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New livestock technical review process unveiled New process informs public earlier, brings new co-ordination to submissions for expanding livestock operations

Science behind organic systems gains ground “Historic” conference at University of Manitoba well attended

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onfrontational conditional use hearings may start to become a thing of the past. Public hearings remain part of the process for reviewing any proposed large livestock operations, but by the time they’re held the public will already know what’s being proposed and will have voiced any concerns much earlier on. Details of the new technical review process, which took effect January 1, 2012, were unveiled at the Manitoba Planning Conference here last week. Provincial officials have also met with farmers this month to discuss the changes. Any farmer wanting to expand a livestock operation beyond 300 animal units will still first make application for, and go through the conditional use procedures in their municipality. What’s changed is what happens after that. The new process enables public and government departments to review and comment See REVIEW on page 6 »

University of Manitoba researchers Gary Martens (l) and Martin Entz (r) demonstrate mulching as a technique for boosting fertility in organic systems at a summer field day. Organic scientists were meeting in Winnipeg last week   photo: allan dawson By Allan Dawson co-operator staff

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rganic agriculture’s critics routinely claim the practice is more philosophy than agronomy — and the worst cut of all — lacking in “sound science.” Not anymore. Organic is pushing back one peer-reviewed research paper at a time. “We can claim science and we are,” declared Ralph Martin at the opening of the first Canadian Organic Science Conference held at the University of Manitoba Feb. 21-23. The University of Guelph professor and Loblaw chair in sustainable food production, said scientific research shows organic agriculture has benefits, consumers are demanding it and farmers are finding new opportunities by

producing it. Ted Zettel, president of the Organic Federation of Canada, called the meeting of 160 Canadian and international research scientists, farmers, students and industry officials, historic. “This is huge,” he said. “This is very big. The people out there on the land need this research. They need it in order to come up with a methodology that’s efficient enough that it can replace the existing paradigm.” The conference stems from the Canadian Organic Science Cluster, created under Agriculture and Agri-Food’s Growing Forward program. Ag Canada will contribute $6 million for organic research over four years ending March 31, 2013, and industry will contribute $2 million. The money is funding 28 projects and 45 scientists at Agriculture Canada and university research stations across the

country, said conference co-chair Andy Hammermeister. “It’s all about building cred ibility for organic agriculture,” said Hammermeister, an assistant professor at Nova Scotia Agricultural College and manager of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. “It supports producers, it supports policy-makers and it supports the other stakeholders.”

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Critics say organic agriculture can’t feed the world. “We see the sustainability and the holistic approach of organic as the future of food production,” Zettel said. It’s certainly a good “plan B,” said University of Iowa researcher Kathleen Delate. Fossil fuels, which are used to See ORGANIC on page 6 »



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on the lighter side


Sitting in the hot seat can toast your bottom

Numbers on the rise Cattle, sheep numbers are rising but hogs still flat


Heated car seats linked to “toasted skin” syndrome

CROPS Be on the lookout Where ever soybeans go, soybean cyst nematode seems to follow


FEATURE Potato sector faces challenges Changing North American diets could curb demand


CROSSROADS Getting involved in politics Why do women shy away from municipal politics?

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Editorials Comments What’s Up Livestock Markets




ottom warmers in cars may ease frigid winter commutes, but dermatologists warn that extended exposure to seat heaters can lead to a skin condition called “toasted skin syndrome.” Two reports in the Archives of Dermatology describe rashes on legs that erupt by pressing against warmed-up seats for prolonged periods of time.

It might be ugly, but it’s not serious. “Turn down the setting,” Brian Adams, a dermatologist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, told Reuters Health. “Avoid prolonged, tight juxtapositioning of the lower legs on the hottest setting of the heated seats.” The treatment? Simply avoid contact with the heat source. Eventually toasted skin will fade, but the

discolouration could last for months. But because it can mimic other conditions, the syndrome can lead to unneeded testing for other problems if not diagnosed correctly. Jennifer Stein, a professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center said toasted skin also is interesting because it reflects changes in technology over time. People used to get rashes from sitting close to fires.


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Git ‘r done Grain Growers urges The Grain Growers of Canada is concerned the CWB hasn’t rolled out its new crop-pricing options By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF


he Canadian Wheat Board will offer new crop-pricing options soon, spokesperson Maureen Fitzhenry said in an interview Feb. 22, but she declined to specify a date, nor say when the board expects to finalize agreements with companies to handle grain on its behalf. “It’s still our hope that we’ll be able to do something very quickly,” she said. The Grain Growers of Canada wrote the wheat board and Western Grain Elevator Association ( WGEA) Feb. 22 urging them “to use all possible resources to successfully conclude their ongoing negotiations on handling agreements.” “Farmers want market choice to be real and they want to see the competition,” Grain Growers executive director Richard Phillips said in an interview. Handling agreements are essential if the post-monopoly wheat board is going to become a grain company Aug. 1 because the board doesn’t own grain elevators or port terminals. The board’s former board of directors warned without facili-

ties or regulated access to them at a fair cost, it would be impossible for it to survive in an open market. And since the board and companies will be competitors there is no reason for companies to be interested in working with the board. However, Phillips said companies will play ball to maximize their handle. “We’ll be trying to do the best deal we can for farmers in the handling system and recognizing the grain-handling companies do have a cost of handling the grain and they have to make a margin,” wheat board president and CEO Ian White said in an interview Jan. 31. He also said the board expected to reach agreements with all elevator companies soon making it convenient for farmers across the West to sell to the board. White said he expected there would be competitive tensions between the board and grain companies, but added he was confident agreements would be reached. “We’re expecting to roll it out (pricing options) through this month, February,” White said. But it hadn’t happened as of press time Monday.

“It’s still our hope that we’ll be able to do something very quickly.” MAUREEN FITZHENRY

Canadian Wheat Board president and CEO Ian White said Jan. 31 he expected to roll out the board’s new crop pricing options in February. PHOTO: ALLAN DAWSON

When the board had a monopoly it negotiated one handling agreement with all the companies through the Western Grain Elevator Association, association executive director Wade Sobkowich said in an interview. “But now that we’re dealing in an open-market environment, different companies will have different terms,” he said. The Grain Growers recognizes handling agreements are key to the success of a voluntary board and that’s why it wrote the letter, Phillips said. The board and companies are entering uncharted territory and that’s partly why it’s

taking so long, he said. “At first I was suspicious one side or the other might be dragging their feet, but as we got into this we saw the complexity,” Phillips said. For example, it’s unclear how the prices for lowergrade wheat will be set. “Once you see the first couple of deals signed I think you’ll see the rest come quickly,” he said. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz wants agreements reached quickly too. Negotiations are going well, he wrote in an email. “It’s good to see that farmers themselves, through the Grain Growers of Canada, are working

to hold the value chain players to account,” he added. Fitzhenry declined to say if any agreements had been reached. Asked whether the board would ask the federal government to force companies to provide access through regulation she replied: “At this point that’s not something we’re contemplating.” “That would absolutely be a last step,” Phillips said. “If there isn’t something by late March something is going to have to happen then. The government or somebody would have to step in. “After this letter went out suffice to say I received lots of calls. We are very confident deals are going to be agreed to in the near future.”

Court rules against ex-wheat board directors The Canadian Wheat Board’s former elected directors are considering an appeal By Dave Bedard DAILY NEWS EDITOR WITH FILES FROM ALLAN DAWSON


ormer Canadian Wheat Board directors may appeal a Manitoba’s Court of Queens Bench ruling that rejected their bid to delay implementation of the federal legislation removing the board’s monopoly as of Aug. 1. “We think there are a number of areas where the judge erred and we’re considering an appeal,” Bill Toews, one of the ousted directors, said in an interview Feb. 27. The former directors are involved in two other legal challenges against overturning the law that will kill the CWB’s monopoly over the sale of western Canadian wheat and barley. In a written ruling Justice Shane Perlmutter said the legal test for an injunction is whether there is a “serious question” to be tried, whether the applicant would “suffer irreparable harm” without the injunction and whether the plaintiff or defendant would suffer greater harm as a result.

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The ex-directors’ case is , Perlmutter wrote, adding he saw little in it that would favour granting an injunction based on either “irreparable harm” or the “balance of convenience.” Perlmutter wrote that the “only substantive basis” on which the ex-directors’ case relied was that law violated Section 47.1 of the Canadian Wheat Board Act, which will be repealed. In a separate Federal Court ruling in December filed by Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board (FCWB) and the wheat board, Judge Douglas Campbell found Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s actions — introducing C-18 without first holding a farmer plebiscite as required by 47.1 — to be “an affront to the rule of law.” However, Perlmutter said he isn’t bound by Campbell’s decision. Perlmutter also dismissed the notion that 47.1 is “manner-and-form” legislation — that is, a law whose language binds the development of any future legislation. Nor, he wrote, is the CWB Act of a “constitutional or quasi-constitutional


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nature such as the Canadian Bill of Rights” or other manner-and-form law. Concer ning irreparable har m, Perlmutter said, it is “far from clear that producers’ incomes will be adversely affected” without the single desk. It hasn’t been shown Prairie farmers will be hurt by not having elected directors if the loss is limited to those directors’ safeguarding of a single desk, which will no longer exist, Perlmutter said.


On the “balance of convenience,” Perlmutter wrote, the ex-directors’ evidence on the “uncertainty, marketplace impact, and Canada’s reputation as a reliable wheat and barley supplier” was speculative and would not outweigh farmers’ loss of the transition period before the end of the single desk if C-18 were to be blocked. On top of all that, he wrote, any injunction ordered by a Manitoba Queen’s Bench judge would have been “limited to Manitoba” and would have had “the undesirable effect of creating disparities between provinces” — an

effect which “would in itself mean that there is no single desk.” “Western farmers are pleased with the court’s decision today,” Ritz said in a release Feb. 24. “Our government knows that producers need market certainty as they move forward and this decision allows farmers the best possible opportunities to succeed as they transition to an open market.” “We are now in the clear,” Kevin Bender, president of the pro-deregulation Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, said in a release. “The court decision removes any lingering doubt over whether we will gain an open market in wheat and barley on Aug. 1.” However, Perlmutter’s decision doesn’t halt other court cases against C-18. “This is a question of due process and the rule of law itself,” Bill Gehl, chair of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, a supporter of the FCWB suit, said in a release. “The ruling of a provincial judge is certainly not the last word on this issue.” with files from Allan Dawson



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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 1, 2012


Lies, damned lies… and statistics


ast week began with the latest Canadian farm income outlook delivered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a report that by most accounts was pretty bullish on farm income projections for the next 10 years or so. In fact, it was the kind of report that is likely to have the farming community squirming for a couple of reasons. Firstly, farmers are inherently nervous about good-news stories Laura Rance that make them appear wealthy and secondly, Editor the source of that wealth might come under scrutiny. In addition to the analysis on how various commodities, input costs and output performed in 2010 and 2011, the federal report offered glimpses of other measures of farm financial performance. “Those indicators suggest a positive situation. Average total income of farm families, which includes non-farm income, is forecast to reach $109,216 in 2011. At the same time, average net worth per farm is expected to reach $1.6 million, a 44 per cent increase over five years.” But then the report offers this bit of information: “The average family farm with sales under $250,000 is expected to earn most of its income from off-farm sources in 2010, while family farms with over $250,000 in sales are forecast to receive a greater portion of family income from the agriculture operation.” When it outlines the 2011 projections, the report tells us that of the expected $109,216 total average farm family income, which is 18 per cent above the five-year average, $88,288 is coming from off-farm sources, which is an increase of 21 per cent relative to the five-year average (2005-09.) In other words, in good economic times you’d expect farmers to rely less on “other family income,” but in fact it is increasing faster than farm incomes. “In 2011, the average farm family is expected to earn a larger portion of its total family income from non-farm sources than farm sources in 2011,” the report tells us. “Cattle farm families are expected to earn three per cent of their total family income from farm operations while grain and oilseed farm families are expected to earn 23 per cent of their total family income from farm operations.” The tables in the report break out farm incomes on the basis of farm market receipts, program payments, farm expenses and net operating income, year by year, and as a five-year average. Net operating income is market receipts minus expenses plus program payments. As a sector, Canadian agriculture earns 54 per cent of its net operating income from program payments. In grains and oilseeds, 50 per cent of the net operating income over the five-year period ending in 2009 came from program payments. For hogs, it was 168 per cent, cattle 147 per cent, and potatoes, 59 per cent. Dairy is 13 per cent and poultry comes in at 11 per cent. Non-farming Canadians can read several messages into these numbers. On one hand, they were told by farm organizations in the bumph surrounding Food Freedom Day Feb. 12 that food costs them 11.8 per cent of their family income. But that’s only including what they pay at the grocery store. Their tax dollars are also involved. And given that the average Canadian family earns about $75,000 annually, the thought of subsidizing farm incomes to the tune of $109,000 might be a bit disconcerting to some. Secondly, Canadians are frequently told supply management is costing them dearly at the grocery store. But when compared to what it costs farm programs to keep the other export-oriented commodity sectors afloat, it perhaps isn’t such a bad deal. Now before you pick up the phone or fire off an email to complain to this desk about lies, damned lies and statistics, hear this: we don’t have an issue with farmers making money. There may well be plausible rationales behind these numbers. They might be a factor of specific environmental or market conditions within the period measured. It might relate to how the statistics were collected. Some of that non-farm income undoubtedly comes from one or both spouses working a second job — a reality with which other Canadians could identify. The point is, these numbers are out there. Farm groups had better have those explanations ready.

Marketing freedom (except for companies) In a cryptic news release last week, the Grain Growers of Canada indicated that negotiations to have grain companies handle wheat board grain weren’t going too well, and suggested that regulations might be needed to make the companies play nice.

We recognize that the Harper government has a free rein to do most anything it wants, but we haven’t quite figured out how it can create its own grain company and then justify forcing privately owned competitors to do business with it.


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A bird’s-eye view of Austin By Alex Campbell DIRECTOR, MANITOBA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM


he storage archives of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum hold a number of items that the museum cannot display due to lack of proper display facilities. One of the pieces is the promotional booklet Austin, Manitoba The Sort of Home You’ve been Looking for printed by the Austin Board of Trade circa 1912. A photo in this booklet, labelled “Bird’s-eye view of Austin, Manitoba,” shows the museum elevator in use. A photo of a museum artifact in use is rare. The elevator in the photo marked Western Canada Flour Mills Co. Ltd. was built in 1905 and sold to Manitoba Pool Elevators (MPE) in 1938. Sometime after that the elevator became an annex to another MPE elevator in Austin and used as an annex until 1975. In the late 1970s, the elevator was donated and moved to the museum by MPE. As the driveway, scale and associated equipment had been removed when converted to an annex, MPE rebuilt the driveway to wagon standards and installed a wagon scale with built-in wagon lift that MPE found at Grandview. Up to this time it was thought that this elevator had been built with the three-quarterlength cupola it currently features as no one could remember a different cupola on it. However, the photo shows a much smaller cupola centred on the top of the building. Many early elevators were built to this design. However, the small cupola was cramped and larger cupolas were introduced to provide more space for the leg and gerber. By the 1920s, full-length cupolas were a standard design feature of elevators. Another obvious change is the siding. As built, the elevator had wood clapboard

installed and painted with red oxide paint. MPE began installing pressed tin tiles as siding on many of its elevators in the 1950s to reduce maintenance costs, which is probably when this elevator was tinned. The photo is also interesting as it shows that the elevator in front of the WCFM elevator was built to a noticeably different design. The cupola runs, not at a right angle to the tracks, but parallel to the tracks. There were a number of early elevators built to this design which differed in other aspects from the standard design that was emerging in 1905 when the WCFM elevator was built. The main body in this early design was rectangular where the main body of the standard design was square. The driveway was not enclosed but merely had a canopy over the scale and pit. In the promotional book there is a photo of the Peoples Flour Mill at Austin which featured an elevator of this design beside the flour mill. Another interesting item in the photo is the large square structure in front of the rectangular elevator. Looking at what can be seen of the construction, it does not appear to be an annex. And annexes in this time period seem to be rare, probably because the technology to fill and empty them at the time was neither developed fully and costs at the time did not warrant annexes. But if is not an annex, what is it and why was it built so close to the elevator? The Austin promotional books are being printed for sale at the museum. So drop by, pick up a copy and spend the day looking over the museum collection including the museum elevator, currently the oldest elevator preserved on the Prairies. Who knows, maybe the booklet will persuade you to move to Austin.


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Organic research achieving critical mass in science The University of Manitoba hosted the nation’s largest-ever gathering on this vital area of study last week By Martin Entz


he modern organic agriculture movement started 100 years ago. Sir Albert Howard was an English mycologist who served as the imperial economic botanist to the government of India between 1905 and 1924. He was fascinated by the indigenous practices of Indian farmers, whom he called his professors. His 1940 book, An Agricultural Testament, has become a classic organic farming text. Lady Eve Balfour supported Howard’s ideas and was instrumental in starting England’s organic governing body, the Soil Association. Similar beginnings occurred in Europe and the United States. Even Justis von Liebig, the German scientist who is credited with helping usher in the era of petrochemical-based fertilizers in the late 1880s, saw organic systems as having distinct advantages. Fast-forward to the present. Last week, the University of Manitoba was home to the largestever gathering of organic agriculture scientists in Canada’s history. More than 130 scientists and about 30 farmers spent three days sharing ideas and research findings. There are currently 4,000 certified organic farms in Canada covering two per cent of our nation’s agricultural lands. The 250 or so organic farmers in Manitoba produce certified organic grains, cooking oils, vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy products and more. Canadian organic farmers are true pioneers. They developed their farming systems with virtually no assistance from universities or government departments, relying mostly on each other. Looking for new ideas for sustainable food production, I attended organic farmer meetings after starting my job as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. Meetings were held in church basements, hockey and curling arenas and in farm kitchens. I met fascinating people, and I knew these people were on to something good. The combination of entrepreneurial spirit and respect for nature and community was inspiring. I was sold. Starting an organic agriculture research program at a major Canadian

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university in 1990 was not popular. This was, after all, the dawn of the agriculture biotech era, where nature would be either ignored or subdued. But, we lucked out when then U of M vice-president James Gardner supported the idea of agriculture-sustainability research. We conducted our first experiments in 1990, and in 1992 we turned the sod on the Glenlea long-term organic plots, now Canada’s oldest organic agriculture field experiment. Like all good researchers, we made lots of mistakes. But we learned from our mistakes. In the past 19 years, we have identified strengths of the organic system — such as more nutritious food, healthier soils and less energy use. And we are addressing challenges like lack of phosphorus in certain organic soils. We are also developing no-till organic systems by adopting ideas and machines developed by Brazilian farmers.

In 2003, we converted 12 acres of the Ian N. Morrison research farm at Carman to organic production. This organic “mini-farm” has been invaluable for showing people a living, breathing organic system and has helped advance the art and science of organic farming on the Prairies. Each summer, we host about 300 visitors. This site has provided an invaluable opportunity for students to exchange ideas with farmers — carrying on Sir Albert Howard’s legacy. Many other things have changed in 20 years. In 2001, the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada was established. From its base at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College, the centre has facilitated research and education for organic producers and consumers to build sustainable communities across Canada. I n 2 0 0 9 , f o u n d i n g d i r e c t o r, Ralph Martin and current director

Andy Hammermeister organized a national “Organic Science Cluster” and secured over $6 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for organic agriculture research in Canada. The Organic Science Cluster involves over 50 researchers plus 30 collaborators in approximately 45 research institutions across Canada. And we are not done. Organic agriculture is important in our evolution to more sustainable food systems. The involvement of farmers in the development of the national and international organic standards has meant much local, indigenous knowledge is built right into the current certified farm practices. As governments search for best-management practices, they have only to look at organic agriculture. Martin Entz is a professor in the department of plant science at the University of Manitoba.

Farmers still waiting for marketing choice Open letter to the new voluntary Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Western Grain Elevator Association


n behalf of tens of thousands of successful farmers who eagerly anticipate a new wheat and barley era, we strongly encourage both private grain companies and the new voluntary Canadian Wheat Board to use all possible resources to successfully conclude their ongoing negotiations on handling agreements. The Grain Growers’ policy has always been marketing choice for farmers, and that means a healthy and strong CWB with pooling options offered as well as a proactive private-sector grain industry. In the ministerial task force on changes to the Canadian Wheat Board mandate, the private

sector expressed a strong willingness to handle grain on behalf of the new wheat board. As a result of this expressed interest, a number of us felt that it was premature to recommend regulated access to facilities. Having said that, we can imagine the complexity of negotiating issues around access to inland and terminal facilities, shippers of record, blending gains, a pricing formula for grade differences and other issues. We do appreciate this does take some time. However, it has been close to two months now and farmers are starting to wonder when the CWB will be active in new crop contracting. The business-oriented farmers we represent are

looking to lock in prices and profits up to a year in advance in many cases. Therefore we urge both sides to commit the resources and time needed to get handling agreements in place so that marketing choice becomes reality. It is in the interests of all Prairie farmers, to ensure a successful future for both the CWB and for the private sector. Stephen Vandervalk President, Grain Growers of Canada Richard Phillips Executive Director, Grain Growers of Canada


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on what a farmer is proposing well ahead of the conditional use hearing. “We hope that through a more rigorous process, and by allowing the public to get involved earlier on in the process that issues of concern will get addressed before it gets to the hearing process,” said David Neufeld, director of the community and regional planning branch with Manitoba Local Government. Producers will now document their plans in what are being called “site assessments” or SAs. These replace the former livestock production operation information forms, using a template that is downloadable online from the Manitoba Local Government link on the provincial government website. The forms will also now become available at regional Community Planning offices. Until now MAFRI GO office supplied the forms.

Assistance for producers

The SAs will ask that farmers provide more detail, said Don Malinowski, the province’s senior planner who led the development of the new review process. But new co-ordination to help farmers is also being added to the process through the implementation of a new Technical Review Committee ( TRC) coordinator with clerical support. The co-ordination will be provided through Community Planning. “Our role and responsibility consists of assisting and facilitating completion of the site assessment,” said Malinowski. “Producers can call us.” The TRC co-ordinator will also review all submitted SAs to ensure the information is complete and accurate, and will post the SA on the Manitoba Government website. The TRC co-ordinator will also see that the SA is circulated to all members of the TRC, including representatives from Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Conservation, Water Stewardship and Local Government. Also new is the creation of an online Livestock Technical Review Public registry where the public can learn what’s being proposed, and, if they wish, register, by mail, phone, or email any concerns. Ads will be placed in local papers notifying the public an

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SA is underway and will steer people to the website, said Malinowski. All relevant and “material” public comments submitted then becomes part of the package, which together with the SA plus the TRC’s own report and recommendations, is then brought forward at the conditional use hearing.

“Off the hot seat”

These new procedures are intended to standardize a process for farmers, give them additional time to respond to any concerns raised, or for requests for additional technical information, while creating these more timely opportunities for public participation, said Malinowski. The restructured process should also take elected local government officials “off the hot seat,” he said. Until now, conditional use hearings have been where the public raised objections or posed questions. “And that hasn’t always been the best scenario to be trying to answer questions and make decisions, said Malinowski. “We wanted to change that and enable meaningful public participation somewhere else in the process.” The new review process also aims to produce clearer and more readable TRC reports that are more understandable to all parties, including producers, local councils and members of the public. The TRC report, produced by provincial staff, will also be slimmer. “That’s because we’re shifting a lot of the information that was generated in that report into the SA, which is what the producer is going to be providing to us,” said Malinowski. The recommendations contained in the TRC report will also be clearer and in plainer language, in keeping with one of the recommendations of the 2007 CEC report. The TRC coordinator will also be present at all conditional use hearings, and potentially other designates from the TRC committee as well. “Councils won’t be on their own,” he said. “They won’t be expected to answer technical questions. There’ll be at least one person from that committee present and possibly other members as required.” For producers, the new technical review process means

“If there are issues raised by the public, the producer gets to hear about it before the conditional use hearing, and can address or make refinements or adjustments (to the SA), if necessary, to address concerns that have been raised.” Don Malinowski

access to SAs online, access to more help from the TRC co-ordinator in preparing the documents, and having more time to respond to public concerns before the TRC report and conditional use hearing, Malinowski said. “ That’s really impor tant because if there’s some misunderstanding, or we haven’t connected properly, we have a lot of opportunities to work things out prior to the conditional use hearing. If there are issues raised by the public the producer gets to hear about it before the conditional use hearing, and can address or make refinements or adjustments (to the SA), if necessary, to address concerns that have been raised.” The public comment period will last 30 days from notification. “They (the public) can expect to have material comments noted in the TRC report,” said Malinowski. However, comments must be relevant and there must be names included for documentation. “There’s accountability here,” he said. “We’re not accepting anonymous calls.” Producers asked for more information or clarification will have 14 days to provide additional information. All parties will also be able to now track the progress of SAs online. Mo re d e t a i l s a b o u t t h e Livestock Technical Review process can be found online at livestock/review_process.html.

Some of the 160 participants of the first Canadian Organic Science Conference at the University of Manitoba “toasting” farmers for all they do for society.  photo: allan dawson

make nitrogen fertilizer, will run out. Before that prices will skyrocket. Already, most of the world’s farmers can’t afford synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, Delate said in an interview. One study shows applying a small amount of composted manure would double crop production in developing countries. Other studies conclude there’s enough food, the problem is distribution. If the world’s population reaches the nine billion to 10 billion being forecast for 2050, food production will have to double over the next 40 years, according to some experts. Or will it? There’s lots of slack in the system due to wasted and spoiled food, Marten said. Meanwhile, the current food system is failing. One billion people are malnourished and 1.6 billion are obese. An estimated two-thirds of health spending is related to unhealthy eating. “The question to me isn’t so much ‘how do we feed the world?’ the question is ‘how will we eat well in our resilient communities?’” Organic agriculture produces better food and is better for the environment, said Martin Entz, conference co-chair and University of Manitoba Professor of cropping systems and agronomy. “I can show you peerreviewed proceedings where things like the antioxidants and the secondary plant metabolite concentrations are definitely higher in organic foods,” he said. “History has shown us that the methods based on biology and ecology are setting us on a much better trajectory for food security than the current system where nature is subdued and ignored.” The “organic” in “organic agriculture” refers to the emphasis on building up organic matter in the soil. Its practitioners look at food production in a holistic way. “I f w e’re s i m p l y a d d ing nitrogen fertilizers in the synthetic form it does nothing to encourage the biology (micro-organisms) in the soil,” Hammermeister said. “It does nothing to encourage the roots

to explore the soil fully and develop more fine root systems. “When we add back organic matter to the soil we’re stimulating biology and when you add the nutrients in an organic form we stimulate that whole process.”

Better soil and yields

After 13 years of organic research in Iowa, Delate found the soil had improved, while corn and soybean yields were above or equal to the county average. Other papers concluded the following about organic agriculture: • I t contributes to greater biodiversity in fields and in nearby hedgerows. • Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi naturally mobilize soil minerals for plant uptake and protect roots from pathogen attacks. • Traditional soil test methods sometimes show low phosphorus levels in organic fields but in many cases the fields still yield well. • Crop rotation significantly improves soil health. • L o n g e r c r o p r o t a t i o n s decrease weeds. • Organic production boosts nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, potentially reducing the amount of nitrogen available to leach into groundwater. • O rganic production can potentially sequester more carbon than conventional agriculture. Suggestions for new areas of research include: • Designing new tillage tools. • Find how cover crops can heal the land after tillage. • Studying organic food quality in Canada. • Biological insecticides for greenhouses. Germany spends 10 million euros annually on organic research, without matching funds from industry, Entz said. “There are things being discovered here that are usable for all of agriculture,” he said. “There’s very little downside to investing in organic agriculture research science.”

“There are things being discovered here that are usable for all of agriculture. There’s very little downside to investing in organic agriculture research science.” The new Technical Review Committee (TRC) process for intensive livestock operations is more streamlined, transparent and hopefully less contentious than in the past.   Photo: Laura Rance

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 1, 2012

Weeds helped save his farm


Grant Rigby gave up herbicides to fight salinity

Please forward your agricultural events to or call 204-944-5762.

By Allan Dawson

March 1: Special Crops Production Day, Keystone Centre, Brandon, including presentations on sunflowers, soybeans, corn. For more info contact NSAC (204-745-6776), MPGA (204-745-6488) or MCGA (204-7456661).

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eeds aren’t always a farmer’s enemy. Sometimes they’re an ally. Grant Rigby says weeds helped him tackle soil salinity on his farm near Killarney and led him into organic agriculture. “The fundamental reason I dropped herbicide spraying was to allow plants to live on those areas of the farm where the crops I planted were not well adapted, like low areas around sloughs,” Rigby said on the sidelines of the Canadian Organic Science Conference at the University of Manitoba Feb. 22. “Those weeds that grew in that saline area are indeed what saved those patches of ground because I had no technology from humans to achieve that objective.” By 2004, Rigby’s farm, in the family since 1882, was certified organic. The telltale signs of salinity — lifeless white patches of salt — are gone. “All these areas have been recovered,” Rigby said. “I can grow heavy crops of alfalfa in these areas, whereas before alfalfa wouldn’t even get established.” Rigby periodically breaks up the alfalfa to seed annual crops, but never without another crop such as red clover. Bare soil promotes salinity. Evaporation draws water to the surface leaving salt behind. Plants, when present, draw water up leaving the salts below. R i g by, w h o h a s a b a c h elor’s degree in agriculture

and a master’s in food science from the University of Manitoba, described himself as a “high-intensity conventional farmer” in the 1980s and 1990s. He suspects conventional farmers might be earning more than organic farmers now thanks to the recent hike in crop prices, but has no regrets. The alternative is to sacrifice at least 10 per cent of his farm to salinity, he said. “The cost of that far exceeds the profit differential in the last three years,” Rigby said. “ We’re far ming this for the next 1,000 years. It’s not who gets the best house at the end of our lifespan, it’s whether that land produces anything 1,000 years from now. It’s a different way of measuring success.” Can organic agriculture feed the world? “Well, we can’t feed the world by losing the landscape to salinity,” he replied. “I think salinity is a lot worse than people perceive it to be.” While Rigby is convinced many of the tenets of organic agriculture, including the destructiveness of monoculture are valid, he says some organic and conventional farmers are locked into their respective “religions.” On the organic side some don’t believe humans can do anything right, while among conventional farmers some pretend pesticides aren’t harmful. “I was poisoned, my father was poisoned just from accidental exposure,” Rigby said, adding that in his case he should’ve known better.

March 2: h@ms Marketing Services southeast district annual meeting, noon, Smitty's Restaurant, Steinbach. For more info call 1-800899-7675. March 5: h@ms Marketing Services' Heartland Marketing district annual meeting, 1:30 p.m., Starbuck Community Hall. For more info call 1-800-899-7675. March 7: h@ms Marketing Services southwest district annual meeting, 1:30 p.m., Somerset Community Hall. For more info call 1-800-899-7675.

Weeds helped organic farmer Grant Rigby, one of the participants at the Canadian Organic Science Conference at the University of Manitoba, control soil salinity.  photo: allan dawson

“It just didn’t get through to me that a poison is a poison and it can do some damage.” Consumers needn’t worry much about pesticide residues on Canadian-produced food, according to Rigby. Just the same though he hopes people will buy at least some Canadian-grown organic food to support the industry so it can continue to innovate. Mu c h o f w h a t o r g a n i c f a r m e r s a n d re s e a rc h e r s have learned is useful to conventional farmers too, he said.

March 7: h@ms Marketing Services northwest district annual meeting, 7 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, Neepawa. For more info call 1-800899-7675. March 7: Marketing Your Wheat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oak Bluff Community Hall. Registration $20, deadline March 2. For more info call MAFRI at 204735-4080. March 8: h@ms Marketing Services H.B. Marketing district annual meeting, 2 p.m., Glesby Centre, 11 Second St. NE, Portage la Prairie. For more info call 1-800-899-7675. March 9: Farm Focus, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Boissevain School, 885 Mill Rd., Boissevain. For more info call 204534-6303. March 9: h@ms Marketing Services' Interlake east district annual meeting, 1:30 p.m., Oak Hammock Marsh. For more info call 1-800-899-7675. March 9-10: Direct Farm Marketing Conference, Lakeview Resort, 10 Center St., Gimli. For more info visit or call 204-868-5152.

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March 14: h@ms Marketing Services south-central district annual meeting, 1:30 p.m., Big M Centre, Morris. For more info call 1-800-899-7675. March 15: Manitoba Flax Growers Association annual meeting, 10 a.m., Canada/Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre, Carberry. For more info call 204-982-3990. March 15: Winter Cereals Manitoba annual general meeting, 9:30 a.m., Riverbank Discovery Centre, 545 Conservation Dr., Brandon. For more info call 1-866-472-4611 or email March 15-16: Canola Council of Canada annual convention, Fairmont Washington, 2401 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more info visit March 16: "Opportunities in the Organic Marketplace" workshop and Manitoba Organic Alliance annual general meeting, Headingley Community Centre, 5353 Portage Ave., Headingley. For more info email info@manitobaorganicalli March 19-23: 39th Grain Industry Overview Course, Canadian International Grains Institute, Winnipeg. For more info or to register visit March 22: Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council annual general meeting, Canad Inns, 2401 Saskatchewan Ave., Portage la Prairie. For more info call 1-800-216-9767 or visit May 24-25: University of Manitoba Transport Institute's Supply Chain Connections conference: "The MidContinent Cold Chain," Winnipeg. For more info or to register visit www. June 5-7: International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare, Delta Bessborough, 601 Spadina Cres. E., Saskatoon. For more info call 306955-4868 or visit


Cultivating More Ways to Profit in Agriculture

Strong links in this value chain Partnership is the key to grass-fed beef’s success. From pasture to plate, Manitobans are working together to reach a premium market. Less than a decade ago, a group of Manitoba cattle producers decided to pursue a new brand of customer with a taste for something different. Canadians were turning on to beef raised only on pasture and hay, and they were willing to pay a premium for it. Meanwhile, producers like Jim Lintott and Bragi Simundsson were re-evaluating their operations in the wake of the BSE crisis. With a lot of enthusiasm and a little help from Growing Forward, the Manitoba Grass-Fed Beef Association was soon born. MafriAdvrtl.indd 1

Today the association includes cattle producers in Dugald, Cartwright, Arborg, Binscarth, Roblin, Sifton and Sundown. They work together to build herds well-suited to grazing rather than grain-finishing. They’ve also developed specific feeding and animal handling protocols to ensure consistent product quality. By comparing notes and sharing ideas, they’ve become experts at keeping pasture lush and nutritious. But what happens on the farm is only part of the story. Just as important is the ranch-toretailer value chain that was built through this offshoot of the Manitoba Forage Council. These partnerships involve everyone with a stake in the quality of a grass-fed steak. Everyone sits down at the table together to further the group’s interests and make this speciality product viable.

For example, respected local chefs helped to design some of the new products marketed through the association, like the saskatoon wine sausage, meat pie and saskatoon wine paté. The entire product line was officially launched just last week at a Winnipeg health food store. Retailers can have input into marketing materials trumpeting the virtues of grass-fed beef. Even supportive consumers can join the association and have a say.

How Growing Forward helps forge this value chain From the early days, Growing Forward programs like the Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI) have helped to move Manitoba’s grass-fed beef sector forward. ARDI helped producers learn from

the experiences of producers in Argentina, which is synonymous with grass-fed beef. ARDI funding has also helped the group develop production protocols, new value-added products and a full range of marketing materials. Herd genetics is an important aspect of industry development – and here, too, Growing Forward has been able to help. Through Business Development Suite programs, Simundsson was able to take training in artificial insemination so he could introduce New Zealand genetics into his grass-fed herd. To further strengthen consumer confidence, all members of the association

will soon be certified under the Canadian Verified Beef Program supported by Growing Forward.

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Cattle Prices Winnipeg

(Friday to Thursday) Slaughter Cattle

February 24, 2012

Steers & Heifers $ — D1,2 Cows 65.00 - 70.00 D3 Cows 58.00 - 65.00 Bulls 80.00 - 90.25 Feeder Cattle (Price ranges for feeders refer to top-quality animals only) Steers (901+ lbs.) $ 125.00 - 130.00 (801-900 lbs.) 125.00 - 145.50 (701-800 lbs.) 135.00 - 155.00 (601-700 lbs.) 145.00 - 165.00 (501-600 lbs.) 155.00 - 180.00 (401-500 lbs.) 165.00 - 200.00 Heifers (901+ lbs.) — (801-900 lbs.) 110.00 - 123.00 (701-800 lbs.) 128.00 - 138.75 (601-700 lbs.) 135.00 - 147.00 (501-600 lbs.) 140.00 - 163.00 (401-500 lbs.) 150.00 - 170.00 Slaughter Cattle Grade A Steers Grade A Heifers D1, 2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls Steers


Alberta South $ 114.00 - 117.25 117.25 - 118.00 69.00 - 81.00 59.00 - 74.00 87.19 $ 120.00 - 140.00 135.00 - 150.00 143.00 - 165.00 155.00 - 180.00 170.00 - 202.00 185.00 - 215.00 $ 115.00 - 130.00 121.00 - 142.00 130.00 - 148.00 139.00 - 159.00 150.00 - 173.00 162.00 - 196.00

($/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 (February 23, 2012) in U.S. Fed Cattle Close Change February 2012 127.30 — April 2012 129.67 — June 2012 127.75 — August 2012 129.97 — October 2012 133.77 — December 2012 134.47 — Cattle Slaughter Canada East West Manitoba U.S.

Feeder Cattle March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012

The U.S. herd is shrinking faster than the Prairies’ Dwayne Klassen CNSC

Ontario $ 110.39 - 133.01 108.77 - 123.09 62.90 - 79.66 62.90 - 79.66 80.79 - 93.31 $ 126.59 - 144.22 128.59 - 145.68 125.22 - 157.31 138.09 - 169.17 144.50 - 183.37 151.59 - 197.20 $ 116.07 - 133.02 123.04 - 134.81 124.52 - 140.51 133.86 - 152.20 134.29 - 163.37 147.31 - 167.56

Close 157.65 160.17 161.72 163.15 162.62 162.00

Change 0.83 0.85 1.10 1.03 1.07 0.75

Cattle Grades (Canada)

Week Ending February 18, 2012 53,248 13,181 40,067 N/A 616,000

Previous Year­ 55,037 15,113 39,924 N/A 654,000

Week Ending February 18, 2012 327 22,823 17,399 580 611 7,942 501

Prime AAA AA A B D E

Previous Year 466 24,538 15,754 711 326 5,775 319

Hog Prices Source: Manitoba Agriculture

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

Current Week 175.00E 160.00E 157.77 162.21

Futures (February 23, 2012) in U.S. Hogs April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012

Last Week 172.97 158.56 157.46 163.20

Close 89.60 98.77 99.40 99.47 99.05

Last Year (Index 100) 158.73 146.42 148.36 152.51

Change 2.41 8.55 0.95 0.02 -0.80

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

Winnipeg Next Sale is March 1

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

Turkeys Minimum prices as of February 26, 2012 Broiler Turkeys (6.2 kg or under, live weight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.905 Undergrade .............................. $1.815 Hen Turkeys (between 6.2 and 8.5 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.885 Undergrade .............................. $1.785 Light Tom/Heavy Hen Turkeys (between 8.5 and 10.8 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.885 Undergrade .............................. $1.785 Tom Turkeys (10.8 and 13.3 kg, live weight truck load average) Grade A..................................... $1.885 Undergrade............................... $1.800 Prices are quoted f.o.b. farm.

