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Farmers want an exemption No fertilizer until April 10 unless … By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


warm, dry spring has the Manitoba government reconsidering its new nutrient application rules that prevent fertilizer applications before April 10, a provincial official said March 15. “If the warm weather conditions continue and soils across the province are fully thawed, then the department ( C o n s e r v a t i o n a n d Wa t e r Stewardship) will consider a blanket variation for all producers,” an official said in an email. Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) president Doug Chorney requested an emergency meeting March 19

Too soon to give up on winter wheat The mild, South Dakota-style winter may have compensated for the lack of snow cover By Daniel Winters co-operator staff / Brandon


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Dale Hicks shows a browned-off winter wheat plant picked from his farm at a workshop organized by Manitoba Winter Cereals Inc. last week.  photo: Daniel Winters

h e Pra i r i e w i n t e r wheat crop may have been left looking a bit worse for wear due to unusually low snowfall cover, but there’s still life lurking below those browned-off stalks. That’s because it takes m o re t h a n j u s t a t a p on the head to kill winter wheat, said Outlook, Sask.-area farmer Dale Hicks, who is also chair of the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission. “There’s going to be damage on headlands and hilltops, but not going to experience wall-to-wall death. That’s impossible,” said Hicks, on the sidelines of last week’s workshop hosted by Manitoba Winter Cereals Inc. It takes at least 30 skullshattering whacks, or more accurately, incidents of severe frost, to push the crown tissue over the “line of death.”

Even without good snow cover, Hicks pegs the number of “damage events” on the Prairie crop’s Winter Survival Model at only five so far this winter during cold snaps in January and February. “We had a winter more like South Dakota, where they grow lots of winter wheat without snow,” said Hicks. Driving by at 100 km/h, a field of orange tops flat on the ground might look ripe for spraying out and reseeding. But when attempting to determine if a winter wheat crop is a writeoff or not, he urged farmers to pull up some plants and look for the telltale white to greenish-yellow “thread of life” at the base of the stalk. Black and mushy roots are a sure sign of death. But if it’s mainly white inside with a little brown around the edges, that means the plant has suffered limited injury from frost-induced dehydration – freezer burn. Even so, the end result might be a respectable crop, See WINTER WHEAT on page 6 »

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


on the lighter side


Superstud Jocko the bull: Gone, but not forgotten

Time for action Changes to sow housing systems are inevitable: Peet


His prowess will be studied by natural historians

CROPS Social connections Lose canola’s big biz image to increase consumer appeal


More than 23,000 dairy heifers in France were sired by Superstud Jocko. photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol nantes / reuters



To pool or not to pool? No longer farmers’ only option, but the CWB says it’s still the best



airy cows across the world are mourning the loss of “Jocko,” ranked as the world’s thirdmost potent breeding bull, who has died of natural causes leaving behind as many as 400,000 offspring.

the Prim’Holstein breed, this bull rose to become an unquestionable reference and ranked third globally in terms of use,” said Creavia, the farming cooperative that raised the broadshouldered beast.

Jocko Besne had an industrious 17-year career donating some 1.7 million sperm straws that were used in France and abroad to keep alive the Prim’Holstein cattle strain, the main strain of black-and-white milking cow used in France. “An international star from

“In France alone, Jocko Besne’s daughters are present in 23,370 farms.” Creavia

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The organization said it believed he could have spawned between 300,000 and 400,000 offspring. Officially he is credited as being the father of a mere 161,888 cattle in 21 countries as not all nations have kept records. “In France alone, Jocko Besne’s daughters are present in 23,370 farms,” Creavia said in a statement. Born in 1994 at a farm belonging to breeder Gildas Fertil, Jocko was allowed to retire last year and died earlier this month. His body is to be sent to Paris’s natural history museum where his prowess will be studied.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Farmers fear consolidation, not foreigners, in Viterra bid Will Viterra’s buyer mean more competition or less?

By Rod Nickel

“From a local level, it’s probably going to be the same. Change the name on the building.”

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or most of the past year, western Canadian farmers have braced for the rush of competition that will follow the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s 69-year-long monopoly on grain marketing in August. Now, they’re preparing for the possibility of seeing less than expected. The fertile region’s biggest grain handler, Viterra, said March 15 it had hired advisers and set a process to vet takeover interest, the first sign of a muchanticipated frenzy to take or build a position in the western Canadian wheat market as it opens to competition for the first time since the Second World War. But whether farmers will win or lose from the transaction depends heavily on who buys the former farm co-operative, which has a commanding 45 per cent share of rural elevator storage — the backbone of the supply chain for getting crops from the world’s No. 8 grain grower to global markets. Unlike the cool Canadian response to some big deals involving foreign bidders, western Prairie farmers aren’t vocally worried about whether Viterra retains the Maple Leaf stamp. They’re far more concerned with ensuring that the move toward a freer market isn’t compromised in the final furlong. “There’s a fear on our side that an existing multinational like Cargill that’s already in this country would buy them and take away a lot of competition” among handlers vying for farmers’ grain,” said Alberta farmer

Darren Sterling Farmer, Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Farmers wouldn’t mind a new name on the Viterra facilities, as long as it’s a new player and not a consolidation of existing ones.   file photo

Lynn Jacobson, president of Wild Rose Agricultural Producers. Swiss trader Glencore, a re s p e c t e d a n d s o m e t i m e s feared name in global metal and oil markets, is teaming with Canadian farm retailer Agrium and No. 2 grain handler Richardson International Ltd. on a bid expected to be announced this week that would break Viterra into several chunks, according to industry sources. A scenario in which Agrium scooped up Viterra’s roughly 260 farm-supply stores would leave farmers with few options for buying annual supplies of seed, chemicals and fertilizer. Privately owned Richardson may be in line to take on Viterra’s foodprocessing plants, like crushers and mills, but farmers fear it may also aggressively expand its onequarter share of western Canada’s grain-handling capacity. “If they control more of the outlets, that’s a concern for us,” said Jacobson, who grows grain, oilseed and pulse crops. U.S.-based Cargill holds about 15 per cent of the region’s grainhandling capacity, according to industry estimates, and would face the double whammy in

Ottawa’s eyes of being a foreign company and one that already is a player in Canada, raising competition concerns if it entered a bid. Because of Viterra’s size, C a n a d a ’s a r m ’s - l e n g t h Competition Bureau would review any takeover. The regulator flexed its muscles during the last major round of Canadian farm mergers and acquisitions in 2007 when, to satisfy competition concerns, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool sold some elevator and port assets to Cargill as it took over Agricore United. The newly formed company became Viterra. Jacobson said Prairie farm groups, relatively quiet in the early going, plan to lobby government with their concerns once there is a formal bid.

Foreign ownership no big deal

Viterra, with roots in longrunning farmer co-operatives in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, is attracting plenty of foreign interest, from Glencore, U.S.-based Bunge, Archer Daniels Midland and perhaps others, industry sources say. But farmers mostly shrug at the idea of their former co-oper-

atives falling under Swiss, U.S. or Asian control. “From a local level, it’s probably going to be the same,” said Weyburn, Saskatchewan farmer Darren Sterling. “Change the name on the building.” ADM and Bunge would present less concern about competition, since they are not big players in western Canadian grain handling or farm product sales. Farmers are also familiar with the names, as they sell canola to Prairie crushing plants owned by Archer Daniels and Bunge. But with Viterra in play just as the CWB monopoly winds down, farmers have two big changes to factor in as they gear up for spring planting. The CWB handled the marketing for farmers’ wheat and barley, something they will now have to learn for themselves. Western Canadian farmers are touching up seeding plans before steering tractors onto fields in mid-April. For the first time in generations, farmers have been able to sign forwarddelivery contracts with handlers for wheat and barley, because of the monopoly’s end. Viterra was the most aggres-

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sive early on in securing farmers’ expected grain production after Ottawa passed its monopolykilling law in December. Sterling has agreed to sell some of his expected canola harvest to Viterra, and doubts that any takeover of the company will have much practical impact on him. “I just think it’s going to carry on. A contract’s a contract.” Canada is the biggest exporter of spring wheat, canola, oats and durum wheat, with the vast majority of those crops grown in the western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Selkirk, Manitoba farmer Doug Chorney agreed to buy canola and soybean seed from Viterra, as well as dry fertilizer, and said he has no concerns about those supplies being jeopardized by a foreign takeover. With farmer co-operatives and wooden elevators long behind Prairie agriculture, and the wheat board monopoly on its way into history, farmers are so far a cleareyed, practical lot in viewing Viterra’s possible sale. “There’s no sentiment about it, no loyalty anymore,” Jacobson said. “It’s all business because it’s not the same company anymore.”


Cultivating More Ways to Profit in Agriculture

Biomass stokes the Manitoba economy Straw that was once set afire in fields is now heating buildings and spawning a new generation of bioproducts. When the potential of agricultural fibre first started to ignite Manitobans’ imaginations, Joe Hogue was the manager of straw purchasing at SWM International in Carman, where flax is processed for paper production. Today he works full time on new business development, capitalizing on the many ways flax and hemp fibre can be transformed into an array of materials for heating, animal bedding and high-tech biocomposites.

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Joe’s evolving role shows how dramatically biomass development is changing the way some Manitoba businesses look at straw and other agricultural byproducts. Once regarded as waste, these materials are now recognized as the foundation for value-added products, businesses and jobs. “We have a huge opportunity here,” Joe says. “We could end up with a very sustainable economy based on bioproducts, and agriculture has the chance to create it.” Growing Forward helped SWM explore the potential by providing support for its tow upgrade and flax shive

fractionation project in Winkler. The shive, once used for cattle bedding, is now processed for commercial uses – including a new line of products under the FlaxStalk brand. The changes at SWM have helped to create a more reliable biomass supply, which is a key step in building the rest of the value chain. One operation using the shive for heating is Rosebank Colony, the first Manitoba Hutterite colony to convert its boiler from coal to biomass. Growing Forward assisted the conversion, which now provides fuel savings of about $40,000 a year. At least 20 other colonies are now following Rosebank’s example.

Many other Growing Forward projects are encouraging a reliable biomass supply and better ways to harness its potential.

With dozens of Manitoba companies now supplying biomass, bioproducts and related technology, the sector shows no signs of slowing down.

Among them are the mobile biomass cuber developed by the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute. It takes densification equipment to the biomass, instead of the other way around, making it much cheaper and easier to transport.

“Manitoba is definitely one of the leaders,” concludes Joe Hogue. “The difference here is the attitude.”

Other Growing Forward projects are helping farmers explore “purpose-grown” crops like switchgrass, and new baling technology to harvest native willow.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


Giving meat a bad name “


aws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made.” This quote has been widely but wrongly attributed to Otto Von Bismarck, the “Iron Chancellor” of Germany in the 19th century, which proves that misinformation was spreading long before the Internet. However, the Internet is certainly a much more efficient way of spreading John Morriss misinformation, as well as information of Editorial Director the more accurate variety. For example, if you really do want to see how sausages are made, you can now go to YouTube and find out. Even better — or maybe worse — you can find out what most of us have always said before eating a hotdog: “I really don’t want to know how these things are made.” If not, then don’t go to YouTube and check out the video on hotdogs from the Discovery Channel program “How things are made.” It might actually put you off hotdogs — for a while. But who are we kidding? We always knew that hotdogs weren’t made from tenderloins and shoulder roasts. They’re made from “trimmings,” which doesn’t sound so bad. “Lean, finely textured beef” sounds even better. That’s a term that U.S. beef-industry officials have been using following a storm of media reports about a product which can be added up to 15 per cent to ground beef, but under a somewhat less appetizing term — “pink slime.” That term has apparently been used for some time, perhaps as a bit of a joke, among those who use it, but it recently hit the mainstream when a food blogger in Texas started a petition against its use in school lunch programs. As of last week it was at 225,000 signatures and counting. The product, whichever term you use, is trimmings heated to about 37 C and spun to remove most of the fat. The lean mix then is compressed into blocks, after it’s given what its proponents describe as “a puff of ammonium hydroxide gas” to kill bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. If you would like an earnest but somewhat dull defence of the product, check out the video on the U.S. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association website at For a different but more entertaining take on the subject, go to YouTube and search for British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver’s video on pink slime. His demonstration of how it’s manufactured involves a washing machine and a jug of household ammonia. The meat industry is prone to defending itself against attack by claiming that its critics are closet if not overt vegetarians attempting to stop the use of animals for food, period. Oliver provides no such opportunity. He is an avid red meat lover, and his video begins with him leading a heifer with a cutting diagram on its hide into a butcher shop. A butcher takes down a carcass and holds the cuts up against the side of the animal to show the crowd exactly where they come from. It would be instructive for cattle producers to look at the two videos and think a bit about who they’d prefer to be speaking on their behalf. A university animal scientist talking about how lean finely textured beef is high in protein and perfectly safe to eat, or a chef talking about the virtues of properly cooking the various cuts and how the residue should go to the rendering plant for pet food? The pink slime controversy coincides with a new report linking health with red meat consumption, which was widely reported last week. Headline writers had a field day — among the samples were “Red meat death study,” “Will red meat kill you?” and “Singing the blues about red meat.” The press release study from the study’s source, the Harvard School for Public Health, was not quite so dramatic. It said that “one daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13 per cent increased risk of mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hotdog or two slices of bacon) was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk.” Beef and pork producers may cringe at all this, but the message isn’t all that bad — you shouldn’t eat too much and you shouldn’t eat it every day. That’s OK — farmers producing poultry, dairy and pulses need to be able to sell their products too. And it’s apparent that the biggest health risk is not so much eating meat, but eating processed meat. This is the real dilemma for the industry. Packers like to be able to take the leftovers and earn extra revenue by turning them into wieners and salami and so on. That’s added value for the packer, and these products are an easy solution for the parents trying to prepare a quick lunch for the kids. But it’s the stuff that’s not good for you, and like pink slime, is giving meat a bad name.

The $5-million advantage of local processing Manitoba beef producers would see higher values (Excerpts from the latest Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council newsletter)


lberta cattle fetch more at auction than Manitoba cattle. A lot more. “One of the main reasons why Manitoba’s prices are lower is because they are the furthest distance away from any federally inspected slaughter plants,” said Canfax market analyst Brian Perillat. The simple fact is that Alberta producers have beef plants close to home, while Manitoba producers get prices that reflect costs including transportation, handling and various markups along the way. MCEC along with the management team behind the proposed new Winnipeg-based beef plant crunched the numbers and discovered that Manitoba producers are losing out on more than $5 million a year compared to their Alberta counterparts. The analysis shows the average price differential over the first 10 months of 2011 between Alberta and Manitoba on fed steers was $10.16/100 lbs. On an average fed steer of 1,300 lbs., that works out to about $130 per animal. We also know that the minimum price differential on other cattle is $50/head for transportation alone. That’s the reality that Manitoba producers have put up with for a long time. And it’s one of the things that MCEC is aiming to change by having a federally inspected beef plant here at home. “If you feel like your animals aren’t worth what they should be in today’s market, then you’re right,”said Doug Cooper, CEO of the management team seeking to build a new beef plant in Winnipeg. “Our plan calls for us to pay Alberta prices for Manitoba cattle.”


“When somebody asks what we’re getting for our voluntary refundable $2-per-head MCEC levy, I tell them that I might just be getting $130 per head more,” said Chuck Gall, MCEC member and cattle producer from Moosehorn, Manitoba. “As a producer, it’s in my best interest to support building a new plant here at home.” Most industry watchers predict transportation costs will only rise alongside input costs such as feed. That means the interprovincial price differential will only get worse. By investing in a local plant, MCEC is trying to level that playing field and give Manitoba producers a better chance at long-term profitability and sustainability. MCEC administers an investment fund that is fed by a refundable $2-per-head levy on every head of cattle sold in the province. That money is then matched by the province turning every $2 into $4. MCEC’s mandate is to use that fund to invest in projects to strengthen the Manitoba beef industry, with a special focus on bringing federally inspected beef slaughter and processing capacity back to the province. Federally inspected slaughter plants are permitted to export beef outside of Manitoba, which makes them eligible to sell to large domestic supermarket chains as well as into foreign markets. Fully 85 per cent, or 7,400 out of 8,700, of Manitoba’s cattle farms decided on their own against applying for a refund in 2010. “We talk to producers all the time and they tell us that they know the risk to our industry if we don’t get new federally inspected beef plant capacity back in the province,” said Gaylene Dutchyshen, vice-chair of MCEC. “It’s a positive sign that so many cattle producers are voting with their wallets on this very important issue.”

Off to an early start in 1957


ecent warm weather may have some farmers thinking about early seeding this year, but it may not be as early as when Jack Pawich of Cartwright started seeding in 1957. Jack sent us this photo of himself seeding summerfallow with a John Deere 70 and a 24-run John Deere seed drill on March 26 that year. He’s seeded a crop every year since 1942.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


COMMENT/FEEDBACK We welcome readers’ comments on issues that have been covered in the Manitoba Co-operator. In most cases we cannot accept “open” letters or copies of letters which have been sent to several publications. Letters are subject to editing for length or taste. We suggest a maximum of about 300 words. Please forward letters to Manitoba Co-operator, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, R3H 0H1 or Fax: 204-954-1422 or email: (subject: To the editor)

Taxpayers on the hook (again) When I first saw the article in newspapers about $4.5 million for Maple Leaf upgrades, my first thought was, is it election time again, and so soon? I do not understand why Minister Vic Toews, chastises the city of Winnipeg and the media reporting as to what and whose sewage gets into the Red River, all eventually ending up in Lake Winnipeg. This is a grave concern and responsibility for everyone. Finger pointing and politicizing will do nothing productive to reduce the phosphorus (P) load. Needed and promised action has been forsaken far too long. The Manitoba government, with good reason and sound evidence, determined that land areas with a high concentration of hog development, are overloaded with P from hog manure. The province has undertaken legislation to come to grips with the matter, by enacting Bill 46, “Save

the Lake Act” with the full support of the opposition parties (Conservative and Liberal alike). What I also fail to understand is just a few short years ago (2009), and all at taxpayers’ expense, hog barns were being shut down, herds were being culled and producers were being “paid” to get out of business. Now, as revitalization is being contemplated, Joe Citizen will pay again! Is that fair to Manitobans and Canadian taxpayers? Why should we be “on the hook” for the benefit of a meat-exporting business? For the record, there were no scientific studies done to support the Manitoba Pork Council’s one per cent illusion. In November 2006, the council, with full-page newspaper ads, proclaimed that hog manure contributes a mere one per cent of the total phosphorus load to Lake Winnipeg. (This was increased later by .5 per cent.) Soil scientist Don Flaten upon reviewing the technical notes, later cautioned the one per cent estimate is not a precise figure. It’s a rough estimate with some substantial assumptions. A citizens’ group using the exact same figures arrived at a very different conclusion, and more realistic figure, of more than 7.5 per cent. John Fefchak Virden, Manitoba

Pure luck now the management strategy

The majority of farmers know that the Canadian Wheat Board returned all net sales revenue to farmers. We all shared the revenue from all negotiated sales that were made to all buyers. Thus the maximum market value was pooled back to all farmers from this effort. True, individual farmers might have been able to

beat this pooled price, which is the individual greed incentive to destroy the CWB. But that incentive is eliminated once the single desk is replaced by individual confusion about when is the best time and price to sell. The buyers now hold the negotiation power since they can source the grain from me or some other farmer, making the farmers the ones to compete with each other to make their sales — just as unemployed workers compete to fill jobs. Wheat has now been flat price contracted by a few different farmers from $6.50 to $7.50 a bushel for October 2012. This means that the harvest is locked into delivery at that location and on the terms then applied by the company contract (guaranteed delivery to that company — in some cases crop or no crop) and so that farmer is unable to receive further value increases, as was the case with the CWB. That large variation in price is at the same delivery point for similar wheat. So, the buyer (not the farmer) gains the dollar cost average to purchase the wheat at $7 or the average buying price. Those farmers selling at those wide prices just gambled that value would not increase. Pure luck is now the operative management strategy for selling wheat. Farmers have that same problem selling canola or cattle or corn on the open market. Over time pure luck will reduce the number of farmers, since it is a zero sum game. Some will sell for more and some others will sell for less, thus becoming underpaid and unlikely to survive at farming. The U.S. government has rich farm support — grain market loan rate programs — to aid farmers faced with such market management situations, while Canada has nothing close to this. Ian Robson Deleau, Manitoba

A mid-life crisis? As the Canadian International Grains Institute turns 40, it is considering a proposal from the City of Saskatoon to relocate.  Supplied photo

Concern for Cigi hypocritical The March 8 letter from Blaine Pedersen, PC MLA for Midland, left me amazed at his hypocrisy in accusing Premier Selinger and the NDP of being content to sit and watch well-paying, skilled head-office Cigi jobs leave Manitoba. Where were Blaine and his PC colleagues when Selinger supported farmers’ efforts to prevent the loss of the CWB single-desk marketing and those well-paying, skilled

head-office jobs? The PC caucus supported the Harper government position; their silence was deafening. Farmers and the Selinger government are aware of the involvement of the CWB single desk working in conjunction with Cigi and the Canadian Grain Commission to actively promote the branding of quality Canadian grains. It seems that Pedersen and his PC caucus are just now becoming aware of the benefits some farmers have been fighting to keep this past year with no help from them.

Perhaps, as PC critic for MAFRI, Pedersen should have toured the CWB as well as Cigi to understand the intertwined complexities within the grain business that the CWB single desk anchored on behalf of western Canadian farmers. John Sandborn Benito, Manitoba

Provincial Tories sat idly by I can’t believe the hypocrisy of Progressive Conservative Agriculture

Critic Blaine Pedersen in his letter bemoaning the potential loss of 35 jobs if the Canadian International Grains Institute moves from Manitoba to Saskatoon. He and his crew sat idly by, and in fact, cheered on their federal counterparts as they moved to destroy the Canadian Wheat Board, with the potential loss of hundreds of jobs and thousands of dollars in farm income. Now, as a direct result of the loss of the CWB single desk, we may lose 35 jobs, and he is upset with the provincial NDP. Did he or any of

his provincial Conservative MLAs ever once call the federal Tories to express any concern about what this ideological vendetta could cost Manitoba? If not, then he has little credibility on this subject. Keep in mind, Mr. Pedersen, this will affect not just the federal Tories in the next election with the loss of a lot of the farm vote, but also the provincial Conservatives in the next few provincial elections. Your silence on this subject has been loud and clear. Alan Skardal Baldur, Manitoba


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even with 10 per cent thinned, 10 per cent damaged, and another 10 per cent dead. “It might not be a bumper crop, but it still might fill in and yield more than spring wheat,” said Hicks. At any rate, the early spring gives farmers plenty of time to reassess whether the crop is worth keeping. If by mid-April it still hasn’t bounced back, then it’s time to consider pulling the pin. “I’ve held on to stands up until May 10, and only once had a winter wheat yield that was the same as a spring wheat yield,” said Hicks. Selkirk-area farmer Doug Martin, chair of MWCI, said that some 600,000 acres of winter wheat were seeded in Manitoba last August after wet fields dried out. “It’s back to the normal trend,” said Martin. “We lost acres in the last couple of years because it was either too wet to get it into the ground or the crop didn’t come off by the end of September.” Manitoba farmers are nervous about winterkill in this year’s crop due to the lack of snow cover, but the warm winter is expected to help. “We haven’t had the cold hits. We’re optimistic,” he said, adding that the winter wheat varieties grown in Manitoba have very good cold tolerance. Pam de Rocquigny, a MAFRI cereal crops specialist, said that crop insurance data from 1986-2007 shows that winterkill in winter wheat has accounted for only 8.7 per cent of crop losses on average – a figure dwarfed by excess moisture and drought. “Keep scouting. Just because

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A field of good-looking winter wheat plants like the one above will likely yield 80 bushels to the acre, while one dominated by weakened types might bring only 30 bushels, says Dale Hicks. PHOTO: DANIEL WINTERS

you went out once and it looked good, that doesn’t mean that things are hunkydory,” she said, adding that plants might green up with warmer temperatures and then later die. Winter wheat sown into black fields with no stubble

may be at greater risk due to the lack of snow. If wind blows soil away leaving the seedlings exposed, they may be more vulnerable to cold and dry conditions, said Rocquigny.

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with Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh and Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn to seek a general exemption. He said many far mers are already spreading fertilizer, many unaware that it is now illegal to apply nutrients, including manure, after Nov. 10 or before April 10. Normally that’s when Manitoba fields are frozen. Nutrients applied on frozen soil are more vulnerable to run-off potentially contributing to water pollution and nutrient loading in Lake Winnipeg. “The department has received several requests for a variation this year and these requests are currently being processed,” the official said. Chorney’s phone was ringing off the hook last week as farmers called to complain about the restriction. While the calendar says mid-March, recordsmashing temperatures on the heels of a much warmer- and drier-than-normal winter are more akin to mid-May. As a result farmers want to spread fertilizer on forage, pasture, winter wheat and even fields to be seeded later this spring, Chorney said in an interview. Farmers can seek a variance by applying to Manitoba C o n s e r v a t i o n a n d Wa t e r Stewardship, but that’s not practical when hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of farmers will want one, Chorney said. “I would hope that common sense would prevail,” he said. “I’m all for the responsible application of nutrients. Farmers don’t want to waste fertilizer. It’s the most expensive variable cost we have.” Not only does KAP want a province-wide variance, it wants fixed dates prohibiting nutrient application replaced with rules tied to what’s happening in the field. Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation used to have fixed dates for road weight restrictions, but now apply them when conditions warrant, Chorney said. The same should apply with nutrient applications, he said. Argyle farmer Alfred Billingham suggests allowing fertilizer applications to begin when road restrictions are applied. Restrictions, which this year came on March 13, took effect when roads became soft. If the frost is out of the roads, it’s out of the fields too, he said. Billingham said he was surprised and angry when he learned of the April 10 restriction from his local fertilizer supplier last week. He wanted the firm to apply Edge and fertilizer this week on a quarter section being seeded to sunflowers this spring. “My only reason for wanting to move now is moisture,” Billingham said in an interview. “If I can get on that field, I have to work it twice to get the Edge to work. And every time you work a field you lose about a half to an inch of moisture off the top of it. My thought is the sooner I get in the sooner I might get it replenished by a rain.” Billingham contacted Conservation for a variance but was told he needed a soil test first.

“I would hope that common sense would prevail.” DOUG CHORNEY

Although Billingham wasn’t aware of the April 10 restriction, he knew about the Nov. 10 deadline. Ironically, he wanted to apply Edge and fertilizer last fall, but couldn’t because it was after Nov. 10. “I just think there’s far too much bureaucracy being introduced to farming,” Billingham said. “It’s just making farming complicated and spoiling the fun.” Although being able to do field work in March is an anomaly, applying fertilizer and even seeding before April 10 isn’t unheard of for Billingham. “I’ve found early seeding works well for me,” he said. Chorney said he’s never seen such an early spring. “This is really bizarre,” he said. “If we have winter wheat, and timothy seed fields and ryegrass fields breaking dormancy, we have to respond to that and assume we’re going to have precip through the season and will grow a crop, but we have to put the fertilizer on for that to happen.” Farmers also need to be aware there are regulations capping how much residual nitrogen they are allowed in their fields. The restrictions are 30, 90 and 140 pounds an acre in the case of land in Nutrient Management Zone N3, N2 and N1, respectively. The amount allowed is based on the productive capacity of the soil with the lowest residual for the least productive land. Farmers requesting an application variance can contact Manitoba Conser vation at 1-800-282-8069 (extension 0585 or 7096) or email nmr@gov. Farmers must provide the following information: • Name, mailing address, telephone number and email a ddress (i f a va i l a bl e) o f the owner or occupier (if different). • Include the legal land description(s) indicating where nutrients will be applied. • Reason/justification for the application of nitrogen and/ o r p h o s p h o r u s f e r t i l i ze r (including type of product(s) to be used, method of application(s) and crop to be grown). • Proposed application rate(s) for nitrogen and/or phosphorus fertilizer. • Proposed application date(s). • A copy of recent soil test report(s) for the area(s) where nutrients are proposed to be applied. Soil samples should be representative of the area being fertilized. The following sampling depths shall be employed: 15 (zero to six inches) for Olsen phosphorus and 60 cm (zero to 24 inches) for nitrate-N.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012



Alberta firm records first alfalfa sale to China Twenty containers of Canadian alfalfa hay have been shipped

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Tax credits rise on wheat, barley Checkoff funds are eligible STAFF / Wheat and barley growers whose money stayed in the Western Grains Research Foundation’s checkoff fund during 2011 can expect a relatively larger tax credit for their buck. Prairie growers — other than Alberta barley growers, who pay into a different checkoff fund — will see their WGRF checkoff money eligible for federal Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR+ED) tax credits at rates of 84 per cent for wheat and 83 per cent for barley. That’s up from 74 per cent

for wheat and 69 per cent for barley on WGRF checkoff contributions made during 2010. The WGRF calculates the available tax credit based on the portion of the total checkoff money going directly to support eligible research. Farmers who don’t opt out of the WGRF checkoff pay in at rates of 50 cents per tonne for barley and 30 cents per tonne for wheat. The SR+ED tax credit is earned at a rate of 20 per cent for individuals and 35 per cent for Canadian-controlled private corporations.

So for example, if an individual Prairie farmer put $300 into the WGRF’s wheat checkoff in 2011 and did not opt out, he or she would get a federal tax credit of $50.40 ($300 x 0.84 x 0.20), the WGRF explained in a recent release. If filing his or her 2011 taxes as a corporation, the same farmer would get a tax credit of $88.20 for his or her WGRF wheat checkoff. WGRF checkoffs — for 2011, at least — are deducted from the Canadian Wheat Board’s final payments to eligible Prairie producers.

STAFF / Green Prairie International, a global wholesale supplier of quality forage products located in Alberta, has become the first Canadian company to ship alfalfa into the Chinese market. Twenty containers of Canadian alfalfa hay have been shipped to China and 40 more containers have been ordered; the total estimated $600,000, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a release. Canada gained market access for alfalfa hay in March 2011. “This is the first of many shipments as China’s growing demand translates into new sales opportunities for Canadian producers, and jobs and growth for our economy,” Riz said. “We are extremely excited by this new marketing opportunity between Canada and China,” said Mr. John Van Hierden, president and CEO of Green Prairie International. “This will create unprecedented opportunities for the Canadian forage industry. We

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


EXCHANGES: march 16, 2012

$1 Cdn: $1.009 U.S. $1 U.S: $.9914 Cdn.


Cattle Prices Winnipeg

(Friday to Thursday) Slaughter Cattle

March 16, 2012

Steers & Heifers $ — D1,2 Cows 68.00 - 74.00 D3 Cows 60.00 - 68.00 Bulls 80.00 - 90.00 Feeder Cattle (Price ranges for feeders refer to top-quality animals only) Steers (901+ lbs.) $ — (801-900 lbs.) 130.00 - 141.50 (701-800 lbs.) 145.00 - 156.00 (601-700 lbs.) 155.00 - 174.00 (501-600 lbs.) 165.00 - 190.00 (401-500 lbs.) 175.00 - 204.00 Heifers (901+ lbs.) — (801-900 lbs.) — (701-800 lbs.) 125.00 - 135.00 (601-700 lbs.) 135.00 - 145.00 (501-600 lbs.) 140.00 - 165.00 (401-500 lbs.) 160.00 - 175.00 Slaughter Cattle Grade A Steers Grade A Heifers D1, 2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls Steers


Alberta South $ 113.50 - 115.25 113.00 - 114.50 70.00 - 84.00 63.00 - 75.00 88.66 $ 122.00 - 137.00 130.00 - 146.00 140.00 - 164.00 155.00 - 180.00 170.00 - 201.00 180.00 - 210.00 $ 115.00 - 129.00 122.00 - 138.00 130.00 - 148.00 139.00 - 159.00 150.00 - 176.00 160.00 - 190.00

($/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 (March 15, 2012) in U.S. Fed Cattle Close Change April 2012 125.57 -1.08 June 2012 122.85 -1.65 August 2012 125.17 -1.58 October 2012 130.70 -1.00 December 2012 132.20 -0.95 February 2013 132.90 -0.60 Cattle Slaughter Canada East West Manitoba U.S.

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

Fat cattle pile up in feedlots as beef packers slow down

Previous Year­ 51,191 13,839 37,352 N/A 638,000


Ontario $ 109.67 - 125.82 110.90 - 124.09 63.16 - 83.24 63.16 - 83.24 78.55 - 92.13 $ 131.09 - 142.59 129.99 - 150.18 135.16 - 158.15 135.25 - 165.53 140.89 - 176.00 147.36 - 186.24 $ 123.53 - 131.57 121.62 - 134.87 129.05 - 144.43 127.68 - 152.15 130.20 - 157.72 128.70 - 157.90

Close 154.37 156.00 157.30 158.80 159.00 159.10

Week Ending March 10, 2012 567 26,440 16,306 511 619 7,469 332

Prime AAA AA A B D E

Change -0.60 -1.47 -1.27 -1.37 -1.47 -1.40

Previous Year 605 24,183 15,866 995 351 3,072 356

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 173.00E 158.00E 157.07 161.74

Last Week 173.75 158.95 157.48 162.48

Last Year (Index 100) 161.46 147.66 151.02 155.03

Futures (March 15, 2012) in U.S. Hogs April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012

Close 86.90 95.15 94.12 94.80 95.87

Change -0.85 -1.05 -1.43 -1.45 -1.28

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

Winnipeg 70.00 - 100.00 165.00 - 188.00 165.00 - 217.00 165.00 - 217.00 185.00 - 220.00 up to 255.00

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 March 25, 2012 Broiler Turkeys (6.2 kg or under, live weight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.915 Undergrade .............................. $1.825 Hen Turkeys (between 6.2 and 8.5 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.895 Undergrade .............................. $1.795 Light Tom/Heavy Hen Turkeys (between 8.5 and 10.8 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $1.895 Undergrade .............................. $1.795 Tom Turkeys (10.8 and 13.3 kg, live weight truck load average) Grade A..................................... $1.890 Undergrade............................... $1.805 Prices are quoted f.o.b. farm.

Toronto 76.11 - 120.21 165.32 - 190.35 188.47 - 207.69 185.83 - 211.93 215.08 - 299.60 —

SunGold Specialty Meats 40.00 - 65.00

Goats Toronto ($/cwt) 60.07 - 298.45 — 94.56 - 278.94

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

Winnipeg ($/cwt) — —

U.S. Corn Belt not ready to seed just yet Insurance and seed costs are deterring an early start chicago / reuters


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arge volumes of cattle moved through Manitoba auction yards during the week ended March 16, as good weather conditions had producers looking to move the most animals seen yet this spring. “We had big volumes in Manitoba this week,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. From a pricing standpoint, larger animals over 750 pounds were under some pressure, but lighter cattle, especially those suited to go to pasture, were steady to strong. “There was also really strong demand for replacement heifers,” said Wright, noting that many heifers were being bought by local cowcalf producers for breeding purposes, with buyers from Alberta also coming forward for those animals. “We’re shorting the number of cattle available to the feedlots,” said Wright. The increased retention of heifers “shows there is some optimism and may be the start of rebuilding,” said Wright. Normally at this time of year there would be two heifers for every steer in the marketplace, said Wright. However, with more heifers also being held back on farm, it is more of a 50-50 split this time around. As the spring goes on, there will be fewer animals coming into the market, according to Wright. He said there were already very few backgrounding cattle for sale, with all of the cattle bought in the fall seeing retained ownership. Rather, the animals for sale during the week were primarily “farm fresh calves” changing ownership for the first time. With the sudden start to spring, the good weather meant the cattle were clean and dry, and producers were moving them before the mud gets too bad and devalues them, said Wright. He expected volumes would likely be a little smaller over the next few weeks, before another wave comes through toward the end of April.

By Christine Stebbins

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

Winnipeg ($/each) 170 - 205/cwt 150 - 300/hd —

“Guys are not making any money on a lot of the fats.”

Phil Franz-Warkentin

Cattle Grades (Canada)

Week Ending March 10, 2012 54,917 14,665 40,252 N/A 631,000

Producers ship cattle ahead of muddy season

Toronto ($/cwt) 9.00 - 40.00 30.83 - 44.15

Shirt-sleeve weather across America’s central Grain Belt is tempting, but expensive seeds and worries about insurance covering any sudden cold snap have kept crop planters out of fields. “We’ve got a lot invested in this crop. We want to be careful,” said central Illinois farmer Tim Seifert, who doesn’t want to take the chance of seeing young corn seedlings hurt by an April frost.

