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Be Well — and talk about it Canola Growers launch two more video stories about food and farming

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a n i t o b a f a r m e r Cu r t i s Mc Ra e loves to farm. Home economist and television show host Mairlyn Smith loves to eat. Yo u c a n h e a r b o t h t a l k a b o u t t h e i r respective passions in the latest launch of My Be Well stories of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association. The shor t videos are par t of MCG’s o n g o i n g e f f o r t s t o, a s a s s o c i a t i o n president Ed Rempel put it at the March 26 launch, “grow the conversation,” as interest in food and farming intensifies. In h i s B e We l l s t o r y Cu r t i s Mc R a e speaks of his unabashed pride to be a homegrown Manitoba farmer, and how hard he and his family work to keep their land and animals healthy. They are motivated to be the best land stewards possible because they want to keep farming for generations to come, he says in the video. The general public doesn’t generally understand that, and often vilify the “corporate farm” not knowing it’s a family entity, he added during a panel conversation. “Well, I’ve got news for everybody,” he said. “The CEO and all the executives are here tonight. My mother and my family are all here.” T h e M c R a e s’ g r o w c a n o l a , w h e a t , soybeans, corn and also raise cattle on the family farm at St. Andrews near Oak Hammock Marsh. Mairlyn Smith, a three-time cookbook author and regular guest on the Torontoaired show “CityLine” and Breakfast TV said one of the things she tries to put across to her audience is to love and enjoy all food, but especially Canadiang r ow n f o o d b e c a u s e a l l f a r m e r s a re producers of local food. Sh e’s a re g u l a r v i s i t o r t o t h e l o c a l f a r m e r s’ m a r k e t s b u t n o t j u s t s o l e l y f o r t h e k i n d s o f i n g re d i e n t s s h e c a n find there, she said. She goes to foster relationships with those who grow her food. It’s about an emotional connection that goes beyond the food, she said. “I really think local is more than just what we eat,” she said. “Local means the people whom you support. It’s about reaching out to people you care about.” You can view Cur tis’s and Mairlyn’s Be Well videos on the Manitoba Canola Growers Association website at http:// You can also view t h re e o t h e r i n s p i r i n g Be We l l s t o r i e s produced in 2013, including those of Doug Chor ney, East Selkirk far mer and Keystone Agr icultural Producer’s president, G etty Stewar t, a Winnipeg h o m e e co n om is t w h o s ta r te d a ‘f r u it rescue’ program, and Mary-Jane Feeke, best known as MJ, a red seal chef and owner of Benjamin’s Gourmet Foods in Selkirk.

Black Bean And Lentil Salad With Chili-Lime Vinaigrette The black beans and lentils make this healthy salad high in fibre and protein. The chili-lime vinaigrette adds a punch of flavour that will leave you wanting more. 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (19 oz./540 ml) 1 can lentils, rinsed and drained (19 oz./540 ml) 1 avocado chopped 1 medium tomato chopped 1 orange or yellow pepper chopped 1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion chopped Chili-lime vinaigrette 1/4 c. canola oil 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest 1/4 c. fresh lime juice 1 tbsp. honey 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro 1 garlic clove finely chopped 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp coriander

To make salad: In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Stir in vinaigrette and toss lightly. To make chili-lime vinaigrette: In measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Pour over salad. Source: Manitoba Canola Growers,

Pumpkin Pie Scones 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. whole wheat flour 1/4 c. loosely packed brown sugar 1/4 c. oat bran 2 tbsp. wheat germ 1 tbsp. baking soda 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 3/4 c. canned pumpkin 1/4 c. canola oil 1 large egg Glaze 1/4 c. powdered sugar 1 tbsp. canned pumpkin 1 tsp. skim milk 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds, garnish

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar, oat bran, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg; set aside. In second bowl, whisk together pumpkin, canola oil and egg. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just to combine ingredients. Turn dough out onto a floured countertop and knead three or four times, until dough is formed into a large ball. Cut dough in half and pat each ball into a six-inch circle. Cut each circle into six wedges. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until scones are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, pumpkin, milk and cinnamon. Drizzle glaze over cooled scones. Top each scone with pumpkin seeds Makes 12. Source: Manitoba Canola Growers,

