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Richardson International’s rise to share top grain spot Founded 155 years ago, Richardson International, has outlasted the Pools, UGG and the wheat board By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


he pending multibillion-dollar sale of Viterra demonstrates the value of patient capital and private ownership, says Richardson International president Curt Vossen. Last week publicly traded Viterra, Canada’s largest grain company, announced it was selling to the world’s No. 1 diversified commodities trader, Swiss-based Glencore, for $16.1 billion. But in a move believed aimed at getting government approval, Glencore will sell some of Viterra’s assets to Winnipeg-based Richardson and fertilizer giant Agrium, headquartered in Calgary. Richardson’s market share will jump to 34 per cent from around 24 currently. Richardson will buy 19 Viterra elevators, 13 attached retail farm input outlets, Viterra’s smaller 231,000-tonne-capacity “C” terminal at Thunder Bay, one-quarter of Viterra’s 282,830-tonne Cascadia terminal at Vancouver and Can-Oat milling, which includes a wheat mill in Texas and an oat plant in Nebraska. Calgary-based Agrium will buy 90 per cent of Viterra’s 258 input stores in Canada and all 17 in Australia, along with 34 per cent of Canadian Fertilizers Ltd. for $1.15 billion. Viterra traces its roots back to the defunct farmerowned Prairie Pools and United Grain Growers, which once dominated Western Canada’s grain See RICHARDSON on page 6 »

Pioneer Grain, a division of Richardson International, believes it is well-positioned to make the long haul.  Photo: Kathlyn Hossack

It’s early, but a good time to fertilize KAP wants a blanket exemption allowing manure spreading before April 10 By Allan Dawson

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Field work was underway in some parts of Manitoba late last week as farmers began applying fertilizer applications during one of the earliest springs people can remember. But while extension officials urged farmers to take full advantage of the province’s exemption to rules limiting fertilizer applications until after April 10, they cautioned against putting seed in the ground just yet. Fertilizing winter wheat and forages now makes sense, but seeding not so much, say agrolo-

gists with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI). “Why? Because it’s March,” MAFRI’s cereals specialist Pam de Rocquigny said in an interview March 23. There’s still a strong possibility of getting extremely cold temperatures, she said. Earlier planting usually results in higher yields, but bets are off when seeding in March. In most years, it’s physically impossible to seed before late April because fields are either snow covered, frozen or too wet. “If the weather stays good and we flip the calendar into April it

will probably be harder for guys to resist the temptation to go out and seed,” de Rocquigny said. In 2010, 58 per cent of Manitoba’s cereal crops were seeded in April, however, torrential rains at the end of May drowned many crops, some of which were never reseeded because fields stayed wet. On average, 68 per cent of the province’s cereal crops are planted in May. Cereal crops will germinate when soil temperatures are 2 to 3 C and will grow well when the soil is 5 C. Cereal crops can tolerate air temperatures of -5 to -8 C for a

time because the growing point is below the surface. But if extreme cold doesn’t kill a young crop outright, cooler temperatures can delay emergence and plant growth making the crop vulnerable to disease. An early-seeded crop may end up being no more advanced than one seeded later under warmer conditions. Now is the best time to apply fertilizer to winter wheat and forages, John Heard, MAFRI’s fertility specialist said. “Early nitrogen is important to help it recover from winter injury and promote tillering,” he said. “I See FERTILIZE on page 7 »


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on the lighter side


Maggots eyed as animal feed Not over ‘til it’s over

It’s disgusting but British entrepreneur says feed made from maggots is viable

U.S. files last minute appeal of WTO COOL ruling


CROPS Staying ahead in the innovation game Canola is leading the innovation race, soybeans aren’t far behind



Gu Boming, who rears flies, checks on pupae at his farm in Tongxiang of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. Gu uses maggots as feed for chickens, ducks and eels.   REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA)

Now that’s a payday!