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In the slaughter market, good-quality cows were fully steady to a little stronger, although the finished cattle were dragging, said Wright. He said there was “lots of meat in the pipeline,” and noted packers are about two to three weeks behind in their operations. With the large numbers available, the feedlots would like to be bringing in more cattle, said Wright. However, the buyers find themselves in a bit of a “catch-22” situation, as the slowness on the processing side means the feedlots can’t get rid of their fat cattle for a few weeks and there is no room for the current slate of feeder cattle. High feed grain prices were also tempering the enthusiasm of some buyers during the week. Usually feed grain prices and cattle prices operate at an inverse to each other — when one goes up, the other goes down. However, with both looking strong for the time being, Wright said it was only a matter of time before one or the other breaks lower. “Guys are not making any money on a lot of the fats,” he said. The weather continues to be watched closely, and while it’s still early the general dryness across many areas of Manitoba means pastures will require some surface moisture over the next few weeks to get going. Wright said many cattle producers in Manitoba would like to turn the cattle out as early as they can, but are still in need of some moisture for the pastures. Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

“At $400 a bag for seed and the chance that insurance may or may not cover a loss if the crop gets hurt, it’s not worth the risk to plant too early,” he added. But Seifert, who farms near Springfield, has been out all week applying nitrogen fertilizer to his future cornfields, taking full advantage of 27 C, clear skies and dry soils after a snowless winter. Soil temperatures are ideal for planting corn, 50° and higher across the top corn states of Iowa and Illinois. But he usually does not plant before April 5, when his crop insurance policy activates. Farmers like to plant corn as early as possible, as yields are generally higher in central Illinois if corn is seeded by mid-May. Yields can slip as much as a bushel

an acre per day after that. Also, farmers know that the outlook for a tight corn supply before the autumn harvest this year will mean early-harvested corn will bring a hefty premium from processors and exporters competing for scarce supplies. “There is a lot of nitrogen fertilizer going on but hopefully they aren’t thinking about planting for a month or so,” Roger Elmore, a corn extension agronomist at Iowa State University, said in an interview March 16. “Iowa farmers should wait until the week of April 9 in the southern part of the state and April 15 for the northern half to plant. The chance of frost and snow between now and the middle of April is pretty high,” said Elmore.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


Rising canola futures find point of resistance Dry conditions and pace of use spur canola’s rise Dwayne Klassen CNSC


anola futures on the ICE Futures Ca n a d a t rading platfor m moved higher during the week ended March 16. Concerns about the record pace of usage and the resulting depletion of oldcrop canola stocks stimulated some of the upward price action. Char t-related speculative fund buying interest also contributed to the price advances. Much of that buying was tied to efforts by this group to see the May contract penetrate key technical resistance at the $600 level. While the contract briefly moved above this level, the push did not last long, and values were quickly pushed back below that mark. Further attempts by these participants will occur. If the contract can close convincingly above $600, there are ideas that a push to $625 may be in the cards. The strength in canola was also tied to worries about the dry conditions that currently exist on the Prairies and ideas that the dry weather will reduce the crop’s yield potential.

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The trade is currently anticipating that a record 20 million to 21 million acres of canola will be seeded this spring in Western Canada. However, with the potential yield losses, market participants are of the belief that area will need to be even higher in order to offset the dryness issues. As a result, some of the price advances in canola also reflected efforts by the commercial sector to buy more canola acreage. The market analysis branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada also released an updated supply/demand table during the latest reporting period, which seemed to confirm the tight old-crop supply situation for canola. The latest 2011-12 canola ending stocks forecast came in at just 700,000 tonnes, which was down from the government agency’s February projection of 1.1 million. AAFC is now forecasting Canadian 2012-13 canola carry-over at 850,000 tonnes, down from the previous month’s 1.25 million. At one point Canadian canola stocks above one million tonnes would have been considered more than adequate, but that is no longer the case. In fact, the canola sector becomes extremely concerned when stocks now drop below the one-milliontonne level. Demand in the new marketing year was also expected to outstrip the canola supply base in Canada, especially if projections for China to be an aggressive buyer hold true. As mentioned in last week’s column, China was seen buying as much as three million to four million tonnes of Canadian canola in the 2012-13 (Aug./Jul.) season.

That would be significantly higher than the one million to two million tonnes forecast for 2011-12. Activity in the milling wheat, durum and barley contracts on the ICE Futures Canada platform remained non-existent. Most of the price action was again tied to arbitrage by ICE Futures Canada and was dependent on the placing of bids or offers by commercials. Activity in western barley futures on the ICE Canada platform also remained dormant. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybean futures experienced some significant gains during the period ended March 16. Support in the commodity continued to come from talk of fresh export demand from China. That buying interest was facilitated by ideas the reduced South American soybean crop size will force China to seek out alternative suppliers, primarily the U.S. The need to buy acres for soybeans also generated some of the price strength. The warm weather that has hit the Prairies has also dominated regions of the U.S. The early spring in the U.S. was seen encouraging farmers there to start planting corn rather than soybeans. There were also indications that soybean supplies are tighter than the numbers the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with. That further lent support to CBOT futures. A solid crush pace during February also added to the uptrend in soybeans. CBOT corn futures posted gains, with old-crop values leading the upward price climb. Much of the support in the nearby months was associated with the extremely tight old-crop stocks picture. The advances in new-crop contracts were restricted by the expectation of record area being planted to the crop this spring by U.S. farmers. Some of the support in corn also came from hopes of additional export business with China. There are ideas that China’s corn crop is in trouble, and that to make up the shortfall, China will turn to the U.S. for its supply. Wheat futures at the Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis exchanges posted some significant advances during the week. The uptrend in wheat was linked to some spillover from the gains seen in both soybeans and corn. The buying back of previously sold positions also influenced some of the price strength. Gains were also attributable to reports that Europe’s winter wheat crop was at least five million to six million tonnes lower than expected due to damage from extremely cold temperatures. However, burdensome levels of wheat on the world scene continued to restrict the upside price potential. Viterra certainly garnered a lot of attention this week with news of a number of suitors trying to acquire the agribusiness. Glencore, the once-secretive Swiss commodities giant, reportedly started the proceedings in hopes of gaining a greater geographical presence. Not to be outdone, Cargill, ADM and even Bunge are also reported to have stepped up to the plate, all willing to purchase the shares of Viterra. The reason to acquire Viterra is fairly clear, it all has to do with market share and profit margins. Current estimates have Viterra handling roughly 45 per cent of the grain traded in Canada. With the Canadian government liberalizing grain trading this summer by ending the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on the marketing of wheat and barley, Viterra’s share was seen increasing by an even larger amount.

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* No. 1 CW feed barley, Pool B 2011-12, as of January 19: $223.

Special Crops Report for March 19, 2012 — Bin run delivered plant Saskatchewan Spot Market

Spot Market

Lentils (Cdn. cents per pound)

Other (Cdn. cents per pound unless otherwise specified)

Large Green 15/64

23.80 - 25.00


Laird No. 1

24.00 - 25.00

Oil Sunflower Seed

Eston No. 2

25.00 - 27.50

Desi Chickpeas

24.75 - 26.00 — 26.10 - 27.50

Field Peas (Cdn. $ per bushel)

Beans (Cdn. cents per pound)

Green No. 1

8.50 - 10.00

Fababeans, large

Medium Yellow No. 1

8.55 - 8.85

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 - 30.75

No. 1 Dark Red Kidney

Oriental No. 1

22.75 - 25.75

No. 1 Black Beans

No. 1 Pinto Beans

3.50 - 5.50

Source: Stat Publishing SUNFLOWERS

No. 1 Small Red

No. 1 Pink

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Report for March 16, 2012 in US$ cwt NuSun (oilseed)

Dwayne Klassen writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

Total Payments 2010-11

Confection Source: National Sunflower Association


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

OPAM trims costs to be more competitive Streamlined operations and paperwork put Manitoba’s only homegrown organic certifying body back on the road to financial health By Daniel Winters co-operator staff / Brandon


anitoba’s own organic certification body is well on its way back to financial health. The Organic Producers of Manitoba, founded in 2005, was hit by a cash crunch as organic’s boom years ground to a halt, said president Edward Lelond. “We were anticipating growth before it happened, and then we hit the recession of 2008,” said Lelond, at the group’s recent annual general meeting. After years of high prices and phenomenal growth, the organic sector in North America was hit by a “perfect storm” of economic contraction. Premiums over conventional crops plummeted, farmers were left sitting on bins full of grain that they couldn’t sell, and many producers were forced to drop the $1,500 to $2,000 per year cost of certification. “It was really tough. We’re really proud of our core members who have stayed with us.”


OPAM, with an annual budget of just over $200,000, responded by cutting office staff from 4.5 down to two full-time workers, enlisting more volunteer help, and moving its office from Virden to a smaller space in Miniota. With 92 members, the group is near its target level of 100 members, made up mainly of producers and a handful of processors. In order to maintain competitiveness with out-of-province certifiers, OPAM has streamlined the inspection process and paperwork to keep costs to a minimum. When the group first ran into trouble three years ago, the provincial government stepped in with a $150,000 line of credit guarantee. Designed to wean the group off of financial support on a step-down basis, the guarantee now in its third year stands at $30,000, down from $60,000 last year. By mid-April of this year, OPAM will be without a loan guarantee, but the group is lobbying government for an extension until it is able to operate on a cash basis from year to year. “We need a guarantee of $30,000 a year for the next three years so we can go to a financial institution for our line of credit,” he said.

Edward Lelond

The cost of certification is proving to be a considerable barrier for small-scale organic farmers who might be starting out on a quarter-section farm, said Gaston Boulanger, who reported to the OPAM board on a possible solution. “Office staff are saying that it takes almost as long to go over an application for a small producer as it does for a large producer,” said Boulanger, who added that a number of them have gone over to cheaper certifying bodies. One solution, he added, would be for two organic farming neighbours to jointly apply for certification and halve their costs so that they can stay with OPAM.

Optimism returning

Optimism is returning to the organic sector, said Laura Telford, an organic marketing business development specialist with MAFRI. An international trade show, at a cost of $400,000, is planned for 2014 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre to showcase Canada’s organic production to buyers from around the world. Forage seed demand in the United States represents one particularly strong niche, she said. That market is currently served by European growers, but some estimate that there is room for 20,000 acres of forage seed crops in Manitoba. That, and other alternative

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organic crops such as quinoa and hemp seed, could fill the gap left by mainstays such as hard red spring wheat, where organic premiums over conventional have been vaporized by the weak economy south of the border and in Europe.


The phosphorus issue is also dogging non-niche crops, she added. Organic producers can grow their own nitrogen by adding legumes to their crop rotations, but they can’t prop up yields by buying bags of chemically based P205, and many don’t have access to manure in sufficient quantities for use as a phosphorus-rich soil amendment. The organic ideal is to have sustainable, integrated crop and livestock farms that build soil health over the long term. But to address the practical realities faced by Prairie organic farms — many of which are grain only — Canada’s national organic certification rules have been relaxed to allow the use of conventional manure as a kind of “last resort” in cases where a farm’s own supplies fall short, and hauling it in from a neighbouring organic farm is impractical. When manure is brought in from conventional operations, it must not be from confined livestock production, nor can it be from animals fed genetically modified crops.

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But with GMO feedstocks such as soybeans and corn dominating the spectrum of livestock feed sources, “avoiding” such manures might be impractical and composting such supplies might be the only alternative. Organic inspectors will in such cases discuss preferred alternatives, instead of “shutting them down,” said Telford.

“It was really tough. We’re really proud of our core members who have stayed with us.”

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Organic beef booming The market for organic beef is booming, with at least five buyers on both sides of the border snatching up product from Manitoba producers. Alan McKenzie, an OPAM member from Nesbitt who belongs to an organic beef-marketing group, said that the group has shipped about 20 loads of 40 to 45 head each. Two-thirds of the cattle have gone to markets in Ontario, and one-third have gone south. “One buyer has a contract with Sobeys, and that’s what has really opened things up now,” said McKenzie. “It’s starting to become more mainstream.” Premiums for beef raised under organic protocols are still higher than conventional, even after

the stunning turnaround in cattle prices in the past two years. A 1,200- to 1,300-pound organic steer brings about $2.75/lb. on the rail, or about $1.65/lb. on the hoof, he said, adding that Ontario buyers pay the freight back when picked up at the group’s collection points. More organic beef producers are needed to maintain supplies and keep Canadian organic beef on Canadian supermarket shelves, he said. Going organic with cattle is easier than it is with grain farming, said McKenzie, because the beef industry isn’t as dependent on chemical inputs, and many common vaccines are allowed. “A lot of guys are halfway there already,” he said.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Province hopes market will come to the rescue of rural bus service Minister says several companies interested in rural routes if Greyhound scales back By Lorraine Stevenson  co-operator staff


he province will introduce new rules July 1 in a bid to improve rural and northern bus service. The move will help sustain services for Manitobans on key routes while offering greater flexibility for carriers, said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton. This includes making it easier for private-sector carriers to enter the market while giving community-based programs, such as handi-vans, more flexibility in the type of service they provide, Ashton said. “We have committed to mak-

ing changes so that privately run bus service is more sustainable,” said Ashton, adding there haven’t been significant changes in transport regulation in 50 years.   The current system neither adequately responds to need in rural and northern areas, nor has it proved sustainable. Manitoba’s most significant bus line service, Greyhound Canada, has received more than $3 million in provincial funding each of the past two years to keep its existing bus service going.  “After consulting with numerous stakeholders, including Greyhound Canada, we know change is necessary,” Ashton said.  Un d e r t h e n e w r u l e s ,

Greyhound Canada, which is expected to continue to be a major player in the province, will be allowed to withdraw service on any route in Manitoba after 90 days’ notice. It’s expected the carrier — which will lose its government subsidies July 1 — will put forward a new service plan. There’s no guarantee Greyhound will continue to service its current routes after that date, but Ashton said several companies have expressed interest in entering the Manitoba market. Manitoba’s transportation system badly needs improvements, especially for seniors, said Brad Saluk, mayor of Beausejour. “We need to have more services outside the city at a reasonable cost to seniors,” said Saluk.

“We have a lot of seniors who aren’t mobility challenged but can’t get out (because they don’t drive anymore).” Beausejour began using its handi-van service as an intercity mode of transport a couple of years ago, he said. Every one of the van’s 19 seats is now booked for its regular trips to Winnipeg and there are waiting lists, Saluk said. “They love it. It’s a great service,” he said. The province will host consultations over the next three months with organizations representing northern, rural, First Nation and Métis communities to determine their interest in establishing inter-community transportation services on routes

WHAT'S UP Please forward your agricultural events to daveb@fbcpublish or call 204-944-5762. 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 1-800216-9767 or visit March 26-31: Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Keystone Centre, Brandon. For more info call 1-877729-0001 or visit March 29-30: Flax Institute, Best Western Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo, N.D. For more info call 701-231-7122. April 4: Manitoba Pork Council annual general meeting, Fairmont Winnipeg, 2 Lombard Place. For more info visit or call 204-237-7447. April 12: Keystone Agricultural Producers webinar on foreign exchange and currency risk management, 10-11 a.m. Register online at or call 1-877-475-2226. April 13-14: Manitoba Farm Mentorship farm planning workshop, United Way Building, 580 Main St., Winnipeg. For more info call 204-772-3790 or visit www. April 13-14: Manitoba Women's Institute rural educational conference, Russell. For more info call Joan at 204-773-2220 or Rose at 204-773-2011. April 18-12: National Holstein Convention, Keystone Centre, Brandon. For more info call Holstein Canada at 519-756-8300 or visit May 24-25: University of Manitoba Transport Institute's Supply Chain Connections conference: "The Mid-Continent Cold Chain," Winnipeg. For more info or to register visit

where private-sector service might not be available. More details on the regulatory review and consultations are available at mit/intercitybus/index.html. 

“We have committed to making changes so that privately run bus service is more sustainable.” Steve Ashton

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Reduced pesticide and fuel use Midge tolerant varieties also enable a significant drop in the use of insecticides, the traditional means of dealing with wheat midge. “I’ve had to spray in the past, but it isn’t something that I even have to consider now,” says Stevenson, who no longer scouts for wheat midge either. “You just don’t have to worry about spraying, that’s all there is to it. So it’s one less thing to put into your budget.” While Stevenson’s wallet benefits from not spraying, so does the environment – fewer insecticide applications also mean less diesel fuel usage.

Midge pressure in 2011 Stevenson cautions that although midge haven’t been as prevalent in the province lately, growers shouldn’t let their guard down. “We have not had high midge pressure in

this area for the last few years,” he says. “But midge are still affecting our susceptible varieties and they are seeing that damage at the elevator.” Ian Wise, a biologist at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s Central Research Station, confirms that there were no significant outbreaks in Manitoba in 2011. “The conditions were not optimal for the midge to thrive. In terms of how it will affect us in subsequent years, it’s hard to say. But the reproductive capabilities of the midge allows them to increase their numbers very quickly under the right conditions,” he warns. “In most cases, when growers are seeding at the optimal time economically, that is also more suitable for the midge. Wheat is most vulnerable if seeded from about the start of the second week of May until the end of the month,” says Wise. That’s when there’s a good chance that the emergence of the adult midge will coincide with wheat heading.

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Strong agronomics Dale McLenehan owns a mixed farming operation near Lenore, Manitoba and has experienced midge-friendly conditions before. “We had midge problems a few years ago, so I switched over to midge tolerant wheat and ever since there hasn’t been that much damage around here,” he says. “I found it grew well for us and I haven’t switched back.” McLenehan is ready for the next midge infestation to hit his wheat crop. “On a year when things go bad and there is lots of midge pressure, I am absolutely positive that this would be better than wheat without the midge tolerant gene – there is no doubt about that,” he says. “I plan on planting 450 acres of midge tolerant wheat again in 2012.” In the meantime, McLenehan will continue to enjoy the other strong agronomic benefits of these varieties. “AC® Unity VB has really good standability and it provides more straw. The straw seems easier to bale behind our combine compared to some of the other varieties. We’ve also had really good yields.”

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Currency risk protection offered KAP and Western Union Business Solutions have teamed up to offer a new program By Allan Dawson

“KAP is open to new forms of risk management that helps producers to be more efficient. This is just one more tool members can use.”

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olatile currencies can hurt your bottom line more than changes in commodity prices. That’s why t h e Ke y s t o n e A g r i c u l t u ra l Pr o d u c e r s ( K A P ) , i n c o n junction with Western Union Business Solutions, is introducing a new foreign exchange risk-management program. “If it makes sense to a producer, we can provide a solution,” said Mark Kelly, Western Union Business Solutions’ senior business development executive for Manitoba. “If it doesn’t make sense to a producer, there’s no need for them to hedge it (currency risk).” How m a n y f a r m e r s w i l l need or use the program is unknown. The demise of the Canadian Wheat Board’s sales monopoly Aug. 1 potentially could see more farmers bypassing Canadian grain companies

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Volatile exchange rates can affect farmer returns, says Derek Brewin, an agricultural economist from the University of Manitoba. KAP and Western Union Business Solutions have a program to mitigate that risk.  photo: allan dawson

and exporting themselves. Derek Brewin, an agricultural However, observers predict economist at the University of most farmers will continue Manitoba. A farmer is vulnerable when to sell to Canadian buyers. If they do, the companies will he or she sells products — T:8.125” grain or livestock — for future cover the currency risk, said

delivery to a buyer at a specific price in American dollars. If, by the time the farmer is paid, the loonie has appreciated relative to the U.S. greenback, the farmer receives fewer Canadian dollars. Just as farmers can lock in a futures price to protect the value of their produce, futures contacts can also be used to hedge against fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar. “KAP is open to new forms of risk management that helps producers to be more efficient,” said KAP president Doug

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Chorney. “This is just one more tool members can use.” C h o r n e y s a i d h e k n ow s far mers who have already been delivering crops such as soybeans, oats, flax, forage and forage seed directly to buyers in the United States. Presumably such farmers will be interested in the program, he said. It’s the same for cattle or hog farmers who ship south. T h e re’s a c u r re n c y r i s k when farmers sell directly to American buyers or use U.S. futures markets, Brewin said. Ca n a d i a n c u l l c ow p r i c e s dropped from 60 to 30 cents a pound following the BSE outbreak in 2003, he said. “That price drop is nowhere near as big as the price drop c a u s e d by e x c h a n g e r a t e changes,” he said “The exchange change between now and BSE in 2003 has been more important than the impact of BSE.” The value of a nation’s curre n c y u s u a l l y re f l e c t s t h e demand for its exports, and that applies to Canada, particularly because of oil, said Brewin. So hedging currency risk makes sense for farmers trading American futures markets, Brewin said. But he warns farmers that selling a futures contract without owning the equivalent in physical grain is speculating. “If you have canola in the bin and you sell a futures contract that’s decreasing your risk,” he said. “If you just go out and trade in the futures market with no physical product to offset the futures contract, you’re actually increasing your risk. You have to be careful.” The new ICE wheat futures c o n t ra c t , w h i c h t ra d e s i n Canadian dollars, and U.S. futures markets, are not designed for farmer hedging, Brewin said. The contracts, in addition to price discovery, are designed for grain companies to hedge their risk. Farmers can lock in prices through company programs that are possible by having access to futures markets. KAP is a natural partner for Western Union Business Solutions because it represents most of Manitoba’s farmers, Kelly said. Western Union Business Solutions plans to provide KAP members information about currency hedging through webinars and KAP’s newsletter. “My expectations are we’ll have to earn the right to get the business by having meetings and educating farmers and showing our value,” he said. “Agribusiness needs a partner that’s going to sit down and analyze their operations and make sure they understand whether the currency is going to impact their bottom line.”



The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


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Sudan rivals step back from brink washington / reuters Sudan and South Sudan have stepped back from the brink of all-out confrontation and the world community should seize on this to win humanitarian access to food-starved regions and press for broader reconciliation, senior U.S. officials said March 14. Princeton Lyman, the top Obama administration official for Sudan, said an announcement that Sudan President Omar al-Bashir would visit South Sudan in coming weeks could signal a new phase between two uneasy neighbours seen at risk of reigniting one of Africa’s bloodiest wars. “The two countries decided to step back from the brink. They looked at each other and said we are going in the wrong direction,” Lyman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We have seen these recommitments before. So while we take a great deal of hope from them, a lot will depend on what happens over the next several weeks.” U.S. officials and aid experts have warned that as many as 250,000 people in the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile border states could be on the brink of famine by the end of April and have demanded Khartoum stop blocking humanitarian access and allow aid groups in.

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Illinois cropland goes for $14,100 per acre LandOwner newsletter reports that 159.8 acres of cropland in McLean County in central Illinois sold for a record $14,100 per acre at an auction Feb. 21. The farm also had two grain bins with a dryer, a machine shed and crib. More than 120 people attended the auction with 53 registered bidders and several active bidders above $12,000 an acre. The farm was purchased by an investor. “We have seen other auctions that have two bidders take a certain tract above that level, but this was a unique farm with desirable characteristics in a tightly held area of western McLean County. In March 2006 we sold the farm across the road for a record price at that time as well — $6,000 per acre,” said David Klein of the auction company handling the sale.



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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


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Well-above-average temperatures to continue Issued: Monday, March 19, 2012 · Covering: March 21 – March 28, 2012 Daniel Bezte Co-operator contributor


hat was one memorable week of weather across pretty much all of agricultural Manitoba, but all good things must eventually come to an end. During this forecast period we are going to see things cool down a little bit, but if this was any other year this forecast would still be amazing. The ridge of high pressure that brought the record-setting temperatures for much of last week will weaken this week and slide a little further southeast. At the same time, a cutoff low will meander across the U.S. South. In our region we’ll see a new ridge of high pressure begin to build overtop of this southern cut-off low. This should bring more sun than clouds for the Wednesday-toFriday period along with temperatures in the 10 to 15 C range. Over the weekend the weather models show an area of low pressure developing to our southwest. This low is then forecast to track across North

Dakota by Monday or Tuesday. This will bring us partly cloudy skies over the weekend along with the chance of showers. Temperatures will be a little cooler due to the increased cloud cover. Currently it looks like most of the rain from this low will stay south of our area, but this system will bear watching. Once this system finally pushes by around mid-week it looks as if we will see a day or two of cooler weather as weak high pressure builds in from the north. We’ll probably only see high temperatures around the average for this time of the year. Looking a little further ahead, the models show daytime highs once again making it back into the low teens by the end of next week and they also show more chances for rain. Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, -6 to +8 C; lows, -18 to -2 C. Probability of precipitation falling as rain: 30 per cent. Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park. Contact him with your questions and comments at


This issue’s map shows the snow cover across the Prairies as of March 18. This map is created by Environment Canada, but I do a fair bit of work cleaning up the map to make it easier to read. Because of this, the map should only be taken as giving approximate amounts of snow because snowfall can vary greatly over short distances — especially over western Alberta. As predicted, most of the agricultural Prairies are now snow free, which is quite unusual for this point in March.

How we got this spring heat wave Without much snow cover to melt, all the sun’s heat has had to go somewhere By Daniel Bezte co-operator contributor


here are a number of words that have been used over the last week or so to try and describe the weather we’ve been experiencing, and I feel pretty much every one has been valid. Words like unprecedented, never before, amazing, unusual, remarkable, unheard of, and even a little scary all describe the weather perfectly. When you go through a seven- to 10-day period where record-warm temperatures are being set at several locations every day, and that most locations set not one or two records but upwards of five to eight records, it is truly some unusual weather! Let’s try to put things into perspective to show just how strange this weather has been. If we compare our temperatures to the usual temperature range for this time of the year, you would see that things are so warm, our overnight lows are above the high end of the usual high temperature range for this time of the year. Looking back at both Winnipeg’s and Brandon’s

temperature records over the past 100 years, we have only seen high temperatures greater than 20 C on three occasions. Table 1 shows some of the alltime March records for both locations. I guess the biggest question about this remarkable weather is “What caused it?” Three different factors came together to bring about this early-spring heat wave. The first feature was the development of a large summer-like blocking ridge of high pressure over the eastern United States. While this type of pattern can develop at any time of the year, it is much more prevalent in the summer. Usually at this time of the year this ridge would be much weaker and would only last a couple of days, not the 10 or more days that we’ve seen. This ridge of high pressure brought plenty of sunshine along with very warm temperatures. Across much of the U.S. Midwest, all-time record highs for March have been smashed due to this strong high. This then leads to the second feature: the low snow cover we saw across both the Canadian and U.S. Plains. The low snow cover

quickly melted, leaving open fields with little surface water. This means much more of the sun’s energy can go to warm the air instead of melting snow and evaporating water. The final feature that helped bring the really warm weather over the weekend was a strong area of low pressure that developed to our west. The counterclockwise rotation around this strong low pulled up plenty of warm air from the southern states, along with extremely high dewpoints. You know things are really weird, weather-wise, when the dewpoint temperatures in the middle of March are in the 14 to 18 C range, which is warmer than the record-high air temperatures! As with most things in life, it has to come to an end. For us in and around Manitoba that means we’ll leave these unprecedented temperatures and return to those that are just a little unusual. It might seem cold, but we’ll still see temperatures near to above the usual temperature range for this time of the year — although after being spoiled for so long now, it just might be a little hard to take!

Table 1: March in Winnipeg and Brandon Winnipeg Three days with highs over 20 C March 23, 1910


March 27, 1946


March 28, 1938


Two days with overnight lows warmer than 7 C March 25, 1945


March 26, 1945


Two days with a mean temperature warmer than 12 C March 23, 1910


March 27, 1946


Brandon Three days with highs over 21 C March 21, 1945


March 22, 1910


March 23, 1910


Two days with overnight lows warmer than 5 C March 28, 1910


March 29, 1963


Two days with a mean temperature warmer than 12 C March 23, 1910


March 27, 1946



The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

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ow in saturated fat and high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids canola oil, offers clear health benefits to consumers. But marketers can’t expect the product to sell itself — they need to grease the wheels. Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist, author and consultant spoke at the Canola Council of Canada’s convention in Washington, D.C. about ways to put the heart-healthy oil into more people’s diets and shopping carts. “(Canola oil) is very basic, although really beloved in the U.S.,” she said. “I think in the U.S. we are even more aware of the benefits of canola oil than you are in Canada. It’s really commonly associated with good health and has an excellent reputation, but it’s not necessarily special.” The consumer expert said creating different categories of canola oil, possibly touting omega-3 benefits, or playing off the “extra virgin” label of olive oil could be effective strategies. “I’m not quite sure how that would apply to canola oil, but I’m sure there is a way to make it work,” Yarrow told delegates.

Benefits of niche marketing

And the benefits of selling small quantities of higher-quality, higherpriced oil isn’t the sale of the specialty oil itself — it’s the rub-off effect. Comparing it to luxury car com-

“Consumers actually really want to be involved today ... When they feel like marketers and retailers and brands are listening to their needs, they respond with their pocketbooks robustly.”

panies that make most of their profits selling economy-class vehicles, the psychologist explained having a high-end product available can elevate an entire brand category. In short, elevating one type of canola oil elevates all canola oil. “Price can have that sort of allure,” she said. Teaming up with other products is another way to imbue canola oil, or any other item, with the attributes of another brand. Yarrow noted the cosmetics industry often draws on farm imagery in products featuring fruits, or fruit flavour, even if there is no apparent connection between items like lipstick and pomegranates. Canola’s sunny-yellow flowers could just as easily become a symbol for advertisers looking to promote the natural, healthy aspects of their particular products, she said. “Your area — food — because it’s so pure, because there is a purity associated with it in the minds of consumers, is being annexed into all sorts of brand categories using the rub-off effect,” said Yarrow. “I think there would be room for you guys to lend your image to other products, or for you to steal from the image of other products.” But getting your message out today isn’t like it was 10 or 20 years ago, Yarrow said. Consumers have become empowered by online information, more visually aware and more self-reliant. Shopper demographics have also changed, and all the while food options have increased causing consumer indecision. In addition, more men are grocery shopping, fewer families are defined as “traditional,” and shoppers are now weary of marketing claims.

Building trust

“The way consumers really learn about the value of a product today is not by digesting one piece of information from one source, that is why your old ads just don’t work as effectively as they used to,” said Yarrow. “Trust today is built from information people acquire from many different sources.” Those sources include referrals by friends on Facebook, Twitter feeds or influential bloggers, as well as traditional print and broadcast media.


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Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist and author of Gen BuY, spoke about consumer trends during the Canola Council of Canada’s conference in Washington, D.C. PHOTO: SHANNON VANRAES

Yarrow noted she began using canola oil several years ago after it was listed as an ingredient in cookbook after cookbook. “And that wasn’t an accident; good job,” she said. Another important shift in consumer trends is the yearning to belong. Although social media may give people the sense of being connected, in reality people today have fewer trusted friends than they did 30 years ago, said Yarrow. The type of friend you call for help when your child is sick, when you have a flat tire or when your dog is on the loose, is on the decline. This change has left consumers craving involvement and seeking communities, even ones centred around a brand or product. “Consumers actually really want to be involved today,” she said. “When they feel like marketers and retailers and brands are listening to their needs, they respond with their pocketbooks robustly.”

Changing tastes

Along with changes in how people make food purchasing decisions, there has also been a shift in con-

sumer taste buds. Foods like egg rolls, tacos and ravioli are no longer considered “ethnic,” and demand for spices is growing. One of the top food trends for 2012 is turmeric, a spice often used in Persian, Indian and Thai foods, while spicy dishes and new flavour combinations are popping up more and more. “Flavours have really gone wild these days,” she said. Yarrow said there are opportunities for canola oil to work with these consumer shifts and trends, but canola marketers must also be aware of the possible downside of their industry. “We’re still looking at something that is big business,” she said. But there is an antidote to any stigma the big business side of things may create. “It must always go back to the plant,” Yarrow said. “What we’re looking at here is a way to be really pure and simple. Quality and value is what your brand already has, and that is what consumers are really looking for.”


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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Farmers now have the ability to conduct their own cutting-edge ag research Conducting your own field-based studies can show exactly how a specific agronomic practice will perform in a particular field By Madeleine Baerg

“We have a shrinking pool of resources to work on crop production problems in Western Canada and, when you look at traditional research, it’s quite expensive compared to doing on-farm work.”

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armers need to step up and get involved in a new era of research, and it needs to be on farm, field scale, farmer driven, and collaborative, says Ty Faechner, executive director of the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta. “I don’t think traditional research will ever go away,” Faechner told attendees at the recent Precision Ag 2.0: the Next Generation conference in Calgary. “We still need it and it needs to be strong. But, there needs to be more engagement of the farming community in research.” On-farm research is good for individual producers and for agriculture as a whole, he said. “On-farm research allows farmers to have control over what they are evaluating,” he said. “This provides an opportunity for people to be empowered. I think it can help us grow our industry, and I think it can make us more competitive internationally.” Faechner predicted there will be a paradigm shift with producers undertaking their own studies in order to maximize productivity. While they might share the results with neighbours or even at forums and industry events, the priority will be on individual queries and individual results. It’s certainly a change from how farmers have historically viewed research. In the past, research conducted at research stations was the only kind of scientifically accurate work possible. The typical research model, in place since the 1920s, is for researchers to identify a uniform site, arrange treatments in small plots according to an experimental design, collect the data, and then analyze the variance in data from the different experimental designs, said Faechner.

Farmers have tools

However, today’s high-tech equipment all1ows individual farmers to rival researchers’ precise application rates and yield monitoring.

Ty Faechner

“There’s about 2,800 people who applied through a federal equipment grant back in 2006-07 to get GPS equipment on their machines,” said Faechner. “The government put something like $40 million into the program. We know people have the equipment. The next step is, what are they going to do with it?” Such on-farm studies can be field sized — “design based” in research lingo — and that offers many benefits. Smallplot studies can be affected by border effects, strong inter-plot competition, lack of correct herbicide systems and nonrepresentative growing conditions. But field-based studies show exactly how a specific agronomic practice will perform in a particular field. Research funders are increasingly interested in on-farm, fieldscale research, he said On-farm research may also be a matter of necessity, as traditional research continues to face increasing pressures. “We have a shrinking pool of resources to work on crop production problems in Western Canada and, when you look at traditional research, it’s quite expensive compared to doing on-farm work,” said Faechner. As well, “demographics would suggest that (the research community) is going to lose a lot of intellectual capital in the near future.” While Faechner recommends all producers consider on-farm research, he said they should be collaborative projects. “We want to encourage (farmers) to do research work on their own, but in a

Today’s high-tech equipment allows individual farmers to rival researchers’ precise application rates and yield monitoring.

fashion that we can have our agronomists who work for business support them, so we can get some really good science,” he said. “Partnerships are what it takes to make this work. Not everyone has all of the skills to make this happen. That’s the reality. You need to have a team approach to this. Most producers we work with are very interested, but they may not neces-

sarily have the time or the energy to put towards the analysis. “The potential for on-farm research is huge since farm co-operators offer equipment, land and motivation to become engaged. However, a method of scientifically recording and analyzing data from these fields has been missing, which is why collaboration with agronomists is so important.”

Turning waste into black gold An organizational meeting will take place March 27 compostages manitoba services cooperative release


anitoba’s first composting co-operative, Compostages Manitoba  Services Cooperative, is now ready to offer municipalities and agricultural producers an affordable and eco-responsible alternative to dealing with organic matter. Compostages Manitoba Services Cooperative will be hosting its first organizational meeting on Tuesday March 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cabane a Sucre in St. Pierre Jolys, Man. beside the museum. The meeting is open to all cooperative members and nonmembers and a composting service schedule will be established. This new consumer cooperative and business development opportunity was cre-

Compostages Manitoba Services Cooperative will be hosting its first organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cabane a Sucre in St. Pierre Jolys, Man. beside the museum.

ated in response to a need for municipalities and agricultural producers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to help make composting an affordable and easy alternative. Compost is the new black gold since it has significant economic and structural advantages for producers. The Compostages Manitoba Services Co-op will provide: technical composting services, monitoring, windrow turning and other member services. This green economy initiative was spearheaded

in response to the Council for Bilingual Municipalities Economic Development Office (CDEM) participation with the Community Led Emissions Reduction Program. Support has also been received from the Province of Manitoba, the Government of Canada, the RM of De Salaberry, Village of St. Pierre Jolys, and Notre Dames des Lourdes, as well as in kind contributions from other supporting partners. To learn more visit www.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

CWB officials promote pools at grower meetings CWB officials say getting an average return is better than what most farmers get in an open market By Allan Dawson co-operator staff /oak bluff


hile the Canadian Wheat Board had its monopoly, some farmers complained getting a “good, average price” for wheat wasn’t good enough. But in the coming open market, the board is betting lots will think that’s pretty good. “The average of the market through a pooling operation does actually return people the best value, overall, over a long period of time,” board president and CEO Ian White told about 50 people, mostly farmers, here March 15. “We find there’s still a large number of farmers who find pooling is a good option for them...” White said. Neil Townsend, the wheat board’s North American market analyst, said when wheat prices peaked several years ago at $25 a bushel, North Dakota farmers averaged just $7. “The average (price) is better than what most people get,” he said. “It’s impossible to always really get the top unless you’re lucky.” In an interview Townsend said an estimated 70 per cent of farmers earn less than the average selling price for their crops. “The pool is really a multi-year strategy,” he told the meeting. “It’s about getting the average price over an extended period of time.”