Toronto 87.76 - 116.52 178.86 - 192.37 185.17 - 206.09 199.35 - 222.36 184.33 - 165.90 —

SunGold Specialty Meats —

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

Goats Kids Billys Mature

Winnipeg ($/each) Next sale is March 1

Toronto ($/cwt) 66.00 - 275.00 — 72.91 - 210.39

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

Winnipeg ($/cwt) — —

“Fairly aggressive” marketings trump strong loonie

Toronto ($/cwt) 19.53 - 40.07 31.17 - 44.67


alues for cattle sold at the various auction marts in Manitoba continued to hold strong levels during the week ended Feb. 24, as demand from all outlets remained fairly aggressive. Prices for cows also held their own during the reporting period. Marketings of cattle, overall, remained at a pretty healthy pace, with favourable weather conditions helping to facilitate the movement. Values for heavier-weight cattle, in particular, held steady at strong levels while prices for the butcher cattle were steady, if not a bit firmer. “Marketings were fairly aggressive overall, with prices as good as, if not better,” said Buddy Bergner with the Ashern Auction Mart. General firmness in the price trend applied to all types of animals, whether it was cows, bulls or feeders, he said. The only factor that continued to work against the relative firm tone in the cattle market was the firmness experienced by the Canadian dollar, he said. The Canadian unit continued to trade above parity with the U.S. currency during the week. Demand for cattle marketings, particularly slaughter animals, was also fairly brisk, Bergner said. There was a fair amount of interest from packers, who were looking to replenish animals as demand for hamburger from consumers continued to be strong, he said. The fact that herds in Western Canada have been thinned out continues to factor into the firm prices being offered for these animals, Bergner said. “Supplies of butcher cattle are definitely on the tight side, and that shortage is likely to continue providing support to the market.” Some of the supply tightness has also been linked to the lack of individuals willing to background cattle in the fall for resale in the spring. Private sources indicated most of the cattle that are backgrounded in the province are owned by outside interests, including from the U.S. as well as Eastern Canada. In a traditional year, 40 to 45 per cent of the cattle sold in the spring are animals producers bought in the fall and backgrounded for sale in the spring. Demand from both eastern and western packers within Canada was solid, while interest from the U.S. continued to be on the light side, Bergner said.

Peru loosens restrictions on Canadian cattle Peru has reopened its markets to Canadian beef and dairy cattle, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a Feb. 21 release. Canada Beef and the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association estimate the market to be valued at more than $2.5 million in 2012 for the Canadian cattle sector. Canadian exporters are eligi-

“If the U.S. outlets buy 10,000 cows from Canada the impact on their market will be negligible if any at all, but in Canada that will definitely have an upward impact on values.” herb lock

“Have to have”

Herb Lock of Farm Sense Marketing at Calgary confirmed that cows and bulls which would normally be available for slaughter are down significantly. He pointed out that the amount of animals being retained to replenish herds was less than what was being marketed, based on activity at the various auction yards across Western Canada. “The U.S. need for slaughter cattle was expected to grow, which was seen increasing the competition for the animals that are available at the auctions on the Prairies as well,” Lock said. He speculated that cow values, which have already hit the 80-cents-a-pound range over the past year, will easily climb above 85 cents before the dust settles this spring. “The packers have to have those animals,” he said. The other thing happening that can’t be ignored is that the U.S. cow herd is declining at a faster rate than in Western Canada, which will inevitably create more demand for the animals that are available no matter where they are located, he said. “If the U.S. outlets buy 10,000 cows from Canada the impact on their market will be negligible if any at all, but in Canada that will definitely have an upward impact on values,” Lock said. Feed supplies in the Ashern area continue to remain plentiful, but there were a few regions within the province where supplies were a bit tighter than would be preferred. Meanwhile, the threat of higher fuel costs in the province means the cost of trucking the animals will soon be going up, Bergner felt. “The companies that truck cattle will need to cover the jump in the cost of the fuel in the prices they charge,” he said. This in turn was seen reducing some of the value being received for the cattle. Dwayne Klassen writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

ble to export to Peru all cattle born after August 1, 2007, with the bulk of expected sales being dairy genetics. “CLGA is pleased that negotiations on a health certificate for the export of live cattle to Peru have come to a successful conclusion. Canada has Free Trade Agreements with both Colombia and Peru so it is no coincidence that we also have live cattle access for these two South American countries,” said Rick McRonald, executive direc-

tor of Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA). Peru is a strong agricultural partner with Canada, not just in cattle imports but also in grains and pulses. Since 2009, Canadian and Peruvian farmers have benefited from a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Agri-food exports to Peru increased 42 per cent in the first full year after the implementation of the FTA compared to 2008. Total Canadian agricultural exports to Peru in 2011 were more than $247 million.

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Analysts advise making sales into canola rally Canola’s advances heighten the chance of profit-taking Phil-Franz Warkentin CNSC


CE Futures Canada canola contracts remained pointed higher during the week ended Feb. 24, as bullish technicals and solid end-user demand kept values well supported. Canola has moved higher every week for the past month, and while every advance heightens the chance of a profit-taking correction, that inevitable downturn has yet to rear its head. In the meantime, brokers and analysts have been busy advising farmers to make steady sales into this rally — the general message being that there might be more strength left in canola, but current levels are looking profitable in their own right.

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With concerns over cuts to South American soybean production largely priced into the futures, the oilseed markets will need some new fuel to continue moving higher. Looking ahead, the direction canola takes will largely depend on what happens in CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) soybeans. From a technical standpoint, the May canola contract is trading very close to a number of key chart points at its current level just above $560 per tonne. Speculators and commodity funds have built up good-size long positions during the recent rally and are comfortable at current levels. With those large long positions, it wouldn’t take much to trigger a round of profit-taking, with $540 a possible target to the downside in the May contract. At the same time, strong commercial demand remains supportive underneath the market, with domestic crushers operating at a record pace in February and exports continuing to leave the country at a record pace as well. Milling wheat futures in Winnipeg were down on the week, although trade volumes remain thin at best. Spring wheat in Minneapolis did see some large declines on the week, likely accounting for some spillover selling in the Canadian futures, amid ideas that the Minneapolis premiums over Kansas City and Chicago were becoming a little overdone.

Speculators raise wheat short to record high By Mark Weinraub reuters

Large speculators raised their net short position in Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures and options to a record high amid ample stocks at a time of increased interest in the export market, regulatory data showed Feb. 24. The non-commercial traders, a category that includes hedge funds, cut back on their bullish bets on corn while boosting their net

The likelihood of an improvement to the U.S. spring wheat crop in 2012, after a disastrous 2011, was also behind some of the selling there. ICE durum and barley futures held relatively steady during the week, with no real volumes to speak of in the lightly traded grain markets. Attention in the CBOT soybean and corn markets during the week was on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Ag Outlook Forum, held at Arlington, Va. on Feb. 23 and 24. The highlights from a marketing standpoint were the acreage and ending-stocks projections for the upcoming 2012-13 marketing year. The USDA now predicts U.S. corn plantings will hit 94 million acres in 2012. That would be the largest seeded area since 1944, and compare with 91.9 million in 2011. U.S. wheat acres are also expected to increase to 58 million in 2012, from 54.4 million. U.S. soybean acres are forecast at 75 million, unchanged from last year, according to the USDA. U.S. corn acres will be rising at a time when the country’s ethanol sector is expected to lower its demand for feedstocks. As a result, USDA anticipates the country’s corn carry-out will double to 1.6 billion bushels by the end of 2012-13, from an expected 801 million in 2011-12. That’s just bearish all around, and the ample world feed grain situation should limit the upside potential in the grains — at least until there are some new weather concerns to talk up. For soybeans, USDA may be predicting a slight increase in production, but the agency also sees exports rising and ending stocks tightening. China especially is expected to be a big customer for U.S. soybeans. The USDA numbers released during the week were tabulated by economists and other analysts, rather than being the result of an actual survey of producers. The first USDA acreage estimates based on farmer surveys will be released March 30. The annual “fight for acres” should pick up steam in the month ahead of that report, and in the meantime outside market forces can also be expected to sway the grains and oilseeds one way or the other. South American harvest results will soon start to become available, and will push prices up or down depending on how badly the crops were actually hurt by the hot, dry conditions during the growing season. Concerns over winterkill to wheat crops in the former Soviet Union and in Europe are priced into the grain markets for now, but firmer numbers from the region over the next month can be expected to either confirm or disprove those concerns. Outside macroeconomic issues, including the Greek debt crisis and sabre rattling over Iran, can also be expected to be a factor in the overall appetite for risk, which trickles down to the appetite for commodities. Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

long in soybeans in the week ended February 21, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s weekly commitments of traders report. In CBOT wheat, speculators bought 5,014 long contracts while adding 14,216 shorts to their positions, leaving them net short 97,259 contracts in that commodity. Speculators added 11,226 long contracts to their soybean stake while covering 3,818 shorts, leaving them with a net long position of 77,683 contracts. It was the third straight week they added to their net long in soybeans and the moves brought their bullish position to the highest level since September.

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Spot Market

Lentils (Cdn. cents per pound)

Other (Cdn. cents per pound unless otherwise specified)

Large Green 15/64

25.20 - 26.50


Laird No. 1

24.00 - 26.50

Oil Sunflower Seed

Eston No. 2

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Desi Chickpeas

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Field Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

Beans (Cdn. cents per pound)

Green No. 1

8.50 - 9.25

Fababeans, large

Medium Yellow No. 1

8.40 - 8.75

Feed beans

Feed Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

No. 1 Navy/Pea Beans

Feed Pea (Rail)

No. 1 Great Northern

Mustardseed (Cdn. cents per pound)

No. 1 Cranberry Beans

Yellow No. 1

34.75 - 35.75

No. 1 Light Red Kidney

Brown No. 1

28.75 - 32.75

No. 1 Dark Red Kidney

Oriental No. 1

23.50 - 24.75

No. 1 Black Beans

No. 1 Pinto Beans

3.50 - 5.50

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No. 1 Pink

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Drought-weary Texans welcome rains, wildflowers Rains over the past six weeks have moved Texas out of its parched state By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO / REUTERS


an Antonio resident Janet Garibay is starting the process of bringing her lawn back from the dead. “Our yard was destroyed by the drought,” said Garibay, who visited a local homeimprovement store Feb. 25 to pick up shrubs, plants and grass seed. “We’re hoping that this rainier weather will help us put it together again.” As spring approaches, recent rains across much of the state are giving drought-wear y Texans hope that the devastation may be over. The drought that destroyed Garibay’s lawn also killed millions of trees, sparked wildfires that burned nearly four million acres and caused billions of dollars in losses to the state’s farming and ranching industries. Last year was the driest year on record in Texas, and the second-hottest, according to the National Weather Service. Now, a little more than a third of the state — and none of the state’s four largest metropolitan areas — is suffering from extreme or exceptional

drought, according to a survey released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor. By contrast, last September, nearly 97 per cent was in one of those two most severe categories. Parts of Texas received more rain in the first six weeks of 2012 than they received in all of 2011, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. The drought still lingers in lightly populated parts of West Texas, the Texas Panhandle and in the brush country that hugs the Gulf Coast south of Corpus Christi. But San Antonio and Austin are only in moderate drought; Dallas-Fort Worth has emerged from the drought entirely; Houston is listed just as abnormally dry; and a large stretch of North Texas is back to normal moisture levels, according to the survey. Heavy rains in January and early February were a welcome sight to farmers who suffered more than $5 billion worth of crop damage in last year’s drought, according to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The drought has resulted in higher consumer prices for everything from beef to peanut butter.

Rains have returned to Texas over the past six weeks. A wrecker driver helps pull vehicles out of the water after being stranded by freeway flooding as heavy rains hit Houston, Texas in January. REUTERS/RICHARD CARSON

Even non-food items like clothing were pushed up by the dry spell, as much of the state’s cotton crop was destroyed. Texas produces 55 per cent of the nation’s cotton. “Planting is going on in much of Texas and fields are

being prepared, so these rains could really make or break many producers’ seasons,” Staples said. That said, the state still remains abnormally dry, and with some lakes dozens of feet below average levels, farmers

are just two dry weeks away from parched fields in which crops couldn’t germinate, Staples said. “With such a long season, we need sustained rains, and we need a major rain event to fill up our reservoirs,” he said.


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Killarney RCMP report two teenage girls were killed Feb. 27 when the snowmobile they were driving collided with a trailer parked on a farm property near Boissevain. A 14-year-old girl from Boissevain and a 17-year-old girl, who was a student visiting from outside of Canada, were taken by emergency workers to hospital but both were deceased. Names have not been released.

India ministry to buy farmers’ wheat NEW DELHI/REUTERS/ The Indian government plans to buy 31.9 million tonnes of wheat in the marketing year from April 1, a Food Ministry statement said Feb. 21. The buying target is 12.7 per cent higher than 28.3 million tonnes bought from farmers in 2011-12 as the world’s second-biggest producer is set to produce a record harvest in 2012. Last week, Farm Minister Sharad Pawar said the country’s wheat output would cross the current official forecast of a record 88.31 million tonnes on favourable weather conditions. India harvested a record 86.87 million tonnes of the grain in 2011.

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Americans want to be able to deliver wheat to Canadian elevators starting Aug. 1 The border is open now, but Canadian quality control regs could get in the way By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF


anada is consider ing changes to its wheat quality control system making it easier for American farmers to ship wheat north of the border. “We are working on an initiative that will see the grading systems more in parallel,” Agriculture Minister Gerr y Ritz told reporters Feb. 24 during a telephone news conference from Washington, D.C. “Certainly we don’t want to dilute our system but we do want to make it available for some of these new varieties to come up from the U.S. that are giving us millability out of utility wheats.” That’s raising alarm bells for farmers and industry. “A b s o l u t e l y t h i s i s t h e beginning of the end of the C a n a d i a n b r a n d ,” f o r m e r wheat board director Stewart Wells wrote in an email. Wells, who farms at Swift Current, Sask., predicts the changes will destroy Canada’s reputation for having the best milling wheat in the world. Canada will be just another residual wheat supplier and prices will reflect it, he warned.

Devaluing the brand

Changing those regulations will take time, said Western

Grain Elevator Association e x e c u t i v e d i r e c t o r Wa d e Sobkowich. “But in the meantime we can’t have unfettered delivery of (unregistered) U.S. varieties into Canada because under the current classification system it has the potential of seriously devaluing Canadian grain,” he said. Star ting Aug. 1, wester n Canadian farmers can truck wheat directly to American elevators. U.S. wheat officials want the same access to the Canadian system, Grain Growers of Canada executive director Richard Phillips said in an interview Feb. 23. Phillips and wheat board president and CEO Ian White joined Ritz last week in talks with U.S. grain officials about the implications of ending the board’s single desk. Both sides want to avoid non-tariff trade barriers, Phillips said. White declined to comment on the discussions, which Phillips described as “frank and open.” Phillips said he doubts farmers will move much wheat either way. So m e we s t e r n Ca n a d i a n farmers want to be able to grow unregistered U.S. wheats that promise higher yields, Phillips added. “If they have varieties with milling quality equal to ours

“We can’t have unfettered delivery of (unregistered) U.S. varieties into Canada because under the current classification system it has the potential of seriously devaluing Canadian grain.” WADE SOBKOWICH

then what difference would that make?” he said. Portage la Prairie farmer Jim Pallister told a conference in Saskatoon in December farmers should be free to grow what the market dictates.

Quality, not quantity

Barley breeder Brian Rossnagel stressed farmers should focus on quality, not quantity because other places with a better climate can produce higher yields. The biggest roadblock American farmers face when delivering to western Canadian grain elevators is Canada’s wheat registration and class system. Western Canada has one general purpose and eight milling wheat classes. Before a new wheat variety, including those developed in the U.S., is registered for commercial production it must meet the agronomic, disease and enduse standards for its class.

When farmers deliver wheat to a western grain elevator they must declare the variety is registered to the class it’s being delivered to, otherwise it receives the lowest grade and price. Farmers who misdeclare are liable for any damages. Americans suspect this is a non-tariff trade barrier, although the regulations apply equally to Canadian farmers. Few American wheats are registered for commercial production in Western Canada, in part because of the time and cost of the testing and registration process. The main exception is Glenn, which was developed in North Dakota. It was registered in the Canada Western Red Spring wheat class several years ago and i s p o p u l a r w i t h Ma n i t o b a farmers. C D C Fa l c o n , a C a n a d a Western Red Winter wheat developed at the University o f S a s k a t c h e w a n’s C r o p


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Development Centre, is grown in the northern U.S. and therefore could also be delivered by American farmers to Canadian elevators without penalty. Many American wheats are excellent for milling and baking. They fail to meet Canadian standards, not because they’re inferior, but because their milling-baking characteristics aren’t consistent with Canadian wheats. Consistency is critical to endusers.

Different characteristics

Canadian millers can import U.S. wheat directly, avoiding the declaration requirements, but seldom do because of the competitive prices, quality and service delivered by the wheat board, according to industry officials. Canada’s wheat class system was developed to meet customer needs and to make for a more efficient grain-handling system. Many different wheat varieties, all with similar milling quality, are commingled, yet segregated by class from elevator to ship allowing customers to buy on grade rather than specifications. Wheat has been able to flow unfettered, at least on paper, both ways since 1991 when respective Canadian and U.S. wheat subsidies became equivalent. Canada through the board has exported around 1.5 mill io n t o nn e s o f wh e at an d durum to the U.S. annually. It hasn’t been all free sailing though. The U.S. launched more than a dozen trade challenges, none of which proved successful. Most Canadian wheat has been shipped directly to millers, bypassing U.S. elevators and the potential wrath of American farmers. Asked if American officials raised the possibility of trade action if Canadian farmers flood American elevators next fall, Ritz replied: “No... it was not. The Americans understand that the border works two ways, that this will facilitate trade both southward and northward. They look at it as strengthening of our integrated approach.”

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A more winter-like pattern Issued: Monday, February 27, 2012 · Covering: February 29 – March 7, 2012 Daniel Bezte Co-operator contributor


s I pointed out in last week’s forecast, it looks as if our general weather pattern has definitely undergone a switch to what looks to be a bit more active. This could mean we’ll finally get some much-needed precipitation. Eastern regions saw some of this precipitation last week when a Colorado low brought upwards of 10-20 centimetres of snow. Farther west, an Alberta clippertype system brought some muchneeded snow over the weekend. By Wednesday this week, a strong Colorado low looks to bring a very heavy dump of snow to our southern neighbours, so it doesn’t look like winter is over yet! This active weather pattern looks to continue as the models show another area of low pressure moving through southern Manitoba on Friday, which will likely bring a few centimetres of snow with it. This will be followed by some cooler conditions over the weekend as our winds become northerly behind the departing low.

The weather models then show another strong storm system moving in from Alberta early next week. Currently they show this system moving through central regions, which would mean most of the snow will fall in the northern parts of agricultural Manitoba. Southern regions will still see some snow, but amounts will not be that great. While temperatures will moderate a little bit ahead of this low, cooler air will move in behind it. Yet another area of low pressure is forecast to move through around the middle of next week. This low does not look to be that strong, so not much in the way of snow is expected. A fifth area of low pressure is expected to develop later next week, but this one is forecasted to take a much more northerly route. This would result in a return to milder conditions by next weekend. Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, -13 to +1 C; lows, -26 to -9 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


Due to some delays in data, no current map of precipitation was available for this issue. Instead I’ve included a map and graph showing the 2011 departure from average global temperatures. From the map it’s easy to see all the light and dark-red regions signifying aboveaverage temperatures. You can also see the influence of La Niña across the Pacific which brought below-average temperatures to this region. The graph shows the global departure from average temperatures since 1880. From it you can see that the 1940-80 period saw fairly uniform temperatures, while the 1980-2010 period has seen steadily rising temperatures globally.

2011: Record warmth in the Arctic The blame can’t all be placed on the known natural causes of global warming By Daniel Bezte CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR


s we slowly make our way into 2012 I thought we should take a little bit of time to look back at how 2011 turned out globally. I’ve already mentioned that in the last half of 2011 our region of the world saw record-warm temperatures along with very dry conditions. Globally, 2011 came in tied with 1997 as the Ear th’s 11th war mest year since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climate Data Center. NASA, meanwhile, rated 2011 as the ninth warmest on land and the eighth warmest over the oceans. If we look only at the high latitudes (those regions above 64 degrees N), 2011 was the warmest year ever recorded. While we were dry during the second half of 2011, the world as a whole saw the secondwettest year on record, beaten only by 2010. If we look at the all-time extreme heat and cold records set across the globe in 2011, we would find that there were e i g h t a l l - t i m e re c o rd s f o r extreme heat and only one record for all-time extreme

cold. Zambia recorded an alltime record high of 42.8 C on Oct. 26, which interestingly came only four months after that same country set an alltime extreme cold record of -9 C. This all-time cold record was the first time this type of record has been broken since 2009. Last year saw a fairly strong La Niña event over the Pacific Ocean. This event brings large amounts of cold water to the surface of the ocean (remember, the Pacific Ocean covers about half the surface of the Earth). This cold water helps to cool global temperatures by around 0.2 C. So the fact that 2011 turned out to be so warm is a little surprising. Looking back at previous La Niña years, 2011 turned out to be the warmest La Niña year ever recorded. Now, there has been a bunch of talk lately about natural causes that are contributing to these warm temperatures. A recent study by U.S. analyst Grant Foster and Stefan R a h m s t o r f o f G e r m a n y ’s Po t s d a m I n s t i t u t e , t i t l e d Global Temperature Evolution 1979-2010, took a look at five major global temperature data sets and then tried to adjust them to account for the three main natural driv-

ers of global temperatures: El Niño/La Niña, volcanic dust, and changes in sunlight. They found that while these features can have year-to-year effects on temperatures, they had little to no effect on global temperatures over the long term. That is, natural causes of global warming had little to do with the observed increase in global tempera-

ide will help produce more clouds, which will in turn reduce the effects of the heattrapping gas, have been bantered around, but currently publishing climate scientists don’t support these theories. There is also a lot of talk in the media and by the public in general that there is no consent among climate scientists as to the impact human activ-

While we were dry during the second half of 2011, the world as a whole saw the secondwettest year on record, beaten only by 2010.

tures over the last 33 years. So they concluded that the observed global warming is the result of human activity, some unknown natural source, or some combination of the two.

Education needed

Could there be some unknown natural cause for the current warming we have been experiencing? The simple answer is that there could be. Ideas like a decrease in cloud producing cosmic rays, or that the increase in carbon diox-

ity is having on our climate. In a poll conducted in 2008, around 97 per cent of actively publishing climate scientists answered “yes” to the question, “Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?” For the public to fully understand what is going on, a couple of things have to happen. First, we need to continue to educate everyone about the weather and climate. As most of us know, if you do not have the knowledge to fully under-

stand a topic, it becomes easy for others to use disinformation to try to cast doubt on it. This method of trying to mislead the public was first used by the tobacco industry starting back in the 1960s to try to keep the public smoking by questioning the research linking smoking to health problems. This worked so well that we see this same strategy being used today with global warming. Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have scientists who are skeptical and try to challenge the current thinking. After all, that is how the scientific process works. We can’t, though, just sit back and wait while different ideas are tossed out about global warming that may or may not dramatically change our current understanding of the Earth and the climate system. After all, dramatic changes like this don’t happen very often. I am going to end this issue’s article with a quote from Dr. Ricky Rood. As he puts it, “Given that greenhouse gases are well known to hold energy close to the Earth, those who deny a human-caused impact on weather need to pose a viable mechanism of how the Earth can hold in more energy and the weather not be changed. Think about it.”


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Kazakhstan plans to create national grain company

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The ministry proposes to have it up and running by year-end By Raushan Nurshayeva astana / reuters

Kazakhstan, a top 10 world wheat exporter, unveiled a tentative plan on Feb. 24 to create a national grain company funded by the state and private business that would equip the for mer Soviet republic with better infrastructure to move its grain to market. The company, a response to President Nursultan Nazarbayev ’s call to better organize the grain business, w o u l d t ra d e Ka z a k h g ra i n on international markets and invest in new elevators, rail and port capacity, the Agriculture Ministry said. “Our route to the Black Sea is very limited. We need to develop the infrastructure of the Asian market,” Yevgeny Aman, executive secretary at the ministry, told reporters. “If we don’t hurry, we could be too late.” Kazakhstan more than doubled its grain harvest to 27 million tonnes last year, its biggest crop since independence in 1991. But exports beyond its core markets of Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan are hampered by a shortage of rail wagons and the rail-freight costs that make its grain more expensive than competing Russian or Ukrainian supplies in the Black Sea region. Traders say Kazakhstan will do well to ship two-thirds of its exportable grain surplus of 15 million tonnes this season. The country exported 5.9 million tonnes of wheat and flour in the last complete marketing year to June 30, 2011. “We feel the need to take action ... to consolidate and open up markets,” Aman said. He said the company should be formed by the end of this year, possibly as a 50-50 partnership between the state and private traders. “Somebody should develop infrastructure, and private business is not inclined to under take major infrastructure projects,” he said. “Likewise, the government shouldn’t build large elevators and worry about filling them.” Aman gave no details about possible private-sector participants in the venture, an initiative ordered by Nazarbayev during the president’s stateof-the-nation address last month. “Today, this is just a concept; an understanding that we need to carry out the president’s instr uction,” Aman said. Materials prepared by the ministry proposed that the “u n i t e d ” g r a i n c o m p a n y would take on the functions of a trader, buying up stocks on the open market as well as from state-owned market regulator and trader, the Food Contract Corporation.

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Ontario pathologist Albert Tenuta says it’s only a matter of time before they arrive here By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF

In other words, when nematode populations first move in and are low, there isn’t enough subterranean damage to cause visible above-ground symptoms. That’s the time to be controlling them — before the population explodes.

These lemon-shaped cysts on soybean roots contain nematode eggs. The cysts are smaller than soybean nodules. PHOTO: ALBERT TENUTA, OMFRA

“By the time we start seeing stunting, yellowing (chlorosis), etc., in most cases producer losses are about 25 to 30 per cent,” Tenuta said. Another telltale sign is what appears to be poor weed control in part of a field. When plants are smaller and under stress they are less competitive. It might be the plants failing, not the weed control. Soybean cyst nematodes are soil borne and are spread through the soil via wind, water, machinery or plant transplants. Be proactive, Tenuta said. Scout soybean fields for problems and dig up plants in search of cysts on soybean roots. Start looking in areas where foreign soil could have been deposited, such as along fencelines or in low spots, Tenuta said. Also check stressed areas such as knolls or headlands. No soybean cyst nematodes have been found in Manitoba yet, but they’re not far away. The pest is working its way north in Minnesota and last year was found in North Dakota’s Pembina Country, which borders Manitoba on the west side of the Red River. There was major flooding in

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Manitoba last year, including the Red River Valley, with floodwaters flowing through Pembina County into this province. “Flooding is an ideal way to move them,” Tenuta said. Adult soybean cyst nematodes are so small that magnification is required to see them. The lemonshaped egg masses, or cysts, they deposit on soybean roots, can be spotted with the naked eye. But they are also small — about the size of a period in a sentence, Tenuta said. They are much smaller that the nitrogen nodules found on soybean roots, he added. The cysts pop when squeezed. “I call this the zit test,” Tenuta said. The cysts contain 50 to 400 eggs, which can become adult nematodes and attack future crops. The nematode’s life cycle is 25 to 30 days so a field can have three or four cycles in a year, resulting in a fast buildup of the pest.

Some varieties resistant

While there are no totally nematode-resistant varieties, some are better at tolerating them, Tenuta said. When used in combination with rotating to non-host crops,

the combination can effectively manage the pest, he said. There are new tools too, including nematocides applied as seed treatments. Non-host plants include corn, cereals and alfalfa. Edible beans are susceptible to soybean cyst nematodes but are more tolerant than soybeans. Soybean cyst nematodes probably first arrived in southwest Ontario more than 20 years ago, Tenuta said. But they went undiagnosed until populations were so high they caused major soybean crop loses. One farmer’s field had 90,000 cysts per 100 grams of soil. Yields in the infected areas of the field dropped to around 15 bushels an acre from 60 or 70, Tenuta said. Yields were restored over time by planting soybeans with a higher nematode tolerance and crop rotation. To put it in perspective 500 cysts per 100 grams of soil is a low nematode population, Tenuta said. “While it’s low it can be managed very effectively,” Tenuta said. “What you don’t want is for it to build up over time.”


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hen Manitoba farmers first started growing soybeans it seemed to be a crop without pests. That changed as the acres grew. Some years aphids and white mould have been problems, and eventually soybean cyst nematode will turn up too, says Albert Tenuta, an extension plant pathologist with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “One thing to keep in mind is that wherever soybeans have been grown soybean cyst nematode has followed,” Tenuta told the Manitoba Special Crops Symposium in Winnipeg last month. “It is the No. 1 soybean (pest) in North America and the yield losses on average are probably twice those of what we’d see (in Ontario) with the next group, which would be the seedling root rot diseases.” Tenuta said Ontario farmers probably lose $10 million to $30 million a year, or have in the past, to soybean cyst nematode, though losses have declined recently. Farmers need to respect soybean cyst nematodes, but not fear them, Tenuta stressed. “We can manage it, particularly at those low levels, quite easily with early detection, non-host crops in the rotation as well as the use of resistant soybean varieties,” he said. Soybean cyst nematodes are s m a l l p a ra s i t i c ro u n d w o r m s (Heterodera glycines) that attack soybean roots, robbing plants of nutrients, disrupting water uptake and making it easier for root diseases to infect plants. “The most common symptom of soybean cyst nematode, in the field above ground, is no symptoms whatsoever,” Tenuta said.

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Canadian Wheat Board seen gaining grainhandling deals The federal minister says regulated access won’t be necessary By Rod Nickel winnipeg / reuters


anadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Feb. 27 he is confident the Canadian Wheat Board will strike agreements with grain handlers to allow it to start buying farmers’ 2012 crops for future delivery. As of Aug. 1, the wheat board plans to continue buying and selling u p c o m i n g c rops, even though farmers will be no longer be required to market their grain through the CWB. How e v e r, t h e b o a rd lacks grain elevators or port terminals of its own to take delivery of grain and move it to domestic and expor t customers, and will have to reach agreement with grainhandling companies like Viterra, Richardson International and Cargill. Speaking on the sidelines of the Wild Oats GrainWorld conference in Winnipeg, Ritz said he is “absolutely” confident the CWB and handlers will reach deals without gover nment regulating access to facilities. “I’ve never really considered regulation to make sure someone is forced to handle a product that’s not (on) a commercial basis. I know the skills of the Canadian Wheat Board, I know their ability to draw grain. “ There will be product to move and everybody works on a volume b a s i s — t h e re w i l l b e agreements.” The Grain Growers of Canada farmer group last week urged the CWB and grain handlers to quickly come to agreements s o f a r m e r s h a ve m o re options for pricing their 2012 crops. Pr i o r t o t h e g ove r n ment taking control of t h e w h e a t b o a rd f ro m farmers in December, the CWB’s former chairman said it needed government-regulated access to facilities to ensure fair treatment. The board’s CEO, Ian White, has said the CWB expected to star t buying farmers’ 2012 crops f o r f u t u re d e l i v e r y i n late February, but it first needed to sign deals with grain-handling firms. Ritz said that White told him last week that the board has had “great discussions” with grain handlers and expected announcements soon.

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Fermenting tomato seeds the short road to removing membrane Garden variety seed savers are the key to restoring plant diversity and regenerating heritage varieties By Shannon VanRaes CO-OPERATOR STAFF


ome families hand down furniture, others inherit jewelry, but Jim Ternier’s family legacy was a handful of melon seeds. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Te r n i e r i s t h e ow n e r o f Prairie Garden Seeds based in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and has made a living growing and selling seeds for the last 30 years. “Saving seeds is storytelling,” he told participants at the Growing Local conference in Winnipeg. The story behind Ternier’s melon seeds begins around 1930 when his father’s hired man helped himself to a couple of their neighbour’s musk melons grown from seeds brought

from Russia. The melon’s seeds then entered into the Ternier family garden. Some 50 years later, the son of the original grower mentioned he no longer had any of the melon seeds, and Ternier was able to return the favour. “The great thing about seeds is the more you give them away, the more you have,” he said. “It’s protection against crop failure, against mice or insects.”

Ternier still sells melon varieties, but his most popular seed is for Simonet sweet corn. “It was bred by a man in Edmonton and it’s really, really well adapted to growing on the Prairies,” he said Ho m e s t e a d e r p e a s, f i r s t brought to Canada by British settlers, have also stood the test of time. “When I came back to the family farm in 1977, there was a lot of homesteader pea seed

“Seed growing or gardening in general is really labour intensive. The limitations on how much you grow all depends on how many pairs of hands you have.”

around that my mother had been saving, it’s a good seed to start with and we still sell it,” the seed saver said. But diversity is on the decline as fewer seeds are saved locally. During the 1800s, most people saved seeds from one year to the next, resulting in many local and regional varieties well suited to microclimates, Ternier said. “Now, with the advent of fairly large seed companies ... it means most people lost interest in seed saving,” he said. “So all of the regional varieties tend to disappear, as large multinational seed companies only offer seeds that are fairly well adapted over a wide range of growing conditions.” If that trend is going to be

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reversed, people need to start saving their own seeds once again, he said. However, seed saving does take some work, planning and knowledge. Ternier said beans are a good staring point, because they are self-pollinating and simple to dry. Beet seeds are some of the most difficult to save, needing to be planted a mile away from other crops to avoid cross-pollination. Cross-pollination can also be an issue with pumpkins, squash and zucchini. Tomatoes have a very low risk of cross-pollination, but seeds are covered in a waterproof membrane best removed by a fermentation process that takes three days to complete, Ternier said. “Sulphuric acid is used in commercial seeds, but it has to be timed right down to the second and I really don’t recommend trying that method at home,” he added. People commonly ask Ternier about the possibility of planting seeds from items purchased at the grocery store, which he says is possible if you’re prepared for some unexpected results. “If you’re planting seeds from a


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Jim Ternier sells his homegrown seeds at the Growing Local conference in Winnipeg. 

hybrid, different traits will come out,” he said. Over the years, many people have sent the seed grower new and old varieties to try out, so

many that he is still playing catchup on his two acres of seed land. “Seed growing or gardening in general is really labour intensive,” Ternier said. “The limitations on

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A Chinese trade delegation signed deals Feb. 17 to buy a record amount of U.S. soybeans during a visit to the United States at a time when a harsh drought has slashed crops in rival soy exporters in South America. The delegation inked agreements for 13.4 million tonnes valued at $6.7 billion, the U.S. Soybean Export Council said, a quarter of the more than 55 million tonnes the world’s largest soybean buyer will import from global suppliers this year. The agreements — signed during a visit by Chinese VicePresident Xi Jinping — paired Chinese powerhouses such as state-owned trading house COFCO Co. Ltd. and grain reserve manager Sinograin with the likes of Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, and Cargill, among others. The deals, which are not technically sales but often lead to confirmed sales, come as U.S. farmers begin preparing to plant their 2012 crop amid thin stockpiles and as South American crop prospects shrink following a drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Feb. 17 confirmed the sale of 2.92 million tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China, a single-day sales record. To date, China has purchased nearly three million tonnes of U.S. soybeans for shipment in 2012-13, compared with more than 5.1 million tonnes at the same point last year, according to USDA data.



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CWB books $6 billion in revenues for 2010-11 The board produced its fourth highest returns despite a small, low-grade crop on the Prairies By Dave Bedard DAILY NEWS EDITOR





rairie wheat and barley growers saw payments of about $5.5 billion for their deliveries to the Canadian Wheat Board during the 2010-11 crop year. The CWB released its annual report for 2010-11 Feb. 21 showing $6.071 billion in combined pool revenue, with $3.792 billion paid out to pool participants, another $1.709 billion paid out through producer payment options (PPOs) and another $11.5 million to cash trading participants. That’s up from $5.149 billion in total CWB revenues in 200910, from which $4.279 billion went to pool participants, $278.2 million to PPOs and $6.1 million to cash trading participants. In the report, CWB CEO Ian White described the 2010-11 total payout to producers as the board’s fourth-highest on record, “despite the fact that the 201011 harvest produced one of the smallest and lowest-grade crops on record after a disappointing weather pattern for most of the growing season.” Record rainfall, he wrote, led to millions of unseeded acres, delayed crop development and damaged harvest quality, while “significant rail transportation problems,” some of which were related to the heavy rainfall, “resulted in

additional challenges for marketing the crop.” The board’s total receipts of grain for 2010-11 included 13.668 million tonnes of wheat, down from 15.603 million in 200910. Durum receipts for 2010-11 totalled 3.965 million tonnes, up from 3.414 million in 2009-10. Designated barley receipts were also down in 2010-11 at 681,100 tonnes, compared to 1.445 million in 2009-10. Feed barley pools A and B totalled 299,000 and 153,000 tonnes respectively, where no feed barley receipts were booked in 2009-10. The CWB’s cash trading business, meanwhile, accounted for 735,200 tonnes of grain in 201011, up from 593,800 in the previous crop year.

Limited supplies

The CWB’s total exports for 201011 were 15.8 million tonnes of wheat, durum and barley, which White described as “the lowest volume in six years and three million tonnes below the previous year’s decade-high export total.” One of the biggest challenges in 2010-11 involved moving Prairie grain to port, he said. “Sourcing, segregating and transporting grain were extremely complex due to factors including Canadian Pacific Railway performance problems, bad weather that hampered farmer deliveries, and limited supplies of high-quality grain.”

Financial highlights 2010-11 2009-10* 2008-09 Combined operating results ($millions) Revenue $6,071.3 $5,151.0 $7,828.5 Payments to Pool participants $3,791.8 $4,278.6 $6,432.1 Payments to PPO participants $1,709.2 $278.2 $679.3 Payments to cash trading participants $11.5 $6.1 $5.2 Receipts from producers (000 tonnes) Wheat 13,668.1 15,603.3 15,931.5 Durum 3,965.4 3,413.5 4,281.4 Designated barley 681.1 1,445.0 2,411.4 Barley (Pool A) 299.0 19.3 Barley (Pool B) 153.0 11.6 Cash trading 735.2 593.8 561.1 Total 19,501.8 21,055.6 23,216.3



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On the other hand, the CWB was able to generate direct savings of $35.1 million through commercial grain-handling contracts, White wrote. The board also shipped a nearrecord number of producer cars, which White said led to additional savings of $14.5 million for producer-car users. The CWB was also able to move 600,000 tonnes of wheat through the Hudson Bay port of Churchill, Man., marking its second-highest volume since 1977. In the malting barley market, he said, “the main issue was finding enough selectable barley on the Prairies to supply both the domestic market and traditional export customers.” The CWB, he said, “successfully worked with customers to maximize acceptance of

additional barley with lowerthan-normal malting quality specifications.” Malting and feed-grade barley prices also saw support during 2010-11 from “tighter world barley supplies and higher world feed prices, driven by tight supplies of U.S. corn.”

Costs, expenses

Against the CWB’s $6.071 billion in revenues the CWB booked $1.665 billion in grain purchases, $258.4 million in freight costs, $172.5 million in terminal handling costs and $99.4 million in inventory storage, plus other direct expenses for net revenue of $3.84 billion. Along with that net revenue from operations, the board also reported $22.82 million in interest revenue and $265.16 million

in other income such as recovered freight costs and lease revenue from CWB-owned hopper cars. Against its net revenue, the CWB booked $72.28 million in administrative expenses, $14.94 million in interest expenses, $18.1 million in depreciation and amortization and $2.765 million in expenses related to grain industry organizations, among other expenses — for net earnings of $4.02 billion. Events of the 2010-11 crop year took place before the federal government’s introduction in October and passage in December of Bill C-18, making sweeping changes to the CWB’s governance, business structure and operations and ending the board’s single marketing desk for Prairie wheat and barley.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 1, 2012

2012 wheat midge forecast low to moderate

Populations are expected to be low to moderate but with the possibility of localized hot spots By Allan Dawson

“If the wheat is producing anthers by early July your wheat is already naturally resistant to midge regardless of what variety you’re growing.”



orth Dakota expects fewer wheat midge in 2012 and the outlook is similar for Manitoba. There could be some localized hot spots in western Manitoba but overall populations of the insect that can damage wheat kernels will be low to moderate, says Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives entomologist John Gavloski. The presence of wheat midge doesn’t necessarily result in damaged wheat, Gavloski said. Once wheat produces anthers midge is no longer a threat. “If the wheat is producing anthers by early July your wheat is already naturally resistant to midge regardless of what variety you’re growing,” he said. “The vulnerable stage for wheat is from as soon as that head is visible until the anthers are produced, but once the anthers are produced chemical changes are occurring in the wheat kernels making them essentially resistant to the midge.” The vulnerable stage can be just a matter of days, depending on temperatures; the warmer it is the faster flowering begins and ends. There will be fewer midge if the spring is dry, he said. Midge pupa require soil moisture before going into the adult stage. A p a ra s i t i c w a s p c a l l e d Macroglenes penetrans plays an important role in keeping wheat midge in check naturally most years by killing the wheat midge larvae, Gavloski said. That’s why it’s critical that farmers only spray wheat midge when populations warrant and wheat is in the susceptible stage.


spraying out more parasites than you are midge and that could result in further problems down the road. Only spray when needed — that’s the main message.” Farmers should search for

wheat midge in susceptible fields at dusk. The adult midge fly is much smaller than a mosquito, but is distinct because of its orange colour. Winds must be calm or the midge might not fly.