By Wendell Roelf stellenbosch, south africa / reuters

Viterra CEO Mayo Schmidt cashes out to the tune of $37.5 million


CROSSROADS Let’s make a food plan Food Matters Manitoba wants everyone at the table

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amilies tucking into a Sunday roast dinner may not relish the idea of animals fattened on maggots, but a British entrepreneur in South Africa believes they’re a viable protein-rich animal feed alternative. AgriProtein Technologies plans to set up the world’s first large-scale factory in South Africa to produce “Magmeal,”

an organic and sustainable replacement for the fish meal currently used to fatten up chickens and pigs. “By 2050, at the current rates that we are using fish meal, we will need two more planets’ oceans to feed ourselves, said David Drew, the company’s managing director. “What’s been helping us is the price of fish meal is rising, it is a scarce resource.” The company already operates a “fly farm” and the tech-

nology is simple: Flocks of flies contained in special containers lay eggs which turn into larvae after three days. Millions of teeming maggots are immersed in abattoir blood and feed on it to fatten up. When fully grown at around 12 millimetres, the maggots are washed, dried, milled and pelleted. The plant would consume 65,000 litres of blood a day, feeding 100 tonnes of maggots and producing 20 tonnes of Magmeal.


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Farm groups applaud start of trade talks with Japan Already a $4-billion market, there is plenty of room for Canada to increase exports even more

By Alex Binkley Co-operator contributor / Ottawa

“Japan is a highly valued trading partner and this agreement will strengthen our economic partnership.”


arm and food industry groups were quick to praise the launch of negotiations for a CanadaJapan free trade deal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda. Japan is the third-largest economy in the world and is Canada’s secondlargest agriculture market. The market is worth almost $4 billion for Canadian farmers and food processors, a federal release says. Japan is the second-largest market for Canadian exporters with total pork and pork products worth almost $900 million in 2011. Canadian canola oil also holds 40 per cent of Japan’s edible oil market and is worth approximately $1.4 billion to Canada. Japan is Canada’s third-largest market for wheat with exports in 2011 totalling $471 million. Canada is Japan’s largest malt supplier and is responsible for 40 per cent of malt imports. “Japan is a highly valued trading partner and this agreement will strengthen our economic partnership,” said Travis Toews, past president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He was part of a delegation accompanying the prime minister on an Asian trade mission. If full tariff-free treatment for Canadian beef is secured, “the value of Canadian beef exports could reach more than $275 million annually and more importantly will increase the value of every animal we produce.” Richard Phillips, executive director of Grain Growers of Canada, said a recent report approved by Canada and Japan shows there is potential for Canada to increase its GDP from


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Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (l) shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the end of their joint statement presentation at Noda’s official residence in Tokyo March 25, 2012. Harper was in Japan for a three-day visit, during which the two countries announced the initiation of free trade talks.  REUTERS/Issei Kato

between $3.8 billion to $9.0 billion through increased trade with Japan. In 2010, Canada exported $3.3 billion in agri-food products to Japan accounting for 10 per cent of Canada’s total agri-food exports making Japan a high-priority market for Canada’s agriculture sectors, he added. Japan has long been a priority market, says Kathleen Sullivan, executive director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. The group is “excited by the potential to expand trade relations with Japan.” She was also on the trade mission. CAFTA members, including the beef, pork, canola, grain, malt, and sugar sectors, were responsible for almost $3.5 billion in agri-food shipments to Japan – 85 per cent of Canada’s total agri-food exports to that country. “A free trade agreement with Japan could result in additional exports of

high-value Canadian agri-food products to that country,” Sullivan noted. “Japan’s agriculture sector is highly subsidized and Japan currently applies high tariffs on many products and imposes non-tariff barriers in a number of areas. We encourage both governments to pursue an ambitious, wide-ranging agreement that expands trade in goods and addresses non-tariff measures — including technical trade barriers, sanitar y and phytosanitar y issues and customs administration — which affect agri-food trade.” Japan is a destination of choice for all food-exporting nations, said Scott Entz, president of the Canadian Meat Council. Japanese self-sufficiency in food has decreased from 73 per cent in 1965 to 40 per cent today, the lowest among G8 countries. Although relying on imports for 60 per cent of their food requirements,