Wheat is different

Farmers are comfortable selling

other crops on a cash basis. But wheat is different, Starbuck-area farmer Chuck Fossay said later in an interview. “It’s becoming quite apparent now that the marketing of wheat has always been a very complicated issue that most producers weren’t aware of,” he said. “It is not, and never was, as simple as marketing oats that basically has two grades or canola that has two grades. We are looking at a lot of different marketing factors.” Another farmer, who asked not to be named, said after hearing the board’s pitch, he’s a bit more optimistic it can survive in an open market, but added its fate ultimately rests with handling companies that have no reason to help it survive. The board’s future depends on good handling agreements and farmers. “It’s just going to be another grain company offering you marketing opportunities and providing some additional competition in the marketplace,” Fossay said. For competitive reasons, there’ll be less information about the board’s expected pool returns, Townsend said. “Farmers need to accept there won’t be a huge amount of price discovery from the pool because... the pool is delivering the average price for the year...” he said. The board has protocols to ensure the pools get fair and full access to board sales and aren’t disadvantaged by cash sales, White said.

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“The average of the market through a pooling operation does actually return people the best value, overall, over a long period of time.” Ian White

“We’ll employ that methodology to make sure the pool gets the benefit of the sales we make.”

Providing value

Board officials emphasized the organization is working hard to provide value to farmers in an open market. But there were several references to how the board was able to manage issues like grade spreads, protein and blending when it handled all the wheat in Western Canada. In the new open market starting Aug. 1 there will be less flexibility because buyers have made sales based on what farmers said they would deliver, Townsend said. Fossay asked if the board will become the dumping ground for grain other companies won’t take and if so, whether the board could handle that. It depends on farmers, White replied. “If farmers want to deliver significant quantities to the CWB... we can do a lot more with it,” he said. “But if our book is smaller

CWB president and CEO Ian White says pools offer most farmers the best return over time.   photo: allan dawson

then we’ll be able to do less. That’s the consequence of this market arrangement.” The wheat board also did a lot of market development to generate premiums for farmers. The new board won’t have the resources for that, Townsend said.

Fewer resources, less flexibility

The board wants to continue providing the quality grain and service that customers say they want, he added. But the question is whether they’ll pay for it in a competitive market. Canada risks losing its top-quality wheat brand, if exporters buy and sell on minimum specifications, Townsend said. Glencore, the firm rumoured to be trying to buy Viterra, sells wheat based on

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optional origin, meaning it doesn’t matter where it’s from, he said. “If a greater percentage of Canadian wheat starts to be sold as if it’s interchangeable with international wheat then that money we used to gather up for selling... that money is gone out of the system.” But in an interview, White said he thinks Canadian wheat exporters and customers will continue to rely on grades set by the Canadian Grain Commission, at least for a while. “A lot of customers are very used to our grading system and therefore I think they will be quite keen to continue to take those grades,” he said.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

New housing co-op first to adopt “unequal share equity” approach Construction has begun in Brandon on the new housing co-operative envisioned by another co-op — the city’s Seniors for Seniors Co-op By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff


onstruction has begun on a seniors’ housing co-operative in Brandon that supporters say offers a new model for affordable housing other communities may want to explore. Last week future residents and supporters of the Western Manitoba Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-operative gathered at the 620 McDiarmid Street site where a 34-suite residence will be built by spring 2013. The new $5.8-million housing co-op, with 14 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom suites, is the first housing co-op to be built in Manitoba using what’s known as an unequal share equity model, said Harvey Douglas, vice-president of the new co-operative.

Unequal share equity

Unlike projects in the past, whereby those coming in paid the same amount for one share, Western Manitoba Seniors Housing Co-op’s future residents will make different equity contributions based on what size of suite they’re going into. “It’s really based on the legislation for life-lease agreements,” said Douglas. Geared to seniors with low to moderate incomes, the suites will rent for between $590 for a one bedroom to $740 for a two-

“We were told this would take us five years. We’ve done it in less than three. We’ve accomplished something in Brandon.” Harvey Douglas

bedroom apartment. Tenant equity contributions will be between $17,900 to $18,900 for a one bedroom, and $21,900 to $23,900 for a two bedroom. The City of Brandon is also buying some equity shares, plus six units will be rented on a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) basis. The co-op’s three partners include the City of Brandon, which is donating the acre of land as well as contributing financially, plus Westoba Credit Union and the Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation. The housing co-op’s members have also put about $1 million toward the project. It was another co-operative — Brandon’s Seniors for Seniors

Carol and Harvey Bartley of Brandon are among those very excited about becoming members and occupants of Brandon’s new Western Manitoba Seniors Non-Profit Housing Co-operative, slated for completion in spring 2013.  photo: harvey douglas

Co-op — that conceived the project and gained the support of those Douglas describes as “a lot of interested bystanders who took up the challenge. His own interest sprang from a career in construction. “I’ve been looking

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for ways to build smaller, more economical houses all my life,” he said.

Housing crunch

Brandon’s housing crunch is a huge issue, with a vacancy rate at less than one per cent and monthly rents typically $700 or more per month. Many seniors are very worried about whether they can continue to afford where they live, he said. “I had one call me recently who had about $14,000 coming in (annual income) and she was living in a suite that was $780 a month,” he said. “It was impossible for her to make ends meet.” The project’s completion date is next spring. All 34 suites are spoken for and will be homes to a mix of Brandonites as well as others from around rural Manitoba. They aren’t keeping a waiting list because it would be too long, Douglas said.

“There’s no use in putting 250 people on a waiting list. City council, when they passed the bylaw for this, told us this is 34 (suites) of the 300 that are needed.” Douglas said it is hoped the project will attract interest among other co-ops looking for safe investments and wanting to back similar projects elsewhere. The key ingredient to getting a project off the ground is dedicated volunteers, he added. “They have to be willing to keep pounding on doors to keep the excitement up,” he said. “We were told this would take us five years. We’ve done it in less than three. We’ve accomplished something in Brandon.” In January the United Nations declared 2012 International Year of the Co-operative to showcase and raise the profile of the co-op business model around the world.


Farms dangerous places for kids reuters / More than 26,000 children and adolescents are injured on U.S. farms and ranches every year, racking up costs of more than $1.4 billion — but only 84 of these were fatal, according to a new study. The findings, the first of their kind, were published in the journal Pediatrics and based on government surveys of childhood injuries. In 2001, about 1.1 million U.S. children and adolescents were living on farms or ranches. Fewer than a third of the injuries were work related but 14 per cent led to hospitalization — 10 times the rate for injured youth in the general population.

“Agriculture injury is usually more severe than injuries to other types of audiences,” said safety expert Dennis Murphy. “It’s usually because of the equipment that’s being used. It’s powerful machines that will tear you apart very quickly.” Falls and transportation were the most common reasons for non-deadly injuries. Children shouldn’t handle equipment or do chores they aren’t ready for, said Murphy. “We know that most parents almost always overestimate their kids’ abilities when it comes to work tasks,” Murphy said. “Kids should not be in a rush to do adult things with tractors and other machines.”


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

FNA gets into cash advance administration Ontario’s ACC wants to expand in the West, but only into crops that aren’t covered now, says Jaye Atkins New deal

By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


armers taking out cash advances on their crops this year will see some changes in who is administering the programs. As the Canadian Canola Growers Association expands its administration to take over the crops formerly handled by the Canadian Wheat Board, a new player has emerged to manage the program for several commodities in Ontario and for speciality crops across the country. ACC Farmers’ Financial (ACC), Canada’s second-largest cash advances administrator, announced an agreement March 13 with Farmers of North America (FNA) to offer Ontario farmers ACC’s national farm cash Advance Payments Program and prov i n c i a l Co m m o d i t y L o a n Program. ACC i s a n o t - f o r- p ro f i t Ontario-based agency comprised of 19 producer associations and marketing boards. It administers cash advances on around 50 crops, including cereal and oilseed crops in Ontario. But it also administers cash advances for farmers on a number of different crops across the country.

In a joint news release, ACC and FNA said someday FNA might assist horticultural crop producers in British Columbia and the three Prairie provinces with cash advances. “We’re the only ones who do things nationally, so we do flowers nationally, nursery and landscape nationally, the greenhouse industry,” ACC’s CEO Jaye Atkins said in an interview.

“We have no intention of going out and dealing with canola and wheat board crops (in the West),” Atkins said in an interview last week. For one thing, federal legislation doesn’t allow it, he said. However a different message was coming from Terry Drabiuk, FNA’s vice-president of operations, who suggested someday ACC, with F N A’s a s s i s t a n c e, m i g h t deliver cash advances in the

“We have no intention of going out and dealing with canola and wheat board crops (in the West).”

Jaye Atkins

swamped having taken over cash advances on wheat, durum and barley from the Canadian Wheat Board. The canola growers’ has everything under control, general manager Rick White said in an interview March 15. Eighteen new employees have been hired and trained to work on the cash advance program, he said. “We are the biggest administrator now,” White said. “We know what we’re doing. We’re ramped right up ready for the new program.” In fact, the program for wheat, durum and barley has been operating since March 1, although cheques can’t be issued until April 1, he said. “We’re in as good of shape as we can possibly be.”

More work “We’re doing everything from cranberries in Nova Scotia to chrysanthemums in British Columbia to ginseng in Ontario to goat meat in Quebec. We’re operating in just about every province today under one commodity or another, but also not interfering with organizations such as the canola growers.” Atkins says it has no plans to poach from the largest administrator, the Canadian Canola Growers Association.

West on crops such as wheat, which the Canadian Canola Growers Association currently administers. “We’re going to start in Ontario where they’re (ACC) strong and then we’ll move to B.C. after that,” said Drabiuk. “Then they will be in discussions how they deal with wheat and barley and that stuff here (in the West).” Drabiuk also suggested the canola growers might be

The canola growers’ association has 55 employees, 45 of whom work primarily on cash advances for 20 different crops grown in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. ( The Manitoba Corn Growers Association administers cash advances on several Manitoba crops, including corn, some types of forage seed and a number of edible bean crops and soybean.) Working with FNA makes

sense for Ontario commodity groups, Atkins said, because both organizations want to assist farmers. “Our intention is to grow the business and what FNA is doing for us is it’s trying to promote the application process for ACC,” he said. No matter who is administering it, under the cash advance program farmers can borrow up to $100,000 interest free and another $300,000 at low interest rates. The loans, which are repaid when farmers sell their crops, provides cash flow allowing farmers to hold their crops until prices improve. The first cash advance program was introduced for wheat board crops in 1957 by John Diefenbaker’s Conservative government. A separate, but similar program, was introduced in 1977 for non-board crops. In 1 9 8 9 t h e Mu l r o n e y Conser vative government killed the interest-free portion of the program, but increased the amount farmers could borrow at low interest rates. In 1996 the Chrétien Liberal government combined the separate cash advance acts and reinstated interest-free loans.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Price now or price later? A primer on DDCs

China set to buy more U.S. corn this year

A deferred delivery contract can lock in a profit, but also prevents cashing in on future price increases Agri-News


deferred delivery contract (DDC) is the most popular type of grain-marketing contract provided by grain buyers. A DDC, as they are often called, locks in the price for a certain quantity of a base grade of grain to be delivered to a certain location at some date in the future. “Advantages of a DDC are that it locks in a price to protect against possible downside price risk, provides certainty for meeting cash flow commitments, and provides a delivery opportunity,” says Neil Blue, market specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “Possible disadvantages are that a commitment for delivery of a certain quantity of a certain grade is made to a buyer, and a higher price than the DDC price cannot be captured on the quantity priced.” Some farmers, who in past years priced part of their grain production before it was harvested, later questioned that decision. That regret may have been because of a production shortfall, or prices moving higher than their contracted prices, or both. “Regarding the concern of a production shortfall, it is possible that the farmer may have to buy out the portion of the contract that is not delivered, particularly if the price of the contracted grain rises above the contracted price,” says Blue.

“With regard to the concern of missing out on a higher price than the contract price, it is natural to want the best price, but it is almost impossible to pick the top price in any year. A goal of having the average price for a given year’s crop in the top third of the year’s price range is more realistic. “Before signing a deferred delivery contract, it is a good idea to get an unsigned copy of the contract, read it and understand it, with the help of legal counsel if necessary. If you have concerns with the contract, have those concerns addressed before signing. An amended contract is still valid if both parties agree to the changes. If the changes that you suggest are not mutually acceptable and those concerns are important enough to you, perhaps you should decide not to sign that contract.”


Some questions that should be answered before signing a forward pricing contract: • Will the price provide an acceptable margin above the costs of production? • Will this sales commitment assist in meeting some of the cash flow needs at the time of settlement? • Is the quantity to be priced consistent with expected production? For example, some farmers price no more than 50

per cent of their expected production before harvest. • If the contract does not provide an Act of God clause, how will a contract shortfall be handled? Also, how will a different grade from the contract base grade be handled? • Is the contract price based on the analysis of current market information? • How will a delay in grain delivery from either party to the contract be handled? • In case of a dispute over the contract, how will that dispute be resolved? “For those commodities with a futures market, pricing grain via a sell futures may offer advantages to the producer over a deferred delivery contract, particularly if available basis levels are weak,” says Blue. “A sell futures position locks in the futures part of price without having a physical delivery commitment to a particular buyer. Thus, the producer can still shop around to various buyers for the best basis relating to the grade of grain produced. “Also, sell futures can easily be offset in the case of a production shortfall or weather-induced downgrading. Disadvantages of sell futures are the need to have a commodity futures account and the possibility of margin calls if the price rises above the entry point. Keep in mind that a higher futures price also implies a higher cash selling price for the commodity being produced.”

Some analysts are skeptical the U.S. has corn surplus to sell By Naveen Thukral SINGAPORE / REUTERS


Before signing a deferred delivery contract, it is a good idea to get an unsigned copy of the contract, read it and understand it, with the help of legal counsel if necessary. PHOTO: THINKSTOCK.COM

trong domestic prices and low reserves are likely to force China to import more U.S. corn this year, squeezing tight world supplies, analysts and industry officials said March 14. China’s corn imports are expected to more than double in the current 2011-12 crop year to four million tonnes from 1.5 million a year earlier, a senior official at a state-run company said at an industry conference in Singapore. Excessive rains in the country’s northern Corn Belt last year reduced the quality of the domestic crop, helping to push Chinese corn prices more than seven per cent higher so far this year. The benchmark Dalian September contract hit a lifetime high of 2,458 yuan per tonne March 13, making cheaper U.S. corn more economical. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed a private sale of 240,000 tonnes of old-crop U.S. corn to an unknown buyer, widely believed by traders to be China. A private Chinese importer bought 120,000 tonnes of old-crop U.S. corn about three weeks ago in what was the first large sale to China since October. Dan Basse, president of Chicago-based consultancy AgResource Co., said he saw China buying in July, when he expects state reserves to start running low. He f o re c a s t U . S . o l d crop corn prices to stand between $6.80 and $7.20 per bushel, from around $6.70 per bushel now. Corn prices have risen almost four per cent so far this year, compared to a nearly three per cent gain for the whole of 2011. China, historically a net corn exporter, turned corn importer in 2009 as soaring demand for the grain

outpaced its domestic production. China has bought around one million tonnes of U.S. corn annually in each of the past two years and was forecast to import four million tonnes this year. Some private analysts expect China to overtake Japan as the world’s top corn importer in the years ahead. China is the world’s second-largest corn consumer. The state agency in charge of grain reserves has said it will not need to import large amounts this year due to a bumper 2011 harvest. But traders and analysts say China and the influential U.S. Agriculture Department may have overstated the corn crop by as much as 14 per cent, which is likely to keep domestic prices higher and result in more imports. “Whether we import more or less depends on price spreads. U.S. corn prices are favourable for imports right now,” said the Chinese official who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media. “Domestic corn prices are already on the higher side and they are likely to consolidate around current levels.” The United States, however, may not be able to meet all China’s needs as the USDA expects domestic corn stocks to shrink this year to their lowest level in 16 years. Alternative suppliers include Argentina, which recently signed a trade deal with China, but a lowerthan-expected harvest is likely to make impossible large volumes of imports, industry officials said. “This year we don’t see any corn exports to China, maybe one cargo just to prove that the relationship is working,” said Freddy Pranteda, director of grains and oilseeds desk at Buenos Aires-based brokerage Cosur.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Healthier diet, less health-care spending The horticulture sector wants the government to get on board with promoting more fruits and veggies By Alex Binkley CO-OPERATOR CONTRIBUTOR / OTTAWA


ith a dose of government cooperation, Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers believe they can help cure the countr y’s health-care spending epidemic. Horticulture for Health, or Hort4Health as it likes to bill itself, is a working group of farmers, retailers, food processors and input suppliers that sprouted out of Agriculture Canada’s horticulture value chain roundtable. The Canada Food Guide has recommended between five and 10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily for decades. But it remains a message that needs repeating. “An active lifestyle and a diversified diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important to keep Canadians healthy and manage our health-care costs,” says Alison Robertson, chair of Horth4Health. “In Canada, we’re very lucky that we can grow a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, all Canadians need to have access to the great produce we’re growing and that’s why we’re advocating for industry and government coordination and collaboration on this issue.” The group wants provincial and federal ministries to work more collaboratively with each other and with farmers and non-governmental organizations active in the food and nutrition field. Robertson says many individual or localized nutrition efforts currently exist,

but there is no national collaborative initiative in place. Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of chronic diseases, promote healthier body weights and help improve the well-being of Canadians, she notes. “He a l t h y e a t i n g i s an issue that affects all Canadians, whether in rural, urban or remote communities,” she continues. “With a collective approach, we can do a better

job of encouraging Canadians to pursue healthier lifestyles through active living and boosting their consumption of fruits and vegetables.”


A campaign to convince Canadians to improve their diets can take inspi-

ration from recycling programs, she added. “It gained widespread adoption through the children and what they were being taught at school about recycling. It has been proven over and over that it can be done. “If we can effectively change behaviour and encourage healthy eating and active living... and as an industry horticulture has the knowledge, products, networks, and infrastructure to do that, there will be

huge wins for everyone — for society, for government, and for producers,” she added. There are wins for hor ticulture because there is an immediate economic development effect and there is long-term market creation, she said.

Meanwhile, the education and healthcare sectors benefit as well. “We are all aware that this is a time of financial restraint,” she noted. “But we have to stop thinking that what Hort4Health is suggesting is an expense. It’s an investment in our collective Canadian future. What we’re proposing will provide long-term cost savings to various federal and provincial ministries, boost health and learning, and help our country’s growers prosper through domestic market development.”

New initiative

What Canada needs is an active living and healthy eating initiative with the majority of product being supplied by Canadian producers, she pointed out. “We’re asking that different ministries work with us and support us in our efforts. This is not a one ministry problem, solution, or budget item.” She urged MPs to support the campaign and a proposal for “an annual national workshop that brings together i n d u s t r y, N G O s , g o v e r n m e n t s t a f f , g ro u p s l i k e t h e Ca n a d i a n Child & Youth Nutr ition Program Network. We need to get the doers together so that we can move forward together by sharing knowledge and resources. “Different ministries don’t know what each other are doing, different programs are unaware of each other and as industry we don’t know all the efforts that are happening.”

New programs for a new era

CWB meetings for farmers The CWB is launching an exciting new set of programs. Farmers are invited to learn all about them at upcoming GrowerLink meetings. CWB experts will be on hand to discuss the new grain-marketing landscape and share all the details of our new pools and cash options. Find out how they can increase your bottom line and manage your risk.

Neepawa, MB

Russell, MB

Monday, March 26 – Supper

Tuesday, March 27 – Lunch

Swan River, MB

Somerset, MB

Tuesday, March 27 – Supper

Friday, March 30 – Lunch

Farmers are asked to pre-register by calling 1-800- 275-4292. View the complete meeting schedule at .

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Experts search for ways to cut food waste An estimated 30 per cent to 50 per cent of world’s food goes uneaten By Lisa Baertlein and Ernest Scheyder


Waste not



leaning your plate may not help feed starving children today, but the time-worn advice of mothers everywhere may help reduce food waste from the farm to the fork, help the environment and make it easier to feed the world’s growing population. Hard data is still being collected, but experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week said an estimated 30 per cent to 50 per cent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten. The average American throws away 33 pounds of food each month — about $40 worth — according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which plans to publish a report on food waste in April. In a year, that means each person throws away almost 400 pounds of food, the weight of an adult male gorilla. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 23 per cent of eggs and an even higher percentage of produce ends up in the trash. “We forget we have all these fresh fruits and vegetables, and at the end of the week we have to throw them away,” said Esther Gove, a mother of three young children in South Berwick, Maine. “Now, I don’t buy as much fresh produce as I used to.”

Far-reaching impact

But the impact of food waste stretches far beyond the kitchen. Agriculture is the world’s largest user of water, a big consumer of energy and chemicals and major emitter of greenhouse gases during production, distribution and landfill decay. Experts say reducing waste is a simple way to cut stress on the environment while easing pressure on farmers, who will be called on to feed an expected nine billion people around the world in 2050, versus nearly seven billion today. “No matter how sustainable the farming is, if the food’s not getting eaten, it’s not sustainable and it’s not a good use of our resources,” Dana Gunders, a sustainable agriculture specialist at the NRDC, said at the Reuters summit.

In richer nations, edible fruit and vegetables end up in landfills because they are not pretty enough to meet a retailer’s standards, have gone bad in a home refrigerator or were not eaten at a restaurant. In developing countries, much food spoils before it gets to market due to poor roads and lack of refrigeration. High food prices are another factor, since some people can’t afford the food that’s produced, said Patrick Woodall, research director and senior policy advocate for Food and Water Watch. “It’s not a situation where you have to massively ramp up production,” Woodall told the Reuters summit. “Even in 2008, when there were hunger riots around the world, there was enough food to feed people, it was just too expensive.”

DuPont is working with farmers in Kenya to extend the life of raw milk. Often farmers have to travel up to 20 kilometres to get their milk to market, and due to the country’s high temperatures, much of the milk gets wasted, Jim Borel, an executive vicepresident with DuPont, said. “This has broad application, but we’re focused on Africa right now,” Borel said. Europe is a leader in tackling food waste, but the United States is catching on as producers, facing tepid sales growth, look to control costs. For example, a General Mills pizza plant found a way to use heat to make toppings stick to frozen pizzas better. The system is expected to prevent thousands of pounds of cheese and other pizza toppings from going to waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said 33 million tons of food waste hit landfills and incinerators in 2010, the largest solid waste product in the system. EPA has launched a program to address the issue.

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Experts from EPA and other groups have floated a variety of recommended fixes. They say clarifying “sell by” and “use by” dates could help consumers avoid throwing

food in the garbage too soon. Some food could be “rescued” and used in soup kitchens, while certain leftovers could be used as animal feed. In c re a s i n g c o m p o s t i n g could boost soil health and drought resistance, while also easing the burden on landfills and reducing decomposition of garbage into greenhouse gas methane. Gove, the Maine mother, has found her own solutions. She buys frozen blueberries and raspberries instead of fresh ones that may spoil; purchases meat in bulk; and freezes what she doesn’t immediately need. She also has introduced her kids to frozen banana treats, which means she’s able to keep the fruit longer. “Milk is one thing we don’t waste, though,” she said. “My kids go right through it.” Researchers say people of every age — especially children — contribute to the food waste problem. Gove said she has cut waste by starting with smaller meal portions for her children, who get more only when they ask. Still, she says, there is a limit to how far she’ll go. “I definitely don’t want to get rid of my kids,” she said.


Syria needs to import more grain MILAN / REUTERS / Syria, hit by a civil unrest, needs to raise cereals import by about a third in the current marketing year after its local grain output 10 per cent dropped in 2011, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said March 14. “Continued civil unrest in the Syrian Arab Republic since mid-March 2011 has raised serious concern over the state of food security, particularly for vulnerable groups,” the FAO said in a special alert note. Syria relies on food imports for almost half of its total domestic consumption, with wheat imports used for food while maize and barley are used mainly for feed, the agency said. About 1.4 million people are affected by food insecurity since the start of the unrest, mainly concentrated in hotspot areas including Homs, Hama and Damascus, the FAO said citing another UN body, the World Food Program (WFP).

DuPont sees protein demand lifting soy sales CHICAGO / REUTERS / DuPont expects sales of soy supplements to eclipse sales of its other food ingredients this year as customers demand alternative sources of protein, especially in beverages. The company, best known for its sales of chemicals and Kevlar bulletproof fibre, has been steadily growing in the food sector since it bought Danish food ingredients maker Danisco last year. Food-related sales now comprise nearly half of all DuPont’s revenue. While sales of probiotics and food enablers used in gums and food-testing equipment are all growing, soy supplements — primarily protein derived from soybeans — should post the strongest growth in 2012. “Soy protein has a lot of health benefits and food companies are anxious to get protein into foods,” said DuPont official James Borel. “You’ll continue to see soy protein in more types of drinks and foods.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Scientist says droughttolerant corn a “baby step” that does little for farmers


Monsanto data suggests modest benefits and only in areas of modest drought REUTERS


t would be better to plant c o n ve n t i o n a l c o r n a n d improve agronomic practices than switch to “droughttolerant” corn, says a veteran plant scientist. “The technology has gotten a tremendous amount of attention. We think undue attention,” said Doug Gurian-Sherman, a plant pathologist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It is a modest benefit and a real benefit and a step forward. But it is really kind of a baby step.” Drought-tolerant corn “is going to be useful for maybe 15 to 20 per cent of the areas where moderate levels of drought are pretty predictable, places like Nebraska and Kansas,” said Gurian-Sherman, who served on an FDA biotech advisory subcommittee from 2002 to 2005. “It is not likely to be helpful at all with the kinds of severe droughts that we’ve had in Texas the last couple of years. This crop is going to die just like any other corn crops under those conditions.” Companies are racing to roll out drought-tolerant crop technologies, including Monsanto, which is conducting on-farm trials this spring. Monsanto and rival seed companies have been pushing drought tolerance as a means to help increase production of key crops, particularly corn, as climate changes produce drier and warmer conditions in some growing areas. But GurianSher man said the leading drought-tolerant corn option — Monsanto’s seed product — reduces yield loss by just five to six per cent and only in areas of modest drought. He said he analyzed data Monsanto submitted to regulators. Conventional breeding has been improving yields under drought conditions by about one per cent a year, on average, he said. Taking into account the number of years the biotech options take to develop, the millions of dollars spent on the research and the additional costs farmers pay for transgenic crops, the biotech “drought-tolerant” versions are inferior to conventional offerings, he said. A better approach would be to improve irrigation methods and adopt techniques such as mulching of soils to hold in moisture as opposed to using biotech seeds, Gurian-Sherman said. “Drought is incredibly important and so going forward we need to think about ways to try to mitigate the losses from drought and prevent them from getting worse,” he said. “Biotech certainly has some successes, but if you look at the bigger picture... breeding and agronomy continue to way outperform biotech.”

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

New ICE wheat contract will struggle Lack of liquidity is a problem that haunts spring wheat contracts on the smaller exchanges By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF /OAK BLUFF


he outlook for the new ICE Future Canada’s wheat futures market isn’t great, according to Neil Townsend, the Canadian Wheat Board’s North American market analyst. The long-running spring w h e a t f u t u re s m a r k e t i n Minneapolis didn’t get enough business before the Winnipeg market launched in January, he said. As a result, Minneapolis wasn’t “liquid” enough — a measure of how easy it is to get in and out of the market — as traders would like. “Speculators want easy in and easy out,” Townsend told farmers here March 15. “I won’t prejudge them (ICE) because they say they will be patient, but I don’t see how it turns around quickly for them. “It’s going to be a struggle and it will take some time.” The whole spring wheat com-

“I won’t prejudge them (ICE) because they say they will be patient but I don’t see how it turns around quickly for them.” NEIL TOWNSEND

plex is not as “transparent” as the much larger hard and soft red winter wheat markets in the United States. The wheat board probably knows the spring milling wheat market better than anyone and will shed some light on it through a new market analysis newsletter being launched next month, Townsend said. Farmers can subscribe for $600 a year; grain companies will pay substantially more. The board has 75 years of grain marketing expertise and the best weather and crop surveillance in Canada, according to Townsend. The newsletter

will be distributed electronically, by fax and by mail. The wheat board still wants to sign agreements with Western Canada’s grain companies to handle its grain. So far Cargill is the board’s only partner. Talks are underway with Viterra, board president and CEO Ian White said in an interview. The talks are not being disrupted by Viterra’s potential sale, he added. The board wants to meet producer car shippers the first week of April, to discuss how to work more closely with them, White said. Almost all producer car ship-

ICE Futures Canada’s new wheat futures contract faces an uphill battle, says Neil Townsend, the CWB’s North American market analyst. PHOTO: ALLAN DAWSON

ments have been through the board. Handling producer cars in an open market will take a lot more co-ordination, White said. Knowing grain grades before shipping will be critical, he said. “And then we’ll have to orga-

nize the shipping to meet our sales program,” he said. “What we don’t want — and I don’t think any company wants — is the wrong grades at port.”

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Investment tax credits available to canola growers Producers can claim some of their checkoff manitoba canola growers association brief

The investment tax credits earned may be used as follows: •  Offset federal taxes owing in the current year; •  If no taxes are owing, a portion may be refunded to you in the year if you are an individual or all of the credit may be refunded if you are a corporation; •  Carried forward up to 10 years to offset federal taxes; •  Carried back up to three years to reduce federal tax paid in those years. MCGA is a member organization committed to maximizing net income from canola.

City of Brandon’s tax arrears list shows $266,000 owed by east-end flax-bottling plant By Daniel Winters co-operator staff


n the City of Brandon’s tax arrears list, last updated Feb. 21, there were more than 100 properties listed as being behind on their property taxes — including $266,000 owed by Shape Foods. J i m D o w n e y, a f o r m e r Manitoba cabinet minister, who along with three other investors bought the flax-crushing and -bottling plant for $5.1 million in 2009 after its first incarnation went into voluntary receivership, said the unpaid tax bill represented “a straightforward management decision” and that there was still “considerable time” to pay up. “It’s nothing more than a management decision. The taxes are too high anyway,”said Downey.

He added that the flax presses are now “running 24/7” and a shipment of raw materials was recently received at the plant. D ow n e y s a i d h e i s n o t involved in day-to-day operations anymore, and could not

sunflower and olive for sale as a health food supplement in 2007. At its peak, it employed 60 workers and contracted its flax from a producer group in the southwest of the province.

“It’s nothing more than a management decision. The taxes are too high anyway.”

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say how many staff were currently employed. Management did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The 6,300-square-metre plant was built at a cost of $30 million in 2006 and began bottling straight flax oil and blends with

Shape Foods, founded in 2004 by a group from Burnaby, B.C., originally set its sights on marketing a flax oil product to highend consumers in the United States. The oil’s omega-3 content was touted as a food supplement


that could help alleviate cardiovascular inflammation, and the company said it had developed a new, proprietary bottling process for giving the oil a shelf life of up to two years. The plant was built with $9 million in loans, of which $4.5 million was extended by the local Vanguard Credit Union and $4.1 million from the provincial government under the Manitoba Industrial Opportunities Program. An official with Manitoba Trade and Investment said he has helped promote Shape Food’s products both locally and abroad in the past few months, and expressed surprise to hear that the company was behind on its taxes. “As far as I know it’s business as usual,” he said.


Producers are entitled to obtain taxable benefits on canola checkoff deductions that are used to support research and development. Individual producers are entitled to claim investment tax credits at 20 per cent and the corporate producer rate for Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPC) is 35 per cent. Only part of the research and development conducted by the Manitoba Canola Growers Association qualifies for the tax credits. This is because research that is not done by an approved research facility does not qualify. Universities and the government agricultural research facilities are considered approved facilities. For 2011, the rate is 15.93 per cent of MCGA’s research funding will qualify for the tax credit. The 2010 rate was 11.65 per cent, the 2009 rate was 10.74 per cent, 2008 rate was 11.27 per cent, the 2007 rate was 23.087 per cent, 2006 rate was 24.67 per cent and the 2005 rate was 18.72 per cent. The 2004 rate was 23 per cent, the 2003 rate was 36 per cent, the 2002 rate was 22 per cent and the 2001 was 27 per cent. The following is an example of what a producer could claim: In 2011, a producer has contributed $200 to the canola checkoff program. That means that $31.86 of these checkoff dollars was invested into eligible R & D ($200 at 15.93 per cent). •  Individual producers would be entitled to claim $6.37 as their investment tax credit amount ($31.86 at 20 per cent). •  Corporate producers would be entitled to claim $11.15 as their investment tax credit amount ($31.86 at 35 per cent).

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Climate change blamed as hotter Australia faces more intense rains, droughts New report says temperatures have been rising each decade since the 1950s By David Fogarty singapore / reuters


ustralia faces a quickening pace of climate change, according to a snapshot of the nation’s weather. A new government report says rainfall trends are changing and temperatures warming across the country. The report, compiled by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, comes after 18 months of record rains in the country’s east, triggering floods that ended a devastating drought. Each decade has been warmer than the previous one since the 1950s, the report said, with rising greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, deforestation and agriculture blamed for the changes. “We’re certainly seeing where the rain is falling is changing,” said Megan Clark, CSIRO’s chief executive. “We’re seeing more in spring and summer... a monsoonal signature across Australia’s north, and more rainfall in central Australia.

A man stands near a weir at cotton producer Cubbie Station near Dirranbandi in Queensland, 600 km (373 miles) west of Brisbane, in this undated handout photograph obtained August 17, 2009. Cubbie Station, a Hong Kong-size farm long accused of draining too much water from the food bowl Murray-Darling River system, is considered a bogeyman at the centre of climate controversy in Australia.  photo: REUTERS/Cubbie Group Ltd./Handout

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On Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said the event was coming to an end, but rainfall in parts of Australia could still be above average. La Niña is a periodic warming of the Western Pacific Ocean. It normally triggers above-average rains and cooler weather across northern and eastern Australia and Southeast Asia. The opposite phenomenon, El Niño, usually brings drought and warmer weather. Clark said 2010-11 stood out for the peak rains and the equally record-breaking sea surface temperatures around northern Australia.

“This consistent rise in our sea surface temperatures has been a bit surprising,” she said. “The other thing we’re seeing is when the conditions are right for rain, we’re getting a lot of rain.” The report shows minimum Australian temperatures at night have warmed by more than 1.1 C since 1910, with most of this since 1960, and that the rate of very hot daytime temperatures, higher than 40 C, has been increasing since 1990. Sea levels since 1993 around Australia’s north and northwest have been rising seven to 11 millimetres a year, two to three times the global average.

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•  Past 15 years drier than average across the southeast, despite record rainfall in 2010 and 2011. •  The trend: Increased spring and summer monsoonal rainfall across Australia’s north; higher-than-normal rainfall across the centre, and a drop in late-autumn and winter rainfall across south.


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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Spring fertilizer demand strong Prices have risen dramatically since last year but farmers still need it By Adam Johnston, COMMODITY NEWS SERVICES CANADA


emand for fertilizer by western Canadian farmers looks solid ahead of spring planting. Supportive commodity prices are encouraging farmers to buy fertilizer in order to maximize yield potential in their crops this spring. However, challenges remain in some areas due to last spring’s wet conditions. Doug Chorney, president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers in Manitoba, said higher commodity prices have resulted in farmers locking in fertilizer needs before planting. Increased fertilizer costs are a concern to Manitoba farmers, Chorney said. Prices for hydrous ammonia fertilizer have dramatically increased in a year and a half from $650 per tonne in the fall of 2010 to currently $1,050 per tonne, he said. In response, farmers may choose crops that require less nitrogen-based fertilizer, including soybeans, Chorney said. In Alberta, fertilizer demand is strong, as farmers look forward to a productive planting season, said Humphrey Banack, vice-president of the Wildrose Agricultural Producers Association in Alberta. Banack said firm commodity values have resulted in Alberta farmers locking in fertilizer before spring planting in the hopes of achieving improved yield potential, he said. Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan said he expects farmers in western Saskatchewan to purchase more fertilizer in order to replenish depleted ground nutrients after last year’s successful harvest in that section of the province. L a s t s p r i n g ’s w e t conditions in easter n Saskatchewan washed away much of the nitrogen in the soil, Hall said. That’s created a need for nitrogen fertilizer headed into the spring, he said. However, reduced farmer income, due to last year’s disappointing crop, may limit what fertilizer farmers can buy in that region, he said. Hall expects more canola grown this season compared to wheat in Saskatchewan due to its higher profit potential. That increased interest in canola is also adding towards fertilizer demand, he said.

Latest Ag Canada forecast ups 2012-13 grain and oilseed production By Dwayne Klassen COMMODITY NEWS SERVICE CANADA


g r i c u l t u re a n d A g r i Food Canada has slightly increased its production estimates for the major grains and oilseeds for the upcoming crop year, which starts in August. The latest estimates from its market analysis division pegs total production at 70.320 million tonnes, up slightly from its February forecast of 70.120 million tonnes and 2011-12 production of 65.856 million. Ending stocks of the eight major grains and oilseeds in 2012-13 are now pegged at 11.305 million tonnes, down from Februar y’s projection of 11.705 million tonnes, but above the 2011-12 forecast of 10.310 million. Total exports for the 201213 crop year is projected at 3 3 .6 6 8 m il l ion tonne s, up

slightly from the Februar y forecast of 33.268 million and the 2011-12 estimate of 33.143 million. Total domestic usage of the various grains and oilseeds for the 2012-13 crop year is estimated at 37.490 million tonnes, which is down slightly from the 37.665 million projected in February. In 201112 domestic usage has been f o re c a s t a t 3 7 . 1 6 4 m i l l i o n tonnes. The eight major grains and oilseeds include: canola, flaxseed, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley, corn and rye. March estimates for Canadian 2012-13 and 201112 grain and oilseed supply and demand. Domestic usage numbers include food and industrial use as well as feed, waste, and dockage. In million metric tonnes. Source: Agr iculture and Agr i-Food Canada.