Researchers haven’t determined how many midge it takes in an area to cause economic damage to a wheat crop, Gavloski said. Trying to count tiny midge flies on wheat heads at dusk is almost impossible. Gavloski suggests coating a pie plate with vegetable oil so the insects will stick and doing some sweeps through the heads. “If you’re having trouble finding the midge you probably don’t have an issue,” he said. “Fields that have economical population you will see them flying around. “If you do just a few sweeps and your plate is just covered in orange you probably have a problem (if the wheat hasn’t produced anthers yet).” Last year’s wet weather and

delayed wheat planting cut wheat midge populations in North Dakota, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist Janet Knodel said in a recent news release. Soil samples were taken in North Dakota to assess the midge risk. Based on the number of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) only 12 per cent of the samples point to a moderate to high risk. “Although the wheat midge populations fell from last year’s high, there still are a few pockets of moderate to high risk that need to be monitored closely in the northwestern and north-central regions of North Dakota,” Knodel said.

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Corn to take over Minnedosa plant this spring Corn’s higher efficiency in ethanol production makes it a prime choice for biofuel makers, but more acres are needed By Shannon VanRaes co-operator staff


The proportions vary through the year, but on average Husky’s plant at Minnedosa uses 75 per cent corn and 25 per

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usky’s Minnedosa ethanol plan is set ditch wheat and focus on corn during a two-month-long run this spring. “In the next couple of months, March and April, we’re going to do a 100 per cent corn run,” said Raymond Dyck, Husky Minnedosa’s grain marketing co-ordinator. “This is the first time we have gone to 100 per cent corn.” With a seven to eight per cent yield advantage over wheat, he said corn is the grain of choice for ethanol production. “That is really very significant, and it’s one of the big reason’s we like using corn in our process,” Dyck told producers at the Special Crops Symposium in Winnipeg. However, limited corn availability means wheat is also used in the production of ethanol at the plant.

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The Minnedosa operation uses an average of 75 per cent corn and 25 per cent wheat throughout the year. He added that if more corn is available, the plant will use it. During the corn harvest the ethanol plant uses about 90 per cent corn, and only 10 per cent wheat. But by August and September the ratio is at about 50 per cent for each. However, changes in corn-towheat ratios can cause production difficulties. “With the grinding and cooking step viscosity is an issue and it can trip out our equipment and the system,” said Dyck. “The thicker mash does slow down the cooking, so having a quick switch from one type of grain to another can cause issues with our electronically controlled equipment.” He expects the 100 per cent corn run this spring will give an opportunity to see how equipment performs, and gauge the exact benefits of using a higher-efficiency grain during production. “We want to see just how much better it is with 100 per cent corn,” said Dyck. He noted there has been a slight rise in corn production in Manitoba since the plant opened in 2008. According to the Manitoba Corn Growers Association, 192,000 acres were planted in 2011, up from 168,650 in 2010. “I think we would have seen more last year, except that the wet spring really hindered the planting of certain crops,” said Dyck. The corn Husky uses must also mean strict quality standards. Dried distillers grains, the byproduct of the process, are later sold as livestock feed. The wheat and corn Husky buys must be dry and contain one part per million vomitoxin or less. Corn must also weigh at least 54 pounds per bushel, and wheat 58 pounds per bushel. Minor sprouting in wheat is excepted as long as the starch hasn’t been damaged. On average, the Minnedosa plant sees 27 grain trains unloaded every day, and produces 130 million litres of fuel each year. Overall, Canada receives a $2-billion net annual economic gain from the production of biofuels, according to a 2010 study done for the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

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Farmers have a positive outlook, for good reason Incomes in 2012 are forecast to drop slightly due to lower program payments and higher expenses By Alex Binkley CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR / OTTAWA


recent survey by Farm Credit Canada found 80 per cent of farmers feel positive about the future and Agriculture Canada’s latest income forecasts will add to the rosy outlook. Net farm cash income for 2011 was $11.7 billion, Agriculture Canada said in a report. Factoring in depreciation cuts that number in half, but it was still well above the 2006-10 average. “Despite difficult growing conditions last year in parts of the country, and higher operating expenses driven by fertilizer, fuel and feed costs, 2011 saw an increase in overall farm income levels due to higher prices for hogs, grains and oilseeds,” the department added. “Disaster assistance and production insurance payments to Prairie farmers dealing with a second year of excess moisture also contributed to income levels.” The preliminary forecasts for 2012 look promising even though incomes are expected to drop slightly because of lower program payments and modest increases in expenses that will outweigh projections of continuing high market prices. The period to 2021 “is characterized by high international grain and oilseed prices compared to the pre-

2006 period, something that analysts expect will lead farmers to increase their production of these crops.” Grain and oilseed incomes were above the average among producers. Livestock farmers should see continued strong prices while supplymanaged commodities are projected to continue stable growth. The projections, delivered to reporters by senior Agriculture officials, said the net worth of farmers grew by five per cent last year and will rise by another five per cent this year. The average total income for farm families was $119,000 last year, but only 26 per cent of that came from the farm operation. Predicting the future is always a risky venture. But short-term economic forecasts suggest farmers remain cautious. The Bank of Canada forecasts a two per cent growth rate for 2012 compared with 2.4 per cent last year and with better prospects for 2013. The U.S. economy should also be in the two per cent range, it says. Except for Europe, which is in reverse, the rest of the world will match or exceed the North American figures. RBC offers a comparable projection and notes that Canada is returning to a modest trade surplus thanks to both growth in exports and decline in imports.

BMO Capital Markets warns the economic drag created by European uncertainty and the tensions in the Middle East could drive up oil prices. The value of the loonie could drop to U.S. 94 cents by mid-year, which would help Canadian exporters. Higher expenses in 2011 were driven by international energy and grain costs, the department said. Expenses will rise again during 2012, as many input prices follow the general rate of inflation, the department says. “In addition, there should be greater purchases of inputs related to grains and oilseeds, as seeded acres return to normal levels.” Other predictions include: • Average net worth per farm is expected to reach $1.6 million in 2011 and $1.7 million in 2012, • Main influences on farm income will continue to be the world demand for feed grains, a rising price of petroleum, slow-moderate Canadian population growth, and a Canadian dollar near par with the U.S. dollar, • Emerging economies are recovering faster than OECD countries, • Increased grain production in re sponse to hig h er p r i c es i s expected to moderate cereals and oilseeds prices in 2012, • The largest area increases are expected for canola in Western

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Prairie farmers to sow record canola area, more wheat: Survey Changes to CWB not seen as having a significant effect on planting decisions By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG/REUTERS


anadian farmers look to sow a record-large area with canola and bigger acreages of wheat, oats and barley, as dry conditions potentially give them the best planting weather in several years, a Reuters grain industry poll showed. To be sure, farmers won’t sink a single seed into the soil for almost another two months, giving price fluctuations and weather ample time to drastically change their plans. But the survey of 17 analysts and traders underscores optimism that farmers will be able to sow more of the Prairies than they have in recent years when flooding made many fields impassable. “The last two years, we’ve probably had between six million and seven million acres of forced summerfallow (due to flooding),” said Chuck Penner, analyst at LeftField Commodity Research in Winnipeg. “People want to plant those acres and this year, hopefully, they’ll be able to.” The trade sees, on average, canola acres rising more than three per cent to 19.5 million acres, with farmers bumping up all-wheat production by 10 per cent to 23.6 million acres. Barley area looks to swell by 19 per cent to 7.7 million acres and oat acres should climb nine per cent to 3.4 million acres, according to the survey. Last year, floods took much of southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan out of production. With the spring flooding risk low this year after below-average snowfall, it’s likely that farmers in those regions will resume planting traditional crops there like spring wheat, durum and flax, Penner said.

Record canola

Canola looks poised to expand acres to the biggest area ever, as farmers cash in on the torrid pace of domestic crushing and exports. “We’re going to see record acres no matter what, and we’re going to need all that (canola production),” Penner said. Even with the industry pencilling in a record canola area, as of last week new-crop ICE Ca n a d a Nove m b e r c a n o l a futures had climbed four per cent so far in 2012, supported by strong canola demand and concerns about South American soybeans. If dryness persists through March, however, farmers are likely to switch some acres to wheat from canola, said a veteran grain trader. While the trade is optimistic of a big rebound in crop acreage, it isn’t quite as hopeful as Canada’s Agriculture Department, which last month pegged even higher seeded area estimates for most major crops.

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The end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly this year is another wild card. Farmers who are leery of sell-

ing wheat and barley directly to grain handlers or maltsters might minimize how much of those crops they grow. But others have eagerly explored their new options and signed up a small portion of the projected harvest in forward-delivery contracts. The change in grain-marketing regulations is unlikely to have much noticeable impact on western Canadian planting, said Brenda Tjaden Lepp, cofounder of FarmLink Marketing Solutions. “I don’t think regulator y change really has a place in farmers’ planting decisions — I’m not really hearing that,” she said. Statistics Canada will issue its first forecast of planting intentions on April 24, based on a farmer survey.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 1, 2012

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Monsanto Claimants wanted protection if organic seed becomes contaminated with patented seed By Carey Gillam REUTERS


federal judge has ruled in favour of global seed giant Monsanto Co., dismissing a lawsuit brought by a consortium of U.S. organic farmers and seed dealers who said their industry is at risk from Monsanto’s growing market strength. U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald, for the Southern District of New York, threw out the case brought by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organizations, criticizing the groups for a “transparent effort to create a controversy where none exists.” The Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT ) filed the suit last March on behalf of more than 50 organizations challenging the agricultural giant’s patents on its genetically modified seeds. The group wanted a ruling that would prohibit Monsanto from suing

the farmers or dealers if their organic seed becomes contaminated with Monsanto’s patented biotech seed germplasm. But Judge Buchwald said Monsanto had not sued or even started the process of suing anyone of the plaintiffs or anyone in “similar stead.” “We’re disappointed. We think the judge erred in her ruling,” said Jim Gerritsen, spokesman for the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. “There seems to be significant room for appeal. The reason we filed this lawsuit is because family farmers are at risk. That risk has not gone away,” Gerritsen said. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed company and a leader is development and marketing of genetically altered soybeans, corn and other crops. The company has developed a reputation for zealously defending its patents on its genetically altered crops, which include patented “Roundup Ready” soybeans, corn

and cotton. The crops are favourites of U.S. farmers because of their ability to withstand herbicide treatments. Monsanto has filed 144 patent infringement lawsuits against farmers between 1997 and April 2010, and won judgments against farmers it claimed made use of its seed without paying required royalties. Many U.S. farmers have claimed that their fields were inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto’s biotech seeds without their knowledge, and the issue has been a topic of concern for not only farmers, but also companies that clean and handle seed. But the court ruling said there was no likelihood that Monsanto would pursue patent infringement cases against the organic farmers, who have no interest in using the company’s patented seed products. “This decision is a win for all farmers as it underscores that agricultural practices such as ag biotechnology, organic and con-

ventional systems do and will continue to effectively coexist in the agricultural marketplace,” said Monsanto general counsel David Snively. “This ruling tore down a historic myth, which is commonly perpetuated against our business by these plaintiffs and other parties through the Internet, noting that not only were such claims unsubstantiated but, more importantly, they were unjustified.” Monsanto has said that it is committed to never suing farmers over the inadvertent presence of biotechnology traits in their fields. Judge Buchwald said in her ruling that Monsanto’s promise should be a source of comfort. “Even were there credible threats of suit from defendants, there is no evidence that plaintiffs are infringing defendants’ patents, nor have plaintiffs suggested when, if ever, such infringement will occur,” she wrote in her ruling.


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Canola, wheat are now neck in neck for acreage Canola area is seen at 19.4 million acres and wheat will be at 19 million acres By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG / REUTERS

Canadian farmers will plant a record-large area to canola this year as they take advantage of attractive prices and dry conditions, the annual Wild Oats GrainWorld outlook conference heard on Monday. Canola area will soar to 19.4 million acres, up from 18.65 million acres last year, according to a forecast from FarmLink Marketing Solutions. “The math is there, it’s attractive for growers,” said Jonathon Driedger, market analyst at FarmLink. “It will get planted as much as rotations can handle.” Domestic crushing of Canadian canola is running ahead of last year and exports have also been strong for the oilseed used mainly for vegetable oil and livestock feed. Wheat area, excluding durum, will rise to 19 million acres from 17.449 million acres last year, the forecast said. Including durum, all-wheat seedings look to reach 23.5 million acres, compared with 21.5 million acres a year ago. A Reuters poll of 17 traders and analysts earlier this month showed expectations, on average, of 19.5 million acres of canola and 23.6 million acres of all wheat. Oat area looks to rise to 3.5 million acres from 3.108 million acres a year ago. Barley and durum area look to climb to 8.8 million acres and 4.5 million acres respectively, from 6.472 million acres and four million acres last year. With dry conditions across much of the Prairies, farmers should be able to plant five million to six million acres of land that were too wet last year, FarmLink said. If dry conditions persist into planting season farmers could adjust seeding plans. The end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly over western wheat and barley this year may also affect some farmers’ planting decisions. Canada is the biggest exporter of spring wheat, durum, canola and oats, which are mostly grown on the Prairies. While Canadian farmers do not start harvesting crops until August, FarmLink also offered its first production forecast. It sees Canadian production of 14.057 million tonnes of canola, 20.979 million tonnes of wheat excluding durum, 4.033 million tonnes of durum, 9.779 million tonnes of barley and 2.999 million tonnes of oats. Those forecasts are all higher than last year’s harvests, except for wheat excluding durum and canola, which FarmLink expects to decline modestly.


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Take advantage of the the good times while they last: Bonnett This year’s Canadian Federation of Agriculture didn’t feature the fireworks of past years By Alex Binkley CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR/OTTAWA


CFA president Ron Bonnett says there are plenty of unresolved issues such as the National Food Strategy and Growing Forward 2 as well as the European and Pacific trade talks.

ith farm incomes better than they’ve been in a long time, farmers need to take advantage of market opportunities without stretching themselves too thinly, says Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. That means doing everything from telling Canadians about the importance of the agri-food industry to the national economy to making sure the bilateral free trade deals the federal government is busy negotiating don’t work to the disadvantage of producers, he told the CFA annual meeting. “We need a clear vision of where we want to go, both in

terms of developing exports and serving our local markets. Are we getting policies that will benefit all farmers?” He urged western farmers not to abandon the Canadian Wheat Board just because they’re angry with the way the government terminated its wheat and barley monopoly. “If farmers support the CWB, then it will have a strong future,” Bonnett said. By CFA standards, it was a low-key conference. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz missed it in favour of a trade meeting in Washington and the government didn’t bother to send a substitute speaker. Past annual meetings grappled with falling incomes and serious challenges such as BSE and swine flu. This time, delegates focused on the theme of connecting farmers with markets and other ways to grow the business. For Bonnett, it’s clearly preferable to head a national farm group in good times. But farmers shouldn’t become cocky, he cautioned. There are plenty of unresolved issues such as the National Food Strategy and Growing Forward 2 as well as the European and Pacific trade talks.

“We need a clear vision of where we want to go, both in terms of developing exports and serving our local markets. Are we getting policies that will benefit all farmers?” RON BONNETT

President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

National conservation plan

One new area for farmers to ride herd on will be the federal proposal to create a National Conservation Plan, he said. “CFA has been involved in initial meetings on it and we need to determine how farmers will fit into it and whether they will be compensated for costs in complying with the program.” At the same time, the organization supports federal moves to cut bureaucratic red tape and to streamline cross-border trade with the United States. Both could aid the bottom line of farmers through reduced costs and increased sales. He also said that while many farm and food groups are using the social media such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate with consumers, “We’re not getting out a consistent message about what farmers do.” Former Ontario Federation of Agriculture president BetteJean Crews said the CFA needs the government and opposition parties to keep supporting the development of a National Food Strategy as they did during last year’s election campaign. “We don’t want them to try to take ownership of it,” Crews said.

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Forecasters make deep cuts to Brazil grain outlook A harsh drought in the south of the country has stressed this year’s soy and corn crops, thanks in part to the prevailing La Niña weather conditions By Fabiola Gomes londrina, brazil / reuters


he outlook for soy production in Brazil darkened further on Feb. 27 after public and private forecasters cut their harvest outlooks for the world’s No. 2 grower again from predictions provided in recent weeks. A harsh drought in the south of the country has stressed this year’s soy and corn crops, thanks in part to the prevailing La Niña weather conditions that have also parched grainproducing areas in Argentina, raising concerns of global food shortages and rising grain prices. Consultancy AgRural cut its forecast for the soy crop now being harvested to 68 million tonnes from its previous forecast in January of 70.2 million tonnes due to falling productivity, even though it predicted a record in total planted area. Another group, Agroconsult, cut its soy forecast to 69.9 million tonnes from the 71 million tonnes it had forecast earlier in February. “The reality is that the harvest has been jeopardized and some losses are irreversible,” said Agroconsult analyst Andre Debastani, referring to the crop in Parana state his consultancy is now visiting. It is one of several important southern grains states to have been hit hard by the drought blamed partly on the La Niña weather anomaly. Agroconsult raised its forecast for corn output, however, due to an increase in its estimate for the total area to be planted in the second of two annual corn harvests. It forecast 63.7 million tonnes, up from 61 million tonnes forecast in January. Prices for soybean futures have been on the rise since mid-December and are now up 15 per cent over the past two months.

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Southern Brazil grain states went for weeks with little or no rain though showers in early February brought relief. The crop in top soy-producing state Mato Grosso escaped the dryness. Weather forecaster Somar predicted heavy rains all week in the states worst affected by the drought — Parana and No. 3 soy state Rio Grande do Sul. Mato Grosso, which has been too wet for harvesting in places, would see only light rain. “ T h e r a i n s w i l l p re s e n t more significant volumes in soy areas, which will make up for a shortage of moisture,” Somar said in a daily grains bulletin. Brazil harvested a record soy crop last year of 75.3 million tonnes. The government’s Feb. 9 forecast for the 201112 harvest was for a soy crop of 69.23 million tonnes, down from a January view of 71.75 million. Parana’s state agriculture agency Deral lopped one million tonnes off expected soy production for the state Feb. 27 forecasting production of 10.7 million tonnes, versus the 11.7 million tonnes it foresaw in January.

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Gerry Ritz was in Washington, D.C. last week promoting agricultural trade, science-based regulations and the elimination of mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL). “At this stage of our economic recovery no one can afford a thickening of the border,” Ritz told reporters during a telephone news conference Feb. 24. “That’s why our two countries are committed to reducing duplication and streamlining regulation. Unnecessary red tape can add huge costs to producers and processors and prevent crossborder trade flows.” Ritz said he encouraged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reform COOL so it no longer discriminates against Canadian livestock. North America’s livestock is integrated and as a result COOL hurts American processors and farmers too. Last year the World Trade Organization ruled COOL contravenes international trade rules by requiring U.S. retailers to notify their customers the sources of foods such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, fish, fruits, vegetables, peanuts, pecans and macadamia nuts. Canada and Mexico have long contended that COOL illegally restricts market access and is a technical trade barrier. The U.S. has until March 23 to appeal. During their meeting Vilsack played “his cards close to his vest,” Ritz said. The world needs more and better-quality food while protecting the environment, he said. New technology is the answer and it then follows regulations must be based on “sound science.” The world should also adopt rules allowing for the low-level presence of genetically modified crops, Ritz said. “We discussed at length how we can better communicate with consumers about the need for this innovative and sciencebased approach,” he said. Eight million American jobs and 2.5 million Canadian jobs depend on trade between the two countries, Ritz said. There’s $33 billion in agricultural trade between Canada and the U.S. annually. One-third of it is in grains and oilseeds, Ritz said. “Today, more than ever, agriculture is front and centre both in Canada and in the United States.”

Despite embargo, Cuba has been a large customer of U.S. agricultural goods Havana/Reuters

U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba declined six per cent last year on top of a 31 per cent decline in 2010 as the Communistled island’s financial woes continued and it turned elsewhere to buy food, a trade group said Feb. 22. Cuba, which imports most of its food, gets chicken, corn, soy, wheat, pork and other products from the United States. Cuba’s food imports topped $1.5 billion in 2011, the government has reported. U.S. sales to Cuba have dropped by just over 50 per cent since hitting a peak of $710 million in 2008, the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council said in a report. The trade council said the reasons for the decline were largely economic and not political and included Cuba’s lack of foreign currency and better financial terms being offered by a host of countries from Canada, Brazil and Vietnam to Russia and France. Cuban President Raul Castro, soon after taking over for his brother Fidel in 2008, introduced austerity measures, including significant cuts in imports, in an effort to


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ness between them, but exemptions are made for agricultural products and medicine for cash. Despite the embargo, the United States, located just 90 miles (145 km) to the north, has been one of Cuba’s top 10 trading partners for a number of years. Cuba also ranks as one of the top 50 U.S. agricultural export markets.


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U.S. farm co-op buying Canada durum The co-op has bought up to 70,000 tonnes of durum for U.S. customers so far By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG/ REUTERS


he largest U.S. grain cooperative, CHS Inc., is buying Canadian durum and looks to bulk up on other crops there to seize the “phenomenal” opportunity left by the end of the Canadian Wheat Board marketing monopoly later this year, a CHS executive told Reuters Feb. 27. I n m i d - D e c e m b e r, a Canadian bill became law that will end on August 1 the wheat board’s monopoly to market western wheat and barley for milling or export. Canadian grain handlers such as Viterra, Cargill and Richardson International quickly began signing contracts with farmers to buy grain for delivery after the monopoly ends. Minnesota-based CHS has

so far bought a modest 65,000 to 70,000 tonnes of 2012 durum wheat from western Canadian grain handlers, who will eventually move it to CHS elevators in the United States, Tom DeSmet, vice-president of marketing for CHS, said in an interview. CHS resells the grain to endusers, such as grain millers. Ca n a d a i s t h e b i g g e s t exporter of spring wheat, durum, canola and oats. The wheat board’s monopoly has been in place for 69 years. “This is phenomenal. (Ending the monopoly) is huge to the world,” DeSmet said on the sidelines of the Wild Oats GrainWorld conference in Winnipeg. “The durum world, the grain world, has got their eyes on Canada big time.” Grain buyers, like millers,

are worried about ensuring they can maintain supplies after the board loses its monopoly and are giving CHS flexibility in filling orders, he said. “The people we work with are giving us options. ‘I’ll take Canadian (grain) at this price, U.S. at this price, you supply it.’ And I think the reason they’re doing it is they’re very concerned and want to give us the flexibility to make sure they get the product.” CHS is buying from virtually all Canadian grain handlers, DeSmet said. In past years, CHS bought grain from the wheat board, to which western farmers were required to sell wheat. CHS opened its first Canadian grain office late last year. Durum will be a major focus


of CHS in buying Canadian crops, DeSmet said, but it will look at other crops as well. CHS also handles spring wheat, canola and flax — among other crops — which western farmers grow. Farmers have been reluctant sellers of 2012 crops so far, he said, as prices slide and in two months planting season begins. CHS does not intend to buy directly from Canadian farmers and has no plans to buy or build country elevators in Western Canada, DeSmet said. Canada is poised to boost its acreage of most major crops this spring, including spring wheat, durum and canola, as dry conditions give farmers greater planting opportunity after several flood years left many fields fallow.

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Brazil planning giant Amazon soybean port RIO DE JANEIRO / REUTERS / Brazilian port authorities are planning a new grains port in the Amazon region, a terminal designed to become the country’s largest soybean export centre and to slash transportation costs for farmers, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported Feb. 18. The proposed 18-million-tonne-a-year Port of Outeiro would be built near Belem, the largest city in Brazil’s Amazon region. It is designed to surpass the 16.8-milliontonnes grains capacity of the Port of Santos, and the 14.8-million-tonnes capacity of the Port of Paranagua, the paper said. Grains loading at Santos was disrupted for five days this week after a ship knocked a loading machine off the dock and into the water. The new Amazon port proposal is scheduled to be sent to Brazil’s water transportation regulator for approval in the coming days, Folha said. An auction to sell rights to build and operate the port’s 660-million-real ($382-million) first phase could be held as early as late 2012, the paper reported. It could begin operation in 2014, Folha said. The port would provide a new way for farmers in Brazil’s states of Mato Grosso, Goias, Para, Tocantins, Maranhao, and other parts of the nation’s Cerrado, Northeast and Amazon regions to ship their grain to market, the paper reported. It costs Brazilian farmers about $85 a tonne to transport grains to market compared with $20 a tonne in the United States and Argentina, Folha said. Despite the transportation cost disadvantage, Brazil is the world’s second-largest soybean exporter and is expected to overtake the United States this year according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brazil is now harvesting a soy crop of 70 million tonnes and about 60 million tonnes of corn. The new port would allow farmers to use efficient barge trains to move their grain to port over Amazon rivers rather than smaller individual trucks running on overcrowded and poorly maintained highways. Much of Brazil’s crop must travel the distance from New York to New Orleans by twolane road to get loaded on a ship at Santos or Paranagua. A port in the north of the country would allow loading closer to markets in Europe and the Middle East. It would also be closer to the Panama Canal, cutting travel times to China, Brazil’s largest soybean market.


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U.K. on drought watch

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Rivers and reservoirs running low London / Reuters

Large parts of Britain are facing a drought this year after groundwater reached levels not seen for more than 35 years, which could spell restrictions for farmers and households. Rivers, canals and reservoirs are running low after a second dry winter in a row, with some areas receiving less than 70 per cent of normal amounts. Ministers were meeting last week with water companies, the environment agency, weather forecasters and agricultural bodies to see what can be done to mitigate its impact and prevent future droughts. “Unfortunately... there is a high risk that parts of the country will almost certainly be in drought next summer,” Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said on her department’s website.

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Yara eyes new Canada plant in fertilizer expansion The company may build $2-billion fertilizer plant in Saskatchewan By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG / REUTERS


ara International ASA, the world’s biggest producer of nitrogen fertilizer, is eyeing construction of a new $2-billion plant in Canada, among other options, as it looks to expand its production 40 per cent by 2016. Oslo-based Yara intends to add eight million tonnes to its global fertilizer production capacity, as projected population growth boosts demand for food and crop production, Bartolomeo Pescio, head of the company’s North America unit, said in an interview with Reuters Feb. 23. “If conditions are favourable, there might be scope for a global-scale plant in Canada,” Pescio, Yara’s North America business unit manager, said on the sidelines of the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers convention in Winnipeg. Building a new facility on the site of Yara’s existing fertilizer plant at Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, is one of the options, but the company is considering a variety of factors, such as logistics and possible government support, he said. The new plant would cost about $2 billion and produce 1.2 million to 1.3 million tonnes of fertilizer annually. “ We are looking at Belle Plaine as a possibility, but also elsewhere in North America,” Pescio said. “We are looking all over the world.” Yara, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, expects to realize about two million tonnes of the additional eight-milliontonne expansion through improvements at existing sites. It currently produces about 20 million tonnes worldwide. Building a new plant takes at least four years, meaning the company will have to decide on a location soon to meet its 2016 target. Adding eight million tonnes of capacity would cost roughly $10 billion to $15 billion and could include joint ventures, Pescio said. Cheap and abundant natural gas in North America, due

largely to advances in drilling technology, has boosted the profitability of producing nitrogen fertilizer. Natural gas is one of the key building blocks for the crop nutrient, which farmers add to soil to maximize crop yields. The company has not decided if it favours long-term agreements or the spot market to secure more natural gas, Pescio said. It is also watching to see if U.S. regulators will approve export applications from natural gas producers. New export markets would add demand and ease the oversupply of natural gas, which Pescio said would in turn raise the commodity’s price and squeeze Yara’s margins. Still, Yara will stay “in growth mode,” even if natural gas

prices recover, because of attractive long-term fundamentals, he said. Agricultural production must double by 2050 to feed a projected global population of nine billion, requiring a massive increase in crop yields since there will likely be only a small increase in arable land, Pescio said.

Bottlenecks seen

U.S. farmers have held off on fertilizer purchases ahead of spring planting this year in a standoff with producers over high prices. That situation will likely result in bottlenecks in moving fertilizer from producers to farmers ahead of planting and during the growing season, Pescio said, as farmers limit purchases and retail-

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ers avoid holding too much stock. “Everyone will try to buy as much as needed and not anything more. And prices might be, because of the bottleneck, driven higher.” Far mers are expected to sow more corn, a fertilizerintensive crop, to cash in on attractive prices with U.S. corn inventories at their lowest levels since the mid-1990s. “(Purchasing delays) are bringing such volatility that it

will be harming even the farmers eventually,” Pescio said. “Over time, the industry will have to learn that layering purchases and spreading the risk is the only way to deal with price volatility.” Soil conditions are dry in the Midwest and Northern Plains, raising early concerns about how well crops will germinate and develop this year. That’s not likely to curb farmers’ appetite for buying fertilizer, he said.

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Potato industry adjusts to new reality M A N I T O B A’ S I N D U S T R Y S T I L L H E A L T H Y B U T F A C I N G L O W E R D E M A N D A N D M O R E C O M P E T I T I O N

Industry official fights the image of potatoes as fattening While potatoes have more underlying nutritional value than soft drinks, defenders of the spud have some work to do By Gord Gilmour FBC STAFF / BRANDON


here’s no denying the impact of the image. A morbidly obese woman struggles up a short flight of stairs, while in the forefront of the advertisement are three servings of french fries, growing from modest to mammoth. “Portion sizes have grown, and so has obesity, which leads to many health problems,” reads the headline of an advertisement from New York City’s Public Health Department. Maureen Storey, president and CEO of the newly formed Alliance for Potato Research and Education, doesn’t mince her words while telling potato producers about the dangers of this sort of campaign at this winter’s Manitoba Potato Production Days. “This,” she said wryly, “this is not where you want to be.” In fact, Storey has seen this movie before. She came to the newly formed potato association following a successful stint at the American Beverage Association, where she saw first hand what can happen when a product is successfully demonized. In that case the target was soda pop, and the results should be chilling for the potato industry if french fries and potatoes are now in the sights of the health lobby, she says. “Between 1988 and 2009 soft drink makers saw volumes decrease dramatically and they didn’t make that ground up with niche products like teas and energy drinks,” she said. In that case, the cause of this business upset was what amounted to a full-frontal assault on the industry by everyone from research scientists to the media and government. While there’s no denying that the underlying claims have some truth to them — there is more obesity and diabetes than ever before, for example — Storey challenges the oversimplification of saying a single food product is responsible. “That’s an awful lot to lay on a can of soda pop,” she said.

“They’ve got fries in their sights too, and that’s not a happy thing to see on a billboard.”

Dramatic steps

In order to win back market share and be seen as good corporate citizens, soft drink makers were forced to take dramatic steps. They removed full-calorie soft drinks from schools, and made calorie labels more clear, including putting the calorie count right on the front of the bottle or can. Storey doesn’t expect the struggle in the potato industry to be quite as protracted, since the underlying product is a more nutritionally accepted one than soft drinks. But she also cautions that there is plenty of evidence that other wholesome food products have taken it on the chin over the years, something that makes having a good scientific basis for claims very important. In 1984, she points out, Time magazine ran an explosive cover suggesting eggs weren’t healthy and it’s only in the past couple of years that egg producers have seen the tide reverse. “It took until 2011 for eggs to come back, for us to be told, ‘this is something we want you to eat,’” Storey says. “After 30 years eggs are back.” Because scientific research takes time and money, it’s very important for food producers to fund ongoing work in this area. If you have to wait for several years for results that refute an initial claim, she points out, the narrative has already been long established in the minds of the media and public.


Storey says even the most tarnished brands can make a complete comeback after years, even decades, in dietary purgatory. Take almonds for example, where growers made a concerted effort to fund dietary research into their products. “Nuts used to be known as little pellets of fat,” she said. “With research, there’s been a complete turnaround in how consumers and health professionals view them.”

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Today, almonds are seen to lower blood cholesterol levels, be an excellent source of unsaturated fats, and are said to be high in fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and antioxidants. They’re also thought to help prevent osteoporosis and regulate blood pressure. “What the almond industry found was that, for every dollar they spent on research, they got back 125,000 pounds of market share in 15 months’ time,” Storey said. “There is a return on invest-

ment for health and nutrition research.” That’s important because even non-french fried potatoes are beginning to come under attack, not least from a recent Harvard research paper claiming potatoes made people fatter faster than any other food. Storey expects that this research won’t stand the test of time, but says it’s going to be important to counter that storyline quickly. In fact she says its already starting to bear ill results for the potato industry, as seen in the

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recent revision of USDA healthy eating guidelines, known colloquially as “My Plate,” which say potatoes are starchy vegetables and thus not “real” vegetables. With that up for further review in 2015, Storey says her organization has a clear goal in mind. “In 2015, I want to see the return of potatoes to My Plate as a vegetable,” she said. “Not a starchy vegetable, a vegetable, because everyone knows potatoes are good for you.”

“In 2015, I want to see the return of potatoes to My Plate as a vegetable… Not a starchy vegetable, a vegetable, because everyone knows potatoes are good for you.” MAUREEN STOREY

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Canadian potato industry faces new challenges: McCain exec A strong dollar, reduced consumption and European competition spell trouble for the Canadian processing industry By Gord Gilmour FBC STAFF


“Any nut with an agenda can get up in front of a microphone and say we’re eating too many potatoes,” says McCain regional president Frank Van Schaayk.

he 1990s were the Good Old Days for Canadian p o t a t o i n d u s t r y. T h e U.S. economy was growing, providing strong markets just to the south — markets that were suddenly available as never before due to NAFTA. The Canadian dollar was in the tank, so you could sell in greenbacks and get 30 per cent more in loonies. New plants sprung up across the country to feed the seemingly endless American demand for french fries. T h a t’s a l l c h a n g e d , s a y s Frank Van Schaayk, McCain Foods regional president for the Americas. He told this w i n t e r’s M a n i t o b a Po t a t o Production days that many of the same factors are now working against potato production and processing in Canada, with a few wrinkles added. It was enough to cause Van Schaayk to indulge in a bit of self-deprecating nostalgia. “God, I wish the dollar was 63 cents again — that was easy and I thought I was smart,” he said with a chuckle. With oil firmly lodged at or around $100 a barrel, however, Van Schaayk acknowledged this isn’t in the cards, and thus he says the Canadian

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potato industry needs to reevaluate what the future is going to look like, in light of this new information.

European competition

One great starting point would be to acknowledge that the future won’t likely look much like the past, he told the growers in the audience. Rather than fondly remembering past victories, it’s better to be looking ahead at what can be done to lay the groundwork for new ones, he said.

the continent. I’m not trying to depress you, but I need to set up exactly what we’re dealing with here.” That European competition also extends to include new emerging markets in Latin America, where some of the m o s t p ro m i s i n g g row t h i s found. Back home in North A m e r i c a , t h e p i c t u re i s n’t much prettier, Van Schaayk said. There potato consumption is under attack as a public-health disaster, promot-

“I’m not trying to depress you, but I need to set up exactly what we’re dealing with here.” FRANK VAN SCHAAYK McCain Foods

“You can’t go back and make a brand-new start, but you can start right now and make a brand-new ending,” he said. One of the key ingredients to the successes of the past was low production costs. But with a strong loonie, higher raw material costs and higher transportation costs, Canada now finds itself shut out of new markets and opportunities that it would have captured just a few years ago. Today they’re going to U.S. potato producers and processors in the Pacific northwest — or producers even farther afield. “Eu r o p e i s t h e l ow - c o s t shipping point to growth markets — ocean freight out of Rotterdam is extremely competitive,” Van Schaayk said. “They’re landing on the East Coast of of the U.S. and competing against PNW (Pacific Northwest) railed all across

ing obesity (see related story). The humble spud is now being painted as a starchy ball of ill health rather than a wholesome and affordable way to feed people. Opponents are even trying to push it off the school lunch menus. “This is a huge thing for our industry,” Van Schaayk said. The thing that bothers him the most, he says, is that the campaign is being waged with information that is years and even decades out of date. For example, critics are claiming that fries are still loaded with trans fats, despite the fact the industry switched oils and all but eliminated the issue 15 years ago. It speaks to a need for the industry to get its message out, backed by sound research and science, he said. Continued on next page »


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“Any nut with an agenda can get up in front of a microphone and say we’re eating t o o m a n y p o t a t o e s ,” Va n Schaayk said. “Facts don’t matter. Those are the circumstances that are in front of us.”

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Continental approach

On e w a y Mc Ca i n i s g ra p pling with these issues is by refocusing its business on a continental basis, rooting out cost savings by eliminating needless duplication between Canadian and U.S. operations. In part it means taking a more business-oriented and systemic approach to a far-flung business that grew piecemeal over the course of many years. “McCain has histor ically operated in a very decentralized way,” he said. “It used to be like you were a trader or explorer or something. You got in your canoe, they gave you a couple of blankets, some lamp oil and a bit of food and told you, ‘Go and explore that faroff land.’” As the company developed in that fashion, however, inefficiencies began to creep in, Van Schaayk said. For example the company had 135 distinct batter products in its production lineup around the globe, when it actually only needed e i g h t . It h a d 3 7 d i f f e re n t and unique IT systems that couldn’t really “talk” to each other. And it had built-in animosity between some of the company’s distinct divisions. “Years ago, the biggest fights we had were between the U.S. and Canadian parts of the company,” he said. Today the company has a supply chain that’s been organized on a north-south axis, rather than the east-west one it had historically operated. “It’s having a dramatic effect on how we supply our customers,” Van Schaayk said. “It’s moved us closer to our customers and driven down our overall cost to supply our customers.” While much of this manoeuvring has been internal to the company, it will also affect suppliers, including far mers who supply raw potatoes. Right now North American raw potatoes are expensive compared to those from Europe. While there has to be movement somewhere, Van Schaayk hastened to add that this didn’t just mean wholesale cuts or that the company would be imposing solutions. He s a i d p r o d u c e r s a n d the industr y need to work co-operatively. “We are in this together, and someone needs to find ways to collaborate and increase the competitiveness of our industry. Twenty years ago, it was still a local business. Now it’s global.” If the company doesn’t take t h e s e s t e p s, h owe ve r, Va n Schaayk says they’ll face some steep challenges — something recent experiences in the Brazilian market have underlined. “In Brazil we went from a 60 per cent market share to a 40 per cent market share in a single year,” he said. “A third of that was from a domestic processor, and fair enough if someone wants to make that investment and take that risk — but the remaining twothirds was from European competition.”