the majority of Japan’s 127 million consumers are unwilling to compromise on quality and are prepared to pay a premium for safe, high quality food products. The Japanese not only recognize Canadian food as being safe and of high quality, they associate Canadian-produced foods and beverages with positive images. Of Canada’s $3.95 billion in agrifood and seafood exports to Japan in 2011, meat products alone accounted for $975.9 million or 25 per cent of the total, Entz said. That included $893.8 million of pork products, $65.9 million of beef and veal products and $16.2 million of horsemeat. However, as Canada still accounts for only about 24 per cent of Japanese pork imports and three per cent of beef imports, Japan continues to present major untapped opportunities for Canada’s livestock farmers and meat processors. In the last six years, Canada has concluded free trade agreements with Colombia, Honduras, Jordan, Panama, Peru and the European Free Trade Association states of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is also in negotiation with many others, including India, the European Union and Japan.a

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The virtues of patient capital


he story of the Prairie grain co-operatives is certainly one for the business books. Starting from nothing in 1923, by 1929 the Pools through the Central Selling Agency had the largest sales of any business in Canada. A year later it collapsed, but the Pools rose again as handling companies, and along with UGG, dominated Prairie grain handling until the 1990s. John Morriss By that time, they were “co-operatives” in Editorial Director name, but were anything but co-operative. The Pools and UGG never did get along. In the 1990s, SaskPool started poaching business in the other provinces. In an effort to raise more capital, UGG and then SaskPool tried issuing shares, becoming co-op/public company hybrids. That model failed, and when the dust settled, the Pools and UGG ended up as one public company — Viterra. Credit goes to Viterra CEO Mayo Schmidt, who pulled SaskPool out of near bankruptcy and later engineered that takeover. Whether he deserves $37.5 million in credit, the reported amount he’ll pocket when he cashes in his shares, is another question. However, that’s no reflection on Mr. Schmidt. It’s just the way public companies work these days. Management gets stock options, and if someone wants to take over the company, they can make an offer. That’s the whole point of a public company — it’s always for sale, and in the end, it’s just about the money. That point was apparently missed by a Globe and Mail business columnist who last weekend said Viterra was “blown away like a tumbleweed,” and bemoaned the loss of Canadian control of the industry. It’s not clear that most of Viterra’s shareholders were Canadian anyway. In fact, this deal means that the handling and processing industries are even more in Canadian control because of the assets acquired by Richardson International, a company that predates Canada. In fact, it’s interesting to look around now that the dust has settled after more than a century of drama. The co-ops failed. Public companies failed. Maybe that was poor management, but maybe not. Under both structures, the owners want to cash out sooner or later. Meanwhile, some companies that were around a century and more ago are still here and thriving — Richardson, Paterson, Parrish & Heimbecker, and though it’s not Canadian, Cargill. They are all private companies, still owned and operated by the families that started them. That’s a clear endorsement of their business model and their management. They’ve had to pump a lot of money into modernizing their systems, all the while handling the perpetual ups and downs of the grain business. There must have been times when buyers came knocking and it was tempting to take their bucks and run. It must have been particularly stressful during the 1990s when the Pools were on a building spree to see who was going to be the last one standing, as it would have been when the Pools and UGG went on a similar spree in the 1920s. These family companies stuck it out during those tough times, as well as several in between. You may or may not like some of the recent changes in the grain industry, and there may be uncertainty ahead. But it’s nice to know that as a result of good management and a patient-capital approach by the family companies, much of the handling business is still in Canadian hands.