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Feb. 15

26.100 4.400 9.000 11.200 3.550 15.400 0.370 4.200

26.300 4.500 9.000 11.200 3.550 15.000 0.370 4.200

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Exports 2011-12 25.261 4.172 7.756 10.689 2.997 14.165 0.368 4.246



Mar. 15

Feb. 15

17.800 3.500 1.800 0.400 2.200 8.400 0.325 2.600

17.800 3.500 1.600 0.400 2.200 8.000 0.325 2.600

Domestic Usage 2012-13


Mar. 15

Feb. 15

8.340 0.920 6.842 12.000 1.070 6.975 0.085 1.850

8.540 1.020 6.842 12.000 1.045 6.975 0.085 1.850

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2011-12 17.200 3.500 1.800 0.400 2.150 8.400 0.350 2.700

Ending Stocks 2011-12 8.777 1.076 6.639 11.717 0.986 6.908 0.117 1.748



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6.500 1.200 1.200 1.450 0.950 0.850 0.065 0.250

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Buyers snapping up farmland across Western Canada After a couple of good years, there’s a lot of cash around looking for a home By Phil Franz-Warkentin COMMODITY NEWS SERVICE CANADA


ptimism in the agricultural sector has many western Canadian farmers looking to add to their land base this spring. That strong demand, together with a lack of willing sellers, is causing land prices to continue to move higher across Western Canada, according to real estate agents specializing in farmland. “There seems to be new people every day looking to buy more acres,” said real estate agent Grant Tweed, of Century 21 West-Man Realty in Brandon, Manitoba, noting that the demand was largest for good grain land. While strength in the cattle market was also helping the market for pasture land see some

improvement, the gains there were not as large. “Every sale seems to set a new plateau, with land that was $1,500 (per acre) a year ago probably drawing $2,000 right now,” said Tweed. Farmers benefiting from good commodity prices are looking to add to their operations, with “a lot of cash floating around looking for a home,” said Tweed. He said more younger farmers were also looking to get into the industry.

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“For grain land – we can’t get enough to sell,” said Harold Goritz of Winnipeg-based Delta Real Estate, adding that what does come on the market is not there for long and sells for “higher prices than we’re used to.”

Goritz said the price of grain land is unlikely to go down, but a downturn in commodity prices could at least slow the upward move in land values. Demand for pasture land is also starting to improve, he added. “There’s a real interest in land at this time,” said Bob Lane, of Lane Realty in Regina, Saskatchewan. “At the same time, a lot of people are happy to own their land.” Lane said high commodity prices are making for a good market for both the seller and the buyer. When property comes on the market it sells quickly — whereas in other years it may have taken a longer time, said Lane.


The demand for land is coming from both local farmers looking to expand their exist-

ing operations, and buyers from other parts of the country, according to the real estate agents. Lane said the strong Canadian dollar and weaker euro has slowed some of the demand from European buyers that had shown considerable interest in Western Canada in recent years. However, he said the international interest these days was coming primarily from South Africa. The high land prices have risen to the extent where it is not as profitable to buy land and rent it out, as the returns are better in other investments, said Lane. That being said, the demand for rental land is there, and many retiring farmers with land to rent out are choosing to do just that.



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Looming political fight puts U.S. farmers on battlefield Analysis: It usually takes a year to draft new Farm Bill but the cost of failure may be too high to bear By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON / REUTERS


.S. lawmakers are short on time and money to make the biggest cuts in agriculture in a generation and failure risks unintentionally driving up food prices and adding to an already onerous deficit. Fractious Republicans and Democrats may wait until the last minute to agree to significant cuts to farm supports amid historically high crop prices. The U.S. farm law, mammoth legislation that covers everything from food stamps to soil erosion, expires Sept. 30 and without a new one or extension, a 1949 law — the bogeyman of Farm Bill showdowns — automatically goes into effect. It would limit plantings and have the government pay farmers up to twice what crops would sell for on the open market — pushing up farm subsidies and grocery bills. The issue could be a factor in the fall elections. Iowa, the No. 1 corn, soybean and hog state, is one of the toss-up states where the fight between President Barack Obama and the eventual Republican nominee will be fiercest. So are Ohio and Wisconsin, also agricultural powers. Two changes are all but certain if there is a new Farm Bill — an end to the $5-billion-a-year “direct payment” subsidy that is paid regardless of need and the return of millions of acres of idle farmland to crop production. However, odds are long that the bill can get done because of the legislative gridlock expected by mid-year due to election year politics and budget pressures. Congress usually needs a year or more to enact a farm law. Analyst Mark McMinimy of consultants Guggenheim Partners says, “this is about as dysfunctional a Congress as you can remember.” But his “low-confidence assumption” is a bill will be enacted this year “because the budget situation is going to be worse next year.” Farm policy experts and half a dozen major U.S. farm groups are calling for a new insurance system that would protect revenue against disastrous drop in incomes while allowing the government to save money on a five-year farm law. A sizable number of growers, however, particularly rice and peanut farmers, are skeptical revenue protection will be a good deal for them. They prefer the decades-old system, with a dose of higher support prices. There is strong sentiment in farm country that a strong crop insurance program should be top priority, even if other farm supports wither. As a result, Congress is on track for a farm law that lets farmers choose the approach they want.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012



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COUNTRY CROSSROADS connecting rur a l communities

Good marketing means fully engaging customers Farmers pursuing direct-zmarketing ventures are paying attention to customer demand to not only buy something but learn something, says NADFMA president

Creative and attractive displays of farm product, like this one at Carter Mountain in Charlottesville, Virginia are a huge draw to the public.   photo: cynthia childs

North American Farm Direct Marketing Association president Kerry Engel whose home base is Edmonton spoke at the Direct Farm Marketing Conference in Gimli about ways Manitoba farms can create enticing environments for eating, shopping and creating memorable experiences.   photo: lorraine stevenson By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff /gimli


he Canadian Prairies’ lack of people and long distance between places doesn’t mean there aren’t good opportunities for selling direct from your farm, said a speaker at Manitoba’s Direct Farm Marketing Conference March 10. “It’s about being really good at marketing and understanding your customer,” said Kerry Engel, president of the North American Direct Farm Marketing Association (NADFMA) and who gave the keynote address to the Gimli conference. Engel has visited farms that direct market product or focus on agri-tourism all across Canada, the U.S. and parts of the U.K. and says a good business plan will make this work in lower-density areas too. “It’s all about having a really good product and not spreading yourself too thin and doing one thing really, really well,” said Engel who works for the Alberta government’s rural extension department as the manager of its food and health unit. She shared dozens of examples of direct-marketing ventures, large and small, and the marketing savvy that makes them successful.

local” is about not just buying local food, but knowing how to grow, preserve and cook some of your own, she said. The NAdfMA members’ innovative ventures include “farm to family” farmers’ market buses, or mobile farmers’ markets and observation hives at farms that sell honey. One farm that sells on-farm produce hosts a “Thursday night sunset” event inviting visitors to the farm to watch it. “Does that boost sales? You bet it does,” said Engel. The most successful farms engage their visitors with creative and whimsical displays. Engel


Farmers are tapping into the voracious demand for local food by selling not only their farmgrown product but their knowledge of food production, said Engel. Farmers doing direct marketing are opening on-farm kitchens and delis, and teaching people how to preserve food, make sausage or prune trees, she said. The “new

“It’s about being really good at marketing and understanding your customer.” Kerry Engel

North American Direct Farm Marketing Association president

Delightful exhibits and experiences like this "wheel your own smoothy” venture at a farmers' market in Baltimore are what draw crowds and make for repeat and happy customers.   photo: kerry engel

showed slides of farms selling bedding plants displayed in antique bed frames, and horse farms with real horse tails attached to murals of horses’ behinds. Other farms specialize in hosting birthday parties and weddings. NAdfMA members are responding to current trends. One is a growing consumer demand to learn something while they’re being entertained. “People want to be edu-tained,” she said. The other is demand for local. Engel said she predicted 15 years ago that consumers would start to want to buy direct from farmers and began encouraging farmers in the mid-1990s to start thinking about that. She also recalls the pushback she received, being told not to encourage direct selling of farm product. “To say I feel vindicated now is an understatement,” she told the 130 participants at the DFMC. “We are in the throes of the local movement right now.”

Local movement

Engel anticipates increasing interest not merely in buying local food, but in producing some of it oneself, plus continued demand for sustainability, authenticity, freshness, purity and ethics surrounding food production. “And this sentiment comes with expectations,” she said. “The consumer is going to be harder on us. People are redefining quality. We are seeing a more holistic approach, thankfully, away from nutrients to whole food.” Her presentation kicked off the second day of the DFMC which held workshops on culinary tourism, setting up great-looking farmers’ market booths and roadside stands, and connecting with consumers. MAFRI staff organizing the conference estimated as much as one-third of those attending were first-time participants at the conference. Among them was Gabi Sponagel-Ridder, a farm management instructor in the School of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. Sponagel-Ridder said she was impressed with the conference content and would be taking home ideas to share with students. In the last couple of years she’s noted increasing interest among more students in taking direct-to-consumer approaches. “We do have several students who are interested in marketing their own products,” she said. “We have students interested in direct marketing and farming on a smaller scale. There seems to be a lot of interest in that now.” DFMC participants were also encouraged to gear up for a third Open Farm Day in 2012. The date of this year’s day-long event, where farms across Manitoba host visitors, will be September 16.


The Manitoba Co-Operator | March 22, 2012



Send your recipes or recipe request to: Manitoba Co-operator Recipe Swap Box 1794, Carman, Man. ROG OJO or email:

Slow cooker ideal for spring

White Bean Turkey Chili

Turkey isn’t just for the holidays Lorraine Stevenson Crossroads Recipe Swap


he Manitoba Turkey Producers and Granny’s Poultry Co-operative have published a brand new glossy magazine Great Taste Healthy Living this month that aims to get you eating more turkey more often. It’s also a great guide for using a slow cooker to make easy meals in minutes. Great Taste Healthy Living explains the use of a slow cooker, contains coupons for purchase of turkey cuts and includes 11 delicious recipes that take 15 minutes or less to prepare. They hope this promotion helps more see how versatile turkey meat is, and to encourage us to eat it more often than as a whole bird on a holiday, said MTP’s communications co-ordinator Krista Pratt. “We really want to promote turkey for everyday use,” she said. “This is a way to really showcase turkey in everyday meals.” All the recipes in Great Taste Healthy Living were developed by Chef Jason Wortzman, who says he was inspired from meals he ate while travelling to create some of these dishes. Turkey lends itself very well to recipes that traditionally call for lamb or chicken, Wortzman points out, adding that turkey thighs and drumsticks are also best suited for slow cooker preparation, which is why the dark leg meat is the choice of meat for most of the recipes. Great Taste Healthy Living makes me want to get the slow cooker out again. I tend to pack it away at winter’s end but this cookbook reminds us how helpful slow cookers are year round for getting quick and healthy meals on the table. For a farm family, especially in the spring (and fall), this is an ideal way to have a warm, homecooked and nutritious meal waiting the minute you walk in the door. Want a copy of your own? Call Manitoba Turkey Producers at (204) 489-4635. Log on to Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Ltd.’s website www. or Manitoba Turkey Producers’ site at If you’re at the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon next week stop by Food Manitoba’s booth. They’ll have copies there too.

Did you know? Fifty-eight farmers in Manitoba raise turkey year round with an average farm producing 7,000 turkeys three times a year. In total, Manitoba turkey producers raise approximately 1.4 million turkeys or about 11 million kg of homegrown fresh turkey a year. Canadians ate about 4.2 kg of turkey per person last year. And while the whole bird remains popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are increasing our consumption of turkey parts the rest of the year. Statistics from the turkey industry show annual sales of turkey parts and processed turkey products in Canada increased from 10 million kg in 1993 to 17.9 million kg in 2011. An estimated 76 million kg of turkey was purchased at retail last year. Of that 57.9 million kg was whole bird purchases.


Turkey Drumstick Cassoulet 1.5 kg Granny’s turkey drumsticks 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 c. onion, diced 2 tbsp. garlic, diced 1/4 c. red wine 1 796-ml can low-sodium whole tomatoes 1 c. homemade or low-sodium turkey or chicken stock 1 540-ml can Romano beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 c. chopped Swiss chard or baby spinach

Brown drumsticks in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat, then place into slow cooker. Sauté onion and garlic until translucent. Add red wine, simmer for five minutes and scrape the bottom of the pan. Drain tomatoes. Chop and add to pan. Add stock, beans and seasoning, then stir. Add tomato and bean mixture to slow cooker and cook on low for 5.5 hours. Set on high for 20 minutes and stir in Swiss chard or spinach. Serve with mashed potatoes or fresh cooked pasta and parmesan cheese.

2 450-g pkgs. Granny’s boneless, skinless turkey thighs cut into 3/4-inch pieces 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 c. onion, fined diced 1 tsp. garlic, finely chopped 1 127-ml can chopped green chilis 1 796-ml can low-sodium tomatoes, chopped and drained 1 540-ml can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 tsp. chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, chopped (add two more for heat) 1 tsp. sea salt 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro 1 avocado, chopped 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

Heat oil in a pan, lightly brown turkey and onions and then add garlic. Add green chilis, tomatoes, kidney beans, chipotle peppers and salt. Stir together until well blended and then carefully transfer contents of the pan into the slow cooker. Place lid on slow cooker then cook on low setting for four hours. Serve chili topped with cilantro, avocado and green onion. Recipe source: Courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman/ Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 4 hours. Serves: 6.

Recipe source: Courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman/ Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 5.5 hours. Serves: 4 to 6.

Recipe Swap I received a very nice note from June Nordman of Cypress River recently and she sent us a couple of her favourite recipes too. Thanks, June! Here is one of them.

Amazing Corn Cake 1 can (14 oz.) cream-style corn 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 3/4 c. sugar 3 eggs 1 c. vegetable oil 1 tbsp. baking powder 2-1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 c. raisins 1/2 c. chopped nuts

In a mixing bowl combine corn and sugars. Add eggs and oil; beat until well blended. Combine dry ingredients. Add to batter and mix well. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool completely. CARAMEL FROSTING 4 tbsp. butter or margarine 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/4 c. milk 2 to 3 c. sifted icing sugar

Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Stir in icing sugar until frosting is desired consistency. Frost cooled cake. Yields: 12 to 15 servings.


Recipe Swap I’m always happy to hear from readers with your recipes and suggestions for columns!

Manitoba Co-operator Recipe Swap Box 1794, Carman, Man. ROG OJO Or email:


The Manitoba Co-Operator | March 22, 2012



strong south wind rattled the windows of the Jackson house and howled noisily through the eavestroughs. The last vestiges of snow melted rapidly on the roof and formed a small river at the bottom of the downspout at the southeast corner of the house, and a pair of crows argued noisily in the big old elm tree that stood in the front yard. Spring was very definitely in the air. Rose Jackson stood at the window gazing out at the dreary grey countryside for a minute before turning to her husband Andrew, who was sprawled full length, half asleep, on the couch. “Shove over sweetheart,” she said. Andrew opened one eye, then closed it again. “Shove over eh?” he said. “Good to see the romance hasn’t died.” He pulled his feet up to make room for Rose to sit, which she did. Andrew stretched his legs back out and plopped his feet onto her lap. “The socks are clean,” he said. “Good to know,” said Rose. She took his left foot in her hands and began to gently work her thumbs into the base of the toes. Andrew sighed happily. “Foot massage,” he said. “Baby, you know what I like.” Rose smiled and kept working. “My good man,” she said. Andrew opened both eyes and studied her for a second. “What brought that on?” he asked. Rose paused for a moment, gathering her thoughts. “When I was a little girl,” she said, “I used to dream about what I wanted my future to be like. I pictured a farmhouse with a white picket fence, three or four happy children running about, horses and cows in the pasture and a sweet but ruggedly handsome man looking after it all.” She paused. “You made all of my dreams come true,” she said. “That makes you my good man.” “We don’t have a white picket fence,” said Andrew. “That’s true,” said Rose. “In my dream we also had a nicer couch. And a very impractical red convertible of some kind. But those are just the unimportant details.”


Jacksons By Rollin Penner

“Wow, your dreams were very specific,” said Andrew, “and, I might add, somewhat clichéd.” “I had a vivid imagination,” said Rose, “but I admit I wasn’t particularly creative. But look how it all turned out. I got everything I really wanted.” Andrew smiled. “You’re the lucky one,” he said. “You had dreams.” “Didn’t you?” said Rose. Andrew grinned. “My dreams mostly revolved around what I hoped my mother might make for

dinner the next day.” He paused. “Although when I got a little older I did begin to dream about the possibility that one day I would meet a beautiful woman whom I would fool into thinking I was a good guy and then I’d marry her and just try to keep her thinking that for as long as possible. And so far that’s working out pretty well.” Rose gave Andrew’s foot a little dig with her thumb. “You know what a man can do to help keep his woman thinking he’s a good guy?” she said. “What?” asked Andrew. “Buy her a new couch every 20 years or so,” said Rose. “That really helps to maintain the illusion.” “Speaking of which,” said Andrew, “I was thinking that we should go furniture shopping. I have had many good sleeps on this old sectional but I have to say it’s getting a little ratty. How long have we had it? Eighteen years or so? Maybe we should get a new one for the grandkids to jump on.” “Wow,” said Rose. “You catch on fast.” “They don’t call me the master of illusion for nothing,” said Andrew. “My plan is to keep you thinking I’m a good man till the day you die.” “Well, you’re doing a good job,” said Rose. “Here’s what we should do,” said Andrew. “We should take a weekend and go to the city to shop for a couch, and we should get a room at one of the hotels that has a spa in it and we should get a couple’s massage. I thought of that just now because of what you’re doing to my foot. What do you think?” “I think you have ulterior motives,” said Rose. Andrew put on a pained expression. “Now what would make you say that?” he asked. “You’ve already fooled me into thinking you’re a good guy by suggesting we get a new couch,” said Rose, “and now you’re going to fool me into thinking you’re sweet and romantic as well, by suggesting we get a couple’s massage. Well, I have news for you, sir.” “What?” said Andrew. “Your plan is working,” said Rose. “The illusion is almost perfect.” “Only almost?” said Andrew. Rose grinned. “There is still the matter,” she said, “of the white picket fence.”

Growing from seed

Start pansies and violas this month to have good-size plants for spring By Albert Parsons

Pansy seeds are among those that require total darkness to promote germination.



ne of the first flowers to make an appearance in the spring garden is the pansy — and it is one of the last to cease blooming in the fall. Pansies are definitely coolweather plants, and in fact, they sometimes take a blooming holiday in midsummer during the hottest weather, and that is acceptable because many other plants are in full bloom to take up the slack. If pansies and violas are to be a decent size for transplanting into the garden in the spring, they must be seeded indoors in March. The seed is not a fast germinator and the plants are rather slow growing, so they must get a good head start. To encourage germination, pansy seed should be pre-chilled in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before it is planted. Pansy and viola seeds are best planted in a sterile soilless mix and the seeds should be covered with a light dusting of fine medium just to cover them. The planting medium should be


pre-moistened and kept moist during the germination process. The best way to keep the medium moist is to enclose the planted container in a plastic bag, but to ensure that there is no undue buildup of moisture inside the bag, open it periodically to make sure moisture levels are appropriate — if there is too much moisture moulds or fungus diseases might develop.

Pansy seeds are among those that require total darkness to promote germination. Covering the planted container with black plastic or several thicknesses of newspaper will block out the light. They also prefer cool germination temperatures, which is rather uncommon, as we often tend to place germination trays where there is lots of warmth. The best germinating tempera-

tures for pansy and viola seeds is 18 to 20 C. Germination may be uneven and take as long as three weeks although some seeds may germinate within the first two weeks. You may wish to coat the seeds with a fungicide before planting them by adding a bit of fungicide powder to the seed pack and shaking it to coat the seeds with the powder. Of course, take adequate precautions when handling chemicals of any type. Remove the covering and expose the seedlings to good, strong, indirect light immediately after germination has occurred. Seedlings soon elongate if they do not receive enough light. The best plants will be obtained if the seedlings

are grown in a cool environment — the growth will be slower but the plants will be shorter and more compact. Pansy seedlings are prone to damping off so ensure good air circulation and let the soil surface dry out between waterings, and do not keep the medium too wet. Pansy and viola seedlings are ideal candidates for growing on in an outdoor cold frame where they will get lots of direct sun and not get too leggy. Cool nights will not bother them nor will any spells of cool weather. It is safe to plant them into the outdoor garden in early May, particularly if the plants have been hardened off sufficiently in a cold frame as they will tolerate any late-spring frosts without any adverse effects. Pansies and violas can be used as annuals, but when doing your fall cleanup, consider leaving the plants in place as they very likely will survive the winter and be one of the first plants to bloom in the garden the following spring. Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba


The Manitoba Co-Operator | March 22, 2012


From big city to small community Foreign exchange student living with host family in Kenton, Manitoba By Darrell Nesbitt Freelance contributor


oming from a city of 200,000 and a land of millions, the rural Manitoba farming community of Kenton may seem like a strange place for a Japanese exchange student to visit. However, 17-year-old Natsumi Yoshida, who is involved in the Global Partners Institute, says she is enjoying every minute with her host family, the community, and the new friendships being made. “While I come from Uji city, Kyoto, Japan, located in the middle of the country, I enjoy the small-town living. It is very different from what I am used to, but it is peaceful and comfortable,” said Yoshida. “In saying that, I do enjoy going places on the weekend though, to get a change of scenery.” Her city back home is one of the traditional cities in Japan, so there are a lot of temples, shrines and famous places. Kyoto has a population of over 2-1/2 million citizens. Really interested in studying abroad, Yoshida checked out a number of exchange student programs through her Japanese school. Upon writing an English test and being interviewed, she passed both which allowed her to become an exchange student. “I knew I was going to Canada, but I couldn’t choose the province or town,” Yoshida said. “It wasn’t until two weeks before I was to leave that I found out I was going to Manitoba, and subsequently the Westman region.” Coming to Manitoba at the age of 16, Yoshida took up residence with Jeff and Marilyn Martinook in Kenton. Sharing a room with her host sister, 15-yearold Schylar, and sharing laughs with host brother, Gage (14), have brought forth special bonds and really good friendships. Celebrating a birthday in September, the 17-year-old

Natsumi Yoshida of Japan is enjoying time with host sister and brother, Schylar, (l), and Gage Martinook, and being a Hamiota Collegiate student.   PHOTO: DARRELL NESBITT

is among the Grade 11 class attending the Hamiota Collegiate Institute (HCI). Yoshida will head home immediately after the semester ends in June, and will begin her Grade 12 year in the fall. Yoshida said she really likes learning the English language and her favourite school subject is math. With her favourite sport being volleyball, she was happy to have the opportunity to play on HCI’s varsity team. With a number of sports readily available for students in Manitoba, compared to Japan where a student is allowed only one club sport, Yoshida is also hoping to play a little badminton and maybe baseball. And while the Martinooks are not required to widen the experiences, as a host family they love to show their special guest what Manitoba and certain places in Canada are all about.

Make time

for tea NDSU Extension Service

Throughout its 5,000-year history, drinking tea has been a relaxing, social ritual. In fact, tea is the second most popular beverage in the world next to water. Non-herbal tea is derived from the Camellia senensis plant and tea is one of the leading sources of flavonoids, which are antioxidant compounds that may fight chronic disease. All tea starts out “green.” Black tea has undergone fermentation or oxidation to develop certain flavour profiles, oolong tea undergoes a moderate amount of fermentation, while green tea is not fermented. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers have studied the role of tea in health with promising results, and found that drinking it might promote weight loss and heart health. USDA researchers reported that when their study volunteers drank tea (without cream or sugar) instead of an equal amount of water, they burned an extra 67 calories a day. They noted that the tea may play a role in preferentially burning fat. Another study highlighted the potential role of tea in lowering blood cholesterol among people with mildly high blood cholesterol. The participants consumed five servings of black tea per day,

Darrell Nesbitt writes from Shoal Lake, Manitoba


A gift of love By Coco Aders

Studies are showing there may be some health benefits to this ancient beverage By Julie Garden-Robinson

“We have been to Winnipeg, Jasper, Alta., Asessippi Ski Hill & Resort, Clear Lake, and we will be visiting Panorama, B.C., this spring break to watch my host brother race on the ski slopes,” said Yoshida. “We also hope to visit my host dad’s parents in Arizona this March.” For some in her position, it would be hard not to miss parents and family thousands of kilometres away, and while Yoshida says she misses them some, missing her school in Japan is another story. “I miss my school in Japan very much, but that is mostly because I miss my friends,” said Yoshida. “I can email or Skype my parents, Shogo (dad) and Junko (mom), along with my 14-year-old sister Mayuka, and grandparents Toshiyuki and Tatsu, but we don’t keep in contact with each other any more than we need to as I feel it’s not a good idea to communicate too much in Japanese.” The educational opportunities Yoshida has been given as an exchange student in and out of school, are not taken for granted. Yoshida said she is more than happy to come to this area of North America, and would definitely recommend this trip and experiences being shared to other Japanese students. Yoshida considers herself one of the lucky ones, as she said some kids couldn’t come to Canada because of the earthquake that happened on March 11, 2011. “Some families who had a son or daughter in this situation lost everything. They lost their homes, plus they have no money, no food, and no water. They lost everything. The opportunity to be involved in the Global Partners exchange was dashed for many others. “Truly I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, to share experiences from my homeland and learn about Canucks,” she said.

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along with a carefully controlled diet. The blood cholesterol levels of the participants decreased by up to 10 per cent in less than three weeks. However, the researchers caution that more work is needed to understand the complex role of tea. In the meantime, sipping a cup is a pretty good idea. Here’s how to brew the perfect pot: • Fill a kettle with fresh, cold water and place on a burner. • Add hot water to a teapot, preferably one made of glass or pottery, to warm it. Using a metal teapot may result in a metallic taste in your final beverage. • Next, add the loose tea to the empty, warmed teapot, adding one spoonful of tea for each cup of water plus “one for the teapot.” If you use tea bags, use one bag less than the desired number of cups. • When the water in the kettle comes to a rolling bowl, pour it in the teapot and cover. Allow it to brew for three to six minutes. • Finally, pour through the tea strainer and enjoy. Serve with a citrus slice if preferred. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD R.D., 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.

My sister-in-law has multiple health problems and needs a cane to walk safely. She’s been given walking sticks, hiking sticks and a normal cane. The problem is, however, that she has nothing in her collection that is pretty — you know — to dress up and go out. I remedied that with a pretty floral scarf as inspiration. Supplies: • Wooden cane • Metal hanger • Paint (spray paint or small can of paint) • Paintbrush (if brushing on the paint) • Mod Podge (a clear glue sealer found in most craft supply stores) • Paper flowers cut from magazines, napkins etc. • Spray can of clear urethane Directions: Remove the cane tip and apply two coats of matte-finish paint over the whole cane. Hang it to dry on the thinnest wire hanger available so as to mark the underside of the handle as little as possible. Either a spray can or a brush can be used as long as the resulting finish is fairly smooth under the paper flowers. While the paint is drying, cut flowers and leaves out of magazines, paper napkins or wrapping paper. They should be cut from paper that is quite thin, or they will be difficult to bend and won’t lay flush around the cane. When the paint is dry, apply Mod Podge to both sides of each flower and leaf. Wrap the individual flowers and leaves around the cane, adding

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AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Westman FARM AUCTION FOR Victor Van De Spiegle Saturday, April 7th 10:00am from the east end of Treherne, MB 1 mile South 1/2 mile West 3 miles South & 1/4 mile West Terms Cash or Cheque w/ID Lunch served Equipment starts at 1:00pm w/online Tractors & Cat Crawler 1953 D6 Caterpillar w/12-ft. hyd angle Blade & canopy 2001, 7610 JD MFD w/740 JD Loader, 16.9R28 & 18.4R42 fact 3-PTH PTO 3 hyds, creeper gear LH reverser 4,000 hrs Extra Bucket w/grapple & pallet fork to fit above 2009 5425 JD mech frt 3-PTH 2-SPD PTO loader (floater) w/joystick 500 original hrs JD RD Bale Spear 1981 4490 Case 4,480-hrs (w/150-hrs on rebuilt eng) 4 hyds PS 20.8x34 fact duals 1955 D Case Combines 1989 1680 Case IH Axial Flow w/1015 header field ready last year 3,600 eng hrs 1987 7721 Titan II JD w/new feeder chain & sprockets 1986 25-ft Westward 7000 SP Swather Cab & air ANNOUNCEMENTS 21-ft. IHC 75 PT Swather Grain Bins & Grain Equip 3, 2300-bu Meridian Hopper Bins w/3HP aeration DP2371_PPAC_Classified 1 5, 1,800-bu Westeel Hopper Bins 3 w/air GUNMB.indd & MILITARIA SHOW 2/24/12 10:32 AM 1, 2,100-bu Lode King Hopper Bin Sunova Centre 2, 1,450-bu Lode King Hopper Bins West St Paul Rec Centre 3, 3,200-bu flat bottom Westeel Bins 48 Holland Rd 40-ft. bottom cross auger Located North of the 32-ft. top cross auger North Perimeter Hwy 60-ft. Grain leg (5-in. cups) between McPhillips & Main St 9x28-in. w/13 hole distributor off Kapelus Rd -----------------------------------------------------WINNIPEG, MB. The Owner will supply a Crane for Dismantle SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012 and Loading and Reserves the right to accept or reject the final bid on these 2 items. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. -------------------------------------------------------Adults $4.00 – Women free 2, 20-ft. Grain legs 5x12 Children under 12 accompanied 1, 50-ft. Grain leg by an adult free 3 Simon Day Cleaners There will be dealers Kip Kelly SY300 Gravity Cleaner from Ontario, Saskatchewan Plot Hance Cleaner and Manitoba Down Spouting & Couplers Show Sponsored by the MCC of C Emerson Wild Oat Kicker 400-bu. Gravity Tank 125-bu. Gravity tank AIRPLANES 300-bu. Gravity Bin on Metal Stand Grain Bagger & Scale w/Hopper Electric Grain Monitor Censor System WANTED: CESSNA 172 SKYHAWK 1968 219675 Assortment of HD Electric Cable w/Lycoming motor, preferred long range tanks. St. Model 300 Grain Chief Dryer Jean. Phone:(204)758-3897. 2 Dust collectors 16-ft. Haul All Drill Fill 13-ft. Bag Conveyor 10x40-ft. 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DON RICHMOND CYPRESS RIVER, MB. FARM RETIREMENT AUCTION Tues., Apr 17th 11:00am 1/2-mi East of Cypress River, 1-mi S. 1993 Ford Vers 846 4WD w/18.4x38 clamp on duals, 4 remotes & return line, 12SPD, 3,875 original hrs; 1991 Ford 8730 MFD, p/s, 20.8Rx38 radial factory duals, 16.9x28 front rubber, 3-PTH, 4 remotes, 540 & 1000 PTO, 2,275 original hrs; 1992 Case IH 1680 SP combine w/1015 PU header, chopper, big spreaders, long auger, long sieves, cross flow fan, 30.5L32 rubber, 14.9x24 rear, 2,710 original hrs; Case IH 810 22.5-ft. straight header w/big auger & batt reel; Case IH 810 22.5-ft. straight header w/sm auger, Sunflower attachment & batt reel; Prairie Star 25-ft. hyd fold PTO swather w/MacDon PU reel & crop lifters; Bourgault 8810 33-ft. air seeder cultivator, 10-in. spacings, air package, mulchers & disc markers, sold w/Bourgault 2155 air tank, hyd drive, single chute, loading auger; JD 634 32-ft. tandem disc w/smooth blades & scrapers; White 20.5-ft. 271 tandem disc w/smooth blades & harrows; 2007 Delmar 5500M medium duty 70-ft. hyd harrow outfit; Bourgault 60-ft. harrow packer bar w/spray kit, 5 bar harrows & packers; IHC Cyclone 40 8-36 planter w/transport & markers; IHC #770 6x16 plow w/auto reset; Westgo 4 row 36-in. 3-PTH row cultivator; 2, 16-ft. IHC 300 discers w/Martin hitch; 1978 Chev C65 w/16-ft. Midland box, Nordic hoist, 5&2, 366 gas, roll tarp, 900x20 rear, 98,000-kms; 1986 Chev Capri Classic Brougham loaded only 155,000-km; 14-ft. Haul-All w/hyd augers; Westfield TR 10-in.x51-ft. auger w/hyd side swing hopper; Westfield 41-ft.x7-in. auger w/B&S 13-HP engine & Wheatheart bin sweep; Potato Growers consignment: 1985 Ford F-900 auto, tandem, cab & chassis, DSL; 1974 GMC C-6500 good 427 engine, 5x2 trans, tag axle, 20-ft.x8.5-ft. box; 1966 Chev 292 engine, 5x2 trans, single axle, 14-ft. steel Cancade box; 1974 Ford F250 3/4-ton, 4-SPD trans; 1976 GMC C6000, 350 engine, 5x2 trans, 14-ft.x8.5-ft. box w/hoist, 26,187-mi; IHC #45 Vibrashank cultivator, 28-ft. MacDon 972 25-ft. PU reel w/9030 Bi-directional header adaptor; MacDon 25-ft. bat reel for 960 header. Plus other farm equip. For info call Don (204)743-2180 Cell (204)526-5391. Watch web sites: Murray Rankin Auctions Killarney, MB. Murray (204)534-7401 Ross Taylor Auction Service Reston, MB. Ross (204)8773834 Brock (204)522-6396

MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Auction Alex Abas Sat., May 5th, 11:00am Fisher Branch, MB. Location: North 7-mi on Hwy 17 then East 6-mi at Jct 325 & Hwy 17 (Marble Ridge Rd) Auction Note: Be on TIME! Not a lot of Small Items! Main Item Shedded! Rent out Land! Everything Sells to the Highest Bidder! Contact: (780)215-1902. Tractors & Truck: JD 3155 MFWA H L Range Cab 3-PH 540/1000 Dual hyd w/JD 740 SL FEL w/Grapple & Front Stone Fork 15.737-hrs; JD 4440 cab 540/1000 Dual hyd w/18.4x38 Dual & Frt Wgt 7,600-hrs; 77 Ford 600 gas 5-SPD x2, w/15-ft. Grain B&H Roll Tarp, 72,000-m; Haying Equip: JD 1600A, 14-ft. Hydra Swing Hay Bine; JD 535 RD Baler, Hyd Tie, Wheel Guide; 40-ft. Semi Flat Deck Hay Trailer w/Dolly; Vicon 3-PH 2 Wheel Swath Turner; 3-PH Bale Roller; FEL Quick Tache Bale Forks; 3-PH Bale Forks; NH Side Delivery Rake; Grass Seed Broad Caster; Grain & Tillage Equip: JD 7700 DSL Turbo Combine Chopper, 4,500-hrs; Intl 230 gas 16-ft. Swather; Ezee-on 14-ft. Offset Disc; Intl 6200 12-ft. Press Drill SA FA GA w/Rubber Press Factory Transport; Intl 5000 22.5-ft. Cult w/Mulchers; JD 100 12-ft. Deep Tiller; JD 14-ft. Model 1630 Disc; Kendan 4 Wheel Hopper Trailer; Swath Roller; Grainery & Augers: Westeel Rosco 2,000-bus Bin plus Hopper; NRW 1,500-bus Hopper Bin; 2) Westeel 2,000-bus Bins; 1) Westeel 1,350-bus Bin; Westeel 14-ft. Diameter, 2 Ring Ext; Westeel 1,350-bus Bin; Westfield 7-in. 31-ft. Gas Elec Start Auger; Westfield 10-in. 51-in. PTO Auger (side Feed); Westfield Hyd 13-in. Drill Fill; Fanning Mill; Livestock Equip: Peerless 500 Roller Mill Mix Mill; Silver Lake Mfg Trailer Hyd Post Pounder; Port Metal Loading Chute; High Qual Maternity Pen; Port Crowding Tub; Chuck Norris Cattle Oiler; 4) 30-ft. Self Standing Wind Break Panels; Approx 25 Metal Corral Panels & Gates; 15) Metal Rd Bale Feeders; 10) 10-ft. Metal Bunk Feeders; Self Locking Head Gates; 200-bus Metal Port Creep Self Feeder; 4) 30-ft. Self Standing Panels; 2) Ritchie Auto Waterer; Metal Water Trough; Salt & Mineral Tubs; Misc: 2) Gas Water Pumps; 2) Fuel Tanks & Stands 1) 300 1) 500-gal; 150-gal Fuel Slip Tank w/12V Pump; Onan Gas Engine; 1000 20 Tires & Rims; 18.4x38 Tires; Antiques: Int Breaker Plow. Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027

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; 1995 Rogator 854 w/90 FF boom, w/extra set of tires, new engine in 2009, 5.9L Cummins, nozzles for spraying; Roll-lift electric stacker Fork Lift, 2,500-lb capacity at 24-in. load centre; Blue Giant series 30 Walkie stacker electric Fork lift, 3,000-lb capacity at 24-in. load centre; 6 double NH3 tanks on HD trailers, both twin 1,000-gal & twin 250-gal tanks; 2 other NH3 trailers; 3 FK 10-inx70ft. augers w/swing out hoppers; 2 Batco 10-in.x70-ft. belt conveyors; 6 Meridian hopper bins w/steel base, epoxy coated, 130-ton, like new; 2005 Chev Silverado 1500 HD 4x4, crew cab, V-8 auto, 152,000-kms, safetied; 2005 Chev Silverado 1/2-ton, good tires, regular cab, V-8 auto, 273,000-kms, safetied; 2007 Chev Silverado 1500 HD 4x4 1/2-ton, extended cab, auto, grey colour, safetied; 1999 Ford 4x4 3/4-ton, regular cab, gas V-8 engine, auto, 244,000-kms, safetied; 1998 Ford F150 1/2-ton, regular cab, V6 engine, 5-SPD trans, air, cruise, tilt, 270,000-kms; JD 3010 gas tractor w/3-pt. w/JD FEL; JD 509 3-pt. rotary mower; IHC #80 snow blower. Partial listing only. For info contact: Bill Millard (204)523-6206. Watch websites: Murray Rankin Auctions Killarney, MB. Murray (204)534-7401 Ross Taylor Auction Service Reston, MB. Ross (204)8773834 Brock (204)522-6396.