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Shifting sands: Late blight populations changing quickly Other sources such as hothouse tomatoes have emerged as another method of rapid disease transmission By Gord Gilmour fbc staff


he symptoms of late blight don’t vary much from strain to strain, but recent evidence suggests that these strains are changing more quickly than ever before, setting growers up for an even bigger control challenges. Rick Peters, a Charlottetown, P.E.I.-based research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), told growers at this winter’s Manitoba Potato Production Days meeting that for many years the most common strain was one known as US-8. But over the past few years it’s become a rarity. In the 2010 growing season there was a rapid and major shift and the US-23 variant was the most common across Canada, with the further sub-variant A1 dominating in the West and the A2 version the most common in the East. Then in the 2011 season it shifted again and the US-23 variant all but disappeared, to be replaced on the Prairies by the US-24 strain. “The populations are starting to shift dramatically season to season, depending on how they’re moving,” said Peters, a member of the national Late Blight Working Group. “Whatever starts the season dominates and becomes the predominant strain in that production area.” Unfortunately it’s that mode of transport that seems to set the problem up and it’s not likely to go away. Consider the source of the 2010 population shift: hothouse

“I’m excited that processors are looking at varieties other than Russet Burbank and Shepody… We need to look at other varieties with better resistance.” Rick Peters, AAFC

tomato plants that were shipped across the continent to garden centres. “That’s one important way to transmit new strains, and also on seed potatoes,” Peters said. It can make for a challenging situation for growers, since their protection options will shift from season to season depending on what the new strain is resistant or susceptible to. “The old US A1 was resistant to Ridomil, but the new strains are susceptible and there’s some evidence that growers used the product with good success,” said Peters. Generally though that’s a silver lining in a fairly dark storm cloud, Peters said. Season-to-season population shifts can also set the stage for big trouble down the road.

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system, for example, means there’s potential for even earlier outbreaks to become a normal part of the scene. There’s also the potential for populations to mix, something that could be very concerning since if A1 and A2 strains mate sexually, they can form a thick-walled body known as an oospore that might be able to survive a Canadian winter and make the disease endemic rather than one which has to appear every spring on the south winds. “There is potential to see mixing populations, though there’s no strong evidence it’s happening yet,” Peters said. “It’s cer-

tainly something we’re keeping an eye on.” “We haven’t had to worry much about oospores in Canada, and so far it hasn’t been able to survive winter in the Maritimes and our freeze-thaw cycle,” Peters said. “But this winter, it might be able to survive. It’s something to think about, as the weather changes over time. We’re going to be concerned about this.” Peters told growers that these new developments make good management practices even more important. Cull piles, for example, must be disposed of early and prop-

erly so they don’t add early and different inoculum to the mix. Fields should be selected to ensure they drain well and are higher than surrounding topography to reduce moisture. Good weed control also prevents a canopy from forming that can boost humidity in spots of the field. Crop scouting is also vital because earlier control of disease occurrences is cheaper and easier. “You can kill 100 feet around a hot spot and control it,” Peters said. Other susceptible crops like Continued on next page »


Brazil 2012 maize crop estimated to reach record 60 million tonnes A surge in winter plantings will rebuild supplies, exports will still drop milan/reuters / Brazil’s total maize output, including main and second seasons, is expected to rise seven per cent to a new record of about 60 million tonnes in 2012 due to a surge in winter plantings, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said Feb. 21. The areas planted for the second season are estimated to expand significantly, including a 29 per cent surge in plantings in the state of Mato Grosso, to offset an expected fall in the main season output after a long dry spell in major southern growing regions, the FAO said in its country brief. Earlier this month, Brazil’s government estimated the country’s total maize (corn) crop at 60.83 million tonnes this year. Maize exports from Brazil, the world’s third-biggest exporter, in the 2011-12 marketing year is seen at about 10 million tonnes, down from the record 11.7 million tonnes in the 2010-11 marketing year. The fall is partly in response to growing demand from the domestic livestock industry, the FAO said. Dry weather in the main southern growing areas has also hit 2012 soybeans crops, which are expected to fall eight per cent from last year, the FAO said without giving precise figures. Brazil’s wheat crops in 2011 are estimated at about 5.6 million tonnes, six per cent down on the bumper level of 2010, it said.


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tomatoes should be avoided and potatoes shouldn’t be planted near them. Industry should also consider working with garden centres, who have shown themselves willing to act responsibly once they’re alerted to the problem, Peters said. “Different potato and tomato varieties vary in their response,” he explained. “For example, Dorita is very resistant. Talk to home garden centres, encourage them to grow a more resistant crop for home gardens so they’re not adding spores to the inoculum load.” In the longer term, late-blightresistant varieties are going to be the key, and ongoing work on this is one of the most important measures the potato industry can take, he says. “I’m excited that processors are looking at varieties other than Russet Burbank and Shepody,” he said. “We need to look at other varieties with better resistance.”

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Ukraine denies curbing wheat exports By Pavel Polityuk kiev/reuters


kraine’s government said last week it had not urged grain traders to limit wheat exports, denying local media reports it had done so, and it forecast that there would be no shortages of grain on the domestic market. “There are no recommendations to limit wheat exports,” Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk told reporters. “Traders are telling us they will not be able to export more than 300,000-500,000 tonnes of wheat a month and our balance (of exports and consumption) allows for that.” Ukrainian media reported earlier that traders and the government had agreed to limit exports of wheat due to the threat of future shortages following weather damage to winter crop plantings. Prysyazhnyuk said drought during the winter sowing in 2011 and severe frosts in January-February had damaged about three million hectares of Ukrainian winter grains and 500,000 hectares of winter rapeseed. “We expect that all of these areas would be reseeded this spring. We recommend farmers to sow corn, spring wheat, barley, soybean and these crops allow us to keep the harvest at a high level,” he said. He said Ukraine would harvest 42 million to 50 million tonnes of grain this year, including 15 million to 16 million tonnes of wheat, adding that this would be enough to meet domestic demand. Ukraine harvested a record of 56.7 million tonnes of grain in 2011, including 22.3 million tonnes of wheat. But this year’s winter crops have been hit by drought and extreme cold. “There is no threat of grain shortages on the domestic market even under the pessimistic scenario (42 million tonnes),” Prysyazhnyuk told reporters.

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Breakaway gap alerts of counter-seasonal rally Chart analysis indicates when the shorts are getting nervous and starting to cover their positions While the relative suddenness of a gap appears almost as an overnight experience, the conditions leading up to it may be the culmination of weeks, if not months, of human activity and psychological conditioning. In the late stages of an entrenched downtrend, opinion is weighted very heavily to the short side of the market. Weeks of beneficial price movement tempt the shorts to expect lower prices. Many shorts who would ordinarily consider taking profits simply hang on. They fear missing additional profits and are psychologically conditioned to expect lower prices. The market tends to be in the news and the publicity is most often bearish to substantiate the lower prices. At this juncture, emotion is driving the speculative selling. Some sellers will short the market at any price and speculative longs are selling back their losing positions. The bottom of the market will be marked by a single session in which an upside gap develops. By day’s end, the selling will be virtually exhausted. No matter how much prices gyrate during this session, the opening gap will not be completely filled. In the following session, the market moves higher. This session’s price advance represents a radical departure from recent activity and generates nervousness on the part of shorts. The market’s sudden strength causes short covering, which pushes

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n December 19, 2011, a breakaway gap materialized, alerting soybean producers and traders alike to a sudden change in the price direction of the soybean market. In fact, this gap not only confirmed an end to the downward price spiral, but it marked the beginning of a counter-seasonal rally, with soybean prices rallying $1.65 per bushel over the next two months. A gap is a price range within which no trading takes place. Normally, price activity during a single trading session will overlap part of the preceding session’s price range. When a gap is present, this does not occur. There are several types of gaps, all of which are beneficial in identifying price direction.

The breakaway gap

This gap develops at the completion point of many important chart formations. Once properly defined, the breakaway gap has a high degree of reliability in confirming a change in price direction. The breakaway gap in the accompanying May 2012 soybean chart signalled an end to declining prices by gapping above the downtrending channel.

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prices even higher. This in turn encourages fresh buying, thus ending the market’s decline.

The measuring gap

This gap, (B on the chart) appears after a move has begun to accelerate. It is a sure sign of the heightened anxiety or excitement of traders who, waiting for an entry opportunity, see the market getting away from them and quite simply respond by buying. This type of gap appears during a quick advance after prices have cleared away from a chart formation, such as the downtrending channel illustrated in the accompanying chart. Often, this gap may be used to measure the ultimate extent of the move, as it appears at

approximately the halfway point. If two or more measuring gaps materialize, the midpoint of the move will lie somewhere between the gaps.

The exhaustion gap

This gap (C on the chart) occurs on the morning that the move in progress reaches its extreme price at the top of a move. Upon first appearing, an exhaustion gap cannot be conclusively identified. The market’s behaviour in the days that follow provide confirmation. Should prices drop down to fill the gap after a strong advance has occurred, the gap is likely to be an exhaustion gap. If a number of gaps have already appeared during a

dynamic price move, the filling of the most recent one is a telltale sign of possible buying exhaustion. Gaps are one of the many chart formations which provide farmers with a valuable insight on price direction. Send your questions or comments about this article and chart to David Drozd is president and senior market analyst for Winnipeg-based Ag-Chieve Corporation. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and are solely intended to assist readers with a better understanding of technical analysis. Visit Ag-Chieve online at ca for information about grain-marketing advisory services, or call us toll free at 1-888-274-3138 for a free consultation.

Falling crop prices may be a harvest for retail Deere sees corn down 17 per cent and wheat down 10 per cent in 2012 By David K. Randall reuters


orn, wheat and cotton prices are expected to fall — and that could lead to gains in sectors far removed from the farm. Deere & Company predicted on its February earnings call that agricultural commodities will lose ground this year. The farm equipment maker estimates that corn prices will fall 17 per cent through the 2012 growing season, while cotton prices will drop nearly 15 per cent and wheat prices 10 per cent. Those declines are roughly in line with the findings of a Reuters polls of analysts in January, who said they expected U.S. corn prices to drop 15 per cent to their lowest levels in three years. Lower prices would be welcome news to supermarkets and retailers that have struggled to pass last year’s big jumps in commodity prices on to consumers. Analysts say a modest decline in the prices of raw materials could boost investments ranging from teen retailers to emerging markets and help offset higher transportation costs as gasoline prices increase. Traditional supermarkets may

Wal-Mart now gets more than half its revenues from food.

be one of the bigger beneficiaries of softer crop prices, analysts said. That’s because stores like Supervalu, Kroger and Safeway have lost market share to WalMart stores and Target since the recession ended in 2009. By expanding their grocery offerings, these retailers have positioned themselves as a onestop alternative for still-jittery consumers and have used their purchasing size to offer lower prices on items like meat and bread that traditional grocery stores have a hard time matching. Wal-Mart, for instance, now gets more than half of its revenues from grocery sales. Easing food prices will likely change, or at least slow, that trend, analysts say. “The supermarkets are going to welcome this relief because consumers

are going to go back to purchasing more items” as prices stabilize, said Andy Wolf, an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets. Supermarkets will likely get two margin boosts, he said. First, companies won’t lower prices immediately as commodities fall, allowing them to both make up for the steep jump in their costs last year and give them relief from higher gas prices. Clothing retailers should benefit from lower prices of cotton this holiday season. Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, for instance, told analysts that it expects its margins to recover “significantly” later this year as cotton prices fall. Analysts say that they expect the trend to reverberate throughout the consumer retail market.


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Farm gate receipts for canola deliveries in 2011 reached $7.3 billion in Canada, up 30.6 per cent from 2010, according to Statistics Canada’s report from February 23. “Canola provided Canadian growers a strong revenue outlook for 2011, which is why we saw over 18 million canola acres last year,” says Pat Van Osch, chair of the Canola Council of Canada board of directors. “Record canola acres combined with strong prices and good average yields led to the 30 per cent increase in farm gate receipts.” On average, canola prices were 26.8 per cent higher in 2011 than in 2010, Stats Canada reports. Revenue results from 2011 should bolster canola’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy. A report released by the CCC in July 2011 put canola’s contribution to the Canadian economy at $15.4 billion annually. The canola industry is responsible for 228,000 jobs in Canada, including 43,000 canola growers as well as jobs in research, grain handling, transportation, marketing and processing. “When Canadian canola growers do well, as they did in 2011, it has a ripple effect through the whole Canadian economy,” Van Osch says. Farm gate receipts for wheat, the next biggest crop by revenue, were $5.1 billion, up 31.5 per cent from 2010.

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Glass is still half full for flush American farmers Grain stockpiles could return and energy prices are expected to rise By Tom Polansek and Christopher Doering WASHINGTON / REUTERS


rian Roach scrawled a simple outlook for corn prices in a spiral notebook, with a line diving from the upper left hand corner to the lower right. Sitting in a hotel ballroom at the U.S. D e p a r t m e n t o f A g r i c u l t u re’s a n n u a l Agricultural Outlook Forum last week, the commodity broker predicted increasing supplies and weakening demand would slow a boom in the farm economy that has fattened growers’ wallets and pushed up food prices. “Nothing is telling me to think any different right now,” said Roach, president of the Florida-based commodity business Roach Ag Marketing. For the first time in years at the conference that traditionally kicks off the year for America’s agri-business sector, forecasters said the seemingly endless upward trajectory on everything from crop prices to farmer income was coming to an end. The price of corn, the big daddy of the major U.S. crops, could fall 20 per cent this year and because of expanding production globally, the corn stockpile would double. It is a significant shift after corn prices reached a record high near US$8 a bushel last summer on concerns about strong demand draining inventories. The surge in prices is expected to encourage an expansion in planting of crops this year.


Farmers are becoming “very pragmatic about the investments they’re making in machinery, equipment and input costs” after spending freely following last autumn’s profitable harvest, said Thomas Dorr, president of the U.S. Grains Council. Many built new storage bins and upgraded their tractors and combines. Moving forward, “the mood is one of caution,” Dorr said. To be sure, farmers are flush with cash after farm income topped $100 billion for the first

time in 2011 as the rural economy rebounded from the pothole of the global recession (all figures U.S. dollars). Even if income slumps to $96.3 billion this year due to larger world and domestic supplies as predicted by the government, farmers and ranchers would be looking at their second-best year ever. Income would remain well above the 10-year average. “Prospects for U.S. agriculture continue to be strong with record income in 2011 and a strong balance sheet,” said Joe Glauber, the USDA chief economist. Still, there was a sense of deja vu of 2008 at the conference that attracts some 2,000 attendees. That year, farmers enjoyed skyhigh prices for their crops, but marching in lockstep was the price of crude oil. The recent spike in fuel prices could again add pressure to the farm economy. “Energy costs to a farmer are obviously a serious concern,” said David Berg, president of the American Crystal Sugar Company, based in Moorhead, Minn. “It’s almost like a few years ago where everyone was in a state of panic.” He said sugar beet farmers in Minnesota and North Dakota are doing well but a double whammy of lower prices on the market for the commodity and higher energy prices would be hard to swallow for a number of growers.

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The USDA estimates farmers will plant 94 million acres (38 million hectares) of corn, about two million acres more than last year and the largest area since 1944. Still, Jon Caspers, a producer of about 8,000 hogs a year in Iowa, is not breathing a sigh of relief due to high gasoline prices and lingering uncertainty about demand. He’s also unsure farmers will plant as much corn as expected. Last year, heavy spring rains dashed their plans to plant from fence post to fence post. “A lot of producers are waiting to see if it really happens,” he said.

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Arab countries consider grain storage site Water-scarce countries look to secure food supplies through storage and farmland purchases By Maha El Dahan DUBAI/REUTERS

The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAID) is considering building a system for storing three to six months of grain reserves for the Gulf region, a senior official from the investment bank said Feb. 22. AAID, which was set up by Arab governments in the late 1970s, will study construction of storage for Gulf Cooperation Co u n c i l ( G CC ) c o u n t r i e s, Al-Arabi Hamdi, adviser to the president for economic affairs for AAID, told Reuters. “It will be most likely in the United Arab Emirates as the Fujairah port is close to the Strait of Hormuz and close to ports and the shipping world,” said Hamdi on the sidelines of a grains conference in Dubai. “We can build silos there and import and export grains,” he said. The port of Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman is a popular storage point, because it lies outside the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran has threatened to block on several occasions over the last few months, but close to busy shipping lanes in and out of the Gulf. If the AAID decides to go ahead at the end of the study, which could be completed by year-end,

private investors will be invited to invest in the project, Hamdi said.

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AAID is also setting up an agricultural land investment company, in conjunction with Saudi investors, to buy land in the Middle East and farther afield, he said. The company, which will start with capital of US$60 million, has identified Egypt, Sudan and Kazakhstan as potential places for buying land. “The company that is being set up will market the grains within the Arab world,” Hamdi said. Oil-exporting Gulf states have been investing in farmland overseas to help secure supplies of food for a region where fresh water is scarce. AAID sees potential for growing wheat, oilseeds and potatoes in Egypt, where the Nile River offers a long backbone of fertile land in an otherwise arid region. The AAID, headquartered in Khartoum, is also studying a proposal from the Mauritanian government to build a 60,000-tonneper-year sugar factory, Hamdi said. GCC members include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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After a bright 2011, U.S. beef exports might wane Foreign markets can display acute price sensitivity that could constrain demand By Gavin Maguire ANALYSIS, CHICAGO / REUTERS

2011 was a banner year for U.S meat exporters, with beef, pork and poultry exports all hitting record levels on the back of dietary adjustments and increased affluence in overseas markets. But beef shipments petered out notably towards the end of the year just as beef prices stretched to record heights, suggesting that foreign markets can display acute price sensitivity that could constrain U.S. meat export potential in 2012 if prices continue to push higher.

Back on the menu

It took a while, but U.S. beef exports finally recovered from the steep collapse in overseas demand seen after the 2003 outbreak of BSE, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and scored an all-time high in 2011 of close to 2.8 billion pounds. Improving diets across the developing world have created a growing market for all cuts of meat in recent years, with U.S. pork exports climbing by 95 per cent since 2005, and U.S. poultry exports increasing by more than 30 per cent over the same period. But it is the 300 per cent jump in U.S. beef expor ts since 2005 that has been the most noteworthy as the U.S. cattle industry recovered from the devastation wrought by the BSE outbreak and subsequent plummet in demand for U.S. beef both at home and abroad. The fact that U.S. cattle producers also had to contend with a 200 per cent climb in corn — the industry’s top feed ingredient — since 2005 has made the export story all the more heartening for cattle ranchers, and the export arena is being her-

alded as a key growth market over the coming years. But while global demand for U.S. beef will indeed likely continue to increase going forward, U.S. producers and shippers of the meat need to be mindful of how the prevailing high price of beef has the potential to erode demand in a significant way.

Wholesale versus retail

Due to the high cost of key feed inputs such as corn, an uncertain economic outlook, and an historic drought across key U.S cattle pastureland throughout 2011, U.S cattle producers have worked to keep beef production in check lately by reducing overall herd sizes. This tight hold on supply served to push cattle prices to record high levels at the start of 2012, and has made cattle one of the top performing arenas in the agricultural sector in recent months. However, the high cost of cattle has also translated into record-high beef prices, at the wholesale level as well as at the grocery store. At the retail level, the average price of a pound of beef topped $5 for the first time at the end of 2011, and has continued to press higher in the opening weeks of 2012. This compares with roughly $3.50 for a pound of pork and around $1.80 per pound of broiler chicken (all figures US$). This widening spread b e t we e n c u t s o f b e e f a n d alternative meats such as pork or chicken has served to promote substitution away from beef among U.S. shoppers in recent months, and looks set to keep beef on only a limited number of shopping lists for the near to medium term. But for the export market, the wholesale price is the more important factor to consider, and for the time being wholesale price levels seem to be struggling to gain as much upside traction as at the retail level. Further, at

just under $3 a pound for beef, $1.50-ish for pork and roughly 75 ce nt s fo r poultr y, U.S. wholesale meat prices do not pose the same kind of sticker shock to potential buyers as retail prices. No n e t h e l e s s , w h o l e s a l e beef prices recently pushed to their highest levels ever, and clearly had a negative impact on overseas demand over the final months of 2011. In contrast, U.S. wholesale pork values declined towards the tail end of last year, which coincided with a strong uptick

in export interest for the year’s final quarter.

Poultry steady

U.S. wholesale poultry prices remained largely steady for the latter half of last year, which promoted a fairly strong showing on the export ledger for the year as a whole. This diverging trend between rising wholesale beef prices and steady or weakening pork and poultry wholesale prices could well set the stage for a more pronounced cutback in U.S. beef exports

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Sustainability equals profitability It’s not the size of the farm, it’s what you do with it that counts By Shannon VanRaes CO-OPERATOR STAFF


igger doesn’t mean better and unconvent i o n a l d o e s n’t m e a n unprofitable. In fact, Lisa Clouston of Spring Creek Farms, a holistic rancher and part-time social worker, thinks it’s time to toss those ideas aside when it comes to farming. “You need to look at your costs, your time, and quality of life ... higher volume doesn’t mean higher profits,” she told participants in the Growing Local conference in Winnipeg. Along with husband Greg Wood and their four children, Clouston raises South Devon cattle, Clun Forest X sheep, Berkshire, Tamworth and Large Black pigs, pastured chicken, pastured turkeys and ducks near Cypress River. But the decision to go holistic was driven by more than just the bottom line. “I think it has to do with personal values,” she said. “In my personal opinion, commercial farming does not fit those values.”

Lisa Clouston of Spring Creek Farms and husband Greg Wood speak at Growing Local in Winnipeg. PHOTO: SHANNON VANRAES

as one reason why many farmers are pushed to produce high quantities. “The money that is place in the seed and fertilizer and pesticide companies means they call the shots, it’s all about making money today,” he said. “The banker is waiting, so the farmer has to make their profit, which is very small, but the big-

Several of those at the conference questioned why all farmers don’t adopt the kind of practices used at Spring Creek and lessen their reliance on inputs and long-distance shipping. In response, Joe Braun of Owl Tree Farm near Altona pointed to the heavy involvement of seed and chemical companies in conventional farming

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ger the crop the better they’re able to make their payments.” Braun sold his family farm in 2002 to market-garden full-time. Previously he used the profits from his melon crop to fund the inputs he needed for wheat and barely. Wood said there is work being done on how to transition from conventional farming to traditional farming, pointing to studies and work going on in North Dakota. But the first step is changing the way profit is viewed, he said. “It’s not how much you produce,” said Wood. “Producers who start looking at it from a point of profitability, it’s really about what the difference is between your costs and what you sell it for.” And that may mean more small operations, selling to closer markets than we currently see. “I think every old homestead and house out there in the country should be full of young families living off the land,” said Clouston. “They should have a couple of pigs, a couple of cows, and a few chickens, and the kids should be out doing chores.”

But when asked if the impediment to this was a rural-urban divide, Clouston was clear. “No, this is a rural-rural divide ... the people in the country don’t get it,” she said. Anne Lindsey is one of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba’s founding members and an avid urban gardener. She said more can be done in a number of ways to promote and encourage sustainable agriculture. Policy development at the government level is one thing that can be done to facilitate sustainable practices, along with increased promotion of local foods. “There is a lot more that can be done to promote local foods,” she said. “And I do give the government credit for promoting Manitoba-grown foods, but we need to do more than that.” Increasing awareness of food issues and local producers is another area that is lacking. “I’d like to see more of it in the mainstream media as well,” Lindsey said.

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Grain World: Highquality Canadian wheat grades questioned Instead of producing a BMW, Canada should be marketing a Ford By Phil Franz-Warkentin COMMODITY NEWS SERVICE CANADA

Canadian wheat exports are known for their quality internationally, but the country may be able to sell more grain and receive better returns by growing different classes of wheat or adjusting current grading standards, said presenters at the Wild Oats Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Feb. 27. Lawrence Yakielashek, president of Alfred C. Toepfer (Canada) Ltd., said rising world populations and increasing demand for food are leading to growth in the international wheat trade. However, Canada’s participation in that expanding market is holding steady, while other lower-quality exporters are increasing their share. He said part of the reason for that was the fact that high-protein Canadian Western spring wheat was overpriced into many markets which were looking to cheaper alternatives for their milling needs. “We don’t have to be the best quality in the world,” said Yakielashek, noting that many destinations can’t afford highpriced Canadian wheat. As an example, he said that rather than “producing a BMW,” Canada might be better off marketing “a Ford” quality wheat. If that were the case, Yakielashek said Canada could easily produce and market 30 million tonnes of mid-protein wheat. Meanwhile, there are also many occasions where current Canadian wheat grade standards cause the country to sell higherquality grain to customers who would be willing to accept a much lower standard. Fraser Gilbert of SGS Canada and a former chief grain inspector with the Canadian Grain C o m m i s s i o n , p r ov i d e d a number of examples of tenders which came in and were then filled by wheat that had much

“We often give the customer something much better than they asked for.” LAWRENCE YAKIELASHEK

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COUNTRY CROSSROADS connecting rur a l communities

AMM wants to see more municipal councill(hers) A series of seminars will be held to encourage more women to run for municipal office

Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst (standing) chats with some of those in attendance at a seminar held at Brandon University last week on the challenges and rewards of serving on a municipal council.   photo: lorraine stevenson

By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff/brandon


unicipal elections are still two years away — enough time to start thinking about a run for public office — especially if you’re a woman. The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) wants more women to seek election in 2014, last week hosting the first of a series of seminars to encourage them. Women are underrepresented in local government in Manitoba — just 14 per cent of all mayors, reeves and councillors are female. A 2010 AMM report titled Ballot Box Barriers: An Action Plan for Engaging More Women in the Municipal Democratic Process called for proactive efforts to bring more women into the province’s 197 municipal councils. Shari Decter Hirst, now halfway through her first term in office as the mayor of Brandon, told the seminar at Brandon University last week that she sees the problem of women’s low participation in politics not so much one of invisible barriers, but reluctance to rise to the challenge. “It’s not a glass ceiling that keeps our numbers down so low,” she said. “It’s a sticky floor.” The AMM’s move to entice more women into local politics is in tandem with national and interna-

“We need more women in politics because women can be great leaders. We have something of incredible value to bring to our communities, our province and our country. And it’s got nothing to do with our gender.” Shari Decter Hirst Brandon mayor

tional initiatives to get more women into decisionmaking roles. Low representation by women at the municipal levels is chronic across Canada, at 23 per cent nationally, or well below a threshold set by the United Nations of 30 per cent to ensure women are equally represented. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the national association for local government, has been working to raise women’s profile in government since 1999. Its research found that while many women are active in their communities, they have given up on municipal government as an avenue for change. The FCM has set a goal of gaining that 30 per cent representation through processes of more active recruitment, mentorship and information sharing. It has developed a campaign to champion the cause in every province, and created an “election tool kit” to provide women interested in running for municipal government an overview of the job, plus tips and strategies for running a campaign.

More people, period

The help wanted sign is out in rural Manitoba. In the last election 33 of the 197 towns, villages and RMs returned councils to office by acclamation. The same happened in 2006. The issue boils down to municipal politics needing people, period, said Eileen Clarke, mayor of Gladstone, now serving her second term. “These opportunities are there,” she told the small gathering at BU. Barriers documented in the AMM’s report include lack of time, perceptions that municipal councils are “an old boys’ club,” and less financial independence among women. While the AMM says those barriers won't come down readily, it hopes other barriers such as women tending to feel unqualified or uninformed about the job may be overcome by women learning more through its seminars. Clarke spoke of the positive change she and her colleagues in Gladstone have brought about since

2006, and said her time in public office has been highly rewarding. “I now have the ability to make changes in our community that were desperately needed,” she said. That’s a common reason women cite for running for office, added Decter Hirst. But she takes issue with the notion that women bring civility to politics, or that toning down the rhetoric should be why more women should get involved. “I want to tell you that’s hooey,” she said. “We shouldn’t have more women in politics because we’re nicer. We need more women in politics because women can be great leaders. We have something of incredible value to bring to our communities, our province and our country. And it’s got nothing to do with our gender.”

Rural locations

Valerie MacKay, chair of the Southwest Farm Women’s Network, was one of about 30 women at the gathering. “I found Shari’s presentation frank and truthful,” said MacKay. “She never glamorized the job, but did mention it is very rewarding and you are making a difference, or should be.” MacKay said she would like to have seen more non-elected women at the seminar, however. “Most of the ladies were already elected officials.” MacKay added that future seminars might be better attended if held in smaller centres around rural Manitoba. AMM held it at BU in hopes of attracting students, but MacKay said upon arrival at the BU she asked students the location of the meeting room and they didn’t know where the room was, let alone the purpose of the meeting. “In my experience, rural locations have far more young people who really care about what is going on in their part of the world,” she said. “They are potentially raising their children in this environment and want it to be the best place in the world.”


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“Myth information” Nutrition Month 2012 takes aim at popular food myths

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hen it comes to food, we all have our likes, dislikes, preferences and prejudices. Many of us also live (and eat) by our “food myths.” These can be simple “dietary must-dos” like, “you must take minerals and supplements to stay healthy” or, “you must avoid carbs if you want to lose weight.” Some food myths are opinions we form from an impression or assumption, like, “cooking takes too long” or, “reading food labels is too difficult.” Some food myths never die, like the one about eating only grapefruit or cabbage will burn fat. New food myths are always emerging. More recently is the idea that a gluten-free diet is healthier for everyone. Food myths have no scientific validity, or they may only be half-truths. The trouble is, in a world of the 24-hour news cycle and button click access to the Internet, we’re peppered by them from thousands of iffy sources. It’s time for a reality check. Each year in March the national dietitians’ organization, Dietitians of Canada, organizes a spring campaign built around some aspect of how healthy eating can have a positive impact on our health. This year’s theme is devoted to busting food myths. On its website, along with fact sheets, this organization has posted a list of 39 of the most popular myths dietitians hear and know are influencing how people eat. (It’s a list they note could be much longer!) Alongside they have posted counterpoints, or “truth” statements, based on the the best science-based evidence available that directly challenges the food myth. The campaign tackles the controversial stuff, like organic versus non-organic food, milk drinking, detox diets, pasteurization and other hot-button subjects. Here’s a few examples:

 FOOD MYTH: Processed foods have no place in a healthy diet. THE TRUTH: Some processed foods, such as whole grain pasta, canned light tuna and plain frozen vegetables, are healthy choices. Others provide few nutrients and/or are high in calories, fat, sugar or sodium and should be limited. Some examples are deep fried foods, salty snacks and packaged baked goods such as doughnuts and croissants. Make wise food choices. Enjoy more whole foods, like vegetables and fruit. Read labels and choose foods higher in nutrients you want more of, like fibre, calcium and B vitamins, and lower in nutrients you want less of, like sugar, fat and sodium.  FOOD MYTH: Local vegetables and fruits are always more nutritious. THE TRUTH: Fresh produce tastes great, but there are many factors that affect its nutritional value. Crop variety, growing conditions, ripeness, storage, processing, handling and transport all affect the nutrition of vegetables and fruits. Produce grown closer to home, picked when it’s ripe and eaten soon afterwards, might have more vitamins and minerals. In the warmer months, enjoy the local harvest and eat delicious, nutritious vegetables and fruit every day. If you have time and storage space, freeze or can local produce to enjoy its goodness throughout the year.  FOOD MYTH: Healthy food costs too much. THE TRUTH: How much food costs is an important issue for many Canadians. With some planning and wise choices, you can create tasty, healthy and affordable meals. To get the most value, choose foods that are big on nutrients and low on cost. Many healthy staple foods can be lower-cost items, including bulk flours and whole grains, in-season fresh produce, eggs, legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils), powdered milk, and sale-priced frozen or canned vegetables, fruits and fish. Scanning flyers for specials, stocking up on sale items and cooking meals from scratch can all save you money. Source: Dietitians of Canada. Interested to hear more? Log on to

Here’s a really delicious recipe off the Dietitians of Canada website.

Nutty and Fruity Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette 1 c. quinoa, rinsed 1/2 c. sliced almonds 1/2 c. coarsely chopped apple 1/2 c. coarsely chopped dried apricots 1/2 c. toasted unsalted sunflower seeds 1/4 c. dried cranberries 1/4 c. raisins 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint 1/2 c. Maple Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and two cups water; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Let stand for five minutes. Fluff with a fork. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl. Add almonds, apple, apricots, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins and mint; toss to combine. Pour in vinaigrette and toss gently to coat. Serves 8.

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Veggie-Packed Spaghetti Meat Sauce This recipe provides the four food groups in a family-favourite meal. 12 oz. extra-lean ground beef 2 carrots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped 1 small zucchini, chopped 2 tbsp. dried Italian herb seasoning 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 c. milk 3/4 c. unsweetened canned pumpkin purée 2 c. canned crushed tomatoes 1 pkg. (340 g) whole wheat spaghetti 1/3 c. grated Canadian Parmesan cheese, divided

In a large pot over high heat, cook ground beef, breaking up beef with a spoon, for about five minutes or until beef is browned. Spoon off any fat. Add carrots, garlic, onion, zucchini, herb seasoning and pepper to pot and sauté for about eight minutes or until onion is softened. Gradually stir in milk; bring to a boil, stirring often for about five mins. or until about half of the milk is absorbed. Stir in pumpkin purée until blended, then tomatoes; reduce heat and boil gently, stirring often, for five to 10 mins. or until sauce is thick and flavourful. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook spaghetti for about 10 mins. or until tender (or according to package directions). Drain well. Stir half of the Canadian Parmesan cheese into sauce. Divide spaghetti among serving bowls and spoon sauce over top. Serve sprinkled with remaining cheese. TIP: If you have picky eaters in your family and

prefer smaller pieces of vegetables that blend into the sauce, use the coarse side of a box cheese grater to grate the carrots, onion and zucchini, or use a food processor for an even faster preparation. Pumpkin purée helps thicken the sauce and adds extra nutrients. Be sure to buy the unsweetened purée and not the sweetened, spiced pie filling. You can also cook and mash fresh pumpkin when it’s in season. Prep. time: 15 mins. Cooking time: 25 - 30 mins. Yields: 4 servings Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada

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To make Maple Vinaigrette: 1/3 c. pure maple syrup 1/4 c. cider vinegar 1/4 c. honey mustard 2 tbsp. canola oil

In a jar, combine maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, oil and 2 tbsp. water. Seal and shake until well blended. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week, shaking well before use. Makes 1 cup. Source: ©Cook! Dietitians of Canada. 2011. Published by Robert Rose Inc.

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Rossburn school qualifies for grant Building awareness of safety, health among Manitoba’s youth By Darrell Nesbitt Freelance contributor

“Character — What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us!” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


hose words are written on a plaque in the foyer of the Rossburn Collegiate Institute (RCI), a school that encourages students to take advantage of the education and extra-curricular opportunities provided for them in a safe, structured and supportive environment. And that is exactly what a group of students has done in creating a calendar full of safety tips, which qualifed for a $2,000 Safe Schools Grant. Rossburn Collegiate was among 10 schools across the province to receive $2,000 grants for their proposals on keeping workers safe. Other schools earning a grant were Tec Voc High School, Children of the Earth High School, and John Taylor Collegiate

in Winnipeg, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School in Brandon, and Stonewall Collegiate, Carman Collegiate, the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre, and one grant to be shared by the Frontier School Division’s northern schools and another by its southern schools. “The Safe Schools Grant contest was launched to encourage and educate students and youth on safety and health,” said Jennifer Howard, minister of labour and immigration. “The grants will help the participants complete innovative projects to incorporate safety in the classroom.” The contest invited students, classrooms and schools to submit videos, songs, posters and ideas and proposals to promote “safe” work. Entries were reviewed in consultation with the minister’s advisory council on Workplace Safety and Health and the Workers of Tomorrow Safety Centre. “As a teacher with a diverse group of learners in my class, I am looking for ways to grab students and bridge their knowledge from the theory of the classroom to the practicalities outside the classroom. This was a way to create the bridge and motivate students with an extra-credit project. Receiving the contest information through email, it was presented to these five students, who were excited about the possibilities and started generating ideas,” said Bill Legge, the teacher responsible for facilitating the project. Legge, and RCI principal, Bob Ploshynsky, said it was exciting to see a small rural school recognized, and praised the five Grade 9 students for their fun and interesting project. Ploshynsky said Legge also deserves recognition as a teacher who not only recognizes the potential of his students, but also continues to challenge them. “Taking the project to this level of success were five amazing kids — Bailey Salyn, Erin Schaworski, Kadie Sidoryk, Marianne Sytnyk, and Shauna Rubeniuk — who shared their creativity to put together a 2012 Students who created the calendar were: back row (l to r) Shauna Rubenuik, Kadie Sidoryk, Marianne Sytnyk; and front row (l to r) Erin Schaworski and Bailey Salyn.  photo: darrell nesbitt

calendar titled Health and Safety in the School,” said Legge. Though it was time consuming, they all agreed the outcome of their project was remarkable. “Hoping to promote safety in the schools and workplaces, I would have to say that we achieved that through creativity,” said Sytnyk. Schaworski said the calendar doesn’t contain all serious matter, but also humorous, to help younger students grasp the concept. The girls said the most challenging part was putting all the details together by covering six-plus lists, researching the website and coming up with the photos. The project took between 30 to 40 hours to complete. They illustrated hazardous situations through acting out various situations themselves, and those hazards are front and centre in the calendar along with question-and-answer segments, and tips. “I’m proud of the girls’ initiative in creating a wonderful, informative and funny calendar that students can use day to day, as well as teachers,” Legge said. “Some of the grant money will be used to promote health and safety in the presentations we provide, while the rest of the money will be put forth to a health and safety initiative in the school, which presently options are being looked at.” Projects will be shared with other schools to increase awareness of safety and health among Manitoba’s youth and showcased during the 2012 Day of Mourning. This is an annual day of remembrance for workers who have been killed or injured on the job in Canada. The aim of this day, to be recognized on April 28, is to publicly renew the commitment to fight for the safety of the living, as well as mourning for those workers who had died. Although it began in Canada, the Day of Mourning is now commemorated in more than 70 countries. “Encouraging young people to think about workplace safety and health while in the classroom will educate them about the importance of safe work practices,” said Education Minister Nancy Allen. Darrell Nesbitt writes from Shoal Lake, Manitoba

Time to rejuvenate foliage plants As plants prepare for full growth mode, you prepare to cut back, thin and repot By Albert Parsons Freelance contributor


y now we contemplate the days becoming longer and providing more hours of sunlight for our indoor plants — soon houseplants will begin a resurgence after a long period of semi-dormancy. Because the plants will be coming into “full growth mode” as light levels increase, now is the perfect time to do some cutting back, thinning and even some repotting if required. The original plants will recover quickly from any assault and any cuttings that are taken to create new plants will quickly root and be established. I recently went at my half-dozen or so large pots of Chinese evergreens; they had become overgrown and many of the stems were elongated — to the point of becoming pendulous — and bare at the bottom. I also observed that there were many new shoots trying to find their way up through the mass of foliage and so I determined that if I cut the plants back somewhat, these new stems would have a better chance to grow and make the pots full and lush once more. I simply cut off all the long stems, leaving about four cm of stem from

which more new shoots might develop. I cleaned up the plants by removing all the dead and yellowed leaves from the base of the stems and while I was at it I collected up the top few centimetres of old soil and discarded it, replacing it with some fresh soilless mix. As I always do when potting houseplants, I sprinkled a bit of insecticidal powder on the soil surface — being careful not to get any on the leaves of the plants. I find this a preventive measure well worth taking as it discourages fungus gnat infestations. While I was in the midst of this job, I took a clean, damp cloth and carefully wiped the leaves of the remaining stems to remove a winter’s layer of dust. It is amazing how much dust collects on the leaves of houseplants and it is a good idea to periodically wipe them — particularly those with large leaves like the Chinese evergreen. This of course improves the appearance of the plants but it also improves their health by allowing better access to light and air. Because I had so many cut-off stems I only chose the best ones to use as cuttings. I shortened the long stems to about 30 cm, removed the lower couple of leaves, and planted eight to 10 cuttings in each of several

large 10-inch pots filled with dampened soilless mix. I used a rooting hormone by dipping the bottom of each cutting into the powder and then gave it a tap to remove any excess powder. The pots of cuttings were placed adjacent to a window but not in direct sunlight. I didn’t put them in my sunroom because the temperatures there are still quite cool and cuttings root better if temperatures are warm. The very lower leaves of the cuttings, particularly the ones which attach to the stems right at or just below soil level, will gradually yellow and wither. I never get in a rush to remove them but eventually I snip them off with a pair of sharp scissors. By early spring I will have my original pots of Chinese evergreens which are much shorter and more attractive; they are also quite full as the new stems have grown and filled in the gaps. I also have three more pots of Chinese evergreens established and ready to be enjoyed or if I don’t want them I will donate them to a local group’s plant sale or some other worthy cause. Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba

Chopping back plants is messy but well worth the effort.   photo: albert parsons


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Questions for Reena You’ve been asking and here’s the answers Reena Nerbas Household Solutions Dear Reena, I have a beautifully embroidered tablecloth. It has a wide border of tiny cross-stitch and handmade lace edging that my mother made for me. It took her many years to make this. It has a real ink stain on it. Because it has been there for many years I really don’t know how to remove it without damaging the cloth. Please help and thank you. — Lee Dear Lee, To be honest, there are many types of ink stains. Therefore, what often works on one ink stain (such as hairspray) may not work on another. Begin with the easiest solution which is dish soap and water or shaving cream or hydrogen peroxide. Blot the ink stain and note if any of the stain has lifted. My guess is that you will need a more aggressive solution which is to soak the affected area in paint thinner for at least one hour, then smear the area with dish soap and water. Wash as normal. This process needs to be repeated until the stain is gone. The risk involved is that if the fibres are very weak they may break and some of the colour may fade. Test everything on an inconspicuous area first. Hi there Reena, Do you have any tips or tricks for cleaning horizontal blinds? Mine are dusty, and I always find it to be a difficult task. Also, if I could be greedy and ask two questions, I have an old, sickly dog that goes to the bathroom in the corner of the dining room. I’ve been cleaning it up with Windex and other wet cleaners, and the moisture is causing the edges of the hardwood floorboards to lift. Any suggestions on alternative methods of cleaning that won’t damage the flooring? Thanks, Reena! — Amanda Dear Amanda, Let’s begin with the blinds. For everyday dusting wipe metal blinds with a good-quality microfibre cloth and water or the dust attachment on your vacuum. Once a month, wipe slats with an unused fabric sheet. Doing this repels dust. Every six months, grab an old clean sock and a bucket of soapy water. Dip the sock into water and wash blinds. Follow up with a clear water rinse. Once a year, remove blinds and fill your bathtub with hot water, 1 tsp. dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar. Allow the blinds to soak for a half-hour or so. Drain the tub and rinse with the shower head or a bucket of clean water. Or bring blinds outside and hose them down and let air-dry. If you are tackling mini blinds, slip

To help cut down on dust, wipe horizontal blinds with a fabric softener sheet. ©THINKSTOCK

your hand into a pair of socks. Dip hand into a bucket of warm, soapy water and hold the blinds between your two hands. Rub back and forth until you’ve cleaned the whole surface. Then reverse sides so the dry sock dries the blinds. Wipe mini blinds with damp fabric softener sheets to eliminate static that collects dust. As for the hardwood floor mess; begin by making the corner less attractive to your pet by laying down a pointy rubber shoe mat or a piece of furniture or a pile of crumpled-up aluminum foil. For cleaning, in some cases, using super-fine stainless steel wool and a small amount of mineral spirits removes urine stains and smells but you will have to finish the area to protect it (refinish by waxing and buffing the area). My favourite tip for urine on hardwood floors is to pour 1/2 cup three per cent hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup white vinegar onto the area. Leave for two hours and blot up excess. You may or may not need to refinish the area depending on the result. Test on an inconspicuous area first. Since your floor is becoming damaged from moisture, you may opt to use enough baking soda and a small amount of water to cover the area. Leave for an hour and wipe. If the smell remains you will need to refinish the floor with several coats of finish. I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming! Check out my website Reena Nerbas is a highly popular professional speaker and the author of three national bestsellers, Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions, Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets and Household Solutions 3 with Green Alternatives. Books and Household Solutions 1, 2 and 3 Cooking/Cleaning Gift Packs are available online or by calling: 204-320-2757.