Mashed Roots 1-1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth 2 large Yukon Gold or white potatoes cut into 1/2-inch chunks 6 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 6 medium parsnips peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 tbsp. canola oil 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme 3 tbsp. fresh chopped chives 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/3 c. caramelized onions 2 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes finely chopped Caramelized onions 2 tbsp. canola oil 4 large onions thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves minced 1/4 tsp. pepper

In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes, carrots and parsnips. Bring broth back to a boil. Cover saucepan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain vegetables, reserving broth. Mash vegetables, adding enough of the reserved broth to give the desired consistency, about 1/4 cup. Stir in canola oil, thyme, chives and pepper. Garnish with caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Serve mashed ‘roots’ warm. Caramelized onions: In large non-stick sauté pan, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook onions and garlic for approximately 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are softened. Remove lid and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized, about 30-35 minutes longer. Add a bit of water if the onions begin to stick to the pan. Season with pepper. Serves 10. Source: Manitoba Canola Growers,

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Early outdoor colour Oxalis will put on a show long before the annuals appear By Albert Parsons Freelance contributor


n early April, I perform a task that will give me containers of bloom in my outdoor garden; I bring my oxalis out of storage and get them going for another year. These wonderful plants, grown from small bulbs, add delightful colour to my early-spring garden and I move them in and out as the unpredictable spring weather dictates. Long before I plant any other annuals outdoors, I use my pots of oxalis on my back patio that is used in early spring as a sitting-out area because it is sunny and warm. I store the oxalis bulbs in two different ways. Sometimes, if a pot is overgrown and has not been divided for a few years, I let it dry out in the fall and then dump it out and collect the many bulbs. These I store in a cool, dark place in paper bags. If I don’t need to divide a pot, I simply let the pot die down in the fall by withholding water and then store the pot in a dark, cool spot — usually under the table in my sunroom. In early April, I plant the bulbs closely together in a soilless mix or I bring the already planted pots out of storage and water them. I put the pots in front of a sunny window in the sunroom and in a couple of weeks shoots begin to emerge from the soil. Before the end of April, the plants will have put forth lots of flower stalks. As the weather warms up, I put the pots outside as much as I can so that the plants do not get leggy. I only take them indoors when there will be frost at night — or an April cold snap. Oxalis have wonderful foliage — they are often called four-leaf-clover plants, although they are not related and their leaves, unlike clover, are composed of

three or four leaflets that are all the same size. The leaflets can be rounded or triangular, depending on the variety. The larger-leafed ones that I prefer have rounded, lobed leaves and pink or coral flowers. The leaves are green or burgundy, or a combination of both. I have one called “Iron Cross” that has green leaves with a bold burgundy iron cross design in the centre of each leaf. Another has green leaves with burgundy stitching. I do have a couple of small-leafed varieties whose leaves are triangular; one has burgundy leaves and mauve flowers, while another with triangular green leaves has white blooms. Oxalis like water and sun — although protection from harsh midday summer sun is advised to prevent wilting. Because they use a lot of water and dry out quickly, I plant my oxalis in large pots since small pots simply dry out too fast. I sit each pot in a large saucer and when I water I do not empty the saucers of excess water as in no time it is taken up by the plants. Oxalis require regular grooming as outside leaves and stems will yellow and dry off and removal of the many spent flower stalks will keep the pots looking their best. The plants bloom profusely in the spring when they first put forth growth and then intermittently all summer. It is their flush of early bloom that I appreciate and later in the summer, I often move the pots to an out-of-the-way location in the garden if they are no longer contributing beauty to the landscape. I do this after having enjoyed the beauty the oxalis plants provided before any of my other outdoor plants were ready to put on a show. Pots of oxalis provide a wonderful early-spring display of bloom. Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba.