MCSHERRY AUCTION SITE, Building Supply Auction. Sat., Apr 7th, 10:00am, Stonewall, MB. 12 Patterson Dr. CONSIGNMENT WELCOME!!! 2 Semi Loads of Lumber; Trusses, Already Consigned; Tools; Equip; Tractors; Yard & Rec. Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027 MCSHERRY AUCTION SITE HUGE COCA COLA Collection Sat., Mar. 31st, 10:30am Stonewall, MB. 12 Patterson Dr OVER 75 Signs: Coca Cola; Black Cat; Orange Crush; Pepsi; Kik; Drewery; Wynola; Thermometer; Coca Cola Silhouette; Dr Chase’s; Push Bars; Palm Press; Salada Tea; Black Cat Clock w/Original Back Board; Vending Machines; Coolers; Pinball Machine; Coca Collectibles; Dye Cabinets; Along w/Antique Furniture; Glassware; Unique Items; Household; Tools. Pics & Full Listing on Website Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027. MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Annual Spring Gun Auction Sat., March 24th, 9:30am Stonewall, MB. 12 Patterson Dr. Gun Viewing: Fri., Mar. 23rd 1-8:00pm OVER 200 GUNS & Accessories: Modern; Vintage; Military; Rifles; Hand Guns; Compound Bows; Ammo; Hunting Access.; DU Limited Prints; Reloading Equip. Heather, Office (204)467-1858 Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027


Consignment Auction Saturday, April 14th 10:00am Arborg, MB Accepting: Tractors, Equip, Vehicles, Yard & Recreation, Farm Misc.

Book Early for Advertising Advantages Contact John Zasitko (204)664-2137 Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027

MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Auction Sale Howard & Faye Hilstrom Sat., Apr. 28th, 10:00am Inwood, MB. Location: Sale Site 1/2-mi West of Inwood on RD 416 Auction Note: Retirement Auction w/Well Kept Items. All Selling to the Highest Bidder! Contact: (204)278-3411. Tractors: 04 Cat Challenger 535B MFWA Cab 16-SPD x2 P Shuttle 3-PH Quad hyd 540/1000 18.4R38 w/FEL ML98 SL w/Bucket & Grapple 2,480-hrs; 03 MF 4370 MFWA Cab P Shift 12-SPD; 3-PH Triple Hyd 540/1000 18.4x38 w/MF 1080 FEL w/Bucket & Grapple 3,221-hrs; Int 684 DSL 3-PH 540 PTO Dual Hyd w/FEL SL 4,424-hrs; Equip: 07 Hesston 1345 12-ft. hydra Swing Disc Bine; 92 Case IH 8460 RD Baler Auto Tie New Belts & Bearings Upgraded PU; Sitrex 9 Wheel Hay Rake; New Idea 527 Trailer 9-ft. Sickle Mower; 2) “Krentz Mfg” 8 Wheel 36-ft. Hay Trailer w/Pipe Racks; 06 Buhler /Farm King 8-in. 51-in. PTO Auger; Farm King 620 3-PH Rotary Mower; Buhler 3-PH 3 Wheel Swather Turner; 3-PH Post Hole Auger; 3-PH & FEL Bale Forks; Vehicle & Trailers: 01 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins 5.9L DSL STD 4x4 370-km Sft; 86 Dodge 150 318 Gas STD, Sft; Sokal Gooseneck Tandem 24-ft. Flat Deck w/Ramps; Sokal Gooseneck 16-ft. Tandem Stock Trailer Livestock Equip: 04 Bale King Vortex 3000 Bale Processor 1000 PTO Left Discharge; 3) Cypress River Portable Metal Creep Feeders; 2) 300 bus w/Creep Panels; 1) 500-bus; 3) Self Loading Squeeze Chute; 2) Pearson; 1) Big Valley; Hi Hogg Maternity Pen; Big Valley Calf Squeeze Chute; 13) Self Standing Metal Corral Panels 24-ft. to 30-ft.; 30) Metal Corral Panels & Gates 10-ft. + 12-ft. 12) 16-ft. Metal Panels; Steel Loading Chute; “Galagen MB x 1500”; Solar Battery Fencer; Peerless Roller Fencer; Peerless Roller Mill; 6) Metal Bunk Feeders; 4) RD Bale Feeders; Western Saddle; 3) Calf Pullers; Dehorners; Cattle Medi Equip; 40) 7-ft. Treated Fence Posts; 12) 8-ft. Corral Posts; 6) Rolls High Tensile Wire; Yard & Rec: 08 Polaris Sportsman 500 HD 4x4 w/Winch 1,210-mi; 06 Polaris Sportsman 500 HD 4x4 3,369-mi; 2010 Husq YTH 20 42 hyd R Mower 60-hrs; Husq YTH 17 46 Hyd R Mower 286-hrs; Husq DC500 Metal Yard Trailer; Quad 12V Sprayer Wand & Boom; Husq 245 R Blade Grass/Brush Cutter; 2) Stihl Gas Weeder; 1) FS 36; 1) FS 45; Grass Sweep 42-in.; HM Quad Trailer; Tools: 3) Port Air Comp upto 5-HP 27-gal; Miller 225A Welder; Acetylene Torch; Husq 235 Chain Saw; 2) Gas Pressure Washer 5-HP Honda; Milwaukee Cordless Drill Set; Bench Grinder; Power Tools; Makita Side Grinder; Drills; Reciprocating Saw; 3/4-in. Socket Set; Various Hand Tools; Chain Ratchet; Vise; Floor Jack; Jackal; Misc: Fuel Slip Tank w/12V Pump; 5) Fuel Tanks & Metal Stands; Poly 200-gal Water Tank; Al Truck Tool Box; Fifth Wheel Plate; 2 sets) Loading Ramps; Al Ext Ladder; Implement Parts; Used Baler Belting; Rake Teeth; Pencil Auger; 2) Full Metal Bolt Bins; 2 Steel Welding Table; Various Lubs & Oils; New 40-gal Water Heater; Antique Int Hand Cream Separator. Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027 Advertise your unwanted equipment in the Classifieds. Call our toll-free number and place your ad with our friendly staff, and don’t forget to ask about our prepayment bonus. Prepay for 3 weeks and get 2 weeks free! 1-800-782-0794.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012



RIVERS, MB - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4th at 12:00 noon


ORDER OF SALE: This sale has little to no small items to sell, so please don’t be late. Sale starts at 12 noon sharp.

FOR COMPLETE LISTING WITH FULL DETAILS GO TO TRACTORS: *97 JD 9300 4WD 360hp tractor w/3581hrs showing *00 Kubota M-120 MFWD 120hp tractor w/2960 Quickie SL Loader, 2700hrs showing COMBINES: *06 JD 9760 STS sp combine 340hp w/Bullet Rotor, showing 795 threshing hrs, 1065 eng hrs *10 30’ JD 630D Hydra Float straight cut header *Flex-finger Lifters for 30’ Header *97 New Holland TX66 w/Engine Hours 2896, Thrashing Hours 2406 SEED & TILLAGE EQUIPMENT: *45’ Seed Master air drill w/Seed Master 280 Bus grain tank, 280 Bus fert tank *70’ Degelman 7000 Straw Master heavy harrows AUGERS: *09 60’ x 10” Brandt PTO swing hopper *01 60’ x 10” Brandt PTO swing hopper *51’x8” Westfield PTO *35’ x 8” Sakundiak Auger w/Self Propel Kit *Bin Full Sensor SPRAYER: *99 JD 4700 High Clearance Sprayer 180hp w/90’booms, showing 1908hrs, JD guidance system TRUCK & TRAILERS: *94 Volvo T/A grain truck w/20’ B+H, roll tarp, 370Hp engine, 10 spd trans, Saftied *16’ x 8’ dual wheel S/A grain wagon w/hoist *HD trailer axle w/dual wheels *4’ x 8’ Utility wagon 3 PT EQUIPMENT: *100” Howard S100 3pt roto tiller *Carl Wolf 3pt potato digger *10’ 3pt s-tine cult. *10’ 3pt yard scraper *09 7’ Woods BB840X 3pt rotary mower, s/ n1126007 OTHER FARM EQUIPMENT: *Diesel Pro power chip (came out of JD 9650 combine) *AG Cam system w/1 monitor, 4 cameras *Trimble Auto Steer Unit *12’ Degelman 12HD front mount blade *Set of crop dividers for sprayer *Bale fork *100gal skid tank *2” Honda water pump *3” gas water pump ATV & YARD EQUIPMENT: *2004 Kawasaki Bayou 250 quad *NEW 12 Volt Electric Winch for ATV *Kubota T1460 lawn tractor *Lawn sweep SHOP EQUIPMENT: *Ingersoll-Rand dsl air compressor *Jet 2000 pressure washer w/5HP Honda *Tanaka SEG 221 generator MISC: *Used tires *PTO shafts *Air seeder hose *Selection of farm chemicals *Poultry waters & feeders *(25) empty plastic chemical drums *Used dimensional lumber *Used grader blades *Steel cut-offs *Rail ties *Used treated fence posts approx 200 *Approx 600 Fence Posts, bundles of 50’s *Approx 40 Railway Ties *6” x 2” and 8” x 2” Rough Sawn Boards *Used Steel *Used Roof Sheeting, Various Lengths *Used Cedar Siding *NEW 12 Volt Fuel Pump *300 Gal Fuel Tank.

TRACTORS: *98 NH TS110 MFWD 108hp tractor w/Allied S 595 loader, bucket, Peloquin grapple, joystick controls, 32 spd Trans, shuttle shift, 7378hrs showing *93Ford Versatile 9030 Bi-Directional tractor w/loader, grapple, 3pt, 7052hrs showing *79 MF 2705 2wd 122hp *80 Deutz 160, 2wd SEEDING & TILLAGE: *24’ IH 6200 disc drills w/factory transport *IH 5500 Vibra shank *20’ Sunflower offset disc *14’ MF #52 disc w/notched front blades *14’ Co-op deep tiller *60’ Farm king spring harrows *Farm King 8”x46’ PTO auger HAYING & LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT: *2005 NH BR 780 round baler w/wide p/u *2000 14’ NH 1475 haybine w/2300 series header *Laurier H-2125 single row bale picker *Tonutti V14 – 14 wheel “V” rake *Hagedorn 275 tandem axle manure spreader *Jiffy 900 bale processor *JD 700 mix mill w/power bale feeder OTHER LIVESTOCK RELATED EQUIPMENT: *Real Industries cattle squeeze w/head gate, neck extender, palpation cage & 180 degree crowding tub *Cattle Country squeeze w/head gate & palpation cage *(7) 12’ metal bunk line feeders *(12) 10’ Miami welding feed troughs *(2) 14’ metal feed troughs *Wooden creep feeder w/ metal panels *Quantity round bale feeders *Quantity of 1” corral panels & gates *Ritchie 100 head stock waterer *Quantity of Gallagher fencers & fencing equipment *Stock Doctor *6” pencil auger on wheels w/ 1hp motor *(3) metal bottom, plywood top hog feeders 12’x8’4” VEHICLES, TRAILERS, & BOAT: *2010 Load Max 32’ 5th wheel flat deck trailer w/2 – 10000lb dual wheeled axles, electric brakes, 235/80R16 tires, beaver tails, tool box *1997 28’ Blue Hills t/a stock trailer w/2 partition gates, enclosed nose with gate, wood floor, front escape door *Older Toyota truck *Vintage Brandon Transit city bus *14’ Aluminum fishing boat w/ 20hp Johnson motor & trailer *Small single axle utility trailer SHOP ITEMS & MISC: *Campbell Hausfeld 5hp 26 gal air compressor *Metal welding & shop benches *Meat grinder & meat band saw *Table saw *Selection of common shop tools & equipment BUILDING SUPPLIES: *30’ sheet metal, 20 pieces tough rib *Large quantity of other sheet metal *Quantity of Industrial sheet metal (2” rib) *Quantity of Mfgd floor trusses *(2) 18”x22”x30’ wood beams *(12) 4’x12’ drywall sheets *Approx. 35 sheets of Behlen curved metal *Quantity of scrap iron FOR MORE INFO ON THIS SALE PLEASE CONTACT LISTING AUCTIONEERS: Peter Downey 204-522-5883 or Brent Crowe 204-522-6224

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT OWNERS TOM or JEAN RYALL 204-328-7546 home / 204-724-4639 cell





TUESDAY, APRIL 17th at 11:00AM (Sask Time)

FOR COMPLETE LIST WITH FULL DETAILS GO TO LIVESTOCK HANDLING EQUIPMENT: *Rea’s welding crowding tub w/2 section adjustable curved alley *High Hog maternity pen *Pearson squeeze chute w/head gate & palpation gate *Calf squeeze chute & tip table *(2) 24’ free standing alley’s w/slide divide gates *18’ panel with 2 heavy 9’ gates *(2) 30’ 5 bar pipe, free standing panels (1 w/ 12’ – 360 swing gate) *(15) 24’ free standing panels, 2x2 tubing *(10) 12’ free standing panels, 2x2 tubing *(40) 10’, 1” corral panels *(12) 12’, 1” corral panels *(8) 24’ wind break /6 bar panels LIVESTOCK FEEDING EQUIPMENT: *Ranchers Welding 3 bale feeder *(4) 1” tubing round bale feeders *Quantity of tractor tire feed troughs *120bus portable creep feeder *10” electric roller mill w/ 5hp motor (always stored inside) *25bus feed box w/elec unload auger *16’x4” pencil auger w/electric motor FENCING EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES: *Shaver 3pt post-pounder w/manual tilt *Quantity of railway ties *Quantity of fence posts OTHER EQUIPMENT: *30’ JD 335 tandem disc w/smooth blades *40’ Degelman cultivator w/3 row harrows, new 3” nock on spoons *Ashland 8 yd. Hyd. Scraper *JD 609 trail type rotary mower *JD 503 3pt rotary mower *16’ t/a car hauler w/beaver tail *Metal cutting band saw *Shop drill press.

MORE EQUIPMENT IS BEING CONSIGNED DAILY. PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATED LISTING. CALL NOW TO ADD YOUR ITEMS TO THIS SALE. CONSIGNED EQUIPMENT: *1998 Norbert’s triple axel 32’x7½’ 5th wheel livestock trailer w/8000lbs axles, 3 divide gates, extra high, slide side venting *1997 Norbert’s t/a 16’x7’ 5th wheel livestock trailer, sliding divide gate, 7000lbs axles, rubber mats *2002 Loadline Super B grain trailers w/recent pins & bushings, SAFTIED *CaseIH 8820 sp dsl swather w/30’ header, pick-up reel *16’ CaseIH crimper header (off 8820) *Rea’s Welding squeeze chute w/head gate *250 bus creep feeder *assorted panels *lengths of drill stem pipe. FOR MORE INFO ON THIS SALE OR TO ADD YOUR EQUIPMENT TO THIS LISTING PLEASE CONTACT LISTING AUCTIONEERS: Brent Crowe 204-522-6224 or Peter Downey 204-522-5883

RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION for JACK & MERVIN STEFANISHYN RUSSELL, MB - SATURDAY, APRIL 14th at 11:00 AM ORDER OF SALE: 11am – 1pm (shop items, misc, tanks, aeration equipment, grain bins)1pm (major equipment will sell)

ORDER OF SALE: 11:00am – 1:00pm (misc, tools, shop equipment, livestock related items, tanks, pumps) 1:00pm (major equipment)

FOR COMPLETE LIST WITH DETAILS GO TO TRACTORS: *98 CaseIH MX110 MFWD 95hp w/CaseIH L300 SL, 7395hrs showing *1992 CaseIH 7130 MFWD 172hp, 5574hrs showing *IH 624 dsl *IH 444 dsl HARVEST EQUIPMENT: *1986 JD 7721 Titan II pt combine w/single spd cyl, Airfoil sieve *1999 CaseIH 25’ 8220 pt swather w/pickup reel *24’ Versatile #10 pt swather *7’ poly swath roller *Dickie John Mini DAC grain moisture tester HAYING & FEED PROCESSING EQUIPMENT:*1998 Hesston 514 rd baler *1991 CaseIH 8370 14’ mower conditioner *Hay moisture test probe *2000 Highline Bale Pro 7000 Plus bale processor *NH 358 hammer mill w/pwr bale feed TRUCKS & TRAILERS:*1983 Chev C70 s/a grain truck w/16’ B+H *1973 Chev C50 s/a grain truck w/14’ B+H *2002 16’ Duncan t/a stock trailer *28’ Shop Built triple axel wagon *Shop Built s/a medium duty converter dolly 3PT MOWERS & YARD SPRAYER: *5’ MF 3pt rough cut rotary mower *7’ Tecma FM230 3pt finishing mower w/ rear discharge *Fimco trailer style yard sprayer w/12volt pump AUGERS & AERATION FANS: *10”X51’ Westfield PTO swing hopper auger *7”X35’ Brandt auger w/NEW 18hp Kohler electric start engine *Wheat Heart bin sweep *6” auger w/3hp 1ph electric motor *6” auger w/hyd motor on running gear *poly auger hoppers *(2) Farm Fans aeration fans *length of 220 volt extension cord SEED & TILLAGE EQUIPMENT: *34’ Bourgault Commander 34-38 tillage w/air seeder kit, Morris Genesis II 100 Series tow between air tank *29’ Morris Magnum CP725 chisel plow w/NH3 kit, 3 bar mounted harrows *60’ Flexi-Coil System 95 harrow packer bar *Crown 6 yd hyd scraper *20’ Kellough 210 Series tandem disk w/notched disks *50’ Herman hyd harrows *68’ Versatile 3000 pt sprayer *14’ deep tillage *Degelman rotary stone picker LIVESTOCK ITEMS: *Ranchers Welding 3 bale feeder w/removable end panel on skids *Shop Built maternity pen w/ head gate *Selection of 1” tubing panels (8”-10’-12’) *round bale feeders *treated fence posts *fence stays *(2) poly mineral feeders w/rubber tops *Stock Doctor *Assortment of vet supplies (syringes, taggers, Burdezzos, ect.) *calf puller *poly calf sleigh *fencing tools TANKS, PUMPS & HOSE: *1200gal poly water tank *500gal fuel tank w/stand *50gal skid tank w/hand pump *2” water pump w/5hp B+S engine *2” discharge hose *NH3 hose *air seeder hose SHOP EQUIPMENT, TOOLS & MISC: *Husqvarna 345 chain saw *LKS AC/DC arc welder *oxy/acet torch w/farmer owner mini bottles *16 spd drill press *metal cutting chop saw *(2) portable air compressors *(2) portable air tanks *(2) battery booster chargers *anvil *vise on stand *HD truck ramps *barrel pumps *top and bottom tool chest *assorted hand tools (sockets, wrenches, ect.) *3/4” socket sets *floor jacks *grease guns *Shop Vac *construction heater *Jack-All jacks *yard tools (shovels, forks, ect.) *18hp B+S auger motor *hyd cyl *electric motors *PTO adapters *crystal style FM radios (4-5 units) For more information contact owners Bernard & Louise Trinder Home 306-743-2868 or Cell 204-796-1282

FOR COMPLETE LISTING WITH FULL DETAILS GO TO TRACTORS & WHEEL LOADER: *88 Versatile 876 Designation 6 w/3426hrs showing *75 JD 6030 2wd tractor 175hp w/6262hrs showing *65 JD 4020 Dsl 2wd tractor 70hp w/9171hrs showing *79 White 2-155 MFWD w/Leon 1000 loader, 7058hrs showing *Leon 747 Loader *Michigan 175 Wheel Loader HARVEST EQUIPMENT: *04 Premier 2940 sp swather w/2005 25’ MacDon 972 header, pickup reel, 261 header hrs, 344 eng hrs *83 MF 860 sp combine w/2175hrs showing *86 JD 7721 Titan II pt combine *18’ IH #75 pt swather *Labtronics 919 digital moisture tester. SEED & TILLAGE EQUIPMENT: *52’ Bourgault 230 Series FH54652 w/ 8” spacing (Always Shedded) 4 bar Bourgault harrows *42’ Bourgault 534-42 w/3 bar Bourgault harrows, air kit and granular kit, Bourgault 138 air tank w/hyd fan, knock-on shovels *29’ Sunflower tandem disk *100’ Versatile 3000 Field sprayer *50’ Flexi-Coil System 95 Harrow, Packer Bar *50’ Dalmar Farm Master Hyd Harrows *47’ Frigstad Tillage w/Morris 3 bar Harrows *60’ Herman Harrows *17’ Haul-All Seed & Fert Tender w/ Hyd Augers *Degelman Rotary Stone Picker w/ Hyd Drive *(6) 4’ Sections of Morris Mounted Harrows *Bourgault Knock-On Spoons *Old 6 ½’ disc AUGERS & GRAIN VAC: *Walinga 510 std Grain Vac *13” x 61’ Westfield Swing Hopper Auger w/low pro hopper *7” x 37’ Sakundiak Auger w/11 HP Honda *8” x 41’ Sakundiak w/23 HP Kohler *Wheatheart 10” Hyd Transfer Auger GRAIN BINS: *(5) 2000 Bus Westeel Flat Bottom Bin (Cement) *(2) 2150 Bus bin w/ boots, aeration *(1) 1350 Bus epoxy coated hopper bottom bin *(4) 1650 Bus Westeel bins *(2) 1650 Bus Westeel Flat Bottom (Cement) *(4) 2700 Bus Westeel Flat Bottom (Cement) *1650 Bus Westeel Hopper Bottom *1350 Bus Westeel Hopper Bottom *Approx 3500 Bus Metal Flat Bottom Bin (Converted Nitrogen Tank) *1350 Bus Friesen Epoxy Coated Hopper Bottom *2000 Bus Westeel Bin Parts (Roof, Doors, etc) *(6) Approx 20’ HD Bin Ladders *(2) pails of bin bolts (for 2000 Bus bins) TRUCKS & TRAILERS: *1993 IH Eagle 9300 Highway Tractor w/10 Speed Spicer Trans., 3176 Cat Engine, Saftied *1978 IH F2575, T/A Grain Truck w/19’ B&H, 66” sides, Roll Tarp, 22.5 Rubber, 13 Spd Trans., 290 Cummings, Safetied *2001 40’ Timpte T/A Dbl Hopper Grain Trailer w/Air Ride, Safetied *28’ Fruehauf S/A Highboy Flatdeck Trailer w/Headache Rack, Safetied *48’ Fruehauf T/A Flat Deck Hay Trailer, Safetied *S/A Converter Dolly *S/A swather transport OTHER EQUIPMENT: *Fieldmaster Hyd Scraper, Approx 3 yd Cap *Dyna-Fab V-Ditcher *4’ Leon stone digger *4 wheel 3 PT Hay Rake *2 IH #16 side delivery rakes w/tandem hitch *44” Ranch King Pull Behind Finishing Mower w/10.5 Hp, B & S Engine *3” Honda Water Pump AERATION EQUIPMENT: *Keho Propane Grain Dryer *(2) Keho 5 HP Aeration Fans *(2) Golden Grain 24” Aeration Fans *Aeration Tubing TANKS: *1000 gal Fuel Tank w/110 Volt Pump & Meter *1000 Gal Propane Tank *(2)1250 Gal Poly Tanks *(2) 150 Gal Poly Tanks *(2) 500 Gal Fuel Tanks w/ Stands *100 gal Skid Tank SHOP ITEMS & TOOLS: *Lincoln SA-200 Gas Powered Continental Welder on 2 Wheel Wagon *JD A150C DSL Heater *ITC 16 spd drill press *Balder 1/2 HP Bench Grinder *2’ x 3” Metal Welding Table *Anvil *36” pipe wrench *HD Over Head Engine Hoist *Booster Cables *Rubber Air Hose *5 Ton Floor Jack *Truck & Implement Tires *3/4 Drive Impact Wrench *Gasket Material (Large Roll) *Bead Breaker Jig *Tap & Die Sets *Trailer Lights *Puller Set *Pipe threader *Pipe Fittings *Bottle Jack *Exhaust Analyze *Hyd Fittings *Air Tools (Ratchet, Chisel, etc.) *Electric 1/2” Impact *Coke Cooler made into Parts Washer *Bars, Snipes, Shovels, etc. *1 1/2 Ton Chain Come-along *1 Ton Chain Hoist *Logging Chains *Clevises *Clamps on Strap Winches *Extension Cords *Assortment of Nuts & Bolts *2 spd HD Shop Press *Barrel Pumps *Hyd Bumper Jack *Pipe Wrenches *Grease Guns PLUS MISCELLANOUS ITEMS & HOUSEHOLD: *See web site for complete list. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JACK STEFANISHYN 204-773-3098

UNRESERVED FARM DISPERSAL for CRAIG & CONNIE MYERS BELMONT, MB. - THURSDAY, APRIL 19th at 12:00 noon ORDER OF SALE: 12:00pm – 1:00pm – misc farm related smalls, farm tools, tanks 1:00pm – augers, seed & tillage, trucks, harvest equipment, tractors, guidance system

FOR COMPLETE LIST WITH FULL DETAILS GO TO TRACTORS: *90 Ford Versatile 946 Designation 6 325hp w/20.8R42 duals, 4 remote hyd, return line, 12 spd std trans, 6217hrs showing *83 MF 4840 w/20.8-38 duals, 4 remote hyd, return line, 3 spd pwr shift, Cummins 903 eng, 6855hrs showing *61 JD 3010 w/18.4-30 singles, 2 remote hyd, syncro Trans, 540 PTO, 6790hrs showing *(3) Turbo II pre-cleaners GUIDANCE SYSTEM: *Trimble 250 Easy Guide light bar system w/AG15 antenna HARVEST EQUIPMENT: *25’ 2001 Premier 2950 sp swather w/2002 MacDon 972 header with canola auger option, pick-up reel, 110hp eng, 2 spd trans, 740hrs showing *8’ poly swath roller *83 MF 860 hydro sp combine w/rear wheel assist, hyd chaff spreader, 7 belt Melroe pick-up, 4978hrs showing *83 MF 860 hydro sp combine w/hyd chaff spreader, 7 belt Melroe pick-up, 3960hrs showing *Labtronics 919 moisture tester TRUCKS: *00 Freightliner Classic t/a grain truck SAFTIED w/20’ Neustar B+H, roll tarp, 60 series Detroit 500hp eng, 18 spd trans, engine brakes, 4-way diff lock up, hoist controls at tail gate, 11R24.5 rubber, 1472543kms showing *74 GMC 6500 tag axle grain truck w/20’ B+H, roll tarp, 366 gas eng, 5+2 Trans, 53,395kms showing *1964 Ford 600 s/a grain truck w/14’ B+H, 391 eng, 4+2 Trans, 49223 miles showing SEED & TILLAGE EQUIPMENT: *93 40’ Bourgault 8800 air seeder w/Bourgault 2155 air tank, hyd fan, granular kit, quick attach packers and harrows *01 40’ Bourgault 9400 tillage w/NH3 kit *67’ Laurier harrow / packer bar *82’ Bourgault Centurion III pt field sprayer *Degelman RS570 ground drive rotary stone picker *Leon fork type stone picker *40 Atom jet carbide tip NH3 knives *Model 101 clutch switch & monitor for Bourgault 2155 air tank *(50) ABJ low drift nozzles 10gal – 5mph (only used 500 acres) *Hypro hydraulic sprayer pump (rebuilt) AUGERS: *37’x7” Sakundiak w/13hp engine *51’x8” Westfield PTO *41’x8” Westfield PTO *31’x7” Westfield w/16hp B+S engine, Wheatheart bin sweep TANKS, OTHER EQUIPMENT, & MISC: *1200 gal poly water tank *115 gal skid tank w/12 volt pump *4 wheel farm rack *MF 860 parts *MF 4840 parts *air seeder hose *harrow tines *used cult shovels *grain shovels *poly auger hoppers *Floor model drill press *Arc welder *Battery charger *portable air compressor *selection of farm related hand tools. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT CRAIG MYERS 204-827-2482 home or 204-720-9447 cell


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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Farm Auction John & Louise Karatchuk Sat., Apr 21st, 11:00am Arborg, MB. Location: 7.25-mi East on Hwy 68 or 2.75 West of Jct 8 & 68 Hwy. Auction Note: This is a RETIREMENT AUCTION as the Land is Rented Out. Well Kept Items w/Low Hrs. Contact: (204)376-5037. Tractor, Combine: 95 Ford 9680 Vers 4WD 855 Cummins 3x4 Synch, Quad Hyd, 20.8x42, 4,620-hrs; 95 NH Tx66 Combine w/NH971 Header w/Swathermaster PU, Chaff Spreader, Auto Reverser, 2,300-hrs, Always Shedded; Swather, Sprayer: 97 Premier 2920 Swather w/25-ft. Macdon 960 PU Reel, 1,549-hrs; Buhler 8ft. Swath Roller; Patriot XL High Clearance Sprayer 120-HP JD Engine, 12.4x38, 75-ft. Boom, 750-gal, Triple Nozzle, 4,486-hrs; Tillage & Scraper: Bourgault 8010 36-ft. Air Seeder, 8-in. Spacing, Floating Hitch, Knock Down w/Bourgault 2155 Dual Comp Air Tank w/20-HP Kohler; 08 Bourgault 7200 48-ft. Heavy Springtine Harrows w/9/16 Tines; Schulte 2500 Giant Hyd Rock Picker; Rockamatic TM20 V Style Rock Rack; Ashland 8 yd Hyd Scraper w/Hyd Push; Inland 70-ft. Springtine Harrows; Ezee-on 36ft. Cult; Grainery & Augers: Behlin 3,600-bus Grainery 5) Westeel 1,950-bus Grainery; 50-ton NRW Hopper Bin, poxy line; 96 Walinga Agri Vac 510, 1000 PTO; Farm King 10-in. 51-ft. Mech Swing PTO Auger; Grain Cleaning: All Single Phase Forever 48-in. Grain Cleaner w/11-ft. Leg w/30+ Screens; Carter 245 Seed Cleaner w/3 Shells; Air Master 54-in. Debearder; Screens off Carter; Dicky John Sprayer Control Valves; Misc Equip: JD 613 3-PH Rotary Mower; Custom Built Fire Wood Processor Cuts, Splits & 16-ft. Conveyor Lift, Elec & Hyd; Kendon 7-ton 4 Wheel Wagon; Misc: GPS System; Grain Tester; Honda 5-HP Engine; New Elec Motor upto 1/2-HP; Tracks for NH 190 Skidsteer; Implement Tires; 3) JD 420 Carb Throttle Shafts; Field Chemical “Refine Extra Tilt” ‘Target”; Elec Fencer; New Fence Insulators; Cattle Ear Tags; 76 AC EL Tigre 4000 Snowmobile 3,600-mi; Dynamark 16-HP 46-in. R Mower (deck needs repair); Potato Sprayer; Injection JD Pump 8630 w/Injector; 5) Spools Electric Wire; 5) bags of Timothy from Foundation Pinnacle; Inglis Kitchen Stove; Antiques: Pressback Rocking Chair; Oak Chair; 4) Display Cases 26-in. W 50-in. L 36-in. H; Ginger Bread Mantle Clock; Coal Oil Lamps; 5-gal R Wing Jug; 3-gal Medalta Butter Churn; Chrome Ash Tray Stand; 50s Bowling Trophy; Walking Doll; 10) Cast Implements & Seats; Moline; McCormick; Massey; Maxwell; Frost & Wood; #79; JD Die Cast Tractor; Cream Cans; Block Planer; Blow Torque; Royal Doulton Horse Ornaments; CanLab Professional Microscope. Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027


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Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433

DOrOThy KlOePPel lArge FArM AucTIOn MOnDAy, APrIl 2, 2012, 10:00AM 5 MIleS weST OF BrunKIlD, MB On Pr 305 * 2007 John Deere 9520 T 36’’Tracks, EZ Steer, fully equipped, 783 one owner hours, serial #908095; *2005 Case IH MX 285 MFWD, 3pth, 480/80-46’’ duals 4 remote, PTO, EZ steer, 1316 one owner hours, serial #Jaz135531; *1990 Versatile 976 purchased in spring of 1991. 4 remotes & return line, like new Trelleborg 900/60/32 singles, 4207 one owner hours, serial #D451015; *2010 Toro Z Master, Zero Turn 60’’ mower only used 51 hours; *1998 Kenworth T800B, highway tractor N14, 435 Cummins, 13 speed, fuller, wet kit, 11.24.5 rubber 985,774 kms showing VIN #956192; *1994 Ford 9000 Tandem Grain truck, Cummins, 10 speed, w/Loadline 20’x8.5x53’’ Grain box 204,902 kms showing, serial #1FDYU90L3FMA58150; *1990 IHC 9300 Tandem Cummins, 10 speed fuller, serial #2HSFBG2R9LC036170, showing 615,115 kms w/2004 Loadline 20’x8.5x64’’ Grain box; *1984 Mack 600 Econodyne, 10 speed, fifth wheel, wet kit, showing 4718 hours, serial #2M2N187Y4ECOO4707; *2000 Loadline 30’x8.5’x66’’ End Dump Grain trailer, 11R22.5 tandem rubber, Current Manitoba safety, Serial #2U9E03029Y1012514; *2009 Loadline 30’x8.5’x63” Grain end Dump, swing out doors tailgate, 11R24.5 rubber, Serial #1FDYU90L3FMA58150; *1997 Chevrolet 3500 pickup 4 door 4x4 long box, V8 automatic, Serial #1GTHK33R5VFO29832, 179,546 kms showing, large fuel tank & 12V pump, On truck sells after; *Sprayer tender 20‘ tandem Highboy trailer, 11.22.5 tires w/twin 2000 gal ploy tanks, chemical tank & Honda pump, sells as unit; *Highboy Sprayer truck w/Marflex 90 ft boom 800 gal fiberglass tank, Sprayer powered by 13hp Honda, all mounted on 1983 IHC S-1800 4x4 truck V8 engine 5 speed, 380/34 tractor tires all around w/cab controls, Outback guidance system; *GM Tracker 4x4 w/all around 750x20 Tractor tires this unit is modified to fast track run off water in field drains, apparently never been stuck; *18 ft Car Hauler trailer tandem axle w/built on Ramps; *2006 Westward 9352 Swather power unit, serial #168623, w/30 ft MacDon 972 header twin pickup reel, 679 engine hours 571 on cutter bar, header #169313; *2000 Westward 9350 Swather power unit serial #132722, w/30 ft Macdon 972 header twin pickup reel, Zero hours on new drop in exchange Cummins engine, 982 hrs on cutter bar, head #132025; *2004 Cat Lexion 480 R Combine Swath Master pickup on 13 ft head, Rice tires loaded machine auto steer etc, 1680 engine hours, 1188 separator hours, Serial #86600849, Terms if desired, $20,000 nonrefundable down auction day, balance upon possession, on or before Aug 1, 2012; *1994 Case IH 1688 Combine, Chopper 1015 pickup head w/belt pickup, hopper topper, Rice 30.5x32 tires, 2805 engine hours, serial #JJCOJ22535, Terms if desired as above; *2009 J&M Grain cart, Model 1000-20, pto drive, 25.5x32 tires, serial #2344. Seeding and Tillage: *Summers 48 ft Deep tiller, 3 row mulchers, serial #B1024; *Air Seeder Concord 8501 cart hyd. fan, model AS-3000, serial #3AS0240 w/50/30.5 Trelleborg tires, 48 ft Concord seeding tool 68 shanks 7’’ space single chute, shedded; *Bourgault 70 ft 6000 mid harrow; *Flexicoil 90 ft system 85 super harrow; *Haul-All 20 ft Dual tank drill fill system dual, rear auger discharge; *Ag Shield, high lift pull type 100 ft sprayer, hyd, pump, folding boom, 18.4x26’’ tires, 1200 imp gal poly tank; *Hutch master tandem disc 25 ft. 9’’ space 21’’ blades This is a partial list. Please see for list & photos. Our Spring catalogue will be in your Farm mail March 19th. Internet bidding powered by Bidspotter begins at 10:30AM Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230 fax 4484