The lonely road to leadership By Alan Guebert


ew things have been more satisfying than the many hours of every day, the many days of every year and the many years across many decades I have spent in solitude. For almost 30 years I’ve worked alone, a fulltime freelancer in an increasingly corporate, increasingly crowded field. Fortunately I had good training for this solitary life. On the farm of my youth I was usually alone in every field that I worked. I mowed hay alone, cultivated corn and soybeans alone, disked alone, hauled manure alone, plowed alone, planted corn alone. And, yet, while my eyes watched the row or the furrow, my mind was anywhere but on the row or furrow. If I spotted a fluffy jet trail headed south, I wondered if it would end in Biloxi or Bolivia and if I’d ever see either. In between the daydreams, the solitude gave me time to read and to consider who I was. The reading, observing and solitude, it turned out, were just the start of a life of reading, observing and solitude. The happy start of a happy life. Solitude, after all, isn’t emptiness and quiet is a peaceful place filled with silence. Early on I knew I didn’t have to join any group or class to have an identity. I had one; I was a good worker who my father trusted with cows, tractors and hired men. That gave me an identity and it freed me to become other things. And off I went. In a 2009 lecture to the plebe class of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, essayist and literary critic William Deresiewicz tried to explain how this happens. His key idea — one that I am familiar with — was to encourage these future leaders to spend more time alone to avoid becoming “the excellent sheep” or “world-class hoop jumpers” that he saw in his Yale University students.

(To read the entire lecture go to: http://www. These young people, he explained, were “exactly what places like Yale mean when they talk about training leaders… People who can climb the greasy pole of whatever hierarchy they decide to attach themselves to.” But there is “something desperately wrong, and even dangerous, about that idea,” Deresiewicz offered the young West Pointers. “(For) too long we have been training leaders who only know how to keep the routine going. Who can answer questions, but don’t know how to ask them. Who think about how to get things done, but not whether they are worth doing in the first place. “What we have now are the greatest technocrats the world has ever seen… but who have no interest in anything beyond their expertise. What we don’t have are leaders.” In many ways, Deresiewicz could be describing the dominant feature in American agriculture today. Great technocrats abound everywhere — on Capitol Hill, at Land Grant universities, in general farm groups and commodity organizations. The “routine” they “keep going,” as they often sing in unison, is “feed the world.” But this technology has created bigger and bigger monocultures that are not focused so much on feeding the world as on maximizing profit. Indeed, we’ve learned very well how to get up that “greasy pole” but we still need to learn how to stay there. How will we — farmers everywhere — sustain our ability to feed any of us when there are more of us and less of everything else? Sheep, excellent or otherwise, ain’t gonna get that job done. Leaders will. The Farm and Food File is published weekly in more than 70 newspapers in North America. Contact Alan Guebert at

We lost, of course

On March 14 one of Canada’s longest-running trade disputes came to an end when the European Parliament approved a deal to reduce import duties on U.S. and Canadian beef. Beef produced without growth hormones, that is. This dispute dates to 1988, when the EU banned hormone-treated beef imports. Since the hormones are not allowed in the EU, it’s hardly surprising that they’d not be allowed in imported product. That didn’t stop the U.S. government, with the Canadian government in tow like an obedient puppy, launching a World Trade Organization challenge on the basis that the beef was scientifically safe. They “won” the case, but as expected the EU simply refused to lift the ban. Therefore the WTO allowed the U.S. and Canada to impose punitive duties on imported EU items such as Rocquefort cheese and mustard. In 2009 the U.S. and Canada finally gave up and agreed to lift the duties if the EU would lower duties on hormone-free beef. The deal ratified last week lifts duties on 45,000 tonnes of U.S. beef — and 3,200 tonnes of Canadian. That’s quite the reward for hitching our wagon to the U.S. with its “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you to eat it” marketing approach. Meanwhile, Cargill representatives are starting to hint that beef treated with certain growth promotants doesn’t taste as good. Instead of fighting a battle we could clearly never win, wouldn’t it have made more sense simply to try and sell hormone-free beef in the first place?