Pots of oxalis, set outdoors on a sunny spring day, bloom profusely. Notice some of the leaves have burgundy stitching while others have a burgundy iron cross design. I inadvertently got the two kinds of bulbs mixed when I was potting them up, but the mixed containers looked fantastic so I was glad I had made the mistake!  PHOTO: ALBERT PARSONS

Hot peppers heat up a meal They also contain vitamins and help us maintain a healthy immune system By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service.


ccording to some researchers, hot chili peppers speed up the m e t abolism and therefore cause our bodies to burn more calories than usual. These hot little nuggets were “calorie bombs,” so we needed all the thermodynamic burn we could get or we would be wearing the calories permanently on our bodies. Peppers are an excellent source of vitamins C and A. Among their many functions, these vitamins help us maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin A keeps our skin, mucous membranes and eyes healthy, too. Chili peppers have a long and interesting history that began in South America. Christopher Columbus gathered some pepper pods and noted their taste was similar to black pepper, so he called the pods “pepper” and

There are many types of peppers available with various heat levels.  PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

brought them back to Spain. Their popularity soon spread. Birds also played a role in the movement of wild pepper varieties from place to place. Birds do not detect the heat of a pepper, so when they ate them,

flew away and consequently eliminated the seeds, wild chilies began to spread to other places. According to the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University, 25 wild pepper species and five domesticated spe-

cies of peppers exist. We are most familiar with the “annum” species that includes jalapeno, bell pepper, poblano and hundreds of other types. Peppers can be classified as mild, medium or hot. The heat

level varies based on the type of pepper and the growing conditions. The heat of peppers often is expressed in Scoville Heat Units, named after the Amer ican phar macist who invented the scale. Taste testers sample various chili peppers, which are diluted in the lab until the heat no longer can be detected. Although many people may think of the habenero pepper as the “hottest” one at 350,000 Scoville Units or greater, some types of peppers register in the one million to two million Scoville Units category. A bell pepper has no significant heat. A jalapeno pepper has a Scoville rating of about 10,000, while Anaheim and poblano peppers rate around 2,500. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the department of health, nutrition and exercise sciences.


The Manitoba Co-operator | April 10, 2014


Reena answers questions Plus, some helpful reader feedback Reena Nerbas Household Solutions

Hello Reena,

My dad just told me about you. I was telling him about the problems we have had with our dishwasher(s). We actually just returned a brand new dishwasher which we had bought because we thought our old one wasn’t working anymore and we had already exchanged the new one once. Now we know that it is another problem but we don’t know what it could be. On our white dishes, we get really ugly brown stains (looks like old banana) and on our dark-black and green dishes, we get whitish stains all over which will not even come off with vinegar. I had to use TKO Orange Cleaner (straight) to finally get the white stuff off. We live in a big city and we do have a carbon water filter in our house which gets rid of chlorine and some other toxins. My husband wasn’t diligent about back flushing the filter regularly and we thought maybe that was the problem but he has had it back flushing every night for almost two weeks, and that did not help. My sister has the exact same dishwasher which we just returned and she uses the same detergent that we used but she lives in the country and has well water. She is very happy with her dishwasher. My husband is just in the process of reinstalling our old dishwasher (which we had kept just in case) but we don’t know what to do to get rid of these stains. My dad said you come up with the most amazing solutions! Therefore, I thought I would ask you for ideas. Thank you so much for your time. — Juanita

Dear Juanita,

I want to share with you that I had this same experience. After trying a variety of dishwasher detergents, fiddling with water temperatures, iron filters and water softeners, we ended up purchasing a new dishwasher and giving the fairly new one to my sister. She said it worked perfectly. Our new dishwasher had the same problems and after calling in the professionals, we were told that the dishwasher hose was installed incorrectly making it impossible for the proper amount of water to hit the dishes. The moral of the story — no amount of vinegar or other products will fix the issue if the dishwasher is not installed correctly.