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If you run out of confectioner’s (icing) sugar grind granulated sugar in a blender. You’ll have powdered sugar in seconds.

Keep oil paintings beautiful by dusting them with a feather duster. Don’t use a cloth as it may break pieces off.

In order to prevent fish from sticking to your grill, rub the grates with the cut side of a potato half before grilling.

Since stencil paints dry quickly, it is difficult to clean the brushes. Dip them in rubbing alcohol and rub them to remove paint. To keep their shape, loosely wrap a rubber band around the bristles while wet.

This summer, keep children’s yard toys organized by storing them in a clean, large plastic garbage can with wheels. This is a great way to store bats, mitts, skipping ropes, etc. It wheels to wherever you are, making cleanup a snap.

Brush a little clear nail polish of the underside of metal containers to prevent rust marks on countertops.

Sweet ’n’ Sassy BBQ Sauce: Mix a few spoonfuls of jelly into your favourite BBQ sauce. Brush over chicken or ribs towards the last few minutes of grilling. Or add jelly to bottled vinaigrette salad dressing to enhance the flavour.

Erase deodorant streaks. Rub pantyhose over white areas. The nylon lifts the marks like magic.


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lipping coupons and saving money has become the subject of TV shows. Yes, you can save money, but be sure that you are able to use the food within a reasonable period of time to ensure you enjoy foods at their safest and highest quality. Consider these tips: • Organize your coupons in categories for easy shopping, and place your coupons in a place that’s easily accessible. If you leave your coupons at home, you won’t save any money. • Check the policies of your grocery store to see if they honour coupons printed from couponing websites. • Read the sales ads and pair a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon for added savings. • Shop for good nutrition and value. Be cautious about the

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Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutrition specialist and associate professor in the department of health, nutrition and exercise sciences.


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OAC and OVC honour Temple Grandin The animal scientist was awarded an honorary doctorate University of Guelph release

Prices for 110-pound lambs are $2.20/lb. or higher, and good breeding ewes are fetching over $300 per head.  photo: alexis kienlen

Strong prices boost sheep herd 5.7 per cent Heifer retention numbers show Manitoba cattle herd on the rebound, but hogs stand more or less pat By Daniel Winters co-operator staff


he latest numbers released by Statistics Canada show that cattle, hog and sheep numbers in Manitoba have begun to recover after years of shrinking. On Jan. 1, 2012, Manitoba’s total sheep flock stood at 56,000, up from 53,000 last year, for a 5.7 per cent increase. That’s still down from 65,000 in 2006, however. But with the biggest sheep feedlot in Canada operating near Brandon, looking at ewe numbers provides a more reliable picture of the industry’s fortunes, said Lucien Lesage, chair of the Manitoba Sheep Association. Manitoba’s ewe flock was pegged at 28,200 this year, with the latest figures showing a 200-head rise over the 2011 count. “There seems to be a trend that expansion is on the way,” said Lesage, who added that the official figures may be lower than reality because more producers are retaining ewe lambs that will go into production next year. Prices are as high as Lesage has ever seen, with 110-pound lambs bringing $2.20/lb. or higher. Good breeding ewes are fetching over $300 per head, but with good management, total returns per ewe could be north of $400 per year, he said. Replacement rates for sheep are typically 15-20 per cent of the ewe lamb crop each year, and with many shepherds expanding to cash in on high prices, convincing producers to part with top-notch ewes is difficult. Addressing predation is still a “big challenge” and one that prevents many newcomers from taking the plunge into sheep production, he added. Nationally, strong prices brought the breeding ewe herd up 0.6 per cent and the number of replacement lambs went up 4.1 per cent, with the bulk of the increase

seen in Ontario. The national flock saw a two per cent gain for a total of 828,600 head.

Heifer retention up

The province’s cattle herd was pegged at 1.165 million head, up 0.4 per cent from 1.16 million at the same time in 2011. Beef cow numbers were down to 498,300 from 503,000, but heifer retention was up by 1,000 head over last year’s 63,000. Nationwide, the number of heifers being kept for future breeding stock was up 4.3 per cent, for a total of 554,300 head. Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Cam Dahl said that the report shows that the province’s beef producers may have turned the corner after witnessing a precipitous 26 per cent decline in the herd since 2006.

“There seems to be a trend that expansion is on the way.” Lucien Lesage

“I was concerned that the downward trend in our cattle numbers was going to continue, especially after the flood,” said Dahl. “The retention of heifers is also something that is very positive because it shows that we’re starting to rebuild the herd.” Cattle numbers in Canada as a whole were up 0.5 per cent, with a total of 12.5 million head, which Statistics Canada said was the first year-over-year increase in seven years. But since the peak in 2005, the Canadian herd has shrunk 16.1 per cent, the report added. Beef cow numbers for the whole country stood at 4.2 million head, down one

per cent from last year. There were 66,595 cow-calf operations, 10,865 cow-calf backgrounding operations, and 2,945 feeding operations in Canada. Canadian farmers had about 1.4 million dairy cows and heifers on their farms, roughly unchanged.

Hogs seen stable

Andrew Dickson, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, said that the 0.4 per cent increase in Manitoba hogs shows that the herd, at 2.63 million head compared to 2.62 million last year, hasn’t changed much compared to last year. “Those numbers are almost statistical variance,” he said. “The key thing is that we’re not shrinking anymore.” The effect of better-than-break-even prices over the past year for hogs hasn’t translated into an expanded herd due to tighter government regulations covering the industry and the moratorium on expansion in certain areas, he added. “Unless you’re feeling very wealthy and have lots of money to spend on environmental equipment that may or may not work, it’s almost impossible,” said Dickson. Reluctance by lenders to extend credit, as well as the fact that packing plants are nearing full capacity, also mean that hog numbers are unlikely to rise in Manitoba, even though the price outlook for the next couple of years is favourable. Nationwide, the hog herd was up 1.1 per cent over 2011, with 12 million hogs. There were 6,820 hog farms in Canada, down 2.5 per cent. These farms reported 1.3 million sows and gilts, down 0.1 per cent from last year, and down 1.3 per cent from the same date in 2010. Canada exported 5.8 million hogs in 2011, up 1.3 per cent from 2010. This was 8.4 per cent less than the exports in 2009 and 41.8 per cent below the peak in 2007.

Temple Grandin, the renowned animal scientist, bestselling author and consultant to the livestock industry on animal welfare and behaviour, received an honorary doctorate of science at the winter convocation for the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) and the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) February 22. “As founding colleges of the University of Guelph, we are thrilled to jointly recognize Dr. Grandin with this honorary degree,” said Rob Gordon, dean of OAC in a release. “She is a welcome and frequent visitor and friend to our university and we have all benefited from her insights and knowledge, particularly the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare,” he said. “She has made immeasurable contributions to the health and welfare of farm animals and sustainable agricultural practices. This is what contemporary agriculture is all about.” Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is a person with high-functioning autism and knows the anxiety of feeling threatened by her surroundings. She has introduced and designed humane handling systems for livestockprocessing facilities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. “Temple Grandin’s contributions are an inspiration to all veterinarians who are bound by a solemn oath to promote animal health and welfare and relieve animal suffering,” said Dr. Elizabeth A. Stone, OVC dean. Grandin earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College, her master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University, and her doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. She has published over 400 articles in scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is also one of the world’s most accomplished and recognized people with autism. She invented a device used to treat people with hypersensitivity, was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning film “Temple Grandin,” and in 2010 was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.


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Meeting the challenge of heavier carcass weights Packers want heavier carcasses to reduce their costs, but it costs producers more to feed them to that weight Bernie Peet Peet on Pigs


he demand from pork processors for heavier carcasses has created a number of challenges for hog producers which need to be addressed in order to ensure that increasing the weight at which pigs are marketed is profitable. This was the message to producers from Dr. Ed u a rd o Be l t ra nena, with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, at the recent Ce n t ra l i a Sw i n e Re s e a rc h Update held in Kirkton, Ontario. “Packers want heavier carcasses to spread costs over more kilograms of pork processed,” he explains. “However, heavier carcasses mean that hogs stay in the barn longer to reach higher live weights, which implies reduced barn turnover rates and more kilos of feed per hog sold. Producers question whether there is an economic benefit to them especially at times when pork prices are low.” Beltranena notes a number of factors which producers must take into account when deciding the best strategy. “The most important consideration producers should make regarding housing hogs in barns longer is pen stocking density up to first pull for slaughter,” he says. A first step to understanding the implications of higher weights is to calculate the optimum stocking density, using the formula 0.034 x Body Weight 0.67, which will allow the cor-

rect number of hogs per pen to be calculated. “Typical pens measuring 2.5 x 6 m (8 x 20 ft.) should house 17 hogs to a market weight of 120 kg,” Dr Beltranena says. “If filled with 22 hogs, which is a common commercial stocking density, hogs will be crowded for the last third of their stay in such pens.” He encourages producers to learn how to calculate pen space allocation and the weight at which pigs start to outgrow their space. The potential for crowding finisher pens has also increased due to higher breeding herd productivity, he notes. Crowding hogs reduces feed intake and consequently weight gain. “Limited floor space and restricted feeder access have additive effects,” Beltranena says. “Research carried out at the Prairie Swine Centre suggests that for every three per cent below the critical individual pen space allocation, there was one per cent reduction in daily weight gain and 0.75 per cent reduction in feed intake.” Slower growth compounds the pen space problem because pigs take longer to reach market weight.

Returns uncertain

In addition to the challenge of pig flow in the finisher barn, Beltranena says producers may not get a return on the cost of feeding pigs to heavier weights. “Depending on finishing diet cost and taking into account the poorer feed conversion at heavier live market weight, it could cost $4-$8 more to feed a hog to gain 6.5 kg, giving a fivekg heavier carcass,” he explains.

However, he suggests, if crowding hogs results in progressive feed restriction, a reduction in backfat may result in a lower yield class on some packer grids. “Fo r a c o m m o n A l b e r t a packer grid, I calculated that a producer would not earn the extra $5 per hog necessary to cover feed costs if average backfat was reduced by two mm due to pigs being kept longer in crowded conditions in order to produce a five-kg heavier carcass,” he says.

Options evaluated

Given that pen space is finite, what are the long-term options to alleviate pressure? A detailed study at the University of Minnesota modelled the implications of selling hogs as they reached market weight, selling hogs within pens to maintain the required space allocation — even if that meant selling them light — selling weaners, reducing sow breedings or constructing additional finishing space. “They concluded — based on return on equity — that reducing sow breeding was the least preferred, because underutilized sow crates are the most costly asset,” Dr. Beltranena notes. “Selling weaners was the next most undesirable option and selling underweight hogs to maintain within pen space allocation was intermediate. The best option was to construct additional finishing space as it would be amortized over the long term, followed by marketing hogs as they reached target market weight.” If producers intend to build some additional finishing space,

Eduardo Beltranena encourages producers to learn how to calculate pen space allocation and the weight at which pigs start to outgrow their space.

they should consider constructing in-barn lairage pens because this will allow pigs to be fasted prior to shipping, Beltranena advises. “Up to $3 worth of undigested feed can be found in the stomach and guts of pigs taken directly from their pen w h e n t h e y h a v e u n i n t e rrupted feed access right up to the time of shipping,” he says. “Hogs should be fasted for 12-24 hours, including the time in the plant lairage. Not fasting hogs long enough can affect pork quality, reducing revenue to the producer and the packer.” The strategy for removing

Tyson Foods: High gasoline prices threaten beef demand WASHINGTON / REUTERS / U.S. consumers may try to save money by eating less meat if they continue to feel the pinch of high gasoline prices, the chief executive of Tyson Foods said Feb. 24. “People want meat... but it’s getting pretty expensive,” CEO Donnie Smith told reporters at an agricultural conference in Washington, D.C. “We’re concerned that there are going to be thresholds, depending on disposable income, where that demand kind of tops out.” Rising fuel prices are the latest concern for consumers, who have already been facing high prices for beef due to a drought that reduced cattle herds in the southern U.S. Plains last year. High prices for corn, used to feed livestock, helped drive up beef prices. The result is that backyard cookouts this year could be subdued. Retail prices for beef in January set a record high for the fifth straight month. Smith, speaking at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Outlook Forum, noted consumer spending

pigs for market also needs to be considered as a means of minimizing the number of days that pigs are crowded. Dr. Beltranena suggests starting the first pull of pigs earlier to create more space for the remaining pigs, even if it means those pigs being slightly light relative to the optimum weight on the packer grid. Another alternative is to market a proportion of the hogs on a lightweight grid or to ship to a small, local abattoir that requires smaller pigs, he says. Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal.

seems to suffer when the national average price for gas is above $3.50 or $3.75 a gallon. He predicted that per capita consumption of beef will continue to weaken for the next two years because of high costs. Cattle ranchers in Texas, the epicentre of the drought, confirmed high gas prices will likely reduce demand for beef. “If we start taxing consumers with motor fuel prices again, we’ll probably take the edge off our summer vacation season and certainly (that will) be damaging to retail meat demand,” said Don Close, marketing director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Consumers also could back away from chicken. Tyson is buying raw chicken from producers every week, instead of stocking up on supplies, because of uncertainty about the strength of demand, Smith said. He said the company will watch sales through the early part of the summer grilling season to see whether demand is disappointing. The USDA predicted Feb. 24 domestic per capita consumption of red meat and poultry for 2012 would decline by more than six pounds, or about three per cent, to just over 198 pounds retail weight.


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Two-year CFIA investigation results in charges for exporting over-age cattle By Daniel Winters CO-OPERATOR STAFF /BRANDON


hree cattle operations and a local veterinarian have been charged for allegedly failing to accurately record the ages of cattle shipped to the United States. Lisa Gauthier, a spokesperson for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said in a n e m a i l t h a t t h e c h a rg e s under the Health of Animals A c t a n d re g u l a t i o n s w e re a p p r ov e d b y p r o s e c u t o r s following the execution of a search warrant in April of 2010 on four premises near Neepawa and Brandon. Gauthier refused to provide details of the matter in question, other than the exact charges and the names of those charged. “As the matter is now before the courts, it would not be appropriate for the CFIA to comment further on this issue,” Gauthier said. The premises searched by RCMP included Br ydges & Taylor Veterinar y Hospital, Mow a t L i v e s t o c k , D. A . M . Cattle Buyers, and J. Quintaine & Son, in the RMs of Elton and Langford and the town of Neepawa. Based on the CFIA’s twoyear investigation, the Public Prosecution Ser vice of Canada approved charges that relate to the “inaccurate recording” of the ages of bovines exported or destined for export to the United States. D r. F a w c e t t Ta y l o r o f Neepawa has been charged with refusing or neglecting to perform a duty imposed upon him under Section 34 of the Health of Animals Act. The performance of this duty relates to duties carried out by an accredited CFIA veterinarian. Dr. Taylor, Mowat Livestock Ltd., D.A.M. Cattle Buyers Ltd., Douglas Adam Mowat and Donna Michelle Mowat have been charged with exporting a number of cattle that did not meet the import requirements of the United States in contravention of Subsection 69 (1) (b) of the Health of Animals Regulations. J. Quintaine & Son Ltd., P. Quintaine & Son Ltd. and Ja m e s Ha ro l d Qu i n t a i n e have also been charged with exporting a number of cattle that did not meet the import requirements of the United States in contravent i o n o f Su b s e c t i o n 6 9 ( 1 ) (b) of the Health of Animals Regulations. The charges were sworn in provincial court in Winnipeg o n Se p t . 2 6 , 2 0 1 1 a n d o n Nov 1, 2011. The case was remanded until March 6.

Cash for agroforestry project Four-year project to examine benefits of sheltering livestock from wind Staff


$160,000 federal grant has been awarded to a Manitoba conservation district study the environmental and economic benefits of shelterbelts on ranches. The Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District will use the funding to study how agroforestry can reduce the costs associated with livestock production and m i t i g a t e g re e n h o u s e g a s emissions. The project will evaluate various beneficial management practices on the farm to see if they can be easily adopted by the farming community. Results of this research have the potential to reduce production costs, improve energy savings, and enhance nutrient cycling and biodi-

versity while simultaneously protecting the environment. “Making the business case for properly placed rows of trees is pretty easy, what we lack is the recording and reporting tools used in business to guide adop-

will be engaging grain and livestock farmers in a conversation about the value of trees in the agricultural landscape, as well as the tools and practices needed to achieve the numerous benefits of agroforestry in

“Making the business case for properly placed rows of trees is pretty easy, what we lack is the recording and reporting tools used in business to guide adoption.” RYAN CANART

t i o n ,” s a i d Ry a n Ca n a r t , district manager for the Up p e r A s s i n i b o i n e R i ve r Conservation District. “Over the next four years, Upper Assiniboine and the Rural Development Institute

t h e m o d e r n a g r i c u l t u ra l setting.” Producers will have the opportunity to increase their profits through green agriculture technologies thanks to a partnership between

industry, academia and the Government of Canada, said Dauphin-area MP Robert Sopuck. “Farmers have always been great stewards of their land, and this investment will enable researchers to develop new tools and practices to help farmers grow their businesses while continuing to protect our environment,” said Sopuck. Funding for this project is through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. The AGGP will provide funding to various partners across Canada to investigate innovative mechanisms, tools and approaches that provide real solutions for the agriculture sector.

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European lab promises world’s first in vitro hamburger The first ones off the grill will cost about $300,000 a piece — but the price is expected to fall rapidly By Tamara Leigh CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR/VANCOUVER


et ready for the first taste from the “Petri dish platter.” A group of researchers in the Netherlands has announced that the first labgrown hamburger will be on the grill in October 2012 — at a cost of roughly $300,000. That may not sound hard for beef producers to compete with, but researcher Dr. Mark Post says that as with any other product, cost will decline with volume. He thinks the process can be scaled up to make a commercially viable meat product within five years. The presentation was made at North America’s biggest annual science event, the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting held here last month. Among the sessions available to one of the 5,000-odd attendees was one titled “The Next Agricultural Revolution: Emerging Production Methods for Meat Alternatives.” “There are alternatives to livestock agriculture provided by the medical field,” says Post, head of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. “We have all the technologies needed to take stem cells from animals and grow them in the lab into muscle tissues.” Animal muscle tissue grown in the lab is commonly referred to as “cultured” or “in vitro” meat. The development of technology for producing cultured meat for human consumption has been under development since the early 1950s. “We are looking for efficiency of production and mimicry,” says Post. “It needs to replace meat as we know it.”

Muscle stem cells

The process starts with stem cells harvested from the muscle of a living animal. The cells are fed a serum of sugars, protein, amino

acids and fatty acids, and grown out in Petri dishes with anchor points that provide structure for the “muscle” and allows it to be stretched and flexed. To “exercise” the tissue, the cells are zapped with electrical currents to create higher protein production and achieve the typical striated muscle pattern that consumers are used to seeing in their meat. Any steak aficionado will tell you that the flavour is in the fat — something the medical field is usually more concerned about reducing rather than adding. The lab is also cultivating strips of fat that will eventually be blended with the muscle to make a minced meat product. Sound appetizing? One of the biggest concerns for the future of cultured meat is consumer acceptance. There are many who feel that people simply won’t have an appetite for Petri dish protein. Post is not one of them. “If the price is right and we can get a guaranteed quality, then I think the choice will be easily made,” he says. Part of the price will be measured in environmental impact. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has predicted that meat production will need to increase by up to 200 million tonnes per year by 2050 in order to feed the growing demand. Currently, livestock production accounts for 70 per cent of all agricultural land and 30 per cent of the land surface of the planet. The doubling of production will have serious implications for the competition of land, water and other inputs. “The basic issue is that cows and pigs are very inefficient,” says Post. “In vitro meat can be produced with a huge reduction in land, and considerable reduction in water and energy use.”

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Dutch scientist Mark Post displays samples of in vitro or cultured meat grown in a laboratory, at the University of Maastricht Nov. 9, 2011. In vitro meat is an animal flesh product that has never been part of a complete, living animal, and is quite different from imitation meat or meat substitutes, which are vegetarian foods made from vegetable proteins like soy. REUTERS/FRANCOIS LENOIR

“In vitro meat can be produced with a huge reduction in land, and considerable reduction in water and energy use.” MARK POST,

University of Maastricht

cycle analysis for cultured meat. In comparison to conventionally produced European beef, cultured meat required 45 per cent less energy, 96 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions, 99 per cent lower land use, and 96 per cent lower water use. The energy advantage drops considerably when cultured meat is compared to other protein sources, particularly poultry, but it still only uses a fraction of

the land area and water needed to rear livestock. Post says the laboratory offers other opportunities, including the ability to develop new and healthier product traits, and producing meat from exotic animals or multiple sources. The hamburger will hopefully be the “proof of concept” that Post needs to secure funding to take production to the next level.

“We are still growing very small pieces, too small to actually cook right now,” says Post. “We are now gearing up to produce a golf-ball size of this stuff and cook it.” There are still considerable challenges to overcome, largely financial, before Post and his team will realize their goal of a commercial production facility. The project is currently bankrolled by an anonymous private funder, but eventually they are going to need a larger infusion of capital. “Eventually this needs to c o m e f r o m g ov e r n m e n t s and businesses. It’s really a long-term investment,” says Post. “We need quite a bit of resources to work through the variables to make it more efficient and scale it up.”

Plant product to go toe to toe with meat and dairy? A researcher says the global food problem is not feeding people, but animals By Tamara Leigh CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR / VANCOUVER

Livestock agriculture is an obsolete technology, says Stanford researcher, Patrick O. Brown. “Animal farming is by far the biggest ongoing global environmental catastrophe,” says Brown. “It’s an inefficient technology that hasn’t changed for a millennia.” In a presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting here last month, the researcher and entrepreneur gave a provocative presentation in which he characterized the livestock industry as “a sitting duck for disruptive technology.” When it comes to feeding the world, Brown claims livestock is the real population bomb. The current human population has just surpassed seven billion, but the global livestock population is greater than 21 billion. “Population growth is an issue because humans are carrying a

population of livestock that outnumber and outconsume us by a lot,” says Brown. “They are competing with humans for primary nutrients.” Brown argues that the world’s four major commodity crops — corn, wheat, rice and soy — already produce enough food to meet the caloric and protein requirements of the projected world population in 2050. The problem is that many of the food crops currently produced are used for animal feed. “If we could replace animalderived foods with plant-derived foods, we could free up 26 per cent of Earth’s land surface for other uses, reduce water use and greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pressures on biodiversity,” says Brown. Motivated by a passion for environmental conservation and sustainability, Brown has committed the next phase of his career to developing alternative technolo-

gies to compete with meat and dairy products. “If you just look at the chemical and physical characteristics of foods that are traditionally animalbased foods, you find that it is in the repertoire of components that you can get from abundant, cheap plants,” he says Financed by a Silicone Valley venture firm, Brown is developing a grain-based product line that will compete head on with meat and dairy products. He claims to have a product that will satisfy the cravings of even the hardcore meat and cheese lovers. “We have a class of products that totally rocks and cannot be distinguished from animal-based product that it replaces, even by hardcore foodies, and that’s something that we’re now in the process of scaling up so we can manufacture and distribute it,” says Brown. The new products are expected to be available in the United States within a year.


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Arrests made in mail thefts

Dr. Seuss was right!

Staff / Police have laid charges against four individuals in relation to a series of mail thefts in rural areas surrounding Winnipeg. RCMP report two adult males from Winnipeg have been arrested and have been charged with a number of offences including possession of stolen mail, identity theft, and fraud. They are scheduled to appear in Winnipeg provincial court in February. RCMP investigators have sworn warrants of arrest for another adult male and an adult female. The thefts occurred between October of 2011 and mid-January, 2012 in rural areas surrounding the City of Winnipeg.

West Europe wheat resists freeze, French durum hit

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paris / reuters / Western Europe’s main wheat crop should emerge largely unscathed from severe winter weather in the past month, provided it does not face further stress from rapid swings between freezing and thawing conditions, analysts and crop experts said. Other winter crops are also expected to have escaped significant losses, with the possible exception of durum and barley in parts of France that may be resown with spring crops. A spell of extremely cold weather across Europe in late January and early February stoked fears of damage after rapid early growth left some plants less sturdy than usual and with protective snow cover lacking in some areas.

Cold damage to EU grain crops limited so far paris / reuters / Europe’s recent cold spell has done little damage to winter wheat and barley crops — so far. Soft wheat production will fall 600,000 tonnes, to 132.7 million tonnes, because of the cold, analyst Strategie Grains said in its latest estimate. “Our initial analysis is that in most countries, the freezing conditions will not lead to more significant winter crop losses (on wheat and barley) than experienced in a normal year,” the French analyst said. It stressed however that the impact of the cold weather would not be fully assessed until vegetation growth resumes in the spring. The countries where crop damage was likely to be most severe were Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and some parts of Romania and Poland, it said. However, damaged fields would likely be resown with spring crops rather than left to grow at lower yields, it added.

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New Zealand sheep farmers call for collaboration The president of New Zealand’s largest lamb co-op says the competition is pork, chicken and beef By Nicolas Mesly Co-operator contributor / Wanaka, New Zealand


othing bothers a Canadian lamb producer more than the sight of frozen New Zealand lamb in the local supermarket. Owen Poole says they should look at it differently. “We shouldn’t be seen as competition. The challenge that brings us together is to make sure there is lamb on everyone’s dinner table all year long,” says Owen Poole, president of Alliance Group, a co-operative with about 5,500 members and New Zealand’s largest supplier and processor of lamb meat. Poole notes that lamb represents a mere four per cent of global meat consumption — the lion’s share belongs to pork, chicken and beef. “That’s our real competition,” he says. New Zealand is home to 33 million sheep compared to about one million in Canada. Canadian consumers, especially ethnic communities, are developing a growing fondness for lamb meat but Canadian suppliers are only capable of satisfying half of demand. Therefore more than 70 per cent is imported from New Zealand, whose customer base of 4.3 million people only consumes about five per cent of production. The rest goes for export.

Alliance Group own a network of nine slaughter facilities, with a capacity of 32,000 head per day currently processing more than seven million sheep and other species per year. Carcasses are scanned by computer and divided into various cuts and dispatched across the world. Asian customers, especially in China, take the less popular cuts such as offal, breasts and necks. To meet the more demanding markets such as Germany, France, and Belgium which need to be supplied 52 weeks per year, Alliance Group has concluded strategic alliances. It works with sheep producers in Uruguay to supply Latin America, and to meet North American demand, Alliance established The Lamb Company, a consortium which includes another New Zealand co-operative and an Australian company. The Lamb Company has offices in Toronto and supplies frozen and refrigerated lamb shanks and legs of lamb to supermarket chains like Costco and Loblaws. Despite abundant rain and year-round grazing, “We have our share of challenges,” says Poole. Deadly storms blew through New Zealand in the spring of 2010 and devastated the North and South islands, killing 1.6 million sheep. Poole says that’s why strategic alliances are so important to

ensure their markets are supplied, especially given logistical problems when clients are largely located more than 10,000 kilometres away. The dramatic growth of New Zealand’s dairy production, a virtual Saudi Arabia of milk, led 750 lamb farmers to switch to dairy production over the past five years. And the afforestation of mountainsides, supported by the New Zealand government to help meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, has removed grazing land from sheep farmers. “Lamb is an expensive meat to produce and is usually a luxury product,” says Poole, stressing the importance of a common merchandising strategy. He says Canadian lamb farmers have a competitive edge, primarily that of being closer to its markets. They also have technological capacity to produce up to three lambs in two years period since reproduction can be better controlled in a pen than on vast pastures. New Zealand breeders are restricted to a single lambing per year. Alliance Group member Jonathan Wallis, who grazes 7,500 sheep on a 20,000-hectare mountainside property bordering Lake Wanaka, agrees with Poole. “We’ll never be able to fulfil all of our markets on our own. There is more to be gained by working together.”


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Strategic plan sought to secure future of food and the farm February 12 was the day most Canadians have enough money to buy the food they need. But strategic planning is needed to bolster value throughout the food system By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff


ate winter was historically the time of the “hunger moon.” The larder of winter food was low and people waited anxiously for the land to produce again. People could only dream of a time when they would not have to worry they had enough. In Canada “Food Freedom Day” a designation of Canadian Federation of Agriculture reminds people in this country that food has indeed become abundant and is accessible to most, pointing out that the middle of February average income earners have earned enough money to pay for all they need for the rest of the year. In 2 0 1 1 , Ca n a d i a n s a re expected to have spent 11.8 per cent of their disposable income on food ($3,583) based on a calculation of disposable income per capita of approximately $30,255. This year Food Freedom Day fell on February 12. Canadians can take pride in having some of the safest and most affordable food in the world, said Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture which has designated the day. But he also took the occasion this year to remind Canadians that while there’s clearly value for them in the current system, it is one much in need of an overhaul. What’s needed is a longerterm plan or strategy that begins to create longer-term value, and

embrace a broader vision for food and agriculture, Bonnett said. Last year the CFA tabled National Food Strateg y, A Framework for Securing the Future of Food, a document calling for a more holistic and strategic approach to food and agriculture that is more responsive to current needs both domestically and internationally. The National Food Strategy looks to a future where the food system would promote a Canadian eating brand focused on improving health, while fostering economic growth, improving farm profitability and sustaining ecosystems. It’s one of a series of blueprints or maps put forward in the past three years, that come from a diverse range of groups, all ultimately looking for more value in food. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute in a 2009 report released Building Convergence: Toward an Integrated Health and Agri-Food Strategy for Canada, made the case for tying agriculture together with health policy, shifting consumer preferences towards healthier homegrown foods while improving returns to farmers. Last Februar y CAPI also released another document titled Canadian Agri-Food Destination pointing to Canadian agriculture’s falling profitability and declining relevance, and calling for a less “farm-centric” focus on agricultural support programs. Since then other voices have joined the chorus. On the eve of the federal election, Food Secure Canada, representing grassroots

“All of these strategies are about stepping back and looking at where we want to go.” Ron Bonnett

Canadian Federation of Agriculture president

There is widespread recognition that our country needs new policy approaches for food and farming, said Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett, a guest speaker at Keystone Agricultural Producers January meeting.   photo: lorraine stevenson

food security and local food movement groups across the country released Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada, emphasizing the need for programs that spur farm entrants and creation of policies that ensure all Canadians regardless of income have access to healthy food. It also pointed to Canada as the only G8 country without a nationally funded school meal program. The Conference Board of Canada has also waded in, last year rolling out its multi-year Centre for Food In Canada initiative to create a framework for more co-ordinated and proactive food strategy. Meanwhile a host of local initiatives at the municipal and provincial levels have also called for food policy, including in Manitoba where grassroots

groups have worked on development of a provincial food charter, and food security organizations in northern Manitoba and Winnipeg continue to press for more holistic policy approaches around food access, health and returns to farmers. In the last election, for the first time, all five political parties also had policies in their platforms directly related to food. Speaking to Keystone Agricultural Producers at their January meeting Bonnett said clearly times have changed. “For a long time farmers and farm organizations had trouble getting agriculture on the agenda for discussion at either provincial, national or international levels,” he said. In an interview Bonnett said the main message he hears coming from these various strategies

is that no one takes food, or the system supplying it, for granted anymore. Public interest in food and agriculture has been piqued by a whole range of issues in the media spotlight, he said, from climate change to food security and highly publicized food safety scares such as the listeriosis outbreak at Maple Leaf. “I think all of these things have made people stop and think ‘are we taking our food for granted?’” he said. These calls for national food strategy are fundamentally about having a longer-term plan, and they represent something different than a Growing Forward approach, which is planning to meet five-year objectives, he added. “We have to start stepping back and looking at where it is we want to be in five, 10, 15 years out, and to get away from short windows of planning,” he said. “And there seems to be strong support for this. All of these strategies are about stepping back and looking at where we want to go.”


Kazakhstan expects sharp decline in 2012 grain crop astana/reuters / Kazakhstan expects its grain harvest to revert to an average level of between 13 million and 15 million tonnes this year, a sharp decline from the record postSoviet crop of 2011, Deputy Agriculture Minister Muslim Umiryayev said Feb. 21. Central Asia’s largest wheat exporter harvested 27 million tonnes of grain by clean weight last year, its largest crop since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. In drought-hit 2010, the harvest was only 12.2 million tonnes. “We are forecasting the 2012 harvest at an average level of 13 million to 15 million tonnes,” Umiryayev told a news conference. He later specified this level as the average for the last 12 years. The ministry said in a statement that the total area sown to grain in Kazakhstan was expected to reach 16.3 million hectares in 2012, slightly more than

the 16.2 million hectares last year. Within this total, the area sown to wheat in 2012 would decline to 13.5 million hectares from 13.8 million tonnes last year, the ministry said.

Bunge profit beats estimate reuters / Agricultural processor Bunge posted a higherthan expected quarterly profit, helped by higher prices and volumes in sugar cane milling, along with better results in oilseed processing in Asia, Europe and South America. Bunge’s performance was somewhat of a bright spot for the agricultural industry, which has seen top traders like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill report weakerthan-expected results due to volatile markets and economic uncertainty. Yet the company, which earned $254 million for the fourth quarter, struck a cautious tone for 2012, saying it expected the year to be “challenging,” with margins for soy processing remaining uncertain.

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Sale starts at 1:00pm at the farm LUNCH AT NOON



Purebred & Balancer Bulls Mostly Polled • Red • Black

S: ELK CK Crazy Horse 138P D: JOB Danell Gretta 42L ET Some son’s will sell!

Ranch Raised Bulls With The Rancher In Mind! • All bulls will be Semen Tested prior to the sale

DUANE NELSON 403-626-3279 Box 1144 Glenwood, Alberta T0K 2R0

CHAROLAIS BULL SALE Friday, March 16, 2012 Innisfail Auction Market - 1:00 pm

Barry & Simone Reese Didsbury, Alberta White and Red-Factor Yearling Charolais Bulls on Offer Contact Barry: 403.335.9807 Greg: 403.507.9860

Feature Bulls: REESE ACE 61Y & REESE OX 29Y

View our catalogue online:


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MARCH 26, 2012 1:00 PM AT THE RANCH On offer 75 Polled Hereford, Charolais and Simmental Yearling Bulls

30 Polled Herefords Bulls


Harvie Ricochet + Harvie Hitman

CVIH 52Y Harvie Tailor Made + Harvie Ladies Man


Harvie Tailor Made + Linedrive

30 White, Tanned and Red Charolais Bulls


Winn Man Vinaza + Challenger

ELH 48Y Winn Man Vinaza + Harvie High Times


Harvie Trigger + Harvie High Times

15 Red and Black Simmentals Bulls


Kopp Crosby + HF Remington



Remington General Lee + TNT Aftershock

Wheatland Red Ace + Virgina Red Texas

Contact Harvie Ranching to get your Bull Sale Catalogue


Ian and Marlene Harvie Home (403)335-4180 Cell (403)507-3886

Cole, Jill and Tinley Harvie (403)994-1314

Scott and Kerrie Harvie (403)586-4278


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SDC Saturne 110X Polled DCD Saturne Hisman X LHD Mr Perfect

SDC Yellowknife 10Y SVY Freedom X HEJ Ripper 66P


SDC Yellow Grass 45Y Polled LT Bluegrass 4017 P X Wrangler Doubleshot 11S

View catalogue online at SDC Right Time 54Y SDC Time Out X SVY Freedom


SDC Yahoo 9Y SVY Freedom X MGM Merlot


SDC Offical Time 40Y SDC Time Out X SOS Hemi PLD


SDC Smoke 41Y Polled TR Red Smoke X Wrangler Doubleshot

SDC Rio 19Y LT Rio Blanco X SVY Freedom


SDC Cold Smoke 112X TR Red Smoke X 2Up Peugeot


SDC Free Time 26Y SVY Freedom X 2Up Peugeot



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West Country shorthorn Bull sale

26th AnnuAl Edition

Date: Sat. April 14, 2012


Place: Eionmor Stock Farm at the Morison Farm Time: Viewing of the Sale Offering 10:00a.m.

Eionmor Stock Farm Downsview Shorthorns

Dinner @ noon, Sale @ 1:00 p.m. On offer 30 yearling bulls, and 30 open yearling heifers

Willow Butte Cattle Co.