April 4, 1996


ur April 4, 1996 issue reported that the Canadian Wheat Board had moved 100,000 tonnes of grain from the Red River Valley in anticipation of spring flooding. A storm the previous week had dumped 20 cm of snow throughout southern Manitoba and the Interlake. In Geneva, veterinary and health experts had met to discuss a possible link between BSE and a new degenerative brain disease which had killed 10 young people in the U.K. Cattle trade was reported to be at a standstill in U.K. markets. FCC reported that despite the loss of the Crow benefit the previous year, Prairie farmland values had increased by 5.5 per cent in Manitoba, 11.6 per cent in Saskatchewan and 9.4 per cent in Alberta. Average farmland values for those provinces respectively were $453, $294 and $395 per acre. Minister Responsible for Telecommunications Minister Glen Findlay announced that 911 emergency phone service would be implemented in rural Manitoba.


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Marringhurst Heritage House A much-storied part of a historic district By Edward M. Ledohowski municipal heritage consultant manitoba historic resources branch



he stately Marringhurst Heritage House, located 15 km northwest of Pilot Mound near Rock Lake, is the much-storied centrepiece of the Marringhurst District. An elaborately appointed, and now lovingly restored, Four Square-style red-brick farm home, it recalls the lives and times of the region’s many Anglo-Ontario settlers in general, and more specifically that of Richard “Dick” Wilson, known locally as the RM of Argyle’s earliest homesteader, and a highly respected and successful farmer, civic leader and political activist. Arriving in the spring of 1879, along with his parents and two younger siblings, Richard Wilson selected NW203-12WPM as his homestead claim, on a sweeping site on a fertile plain close to the lip of the Pembina River valley. He quickly set about to construct a log cabin and stable, prepare a small field for crops and cut hay for his precious first few head of livestock. In 1882, he married Annie Baird, the daughter of a neighbouring homesteader and together they began to raise a family and expand the farm operations. As was the pattern throughout the Prairies, agricultural success and a growing family resulted in the modest first log house soon giving way to a larger and more permanent 1-1/2-storey wood-frame dwelling. And, frequently, during the prosperous and heady years leading up to the First World War, many successful homesteaders moved up to a stately two- or 2-1/2-storey third home — invariably built of prestigious materials like brick, stone or moulded concrete block. The Wilsons vacated their 1879 log cabin, for their larger wood-frame home, in 1890. By 1909, buoyed by their success in raising thoroughbred Percheron horses, polled Shorthorn cattle, Berkshire hogs and with almost 600 acres of cropland, the Wilsons were in a position to construct a dwelling befitting the image of a large, progressive and thriving Manitoba farm family. The red brick used in its construction was Manitoba made, purchased from the Leary brickworks near Roseisle, shipped by train to Pilot Mound and then hauled the final 15

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km to the farm site by teams of horses and wagons. By 1909 standards, the large sixbedroom house was highly fashionable and featured, among other thoroughly modern amenities: central steam heating; full indoor plumbing with water tanks in the attic and a sewage system. There was a large summer kitchen and even a dumb waiter for bringing food items to the dining room and pantry from the cool room below. Aladdin chandeliers lit all the downstairs rooms and it sported high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and 30 large windows. In addition to establishing a thriving farm, Richard Wilson was an active local politician involved in establishing the first school in the district and constructing the first bridge over the Pembina River. He was also a driving force behind the creation of the Farmer’s Elevator Company which later became the United Grain Growers Association, for which he served as a director for six years. The Wilson family was highly regarded and respected and their home became the district social centre and the scene of many suppers, dances, meetings and celebrations. Tragically, in 1915 Dick was seriously

Full costs to farmers underestimated Some years back Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson quoted a farmer saying that basis is a licence to steal. Two March 22 opinions are cases in point where we as farmers take a back seat to the private trade margin traders. In “The $5-million advantage of local processing,” Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council’s figures are $130 per animal, including a minimum of $50 for freight as the farm gate difference between Manitoba and Alberta beef. However, without a local processor, the chain store local retail price likely includes a further minimum $50 dead meat reefer freight Alberta back into Manitoba. Why would the MCEC leave this money on the table?