Dear Reena,

I bought a pair of black suede sandals. Every time I wear them they turn my feet black. Is there any way to set the dye so I don’t get black feet? With summer coming up, I would like to wear them. Enjoy your column and very helpful tips. — Susan

Hi Susan,

Let’s start with the easiest solutions and then move towards a more aggressive solution. Coat your feet with petroleum jelly before wearing your sandals. If these were boots you could purchase Dr. Scholl’s shoe liners and put them inside your boots. But since your challenge is with sandals, purchase acrylic matte varnish at a craft store. Consider painting the inside of your sandals, being sure not to miss any areas. Let dry before wearing (test on an inconspicuous area first). Extra tip: People often purchase suede protector to lengthen the life of the footwear exterior and this can also be applied to purses as well.

Dear Reena,

A friend of mine has suede-covered bar stool seats that need to be cleaned. I assume the material is a synthetic fabric. What would your suggestion be for cleaning these seats? — Thanks, Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

Here are a few tips for general suede cleaning. If the stools get muddy, wait until the dirt dries and then use a nail brush and brush the seats all over in the same direction to remove the dirt. Get rid of scuff marks by rubbing them with a pencil eraser and then wiping the nap with your nail brush. If the bar stools become wet, dampen the entire seat and then sponge off the water. If you just want to give the cushions a general facelift, sprinkle cushions with baking soda and then brush the nap back and forth with a damp nail brush. However, if the suede really is a synthetic fabric, you will be able to clean the cushions with plain old water and dish soap. Rinse and let dry.

Dear Reena,

Can you please advise me on how to get the sticky part of a name tag off a navy leather jacket? Would vinegar work? — Len

If you’re experiencing stains on your dishes, make sure the dishwasher is installed properly. PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Dear Len,

Hold a hair dryer over the name tag sticker and heat the area. The heat will soften the glue allowing you to gently peel the sticker. Use mayonnaise (test first) or a product called Goo Gone to remove any remaining residue.

Feedback from readers: Dear Reena,

I noticed in your article that you said that there are no recycling facilities for foil (roasters, pie plates, tart shell holders, cake pans, etc.) but in some parts of Canada these items are recyclable through the Royal Purple and Elks Club that collect them. They are then taken to the same place where they collect the tabs off of pop cans, etc. and these clubs provide wheelchairs and other items that the rural hospitals require as they do not get the funding that the bigger cities get. — Ken

Dear Reena,

Awhile back you gave advice to a lady to clean a stainless steel pot with steel wool. The manufacturers of those pots all say not to use steel wool of any kind on them, as I believe it can loosen small particles of steel which none of us want in our food. I do remember that my mother-in-law (more than 40 years ago) always cleaned her stainless steel pans with an abrasive cleanser. I like to heat water and

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Welcome to Country Crossroads If you have any stories, ideas, photos or a comment on what you’d like to see on these pages, send it to: Country Crossroads, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Man. R3H 0H1 Phone 1-800-782-0794 Fax 204-944-5562 Email I’d love to hear from you. Please remember we can no longer return material, articles, poems or pictures.

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This has been a really, really long winter. PHOTO: JOAN AIREY

dish soap or dishwasher detergent (if the burnt food is very stubborn) and let it stand for several hours. I also wanted to send you a tip for cleaning the newer glass stovetops! When my daughter was moving into a rental, the stovetop had burn stains and for some reason (I was cleaning the oven too) I decided to use the spray-on oven cleaner on the top of the stove. The stovetop looked like new! After almost four years I finally got around to purchasing some oven cleaner with a pump spray to use on my own stove. I had been using a razor bladetype of device to scrape most burnt stuff off and then some gentle liquid abrasive cleanser. That took lots of elbow grease and it did not deal with the plastic bag that accidentally got melted onto one of the burners. Even though I scraped what I could off and used the cleanser, there was still a residue. This evening I sprayed the stovetop with the oven cleaner and several minutes later wiped it up, and much to my surprise the plastic residue was totally gone and the stovetop looks just like new! I know that this is not an “environmentally friendly” solution, but it does do the trick and is not recommended for everyday use. — Gloria I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a motivational speaker for an upcoming event? Check out my brand new website:


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