At the farm 26 miles west of Innisfail on Highway 54, watch for signs

Shepalta Shorthorns

Sale Management & catalogues Don Savage Auctions Phone Don at : 403-948-3520

or for more info, call Ken @ 403-728-3825 sale day: 403-877-3293 . 587-876-2544

We’ve turned Angus upside do doWn doW n

& creAted A poWerhouse of grAsslAnd genetics

• Line Bred and forage tested for 65 years, our cattle are bred to do more with less.

• 100% forage developed 2 year old red and black angus bulls for sale by private treaty

find out more Call Christoph & Erika Weder 780-765-2855

Visit or


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Peak Dot Ranch Ltd. Bull and Female Sale

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 At the Ranch, Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan

Selling 168 Bulls and 60 Heifers 1500

open commercial replacement heifers for sale

Many large uniform one-iron groups. Buyers of heifers receive a $5 per head credit to be used at the Peak Dot Ranch April 4, 2012 Bull Sale. (ex: 100 heifers x $5 = $500 credit) Call for details Carson... 306-266-4414 Peak Dot Pioneer 1069X

X Peak Dot Iron Mountain 1147

Peak Dot Pioneer 1066X

X Peak Dot Predominant 1086

X Peak Dot Predominant 1124

Peak Dot Iron Mountain 548Y

Peak Dot Iron Mountain 115Y

Peak Dot Iron Mountain 549Y

Peak Dot Bold 642Y

Peak Dot Iron Mountain 683Y

Peak Dot Iron Mountain 111Y

Peak Dot Iron Mountain 658Y

View Sale Book and Sale Cattle Photo Gallery at or phone Carson Moneo 306-266-4414 Clay Moneo 306-266-4411


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EPDs CE -1.1 BW 4.8 WW 45.3 YW 78.9 Milk 18.9 TM 41.6

On Offer: 40 Two Year Old Purebred Bulls A good selection of Yearling Heifers All bulls DNA tested free of defects Bulls dehorned at birth

EPDs CE -2.0 BW 6.4 WW 50.6 YW 99.4 Milk 22.8 TM 48.1

EPDs CE -1.2 BW 2.8 WW 36.6 YW 64.4 Milk 22.8 TM 41.1

Is Tenderness Predictable? We think so. By using a combination of three carcass evaluation tools over the past number of years including DNA, Ultrasound, and Linear measuring, we have proven to ourselves that a wide variety of carcass traits are heritable including Tenderness. HOLLOW LONGRUN 100X

Bull Testing works – and it helps if you use the right tests. Quality matters. HOLLOW DAVID 2X

Les, Karen & Jeff Holloway Ph: (403) 882-3416 Fax: (403) 882-3417 Cell: (403) 740-0380 Located 1 mile north of Castor on Highway 36 and 5 miles east on secondary Highway 599

Visitors are always welcome!

We chose a high measuring herd sire in all three categories including a high DNA score for Tenderness. This sire’s first set of two year old bulls in 2011 had excellent results in their Ultrasound and linear measurements and the DNA Tenderness scores were amazing. 5 of his 8 sons scored 9 out of 10 on the DNA Tenderness marker and the other 3 where above all breed averages with scores of 7.

12th Annual Practical Innovators Bull Sale Saturday, April 14th 1:00 p.m. Olds College, Olds Alberta “Real” Canadian Welsh Black Beef on a Bun at Noon Sale will be broadcast live on Contact Randy Kaiser – (403) 333-6653 •


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Don &&Connie Delorme Don Connie Catalogue RDelorme equests & Info (306) 299-4494 (306) 299-4494 Don & Connie Delorme (306) 299-4494

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Medicine Hat Feeding Co. Medicine Hat, Alberta

bull buyers draw for Rifle or spotting scope

(306)Robsart, 299-4494 Brooklyn cattle co. Box 28,Don S0N 2G0 &SKConnie Box S0N2G0 2G0 Delorme Duane & Betty Anne Elliott Box28, 28,Robsart, Robsart, SK S0N Box 28,Robsart, Robsart, S0N (306) 299-4494 Box 28, SK SK S0N 2G02G0 Box 28, Robsart, SK S0N 2G0

Hm: 403-377-2040 Cell: 403-362-1833

Stryker Cattle Co.

Will & Gladys Stryker Chad & Megan Stryker Hm: 403-868-2267 Cell: 403-866-2267

Friday, 33rd March 16, 2012 Annual Pheasantdale/Highway 5 33rdAnnual Annual 33rd Annual 33rd HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK, YO 33rd Annual 8TH ANNUAL BULL SALE B ull Sale Friday, March 16, 2012 1:00 PM Pheasantdale/Highway 5 B ullSale Sale ull Sale B Bull Sale


76 Bulls: 8 Long Yearlings 68 Yearlings *Red *Black *Fullblood *All Polled HEARTLAND

Friday, March 16 2012 1:00 p.m.

at the Ranch Sangudo, Alberta the Ranch Sangudo, at theRanch Ranch Sangudo, Alberta atat the Sangudo, Alberta 1:00 pm Alberta 1:00 1:00 pm pm 65 Select Bulls 1:00 pm

Heartland Livestock Yards, Yorkton, SK 78 Polled Simmental Bulls on offer:

-8 long yearling bulls- 3 Red & 5 Black -28 BlackWinner Yearling Pheasantdale 34Y bulls Pheasantdale York117Y Wheatland Bull 932W x Bring It Black Wheatland Bull 932W x MJ More Red -32 Red Yearling bulls -4 polled fullblood Winner 34Y Pheasantdale York117Yyearling bulls Pheasantdale S-Force 24Y x Bring It Black Wheatland Bull 932W More Redyearling Shear Forc x Foxy Barnburner 30L -4 hybrid SimxxMJAngus bulls

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*Yearling LIVESTOCK, YORKTON, SK Purebred

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: 8 Long Yearlings 68 Yearlings *Red *Black th *Fullblood *All Polled

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Friday April 20, 2012 Friday pm (CST) April1:00 20, 2012

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65Select Select Bulls 65 Bulls Bulls Red and Black Angus Bulls On Offer 65 Select Bulls Red and Black Angus Bulls On Red and Black Angus Bulls OnOffer Offer Red and Black Bulls On Offer 50and Summer Born Long Yearlings Red Black Angus Bulls On Offer Pheasantdale Blk Boy 190Y 50Summer Summer Long Yearlings 50 Born Long Yearlings 50 Summer Born Long Yearlings 15 Yearlings 50 Summer Long Mr BlkBorn Diamond 38S x Yearlings TH Red Kahuna Yearlings 15 15Yearlings Yearlings Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd.

Pheasantdale Blk Boy 190Y Mr Blk Diamond 38S x TH Red Kahuna

The Wildman Family 15 Yearlings Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd. Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd. Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd. Pheasantdale Club 32Y

Sangudo, AB T0E 2A0 The Wildman Family The Wildman Family The Wildman Family Cattle Co. Ltd. RC Club King xTowaw SS(780)785-3772 Gold Mine Sangudo, AB T0E 2A0 Sangudo, AB T0E 2A0 Sangudo, AB T0E 2A0 The Wildman Family (780)785-3772 (780)785-3772 (780)785-3772 Sangudo, AB T0E 2A0 (780)785-3772 HF Tiger 5T Guest Consignor: HF Tiger HF Tiger 5T HF Tiger 5T 6 Black/Red Sons HFCarrier Tiger 5T5T Sell Guest Consignor: Guest Consignor: Rainbow Red Angus Guest Consignor: 6 Black/Red Carrier Sons Sell 6 Black/Red CarrierCarrier Sons Sell 66Black/Red Sons Sell Rainbow RedAngus Black/Red Carrier Sons Sell Rainbow Dave & Red Rhonda Bablitz Rainbow RedAngus Angus HF Tiger 5T Dave & Rhonda Bablitz Sale will be in Video Auction Format Dave & Rhonda Bablitz Guest Consignor: Cherhill, AB Dave & Rhonda Bablitz Sale will be in Video Auction Format Cherhill,AB AB 6 Black/Red Carrier Sons Sell Sale Sale will be in Video Auction Format Cherhill, will be inbe Video Auction Format conducted by Direct Livestock Marketing Sale will in Video Auction Format Rainbow Red (780)785-2813 Cherhill, ABAngus conducted by Direct Livestock Marketing (780)785-2813 conducted by Direct Livestock Marketing (780)785-2813 conducted by Direct Livestock Marketing, where online bidding will be available. conducted by Direct Livestock Marketing (780)785-2813 Dave & Rhonda Bablitz, where online bidding will be available., where online bidding will be available., where online bidding will available. 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We aim to deliver more pressure for your hard earned bull dollar; 5 miles west of Canora CC Expansion 5E and Logan 210 ofofTer-Ron Red Ter-Ron Git-R-Done 640S, 2Sons ET Sons Sons Indeed 104H sell Sons ofofRed Git-R-Done 640S, bulls that have as much selection put on them as our customers put on their own cowherd. All bulls will be semen tested, Red Ter-Ron Git-R-Done 640S, customersput puton ontheir theirown own cowherd. All bulls will be semen tested, CC 5E andof Logan 210 Red Shoderee Lancer 133P , Sons of Red Ter-Ron Git-R-Done 640S, customers cowherd. AllAll bulls will be semen tested, "At Towaw Cattle Co. Ltd. we have been raising Red Angus cattle Red Lancer 133P bulls that have as much selection pressure put on them astested, our for asExpansion well as 2Shoderee ET sons Rambo 502 on #5 highway customers put on their own cowherd. bulls will be semen delivered free inwestern western Canada, and are fully guaranteed.” Red Shoderee Lancer ,,23U, delivered free in Canada, and are fully guaranteed.” Net 133P Red Badlands NetWorth Red Shoderee Lancer 133P , Sons of Red Ter-Ron Git-R-Done 640S, delivered free in western Canada, and are fully guaranteed.” Red Badlands NetWorth 23U, Net Also AI Sons of over forty years. We aim to deliver more for your hard earned bull customers put on their own cowherd. All bulls will be semen tested, Red Badlands NetWorth 23U, 29U Net delivered free in western Canada, and are fully guaranteed.” dollar; Colby Wolkowski cell 306-563-7567 Red Rainbow Fully Loaded Net Red Badlands NetWorth 23U,

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Catalogue online at Call for a catalogue or video of sale offering Pheasantdale Gun 8Y Top Gun x KS Red by Design

Pheasantdale TopperCo. 39Y Pheasantdale Cattle

TopBalcarres, Gun x KWA SKReality 21N

22 kms east of Balcarres on #10 highway, 1 km north Lee Stilborn cell 306-3357553 Lionel Stilborn cell 306-335-7708

RedExpansion Shoderee Lancer 133P , 29U Red Fully Loaded CC 5E and RedRainbow Rainbow FullyLogan Loaded210 29U Red Rainbow Fully23U, Loaded 29U Redof Badlands NetWorth Net Git-R-Done Sons Red Ter-Ron 640S, RedRed Rainbow FullyLancer Loaded133P 29U, Shoderee Red Badlands NetWorth 23U, Net Red Rainbow Fully Loaded 29U

Trent Wolkowski cell 306-563-7509

Pheasantdale Pharao 71Y Pheasantdale Yonder 153Y Sanmar Polled Pharao x Kuntz Garth BDS Mr Blk Diamond 38S x Bodybuilder


For catalogs & DVD’s contact:

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Pheasantdale Real Deal 30Y Gibbys Real Deal x SU Maverick 367M

Pheasantdale Real Deal 30Y harao 71Y Pheasantdale 153Y& DVD’s contact: ForYonder catalogs o x Kuntz Garth BDS Mr Blk Diamond 38S x Bodybuilder Gibbys Real Deal x SU Maverick 367M

HWYT 1 Club King

HWYT 70Y Wheatland Bull 912W x Driftng “M” Big Sugar

HWYT 70Y Wheatland Bull 912W x Driftng “M” Big Sugar


HWYT 10Y Homo Black Club King x Black Joker



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Sun Star Simmentals/Arntzen Angus Merlin & Dean Arntzen Sedgewick, AB 780.384.2350

South Holden Simmentals Jim & Garth Fleming Holden, AB 780.868.4181

Jelia Simmentals/Rolly Acres Farm Jenine Ruzicka & Ray Arntzen Sedgewick, AB 780.385.3767/780.384.2455

Rivercrest - Valleymere 9 th Annual

Spady Bull Sale 100 Black Angus Bulls 80 Commercial Heifers

Wednesday - April 11th - 2012

Free Delivery or $50 Credit

Volume Buyer Incentive

Bulls Semen Tested and Immunized for Foot Rot

Black Angus has been the foundation of the Spady program for over 70 years. Performance matters. Thick, stylish, ranch-raised bulls bred with longevity and hardiness to roam the Battle River Hills. Guaranteed to get the job done.

Sale at 1:30pm

at the Rivercrest Angus Ranch Located in the Battle River Valley near Alliance, Alberta

Contact us or Visit our Website at

Craig Spady 403-740-4978 Travis Spady 780-879-2298 Tom Spady 780-879-2180 Brian Spady 780-879-2110



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Low birth weights and calving ease. Low maintenance and hands free zesty calves will want to suck and grow forward to a successful sale day experience. Salers offer Optimum potential for cross breeding. Add these exceptional maternal traits to your herd. Best Valley Salers breeds for body thickness, docility and high milk to achieve sound, attractive looking calves. Call early for best selection. Later delivery is available, ask us about it.


1:00 pm | March 22, 2012 | Heartland, Swift Current, SK

Our bulls like ALL the girls!

403-556-7810 site/bestvalleysalers/

Ranch Ready Customer Calves

Hybrid Vigor... the only thing free in the cattle business &


He Sells!

FOR INFOMATION CONTACT: Craig Braun Braun Ranch 306-297-2132

Donnie Gillespie Gillespie Hereford Ranch 306-627-3584

Black Angus Bulls

www.nerbasbrosangus. Shellmouth, MB CANADA 204-564-2540

Turihaua Crumble -reference sire - his sons sell / spring 2012 by private treaty



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AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake

ANTIQUES Antiques For Sale

MCSHERRY AUCTION SITE ESTATE & Moving Auction Sat., March 3rd, 10:30am Stonewall, MB. 12 Patterson Dr. VEHICLES: 79 Ford L9000 DSL Cat Tandem w/15-ft. Gravel Box & Hoist, Sft; 90 Ford 350 4x4 Crew Cab 351 gas, ns; 89 Ford F250 XL 4x4, 351 gas Sft; GM 6.5 DSL Engine; 97 Hino 4 cyl Truck, w/16-ft.x8-ft. box, ext SFT; 36-in. gas Power Trowel; Beautiful Antique Furniture; ANTIQUES: 30s Original Oak Phone Booth; Horned Gramophone; “Seebury” Juke Box Selector; Postage Stamp Vendors; Dye Cabinets; Horse Wind Vane; Nanny Goat Cream Sep; Indian Birch Berry Basket; Wood Duck Decoys; Indian Statue 60-in. H; Over 30 Mint Signs; Barber Shop; Coca Cola; Stubby; Wynola; Red Rose Flour & Tea; Amazing Crock Collection; Hand Painted Bird & Flower; RWing 1gal, RWing Water Cooler; Hudson Bay; Dauphin Liquor Store; 3 Hudson Bay Co Tea Tins; Along w/Household & a Whole LOT MORE! STUART MCSHERRY (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027

MARK THIS DATE ON your calendar. Saturday Apr 14, 2012 A large first class silver coin auction sale in Legion Hall in Rapid City, MB. Sale time 9:30am, featuring over 400 units eg. Near 6& far 6 1926 5 cent pieces, a selection of pre-1950 silver dollars. Also many per-1950 5cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents + 100 or more cased mint sets, specimen sets, and case dollars, plus some paper dollar bills for sale. Phone Hyndmans Auction or prairie lane 826-2092 or 727-7510.

MULVEY FLEA MARKET, Manitoba’s Largest year-round indoor flea market, weekends 10-5. Collectables, Antiques & More. Lots of great stuff new & old. Fun place to shop. Osborne @ Mulvey Ave. E. Wpg. 204-478-1217. Visa, MasterCard, Interac accepted. Visit us online at

SUN., MAR. 11TH, 2012 MB Antique Association Spring Antique & Collectibles Show. 10:00-4:00pm CanadInns Polo Park 1405 St Matthews Ave. Admission $4. Vendor spaces avail. Kelly (204)981-9616. Glassware, books, postcards, nostalgia items, art, silver, collectibles, etc.

ANTIQUES Antique Equipment 2 COMPLETE SETS OF good leather harness, 1 set of heavy leather harness w/breechen, 3-ply tugs. A good assortment of horse collars, new yokes & double trees, old horse machinery, spread rings & scotch tops. Phone:(204)242-2809, Manitou.

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.

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AUTO & TRANSPORT AUTO & TRANSPORT Auto & Truck Parts REMANUFACTURED DSL ENGINES: GM 6.5L $4,750 installed; Ford/IH 7.3L $4950 installed; GM Duramax; new 6.5L engines $6500; 12/24V 5.9L Cummins; other new/used & reman. engines available. Thickett Engine Rebuilding, 204-532-2187, Binscarth. 8:00am-5:30pm Mon.-Fri. STEEL SERVICE TOOLBOX FOR 1/2, 3/4 or 1-ton truck, 6 compartment, 79” wide, 8’ long, good shape, $1000 OBO. Phone: (204)669-9626

AUTO & TRANSPORT Trucks 1996 INTERNATIONAL DAYCAB, IN good condition, safetied, $9000. Phone:(204)248-2110, Notre Dame. 2004 T800 AS NEW, 60,000-km c/w Doepker Super Bees; 1993 GMC Top Kick tandem, new box & hoist; 100kW Gen Set c/w JD DSL motor, as new 1,000-hrs. (204)665-2360. 2006 FORD F350 1-TON dually XLT A/C, PWR window & PWR door, AM/FM, CD player, King Pin hook-up in box, cruise, tilt steering, 6L automatic trans, 206,000-km. (204)379-2617.



WANTED: 21-FT. SWATHER W/PU reel. Phone (204)824-2196, Wawanesa.

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AUCTION SALES AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Westman PATERSON GRAIN CROP INPUTS EQUIPMENT INVENTORY REDUCTION AUCTION SALE, Tues., Apr. 10th, 2012, 11:00am. Located at Prairie Fleet Yard, Killarney, MB. Selling Trucks, Fertilizer Equipment, Grain & Fertilizer Bins & Misc. Fertilizer & Special Equip include: 1995 IHC Floater 466 DSL engine w/Tyler dry fertilizer air system, w/M250 fertilizer box, 40-ft., auto trans, w/hi-low range; 1990 IHC Loral Easy Rider Air Flo dry granular Floater w/IHC 466 DSL engine, auto trans, 2-SPD w/hi-low range, 60-ft. booms, extra feed compartment; 2 electric Fork Lifts roll–lift, electric stacker, 2,500-lb capacity, 24-in. load centre; 6 double NH3 tanks on HD trailers, both twin 1,000-gal & twin 250-gal tanks; 3 FK 10-in.x70-ft. augers w/swing out hoppers; 2 Batco 10-in.x70-ft. belt conveyors; Mobility PTO fert spreader, 6-Ton, tandem axle, 850-gal liquid fert, caddy on HD trailer; 1,500-gal poly water tank; 2 Tyler PT NH3 cultivator applicators w/manifolds & 1 blue NH3 cultivator applicator approx. 40-ft each; 6 Meridian hopper bins w/base, epoxy coated, 130-Ton, like new; Trucks- all safetied: 2005 Chev Silverado 1500 HD 4x4, crew cab, V-8 auto, 151,000-kms; 2002 Ford Lariet Super Duty F350 4x4 1-Ton, DSL, auto, crew cab, leather interior, 350,000-kms; 1999 Ford 4x4 3/4-Ton, regular cab, gas V-8 engine, auto, 244,000-kms; 1993 Volvo Semi Hwy tractor, Fuller 13-SPD trans, w/3406 Cat engine, 400-HP, 12,000-lb, Front axle, 38,000-lb. rear axle, 3.7 gears; 1966 JD 3010 gas tractor w/3-pt. w/JD FEL; JD 509 3-pt. 5-ft. rotary mower; IHC 80 snow blower, 7-ft. More equipment to be listed. Please visit Websites or Murray Rankin Auctions Killarney, MB. Murray (204)534-7401 Ross Taylor Auction Service, Reston, MB. Ross (204)522-5356 Brock (204)5226396

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake MCSHERRY AUCTION SITE ANNUAL Spring Gun Auction Sat., March 24th, 9:30am Stonewall, MB. 12 Patterson Dr. Always An EXCITING Event! Room for Consignment, Call Now! Take Advantage of Advertising Privileges. Heather (204)467-1858 or (204)793-6461, Stuart (204)886-7027 Email: Manitoba #1 Gun Auction. STUART MCSHERRY (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027








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2005 VOLVO 630, 465HP, 13-spd trans, new stearing tires, 1.4m kms, truck in VGC, $24,500 OBO. Phone: (204)325-1383 or cell (204)362-4874

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BEEKEEPING Bee Equipment 690 POLY SURROUNDS; 385 with nests; 75 poly shelters, various makes. Phone: (204)435-2253.


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

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

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BUILDING & RENOVATIONS Building Supplies Bi-Fold "Hanger" Door, Insulated, White, 2x13 1/2’(27’ High) panels x 32’ (wide) with a 3 phase 575V, 2hp opener. $6,000 (204)325-9558, ask for Jamie

BUILDINGS 10X22 OFFICE BUILDING on skids, fully insulated wired & 2 electric heaters, laminate flooring, 2x6 roof & floor, 2x4 walls, two 36x36-in sliders, outswing door. (306)524-4636, (306)528-7588 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. CONCRETE FLATWORK: Specializing in place & finish of concrete floors. Can accommodate any floor design. References available. Alexander, MB. 204-752-2069.

FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Swathers

1966 CAT 950 WHEEL loader, bucket, recent work order sleeves, pistons, bearings & heads, 20.5x25 tires, $21,000; 853 Bobcat, bucket, very good 12-16.5 tires, recent reman engine, $12,500; 3 of 621 Cat motor scrapers, 23H series, canopy, $25,000 each; 1975 Willock tandem axle drop LoBoy, WB suspension, 7-ft. neck, 20-ft.x9-ft. deck, 3ft.6-in. beavertail, safetied, $18,500; 1969 Freuhauff low bed, safetied, 8-ft.x18-ft. double drop deck, 30Ton, near new 255/70R22.5 tires, beavertail, $13,500. (204)795-9192. 1968 D7E CRAWLER, twin tilts, needs work, $12,000; 1973 Wilock triaxle low-bed, double drop, beaver tail, $28,000; Fleco brush rake for D7E, $5500; 1982 Ford L9000 tandem truck $8000; Cat70 cable scraper $11,000. (204)326-3109, Steinbach. 1981 CASE W20B WHEEL loader, well maintained, $23,500. (204)525-4521 1986 KING LOWBED, DECK, 8ft 8in. wide plus outriggers by 19ft 6in long, drop deck, beaver tail, 50-ton capacity, MB safety, triple axle, 275/70R22.5 tires, detachable gooseneck w/reconditioned cylinders, 4 new bushings in suspension, $30,000. Phone: (204)795-9192, Plum Coulee.

Rebuilt Concaves

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

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

FARM MACHINERY Combine – Case/IH 1979 915IH COMBINE, HYDROSTATIC drive, diesel engine, shedded, in good working order. Phone: (204)325-1383 or cell (204)362-4874.

CUSTOM BIN MOVING: Large Flat Bottom Bins & Hoppers. Also Buying & Selling used bins. Phone: (204)362-7103. Email: FOR SALE: 3 USED Grain Max 2,300-bu. Meridian Hopper bins. Call Valley Agro (204)746-6783. WANTED: USED NEW STYLE grain bin doors complete. Also 18 gauge side panels for standard 19-ft. bins. Phone Bill (204)763-4390 or leave msg. WESTEEL ROSCOE GRAIN BINS, 3 3350-bushel, $2500 OBO; 2 3850-bushel $3000 OBO. All to be moved, good shape, Morris area. Phone: (204)669-9626.

FARM MACHINERY Grain Dryers NEW GSI GRAIN DRYERS FOR SALE. Canola screens, propane/NG, single or 3-phase. Efficient, reliable, and easy to operate. Significant early order discount pricing now in effect. Call for more information. 204-998-9915 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.

FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Baling 2007 956 HESSTON ROUND baler, c/w Agco GTA monitor, constant moisture readout, has less than 5000 bales, shedded, excellent condition, $16,500 OBO. Phone: (204)325-1383 or cell (204)362-4874

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:

FARM MACHINERY Combine – John Deere

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

1991 JD 9600 COMBINE, 914 PU, sunny brook cyl, fore & aft, grain star moisture & bushels, 3,000-hrs, A1 condition, $48,000 OBO. (204)758-3897, St Jean. 2011 JD 9770 COMBINE, Premier cab, 615 PU, small grains concave, Contour Master, 22.5-ft. auger, duals, 55 engine hrs, like new. Phone (204)467-2109, after 8:00pm

FARM MACHINERY Combine – Various CCIL 960 COMBINE PT from 1970s, always shedded; Deutz D13006 tractor 1970s, always shedded. Phone R.N. Rollins (204)523-8872, Killarney, MB.

Combine ACCessories FARM MACHINERY Combine – Accessories 2010 MACDON V60-D DRAPER header, 45-ft. JD 70 series adapter, single pt hook-ups, fore & aft, finger reels, stubble lights, new sickle & guards asking $49,900 OBO. (204)433-7557 or cell (701)520-3036

FARM MACHINERY Snowblowers, Plows BUELER SNOWBLOWER 3-PTH 84-IN W/CYLINDER for spout, like new. Phone:(204)858-2482, Ron Bodin.

Spraying EquipmEnt FARM MACHINERY Sprayers 1994 BOURGAULT 850 CENTURION III PT sprayer, air curtain, 96-ft. boom, PTO pump, 850 US gal, 2 sets of nozzles, always shedded, asking $8,000. Ron (204)265-3542 or Trevor (204)268-0470. 2001 NH SF550 SPRAYER equivalent to Rogator 554, 2,300-hrs, 5.9 Cummins, 660-gal. SS tank, 90-ft. booms, pressure washer, chem inductor, EZ steer, EZ boom, mapping. Triple nozzle bodies w/5 & 10-gal Bubblejet Tips, 2 sets of tires, 23.1x26 & 9.5R44, excellent condition, $78,000. (204)763-8896, Minnedsoa, MB. HYTRUX SPRAYER W/2000 F-350 std trans 5-SPD, 5.4L gas engine, 90-ft. F/S sprayer w/hyd fold & hyd boom height control, 750 US gal tank, TeeJet 844-E auto rate controller, 2 sets of tires, sprayer is 5 yrs old; 1996 Flexicoil 65 100-ft. sprayer w/windscreens, manual controls. Call (204)523-7215 leave msg, Killarney.

Tillage & Seeding FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Drills Seed Hawk air drill, 48 ft. 12 inch with 357 on-board tank, new fert meters plus NH3 kit $64,900. (204)776-5557

FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories

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.



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WaTRoUs, sK. Fax: 306-946-2444

2008 5710 BOURGAULT AIRDRILL, updated to 5810, comes w/6550 Bourgault tank, done very little acres, Best Offer. (204)352-4037, evenings.


FERTILIZER SPREADERS 4T, $1,000; 4T stainless, $2,500; 5T, $4,000; 6T, $3,000; 8T, $8,000; 8T Tender, $3,000; 16T Tender, $5,900; PU Sand Spreader, $3,500. Phone (204)857-8403.



HEADERS, TRAILERS & ACCESSORIES. Arc-Fab Industries. 204-355-9595

5-TON WILLMAR FERT SPREADER w/tarp, like new, $4,000 OBO. Phone (204)758-3897, St Jean.

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.

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CATERPILLAR D6B SER #1134, standard shift w/Johnson bar, hydraulic angle dozer, good undercarriage, pup start, tractor in good shape, ready to work, $15,000 OBO. Phone: (204)669-9626 WRECKING 1968 D7E CRAWLER, serial #48A10609 twin tilt angle dozer, scraper winch. Phone:(204)326-3109, Steinbach MB.

FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories

New Single Phase Motors for sale, $95 per horsepower, that’s $475 for a 5. Pricing on in-stock motors. Delivery can be arranged. Minnedosa, MB. (204)867-5714, TRACTORS FOR PARTS: IHC 1486, 1086, 886, 1066, 966, 1256, 656, 844, 806, 706, 660, 650, 560, 460, 624, 606, 504, 434, 340, 240-4, W9, WD6, W6, W4, H, 340, B-414; 275 CASE 4890, 4690, 2394, 2390, 2290, 2090, 2470, 1370, 1270, 1175, 1070, 970, 870, 1030, 930, 830, 730, 900, 800, 700, 600, 400, DC4, SC; MF 2745, 1155, 1135, 1105, 1100, 2675, 1500, 1085, 1080, 65, Super 90, 88, 202, 44, 30; JD 6400, 3140, 5020, 4020, 4010, 3020, 3010, 710; Cockshutt 1900, 1855, 1850, 1800, 1655, 1650, 560, 80, 40, 30; White 4-150, 2-105; Allis Chalmers 7045, 7040, 190XT, 190, 170, WF; Deutz DX130, DX 85, 100-06, 90-06, 80-05; Volvo 800, 650; Universal 651, 640; Ford 7600, 6000, 5000, Super Major, Major; Belarus 5170, 952, 825, 425; MM 602, U, M5; Versatile 700, 555, 145, 118; Steiger 210 Wildcat; Hesston 780. Also have parts for combines, swathers, square & round balers, tillage, press drills and other misc. machinery. Buying machinery, working or not. MURPHY SALVAGE (204)858-2727 or toll free 1-877-858-2728 WISCONSIN MOTOR PARTS FOR VG4D: crank shaft, heads, fly wheel, starter, manifold and carb, $1000 OBO. Phone: (204)669-9626

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

Tractors Combines Swathers


1-800-667-9871 • Regina 1-800-667-3095 • Saskatoon 1-800-387-2768 • Winnipeg 1-800-222-6594 • Edmonton “For All Your Farm Parts”

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Seeders BOURGAULT 8800 AIR SEEDER, 24ft, 2130 tank, w/ harrows & knock-on shovels. Phone: (204)326-9861. FLEXICOIL 2320 TOW BETWEEN air tank 230-bu. good condition, canola roller, $12,500. Can supply tow behind hitch & air package parts. Phone (204)324-3647. MORRIS 6300 air cart, 1994 300 bushel, 50:50 split, single shoot, 8" auger, hydraulic fan, tow behind, verry good condition. $16,000 (204)791-1811

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Tillage

Gauge Wheel Solutions Phone: 1-204-866-3558 FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Various 2003 JD 53-FT. air drill w/3-in. Dutch openers 4-in. rubber packers, 8 manifold, dual markers, sold w/2003 JD 1910 270-bus tow behind air cart, Seed Star control, 8-in. fill auger, Immaculate. Offered for sale prior to Dee Zee Farms Ltd Retirement Auction June 12th, 2012. To view please contact Murray Rankin Auctions (204)534-7401 Killarney, MB. 28-FT. IHC 6200 DOUBLE disc seed drill w/rubber press wheels & grass seed attachment. Fertilizer partition, reversed for grain only. All faulty disc bearings replaced. Field ready. Includes transport trailer. Best offer. Phone (204)736-2723, Sanford. FOR SALE 1989 MORRIS MH310 30-ft hoe press drill, steel packers & atom jet openers, in good condition, asking $5000. Phone:(204)435-2130, Miami.

TracTors FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Allis/Deutz 1987 DUETZ 7085 FWA, open-station, 85hp, 5900-hrs, Allied 794 FEL $18,000. (204)525-4521


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OPENING: Thursday, March 1  CLOSING: Thursday, March 8

TRACK TRACTORS 2010 JD 9630T track tractor, 730 hrs., 30" tracks, S/N1RW9630TAAP912231 1992 Caterpillar 75 track tractor, like new 30" tracks, 8,116 hrs. 1992 Caterpillar 75 track tractor, shows 3,053 hrs., S/N46J00236 4WD TRACTORS 2006 Case-IH STX430 HD powershift, 4WD, 6,704 hrs., S/N100763 1996 Case-IH 9370 4WD, 24 spd., 6,307 hrs., S/N35598 1997 Case-IH 9330 4WD, Row Crop Special, 5,841 hrs., S/N68824 JD 8760 4WD, 24 spd. 1984 JD 8650 4WD, S/NH005094 1983 Versatile 875 4WD, 9,942 hrs., S/N59345 MFWD TRACTORS 2007 JD 7930 MFWD, IVT, 1,818 hrs., S/NRW7930D001335 2003 Buhler Versatile 2160 MFWD, 16 spd. 4,956 hrs., S/N500519 1998 Case-IH 8920 MFWD 1993 JD 4560 MFWD, 15 spd., 8,631 hrs., S/NP003847 2WD TRACTORS 1971 IHC 1456, S/N14557 1971 IHC 1026 Hydro, 3,645 hrs., S/N9888 IHC 656 wide front, diesel IHC Farmall 400 Swartz wide front Case 930, 4 spd., 4,516 hrs. Ford 4000 Select-O-Speed MF 2200 industrial, 4 cyl. Gas AC WD45 gas, 6v, 3 pt. Farmall M gas, S/NFKB253638 Power-Horse tractor, restored, Stock#100 Power-Horse tractor, restored w/excep. of the motor which runs good, Stock#102 LOADERS & ATTACHMENTS Buhler Allied 2596 front mount loader, 102" bucket, S/N82590007 Farmhand F10 stacker loader, no welds Westendorf TA29 front end loader, JD 4450 mounts Bale spear for JD 148-158 loaders Pair of Class I forks, 30” Pair of Class II forks, 36” Pair of Class II forks, 36 NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT Trimble EZ-Guide 250 Trimble EZ-Steer (2) JD Starfire SF2 receiver COMBINES 2008 JD 9870 Contourmaster, 1,023 sep. hrs, 1,588 engine hrs., S/NH09870S75868 (2) 2009 JD 9770 STS, Contourmaster, 1,130 sep hrs., S/NH09770S731892, S/NH09770S731875 1987 MF 8560, 2WD, chopper, tank ext., (3) sieves 1988 MF 8560, RWA, (3) sieves, 1998 JD 9610, DAS, DHH, 2,892 sep. hrs., 4,102 engine hrs., S/N9610X677660 IHC 1460 standard rotor, 466 diesel, shows 2,726 engine hrs., S/N1Y00213U010144 1966 JI Case 1000 combine, open station FLEX HEADS 2004 JD 630F, Crary air reel, S/N711416 JD 930F, 30', Crary air reel, S/N930F666356 MF/Agco 8200, 35', S/N8177 MF/Agco 8200, 35', S/N8368

OTHER HEADS JD 912 pickup head, S/NB635456 JD corn head, 4x36", S/N326236 NH 996 corn head, 12x30" 1995 Case-IH 1010 pickup head, 20', S/NXJJC02046X 1994 Case-IH 1083 corn head, 8x30", S/NJJC0149391 1992 MacDon 960 draper head, 25' SWATHER 1985 Hesston 6540 self-propelled windrower, 1,249 hrs. GRAVITY BOXES & FORAGE WAGON Killbros 375 gravity box Parker gravity box, 200 bu Richardton side dump wagon, 8 ton AIR DRILLS & DRILLS 2001 Case-IH SDX air drill, 40', 7-1/2" & 15" spacing, S/NCBJ0017087 1997 Concord air drill, 40', 10" edge on shanks 2008 Fargo Aire ST250 air cart, S/NFPST250704118 Case-IH 8500 air drill, 45' Concord 4710 air drill, 9" sweeps Concord 3310 air seeder, 33', 12" spacing JD 1060 air disc drill, 41', 6" spacing, S/N7000449 JD 730 air disc drill, 36', 6" spacing Haybuster 107 no till drill, 42', 7' spacing Case-IH 5500 minimum till drill, 30', 7-1/2" spacing IHC 620 drill, 24', markers JD 9350 press drills, four 10s, 6" spacing JD 455 drills, 30', S/N3044 Melroe 202 pull-type drill, 12', w/grass seeder Melroe 204-206 drills, S/N20419551 PLANTERS 2004 JD 1790 Split Row 12x30"/23x15", 7,800 acres, S/NAO1790E705201 JD 7300 MaxEmerge II, 12x30", S/N07300B200380 (2) JD 7100 planters; (1) Plate 12x30" & (1) 12x22" JD 7000 16x30", S/N16969 White 5100 8x30" planter Case-IH 500 planter tool bar JD 71 planter, 2x30" FIELD CULTIVATORS Krause 4226HR field cultivator, 29.9', S/N2715 Wil-Rich 2500 field cultivator, 45' Wil-Rich 2400 field cultivator, 42', S/N2563 JD 960 field cultivator, 36' JD 960 field cultivator, 30-1/2' (2) JD 1000 field cultivator, 36' & 28' JD 1000 field cultivator, 28-1/2', S/N7600 IHC 4500 vibrashank, 36' RIPPERS, COULTER CHISELS, CHISEL PLOW 2006 JD 2100 in-line ripper JD 2700 disc ripper, 17-1/2', S/NN02700X001862 DMI 527 disc ripper, S/N120135 JD 512 disc ripper, S/NN00512X000205 Summers Super Coulter, 23', S/NJ0213 Case-IH 5700 chisel plow, 33', S/N10427 DISCS 2011 Case-IH RMX 340 disc, 32' JD 630 disc, 32', 7-1/2" spacing, S/NN00630X001889 Case-IH HD offset disc, 15'

PLOWS (2) IHC 800 auto reset plow, 12x18" PACKERS & HARROW 2009 Unverferth 1225 rolling packer, 45', S/NA50930120 Flexi-Coil 75 coil packer, 45' Flexi-Coil 75"coil packer, 33', 1-3/4" coils Melroe harrow, 45' ROW CROP EQUIPMENT 1996 Wil-Rich row crop cultivator, 16x30" Case-IH 183 row crop cultivator, 40', 16x30" Case-IH 181 rotary hoe, 30' JD 400 rotary hoe, 30' 1998 JD 220 pull-type stalk shredder, S/N1944 WHEEL LOADER 1988 Komatsu WA350-1 wheel loader, 3-1/4 yd. bucket, 3,803 hrs., S/N10218 DOZERS & EXCAVATOR 1995 JD 650G Series IV dozer, 24" pads, 6-way blade, New undercarriage less than 500 hrs., 7,650 hrs. Caterpillar D8H 36A cable dozer, 24" pads, has cab that comes with it, S/N41509 1991 Hitachi EX200LC excavator, 32" pads, 9' 6" stick, 44" GP bucket, 60" ditching bucket, shows 14,000 hrs. TRACTOR LOADER BACKHOE Case 580 Construction King tractor loader Backhoe TRENCHER Case 660 trencher, 3,036 hrs, S/NJAF0104300 FORKLIFT Hyster 62 forklift, 16,000 lb. SKID STEER LOADERS 2011 NH L220 skid steer loader, 33 hrs. 2007 Gehl 5640E skid steer loader, 90" bucket, shows 2,200 hrs., S/N05640T00508669 2006 ASV RC100 track skid steer loader, shows 3,300 hrs., S/NRSDO3414 2003 Bobcat S250 turbo, 4,000 hrs, S/N521311885 1988 Case 1845C skid steer loader, 7,700 hrs SEMI TRACTORS 2005 Freightliner CL120 Columbia day cab, 690,000 miles 2006 Freightliner Columbia, Integral sleeper, shows 592,226 miles 2004 Kenworth T600, 72" Aerodyne sleeper, shows 420,249 miles 2000 Freightliner Century HC120, Integral sleeper, 854,760 miles 1998 Western Star 4964EX, sleeper 1999 Freightliner FLD120 tandem axle TRI-AXLE BOX TRUCKS 1995 Kenworth T800 tri-axle, 22' Loadline box, hoist, beet equipped, 173,560 miles 1992 Kenworth T800 tri-axle, 22' Loadline box, hoist, beet equipped, 809,347 miles 1985 International S2200 tri-axle, 9 spd., 24' box TANDEM & SINGLE AXLE BOX TRUCKS 2007 IHC 7400 tandem axle, 20' box, 5' sides, 145,592 miles 2005 IHC 9400I ISX tri-axle, 23' Knight Unibody box, roll tarp 2005 Freightliner American Class FL tandem axle, new 20' box, 257,597 miles 1996 Volvo WCA64T air lift tag tandem, 22' Midland Unibody box, beet equipped, 058,936 miles

TANDEM & SINGLE AXLE BOX TRUCKS 1996 Volvo WCA64T M11 Cummins Plus, 23' Loadline box, 029,132 miles 1989 Volvo WCA64T air lift tag tandem, 22' Midland box, 1989 Ford F800 diesel, 16' box, hoist, 236,088 mi 1988 IHC 2300 tag tandem, 19-1/2' Knapheide box 1985 IHC S2300 M11 Cummins, 20' Midland box, 433,013 miles 1982 Ford L9000 Aeromax, 22' Midland box, roll tarp, beet equipped 1976 GMC Brigadier tandem axle, 22' J-Craft box, 480,853 miles 1975 GMC 9500 tandem axle grain truck, 22' box, plumbed for hyd. 1975 GMC C65, 20' box, plumbed for drill fill 1974 Chevrolet C60 350, 16' Westgo box, plumbed for drill fill 1973 Ford 800 tandem axle, 47"x13' side dump box w/hoist 1971 Ford F600, 16' steel box, 50,262 miles 1976 GMC 6500 Sierra single axle, 18' box, 95,681 miles OTHER TRUCKS 2000 Ford F450 service truck, 4WD, 270,000 mi 1993 Kenworth tandem axle dump truck, 12' box w/air tailgate 1986 Ford LN9000 tandem axle spreader truck 1987 Freightliner 3176 Cat, w/Willmar Loadrunner 16 ton fertilizer tender 1985 IHC S1600 service truck, enclosed service body w/walk-in center, 135,708 miles 1919 White flatbed truck, 1-1/2 ton, circa \ 1980's restoration PICKUPS 2005 Ford F350 XLT Super Duty, 4WD, 108,000mi 1994 Ford F350 XLT, one ton, crew cab, transmission needs repair 1989 Chevrolet 1500 350 automatic, 100 gal. fuel tank w/12v pump, toolbox, 101,936 miles HOPPER BOTTOM TRAILERS 2007 Timpte tri-axle, 48'x102"x78", 2003 Frontier hopper bottom, 38', ag hopper 1980 BoCat hopper bottom pup trailer, 20' IMPLEMENT & HEADER TRAILERS 1972 Trail-Eze tri-axle, 24', 18-1/2' flatbed, 5-1/2' beavertail 1987 Redi Haul implement trailer, 20' deck w/ beaver tail Shop-built combine trailer, 19'x12' (2) 2011 Agri-Fab header trailers, tandem axle 2003 Befort double folding header trailer (2) Double header trailers, 40', tandem axle Header trailer, 40', tandem axle FLATBED & STEP DECK TRAILERS 1997 Wabash flatbed trailer, 53', w/(2) Willmar 16 ton tenders mounted & plumbed 1987 Dorsey flatbed trailer, 45' 1979 Utility flatbed trailer 2002 Doonan step deck trailer, 48'x102" 1990 Reinke step deck tender trailer, 36' 1979 Vulcan FTD-65 step deck trailer, 48'x96", 5,400 gal. fiberglass water tank

OTHER TRAILERS 1995 Trailmobile 48'x102" van trailer, shows 630hrs. 2007 Continental CC718TA2 enclosed trailer, 18'x7'x6' 1999 Contrail tandem axle bumper hitch trailer, 28' FLOATERS 2003 Case-IH 3300B floater, 60', 2,086 hrs 2001 AgChem Terragator 9103 floater, 70' stainless steel booms 1994 Ag Chem Terragator 1803, 70' booms, shows 4,367 hrs. SPRAYERS 2010 JD 4930 sprayer, 120', 1,200 gal. SS tank, 735 hrs., S/NN04930X008223 2010 B&B Haag pull-type sprayer, 80' booms, 1,250 gal. poly tank Flexi-Coil 62 sprayer, 90' boom, Brittonya sprayer, 1,000 gal. tank, 90' boom Horvick band sprayer, 3 pt., 200 gal. poly tank CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT 2010 B&B tandem axle nurse trailer,1,600 gal. Tyler fertilizer spin spreader, 5 ton NH3 EQUIPMENT DMI 4200 NH3 bar, wing fold (2) 1,500 gal. NH3 tanks on shop-built running gear 1,500 gal. NH3 tank on Dempster running gear (2) 1,000 gal. NH3 tanks on 4-wheel adjustable running gears FORAGE PROCESSING 2000 NH FP240 chopper, S/N911272, 990W hay head, 9', S/N991987 JD 5820 chopper, shows 3,827hrs., S/NE05820X695143

HAY EQUIPMENT JD 14T small square baler, S/N62104 Rolin Machine bale wagon, 10'x20' hyd. tilt bed Bale elevator, 23' Rolin bale accumulator, hitch for JD 568 baler JD hay head, 7', S/N88595 Swath turner, 3 pt., 3-wheel, New LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT Approx. (118) Stur-D dairy free stalls, 40"x80", NEW 2006 DeLaval VP-76 vacuum pump w/Baldor 5 hp electric motor, S/NUD-550-AP Endurabowl poly heated water bowl, 34", 100 head capacity (2) Endurabowl poly heated water bowls, 56", 200 head capacity Thunderstick electric cattle prod (3) Solar electric fence energizersDual solar panel battery energizer 4-section poly bale feeder (80) 20' 6-bar continuous fence panels BINS & GRAIN HANDLING EQUIPMENT OTHER EQUIPMENT SHELTERS TANKS PARTS SHOP EQUIPMENT & MORE!