injured after being thrown from his buggy during a runaway and passed away the next summer. The family continued to operate the farm until 1974 when the house and surrounding farmland were sold. For the next 20 years the house remained unoccupied and decaying. In 1993, district residents established the Marringhurst Historical Society to try to save the landmark, receiving a major boost when then owners, Bill and Marie Barron, donated the house and yard for use as a district heritage site and community centre. On March 8, 1994 the RM of Argyle designated the house a municipal heritage site under The Heritage Resources Act, and the society then set about to raise funds for a restoration, hosting many events ranging from quilt making to community suppers. Funds raised were matched with provincial heritage grants. Restoration work included: a new roof; repairing and repointing the brickwork; window repairs; refinishing the interior woodwork and floors and repairs to the plaster walls. During the restoration items anonymously removed years ear-

In the letter “Pure luck now the management strategy,” compared to “cash,” the private trade discounts for delivering off-spec contracted canola future deliveries are exceptionally steep. However, delivering canola according to future delivery contracted specs is child’s play compared to growing and delivering future delivery contracted specs for wheat. Furthermore, the current strike price put options for a November canola is about $27 per tonne, a risk premium that if not factored in, bites rather hard should the crop, without an Act of God clause, not materialize. Selling but a portion lessens that risk, but increases the farmer’s exposure of carrying sunk input costs of unpriced grain into a falling harvest price. In other words, by addressing only the contracted flat price, the

lier “for safekeeping” mysteriously “returned home” including the large china/dumb waiter cabinet. The fully restored house museum now includes an upgraded summer kitchen, which allows it to serve as a catering facility. Rechristened the Marringhurst Heritage House, this handsome structure is once again an active district landmark and social centre and has hosted anniversaries, weddings, family reunions, meetings and bus tours. More information on the Marringhurst Heritage House is available online at: hrb/mun/m110; docs/sites/marringhurstheritage house; and

letter writer has severely underestimated the full basis risk to farmers. However the writer’s opinion that farmers who took advantage of the CWB buyback, as “the individual greed incentive to destroy the CWB” is simply untrue and deserves correction. In terms of pricing efficiency, the CWB buyback as a means to arbitrage the board is second to none in the private trade. Even producer cars provide more basis risk to farmers to arbitrage a segment of the private trade’s supply chain, not to speak of the many ways in which the private trade erects outright obstacles to arbitrage, from buying out the competition to simply suspending a farmer’s right to make delivery against commission house future contracts. Eduard Hiebert St. Francois Xavier, Man.


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industry. Glencore, which is the dominant global commodities trader, will have roughly 34 per cent of the western Canadian market after the sale — the same as Richardson. “The beauty of this situation is I don’t have Glencore coming in at twice the size that I already am,” Vossen said in an interview March 21. “They’re going to be the same size. It’s a fair fight.” Fair, but also challenging, Vossen conceded. Farmers win because of increased competition, he added. Suddenly Richardson International will go from No. 2 spot in Canada’s grain sector to tied for No. 1. Not so long ago it was third, behind Agricore United and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Agricore United was created in 2001 when United Grain Growers acquired Agricore. Agricore was founded in 1999 when Alberta Wheat Pool and Manitoba Pool Elevators, created in the 1920s, merged. SaskPool and Richardson both pursued Agricore United in 2007. Although SaskPool was the victor, Richardson picked up some assets thanks to the Competition Bureau. Richardson existed long before farmers formed their own companies starting with the Grain Growers Company in 1906, the Prairie Pools in the roaring ’20s or the Canadian Wheat Board. In fact, the company formed in 1857 is older than Canada itself. Vossen agrees Richardson’s longevity stems from being a family-owned, private company. The structure allows for a longerterm view. “With many of these global grain companies, one thing that’s synonymous with them is patient capital, private ownership and quite often family own-

Farmers want Competition Bureau to scrutinize sale of Viterra’s input stores Sale raises questions about input competition By Allan Dawson co-operator staff