EQUIPMENT & INDUSTRIAL TOOL AUCTION Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:30 PM Location: Indoors at 218 Brandt St Steinbach, MB

EQUIPMENT: 30ft 5th Wheel Trailer w/5200LB Axles; 1999 Terex Scissor lift, Hyd. Drive, 4 Cyl. Nissan, 6’x16’ Deck, 35’ Lift 2800-hrs., 4WD; 24-ft. Gooseneck Cattle Trailer; 1998 JLG 40RTS Scissor Lift, Gas/Propane, 3800HRS, 4WD, 40-ft. TOOLS: 8000 Watt Trifuel Generator 390cc Honda; 13 Ton Dual Split Log Splitter PLUS MUCH MORE!! THIS IS A PARTIAL LISTING. Sale Conducted by: PENNER AUCTION SALES LTD. 218 Brandt St, Steinbach, MB Toll Free 1-866-512-8992

Auction for VerenA loBsiger riDgeVille, MB tuesDAy, April 10 10AM Directions: From Dominion City south on 200 & 5 east on 218 Yard #18129 2N *2003 Case IH Steiger 425, 12 speed standard, PTO, 4 remotes, 710/70R 46” duals 2139-hrs. showing, Serial #JEEO1O25O3; *1988 Case IH Model 9130 4WD, power shift, 3 remotes, PTO w/Leon 800 FEL; *IHC Model 1486, 3PTH, dual PTO, TA, dual hyd, 18.4x38; *1982 Steiger ST280 4WD, Cat 3406 engine 310 plus horse power, 20 speed, 4 remotes 24.5x32 Superior Dual wheel system, duals, centre hinges done & plumbed for GPS, Solid tractor consigned by Bryron Heinrichs 204-327-5289; *IHC 966 Hydro, 3PTH; *1991 IHC Eagle highway tractor, Cat engine 13-spd., day cab, wet kit, 11x24 tires air ride suspension, no safety; *Seed tender unit 18-ft. dual compartment, twin rear auger discharge mounted on 24-ft. tandem axle semi trailer 10x20 tires. Vehicles: *2011 Chevrolet Equinox. LT, AWD, 4 Door, 4 cylinder stick automatic, brown in colour, loaded, only 21,000 one owner kms, Serial #2CNFLGEC4B6268041; *2006 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT, 6 cylinder diesel pickup, 4x4 automatic quad cab, short box, loaded, one owner 105,000 kms at listing, Serial #3D7LX38C56G276774; *1993 Chevrolet 2500, Cheyenne day cab, long box, V8 4-spd.; *1997 JD 9600 Combine, w/7 belt pickup on 914 PU head; *JD corn head 8x30” real nice unit; *JD 930 Flex. See our website for photo’s & 2012 Spring Auction Catalog in your Farm Mailbox Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230


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MACK AUCTION COMPANY PRESENTS a farm equipment auction for Glenn & Donna Milbrandt (306)782-7182 Sat., Apr 28, 2012 10am. Directions from Yorkton, Sask. 11-mi NW on Hwy. 16, 1-mi N 7.5-mi E. Watch for signs! JD 4560 2WD tractor w/4840-hrs; JD 7720 SP combine w/2336-hrs; 24-ft JD 665 air seeder w/Degelman harrows; 2 AC 2600D 26-ft double discs; 60-ft Flexicoil 50 PT field sprayer; Degelman 550H ground drive rock picker; 16-ft NH 116 haybine w/rubber rollers; NH 853 round baler; NH 354 mix mill; 30-ft Premier swather w/PU reel; 21-ft Case IH PT swather; 15-ft Vers 400 SP swather; 21-ft JD 580 PT swather; 18-ft Renn 2000 SP swather; MF 510 SP combine; Koenders poly drum swath roller; Wheatheart hyd post hole auger; Friggstad bale trailer; shopbuilt hyd drive wire roller; BT Johnson 3,000-lbs. livestock platform scale; corral panels & bale feeders; 1981 Ford F-600 3 ton grain truck w/73,300-kms; 1981 Chev Silverado PU; 1954 2 ton grain truck for parts; 24-ft JD 665 cultivator w/Degelman harrows; Riteway 60ft tine harrow packer drawbar; 25-ft Morris Magnum CP 725 cultivator; 15-ft Morris TD-80 tandem disc; Melroe 911 5 bottom plow; Morris 50-ft tine harrows; 27-ft White 249 cultivator; Morris B-36 rod weeder; 30-ft Cockshutt Vibrashank cultivator; Brandt 8-35 PTO auger; Sakundiak 7-37 auger w/Briggs engine; Sakundiak 7-45 PTO auger; Viking fanning mill; 100-bu. grain wagons; Labtronics elevator type moisture tester; Wheatheart hyd bin sweep; Polaris double sled snowmobile trailer; Coleman 5000W generator; Monarch water pump plus much more! Visit for sale bill, video & photos. Join us on Facebook. (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962

MACK AUCTION CO. PRESENTS a farm equipment auction for Garry, Deloris & Darryl Brooks Mon., Apr 9th, 2012 10:00am Directions from Alameda, SK. 2-mi N on Hwy #9, 3-mi W, 1/2-mi North. Watch for signs!! Live internet bidding at JD 4560 2WD tractor w/4,050-hrs; MF 165 2WD DSL tractor w/3-PTH & MF 235 FEL; JD 9660 STS combine w/1,214 sep hrs; 30-ft JD 930 rigid straight cut header; Stewart Steel straight cut header trailer; Koenders poly drum swath roller; Case IH 5600 DT cultivator w/Degelman harrows; 60-ft Flexi Coil harrow packers w/new tines; Cockshutt 14-ft cultivator; Crown 3 Batt rock picker hyd dr; 85-ft Brandt QF 1000 field sprayer w/800-gal poly tank; 1974 Ford 600 Louisville grain truck; 1973 Chev C60 grain truck w/steel box & roll tarp; 1975 GMC 1-Ton dually w/flat deck; Sakundiak 8-1800 auger w/20-HP Kawasaki engine; Sakundiak 7-1200 auger w/13-HP engine; Swisher 24-HP zero turn lawn mower wit/only 35-hrs; Farm King 840 3-PTH snow blower; Howse 3-PTH finishing mower; PTO post hole auger, gas powered mandrel saw; 2, 150-gal poly water tanks; 200-gal truck water tank; 48 bundles of dual grey IKO shingles; new Honda GX390 engine; new Honda GX670 engine; Honda GC 160 engine w/banjo pump; plus antiques piano stool; kitchen hoosier cupboard, rocking chairs, crocks, tins, oil lamps; Medalta water cooler, singer sewing machine plus much more! Visit for sale bill & photos. Join us on Facebook & Twitter. (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962.

Winny Brothers farms – Partnership Dispersal

Rosetown, SK • Wednesday, April 4, 2012 • 10 am

Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433

Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433

FArm Auction For ABe & linDA KlAssen 204-327-5204 sAturDAy, mArch 24 11Am Directions: From Altona, MB Jct 201 & 30, south 4 miles on Highway 30 & 3-1/2 west on road 3N *1965 Model 4020 JD w/148 loader, $12,000 spent on overhaul. Cattle sell at 1PM auction day: *17 Predominant Red Angus, guaranteed bred heifers, approx. 1100 - 1200lbs, calving to begin April 14th; *Pure bred Red Angus bull namely “Red Willow Ridge Treckker 373S” born August 20, 2006, weight at birth 83lbs, sire of current calf crop See or check our spring catalogue in your farm mailbox Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230

fArm AucTion for guy l sabourin farms ltd 204-758-3527 friDAy, APril 13, 11Am 1 mile eAST of ST jeAn BAPTiSTe, mB

2004 john deere 9620, 2004 & 2002 john deere 9520, 1997 john deere 9400

2008 john deere 9670sts, 2007 & 2006 john deere 9760sts, 2006 john deere 9660sts, 2– 2005 john deere 9660sts

2005 john deere 4920 120 ft

2009 j & m 1326 & demco 950

Directions: Guy Sabourin, St Jean Baptiste, MB farm located ¼ mile west of Road 3 east & 18 miles north. From north end of St Jean on Hwy 75, exit 2 ½ miles south west off Hwy 75 on Road 18 N west till road 3 E. Will have signs up auction day. Internet bidding will begin at 11:30AM, see website *2000 JD 9300, 4WD, deluxe cab, wheel weights, 24-spd, 4 remote, air seeder line, Firestone 710/70R38 duals, 4125-hrs, Serial #RW9300HD31197W; *1986 JD 8650, 4WD, PTO, quad shift, Michelin 650/65/38 single tire, this unit has 6000-hrs. on rebuilt engine, have set of 18.4x38 dual rims w/hubs for 8650; *1980 JD 1640 w/Allied FEL, 3PTJ, newer, 16.9x30 tires Serial #267976; *1983 White 2-155 tractor, 3PTH, dual PTO, present set up 16.9x38 row crop tires, 1100x1 6 front. This tractor needs engine work; *Set of rims on 20.8x38 duals, off 2-155 & single rib 750x16 front row crop tires. They sell after tractor. *2000 JD 9750 STS Combine, 914 pickup head, feeder accelerator JD Starfire GPS. Wired for auto steer, moisture & yield mapping available Reddekop fine cut chopper, 30.5x32 rice tires 18.4x26 rear, 1700 separator, 2200 engine hrs, Serial #HO9750S686204. Terms on combine $25,000 down auction day balance certified funds upon possession on or before Aug 1, 2012. *Set of wide space concaves. Sell after combine. *1996 JD 930 Flex head. Reconditioned, new Wobble box fore & aft. *1995 GMC Topkick, Cat 3116 diesel engine 275HP, 9 speed fuller. 20-ft. Midland uni body box, w/combination silage/grain end gate, V-box underfloor hydraulic chute control. Safetied; *1998 Case IH Model 5800 Chisel plow 43-ft. 10” shovels & mulchers. From George Sabourin 204-758-3898: *JD 853 all crop head & 853A all crop head; *Nine Yard Ashland scraper. This is a partial list. Please see or our Spring 2012 auction catalogue. Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230 fax 4484


from rosetoWn, sK, go 12.9 km (8 miles) east on hwy 7, then 2.2 km (1.3 miles) north or from ZeALAndIA, sK go 4.5 km (2.8 miles)West on hwy 7, then 2.2 km (1.3 miles) north.


2004 John Deere 9620 4WD • 2004 John Deere 9520 4WD • John Deere 9520 4WD • John Deere 9400 4WD • John Deere 9200 4WD • Case IH MX240 MFWD • 2003 Case IH JX100UDT MFWD • John Deere 4640 MFWD • International 3688 2WD • New Holland TV140 BiDirectional • Versatile 256 Bi-Directional • Versatile 160 Bi-Directional • 2007 & 2006 John Deere 9760STS Combine • 2008 John Deere 9670STS Combine • 2006 & 2- 2005 John Deere 9660STS Combine • Horst Welding CHC Header Transport Header • John Deere 914P 14 Ft P/U Header • 3- 2005 & 2004 John Deere 914 Pick-Up Header • 2004 John Deere 635F 35 Ft Hydra Flex Header • 2008 MacDon PW7 P/U Header • Premier 2930 25 Ft Swather • Trailtech 31 Ft T/A Swather Transport • International 9900I Eagle T/A Sleeper Truck Tractor • Peterbilt 379L T/A Sleeper Truck Tractor • 2004 & 2003 Peterbilt 379 T/A Sleeper Truck Tractor • Peterbilt 377 T/A Sleeper Truck Tractor • Concord 3612 36 Ft Air Drill • 2- John Deere 1820 61 Ft Air Drill • 2005 John Deere 4920 120 Ft High Clearance Sprayer • 2009 J&M Manufactuing 1326-22D 1326 Bushel Grain Cart • Demco 950 Bushel Grain Cart... AND MUCH MORE!

for up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: foR MoRE INfoRMATIoN:

jim Winny: 306.831.7863 George Winny: 306.831.7864 ritchie Bros. territory manager – jon schultz: 306.291.6697 or 800.491.4494


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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. USED MIDLAND GRAIN TRUCK box. 18-ft x 8.5-ft, steel floor, reinforced base, one side dented. $1,500 OBO. Phone:(204)326-7879.

MACK AUCTION CO. PRESENTS a land & farm equipment auction for Brian & Dawn Procyshen (306)782-6769 Sat., Apr. 21st, 2012 10:00am Directions from Yorkton, SK. 4-mi SW on Hwy 10 to Protz Memorial Rd. 5.25-mi W & 1.75-mi S. Watch For Signs! Live internet bidding at 3 quarter sections of farmland, SE 17-25-7-W2 RM of Garry #245 yd site w/PWR & gravel deposit NE 17-25-7-W2 RM of Garry #245, NW 19-25-6-W2 RM of Orkney #244; Vers 876 4WD tractor w/Degelman dozer; Case 580 Extended Back Hoe w/FWA; Ford Vers 9030 Bi-Directional tractor w/FEL; Case 2870 4WD tractor w/PTO Case 1570 2WD tractor; Cat D7E crawler dozer; Cat 60 10 yd PT scraper; 80-ft. high rise 4640 Melroe Spray Coupe w/Outback STS auto steer, set of high rise sprayer tires; 1999 Volvo tandem axle hwy tractor; 2000 Doepker B train grain trailer; 70-ft. Morris Field Pro heavy harrows; Morris Magnum CP-745 cultivator; 1978 Ford F-600 grain truck; 1967 GMC 910 1/2 Ton PU truck; 30-ft. White 476 cultivator subsoiler; Morris B-36 rod weeder; Degelman 6800 Super Picker rock picker; Vers 2800 swather header w/UII PU reel for bi-directional tractor; Farm King 8-12 transfer auger w/Honda engine; 1999 Polaris Indy 500; 1997 Polaris Indy 500; numerous pallets of parts & tools; Tri-Dekken crop dividers. Plus much more! Visit for complete printable sale bill, photos & video. Join us on Facebook. (306)487-7815 or (306)421-2928 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962.

MACK AUCTION CO. PRESENTS a large farm equipment auction for Ken & Gloria Vogel (306)842-5684 Thurs., Apr 12, 2012 10:00am Directions from Weyburn, SK from junction of Hwy 13 & Hwy 39 go 9.5-mi W on Hwy 13 & 1-mi S. Live internet bidding at 2008 Vers Buhler 2375 4WD tractor w/520-hrs; NH 9280 4WD tractor w/2,750-hrs; 2009 NH T6070 FWA tractor w/Ezee On 2105 FEL & 780-hrs; 2009 NH T6070 FWA tractor w/780-hrs; 2009 NH T6050 FWA tractor w/585-hrs; 2009 NH TV6070 Bi-Directional tractor w/PTO & 3-PTH on both ends & long reach 7614 FEL; 2009 NH TT60A FWA utility tractor w/3-PTH & only 255-hrs; AC 5020 DSL 2WD utility tractor w/3-PTH; MF 202 2WD tractor w/trencher attachment; 2006 NH CR 960 combine w/595 sep hrs & fully loaded; 39-ft 2006 NH 94C straight cut header; 2005 Prairie Star 4940 SP swather w/972 MacDon 30-ft harvest header; Prairie Star 36-ft PT swather w/split bat reel; 3, 2009 NH BR 7090 round balers w/Xtra Sweep PU; 2007 NH 1475 HS series 18-ft haybine w/upgraded PTO shaft; 2007 NH 18 HS series 18-ft haybine header w/Bi-directional adapter; 14 bale Buhler Inland Hayliner 2500 round bale picker; 2008 Spray Air Trident 3600 Series PT suspended boom high clearance sprayer w/132-ft boom & 1,350-gal tank; Patriot XL SP high clearance sprayer w/75-ft boom & Outback GPS; 60-ft Melroe 230 spra coupe; 60-ft PT Jetstream Computer sprayer; EZ guide 250 Auto Steer GPS; 56-ft Ezee On 7500 Air Drill w/Ezee On 3000 air tank w/10-ft spacing double shoot & Dutch side band openers; 40-ft Ezee On air seeder & Ezee On 3175 air tank; 32-ft Ezee On 3590 tandem offset disc; 2006 Dodge 4WD 5.9 Cummins DSL 3500 1 Ton regular cab dually w/70,900-kms; 1996 Dodge 2500 SLT 3/4 Ton DSL extended cab; 1994 Dodge 4WD 1 Ton flat deck dually DSL w/5-SPD manual; 1998 Mack CH-613 Maxi Cruise tandem axle hiway tractor w/day cab & Mack 380 engine; 1994 Mack CH-13 tandem axle hiway tractor w/day cab & 350 Mack engine; 2, 1975 Mack R600 tandem axle grain trucks w/Mack 237 engines & 6-SPD trans; 44-ft 2007 Neville Built 2 compartment tri axle grain trailer; 46-ft 1995 Lode King tri axle grain trailer w/3 compartments; 53-ft 1998 Lode King drop deck tandem axle trailer w/bale extensions; 52-ft 1987 Great Dane high boy tandem axle trailer w/bale racks; 53ft 1989 Freuhauf Hiboy tandem axle trailer w/bale extensions; semi van trailer for storage; 36-ft 2008 Load Max gooseneck flatdeck trailer w/tandem duals & beaver tail ramps; 36-ft 2000 Bergen gooseneck flatdeck trailer w/triple axles & beaver tail; 2005 Fast Toys for Boys bumper hitch flatdeck trailer w/7,000-lbs axles; heavy duty shopbuilt combine trailer; home built combine trailer; 40-ft Ezee On DT cultivator w/single shoot air kit & tine harrows; 60-ft Highline Stubble Buster heavy harrow w/3255 Valmar; 70-ft Summers tine harrow packer draw bar w/heavy packers; 53-ft Friggstad 420 cultivator & Ezee On 180 air tank w/9-in spacing & single shoot; 53-ft Friggstad 420 cultivator w/tine harrows; 47-ft Friggstad C5-43 DT cultivator; 48-ft Bourgault 546 cultivator w/tine harrows; Tebben Mfg. 5 shank subsoiler; Noble Blade 1 shank cultivator; 36-ft IH 620 Press drills w/factory transport; 40-ft Agri Tech 4200 land roller; Bergen rock digger; Haybuster Rock Eze H 106 rock picker; Rockomatic 546 high dump rock picker; Schulte 3-PTH 8-ft snowblower; Husqvarna 19-HP zero turn lawn mower; Friggstad 12-ft land leveller; Chem Handler 1; Tuthill chemical transfer pump; Friesen 45 & 60 Yon hopper bottom bins; Behlin 2,500-bu. hopper bottom bin; Behlin 1,600-bu hopper bottom bin; Westeel 1,650-bu hopper bottom bin; Westeel 3,300-bu bin on new wood floor; Butler 2,800-bu bin on new wood floor; Brandt 4000 grain vac; Buhler Farm King 10-60 swing auger; Westfield 7-46 auger w/Kawasaki engine; Z Vac grain vac; Vers 8-40 auger; Westfield 7-31 auger w/Honda 13-HP engine; Sakundiak 7-33 auger w/5HP electric motor; Westfield 8-33 auger w/bin sweep; Johnson transfer auger 80, 100 & 150-bu grain augers; Lincoln 200A welder w/Wisconscin engine; Miller welder generator; quantity of new 12in aeration fans & tubes. Visit for sale bill, videos & photos. Join us on Facebook! (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962

MACK AUCTION CO. PRESENTS a premium farm equipment auction for David & Jean Knibbs (306)848-2057 Sat., Apr 14, 2012 10:00am Directions from Stoughton, SK. 8-mi W on Hwy 13 & 2.75-mi S. Live internet bidding at JD 8570 4WD tractor w/4,025-hrs; JD 4240 2WD tractor & JD 148 loader w/4,040-hrs; JD 9500 SP combine w/1550 separator hrs; JD 930 rigid straight cut header; 2005 Premier 2940 SP swather & 30-ft Macdon 972 harvest header w/only 149 cutting hrs; 36-ft JD 1820 air drill & JD 1900 air cart; 62-ft Degelman Strawmaster 7000 heavy harrows w/2455 Valmar; 20-ft Ezee On 1500 tandem offset disc; 1986 Mack tandem axle grain truck; 1978 IH Loadstar 1700 grain truck w/63,000 km, 80-ft Flexi Coil 65XL field sprayer; 1976 Ford F-250 PU for restoration; Sakundiak 10-65 swing auger; Sakundiak 7-40 auger w/Honda engine; Sakundiak 7-47 auger w/Briggs engine; Kongskilde Cushion Air 500 grain vac; 41-ft Friggstad DT cultivator w/1620 Valmar; 4, Westeel 3800-bu hopper bottom grain bins; Behlin 3500-bu hopper bottom bin w/aeration; 2, Metal Ind. 50 Ton hopper bottom bins w/aeration fans; 2, Westeel 3,300-bu grain bins on wood floors; Westeel 1,350-bu grain bin on wood floor; Westeel 1,650-bu grain bin on steel floor; 2, Westeel Rosco 3,300-bu cement floors; 3, Baldor 3-HP aeration fans; 4, 5,000-bu plywood temporary grain bins; 14-ft Degelman 7200 6 way dozer; Degelman 570 hyd drive rock picker; Farm King 3-PTH snow blower; Brandt 3-PTH sprayer; JD 603 3PTH gyro mower; Buhler Farm King steel drum swath roller; Koenders poly drum swath roller; Crary 30-ft air reel; Honeybee crop lifters; Chem Handler I mixer; Honda banjo pump; hyd drill fill; seed treater; misc Westeel grain bin doors & panels; Yamaha 200E ATC; 100 & 130-gal slip tanks & pumps, JD JS-46 self propelled lawn mower; JD 518R rear tine roto tiller; JD pressure washer; Powerlease Honda 2600-W generator; Cambell Hausfeld upright air compressor; Jet drill press; Makita chop saw; Craftsman radial arm saw; hand tools JD 1/16 scale tractor & combine collection & much more! Visit for complete printable sale bill, photos & video. Join us on Facebook. (306)487-7815 or (306)421-2928 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962



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1984 TOYOTA DIESEL $1450. Phone:(204)425-3106. 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.



LOCATION: From Roseau, MN, go east approx. 11 miles to County Rd 13, 4 miles south on County Rd. 13 to County Rd. 12, east 5 miles on County Rd 12 to 540th Ave, south 3/4 mile.


AUCTION SALES U.S. Auctions ANNUAL SPRING EQUIP AUCTION Sat., Apr. 14th, 10:00am, Drayton, ND. JD 4960 MFWD; 4430; 4620 Tractors; Several More Pending; JD Drills & Planters, IH 8600 & 8500 Air seeders; Summers; Flexicoil & SprayAir Sprayers; Cat 70 Scraper, 44-ft. & 52-ft. Cultivators; 50-ft. Harrow/Packer; 35-ft. Superweeder; 3600 Plows, Disks & Chisel Plows; Peterbuilt & Freightliner Semi Tractors; Refer & Belly Dump Trailers 2 Nice Farm; Trucks; Vers 4400 McDonn & JD 25-ft. Swathers, Alloway & Westfield Augers, Bean Cutters & Much More. Visit or for full listing & Photos. Proxibid online Bidding. Mick Rapacz Auctioneers, Argyle, MN.

If your having an auction, get the results you’re looking for with an ad in the Manitoba Co-operator classifieds. Call Toll Free 1-800-782-0794.

BEEKEEPING Honey Bees STRONG, SINGLE HIVES OR nucs for sale. Call Andy Loewen (204)326-1500 or (204)392-3223.

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


AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Short auction, please be on time. Major equipment sells at 11:30AM. Live online bidding on major equip. Registration, terms & details at


CEDAR BEND FARMS  Conal Colden (218)689-3767 MACK AUCTION CO. PRESENTS a well kept farm equipment auction for the estate of Cliff Calcutt Fri., Apr. 20th, 2012 10:00am Lemberg, SK. Contact person Bev Calcutt (306)335-2860. Directions from Lemberg 10-kms S on #617 Grid & 1-km E. Live internet bidding at Vers 875 4WD tractor; JD 3155 FWA tractor w/260 FEL; IH 1466 2WD tractor; Cockshutt 1600 2WD DSL tractor; Minneapolis Moline Z tractor; Case 500 w/front mount post pounder; Case IH 2188 SP combine w/2485-hrs; 34-ft Bourgault 5710 air drill w/Bourgault 2155 air tank & new hoses; 25-ft Case IH 1020 flex straight cut header; 30-ft Case IH 1010 Rigid straight cut header; Westward 9000 SP swather & 25-ft Macdon 960 grain header w/1908-hrs; 1981 IH DSL tandem axle grain truck w/automatic trans; 1976 Ford F-750 tag axle grain truck; 30-ft Case IH 730 PT swather; Poly drum swath roller; Pattison 1,350-gal liquid fertilizer caddy w/Honda engine; 24-ft JD 230 tandem disc; Flexi Coil 70-ft tine harrows w/poly spray tank; 29-ft Cockshutt 248 cultivator; Morris 20-ft & 36-ft rod weeders; 2, 15-ft JD 1900 discers; Graham Hamey 12-ft cultivator; 3, Behlin 3,500-bu hopper bottom bins; 2, Bader 200-bu hopper bottom bins; Grain Vault 5,000-bu bin on steel floor; Trail Rite 800-bu hopper bottom bin; Edwards Guard 3 & 5-HP aeration fans Edward Grain Guard heaters; Denouden & Bader 3-HP aeration fans; Labtronics elevator type moisture tester; Brandt 10-60 swing auger; Sakundiak 8-47 auger w/20-HP Kohler; Wheatheart hyd bin sweeper; Sakundiak 7-40 auger; 2, Sakundiak 275-bu grain wagons; 2, 100-bu galvanized grain wagons; 2, 200-bu square grain bin hopper on legs; Clipper M 2B grain cleaner; Western Industries seed treater; 1991 Chev 1500 extended cab PU; 1991 Ford F-150 regular cab PU; 80-ft Flexicoil 65 PT field sprayer; Farm King 3-PTH finishing mower; Farm King 3-PTH snow blower; 100-gal slip tank w/electric pump; Vers 20-ft batt reel; Holdon 3-PTH; Polaris Trailboss 250 quad; Arctic Cat Pantera; scaffolding; Allied bale wagon; corral panels & bale feeders; 1956 IH S-120 truck for restoration; 1979 Ford F-250, not running; 1953 GMC 9500 2 Ton truck parts; 1979 Ford van parts; Ford Fairlane 500 parts car; Cockshutt 525 SP combine; Massey 10 square baler; 5 wheel hay rake; drill stem; angle iron; Honda 5-HP 2-in water pump; 20 Ton shop press; Smith Roles Welder; JD AC 165 space heater; Powermate 5000-W generator; Chicago drill press. Plus much more! Visit for complete printable sale bill, photos & video. Join us on Facebook. (306)487-7815 or (306)421-2928 Mack Auction Co. PL 311962

BUGGY’S, DEMOCRATS AND CUTTERS for sale, refurbished, large display, wagons, totally restored and upholstered; also saddles, harness and tack. (204)857-4932, Portage La Prairie, MB



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Steffes Auctioneers Inc. 2000 Main Ave. E., West Fargo, ND (701) 237-9173 Brad Olstad

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – 11:00 am Location: From McVille, ND *1 mile north on Cty. 35, 1/2 mile west Owners: Mark & Mike Olson *701-797-7054 or 701-230-9795 Auctioneers Note: This is an outstanding line of equipment. Hope to see you there Auction Sale Order: 11:00am Shop tools & Misc. 12:00 noon Mail line of equip.

beginning w/tractors & finishing w/smallest equipment Internet Bidding: This auction will feature live internet bidding. For live bidding the day of the auction, go to Pre-registration is required prior to auction day. Financing: We offer on the spot financing the day of the auction.

TRACTORS: *1996 JD 8870 4WD tractor, 20.8 42 radial hub duals (tires new), 4 hyd. plus return, wired for GPS AutoSteer, 12-sp. trans. w/decelerator knob, 5500 hrs, super sharp tractor *1990 JD 8760 4WD tractor, 20.8 38 radial hub duals, (insides brand new, outsides good 50%), major overhaul at 3500-hrs, 24-sp. trans., 4 hyd. plus return, exc. power, highly maintained, 8820 total hrs. *1990 Case IH 9250 4WD tractor, 12-sp. power shift, 4 hyd., 20.8 38 radial duals (like brand new), 5903 actual hrs. *JD 4430 2WD tractor, 18.4 38 band duals (good), 2 hyd., corn husker 3 pt., dual PTO, quad range, complete engine major at 9000-hrs, 13,380-hrs. *JD 4010 2WD diesel tractor, 18.4 34’s (excellent), 540 & 1000 PTO, 1000 front PTO, single hyd., Excel cab, w/factory fenders, extra nice, shedded. TRUCKS & GRAIN CART: *1978 Chevrolet C-65 tandem twin screw grain truck, 427, 5+4, 20’ box, 9:00 20’s (nearly brand new), plumbed for drill fill, pintle hitch w/air brakes, tip tops, roll tarp, complete swing out gate, new motor at 90,000 miles *1970 Chevrolet C-60 tandem grain truck, 9:00 20’s (exc.), 18’ Reiten alum. box, 427, 5+2, roll tarp, 3 piece swing out gate, head lift hoist, equipped w/(2) 50-gal. gas tanks, super sharp *1972 Ford tandem truck, lift tag, 18’ box, SRT-2 roll tarp, 9:00 20’s (brand new front tires, other tires good), complete swing out gate, 391 V8, tow hitch, 4+2, highly maintained, extra nice, 48,000 miles *1956 F-600 Ford truck w/gravel box, 4+2, V8 engine, 71,000 actual miles, nice *1975 Chevy 2WD farm pickup, ¾ ton *E-Z Trail Model 700 grain cart, 700-bu., sharp. COMBINES: *2002 Case IH 2388 axial flow combine, rock trap, Crary Big Top hopper topper, 30.5 32’s (75%), thoroughly gone through such as new AFX rotor, new feeder chain, many new bearings, chains, etc., $18,000, highly maintained, shedded machine, 2732-sep. hrs. *1989 Case IH 1680 combine, specialty rotor, rock trap, 30.5 32 tires, 14.9 24 traction rears (nearly brand new), new feeder chain, new turbo, outstanding main., approx. 3300-sep. hrs., new engine at 2500-hrs. SWATHERS, HEADERS & HEADER TRAILERS: *21’ MacDon 3000 pt swather w/finger reel *25’ Case IH Model 8220 pt swather w/finger reel *20’ Versatile S.P. swather, gas *S.P. swather transport *(2) 1015 Case IH pickup heads, both are exc. *30’ Case IH Model 1020 flex head w/finger reel, beans or grain *25’ Case IH Model 1020 flex head w/finger reel, beans or grain *(2) 30’ and one 25’ header trailers PLANTING & TILLAGE: *JD 42’ Model 777 air seeder, highly maintained *33’ JD 610 chisel plow w/Summers harrows *31’ Case IH Model 5600 chisel plow w/3 bar Flexicoil heavy harrows *40’ WilRich field cult, 3 bar harrows *45’ Case IH Model 4700 VibraTiller w/3 bar harrows *10x18’s WilRich Model 2900 auto reset plow *8 row Model 7000 30” JD MaxEmerge planter, shedded *8x30 3 pt. cult *1000-gal. NH3 tank SPRAYER: *80’ Red Ball 680 high wheel sprayer, 3 way nozzles, 1350-gal. poly tank, foam markers, injection tank, rinse tank, hyd. booms, shedded, exc. AERATION EQUIPMENT AUGERS & BINS: *8”x51’ Westfield PTO *6”x31’ Westfield w/gas engine *(3) drill fill augers *(2) 3800-bu. Eaton hopper bins, w/Micada bottoms & fans *(2) Approx. 400 bu. hopper bins OTHER MISC. FARM EQUIPMENT: *Degelman Model 5709 reel type ground driven rock picker *M&W 275-bu. gravity wagon w/roll tarp *(2) 9’ canola rollers *500 gallon poly tank on h.d. running gear, w/hyd. pump *Many other good misc. farm items and equipment

Your North Central North Dakota Auction Leader Dakota Auctioneers, Larry Swenson Ag Land & Farm Equipment Auctions, Lic # 508, 525 Main St., Cando ND 58324, 701-968-4224

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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.


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

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SUPER CARBIDE PRODUCTS AT VW Mfg. Many products in stock! VW Mfg, Dunmore, AB, See our website: or call (403)528-3350. TWIN VALLEY FEED LOT Cleaning Track Skid Steer & Track Hi Hoe. 3, 1,000-bu. vertical beater manure spreaders, will travel. Contact Ron (204)362-0820.

CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT 1981 CASE W20B WHEEL loader, well maintained, $23,500. (204)525-4521. CATERPILLAR D3B BULLDOZER LGP, 6-way blade, 90% under carriage, rear hyd remote, excellent condition. Phone (204)378-5574. FOR SALE: HYSTER 50 forklift, model H50XM, serial #H177B11943W, 5,000-lb. capacity w/CASCADE Double-Stacker attachment, 28x9x15-inch front tires, engine & trans good, needs differential work (crownpinion etc.) Propane fueled. Phone:(204)745-7445. LOOKING FOR 15 OR 16-ft gravel box w/hoist & wet kit to fit Eaton trans. Phone:(204)524-2476 ask for David.

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FARM MACHINERY FARM MACHINERY Fertilizer Equipment FOR SALE: HAUL-ALL 18-ft. slide in drill fill 8-Ton, 220-bu., 6-in. hyd augers, needs paint, offer. Phone (204)758-3897, St Jean.


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2-2000 HOPPER BINS ON skids, Vidir/Sunrise $12,000 OBO Call St. Jean (204)758-3897 BIG BINS & FLOORS at old prices, 20,000-56,000bu. bins holding prices until spring. NEW MOISTURE CABLES! Call Wall Grain for details (204)269-7616 or (306)244-1144 or (403)393-2662. CUSTOM BIN MOVING: Large Flat Bottom Bins & Hoppers. Also Buying & Selling used bins. Phone: (204)362-7103. Email:

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FOR SALE: 3 USED Grain Max 2,300-bu. Meridian Hopper bins. Call Valley Agro (204)746-6783.

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.


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FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Swathers 2004 CHALLENGER SP 80, 25-ft, 850-hrs, shedded, Hesston series, excellent condition, $52,000. Phone: (204)825-2544 or (204)825-0109, Pilot Mound. WANTED: 21-FT. SWATHER W/PU reel. Phone (204)824-2196, Wawanesa.

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FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Various 5114 NEW IDEA HAYBINE 14-ft knife, new knife & guards, field ready $5850. Phone:(204)425-3106.


FOR SALE: JD 567 round baler, 2002 model, in good condition. Phone (204)526-2029.

Large Inventory of new and remanufactured parts

REBUILT CONCAVES Rebuild combine table augers, Rebuild hyd. cyls, Roller mills regrooved, MFWD housings rebuilt, Steel & aluminum welding, Machine Shop Service, Line boreing & welding. Penno’s Machining & Mfg. Ltd. Eden, MB. (204)966-3221, Fax (204)966-3248.

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FARM MACHINERY Combine – John Deere 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


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)520-4036

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

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.


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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Various

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous

VERS 700 SERIES II 4WD, new batteries, complete engine overhaul, well maintained, one owner; JD 4020 powershift, recent overhaul; JD 3010 w/FEL. Phone David Greenaway (204)764-3986.

600-BU SELF-UNLOADING grain wagon $2900; #600 Crown Scraper $3500; 3-PTH sprayer 300-gal $2000; Midtech GPS $400; 13.6x28 Tractor Tire $200; 300L Pressure Tank $250. Phone:(204)878-2254.

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85-FT TORMASTER DIAMOND HARROW, good condition, $1800; 2001 Labtronics 919 moisture meter, good condition, $550. Phone:(204)746-8230 after 6pm.

Tillage & Seeding FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Drills 2002 FLEXI-COIL 6000 40-FT air drill, 10-inch spacing, double shutes, variable rate control. 3450 three compartment tow-between tank. Phone:(204)734-8355. 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 Tillage & Seeding – Air Seeders 1996 SEED HAWK, 35-FT@10.5-in, w/mounted seed & fertilizer tanks, new fertilizer hoppers, plenums & bearings. Always shedded, $37,000 OBO. Phone:(204)776-2018, or cell (204)573-7378. 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.