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FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

INTL INDUSTRIAL 484 W/INDUSTRIAL loader factory cab & air, 4,500 actual hrs, tractor is in excellent condition, price $13,500. Phone (204)853-7755, Wpg.

FOR SALE DUE TO Quit Farming: 1) 1981 JD 8640 4WD tractor, approx 9,000-hrs, new 50 series eng, 4 whl diff lock, triple hyds, PTO, ac/heat, clean, $20,000; 2) 1993 Case-IH 1680 combine, approx 2,800-hrs, Cummins PWR, specialty rotor, chopper, hopper topper, 1015 PU, excellent, reliable, $35,000; 3) 1989 Freightliner FL112 semi truck, 3406 CAT, 13-SPD trans, air ride suspension & air ride cab, sleeper, very good Michelin rubber, diff lock, very clean, $15,000; 4) 1985 Ford L9000 Feed Truck, tandem axle, Rayman Aluminum feed body, 12-Ton 4 compartment, Cummins PWR, large front tires, good for fert or seed tender, $15,000; 5) 1985 Ford L8000 tandem grain truck, 20-ft. Cancade box, roll tarp, diff lock, 3208 Cat, 13-SPD trans, new PTO pump, mechanically sound, needs paint, $15,000; 6) Ezee-on 33-ft. Air Drill, double shoot, Model 2175-bu. cart, tow behind, hyd fan drive, 8-in. spacing, excellent, low acs, $35,000; 7) 1989 CI 722 swather, approx 1,900-hrs, 25-ft. UII PU reel, Isuzu DSL, joystick control, good canvas, ac/heat, $15,000; 8) 1981 JD 2750 tractor, 2 whl drive, new motor, c/w Allied FEL, joystick control, PTO, 3-pt. new rubber, new clutch, new starter, $19,000; 9) Farm King MD swing away auger, 60-ft. low profile hopper, hyd hopper mover, $4,000; 10) 4 misc augers, 5-HP electric 30-40-ft., $500 each; 11) Snowblower Farm King 8-ft., 3-pt., double auger, hyd chute, $1,800. Prices negotiable for more info contact Claude (204)744-2501 home or (204)825-0001 cell.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Steiger 1975 STEIGER BEARCAT II, Cat engine 320B, 4WD, 210-HP, 3,636-hrs, tires 18.4-38, $18,500. Call (204)736-3954.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – John Deere 2003 JD 6420 W/640 FEL bucket & grapple, joystick, 24-SPD trans, new front tires, 3-PTH, 8,000-hrs, asking $45,000 OBO. Call (204)739-3759 or (204)762-5913. 7810 MFWD, PQ, LHR, 3-pt, new tires; 7710 MFWD, PQ, LHR, 3-pt, new tires; 7210 MFWD, PQ, LHR, 3-pt, w/740 FEL grapple; 4650 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 4455 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 4450 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 2, 4250 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 2950 MFWD, 3-pt, w/260 s/l FEL; 4440 quad, 3-pt, fact duals; 2555 CAH, 3-pt, 4,600-hrs, w/146 FEL; 3140 3-pt, new paint, tires, hi/low shift, mint; 1830 3-pt, front weights 30, 40, 50 series. We also have loaders, buckets, grapples to fit JD tractors. BEN PETERS JD TRACTORS LTD 204-828-3628 shop, 204-750-2459 cell, Roseisle. FOR SALE: JD 7520 3 hyds & PTO, in good working order, $6,900 OBO. Phone (204)655-3458.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Versatile 1986 856 VERS 7,000-HRS, new Trelleborg 650/6038 tires, new powershift, PTO, 3-PTH, $28,000 OBO. Phone (204)352-4037 or (204)476-0905.

FARM MACHINERY 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.

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FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous 120 GEHL MIXMILL W/PWR bale feeder; 25-ft. Westward 3000 PT swather w/hyd set up; 1560 MF round baler; 16 section Kovar hyd harrow bar & diamond harrows; 24.5-ft. JD C20 cultivator; 22 NH3 knives. (204)386-2507 1983 CASE 2390 TRACTOR, duals, 4,200-hrs; 1983 MF 850 combine, DSL; MF 560 round baler. Phone (204)268-4317. 1985 MF3545 TRACTOR DUALS 3-PTH, 2-hydraulics, front weights, heat, air, 150-HP. $14,000; Degalman stonepicker, 3 500-gal fuel tanks on metal stands, 25-ft MF Deeptiller w/coldflow anhydrous. Phone:204-834-2750 or (204)476-0367. 1997 JD 9600 COMBINE w/914 PU header, 1,980 sep hrs, VGC, $69,000; 1984 Vers 895 tractor, 9,000-hrs, runs great, $18,000 or take the Outback S2 & autosteer too for $24,000. Phone (204)386-2284, Plumas. 70-FT. SUMMERS HEAVY HARROW, $15,000; Phoenix 42/53-ft. harrow, flexheads I-H 820, $2,000; 1020 25-ft., $6,000; 30-ft., $8,500; JD 925, $6,500; 12 wheel rake, $6,000; 14 wheel, $7,000; Vermeer hyd rake, $4,000; NH 9-ft. mower $2,200; IH 9-ft., $1,800; Haybuster 256+2 shredder, 4,000lb creep feeder, $1,200; Harsh 350 feedmixer cart, $6,000; Roorda feed cart, $2,000; 12-yd. JD scraper, $12,000; Haybuster 106 rockpicker, $2,500. Phone (204)857-8403. 85-FT TORMASTER DIAMOND HARROW, good condition, $1800; 2001 Labtronics 919 moisture meter, good condition, $550. Phone:(204)746-8230 after 6pm. CO-OP DISCER & SEED drills; parting out tractors & combines; cultivated farm land for rent; standing spruce timber; tractor tires & rims; 1/2 Ton truck & car. (204)268-1888. FOR SALE: HARROW BAR 100-ft. wide w/hyd lift, pressure washer; 225 JD 3,400-lbs of pressure; 100-ft. Sprayer Flexicoil w/foam marker, low profile, rocking axle, tandem; Hypro pump; jet agitator; 4 castor wheel; 830-gal water tank. Phone (204)895-1650.

GRAVITY WAGONS: NEW 400-BU., $6,700; 600bu., $12,000; used 250-750-bu., $2,500 & up; Grain Carts 450-1050-bu.; JM 675, $10,900; Brent 610, $9,500; UFT 4765, $13,900; JM 875, $20,000; Kwik Kleen screeners 5 tube, $4,000; 7 Tube, $6,500; Dual stage rotary screeners, $1,750 & up; Summers heavy harrow 70-ft., $15,000; Gehl 14-ft. haybine, $3,900; NH 116, $3,000; Sickle mower NH 9ft., $2,200; I-H 9-ft., $1,750; Woods batwing 20-ft., $7,500; 10-ft., $3,500; 6-ft., $1,600; JD 5-ft., $1,000; Melroe auto reset plows 8-16, $3,000; 7-18, $3,000; Gehl 60-HP skidsteer, $13,500. Phone (204)857-8403.

LIVESTOCK Cattle Auctions

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus

FEEDER/SLAUGHTER SALES Every Friday 8AM Receiving open until 11PM Thursdays Presale Sundays

HI-WEIGH BULL SALE, WEDNESDAY March 28, 1:00pm Plains-Ag complex, Neepawa, MB. Offering 60+ yearling and two-year-old Charolais & Angus bulls. Mostly Polled, some Red factor. Weights, measurements & performance data will be posted. Delivery available. For catalogues & information call Raymond Airey (204)566-2134, (204)724-3600 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306)933-4200 (PL# 116062).View the catalogue online at

BRED COW/FEEDER/SLAUGHTER SALE Monday, March 12th 9AM SHEEP & GOAT SALE 1st & 3rd Thursday of Every Month March 15th 1PM Gates Open Mon.-Wed. 8AM-4PM Thurs. 8AM-11PM Friday 8AM-6PM Sat. 8AM-4PM For more information call: 204-694-8328 or Jim Christie 204-771-0753 Licence #1122


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HARMAN HARROW BAR 61-FT., good condition, $900. Phone (204)825-8354 or (204)825-2784. JD 1995 79DELC TRACKHOE, low hrs; Komatsu WA 320-1 3yd loader, case W26 4-yd loader; Ford 1990655 extend hoe; UH 122 trackhoe; Cat 631 scraped 24-yd; Bomag 170 PD pocket cumming motor Phone:(306)236-8023 JD 4995 16-FT DISCBINE 2009; also Honey Bee 25-ft grain header 47-ft flex coil 800 Deep Tillage;45-ft Willrich Cultivator; 25-ftx60-ft fabric Burlship New; cumming 240bp skid mount clutch&trans; JD 3410 MFWD PS 740 SL; 860 MF PV & 20-ft grain Phone:(306)236-8023 MANURE SPREADERS NH 195, $5,500; NH 500bu, $9,000; New Idea 3634, $4,000; H & S 400-bu., $3,500; Gehl scavenger, $2,500; JD 1,500-gal slurry, $2,500; Meyers 550 for poultry horse, sheep manure, $11,900; Henke 36-in. rollermill, $5,000; Farmhand mixmill, $1,500; Allied 2795 loader, $4,500; Dual 340 loader, $2,000; Dual 320 loader, $1,500. Phone (204)857-8403.


IRON & STEEL 2 1/8, 2 3/8, 2 7/8, 3 1/2-in oilfield pipe; 3/4, 7/8, 1in sucker rod; 4.5, 5.5, 7-in., 8 5/8, 9 5/8s casing pipe. (204)252-3413, (204)871-0956. FREE STANDING CORRAL PANELS, Feeders & Alley ways, 30ft or order to size. Oil Field Pipe: 1.3, 1.6, 1.9, 1 7/8, 2-in, 2 3/8, 2 7/8, 3 1/2. Sucker Rod: 3/4, 7/8, 1. Casing Pipes: 4-9inch. Sold by the piece or semi load lots, taking Spring bookings. For special pricing call Art (204)685-2628 or cell (204)856-3440.

80 lots of thick functional Beefy Red & Black Simmental, Red & Black Angus Bulls. These bulls are selected for feed efficiency, temperament & structural soundness. Bulls are semen tested & ready to go to work. Only the top end of our bull crop sell.

Call Mar Mac Farms 204-728-3058 or view bulls online at LIVESTOCK Cattle – Angus


BRED RED & BLACK Angus Heifers, Registered, AI & bull dates avail. Start calving Apr 1. Call after 7:00pm for more info. Doug (204)467-5093, Stonewall.

MAYRATH PTO GRAIN AUGER 10X60, used very little $1,475; 10ft 3-PH Deep Tiller $275, tires 28L-26, like new w/rims. Phone: (204)347-5995


MODEL 700 LEON LOADER 7-ft. bucket w/grapple fork, mounts to fit 7020 AC, could be altered. Hyd controls & joy stick, excellent condition, $5,500 OBO. (204)646-2082.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER BELT or shade trees? Confused with all the choices? Call us, we can help you! Poplar & willow bare root trees for sale. Phone:(204)857-1739, Karl.,

HAMCO CATTLE CO. 14TH Annual Angus Bull Sale, Sat. March 17th, 2012 (1:00pm) at the farm South of Glenboro, MB. Selling approx. 70 yearling & 20, 2-yr old Red Angus & 25 yearling & 5, 2-yr old Black Angus bulls. Many are AI & some are ET. Free board till spring, semen tested, free delivery, delayed payment plan. Call for catalogue or view online at: Albert, Glen & Larissa Hamilton (204)827-2358 or (204)526-0705; Dr David Hamilton (204)822-3054 or (204)325-3635

RAKES: 12 WHEEL, $6,000; 14 wheel, $7,000; Vermeer $4,000; Balers JD 510, $1,500; JD 535, $5,900; New Idea #485, $3,500; 10-ft. box scraper, $2,150; 25-ft. IH chisel plow, $3,500; Glencoe 10-ft. 3-PTH cultivator, $700; Row crop cultivators 4-12R Lilliston cultivators 6-12R Bushog 21-ft. disc, $7,500; Wishek 14-ft., $16,000; Kewannee 20-ft. breaking disc, $20,000; I-H 770 16-ft., $8,000; I-H 760 16-ft., $5,000; JD 230, $3,000; JD 16-ft., $4,000; 7 Shank DMI ripper, $12,000; 5 Shank, $10,900; Phoenix harrow 40-50-ft. Howard Rotovator, $5,000. Phone (204)857-8403. SCHULTE STONE PICKER, real nice; JD 9400 only 1,500-hrs, as new; 84-ft. Bourgault heavy harrows; 1545 Brandt conveyor, real nice; Assortment of like new grain cleaners. (204)665-2360. SCRAPERS FOR SALE!!! Cat, Laplante, Allis, Letourneau, converted to hyd., can direct mount. Will also do custom conversion. Looking for cable scrapers. Phone Borderview Enterprises toll free 1-866-602-4093.

POLYTEC GARDEN MART GREENHOUSE 32ft.x24-ft. frame, hoops, hardware (only structure poly not included) $3,000; 12 Karsten metal transport cards, $300 each, all 12 for $3,300. Phone/Fax (204)736-2949.

LIVESTOCK LIVESTOCK Cattle Auctions 6TH ANNUAL PROUDLY WESTERN BULL SALE, 60 Simmental yearling bulls & a select group of yearling heifers sell Sat., March 31st, 1:00pm at the Whitewood Auction Barn, Whitewood, SK. For more info contact one of the consignors: Johnson Stock Farms (306)2244272, Oak Hill Farms, (306)728-5674, Prairie Wind Farms Ltd., (306)634-4410, Scissors Creek Cattle Co., (306)735-4434 or Sun Rise Simmentals, (306)5344700. Catalogue can be viewed at

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted

IHC 706 756D, for parts; Gleaner L combine serial #5801 or higher; 4-6 yd field scraper, in good condition. Phone (204)229-2272, Wpg.

WANTED: SYSTEM 80 HARROW bar, for parts. Phone (204)655-3458.

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

F BAR & ASSOCIATES ANGUS bulls for sale. Choose from a good selection of 2 yr old and yearling Red & Black Angus bulls. Above-average EPD’s, good genetics, easy handling, semen tested, delivery available. Call for sales list or other details. Inquiries & visitors welcome. We are located in Eddystone, MB, about 20 miles east of Ste Rose, or 25 miles west of Lake Manitoba Narrows, just off Hwy 68. Contact Allen & Merilyn Staheli (204)448-2124, Email: KINARED RED ANGUS OFFERS about 50 2 yr old bulls for sale, complete performance data, guaranteed, semen tested, delivery available. Come select your bulls early, $500 deposit will hold your bull until Spring. Vaughan & Judy Greenslade (204)239-6891, Portage la Prairie. McTavish Red Angus & Charolais Bull Sale McTavish Red Angus & Charolais Bull Sale with Charla Moore Farms, March 13, 1:30 p.m. at the farm, Moosomin, SK. Featuring 14 Red Angus twoyear olds and yearlings, 37 Charolais two-year olds and yearlings, 20 Open Charolais x Red Angus Heifers. Contact Brian McTavish (306)435-4125, Helge By of By Livestock (306)536-4261 or view catalogue online (306)435-4125 PURE COUNTRY BULL SALE, Tues., Mar. 27th, 2012 at Taylor Auction Mart, Melita, MB. Offering 72 Red & Black Angus Yearling & Virgin Two Year Old Bulls. Also Mature Red Angus Herd Sire. Bulls that get it done in the pasture, in the feedlot & on your plate. Profitable, proven, genetics. Call for more info or a catalogue or view online at Dan Van Steelandt (204)665-2448 or (204)522-0092 or Tony Dekeyser (204)665-2424 or (204)264-0270. RED ANGUS & BLACK angus bulls for sale, yearlings and two-year olds, semen tested & delivery available. Contact Wayne (204)383-5802. REGISTERED PB RED ANGUS bulls, 2 yr olds & yearlings w/low birth weights. Phone: Ren-Ele Red Angus, (204)526-2424, Bruxelles.

12:00pm - Lunch 1:00pm - Sale

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CHAROLAIS BULLS, MAINLY 2-YEAR olds, polled & Horned, Red factor & white. Excellent performance, good feet & above average testicular development. Some semen tested & used in 2011. Bulls fed to grow but have longevity. Semen tested & delivered. Ian Milliken. Reston. Phone: (204)877-3346, email

14th Annual Angus Bull Sale Saturday, March 17th at the farm 70 Red & 25 Black Angus Yearling bulls 25 - 2 yr old Red Angus bulls 5 - 2 yr old Black Angus bulls

------------------------------------------------ Several AI sired & Some ET bulls - Semen tested & BVD PI negative - Performance & ultrasound data - High forage TMR ration - Selected from a group of 260 bulls - Free delivery & board til May 1 - Delayed payment plan available - Call for a catalogue or view website

BLACK ANGUS & POLLED Hereford bulls for sale, yearling & 2 yr olds. Semen tested, performance records & delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430, Clearwater.

WANTED: GOOD USED 20X8X38 radial tires, no cracks; Older tow between air cart; 5-HP, 10-HP or larger 220V single phase electric motor; 6-in. or 7in. grain augers for dismantle; Behlin grain bin panels. (204)655-3458

DENBIE RANCH IS PROUD to offer an excellent set of long-yearling and yearling bulls for sale. We have a great group of Red Angus bulls along with a good selection of hybrid bulls, who are half-bred Angus & half-Simmental. The long yearlings are the perfect age bulls, developed on grass so they will stand up for a long time and big enough to go out and breed any size of cow with no problems! The yearling bulls are also a great group out of breed leading A.I. sires as well as our own herd sires! Contact Denbie Ranch at (204)447-2473, or 447-7608 and 447-7057.

REG PB RED ANGUS bulls, 2 yr olds & yearlings. Many low birth weight bulls, excellent for heifers. Phone (204)278-3372 or (204)485-1490.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus

JD MODEL R, ser #19735, any condition; Pony motor or parts for JD R & JD 70; Fenders or parts tractor JD model 80. Phone: 204-851-0344.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Red Angus

Glenboro, MB

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Albert, Glen, Larissa Hamilton (204)827-2358 or (204)526-5105 Dr. David Hamilton (204)822-3054 or (204)325-3635

CEREAL IMPLEMENTS 808 & 379 cultivators w/mounted harrows. Phone (306)554-2615.

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PURE COUNTRY BULL SALE, Tues., Mar. 27th, 2012 at Taylor Auction Mart, Melita, MB. Offering 72 Red & Black Angus Yearling & Virgin Two Year Old Bulls. Also Mature Red Angus Herd Sire. Bulls that get it done in the pasture, in the feedlot & on your plate. Profitable, proven, genetics. Call for more info or a catalogue or view online at Dan Van Steelandt (204)665-2448 or (204)522-0092 or Tony Dekeyser (204)665-2424 or (204)264-0270.

BOTANY ANGUS & LEANING SPRUCE STOCK FARMS have for sale yearling Black Angus bulls. These bulls are fed a grower ration. For performance information and prices contact Ryan. Come early, a deposit will hold your purchase until spring. Contact Ryan Shearer (204)824-2151 or Lyall Edgerton (204)483-2913.

DEFOORT STOCK FARM HAS 1 of the largest groups of Charolais bulls for sale private treaty in MB. Selling both White & Red factor, moderate birth weights, performance tested & semen tested. 32 yrs in the business. Check out our website for both pics & info Phone Gord & Sue (204)743-2109 anytime. FOR SALE: PB CHAROLAIS bulls 1.5 yr olds & yearlings, Polled, some Red factor, some good for heifers, semen tested in Spring, guaranteed & delivered. R&G McDonald Livestock (204)466-2883 or (204)724-2811, Sidney, MB. FOR SALE: PB REG Charolais bulls 1 & 2 yr olds avail. All are polled, moderate birthweights & semen tested. Sunny Ridge Stock Farm (204)824-2115, Wawanesa, MB. HI-WEIGH BULL SALE, WEDNESDAY March 28, 1:00pm Plains-Ag complex, Neepawa, MB. Offering 60+ yearling and two-year-old Charolais & Angus bulls. Mostly Polled, some Red factor. Weights, measurements & performance data will be posted. Delivery available. For catalogues & information call Raymond Airey (204)566-2134, (204)724-3600 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306)933-4200 (PL# 116062).View the catalogue online at McTavish Charolais & Red Angus Bull Sale

CATTLEMAN’S CONNECTION BULL SALE March 2, 2012, Heartland Livestock, Brandon. For catalogue or more information call BROOKMORE ANGUS, Jack Hart (204)476-2607, (204)476-6696 or email CRANBERRY CREEK ANGUS BULLS for sale. Bulls are Reg. & will be semen tested before delivery May 1st. Hand fed & very quiet. These bulls are beefy & will add pounds to your calf crop. Please call for weights & EPD’s. Pics by e-mail also avail David & Jeanette Neufeld (204)534-2380, Boissevain. FOR SALE: 1 HERD bull, 6 yrs old, used for 5 yrs, 1,800-lbs, 61-in. tall, purchased from Douglas station, $1,800. Frank Case (204)428-3961. FOR SALE: 5 TWO yr old Black Angus Bulls w/experience; 15 Black Angus yearling bulls. Phone Holloway Angus (204)741-0070 or (204)483-3622 Souris, MB. OSSAWA ANGUS AT MARQUETTE, MB has yearling bulls for sale. For more info phone (204)375-6658.

McTavish Charolais & Red Angus Bull Sale with Charla Moore Farms, March 13, 1:30 pm at the farm, Moosomin, SK. Featuring 37 Charolais twoyear olds and yearlings, 14 Red Angus two-year olds and yearlings, 20 Open Charolais x Red Angus Heifers. Contact Brian McTavish (306)4354125, Helge By of By Livestock (306)536-4261 or view catalogue online (306)435-4125 PERROT-MARTIN CHAROLAIS Annual Bull Sale is Fri., March 30th, 2:00pm, at the farm, Naicam, SK. Selling 60 yearling & 2 yr old bulls. Delivery, terms & board available. For catalogues or info contact Collin & Kimberley Martin (306)874-2186 or T Bar C Cattle Co Ltd (306)933-4200 (PL #116061). View the catalogue online at


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LOCATION: Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo, ND, I-94 Exit 343, Please enter the Fairgrounds from the east at Grand Stand Avenue!

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Auctioneers will run multiple rings with two live online rings powered by Registration, terms & details at Equipment removal by Friday, March 16, unless other arrangements are made. This is a very condensed listing! Contact auctioneers for owner information, new consignments, or changes at (701) 237-9173 or (800) 726-8609.

TRACK TRACTORS 2007 JD 9630T, powershift, deluxe cab, buddy seat, radar, integrated AutoTrac, rear HID lights, wide swing drawbar, 36" belts, 2,570 hrs., S/N901074 2002 Caterpillar Challenger MT765, 306 hp, 16F/4R powershift, deluxe cab, A/C, AM/FM radio, 4 hyd., 3 pt., PTO, 16" belts, narrow gauge, set at 88”, full rack front weights, front weights on drive wheels, 5,900 hrs., S/NAMS20293 1995 Caterpillar 45, powershift, 3 hyd., 3 pt., 1000 PTO, front & side weights, 16" belts, 6,202 hrs., S/N1DR00344 4WD TRACTORS 2011 JD 9630, deluxe comfort pkg., Active seat, buddy seat, powershift, integrated AutoTrac, front/ rear diff lock, 48 gpm pump, premier light pkg., HID lights, HD greasable steering pins, motor seal drain kit, weight pkg., 800/70R38 metric duals, 1,073 hrs., S/N22276 2008 JD 9530, deluxe cab, Active seat, powershift, 4 hyd., integrated auto steer, diff lock, radar, premier light pkg., rear HID lights, rotary beacon, 2,800 lb. front weights, 5,830 lb. rear weights, 800/70R42 metric duals, 1,686 hrs., S/N2978 1999 JD 9400, 24 spd., 4 hyd., diff lock, radar, front/ rear weight pkg., 850/60R38 duals, 8,254 hrs., excellent maintenance, S/N20615 1998 NH 9882, 12 spd. gear, 4 hyd., JD Universal AutoTrac, rear weight pkg., 750-38 Trelleborg metric duals, 4,965 hrs., S/ND107768 1996 Case-IH 9380, N14 Cummins, 12 spd. HiLow, 4 hyd., return flow, Goodyear 520/85R42 factory triples, 70% rubber, 7,352 hrs., S/N37069 1996 Case-IH 9380, 12 spd. HiLow, 4 hyd., Atomjet aux. hyd. air seeder control, front/rear diff lock, front/rear weight pkg., Goodyear 520/85R42 factory triples, 85% rubber, 4,875 hrs., S/N35879 1993 JD 8960, 12 spd. Gear, 4 hyd., Universal auto steer, diff lock, front/rear weight pkgs., 20.8-42 factory triples, 6,410 actual hrs. 1992 JD 8960, 24 spd., 3 hyd., diff lock, new Michelin 20.8-42 duals, 6,207 hrs., S/N4125 1991 JD 8960, 24 spd., 3 hyd., diff lock, rear weight pkg., front weight box, 20.8-42 triples, 6,739 hrs., S/N2762 1991 Ford Versatile 976, 12 spd. gear, 4 hyd., aux. pump, 680-32 Michelin duals, shows 8,100 hrs., recent engine OH 1988 Versatile 936, 12 spd. gear, 4 hyd., 650-42 Michelin duals, shows 7,700 hrs. 1974 Versatile 900, 12 spd. gear, 3 hyd., 24.5-32 duals, 60% rubber, approx. 13,335 hrs. 1973 JD 7520, CAH, 3 hyd., 1000 PTO, 23.1-30 insides, 18.4-34 hub duals, two new, major OH at 7,000 hrs., shows 10,190 hrs., S/N2267 1986 JD 8650, 16 spd., 3 hyd., no PTO or 3 pt., 20.8-38 tires, 30% rubber, 10,855 hrs., S/NRW8650H008190 MFWD & 2WD TRACTORS 2003 NH TG230, MFWD, powershift, 3 hyd., 3 pt., quick hitch, 540/1000 PTO, front rock box, front fenders, 380/90R54 press steel duals, 320R42 fronts, 3,486 hrs., S/N125042 2003 JD 8420, MFWD, ILS, deluxe cab, powershift, 4 hyd., power beyond, 3 pt., quick hitch, 3 PTO capable, integrated AutoTrac, radar, buddy seat, rear weight pkg., front suitcase weights, front fenders, 380/90R50 press steel duals, 380/85R34 front duals, 6,591 hrs., S/N3774 1989 JD 4555, MFWD, powershift, 3 hyd., 3 pt., quick hitch, 1000 PTO, diff lock, 480/80R42 press steel duals, 16.9-28 fronts, 6,400 hrs., S/N1743 1984 JD 4450, MFWD, powershift, 3 hyd., 3 pt., PTO, 18.4-42 duals, 9,300 hrs. 1980 JD 4840, powershift, 3 hyd., 3 pt., PTO, good 20.8-42 tires, recent hyd. & transmission work, approx. 8,000 hrs.

MFWD & 2WD TRACTORS CONTINUED 1976 JD 4430, quad range, 2 hyd., 3 pt., 540/1000 PTO, 18.4-38 duals, 11:00-16 fronts, 7,136 hrs., S/N53362 1982 Case 2090, 3 pt., PTO, 20.8-38 singles, wheel weights, 5,525 hrs., OH at 5,425 hrs., S/N9912421 1980 MF 2805, MFWD, 24 spd., powershift, 3 hyd., 3 pt., 1000 PTO, rear weight pkg., front weights, 14.9- 46 cast duals, 14.9-28 fronts, approx. 4,800 hrs., S/N9R008383 1975 IHC 666, wide front, gas, open station, 2 hyd., 3 pt., PTO, electronic ignition, 15.5-38 rears, shows 3,400 hrs. 1974 Case 1370, 3 pt., PTO, 20.8-34 singles, 50% tires, Dual 400 loader, PTO pump, 8,300 hrs. 1968 JD 4020, diesel, 2 hyd., 3 pt., quick hitch, Dual 3000 loader, loader controls, 18.4-34 singles, shows 1,068 hrs., OH'd engine & clutch, S/N174315R 1965 JD 3020, open station, gas, 1 hyd., 3 pt., PTO, 15.5-38 singles, shows 2,840 hrs. IHC 1586, 3 pt., 20.8-38 duals IHC 856, open station, 3 pt., PTO, 18.4-38 singles, 10% tires, high hrs. Farmall 806, wide front, diesel, 540/1000 PTO, 18.4-34 tires, no 3 pt. Farmall 806, wide front, diesel, PTO, no 3 pt. AC C with belly mower, S/N14784 AC D17, diesel, wide front, PTO IHC B with cultivator, S/N173610 LOADERS & ATTACHMENTS Dual 345 loader Dual 345 loader w/bucket & grapple Dual 3100 loader, 3 spool, PTO, grapple & bucket mounts for JD 4020 Ford 702 Series loader for 8N style tractor Agritek forklift, mounts on tractor 3 pt. NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT JD universal AutoTrac, bushing for JD 7800 (3) Outback E-Drives with tilt compensation Outback S with globe (2) Outback S2 with globes Outback E-drive GPS, came off Case-IH 7120 Outback S-drive GPS Outback 360 mapping unit for E-drive or S-drive units COMBINES 2010 JD 9770, STS, Contourmaster, deluxe controls, premium cab, integrated AutoTrac, Y&M, hopper ext., high cap. unload, 20.8-42 duals, 28L-26 rears, 829 sep. hrs., 1,139 engine hrs., S/N738270 2009 JD 9770, STS, Contourmaster, deluxe controls, Y&M, high cap. unload, 800/65R42 singles, 938 sep. hrs., 1,540 eng. hrs., S/N730705 2009 JD 9770 STS, Contourmaster, deluxe controls, integrated AutoTrac, Touchset, high unload pkg., HID lights, fine cut chopper, 800/65R32 singles, 1,700 sep. hrs., 2,360 engine hrs. 2008 JD 9870, STS, Contourmaster, deluxe controls, premium cab, integrated AutoTrac, Y&M, high cap. unload, hopper ext., fine cut chopper, 20.8-42 straddle duals, 600/65R28 rears, 1,156 sep. hrs., 1,641 engine hrs., S/N725826 2004 JD 9860, STS, Contourmaster, deluxe controls, GreenStar Y&M, high unload pkg., fine cut chopper, 20.8-42 straddle duals, 18.4-26 rears, 1,609 sep. hrs., 2,139 engine hrs., S/N706167 1999 JD 9610, corn/bean, DAM, DAS, fore/aft, GreenStar Y&M, chaff spreader, long auger, power RWD, 20.8-38 straddle duals, 28L-24 rears, 2,309 sep. hrs., 3,411 engine hrs., S/N681801 1997 JD 9600, corn/bean, DAM, DAS, fore/aft, long unload auger, JD chaff spreader, bin ext., 30.5-32 singles, 2,120 sep. hrs., 3,022 engine hrs., S/N670633 1993 JD 9600, corn/grain, DAM, DAS, fore/aft, long auger, fine cut chopper, chaff spreader, 30.5-32

COMBINES CONTINUED singles, 3,500 sep. hrs., 4,300 engine hrs. 2004 Case-IH 2388, Field Tracker, AHH, fore/aft, ARS, Y&M with mapping, chopper, power reverser, bin ext., 480/80R42 straddle duals, 540/65R24 rears, 1,773 sep. hrs., 2,458 engine hrs., S/N275811 1995 Case-IH 2188, rock trap, chopper, 30.5-32 singles w/mismatched duals, 4,040 sep. hrs., 5,276 engine hrs., S/N189568 PICKUP HEADS 2004 JD 914, 132" JD pickup, S/N705126 1998 JD 914, 7-belt pickup, single pt. hookup, S/NH00914W675514 1997 JD 914, 6-belt pickup, S/NH00914N670249 1984 JD 212, 6-belt pickup, S/NH00212X601170 1981 JD 212, 6-belt pickup, S/N490166 1992 Case-IH 1015, 7-belt pickup, S/N53836 Case-IH 1015, Case-IH pickup, S/N55124 IHC 810, 14', S/N1480111U030028 DRAPER, STRAIGHT & EDIBLE BEAN HEADS 2004 Case-IH 2062 draper head, 36', fore/aft, finger reel, S/N15133 1996 JD 930 straight head, bat reel, pro plates, S/N666788 1991 Case-IH 1010 straight head, fore/aft, rock plates, S/N123895 1986 JD 222 head, 20' Rakeup attachment, S/NH00222P616456 Case-IH 1010 bean head, Sund pickup, S/N3569 FLEX HEADS 2010 JD 635, 35', fore/aft, poly, stubble lights, 70 Series hookups, S/N736404 2006 JD 635, 35', fore/aft, poly, stubble lights, low DAM, 70 Series hookups, S/N711564 2000 JD 930F, fore/aft, finger reel, full plastic finger auger, S/NH00930F686295 1998 JD 930, fore/aft, finger reel, full plastic finger auger, S/NH00930F676137 JD 924, finger reel, S/N671637 Case-IH 1020, 30', S/N220849 Case-IH 1020, 22-1/2', 1-1/2" cut, S/N3236 CORN HEADS 2008 JD 612C, 12x30", HDP, knife rolls, single pt. hookups, S/N725238 2008 JD 608C, 8x30", knife rolls, single pt. hookup, S/N725120 2008 Geringhoff RD, 12x22", hyd. deck plates, Row Sense, 70 Series hookups, S/N611981222 2005 Geringhoff RD, 8x30", hyd. deck plates, 70 Series hookups, S/N910158301 2005 Geringhoff RD, 18x20", Headsite, hyd. deck plates, poly, Cat or Case-IH single pt. mnts 2001 Geringhoff RD, 6x30", hyd. deck plates, header height, just through shop, $8,000 work order, S/N91391630 2002 JD 1293, 12x30", knife rolls, hyd. Deck plates, single pt. hookup, 70 Series hookup, S/N685945 2002 JD 893, 8x30", knife rolls, poly points, oil drive, outer gathering ext., S/N695503 1994 JD 693, knife rolls, poly points, S/N655598 1983 JD 843, 10x22", GVL poly, std. rolls, oil drive, 10 Series hookups, S/N106 GRAIN CARTS 2006 Brent Avalanche 1086 grain cart, 18.4-42 duals, roll tarp 2005 Frontier 1108 grain cart, 1,000 bu., 35.5-32 singles, roll tarp JD 1210A grain cart, roll tarp, 1000 PTO, 23.1-34 tires WHEEL LOADERS & ATTACHMENTS 1998 JD TC544H wheel loader, enclosed cab, JRB quick tach coupler, 3 yd. bucket, new 20.5-25 tires, 0 hrs. on new transmission, shows 15,000 hrs. Dresser wheel loader, S/N254808 Cat quick tach forks, 8' mast, 5' forks