Richardson International president Curt Vossen says his company can compete with Glencore and the competition will serve farmers well.   photo: allan dawson

ership and willingness to ride out the cycles,” he said. “Maybe once or twice or three times a generation we’re going to hit a down cycle. If you’re a modern, publicly traded company you’re under the magnifying glass every quarter,” he said, noting private companies don’t face that kind of pressure. “Inevitably this business has its ups and downs. You have to live with the downs and ride the ups and stay relatively even keeled through it all.” Multinational grain merchandising giants Louis Dreyfus and Cargill have been in business more than 100 years and are private, family-owned firms. Canadian grain companies Paterson Grain and Parrish and Heimbecker formed in 1908 and 1909, respectively, are as well. “They won’t get pushed out of business unless they want to be pushed out of business because they’ve got great positioning in Western Canada,” Vossen said. The Pools, dominated Western Canada’s grain sector both in business and farm policy for

“Inevitably this business has its ups and downs. You have to live with the downs and ride the ups and stay relatively even keeled through it all.” Curt Vossen

most of the 20th century. While many factors contributed to their downfall, their perceived inability to raise capital is often cited as one. That’s why United Grain Growers and SaskPool went public in the 1990s. But publicly traded companies are vulnerable to takeovers. Being able to originate grain in Canada is why Glencore is buying Viterra, Vossen said. “They said to themselves, ‘if we don’t integrate back into origination we could get cut off at the knees...’” Richardson International has no immediate plans to expand into the United States or beyond, Vossen said. The focus is on integrating its new assets. “We definitely plan to grow our base in Canada,” he said. “If it makes sense growing business outside of Canada we’re also open to that.” While Glencore is a huge company, Richardson is confident it can compete with it in Canada, Vossen said. “The advantage isn’t sheer size globally, what’s important is how strong are you in your particular marketplace,” he said. “The key for us... to compete in this market is... a demand-pull for products that we’re originating. We’ve got the infrastructure to bring that stuff right from the farm gate... to a consumptionend customer.”

Most farm groups are giving the Viterra sale a thumbs up on the grain side of the transaction, but there’s concern about potentially less competition in farm input sales. Glencore is buying Viterra, but will sell 232 of Viterra’s 258 input stores in Canada and all 17 in Australia, along with 34 per cent of Canadian Fertilizers Ltd. to Calgarybased Agrium for $1.65 billion. “The sale of farm retail outlets to Agrium could result in too few competitive options for some farmers in the purchase of their fertilizer and other farm inputs,” Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association president Kevin Bender said in a news release. “We will be asking the Competition Bureau to ensure good competition remains in all areas of the Prairies.” The Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) and Grain Growers of Canada have similar concerns. There could be isolated pockets where farmers lack competitive alternatives, KAP president Doug Chorney said in an interview. “While Agrium is a wellrespected Canadian company, we are told they will now have 30 per cent of farm input business,” Grain Growers president Stephen Vandervalk said in a release. “In areas of Western Canada where farmers feel there will be less competition, we will encourage the Competition Bureau to have a look and make appropriate recommendations.” Agrium currently has 65 retail farm input stores in Canada and will have 39 more after acquiring Viterra outlets through Glencore, Richard Downey, Agrium’s vicepresident of investor-corporate relations, said in an interview. Farmers won’t notice much change as staff at Viterra’s stores will remain the same, he said.

“There will be a new sign up front and it will be pretty much business as usual,” Downey said. The National Farmers Union (NFU) says while Agrium is a Canadian company, Canadian farmers shouldn’t expect special treatment. Its members fear private companies are moving to capture earnings farmers would have received through the Canadian Wheat Board, which will lose its sales monopoly Aug. 1. “The purchase of Viterra is not new investment, but simply a shuffling of ownership,” NFU president Terry Boehm said in a release. Farmers built Viterra’s terminals and the elevators through the Pools and United Grain Growers, he said. “What was once an asset owned by farmers is now an asset to be used in a way against them,” Boehm said. “We know that instead of controlling these assets we will only be paying for them through handling charges, not earning equity dividends like we once did.” The NFU wants the Competition Bureau to examine the sale’s impact on farmers and Canada. The Grain Growers, on the other hand, welcomes Glencore’s purchase of Viterra. The firm brings “a wealth of expertise and connections” to Canada’s grain sector, Vandervalk said. “We received reassurance that Canadian agriculture would be a top priority for the company and we look forward to doing business with them,” added Grain Growers executive director Richard Phillips. Chorney said he welcomes the investment in Canadian agriculture. The deal should result in more competition for farmers’ grain.