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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

GJ Chemical Co. Ltd. Arnaud - 204-427-2337

1971 JD4620 CAB, AIR, heater, power shift; Gooseneck 8-bale trailer, hydraulic unload; 84-ft Great Northern sprayer, 800-gal tank, PTO pump; Auxillary belly fuel tank for JD tractor; Gandy box w/blower for baler or silage harvester; IHC 24-ft 645 Vibro chisel, new shovels; 2 7000-lb tortion bar axles. All in good condition. Phone:(204)724-5673.

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Tillage CIH 47-FT VIBRACHISEL CULTIVATOR, w/3 row harrows. Phone:(204)729-6803, Elgin.

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Various


FARM MACHINERY DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 3 Tractors – Allis/Deutz 2009 JD 1790 PLANTER, Model 16-31, CCS row command, variable rate drive, liquid fertilizer, corn & soybean discs. Phone: (204)467-5613 or (204)771-6353.

24-FT IH 620 FACTORY TRANSPORT, RUBBER press wheels, shedded, good condition $1850; JD 1600 25-ft deep tiller, 3-row Degelman harrows $1900. Phone:(204)529-2091 or (204)539-2046. CULTIVATORS: 50-FT. FLEXICOIL 400, floating hitch, 5 plex frame w/wo air pack, $8,000; 44-ft. JD 730, $7,000; 41-ft. JD 1060, $3,500; 41-ft. Wilrich 5 plex, $4,500; 37-ft. Alloway Danish tine, 5 plex, $3,500; 30-ft. Bervac Danish tine, $2,500. Brian (204)685-2896 or (204)856-6119, MacGregor. 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. FOUR MF DISCERS, 360-4-60-ft w/martin hitch, good condition $3000 Phone St. Jean (204)758-3897

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – John Deere

2/24/12 10:32 AM JD 7410 1999 4,300-HRS, new rear tires, pwr quad, delux cab, tight, clean, mint condition, 1987 DUETZ 7085 FWA, open-station, 85hp, $50,000. Phone (204)427-3311, Woodmore, MB. 5900-hrs, Allied 794 FEL $18,000. (204)525-4521 MODEL 430U SERIAL #160983, 2 cyl, 24-HP, 3-PTH, complete rebuild on motor, runs great, FARM MACHINERY some new parts avail. (204)886-3886.

Tractors – Case/IH

2002 CASE IH QUADTRAC w/36-in. trac, always shedded, in VGC, w/4,200-hrs $163,000. Phone (204)746-8851, Morris. 2003 CASE IH MXM 130 w/loader 3-PTH, dual PTO, powershift & shuttle FWA, new tires in 2010, 5,300-hrs, heat & A/C. Phone (204)346-3509. 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.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – John Deere 4450 W/3-PT. & MFWA; 4430 w/3-pt., duals, loader, low hrs, new tires; 4010 w/3-pt., knife, cab; 1830 w/3-pt. 145 JD loader; 4650 FWA. (204)828-3460 FOR SALE 7810 MFWD, PQ, LHR, 3-pt, new tires; 7710 MFWD, PQ, LHR, 3-pt, new tires; 7210 MFWD, PQ, 3-pt, w/740 FEL, grapple; 4650 MFWD, 15-SPD; 4455 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 4450 MFWD, 3-pt, 15SPD; 4250 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 4050 MFWD, 3-pt, 15-SPD; 2950 MFWD, 3-pt, w/260 s/l FEL; 2555 CAH, 3-pt, 4,600 hrs, w/146 FEL; 1830 3-pt.; front weights for 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.

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1975 GMC-6500 TRUCK, W/BOX & hoist, 10-20 tires, 5x2 transmissions, 366 engine, & roll-tarp; 63ft Herman tine harrows, in good condition. Phone:(204)745-2784. 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. 30FT MORRIS DISC DRILL; MF 750 SP combine; 1482 PT CIH combine; 400/gal 68ft Versatile sprayer; 18ft Versatile PT swather w/2 reels; 21ft white PT swather; 21ft MF 775 SP swather, pu and batt reel; 1975 Ford 3/4 ton for parts, good 360 motor. Reasonable Offers. (306)344-7758, Paradise Hill

FOR SALE: 1993 FORD/VER 846 5,460-hrs, 12-SPD STD, 20.8x38 tires $30,000. FOR SALE: front 3-pt. to fit JD 40, 42, 44, can be adapted, $1,200. Phone (204)376-2604, Arborg.

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.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Various 1982 4640 JD TRACTOR, 150hp 20.8x38 tires, factory duals, 3 point hitch, triple hyd. air radio has very low hrs, only 3682, always shedded, will take offers; 1980 4440 JD tractor 125hp 18.4x38 tires, factory duals, triple hyd, 3 point hitch, cabin air 8346-hrs, in good condition, $21,400. Phone:(204)325-8602.

FOR SALE: ACD15; JD420C; 2003 258 hayrake. Phone (204)828-3269, leave msg. 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; 600-bu., $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 9-ft., $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. 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 packer cumming motor Phone:(306)236-8023 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 packer Cummings motor. (306)236-8023 JD 4995 16-FT DISCBINE 2009; also Honey 25-ft grain header 47-ft flex coil 800 Deep age;45-ft Willrich Cultivator; Cumming 240bp mount clutch&trans; JD 7410 MFWD PS 740 860 MF PV & 20-ft grain Phone:(306)236-8023.

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.

FOR SALE:1975 CASE 2670 4WD tractor 20.8x34 duals, 9000 hours, asking $6000; 1979 GMC 7000 tag axle grain truck, 14-ft box with roll tarp, 22.5 tires, Detroit diesel engine, 5 speed transmission, not safetied, $5500. Phone: (204)328-7398, Rivers.

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Portage La Prairie - 204-857-8741

JD 4995 16-FT DISCBINE 2009; also Honey Bee 25-ft grain header 47-ft flex coil 800 Deep Tillage; 45-ft Willrich Cultivator; Cummings 240bp skid mount clutch&trans; JD 7410 MFWD PS 740 SL; 860 MF PV & 20-ft grain. (306)236-8023. LODEKING 14-FT DRILLFILL; NH3 kit w/hyd shutoff; front fenders for JD MFWD tractor; 16-ft MacDon haybine, shedded; 31-ft Co-op deep tiller. Phone (204)386-2412, Plumas, MB. 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.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous 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. SEMI-RETIREMENT SALE: 1952 DODGE Fargo 1-ton truck, new motor straight 6 & starter dump, restoration truck, $5000; KIOTI DK45 tractor-2010, 4WD, cab, air, heat, 3-PTH, loader, 6-ft Farmking tiller, still has warranty, $30,000; KIOTI DK90 2009 cab, air, heat, loader bucket, forks, 4WD, 3-PTH $30,000; Case 2470 cab, 4WD, 16-ft snow blade, $9000; 18-ft Blue Hills Stock/Horse trailer 2009, centre gate, rubber mats, hardly used, $10,000; 2011 New Holland Rustler 4WD RTV, 4 person, hydraulic dumpbox, 50-hrs, still has warranty, $16,000; John Deere baler 210, works, $1000. John Deere 566 Baler, $15,000; 1984 Spray Coup, 3-wheel, runs good, rebuilt carb, used last season, $5000; Older D6 CAT, electric start, needs track put on, otherwise good farm Cat, $5000. Phone:(204)263-5334. WIRELESS DRIVEWAY ALARMS, calving/foaling barn cameras, video surveillance, rear view cameras for RV’s, trucks, combines, seeders, sprayers and augers. Mounted on magnet. Calgary, Ab. (403)616-6610.

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted 1203 CHINOOK SPROCKET-DRIVE air tank w/motor, c/w sprockets. Reply to 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. JOHN DEERE HORSE MOWER; Also Studebaker PU truck; ‘75-’76 Merc Snowtwister & engine parts Snowmobile. (204)668-4245 WANTED: 44-FT 2 ROW Harrows for 730 John Deere Air Disc Seeder Phone (204)526-2166 Holland WANTED: HYD-TRACK TIGHTENER FOR 350 JD Crawler; Wanted: Old flail type haybine, brand maybe GEHL??? Wanted: 3-PH attachment to fit 2010 JD. Phone:(204)734-2662.

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

FEEDER/SLAUGHTER SALES Every Friday 8AM Receiving open until 11PM Thursdays Presale Sundays BRED COW/FEEDER/SLAUGHTER SALE Monday, March 26th 9AM Full herd dispersal 34 Black Angus cows, Bred Black Angus calving August 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

GRUNTHAL LIVESTOCK AUCTION MART. LTD. GRUNTHAL, MB. Agent for T.E.A.M. Marketing Monday, March 26th 12:00 Noon Sheep & Goat plus Small Animal & Dairy Sale -approx 40 springing holstein heifers Regular Cattle Sales every Tuesday 9AM


WANTED: USED PTO DRIVEN Post Pounder & used 20-ft discs, both in good condition & reasonably priced. Phone John (204)268-4478.

Livestock Handling Equipment for info regarding products or pricing, please call our office.

USED GREEN PRESSURE TREATED lumber Corral Fence & Gates. Homemade hinges, 168 boards & 134 Posts, very good condition, must be disassembled $2000 OBO. In Charleswood, Wpg Phone:(204)895-9667.

For on farm appraisal of livestock or for marketing information please call Harold Unrau (Manager) Cell 871 0250 Auction Mart (204) 434-6519 MB. Livestock Dealer #1111

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You always get what you want at: Paterson Global Foods Inc.

Deloraine - 204-747-2333

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 & LIVESTOCK 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 Cattle – Angus 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 DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 6 (204)856-3440.

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You always get what you want at: Paterson Global Foods Inc. Arborg - 204-376-5073

On test we have 4 sons from Red Brylor Toast, 1 from Red Fineline Mulberry, Red U-2 Illicit, Red 5L Travlin Express, Red Badlands Mr Beef, Red LCC Glance, Red LCC Saskatoon, & 1 grandson of each Red Towaw Indeed & Red BJR Make My Day. We also have a good selection at home from AI sires & walking bulls. In lieu of an auction in Ashern we will have 2 OPEN HOUSES on March 17 & April 14, come & join us for lunch with your family.


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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus BLACK ANGUS YEARLING BULLS, low birth weights, around 1,100-lbs, price $1,700. Also Rolled grain $140150 per tote bag. Phone (204)886-2083. 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. 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: 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. 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 KEMBAR ANGUS HAS FOR SALE Reg Black Angus yearling bulls. Good confirmation & excellent dispositions. Pedigrees include Kodiak, Peace Maker, Heritage & Net Worth. Will be semen tested. Also for sale is a select group of Reg Open Yearling Heifers. EPD’s available on all animals. Phone Colin (204)725-3597, Brandon. N7 STOCK FARM HAVE Black Angus yearlings & two-year old bulls for sale, some are AI sired, bulls are fed a grower ration. Semen tested, delivery available. Contact Gerald & Wendy Nykoliation (204)562-3530, or Allan’s cell (204)748-5128.


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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.

“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

RED ANGUS & BLACK angus bulls for sale, yearlings and two-year olds, semen tested & delivery available. Contact Wayne (204)383-5802.

FOR SALE: POLLED HEREFORD BULLS, yearlings & two-year olds, current pedigree, reasonably priced. Phone Martin (204)425-3820 or Lanard (204)-425-3809.

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.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Red Angus

BLACK ANGUS BULL FOR SALE 4 yr old, never seen hard work, $2,500. Phone (204)267-2527 or cell (204)871-7013.

BLACK ANGUS & POLLED Hereford bulls for sale, AM yearling & 2 yr olds. Semen tested, perfor2/24/12 10:32 mance records & delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430, Clearwater. LOOKING FOR SHELTER BELT or shade trees? Confused with all the choices? Call us, we can help you! PopFORAGE BASED BLACK ANGUS Bulls. Virgin lar & willow bare root trees for sale. Phone:Karl (204)8572-yr & herd sires available. www.nerbasbrosan1739., Ph:(204)564-2540

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.

TRIED & TRUE BULL SALE Wilkinridge Stock Farm BAR-M Stock Farm 11th Annual Red Angus and Maine Anjou bull sale Friday April 13th, 1:00pm Grunthal Auction Mart 24 yearling Red Angus bulls 1 2-year-old Red Angus bull 13 Red & Black yearling Maine bulls 2 3-year-old Black Maine bulls -semen tested & vet inspected -performance tested -free delivery & board until May 1 for info call Dean 204-343-2008 Sid 204-373-2631 view catalogue on line at

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Blonde d’Aquitaine PERFORMANCE TESTED YEARLING POLLED Blonde bulls, semen tested, quiet w/good disposition. Bellevue Blondes: Marcel J Dufault (204)379-2426, (204)745-7412, Haywood, MB.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Charolais CHAROLAIS BULLS FOR SALE at the farm. Good selection, come and take a look. Walking Plow Charolais, Phone:(204)427-2589. CHAROLAIS BULLS FOR SALE at the farm. Good selection, come & take a look. Walking Plow Charolais phone (204)427-2589. 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: YEARLING & 2 yr old Charolais bulls, coloured & white, quiet, tested, delivered, $2,250$2,550. Wayne Angus (204)764-2737, Hamiota. 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 MARTENS CHAROLAIS 2-YR OLD & yearling bulls, sired by Specialist, (consistant thickness) Dateline for calving ease & performance. Red-Mist (Red factor). Nobleman 3-yr old bull. For beef bulls Martens Charolais. Phone:(204)534-8370. 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 Steppler Farms 1st Annual Bull Sale



SATURDAY APRIL 14th, 2012 1:00 pm on the farm 12 miles west of Souris, MB Contact: Blaine Canning 204-858-2475 Michael Canning 204-858-2457 or visit website at 10:32 AM LIVESTOCK Cattle – Red Angus 2 YR OLD & 3 yr old Reg Red Angus bull. Also 2 yearling Simmental Angus bulls. All bulls semen tested. Phone (204)727-6988. 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. F BAR & ASSOCIATES ANGUS bulls for sale. Choose from 25, two yr old & yearling Red & Black Angus bulls. Great genetics, easy-handling, semen tested. Terms & delivery can be arranged. Call for sales list or other details. Inquiries & visitors welcome. We are located in Eddystone, MB, about 20-mi East of Ste Rose, or 25mi West of Lake Manitoba Narrows, just off Hwy 68. Contact Allen & Merilyn Staheli (204)448-2124, E-mail FORSYTH’S FBAR RANCH HAVE for sale 25 yearling & 10, 2 yr old Reg, Red Angus bulls. Bulls will be semen tested & delivered. For info Contact Roy (204)448-2245, Eddystone, MB. 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.

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. POLLED HEREFORD YEARLING BULLS. Call Vern Kartanson (204)867-2627 or (204)867-7315, Minnedosa. REG POLLED HEREFORD BULLS, good selection of coming 2 yr olds, naturally developed, quiet, broke to tie, guaranteed, delivery available. Catt Brothers (204)723-2831 Austin, MB. 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 or call Bill Biglieni (204)763-4697 or (204)729-7925. ALL BULLS BVD, SEMEN TESTED & TIE BROKE.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Limousin DIAMOND T LIMOUSIN 7TH Annual Wholesale Fri., Mar 23rd, 2012, Kenton, MB. On offer 10, 2 yr olds, 20 yearling Limousin bulls & 10 open heifers. For info or catalogue contact Travis Hunter (204)838-2019, cell (204)851-0809 or Lawrence Daniel (204)838-2198.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Maine-Anjou FOR SALE: PUREBRED & fullblood Maine-Anjou cows due to start calving early Apr. Purebred 2-yr old bulls - performance info available, will semen test. Check out our purebred & fullblood bulls at the Douglas Bull Test Station - Gains up to 4.56-lbs/day. Sale date at the station is Sat, Apr 7,2012 @ 1:00pm. Contact: Falloon’s Maine-Anjou, Carman & Laura Falloon, Birtle,MB. PH:(204)842-5180. TRIED & TRUE BULL SALE Wilkinridge Stock Farm BAR-M Stock Farm 11th Annual Red Angus and Maine Anjou bull sale Friday April 13th, 1:00pm Grunthal Auction Mart 24 yearling Red Angus bulls 1 2-year-old Red Angus bull 13 Red & Black yearling Maine bulls 2 3-year-old Black Maine bulls -semen tested & vet inspected -performance tested -free delivery & board until May 1 for info call Dean 204-343-2008 Sid 204-373-2631 view catalogue on line at

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Salers 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.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Shorthorn Cattle for sale - Shorthorn Quality yearling shorthorn bulls, red, roan and white. Also a mature herd sire and a red long yearling. Prices start at $3000.00. Greg Tough, Hargrave Man. (204)748-3136;

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:00 PM, Steppler Sale Barn, Miami, MB. 58 Yearling & Two-Year Olds. Sound, good haired, thick and most are polled. For catalogue or info contact Andre (204)435-2463. View catalogue online at;




LIVESTOCK Cattle – Gelbvieh POLLED PB REG YEARLING Gelbveih bulls. Semen tested, delivered & guaranteed. For more info call (204)436-2655 or (204)745-7811. 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. PRAIRIE GELBVEIH ALLIANCE 9TH Annual Bull Sale, Apr 7th, 1:30pm at Johnstone Auction Mart, Moosejaw, SK. Selling 45+ yearling bulls, Reds & Blacks, semen tested. Also a select group of replacement heifers. Wayne (306)793-4568, Del (306)969-4829, Ian (306)456-2555. Catalogue online

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Hereford 15 DE-HORNED REPLACEMENT HEREFORD heifers. View @ For info Phone:(306)743-5105, Langenburg, SK. FOR SALE: PB POLLED Hereford yearling bulls w/ moderate birth weights & good EPD’s, easy doers & good temperament, tie broke. Can be viewed online at (204)764-0364 or (204)764-0331.

FOR SALE: AT THE farm & at Douglas Bull Test Station, Sale Apr 7th, 2012. Yearling & 2 yr old bulls, Red, White or Roan, Polled, moderate birth weights, easy fleshing & docile. Call Uphill Shorthorns (204)764-2663 or cell (204)365-7155. POPLAR PARK FARM HAS 15 Red Polled yearling bulls at the Sun Country Bull Test. Thick, sound bulls from easy keeping, low maintenance cows. Fed on a high roughage ration, ready to work. These bulls sell on Apr 14th at Kisbey, SK. Along w/42 more bulls from leading breeders. See more info at Phone (204)764-2382. REGISTERED SHORTHORN BULLS, 1 and 2-yr olds, reds, & reds with white markings. Call Meadowcreek Shorthorns (204)776-2027. So, you are looking for Shorthorns? Good! You are on the right track. Take a look at the Douglas Bull Test centre where fads are set aside and attributes that improve cattle for the owner and the industry are exemplified. Come to the Douglas Test Station Annual Sale: Sat. April 7 at 1 p.m. Manitoba time. Shorthorns will sell early. Be on Time. Herbourne Shorthorns and Lawler’s Polled Shorthorns have three bulls entered in the sale. Herbourne has the top performance bull this year which also boasts a loin eye area of 17 Sq. Inches. Lawler’s had the top performance bull over all breeds in 2011. Their entry for this Year is the 2nd place bull. The four Shorthorns heifers offered in the sale come from the top of a multi-breed heifer test. Ultrasound info indicates they show high scores in intra-muscular fat. These cattle are not over-finished; they have been fed for replacement breeding stock. For more info check the website at, Bill and Isabel Acheson at (204)744-2525; Brian Lawler at (701)266-5391;

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental 2 YEARLING SIMMENTAL RED Angus bulls. 2 yr old & 3 yr old Reg Red Angus bull. All bulls semen tested. Phone (204)727-6988. 2 YR OLD & yearling Polled Simmental bulls. Also 3 yr old Red herdsire. Acomb Valley (204)865-2246, Minnedosa. CATTLEMEN’S CLASSIC BULL SALE, Apr. 1st, 2012, Heartland Livestock, Virden MB. Downey Farms will be consigning 13 Simmental Beef Bulls featuring members of the 2011 CWA Supreme Pen of bulls. Sires such as Wheatland Predator 922W, Wheatland 680S, & the first sons of Downey 505W will be on offer. The sale worth waiting for. Downey Farms, Coulter MB. (204)649-2260, Jackie cell (204)522-0838, Allan cell (204)522-5468.


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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental

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“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


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Red Angus Black Angus & Hereford On Test at Southwest Bull Development Center Oak Lake, MB Growth bulls & Heifer bulls Tested BVD free, Semen tested, Carcass evaluated Sale Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012 1:30pm Heartland Livestock, Virden, MB For more info Google Southwest Bull Development Center Or Contact Ron Batho, Test Station Manager 204-855-2404

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FOR SALE: 2 YEARLING Simm bulls (1 Polled) 1 (2 yr old) polled Simm bull. I am calving heifers to this bull now. 1 mature polled Simm bull. I have calves to see, all born unassisted to cows out in the pasture. Also consigning to “Transcon Cattle Country Simmental & Charolais Bull Sale.” Neepawa Apr 12th. 3 yearling Simm bulls (2 polled) Delight Simmentals (204)836-2116 St. Alphonse, MB.

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MULTI-GENERATION POLLED, RED Simm yearling bulls for sale. AI sired by Remington Red Label. Semen tested & delivered when needed. Boynecrest Stock Farm (204)828-3483, (204)745-7168.

Brandon - 204-763-8998

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.

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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. LATE CALVING COWS & heifers, blacks. Phone: (204)385-3646 Open Heifers: 30 Limousin cross open replacement quality heifers. Reds & blacks. Phone: (204)365-0824 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. W + RANCH HAS 6 Red bulls for sale: 88-94-lbs. b.w-sold cows; 2 beef booster M4bulls, 2-yrs; 1 Simm bull, 2-yr; 1 beef booster M4 bull, 3-yr; 1 beef booster M2 bull 4-yr; 1 Simm bull 4-yr $2,500-3,000, semen tested; 1-year old hef’s sired by older bulls, can be seen. Contact Stewart Tataryn (204)646-2338, RM St Laurent.

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

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

LIVESTOCK Horses – Belgian BRED BELGIAN & PERCHRON mare, also Belgian & Perchron studs for sale. (204)436-2571

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1 SURE-WEIGH PORTABLE PLATFORM livestock beam scale c/w mounted cage w/end gate, VGC. Phone Marcel (204)379-2426 or (204)745-7412, Haywood, MB. 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)556-2346 or (204)851-0145, Virden. CASE IH BALER RBX562; BaleKing 3100 shredder; Fruehauf lead 25-ft/ pup 28-ft trailers w/haysides; HiQual squeeze/ palp cage; portable loading chute; Lewis cattle oiler; calf shelters; portable windbreaks/ boards; bale seeders; steel troughs; Fencers; Stock DR; Calf-puller; eartags. Phone:(204)564-2667. FOR SALE: 2 LARGE hog self feeders. Phone (204)835-2345, McCreary.

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.

PETS PETS & SUPPLIES MINIATURE SCHNAUZER PUPS, dewormed & 1st vet check, ready to go to their new homes Apr 11th, $400. Call (204)434-6132.


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. HESSTON BP 20 BALE processor $2,500; Craig 20-ft. gooseneck tri-axle trailer, $1,800; 4 sections of scaffolding w/Castor whls, $450. (204)825-8354 or (204)825-2784.

Casper is an exception. Honest and dependable. She has seen and done a lot, from 4-H to rodeo arena. Will need maintenance for arthritis priced to go to good home where she will be enjoyed for light work. $2,500.00 (204) 324-8614

SEMI RETIREMENT SALE: PAINT Gelding, approx 16-HH, some professional training. Experienced rider. Shots, worming, Ferrier up to date, $1500; Older Arab Mare, 15.2-HH, 20+ years, good body condition, retired trail horse, could still be used. Needs to be with other quiet horse. Experienced rider, would make a good companion horse. To A GOOD HOME ONLY. Shots, Ferrier, worming up to date. Teeth floated yearly, $1000. Phone:(204)263-5334. 2/24/12 10:32 AM

22 EXCELLENT QUALITY 850-900-LB, mostly DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 7 2/24/12 10:32 AM 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: 30 RED Simm/ Angus/ Gelbvieh, quality breeding heifers. Call Stuart (204)762-5805, Lundar, MB.

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GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. 2 calf creep feeders, 90-bushel; Bale King model #2010 processor, 4010 MONTH OLD HAFLINGER FILLY, pure bred, bu grain tank, 2 new hydraulic motors, new PTO has had some halter training; Mare pure bred paDP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 17 2/24/12 10:32 AM shaft, knives like new; NH 358 mixmill, recondipered; Stallion pure bred, not papered. Call Ray at tioned. Phone: (204)427-3172, leave message. (204)422-8339.

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LAZY RAINBOW RIVER RANCH has for sale 8, 2 yr old Black & Red Simm & 10 yearling Simm bulls. Some good for heifers. Phone (204)372-6945.

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FULL BLOOD, RED & Black Simmental Bulls. Yearlings & 2-yr old. Semen tested & delivered. Triple T Diamond Simmentals. Phone:(204)762-6156, Stewart Cell:(204)739-8301, Wade Cell:(204)739-3225.

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.

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FOR SALE BY PRIVATE treaty, PB Red Simmental yearling bulls, polled thick high performance bulls. Will keep until spring. Semen tested & delivered. Call (204)825-2140 evenings, Connor or Gayle.

WLB LIVESTOCK 8TH ANNUAL BULL SALE 2:00pm March 27th, 2011. Polled Herefords & Black/ Red Simmentals sell. Catalogue & video available online or call Bill Biglieni (204)763-4697 or (204)729-7925. ALL BULLS BVD, SEMEN TESTED & TIE BROKE.

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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.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 780 ALLIED LOADER, NEW pocket & fast couplers plus brackets $1500 Ph (204)476-0905 or (204)357-4037

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REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Manitoba 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. BEAUTIFUL WELL SHELTERED ACREAGE on 14.48-acs near Pilot Mound. The older brick home is in excellent condition & is a credit to the owners. There are a total of 5 bdrms, main bathroom, half bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, office, etc. There are numerous outbuildings in good condition. Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc.

EXCELLENT MACHINE SHOP WHICH does welding, custom fabrication, hydraulic fittings, spares, etc. mainly for the agricultural industry. The total building size is 8,220-sq.ft. & is located on 1.95-acs. All machinKORG PIANO $699; KEYBOARD 99.95; Electric ery & equipment for operating the business is included. Guitar $89.95; Amp $49.95; Student Guitar $79.95; The inventory will be available at market cost. Tel: GorDP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 12 2/24/12 10:32 AM Lapsteel $150; Violin $99.99; Octave Mandolin don Gentles (204)761-0511 or $299; Autoharp $299; Harmonica $12.98; Trumpet Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 $189; Hildebrand Music, Portage La Prairie mall. Homelife Home Professional Realty Inc. LIVESTOCK Phone:(204)857-3172. FARM SPECIALIST: COUNT ON GRANT TWEED, Specialty – Bison/Buffalo informed, professional assistance for sellers & buyFOR SALE 10 BISON cows, 10 Bison 2011 calves, ers. Call (204)761-6884 anytime, or www.granttlooking to sell 2-year olds this summer for Service with integrity. ter. Phone:(204)242-2329, Manitou. ORGANIC GOOD CATTLE FARM OF 1,733 deeded acs in Organic – Certified the RM of Alonsa. Approx 600-acs in Alfalfa & 1,100-acs of pasture. There is an additional 22-acs ORGANIC PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF MANIof crown land avail. Cattle sheds, machine shop, TOBA CO-OPERATIVE (OPAM). Non-profit member corrals etc. Bungalow home. Tel: Jim McLachlan owned organic certification body, certifying producers, (204)724-7753 or Gordon processors and brokers since 1988. Phone: (204)567Gentles (204)761-0511 3745, Miniota, Manitoba. Email: HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc. EXOTIC BIRD & ANIMAL Auction, Sun April 22 11:00 A.M. Indian Head Skating Rink, Phone 306-347 1068




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QUARTER SECTION OF LAND of which 140-acs can be cultivated in the RM of Daly. Land is graded C for crop insurance. Tel: Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Manitoba



NICE MIXED FARM OF 950-acs of which 800-acs can be cultivated. The land is all in a block. There are a number of excellent farm buildings & a metal corral system. 11,000-bus grain storage. Farm yd has underground electric wiring. The far house though older is in excellent condition & has been upgraded to modern standards. Tel: Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc.


CORN SEED $25/ACRE. Lower Cost Alternative for Grazing & Silage. High Yield & Nutrition 7 to 9-ft. Tall. Leafy Early 2200 to 2350 CHU’s –Open Pollinated Varieties. Phone (204)723-2831.

VERY TIDY, VACANT DAIRY farm of 160-acs only 11-mi from Killarney, would also lend itself to other types of livestock operation. Free-stall dairy barn for 108 cows w/12 swing-over milking parlour. Large hayshed & lean-to, built in 2005. Commodity shed 42-ft.x16-ft. Small workshop w/generator. 3 cattle sheds. 4 hopper bottom bins. Good split level house. Tel: Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc.

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Pastureland SUPER NICE PASTURE FOR 150 cow calf, mostly seeded pasture, and will rotate. (204)427-3172, can leave message

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Wanted

LESS FUSARIUM MORE BOTTOM LINE. Wheat seed available. Suitable for ethanol production, livestock feed. Western Feed Grain Development Coop Ltd. 1-877-250-1552 REG CDC GO RED Spring Wheat, high yield & short strong straw, $10.75/bus. Phone (204)746-6632, Morris, MB.

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. 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.

LOOKING TO BUY OR rent land North of Winnipeg. Contact Ron (204)299-6853 or (204)467-8877. MANITOBAFARMS.CA (204)253-7373 If its property, We sell them all! Grain Land, Cattle Ranches, Mixed Farms, Buffalo Ranches, Pastureland & Hay Land. Hunting & Recreational Property, Saw Mill, Suburban & Out of Town Property Homes, Acreages, etc. We attract buyers from Europe, US, Canada & Asian Countries. Have your property advertised where people look. Call Harold, Delta Real Estate (204)253-7373. 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.,

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Acreages/Hobby Cattle or hunting opportunity on 640 ac. in RM of Woodlands. 25% bush, complete newer 4 strand fence, sorting pens & loading chute. $199,900 Greg Michie The Greg Michie Team (204) 336-2800

REAL ESTATE Land For Sale 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.

PINNACLE & SUMMIT OATS, Carberry Wheat, CDC Sorrel Flax, Chadburn Soybeans. Krym Farms Ltd (204)955-5562, Rosser, 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.

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

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Wheat Glenn Kane Harvest Carberry Barley Tradition Conlon Oats Leggett Souris Flax Lightning

Northstar Seeds & Brett Young Forages

WANTED: LOOKING FOR CROPLAND in Argyle, Stonewall, Warren, Balmoral & surrounding area. Please call Deric (204)513-0332, leave msg.

We Grow & Process Locally most of the Seed we sell!!






BuyUsed Used Oil Oil ••Buy NOTRE •• Buy Buy Batteries Batteries DAME ••Collect CollectUsed Used Filters Filters • Collect Oil Containers • Collect Oil Containers USED • Antifreeze OIL & Southern,Southern Eastern, and Manitoba Western Western FILTER Manitoba DEPOT Tel: 204-248-2110

We BUY used oil & filters Collection of plastic oil jugs Glycol recovery services Specialized waste removal Winter & Summer windshield washer fluid Peak Performance anti-freeze ( available in bulk or drums )

Waldern AC Juniper

AC Metcalfe Seebe Sundre & Busby Winter & Spring Triticale, Silage Peas CDC Go Wheat Polish Canola Delivery Possible


Sundre, AB 403-556-2609 SEED / FEED / GRAIN SEED/FEED MISCELLANEOUS Feed Grain CONVENTIONAL AND ROUND UP Ready Grazing Corn. CanaMaize Seed 1-877-262-4046 or email

Specializing in: • Corn, wheat, sunflower, canola, soymeal, soybeans, soy oil, barley, rye, flax, oats (feed & milling) • Agents of the CWB • Licensed & bonded 5 LOCATIONS to serve you!

“Naturally Better!” Soybean Crushing Facility (204) 331-3696 Head Office - Winkler (888) 974-7246 Jordan Elevator (204) 343-2323 Gladstone Elevator (204) 385-2292 Somerset Elevator (204) 744-2126 Sperling Elevator (204) 626-3261

For our Locations in: Brandon & Winnipeg Call ADRIAAN for Information: 204-947-6107 or 1-800-782-8478

CANADA COMMON #1, MULTI-FOLIATE alfalfa seed. Pre-inoculated, 99.9% purity, 88% germination, 0 weed seeds. Price varies from $2.60-$2.75/lb depending on volume purchased. Delivery can be arranged. Call:(204)642-2572, Riverton. CERISE RED PROSO COMMON MILLET seed & Common Crown Millet at $0.40/lb. 90%+ germination, 0% Fusarium Graminearum. Makes great cattle feed, swath grazed, dry or silage bale. Very high in protein. Energy & drought tolerant. Sold in 50-lb bags. $0.16 contracts available for 2012 crop year. 2000+ satisfied producers. 9th Year in Business! Millet King Seeds of Canada Inc. Reynald (204)379-2987 or (204)526-2719 cell & text (204)794-8550. Leave messages, all calls returned.

You always get what you want at: Viterra

Franklin - 204-476-2668

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Toll Free: 888-974-7246 SEED/FEED MISCELLANEOUS Hay & Straw 100 BALES MIXED HAY, $34/bale. Richard Zaretski (204)345-0146 or (204)268-5283

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.

Corn, Wheat, Barley

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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, Darlingford.




NICE LONG OAT STRAW, 3x3x8 bales, $15 each in the yard at Pilot Mound. Can deliver by semiload. Also wheat straw $20. Phone:(204)825-7903.


You always get what you want at: Glenboro - 204-827-2842

100 ROUND HAY bales for sale $25/bale. Also small square bales $2/bale Phone: (204)866-2844, leave message. Anola, MB.

ALFALFA SEED, CLEAN & bagged. Phone: (204)8582482, Ron Bodin, or Robyn Bodin (204)858-2576.

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GOOD QUALITY FEED BARLEY, can deliver. Also Grain Corn. Phone (204)745-8007, Elm Creek.



14-FT ALUMINUM FISHING BOAT, 15hp Johnson motor, easy hauler trailer, $1850. Phone:(204)425-3106.

AC Morgan AC Mustang

PEDIGREED SEED Oilseed – Canola


GRAIN FARM WANTED- MANITOBA family wanting to aquire a complete farm unit in the region of 3500 acres workable, located in western or the south-central part of the province, for takeover next year. Respones to Reply to Ad# 1018, c/o MB Co-operator, Box 9800, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3K7.

PEDIGREED SEED: CARBERRY, GLENN, Barrie CWRS; Triactor, Summit Oats; RR Soybeans; Andrew Sapton Acres (204)771-0951, Hazelridge, MB.

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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.




PEDIGREED SEED Cereal – Various

JEFFERIES SEED: Cert Triactor & Furlong Oats, quality & germination is excellent. Call for prices. Ron Jefferies (204)827-2102, Glenboro.

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2500 MEDIUM SQUARE BALES Timothy hay, horse quality, stored in hay shed. Also 500 large round bales Alfalfa/Timothy mix, no rain, can deliver. Phone: (204)372-6937. 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. FIRST & SECOND CUT hardcore round bales of Alfalfa/Grass mix. Feed tested & no rain. Phone: (204)836-2434, Swan Lake. FOR SALE: LARGE SQUARE bales 4x4x8, Rye Grass, Oat Straw, Wheat Straw, can deliver. Also 53-ft. drop deck PJ trailer 2007, VGC, safetied. Phone Phil Cormier (204)771-9700, La Salle, MB. LARGE ROUND ALFALFA/BROME BALES. Phone: (204)859-2724 evenings, Rossburn MB. SMALL SQUARE BALES Horse Hay, Beef Hay & Wheat Straw. Close to Brandon. Phone (204)728-0664 or (204)761-7976.

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


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!








The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


CAREERS Help Wanted

CAREERS Professional

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.

“Your feed grain broker”

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 Fax 204-415-3489

You always get what you want at: Viterra

Hargrave - 204-748-1126

DUFFERIN MARKET GARDENS IS looking for a hardworking self-motivated individual to help in greenhouses & gardens, at farmers market & to make deliveries. Must have a valid driver’s license. Full time work is available from June through September or any part thereof. Call (204)745-3077 or fax resume to (204)745-6193. F/T EMPLOYEE NEEDED on Cattle Farm. Duties include: Feeding & working cattle, operating & maintaining equipment, & other farm related tasks. Class 1 license an asset. Wage depending on experience. Phone: (204)870-0653.