EXCAVATOR & BUCKETS 1986 Komatsu PC200LC-3 exc., 32" pads, 40" bckt WainRoy coupler bucket, 18" w/spoon, 2-1/2" pin WainRoy coupler bucket, 24" w/teeth, 2-1/2" pin WainRoy coupler bucket, 36" w/spoon, 2-1/2" pin WainRoy coupler bucket, 48" ditch, 2-1/2" pin WainRoy coupler bucket, 60" ditch, 2-1/2" pin TRACTOR LOADER BACKHOES 1964 Case 530 tractor loader backhoe, gas, open station, 24" backhoe bucket MF 30 loader backhoe, new rear tires, less than 50 hrs. on engine OH AGGREGATE PROCESSING Dirt/rock screening plant, 3 phase electric, 50' stacker conveyor, electric control panel included, set up with 1/2" screens for fine material, set up for multiple grade materials Mobile rock/dirt crushing machine, new high grade kevlar teeth, PTO CRANE Grove crane, 16 ton, recently rebuilt CONCRETE & SMALL CONSTRUCTION EQUIP. Kelly Screed-O-Matic concrete screed, Honda 4 hp Morrison concrete screed, 30' total length, hyd. drive ends, Honda motor & 15' of screed, new Terex PB16 concrete power buggy, Honda motor Allen Razorback power trowel, 36", Honda 5.5 hp Wacker 1550 plate tamper, Honda motor, 2 yrs. old Wacker power trowel, 48", Honda 11 hp, 2 yrs. old Symons concrete wall forms: (136) 2'x6'; (22) 2'x4' Form trailer, 14,000 lb. gvw, aluminum sides Approx. 60 fillers, various sizes Approx. 16 turnbuckles Approx. 300 keepers Various crane/forklift man baskets Twin spinner hyd. truck sander Onan gen set, 12.5 kw, LP, w/controls, low hours Generator, 671 Detroit, 100kw, on trailer TELEHANDLERS, SCISSOR LIFTS & FORKLIFTS 2006 Gehl RS-8 telehandler, 42' boom, 3 position steering, 8,000 lb. lift cap., 2,360 hrs. 2000 JLG M45A boom lift 1998 Lull 644B-37 telehandler, cab, 6,058 hrs. 1996 Scat Trak 3200 articulated loader, 2,250 hrs. Maxam work platform, 8', for telehandler JLG 2646 E2 scissor lift Snorkel scissor lift, 2WD, 32' H, 4x8 deck, electric AC 705C tractor forklift, diesel, 50% rubber, S/N52653D AC 700 tractor forklift, diesel, S/N1228 Lull forklift carriage, new Yale forklift, 4,000 lb., solid pneumatic tires Clark TM20 3-wheel electric forklift, 3,650 lb. cap. SKID STEER LOADERS 2009 Bobcat S185, cab, A/C, heat, 2 spd., switchable hand/foot controls, bucket, 604 hrs. 2006 Caterpillar 277B track, quick tach, like new tracks, approx. 2,700 hrs. 2005 JD 328, cab, heat, quick tach 78" bucket, aux. hyd., 993 hrs., S/N108056 1991 Bobcat 642B "skid steer, ROPS, gas, aux. hyd., std. bucket Mahto L1300, buckets PrimeMover L1300, dsl, aux. hyd., bucket, 2,234hrs. SKID STEER ATTACHMENTS 2012 Accessories Unlimited low pro dirt bucket, 66" 2012 Accessories Unlimited low pro dirt bucket, 72" 2012 Accessories Unlimited snowblower, 72", 2 stage, fully hyd., for skid steer, new 2012 Accessories Unlimited front snowblower, 52", 2 stage, for skid steer, new (5) 2012 Accessories Unlimited pallet forks, 42", 4,000 lb., for skid steer, new 2012 Accessories Unlimited rototiller, 72", for ss, new 2012 Accessories Unlimited rock grapple, 84", new 2011 Accessories Unlimited snowblower, 84", 2 stage, 3 pt., 150 hp maximum, for skid steer, new


Steffes Auctioneers Inc., 2000 Main Ave East, West Fargo ND (701)237-9173 Scott Steffes ND81, Brad Olstad ND319, Bob Steffes ND82, Ashley Huhn ND843, Eric Gabrielson ND890, Randy Kath ND894

SKID STEER ATTACHMENTS CONTINUED Accessories Unlimited snowblower, 72", 2 stage, for skid steer, used Accessories Unlimited rock bucket, for skid steer Accessories Unlimited low pro dirt bucket, 66", used (5) Accessories Unlimited universal quick tach plates Bobcat Brush Cat, 72" Bobcat utility brush bucket, 80", hyd. grapple Bobcat snowblower attachment Bobcat angle broom, 72" Bobcat grapple fork, 72" (2) Bobcat bucket, fits Bobcat 610 Bobcat cage, fits Bobcat 610 Economy pallet fork frame only, new (2) Lowe 750CH hyd. auger, 9" & 12" bits, skid steer quick tach, new Lowe 750CH hyd. auger, 12" bit, ss quick tach, new Lowe 750CH hyd. auger, 9", 12", & 15" bits, skid steer quick tach, new NH forks & grapple, for skid steer Stout HDU72 brush grapple, ss quick tach, new Stout HDU72 rock bucket grapple, ss quick tach, new Stout XHD84 brush grapple, ss quick tach, new Stout grapple bucket, 72", for skid steer Stout brush grapple, 66", skid steer quick tach, new Stout grapple bucket, 72", skid steer quick tach, new Stout material bucket, 84", double cut edge, skid steer quick tach, new Stout rock bucket, 72", skid steer quick tach, new Stout snow bucket, 96", double cut edge, skid steer quick tach, new (2) Stout receiver hitch plates, new Stout grapple attachment add-on, new (2) Stout regular skid steer plates, new (2)Stout solid skid steer plate, new Stout walk-through pallet forks, 48", ss quick tach, new Stout standard pallet forks, 48", ss quick tach, new Stout skid steer bucket, 72" w/teeth & grapple (3) Versatech rock grapples, for skid steer (2) Grapple buckets (3) Pallet forks (2) Rock bucket, 6' (4) Hay spears Telefork forklift attachment, for skid steer New quick tach snow pusher, 8', for skid steer, rubber cutting edge New quick tach snow pusher, 8', for skid steer, steel cutting edge Bucket, 8', for skid steer loader Forks for skid steer Shop-built snowblower, 6', hyd. drive skid steer, for high flow, electric chute (2) dual purpose bale fork/pallet forks for skid steer Bale spear, for skid steer Several skid steer buckets, asst. sizes: 54", 60", 66", 88" New quick tach snow pusher, 10', for skid steer, rubber edge Hundreds of other items to include: Air drills & drills, (11) planters, vertical tillage tool, (13) field cultivators, other tillage equip., edible bean, sugarbeet & row crop equip., (14) sleeper semi tractors, (26) non-sleeper semi tractors, box trucks, gravel & other trucks, service & fuel trucks, pickups, hopper bottom & pup trailers, detach implement & header trailers, drop deck & step deck trailers, flatbed & live bottom trailers, dry van & reefer trailers, other trailers, self-propelled sprayers & spreaders, pull-type sprayers, NH3 & chemical equip., hay & livestock equip., grain handling, seed tender & conveyors, drill fills, rockpickers, mowers, various other farm equipment, cars & SUV, lawn & garden, mini trucks & recreation, tanks, huge assort. of farm parts & shop equipment, tires & rims!

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TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed. ND Sales tax laws apply. Canadian buyers need Bank Letter of Credit to facilitate border transfer.


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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Charolais

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental

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PRAIRIE PARTNERS BULL & FEMALE SALE, MARCH 13/2012, KILLARNEY AUCTION MART. 38 low birth weight, polled power house meat machines. Red, Black, Fullblood Fleckvieh. Also a select group of 20 PB & Commercial open heifers. View bulls online at For information/catalogue or video call Fraser Redpath (204)529-2560, Gordon Jones (204)535-2273, Brian Bouchard (403)813-7999, Wilf Davis (204)834-2479 SELLING AT THE PREMIUM beef bull sale March 14, 2012. Three very strong SHF Enticer sons. Two thick-butted, wide-top blacks, & one big, powerful red. These bulls combine calving ease with growth & thickness. To view the bulls or for more info, contact RKT Simmentals at (204)867-7551.



SIMMENTAL BULLS FOR SALE by private treaty. Reds & Fullbloods available. Will keep until Spring. To view call HOMESTEAD-T SIMMENTALS (204)248-2008, (204)750-1147, or (204)750-1039 Notre Dame, MB


LIVESTOCK Cattle – Gelbvieh

WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT group of Polled, all Red & Red Blazed face yearling Simmental bulls. FULLY GUARANTEED. Select your bull now & at our expense we will feed them, semen test & deliver them when you need them. 5-mi south of Wpg. Riverbank Farms, Ray Cormier (204)736-2608.

POLLED PB REG YEARLING Gelbveih bulls. Semen tested, delivered & guaranteed. For more info call (204)436-2655 or (204)745-7811.

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POLLED YEARLING GELBVIEH BULLS, Red & Black, semen tested & delivered. Also check our bulls out at Douglas Bull Test Station & Lundar Bull Sale. For more info phone Lee at Maple Grove Gelbvieh (204)278-3255.

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2 YR OLD & yearling Black Maine-Anjou bulls for sale. Low birth weights, good performance, all guaranteed, delivered in Spring. Phone (204)523-8408

2-YEAR OLD POLLED HEREFORD bull. $2000. Phone:(780)203-2653, Morinville, AB.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Salers

“FOCUS ON THE FUTURE” Bull Sale is Mar 29th, 2:00pm, Alameda Auction Mart, Alameda, SK. 60 Bulls Sell. Polled Herefords, Red & Black Simmental & Simm x Angus Herd Builders. Wintering, delivery, terms available. For catalogues or information call Wheatland Cattle Co. (Vernon LaFrentz) (306)634-7765, ANL Polled Herefords (Karl Lischka) (306)487-2670 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306)933-4200 (PL #116061). View the catalogue online at

POLLED SALERS BULLS on farm at Douglas Test Station & Lundar Bull Sale. Red or Black, hand fed, quiet. BW from 78-lbs. Top performance genetics in Canada. Ken Sweetland (204)762-5512, Lundar MB.

FOR SALE: POLLED HEREFORD BULLS, yearlings & two-year olds, current pedigree, reasonably priced. Phone Martin (204)425-3820 or Lanard (204)-425-3809. POLLED HEREFORD & BLACK Angus bulls for sale, yearlings & 2 yr olds available. Semen tested, performance records & delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430, Clearwater. TOP PERFORMANCE HEREFORD BULLS view at or phone (306)743-5105 Langenburg, Sk WLB LIVESTOCK 8TH ANNUAL BULL SALE 2:00pm March 27th, 2012. Polled Herefords & Black/ Red Simmentals sell. Catalogue & video available online www. or call Bill Biglieni (204)763-4697 or (204)729-7925. ALL BULLS BVD, SEMEN TESTED & TIE BROKE.

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WANTED: NEW BORN HOLSTEIN bull calves, on an ongoing basis. Call Howard (204)483-2990.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Shorthorn 3 & 4 YR old mature bulls for sale. Proven breeders in excellent condition. 2 Roans & 1 White. The perfect choice for Black cows. Greg Tough (204)748-3136 or Monty Thomson (204)771-7205.

WE HAVE RED & Black Polled yearling Simmental bulls for sale at the farm & consigned to the Cattle Country Sale in Neepawa Apr 12th. These are thick, moderate framed, stout bulls, from Our Walking herdsires & AI Sires including Crosby & Red Bull. Due to the number of heifers we have retained we also have for sale our R Plus herdsire. Bulls will be semen tested, guaranteed & delivered. Phone Robert at Handford Simmentals (204)876-4658 or (204)242-4359. WLB LIVESTOCK 8TH ANNUAL BULL SALE 2:00pm March 27th, 2011. Polled Herefords & Black/ Red Simmentals sell. Catalogue & video available online www. or call Bill Biglieni (204)763-4697 or (204)729-7925. ALL BULLS BVD, SEMEN TESTED & TIE BROKE. YEARLING PB SIMMENTAL BULLS. Reds & Blacks. Sired by A.I. sires; 680S, IPU revolution, & voyager. Semen tested- ready to go. Valleyfield Simmentals, Larry Dyck, Morden. Phone:(204)822-3657.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental 2 YR OLD & yearling Polled Simmental bulls. Also 3 yr old Red herdsire. Acomb Valley (204)865-2246, Minnedosa. “FOCUS ON THE FUTURE” Bull Sale is Mar 29th, 2:00pm, Alameda Auction Mart, Alameda, SK. 60 Bulls Sell. Polled Herefords, Red & Black Simmental & Simm x Angus Herd Builders. Wintering, delivery, terms available. For catalogues or information call Wheatland Cattle Co. (Vernon LaFrentz) (306)634-7765, ANL Polled Herefords (Karl Lischka) (306)487-2670 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306)933-4200 (PL #116061). View the catalogue online at IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION BULL SALE: Selling 100 Red & Black Simmentals, Red & Black Angus and Bestbeef Hybrid bulls March 8, 2012 at Spring Creek Ranch near Moosomin, SK. Contact: Spring Creek Simmentals/Red Rose Angus, Brian McCarthy (306)435-3590 or Black Sand Cattle Co. Craig Davidson (204)761-5991. and

PREMIUM BEEF SIMMENTAL BULL SALE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 1PM NEEPAWA, MB Offering 85 semen tested bulls RED, Black & Fullbloods

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LIVESTOCK Cattle Various 115 OPEN HEIFERS FOR sale: Blacks, Reds & some Charolais, can take possession by mid March. If interested phone David Johnson (204)873-2692 evenings or (204)825-7752 day.

TWIN OAK LIMOUSIN & Twin Meadow Livestock farms has Red Polled yearling bulls, birth weights 84-97-lbs, ADG 2.73-3.48. Selected for performance, moderate frame, calving ease, excellent disposition & body length. Will keep until needed. Call Gary or Josie (204)723-2275 or Tracey (204)723-2386.

12 SIMMENTAL-CROSS, 1ST, 2ND & 3rd calvers, start calving March 1st, $1300 you pick or $1200 takes all; Also 12 quality replacement heifers, $1000 each. Phone:(204)825-4289.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle Various 20 RED ANGUS X cows bred Red Angus, start calving May 1st, $1200. Phone Art Langrell (204)383-5974 or cell (204)461-1662. 22 EXCELLENT QUALITY 850-900-LB, mostly Red Angus Cross Simmental open heifers; Also 10, 900-lb Black Angus open heifers, very quiet & pale fed, $1,100 take all or $1,200 choice. Phone (204)825-2799 or (204)825-8340, Pilot Mound. FOR SALE: 38 BLACK Angus cows bred Black Angus all coming in w/3rd calf start calving in April. Phone (204)886-2126, Teulon. INHERITANCE FARM BUTCHER SHOP can do inspected cut & wrap or farm kill- We also do mobile farm kills. Call to book (204)379-2840, St Claude. Closed Sundays. LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO feed calve & pasture cows for the 2012 season. Mostly Black Angus cows, starting to calve Apr 15th. Call Darrell (204)937-3719, Roblin, MB. PB BULLS FOR SALE: good selection of Reg 2 yr old Red & Black Angus & Hereford bulls. Reasonably priced. Call Rod or Kristi (204)873-2637.

LIVESTOCK Sheep – Dorper WANTED: BRED (204)281-1985.



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Horses LIVESTOCK Horse Auctions ROCKING W SPRING HORSE Sale Sat., May 19th, 2012. Tack Sale Fri., May 18th. Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB. Phone (204)325-7237

LIVESTOCK Horses – Quarter Horse 6 YR OLD REG Quarter Horse, used on PFRA pasture, 15.5HH, quiet, well mannered, easy to catch, $1,500. Phone (204)267-2582 or cell (204)249-0038.

LIVESTOCK Horses For Sale TEAM OF WELL MATCHED 2 yr old fillies, 1 Thoroughbred/Percheron born June 2010, 1 performance horse registry born April 2010. Both registered w/NAERIC. For more information call Gerald (807)482-2980.

Swine LIVESTOCK Swine Wanted


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

Specialty LIVESTOCK Cattle Wanted

LIVESTOCK Livestock Equipment 1300 JAYLOR SINGLE SCREW mixer wagon, side unload, good scale, $5000; 204)427-3311. 1995 NORBERTS LIVESTOCK TRAILER, 8x26-ft., $4,500. Phone (204)248-2381, Notre Dame.

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

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

ALTERNATIVE POWER BY SUNDOG SOLAR, portable/remote solar water pumping for winter/summer. Call for pricing on solar systems, wind generators, aeration, powerflex fencing products. Carl Driedger, (204)5562346 or (204)851-0145, Virden. FOR SALE: 2 LARGE hog self feeders. Phone (204)835-2345, McCreary. FOR SALE: PALLISER CATTLE oiler, like new, used only 1 yr. Phone (204)886-2142. HEAVY BUILT CATTLE FEED bunks & troughs 3/8” thick steel, 500-gal capacity, 3.5ft x 16.5ft, good for grain, silage or water, easily moved. (204)362-0780, Morden. 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. PORTABLE WINDBREAKS, CALF SHELTERS, free standing rod & pipe panels, fence line & field silage bunks. Also sell Speed-Rite & 7L Livestock fence equipment, drill pipe & sucker rod. Phone (204)827-2104 or (204)827-2551, Glenboro.

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LARGE ESTATE SALE, EXECUTIVE Home 8 Kingscrest Dr. Lasalle, MB. 8-kms S of Perimeter off Hwy 330 Dates March 2,3,4,5 Time 9:00am-7:00pm. Features many new & nearly new items, all in excellent condition: Partial list Large Appliances: White Whirlpool (Gold Series) new; Kenmore Black 2-drawer dishwasher, new; Kitchen-aid SS interior&exterior dishwasher, new; Kenmore Black & stainless gas convection range, new; Kenmore white, over range microwave, new; Jenn-air gas white convection range, like new; LG 2-cu.ft. SS microwave, 6mos; Black GE 18-cu.ft. fridge, like new; SMALL APPLIANCES: numerous new&used, vacuum cleaners; Large fish tank w/matching oak cabinet 4-ft high x 48-ft length all accessories, used 6mos; Gibbard furniture: light maple finished desk w/matching bookcase & filing cabinet, modern style; Cookware: Paderno 11 piece set, new; Reverware 10 piece set, new; cast iron Dutch oven, cranberry colour, new; Large amount of quality, luxury linens, both new & gently used, several sets new dishes; Panasonic Gaoo TV; ANTIQUES: french writing desk; westing house floor consol radio; Canuck glass washboard; several glass doorknobs; large heirloom electric hurricane lamp; Sowing machine in white cabinet, rarely used. China, crystal & collectibles: quality names like Royal Albert, Wedgewood, Orifer, Waterford, Royal Doulton, & more; 8-place setting of Royal Albert autumn rose & many completer pieces, many pieces of crystal & cutglass; Wine glasses; Pfaltzgraff 45-pcs SS flatware pattern Wentworth, new; Oneida 80-pcs SS flatware, pattern Chateau & completer set, new. FLOORING: Mannington vinyl flooring, lifetime warranty, top of line, neutral colour, 12-ftx23-ft, new. Ceramic tiles, colour cavern almond, 12-inx12in (11/box, 56 boxes=616-sq.ft.). New purple martin house. Many other quality items, too numerous to mention.




ORGANIC ORGANIC Organic – Certified ORGANIC PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA CO-OPERATIVE (OPAM). Non-profit member owned organic certification body, certifying producers, processors and brokers since 1988. Phone: (204)567-3745, Miniota, Manitoba. Email:

PERSONAL SINGLE? CANDLELIGHT MATCHMAKERS can help you find each other! Everyone deserves a Happy Relationship. Confidential, Photos & Profiles to selected matches. Affordable, local, 5 recent Weddings & 3 Engagements! Serving MB, SK, NW Ontario. Call/Write for info: Box 212, Roland, MB, R0G 1T0, (204)343-2475.

Southern and Western Manitoba Tel: 204-248-2110

PEDIGREED SEED Cereal – Wheat CERT #1 UNITY-WASKADA Midge Tolerant VB Vigor & Germination tested 97%. Winter & Volume Pricing. (306)874-7590, Naicam, SK. LESS FUSARIUM MORE BOTTOM LINE. Wheat seed available. Suitable for ethanol production, livestock feed. Western Feed Grain Development Coop Ltd. 1-877-250-1552

PEDIGREED SEED Cereal – Various DURAND SEEDS: CERT AC Carberry & Harvest & Kane wheat; Souris Oats; Conlon Barley; CDC Bethune & Sorrel flax; Mancan Buckwheat; Canola & Forage seed. (204)248-2268,(204)745-7577, Notre-Dame. ELIAS SEEDS: Cert & Reg Carberry, Waskada Wheat & Cert Kane & Barrie Wheat. Call (204)745-3301, Carman, MB.

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Manitoba 159-ACRES ARBORG AREA, approx. 100-acres mature bush, balance pasture, $53,000. Call Mike, Golko’s Realty (204)642-7979. 2600-ACRE BLOCK, ALL GRASS divided into 5 rotational grazing units. Good water, fences, facilities. 3-brdm house. Available fall or spring. Will carry qualified buyer. Phone: (204)967-2290. FARM SPECIALIST: COUNT ON GRANT TWEED, informed, professional assistance for sellers & buyers. Call (204)761-6884 anytime, or Service with integrity. VISIT MANITOBAFARMS.CA for all ranches, pastures, grain land, hunting land, investment property, bldg lots & homes. Call Harold (204)253-7373 Delta Real Estate

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Pastureland SUPERVISED PASTURE FOR 210 cow/calves, can keep year round. Would consider lease to own option. Open to offers. Phone: (204)859-3018.

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, telephone Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511, or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753, Home Professional Realty Inc.

REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE Houses & Lots HOUSE TO BE MOVED. 28x28 1.5 storey, 3 Bdrm, built in 1942, 12 yr old roof, solid construction, no water damage, needs windows & reno work. Last lived in 2 yrs ago. $5,000. Can send photos., Miami, MB.

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CKC REGISTERED GERMAN SHEPHERD pups black & tan, born Jan 6th, championship line, $500. Phone: (204)736-3954.


WANTED: GRAIN & LIVESTOCK farms for both foreign & domestic buyers. Considering selling w/2012 or 2013 possessions. Now is the time to discuss all options. Professional service & confidentiality guaranteed. Call Rick Taylor (204)867-7551, HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc., WANTED-LOCAL FARMING FAMILY LOOKING to aquire up to 2 sections of good grain land in an area encompassed within the Rm’s of Cornwallace, Glenwood, Oakland, or Whitehead for 2013 season. Interested parties please Reply to Ad# 1017, c/o MB Co-operator, Box 9800, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3K7.

REAL ESTATE Land For Sale 160-ACS FOR SALE: in the RM of Grey North of Haywood, approx 150-acs open, has a dugout currently used for pasture. Call (204)436-2301. PASTURELAND 1/2 SECTION ON South 10-17-13W in the Municipality of Lansdowne; 2004 26-ft. flat deck trailer w/loading ramps w/two 7-ton axles, c/w 4 semi holders & straps. Ken Oswald (204)386-2223. R.M. NORTH NORFOLK Offers being accepted to purchase the following farm land: NW 18-10-9W SW 18-10-9W Offers to be reached by March 16th, 2012 at: Offers PO Box 508 Ile des Chenes, MB R0A 0T0 1) Parcels described sold AS IS 2) Possession date April 15th, 2012 3) Any offer not necessarily accepted. For further info call (204)782-9208 or (204)878-3538

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES RECREATIONAL VEHICLES All Terrain Vehicles 2010 POLARIS 500 SPORTSMAN H.O. 4x4 quad, 850-mi, VGC, $5,600 OBO; 08 Panterra side-byside 700cc 4x4 w/dump box, good condition, $3,800 OBO. (204)252-2266

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Campers & Trailers LARGE VOLUME OF REPOSSESED RVs & parts, from the foreclosure of Canada One RV is being sold to the public. Phone Dave (204)233-4478,

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Motor Homes 2001 HOLIDAY RAMBLER ENDEAVOR 40-ft., 2 sliders, 330-HP Cummins, 7.5KW DSL gen, 64,500-mi., Roadmaster Chassey, hardwood floors, satellite, 2 TVs, excellent condition, $65,000. (204)325-2550.

JAMES FARMS LTD: AC Barrie & AC Carberry Wheat, Tradition Barley, Leggett & Summit Oats, Hanley Flax, Various Canola, Sunflower & Soybean seed varieties, Forage seed. Customer processing. Seed treating & delivery available. Early payment discounts. For info (204)222-8785, toll free 1-866-283-8785, Winnipeg. PEDIGREED SEED: CARBERRY, GLENN, Barrie CWRS; Triactor, Summit Oats; RR Soybeans; Andrew Sapton Acres (204)771-0951, Hazelridge, MB. PUGH SEEDS: CERT KANE, AC Barrie, Somerset Wheat. Souris Oats. Conlon Barley. Reg & Cert Sorrel Flax. Phone (204)274-2179, Bill’s cell (204)871-1467, Barry’s cell (204)872-1851, Portage. SANDERS SEED FARM FDN, Reg. Cert. Domain Kane, Cert. Carberry, Harvest Wheat, Manitou, MB. Phone (204)242-4200 or (204)242-2576, Daniel Sanders.

LaChance Seeds

NEW CARBERRY WHEAT Reg. & Cert, Good Rating Against Fusarium, Short & Strong straw. Reg. & Cert Kane Wheat. Phone (204)353-2694 or Lionel (204)941-9115 Elie, MB


PEDIGREED SEED Forage – Various ALFALFA SEED, MULTIFOLIATE CANADA common #1, bagged & inoculated, Timothy seed common #1, Brome grass common #1, all seed cleaned to exceed certified standard. Phone Riverton (204)378-5207

PEDIGREED SEED Oilseed – Various

NOW BUYING Old & New Crop Confection & Oil Sunflowers Licensed & Bonded 0% Shrink Farm Pick-Up Available Planting Seed Available

Call For Pricing Phone (204)747-2904

Toll Free 1-888-835-6351 Deloraine, Manitoba

COMMON SEED COMMON SEED Forage ALFALFA SEED, CLEAN & bagged. Phone:(204)858-2482, Ron Bodin, or Robyn Bodin (204)858-2576. HAIRY VETCH SEED FOR sale, cleaned & bagged, high germination, excellent forage & nitrogen fixation source. Phone: Ron at (204)723-2831, Austin, MB.

COMMON SEED Various RED CLOVER SEED, double cut, hardy, cleaned, trace sweet clover & catchfly, cert. organic. Phone: (204)534-7843.

SEED / FEED / GRAIN SEED/FEED MISCELLANEOUS Feed Grain CONVENTIONAL AND ROUND UP Ready Grazing Corn. CanaMaize Seed 1-877-262-4046 or email


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CAREERS Professional

1ST & 2ND CUT large round hardcore Alfalfa, Afalfala Silage & Hay, feed tested, 1,500-1,800-lbs. Phone (204)246-2032 or (204)823-0431

Product Specialist – Grain Handling

200 MEDIUM SQUARE BALES, asking $25 bale; 100 medium bales of wheat straw, $20 bale. Both in the yd, hay shed. Can deliver. Phone (204)755-2244.

Buhler Industries Inc., a leading and growing manufacturer of farm equipment, is currently accepting applications for its Farm King division, for a Product Specialist – Grain Handling, located in Morden, Manitoba. This position may work out of either Morden or Winnipeg, Manitoba.

450 TIMOTHY/ALFALFA MIX 1st cut hay, 5x6-ft bales, no rain, approx. 1650lbs $0.03/lb. Call John (204)483-3234 500 ROUND HAY BALES For Sale, good quality, excellent condition, no rain, 1500lb bales, $45. Will consider trade for young bred cows. Phone: (204)746-5121. 600 LARGE ROUND GRASS mix hay bales, no rain, good quality, 1700-lbs; 150 dry oat & wheat straw bales. Trucking arranged. Call (204)345-8532

Box 144, Medora, MB. R0M 1K0 Ph: 204-665-2384 Also Buying Brown & Yellow Flax & Field Peas Farm Pickup Available CGC Licensed and Bonded Call Cal Vandaele the “Rye Guy” Today!

As a Product Specialist, you will be responsible for product planning and marketing, with a focus on leading the full product cycle. This position requires liaising with Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Production, Service, Service Parts, as well as Dealers and End Users, to ensure company goals and customer requirements are met. You will determine market requirements for current and future products by conducting research through ongoing visits to dealers and end users of the product. You will also develop a network of Territory Managers and Dealer contacts to provide feedback on competitive units to determine industry trends for future forecasting.

“Your feed grain broker”

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years as a Product Specialist or Product Manager or similar experience. Strong project management skills are required and preference will be given to those with an agricultural equipment background. Excellent communication and decisionmaking skills in combination with the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment are essential. Related post secondary education is considered a definite asset. This position does require some travel.


80 BALES OF MIXED slough & highland hay good only for bedding, some of which they will eat. $20 per bale. Phone Mark after 6:00pm,(204)422-5914. BROME ALFALFA ROUND BALES, 1st & 2nd cut, & also round Barley Straw. Dan Lovatt (204)483-2717, Souris. FIRST & SECOND CUT hardcore round bales of Alfalfa/Grass mix. Feed tested & no rain. Phone: (204)836-2434, Swan Lake. FOR SALE: APPROX 200 1st cut Alfalfa bales (round) good quality; Approx 200 small square 1st cut premium quality. Call (204)745-3301 or (204)750-8187, Carman, MB. LARGE ROUND ALFALFA/BROME BALES. Phone: (204)859-2724 evenings, Rossburn MB. LARGE ROUND NET WRAPPED hay bales, 1st & 2nd cut $30-$45/bale. For more information call Randy (204)246-2205 or Gord (204)822-1918.

Brokers of high/low vomi wheat and barley, corn, rye, feed pea canola and soybeans. Farm pickup prices available. Darcy Caners 204-415-3485 Colin Hoeppner 204-415-3487 Brian Harland 204-415-7123 Fax 204-415-3489


WE BUY OATS Call us today for pricing Box 424, Emerson, MB R0A 0L0 204-373-2328


FEDERATION TIRE: 1100X12, 2000X20, used aircraft. Toll free 1-888-452-3850

Vomitoxin Testing (+Other Toxins, Falling No.)

FOR SALE: 4, 11X22.5 Goodyear truck tires, 70%; Westfield 7-41 auger w/gas motor. 29-ft Degelman mounted harrows for cultivator. Phone (204)348-2064, cell (204)345-3610.


We are buyers of farm grains.

  • Vomi wheat    • Vomi barley   • Feed wheat    • Feed barley   • Feed oats    • Corn   • Screenings    • Peas   • Light Weight Barley You can deliver or we can arrange for farm pickup. Winnipeg 233-8418 Brandon 728-0231 Grunthal 434-6881 “Ask for grain buyer.”

HEATED & GREEN CANOLA • Competitive Prices • Prompt Movement • Spring Thrashed “ON FARM PICK UP”


Vanderveen Commodity Services Ltd. Licensed and Bonded Grain Brokers

37 4th Ave. NE Carman, MB R0G 0J0 Ph. (204) 745-6444 Email: Andy Vanderveen · Brett Vanderveen Jesse Vanderveen

A Season to Grow… Only Days to Pay!


Heated, Green, Damaged Buying all levels of damaged canola. Best Prices. Bonded, Insured.

CALL US 1-866-388-6284

Contact Denis or Ben for pricing ~ 204-325-9555

NOW BUYING Confection and Oil Sunflowers, Brown & Yellow Flax and Red & White Millet Licensed & Bonded P.O. Box 1236 129 Manitoba Rd. Winkler, MB. R6W 4B3

FARMERS, RANCHERS, SEED PROCESSORS BUYING ALL FEED GRAINS Heated/Spring Threshed Lightweight/Green/Tough, Mixed Grain - Barley, Oats, Rye, Flax, Wheat, Durum, Lentils, Peas, Canola, Chickpeas, Triticale, Sunflowers, Screenings, Organics and By-Products √ ON-FARM PICKUP √ PROMPT PAYMENT √ LICENSED AND BONDED SASKATOON, LLOYDMINSTER, LETHBRIDGE, VANCOUVER, MINNEDOSA


TRACTOR TIRES (2) GOODYEAR 520/85R46, new cost $2,500 each plus tax, like new condition, asking $1,500 each. Lavern (204)371-9954.

973 St. James St., Wpg, MB R3H 0X2

TRAILERS Grain Trailers


2010 CASLETON SUPER B trailers, excellent rubber; 2007 Casleton Super B trailers, new rubber. Both excellent condition & no fertilizer. Retiring. Phone: (204)734-8355, leave message.

1-866-821-2406 (Toll Free)


Thank you for your interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Fast, Accurate Results Prepayment Req’d by Cheque or Credit Card

2 WATER TANKS, $300 each, 1,250-gal poly tank w/shut off valve. Also oil tanks $50 each w/stands. (Furnace). Phone/Fax (204)736-2949. 9000-GALLON TANK, 2 COMPARTMENTS, 2 man holes, not certified, would be good for water or liquid fertilizer, sits on cradles, $1000 OBO. Phone: (204)669-9626.



Marked and Sealed Tenders will be accepted by the undersigned for the below described land up to 4:00 p.m., March 15, 2012 (the “deadline”) Parcel Legal Description Title # 1. 1533937 SE ¼ 19-6-6 E Includes, house, barn, buildings 160 acres 2. E ½ of NW ¼ 17-6-6 E 2166614 Includes yard site 80 acres 3. 1632315 W ½ of NW ¼ 17-6-6E Vacant farmland 80 acres 4. 2038038 E ½ of NW ¼ 18-6-6E Vacant farmland 77.16 acres When submitting an offer, please note: 1. Completed tenders, in the form prepared by Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP, and available at their office, must be received by the deadline to be considered. 2. Your offer should clearly identify the property and any conditions of your offer, if any, must be clearly stated. 3. The highest, or any offer will not necessarily be accepted. 4. You must provide a certified cheque or bank draft for 5% of the price being offered payable to Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP, Barristers and Solicitors (in trust). 5. You must rely on your own personal knowledge and inspection of the property for all purposes, including determination of acreage, condition, improvements, and assessment. 6. Mines and minerals excluded. 7. The purchaser shall be responsible for all real property taxes commencing January 1, 2012. 8. Title to the land shall be transferred free and clear of all encumbrances and liens except for the following: - Easement registered as Interest # 1641773 by The Manitoba Telephone System. - Caveat registered as Interest #1811375 by the R.M. of Hanover - Easement Agreement registered as Interest # 2460927 by MTS Communications Inc. 9. Possession as to the home and buildings on Parcel 1 shall be no earlier than 6 months from acceptance of Offer. Submit offers to: Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP 85 PTH 12 North Steinbach, MB R5G 1A7 Ph:326-3442 Fax: 326-2154 email: Attention: Bryan Peters

Please forward your resume in

Todd Trueman, CIM, P. Mgr. Director of Human Resources Buhler Industries Inc. 1260 Clarence Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3T 1T2 Fax to (204) 654-2503 Email:


SMALL SQUARE BALES Horse Hay, Beef Hay & Wheat Straw. Close to Brandon. Phone (204)728-0664 or (204)761-7976.


We offer competitive salary and benefits. confidence to:

TRAILERS Trailers Miscellaneous BRANDON TRAILER SALES “You will like our prices!” “It’s that Simple!” “Let’s compare quality & price!” “Certainly worth the call!” Phone (204)724-4529. Dealer #4383 CRAIG 19-FT. TRI-AXLE GOOSENECK trailer, $1,800 or trade for bumper hitch trailer. Phone (204)825-8354 or (204)825-2784. STOCK TRAILERS GN 7x24, $5,000; 6x16 $3,500; 7x22 $3,500; GN Flat deck 24-ft., $5,000; 25-ft. w/ramps $5,500; New decks for 3/4 IT trucks; 9-ft. $2,350; 11-ft. $2,850; 7-ft $1,500; 25-ft. Pintle hitch w/ramps, $5,900. Phone (204)857-8403 WANTED: 2 USED ARNES 22ft.x24ft. & dump gravel trailers in any condition. Phone (204)376-2340 or (204)641-1350.


Agriculture Tours Ukraine/Romania – June 2012 England/Scotland/Ireland/Wales – June 2012 2012 European Cruises – Call for Details Australia & New Zealand – Jan/Feb 2013 Tours may be Tax Deductible Select Holidays 1-800-661-4326

CAREERS CAREERS Farm / Ranch Help Wanted for calving and feedlot work on a large farm near Hayter, Alberta to begin April 1. Experience with cattle and equipment an asset. Please phone or fax (780)753-4720. Help wanted for field work on a large farm near Hayter, AB beginning May 1. Previous experience operating farm equipment, mechanical ability and class 1 or 3 driver’s license an asset. Please phone or fax (780)753-4720.

CAREERS Farm / Ranch DON’T JUST VISIT, LIVE IT! Agricultural placements in EUROPE, UK, AUSTRALIA or NEW ZEALAND. Wide range of jobs (4-12 months) awaiting experienced individuals ages 18-30. Book an AgriVenture program now! 1-888-598-4415. Canadian farmers looking for extra hands are also encouraged to apply for international trainees.

HELP NEEDED STARTING March 15th for calving & general farm duties. Must have experience w/driving farming equip & working w/cattle. Living accommodations avail. (204)449-2149 or e-mail resume

MIXED GRAIN/COW-CALF OPERATION looking for reliable, self-motivated, F/T farm workers. Duties include operation & maintenance of cropping machinery, care of livestock & calving. Experience w/livestock & machinery operation an asset. Must have valid drivers licence & be willing to work long hrs in peak seasons. Basic training wage $11/hr. Accommodation provided. Send resume w/references to or Fax (204)564-2107

CAREERS Help Wanted CATTLE/GRAIN FARM NEAR CARBERRY has full-time position available. Must have cattle handling experience, ability to run and maintain equipment. Having your class 1 and ability to weld a definite asset. Please call (204)724-6093 or (204)466-2939.

DAIRY FARM NEAR LABROQUERIE is looking for a Herdsman to work in a new robotic barn, has to be A.I. experienced, has to enjoy working with cows & electronics. Please call (204)424-5109 or (204)326-0168.

CAREERS Help Wanted JODALE PERRY CORP. IS currently accepting applications from energetic and qualified individuals to join our Morden team for the following full time position: CAD Specialist. The CAD Specialist is responsible for the design process in the development of new products at Jodale Perry. The CAD Specialist reports to the Engineering Manager / EIT. The ideal candidate will have experience and abilities in the following: Diploma in Engineering Design & Drafting Technology; CAD Software proficient; Pro Engineer would be preferred but not required; Competent in Microsoft Office programs such as Excel; Competent in BOM maintenance in electronic database software; Manage design responsibilities according to scheduling plan provided by Design Mgr; Develop detailed lists of materials as per design; Provide Engineered Mechanical Dwg. Packages for mfg. purposes; Communicate effectively with production staff & CAD Team; Excellent communication skills; Must be able to work independently and within a team. For more information regarding Jodale Perry Corp. visit our website at: Please forward your resume along with references in confidence to: Jodale Perry Corp. 300 Route 100 Morden, MB. R6M 1A8, Fax: (204)822-9111 Email: We appreciate all applicants for their interest, however only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


New process informs public earlier, brings new co-ordination to submissions for expand- ing livestock operations U.S. farmers want access to...


New process informs public earlier, brings new co-ordination to submissions for expand- ing livestock operations U.S. farmers want access to...