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 EnTENDERS gineering 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 INVITATION TO TENDER DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 15 2/24/12 10:32 AM software; Manage design responsibilities acdatabase Re: Estate of Anna Reimer & Katharina Wieler cording to scheduling plan provided by Design Mgr; As solicitors for the executor of the above estate, Develop detailed lists of materials as per design; Prowe invite TENDERS for the purchase of vide Engineered Mechanical Dwg. Packages for mfg. approximately 13.58 acres described as follows: purposes; Communicate effectively with production LOT 4 SS Plan 564 MLTO in SE 1/4 of staff & CAD Team; Excellent communication skills; 17-1-3 WPM Must be able to work independently and within a team. For more information regarding Jodale Perry Corp. visit A cheque for $5,000 must accompany the Tender our website at: Please forward as a down payment. Written tenders must be reyour resume along with references in confidence to: ceived by 12 noon on April 5, 2012. Down payJodale Perry Corp. 300 Route 100 Morden, MB. R6M ment will be refunded it tender not accepted. 1A8, Fax: (204)822-9111 Email: We appreciate all applicants for their interest, Closing date for the sale shall be 30 days after however only candidates selected for interviews will be the close of Tenders, by cash or approved loan contacted. proceeds. The buyer is responsible for 2012 taxes. Any loan advances paid after closing grains. date are subject to payment of interest at loan SEASONAL FULL AND/OR P/T labourer required rate during reasonable delay for registration on grain farm 15-min S of Wpg. Must have valid liof security. cense. Call (204)746-0275 for more details.

We are buyers of farm

  • 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.”

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


The highest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted. ADDRESS: WIENS DOELL LAW OFFICE PO Box 1150 564 Mountain Ave. Winkler, MB R6W 4B2 Phone: (204) 325-8807 Fax: (204) 325-8352 To the attention of Christopher G. Doell

CAREERS Professional

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) offers programs and services that support sustainability and growth for Manitoba’s agricultural and rural economy. “Lending and Insurance – building a strong rural Manitoba.”

ADJUSTORS Competition #2012-05

LOCATIONS: Altona, Beausejour, Birtle, Carman, Dauphin, Deloraine, Fisher Branch, Glenboro, Grandview, Hamiota, Neepawa, Portage la Prairie, St. Pierre-Jolys, Sanford, Somerset, Souris, Stonewall, Swan River and Virden. TYPICAL DUTIES: Working directly with agricultural producers and associated industries, Adjustors are responsible for assessing crop loss for the AgriInsurance, wildlife and hail programs as well as inspections for additional programs such as cash advances and farmer’s markets, all in accordance with established policies and procedures. This position requires a high degree of thoroughness and accuracy in completing detailed claim or inspection forms and measuring grain bins and fields. This work requires the ability to climb bins, walk on rough terrain and work in various weather conditions. QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates will have a high school education or equivalent, proficiency in working with numbers and computers, and a general knowledge of Manitoba agriculture. Demonstrated ability to perform work requiring attention to detail and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential. A valid driver’s license and vehicle, a willingness and ability to travel throughout the Province, and being physically capable of performing the assigned duties in a safe manner are also required. Post secondary education in agriculture and a farm background is desirable. MASC provides employee training. Work is assigned on a casual basis throughout the year with the main workload from spring until late fall. Workloads vary depending on the number of claims and inspection requests MASC receives. APPLY: Interested candidates should submit their résumé and cover letter indicating location preference(s) by mail, fax or e-mail no later than Friday, March 30, 2012 to:

SWINE TECHNICIAN REQUIRED at CV Farms. A farrow to finish hog operation near Argyle, MB. Job involves all aspects of work in barn, including care of pigs, treatment, feeding, breeding, farrowing sows, moving & loading hogs, carrying out hygiene routines. Applicants should have at least 2 yrs experience working w/pigs. Salary $14.80/hr. Housing available at reasonable rent. Email resume to

Human Resources Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Unit 100 - 1525 First Street S. Brandon, MB R7A 7A1 Fax: (204) 726-6849 E-mail: We thank all that apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

TIRES FEDERATION TIRE: 1100X12, 2000X20, used aircraft. Toll free 1-888-452-3850 FOR SALE: 2, 14.9X46 Goodyear Dyna torque radials w/rims. Rims have extended centres. Like new condition. Phone (204)745-3404, Carman. 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. TRACTOR TIRES (2) GOODYEAR 520/85R46, new cost $2,500 each plus tax, like new condition, asking $1,500 each. Lavern (204)371-9954.

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.

TRAILERS Livestock Trailers 1995 NORBERTS LIVESTOCK TRAILER, 8x26-ft., $4,500. Phone (204)248-2381, Notre Dame.

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TRAILERS Trailers MiscellaneousDP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 1998 7X21 REAL INDUSTRIES goose neck stock trailer, good condition $5500; Bale trailer, hauls 14 5x6 round bales, I-beam frame, good condition $3800. Phone:(204)529-2091 or (204)529-2046. 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 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


16 2/24/12 10:32 AM cense to haul oil in southwest Manitoba. Oilfield experience and oil tickets an asset. Will be required to work 7 day shifts w/3 or 4 days off in between. $30/hr starting wage for qualified drivers. Call or fax resume to 204-747-2917, leave message.


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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

Advertise in the Manitoba Co-operator Classifieds, it’s a Sure Thing! EMERSON MILLING INC. EMERSON MILLING INC. Emerson Milling Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Warren Alexander as our new oat buyer. Warren brings us over 20 years of Emerson Milling is pleased announce the regarding hiring of the Warren experience in theInc. grain industry.toAny questions oat Alexander as our oatatbuyer. Warren brings us over 20 years of market please call new Warren 204-373-2328. experience in the grain industry. Any questions regarding the oat market please call Warren at 204-373-2328.



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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


New strategies for controlling Glyphosate Resistant Kochia. Glyphosate resistant kochia is not just coming to Canada. It’s already here. Even more troubling, it is poised to spread quickly unless farmers start taking preventative measures. This past year, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada researchers confirmed the presence of glyphosate tolerant kochia plants in the Lethbridge region of southern Alberta. It is a weed that has already reared its head in several US states, including Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado.

Grant Deveson says the practice of rotating herbicides has been largely forgotten when it comes to glyphosate.

Deveson says CleanStart can be applied on its own or topped up with additional glyphosate for sharper control of larger weeds, winter annuals and perennials. Being a contact herbicide, it’s important to stick with the necessary water volume (10 gallons/acre). CleanStart can be applied pre-seed or up to three days post-seed.

Authority®: Kochia control for specialty crops. Authority® is a next generation selective pre-emergent herbicide. It is registered for peas, flax, sunflowers, and chickpeas. This soil applied residual product is activated with moisture, and forms a barrier in the soil to keep kochia out.

“Kochia is a highly competitive weed that spreads extremely quickly,” explains Nufarm Commercial Manager, Grant Deveson.

The secret is sulfentrazone: a, Group 14 chemistry that prevents aggressive weeds from emerging. Kochia, wild buckwheat, lamb’s quarters and pigweed are among the weeds Authority will control..

The agriculture industry is taking this news very seriously. There is a real concern that this new strain of resistant kochia will be hard to contain for several reasons.

“Authority is incredibly safe… but don’t let that fool you,” Deveson says. “It does a number on some pretty hard to kill weeds. That’s what makes it such a welcome option for those growing these sensitive specialty crops.”

Kochia is a highly prolific seed producer. In addition to spreading seeds through the wind, kochia is a tumbleweed. It can travel quickly and cover great distances – dispersing seeds along the way. Once pollen from glyphosate resistant kochia crossbreeds with other plants, the genetics responsible for the resistance can be passed on. Farmers and seed producers throughout Western Canada are being urged to reevaluate their burndown practices – and target kochia with products that offer a different mode of action. “Agronomists and scientists have preached the importance of rotating herbicides. But for whatever reason, this practice has largely been forgotten when it comes to glyphosate. Taking the proper steps now will help slow the spread,” Deveson says. Nufarm, a Calgary-based herbicide manufacturer, has recently introduced two new products that are proven to eliminate kochia in a spring burndown application: CleanStart® and Authority®. As Group 14 products, both provide an effective means of controlling glyphosate tolerant kochia plants.

CleanStart®: Kochia control ahead of all key crops. CleanStart® has become recognized as an advanced burndown solution for safe control of kochia and a broad spectrum of weeds ahead of pulse and canola crops. But what is not as widely known is that CleanStart is also registered for wheat, barley, flax, soybeans, potatoes, corn and oats… which makes it ideally suited for addressing glyphosate resistant kochia in most key crops grown on the prairies.

And that’s not all. Deveson notes there are a number of other Nufarm products growers can use to provide early season kochia control. Nufarm 2,4-D Ester and Amitrol 240 can both be tank mixed with glyphosate, and will take out resistant kochia. Meanwhile, Valtera™ is a Group 14 residual soybean herbicide that does an exceptional job.

Do your part to fight resistance. Herbicide rotation is an essential part of any weed management strategy. As we’re starting to realize, this applies to glyphosate as well. Ask your retailer or crop advisor about these and other options for early season kochia control.

Fighting resistant kochia in-crop. If you miss it at burndown Deveson says Nufarm has two exceptional products for taking down kochia (including glyphosate resistant plants) in cereal crops. Estaprop® is one of the best products available for controlling kochia in-crop. It is a very well established Group 4 chemistry known to clean up even heavily infested fields. Lately, there has been much talk surrounding Nufarm’s launch of Enforcer™, which contains two proven modes of action to battle all types of kochia. “Moving forward, Enforcer may emerge as the best in-crop broadleaf product for fighting the spread of glyphosate resistant kochia,” Deveson concludes.

“Because it is registered for so many crops, is easy to tank mix and is quite reasonably priced, CleanStart is being touted as the new line of defence for controlling glyphosate resistant kochia,” Deveson reveals. CleanStart is formulated with carfentrazone and glyphosate. It is the carfentrazone component that provides control of actively growing kochia plants on contact. This product provides dependable control of kochia plants 4” tall or less. In addition, CleanStart will control Roundup Ready® volunteer canola from the the 1 - 3 leaf stage, spring germinating dandelions and all weeds that are controlled with glyphosate.

1-800-868-5444 CleanStart® and Estaprop® are registered trademarks of Nufarm Agriculture Inc. Enforcer ™ is a trademark of Nufarm Agriculture Inc. Authority® is a trademark of FMC Corporation. Valtera™ is a trademark of Valent USA Corporation. All other products are trademarks of their respective owners.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


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Time to start thinking about group sow housing With a phase-out of sow stalls almost inevitable, producers need to start evaluating different systems Bernie Peet Peet on Pigs


hen the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs is published in draft form this summer, it will very likely include a requirement that sow stalls be phased out over a period of time. Producers will be able to house sows in stalls for a period after breeding, in order to allow checks to be made for returns and a first pregnancy test to be carried out prior to grouping. Keeping sows in stalls for a period of, say, 35 days post-breeding, also allows any loss of body condition in lactation to be substantially corrected by having the ability to feed individually. After the financial battering producers received between 2007 and 2010, there is still very little enthusiasm for new investment or expansion, as witnessed by the almost static sow numbers in the latest census data. However, even with a 10-year phase-in time, producers must start to think — sooner rather than later — about their options and try to understand the factors that need to be considered.

Industry unprepared

While there is good research data on some forms of group housing available in Canada, there is very little large-scale commercial experience and certainly no good comparative data. At this point the industry is quite unprepared to launch into a major change in housing systems. The danger is that producers make changes to their barns that are not only inappropriate for their circumstances and reduce performance, but also compromise sow welfare. There is a huge amount of experience with group housing in Europe, especially in the U.K., Denmark and the Netherlands. It will be essential to maximize the use of this information

rather than trying to reinvent the wheel completely. Herd size in Canada is generally larger than in most European countries and this factor will influence the choice of system. Also, in our climate, it is unlikely that producers will wish to build straw-bedded systems. The need to use slatted floors will also influence the type of group housing.

Group-housing options

When considering group-housing options, it should be borne in mind that sow stalls provide individual feeding, minimize competition for feed, avoid aggression and provide ease of management. Not all of these benefits will be completely realized in a group-housing system. Some aspects that need to be considered when choosing and designing group housing include: • Group size: In most systems group size is determined by the number of services per week and the type of feeding system used. Where feed cannot be rationed individually, it is usually best to split each week’s served sows into two or more groups according to body condition and to house gilts separately. Large group sizes (40 to 60 sows/week) allow static sow groups with electronic sow feeding (ESF) to be used. With smaller numbers of sows bred each week, sows have to be added to and removed from a large ESF group each week, which is ter med dynamic grouping. • Bedded or slatted floors: Most group housing can be designed with slatted floors, providing sows are in fixed g ro u p s. Eu ro p e a n e x p e r i ence has shown that dynamic groups on slatted floors with an unbedded lying area may result in unacceptable levels of foot and leg injuries. However, a combination of well-bedded lying area and a dunging area overcomes this problem. An alternative would be to use a special bedded pen for group-

There are many factors to be considered when choosing a group sow-housing system.

ing, then transfer sows to an unbedded pen once they had established their dominance hierarchy. • Space requirements: Recommendations for lying areas are: Sows Gilts

14-15 ft.2 13 ft.2

1.3-1.4 m2 1.2 m2

Where floor feeding is practised, additional solid lying area is required so that sows can move around easily during feeding. Excess space may lead to soiling of the lying area, depending on the system. The amount of dunging area required is generally in the range of 7.0-10 ft.2 (0.65-0.9 m2) giving a total space requirement of 21-25 ft.2 (2.0-2.3 m2). • Pen layout: In systems with troughs or individual feeding spaces, the pen layout is largely determined by the feeding-space requirement. Large dynamic

groups provide much more flexibility in design. Generally, the length of the pen should not be more than 2.0-2.5 times the width. Electronic feeders should be located so that adequate access is provided, otherwise aggression may occur, especially around the feeder entrance. • Degree of remixing: Sows that return or are found not-in-pig may remain in their original group or be remixed, depending on the system. In dynamic groups it is not necessary to remix sows because the group contains sows at all stages of pregnancy. In weekly or fixed groups, sows that return can be remixed with newly weaned sows. However, as this leaves a space in the pen that cannot be used, some producers prefer to leave sows in their original groups. This creates the need for additional small pens which can be used to house sows for

the last few weeks of pregnancy, when their contemporaries have been moved to the farrowing barn. Working out a clear policy for remixing is an important part of the design process. • Handling facilities: Routine tasks such as pregnancy testing and vaccinations are easily carried out in group systems, especially where ESF is used because sows are very docile. ESF feeders usually have the facility to automatically separate sows into a holding pen after they have fed to allow certain tasks to be carried out. In all group systems it is advisable to have a handling crate for procedures such as lancing an abscess, foot trimming or blood testing. In my next article, I will review the group-housing options currently available and how they compare. Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


First new-crop lambs arrive for the year Demand for lamb rises as Easter approaches By Mark Elliot

March 1, 2012

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he Winnipeg Livestock Auction March 15 sold 400 sheep and goats, for the approaching Easter season. Future producers were bidding to improve or increase their spring herds, while the meat industry was bidding for the Easter purposes. Age of the ewes was very important as was illustrated with the bidding at this sale. The price range was lower for the older ewes than the last sale. There appeared to be no correlation between weight and the price bid on the ewes. The price ranged from $0.77 to $1.17 per pound. The extreme elderly or culled ewes showed a much lower price range of $0.20 to $0.68 per pound. There was an average selection of rams. The demand for the lighter rams, was more constant giving a price range of $1.07 to $1.15 per pound. The lighter-weight rams ranged from 155 to 193 pounds. The bidding on the much heavier rams was lower than those of the lightweight range. The 240-pound Suffolk-cross ram brought $211.20 ($0.88 per pound). The 250-pound Suffolk (purebred — with papers), brought $242.50 ($0.97 per pound). Heavier lambs were receiving the lower bidding. The 135-pound Rideau-cross lamb


$101.26 - $200.07

$155.80 - $182.40


$162.00 - $190.97

$110.88 - $218.33

95 - 110

$178.50 - $191.10

$176.22 - $194.04

80 - 94

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74 - 78

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brought $162 ($1.20 per pound). The group of four 113-pound Cheviot- and Rideau-cross lambs brought $190.97 ($1.69 per pound). A limited number of lambs delivered for the market lamb classification, at this sale. The price range for these lambs, brought $1.70 to $1.85 per pound. The 105-pound Barbado-cross Katahdin lamb might have been the novelty lamb for this classification, but the bidding did not illustrate major interest. This colourful lamb brought $86.63 ($0.825 per pound). Feeder lambs dominated this sale. The hair lambs received the lower-price bidding although the price difference was very


Manitoba’s Unrau new CCA president Producers can expect a continued focus on market access The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) board of directors acclaimed Martin Unrau as president and Dave Solverson as vice-president at the CCA’s recent annual general meeting in Ottawa. Unrau, from Manitoba, takes over from outgoing CCA president Travis Toews. Having completed a twoyear term, Toews remains an officer of the CCA, and will serve as past president. Solverson is a CCA director from Alberta. Unrau, who has been involved with CCA since 2007, said he intends to focus on maximizing the opportunities for Canada’s beef cattle industry and safeguarding infrastructure. Producers can expect a continued focus on market access and the rebuilding of the Canadian cow herd in order to become a solid player on a global scale. Maintaining the cohesion that CCA past presidents have built up between the sectors of the industry, particularly feeders and processors, is another key piece, Unrau said.


“I’m big on vision for the future. The Canadian cattle industry is in a really good situation right now, however, I am concerned about infrastructure dropping off because herd numbers are down. It’s one of those underlying issues that are always there when numbers are down,” he said. “I’m concerned that we might lose some slaughter and processing capacity, along with feeding capacity, in Canada and in the U.S. That’s a huge concern down the road, so we’ll have to look at that and deal with that.” Unrau operates Bar 88 Ranch near MacGregor, Manitoba, along with his wife Roxie, and their son Garett, one of the couple’s four children. The Unraus calve 550 cows and background some calves, and grow grain crops including corn, canola and barley. The CCA also welcomed the following new directors appointed by the provincial members to the board: Cathy Sharp and Pat Rutledge (Alberta); Brent Griffin and Kevin Woods (Saskatchewan), Heinz Reimer (Manitoba), Tom Wilson and Matt Bowman (Ontario); George Smith (Nova Scotia). New this year is Byron Templeton (Alberta) representing the Canadian Beef Breeds Council.

small in comparison. These hair lambs brought $1.79 to $1.87 per pound. The feeder lamb price ranged from $1.79 to $2.18 per pound. The interest for the lightweight lambs continued with this major price bidding. The selection of the lambs was near the feeder lamb numbers. Lambs in the 74- to 78-pound range, brought a price range of $1.775 to $2.23 per pound. Lambs in the 63- to 68-pound range, brought a price range of $2.13 to $2.20 per pound. Once again, the novelty lambs did not carry the same bidding interest. The 50-pound Cheviotcross lamb, brought $116.25 ($2.325 per pound). While two 50-pound white-faced Jacob

lambs, brought $1.425 per pound. Then there was a group of 10, 53-pound Jacob lambs, that brought $77.38 ($1.46 per pound). Two 48-pound Barbado-cross lambs, brought $92.40 ($1.925 per pound). This sale (March 15, 2012); sold the first new-crop lambs appearance for the year. The quality and health of these 55-pound lambs seemed to be good. These new-crop lambs brought $141.63 ($2.575 per pound). The bidding interest for the lighter-weight goat does, produced a higher price than even the last sale. The one Boer-cross doe of last sale, brought $1.13 per pound. In this sale, the price ranged from $1.03 to $1.95 per pound. Even a large 90-pound f ra m e d P y g m y- c r o s s d o e, brought $97 ($1.39 per pound). As what could and would be expected, the culls and the aged does received a much lower price range of $0.83 to $0.91 per pound. The selection for bucks might have been limited at this sale. The lighter-weight bucks attracted the higher price range compared to the heavier bucks. The price ranged from $1.18 to $1.55 per pound. The Pygmy-cross bucks, brought a price range from $1.15 to $1.53 per pound. An exception was a feisty little Pygmy-cross buck, brought $1.81 per pound. Goat kids dominated the selection of goats once again

for this sale. Strong bidding was present for all the lighter-weight goats (kids), and no breed dominated — so the selection was good. Goats in the weight range of 70 to 78 pounds, brought a price range of $1.68 to $1.94 per pound. The 60- to 65-pound goats, brought a price range of $1.93 to $2.08 per pound. The 50- to 55-pound goats, brought a price range of $1.66 to $2.11 per pound. The 40- to 48-pound goats, brought a price range of $1.88 to $2.14 per pound. The bidding on the goats in the next lower-weight classification, had no apparent direct relationship on the weight. Possible reasoning is focused on the breed of goat, at this sale. A 35-pound Saanen-cross kid, brought $42.50 ($1.21 per pound). While 35-pound Alpineand Boer-cross kids, brought $71 ($2.03 per pound). Then a noisy little 30-pound Pygmycross kid, brought $45 ($1.50 per pound). Seven 29-pound Boer-cross kids, brought $60 ($2.07 per pound). The Ontario Stockyard Report (March 12, 2012), stated the lamb classifications sold at a constant rate from last week. However, due to the large numbers delivered, the prices were moderate. The sheep and goats were not as numerous, so the bidding was stronger — creating a higher price.

Alta. economist urges Australian-style beef grading Cuts, not just carcasses, are graded in voluntary MSA model Staff


anadian beef producers and retailers could add value to their product by moving to a “more consistent” beef-grading system, a University of Alberta economist suggests. Canada’s current beef-grading system, in which carcasses are visually inspected and meat labelled accordingly, “cannot provide the same quality assurance as the more extensive (Meat Standards Australia, or MSA) system,” researcher Sven Anders said in a recent release. The voluntary MSA system, through which about 40 per cent of Australian beef cattle were marketed in 2010, is voluntary and has added costs for participating producers and processors. However, Anders said his research suggests Australian producer groups and others along the value chain who use MSA have an advantage over those who don’t. Studies have found Australian consumers were prepared to pay an extra 32 cents per kilogram for MSAinspected beef, he said. About half of that extra was passed to producers, said

Anders, an assistant professor at the U of A in Edmonton, specializing in food marketing and retailing and valuechain analysis. Canada’s system, on the other hand, can create what Anders called “inconsistencies” between the labelling and the quality of Canadian beef. Beef quality in Canada overall “is very good,” he said, “but sometimes you go to the store and you get a steak that melts on your tongue. The next week you go to the same store and you buy the same cut and it’s just not there. It’s a hit and miss.” The Canadian system, he said, “is almost like looking at a car from the outside to determine how fast it drives. You don’t see the engine, you don’t know anything else. But you’re making a statement: this car looks fast, it must be fast. This carcass looks great, so it must taste great.”

Star system

By comparison the MSA system uses 27 parameters to measure quality at each stage of production from farming to processing, Anders said. Based on these different criteria and measurements, the meat is

graded on a scale of one to five stars and labelled accordingly. The MSA system also takes measurements not only of a specific animal or carcass, but of a specific cut of beef, he said. “There are certain guarantees about what you can expect from this piece of meat. The whole set of measurements that the system provides is targeted to give you that guarantee,” Anders said. The MSA, he said, based its grading system on a survey of 40,000 Australians who sampled 600,000 pieces of beef and rated them. Even if a consumer is purchasing an MSA two-star piece of meat, there are still certain quality guarantees that go along with it, he said. “With your two-star steak you will still be satisfied because you paid a price that corresponds with the quality,” he said. “Ideally, what you as a consumer think, what you want, and what you’re getting with this product is perfectly aligned.” MSA, he said, has proven itself as a consumer marketing tool and as a mechanism for “fostering the successful development of producer alliances and integrated value chains.”


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012


Prevention and care of girth itch in horses Poor-fitting tack can make the skin vulnerable to a fungal infection Horse Health


orses being ridden or driven will occasionally develop a peculiar skin lesion immediately in the area behind their elbow, in the axilla or “armpit.” This skin lesion appears “rash-like” and is typically associated with the girth/cinch so the colloquial term “girth itch” is often used to describe it. The appearance of girth itch is variable. Early on, the hair pattern in the axilla becomes disrupted, no longer laying flat against the horse’s body. As the ailment progresses, hair and skin structures become involved with groupings of small raised plaques, wheals and hives with scaling, crusting, and hair loss becoming increasingly evident. This condition may or may not be itchy. Unless halted, it can become deep seated in the skin layer, causing inflammation and creating an ever-widening weepy, crusty, raw, bald spot. Continued girthing worsens the skin damage and the horse’s attitude about being ridden. The causative agent for girth itch is a close cousin to ringworm in the fungal family. These soil-borne fungi proliferate whenever and wherever conditions become favourable. Ill-fitting tack plays a significant role in the advent of this condition. Friction and pressure from an ill-fitting girth blister


UN-backed land use rules ready for final OK

MILAN / REUTERS / After three years of debate, the United Nations is issuing guidelines on responsible land use as part of an effort to regulate so-called land grabbing and boost food security. The guidelines include promoting equal rights f o r w o m e n i n s e c u ring title to land, creating transparent record-keeping systems accessible to the rural poor, and protecting traditional land rights, said UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Their development was driven by concerns that countries such as China and Gulf Arab states are buying swathes of land in Africa and Asia to secure their own food supplies, potentially at the expense of local people. The guidelines set principles for national authorities to refer to when passing laws and setting policy related to access and ownership rights for land, fisheries and forest resources.


The longer the period of girthing, the more important girth fit and quality become to the horse’s comfort. The tender folds of skin in the axilla easily become distressed by an illfitting, soiled or overtightened girth. A poor-fitting girth will also disrupt your horse’s movement and focus. It is important that a girth fit snuggly but not

tightly, keeping a well-fit saddle securely in place. Excessively tightening a girth will not compensate for a poor-fitting saddle. Cinches can be made from leather or cotton webbing. These natural products, when kept soft and clean easily mould to the horse’s body shape and act as a wick to pull moisture, dirt and heat away from the

body. Cinches can also be made from synthetic materials such as neoprenes, nylons and foam rubbers. Many synthetic materials tend to keep heat and moisture against the horse’s body, furthering excessive sweating and contact irritation. Mindful care to girthing a horse includes soft, clean, wellfitting girth equipment and appropriate hygiene of the girth region in horses. Attention to such detail can have a surprisingly pleasant influence on your horse’s attitude to being ridden or driven. Carol Shwetz is a veterinarian specializing in equine practice at Westlock, Alberta.

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the skin, setting up the environment for infection and inflammation. Skin repeatedly softened by moisture from sweating, or hosing without adequate drying, also weaken the skin’s natural resistance to infection. As expected, younger horses with naive immune systems are more prone to infection. Management of girth itch depends upon the severity of the condition. Iodine or chlorohexidine-based shampoos can be used to bathe the affected areas removing scales, crusts and dirt. Topical application of soothing salve containing aloe vera or calendula will further facilitate healing. When the skin is broken or inflamed it will be necessary to spare the horse being girthed for the period of time necessary to heal the ailment, typically a minimum of two weeks.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Battle of the beta-agonists While it won’t say so directly, Cargill prefers one brand of beta-agonist over the other By Sheri Monk AF STAFF/LETHBRIDGE


ne of North America’s largest beef buyers is telling feeders that it wants a little more fat and a little less lean, and is delivering a not-so-subtle hint on their choice of growth promotants to achieve it. “Maximizing performance and efficiencies pre-harvest at the expense of beef taste and tenderness concerns us — it’s not in the best interest in the long run,” Cargill’s senior beef buyer Steve Molitor told a recent feedlot conference here. The reference was to the use of beta-agonists, feed additives used to boost growth by diverting growth that would otherwise go into fat into lean meat. That’s an advantage for feedlot operators selling animals by the pound, but not for Cargill, which is looking to sell tender beef with plenty of marbling. Molitor even warned that markets for western beef in Eastern Canada might be at risk because consumers may begin to prefer U.S. product. “I don’t know that that’s true today, but I hope not, and I don’t want that to ever take place because at the end of the day we want everybody to believe that the product coming out of Canada is just as good of quality or better than anywhere out of the U.S.,” Molitor said. However, the undercurrent at the meeting was what is widely known in the feedlot

industry, but not confirmed by Cargill, which is that it’s OK with one brand of beta-agonist but not the other. The meeting was sponsored by Certified Angus Beef and Elanco, which manufactures Optaflexx, one of two betaagonists on the market. The other is Zilmax, manufactured by Merck Animal Health, known as Intervet Canada in this country. Bo t h b e t a - a g o n i s t s a re approved for use in Canada and the U.S. Within the feeding sector, it is well known that Cargill will not buy beef finished with Zilmax, which is said to put on as much as 30 pounds of hot carcass weight, but with a minor decrease in marbling. Optaflexx also helps cattle put on muscle, but isn’t quite as effective. Some research indicates cattle fed with Optaflexx can put on between 10 and 21 pounds of extra hot carcass weight, but it doesn’t appear to reduce marbling. “The bottom line is it’s a pretty linear reaction. Growth promotants that have the greatest effect on muscle deposition dilute the fat, so essentially a reduction in marbling is pretty linearly related to how big of a boost we get in gain. And so that Zilmax increases gain greater than Optaflexx does and so not surprisingly, it does reduce marbling,” said independent animal feed expert Darryl Gibb.

Won’t confirm

However, Cargill is reluctant to confirm its refusal of Zilmax-

“Maximizing performance and efficiencies preharvest at the expense of beef taste and tenderness concerns us.” STEVE MOLITOR

Cargill Meat Solutions

Tight fed-cattle supplies mean tight supplies of well-marbled beef for the premium restaurant trade. PHOTO: CO-OPERATOR FILE

finished animals. Molitor wouldn’t submit to any interviews at or after the conference, and all media requests had to go through Cargill’s official communications office. An email list of questions was submitted for Molitor, and he would not confirm or deny that Cargill is still refusing to buy animals who have been Zilmax finished. “Our policies toward betaagonists are determined by our customers and their beef requirements,” he answered via email. Lee-Anne Walter, performance products account manager for Merck, says she is well aware of Cargill’s position, but maintains there is plenty of room for both beta-agonists in the market.

Sandra Gruber, who spoke at the conference for Elanco, wouldn’t speak about Cargill’s beta-agonist policy, but did say producers need the right to choose between available technologies.

Tight Choice supplies

Cargill’s concerns appear to stem from tight supplies of well-marbled Choice beef for the restaurant trade, made worse by the overall tight supplies of feedlot cattle. At the same time, feedlot operators, squeezed by high feeder prices one on side and high feed grain prices on the other, are looking for maximum efficiencies, especially when there is no assurance of premiums for more marbling. Mo l i t o r s u g g e s t e d t h e

decrease in Choice supplies had been due to growth promotants, but also said the increase in high-quality black cattle has helped compensate. “That is a big concern for us that at some point, there just will not be enough Choice beef and I think we’ve just been fortunate enough that we’ve improved the herd so much that we really haven’t noticed it up until now,” Molitor said at the conference. Despite Cargill’s apparent concerns about Zilmax, it is not paying a premium to feeders who agree to use Optaflexx. Dr. Larry Corah, vice-president of Certified Angus Beef, said it prefers Optaflexx, but either beta-agonist can be used and still fall under the Certified Angus Beef umbrella as long as it grades within their criteria. However, Corah also acknowledged Cargill’s concerns. “We’re more comfortable with a little less-aggressive growth technology strategy, whether that’s implants or beta-agonists,” Corah said.

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Beef prices are skyrocketing but U.S. consumers haven’t stopped buying so far The smallest cattle herd in more than 50 years is expected to send prices even higher CHICAGO / REUTERS / U.S. consumers, already cringing at high beef prices, can expect even more expensive meat later this year due to the smallest cattle herd in more than 50 years, according to the head of one of the nation’s largest meat companies. Supermarket beef prices set a record of $5.09 per pound in January, but are poised to go higher, said Don Jackson, chief executive of JBS USA. Cattle supplies are expected to drop significantly later this year, which will drive up cattle and beef prices, he said. That may prompt consumers to switch from beef to lower-priced pork and chicken, but Jackson PHOTO: CO-OPERATOR FILE said that has not happened yet. “We haven’t seen it, at least in a material way,” Jackson said. “Chicken was exceptionally cheap, and yet beef demand, pork demand stayed strong. The evidence doesn’t support the premise, but again we haven’t had beef prices at these levels in the past so maybe there is a threshold level we will begin to see that.” Year-to-date cattle slaughter is down 5.5 per cent from 2011 and beef production is down 4.3 per cent. JBS USA produces beef, pork and chicken, and is a unit of Brazilian meat producer JBS SA, the world’s largest meat producer.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 22, 2012

Safe manure handling vital

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Cleaning pens every few weeks improves pen drainage ndsu release


ecent cases of people becoming ill in Europe from vegetables contaminated with human fecal matter remind producers that handling animal manure safely is important. “Animal manures contain pathogens that can cause health issues in animals and humans if the manure isn’t managed properly,” says Chris Augustin, nutrient management specialist at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center. “However, the majority of manure management systems can reduce manure microbe concentrations in excess of 99 per cent.” Pathogens survive longer under wet conditions, and excess manure in a pen can dam water. Cleaning pens every few weeks improves pen drainage and reduces odour. Push-type blades can be used to clean pens; however; these blades can gouge a pen surface and reduce run-off efficiency. Pull-type scrapers seem to work the best and are less prone to damaging pen surfaces, Augustin says. Pathogens in field-applied manure may run off into surface waters. Applying manure 100 feet or more away from surface water can prevent the spread of pathogens. Augustin recommends producers apply manure to fields used for vegetables and root crops in the fall to allow time for the pathogens to die before spring planting. Producers should use spring-applied manure on fields where they grow grains. Composting manure is a speedy decomposition process. It not only reduces manure volume and odour, but the temperatures the manure pile reaches during the composting process (in excess of 130 F) kill pathogens and weed seeds.

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The pile needs to be turned three to five times during composting. The pile’s heating cycles usually last a week or more. Each cycle must last at least three days to kill pathogens effectively. Manure spreaders, loaders and compost turners need to be cleaned and disinfected properly because they come in contact with livestock and manure, and they may harbour pathogens. “Cleaning and removing material from the equipment is 90 per cent of the job, while disinfecting is only 10 per cent of the job,” Augustin says. He recommends producers follow these steps: •  Clean the equipment in a designated area away from livestock. •  Remove organic matter because it can serve as an infection reservoir. •  Power wash the equipment with hot water and detergent. Scrub tight areas with a stiff, hard-bristled brush. •  Allow the equipment to dry before disinfecting it. Wet equipment can dilute the disinfectant. •  Follow the instructions on the product label when disinfecting the equipment. •  Properly wash clothing worn while handling animals because it can be contaminated with and transport pathogens. Washing clothes with detergent and drying them at 140 F will kill harmful pathogens. •  Clean footwear with soap and water, then disinfect it. A mixture of five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water works well for disinfecting footwear. “Manure pathogens can cause health issues, but properly applying manure, cleaning equipment and cleaning pens greatly reduces these issues,” Augustin says. “These practices are all important to protect our food supply.”

Study gives more reasons for passing on red meat New study finds “even a small amount of red meat” boosts mortality rates reuters / reuters


eople who eat a lot of red meat are more likely to die at any given time than those who go light on the burgers and hotdogs, according to a U.S. study that followed more than 100,000 people over several decades. The more servings of both processed and unprocessed red meat people reported eating daily, the higher their chances of dying over a more than 20-year span. “Red meat and especially

processed red meat contains a lot of compounds and chemicals that have been linked to chronic disease risk,” said Frank Hu, at the Har vard School of Public Health and one of the study leaders. Research has suggested the saturated fat and cholesterol in red meat is linked to plaque buildup in arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease, while cooking red meat produces more carcinogens. A recent study also found a connection to kidney cancer. The study is based on two

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large, ongoing studies of U.S. doctors and nurses who have regularly reported eating habits as well as physical activity, smoking and family history for more than two decades. The lightest meat eaters reported getting half a serving or less of meat per day, while the study’s biggest meat lovers had red meat twice or three times daily. Three ounces of unprocessed meat, one hotdog or two slices of bacon was counted as a serving. About 24,000 participants died over the two-plus decades

that researchers followed them. After taking into account other aspects of health and lifestyle, Hu and his team calculated the chance of dying was 12 per cent higher for every extra serving of red meat the men and women had eaten each day. “The results are not really surprising given that previous studies have found consumption of red meat is linked to diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers,” Hu said. “What’s surprising is the magnitude... Even a small amount of red meat is associated with

a significantly increased risk of mortality.” Though he doesn’t necessarily recommend everyone drop their burgers at once, Hu said it’s not a bad idea to try to cut back on red meat, given this and other evidence of its less-than-stellar health record. “ We’re not talking about everyone becoming a vegetarian — I think a small amount of red meat is still OK as part of a healthy diet,” he said. “We’re talking about no more than two or three servings of red meat a week.”

Canada’s export partnerships have helped to make canola one of the world’s most successful crops. However, export markets are becoming very strict about the products they accept and if de-registered varieties are detected, canola shipments could be turned away causing millions of dollars in losses. To ensure you are protecting yourself and our industry from potential losses, please avoid growing the following varieties: • Roundup Ready Polish – Hysyn 101RR • Bromoxynil Tolerant Navigator/Compass Argentine Canola – Armor BX, 295BX, Cartier BX, Zodiac BX, Renegade BX • Liberty Link Argentine Canola – Exceed, 2631 LL, Swallow, SW Legion LL, SW Flare LL, LBD 2393 LL, Innovator, Independence, HCN 14, Phoenix • Liberty Link Argentine Canola Hybrids – 3850, 2153, 3640, 3880, 2163, 2273

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