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FROM PAGE ONE FERTILIZE Continued from page 1

wouldn’t have any qualms about going now.” Farmers who applied 30 or so pounds of nitrogen to their winter wheat last fall needn’t be in such a rush. They have more time to assess the survival of the crop, he said. “If you apply (nitrogen) after (jointing, usually the end of May) you’re not going to see any yield benefit,” Heard said. “You might on protein, but really it’s the yields that pay the bills.” After pressure from farm groups, the Manitoba government announced March 20 it would temporarily set aside rules preventing the application of fertilizer before April 10. The regulation, which also blocks farmers from applying fertilizer after Nov. 10, is designed to mitigate water pollution. Fertilizer applied to frozen soil is more at risk of running off during spring thaw. T h i s y e a r ’s e x e m p t i o n does not apply to manure applications — something t h e Ke y s t o n e A g r i c u l t u ra l Producers has asked the gov-

“Early nitrogen is important to help it recover from winter injury and promote tillering…” John Heard

ernment to change, said KAP president Doug Chorney. Farmers can apply to the C o n s e r v a t i o n a n d Wa t e r Stewardship Department for an individual variance. Chorney said so many are applying they can’t get through to the department by phone. If soil conditions are suitable for the application of synthetic fertilizer, spreading manure should be all right too, Chorney said. A Manitoba government official said in an email last week that only five farmers had requested a variance to apply manure and that the applications were being handled in a “timely manner.” “Producers can apply for variances with their local Conservation office,” the email said. Many farmers were unaware of the regulations preventing nutrient applications between Nov. 10 and April 10, one industry official said. “This is quite a wake up call,” he said. “No other jurisdiction in North America uses calendar dates for standard farm practices on fertilizer. It’s quite shaking to people that government has instituted something like this.” Ontario has restrictions, but they are based on soil conditions, he said. KAP opposes fixed dates and wants the timing tying to soil conditions, Chorney said.

Assessing winter wheat survival Ducks Unlimited has a new, quick test By Allan Dawson

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There are a couple of ways to determine if winter wheat survived the winter, MAFRI says on its website. One is waiting until the soil and crowns warm up and root growth starts. That could take until mid-May. Another option is to extract several “sods” from the field and warm them inside. Keep the soil moist and assess crowns for new root growth after about five to seven days. MAFRI says to sample from average and worstcase areas of the field (knolls, headlands with lowsnow-trapping stubble levels, low spots where spring flooding or winter icing may have occurred). There’s also a new quick test used by Ducks Unlimited agronomists in North Dakota called the “bag test.” Here’s what you do: Dig or chisel wheat seedlings out of the soil without damaging the crown. Rinse the soil off the crown and roots. Using scissors, trim off the roots and leaves and all but one inch of the stem above the crown. Put these crowns into a Ziploc bag and puff in some air before sealing. Keep at room temperature and observe every two days. Repeat the rinsing and air puffing every two days. Live plants will start to extend leaves and establish new white roots. If new growth is not seen in six days consider the plant dead. A visual display of the procedure from Ducks Unlimited is at: Documents/Growing%20WW/winter_survival.pdf. B:10.25”

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Who is Glencore International? It’s a huge firm with an interesting past By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


ho is Glencore International? A lot of people are asking as the giant, Swiss-based, publicly traded multinational firm prepares to buy Viterra and become a dominant player in Canada’s grain industry. Glencore describes itself as the world’s largest commodity trader — mostly in metals and minerals, but also crops. It employs more than 2,800 people in 50 offices in more than 40 countries. As of Dec. 31, 2011 Glencore earned $186.15 billion (U.S.), according to its website. Its agricultural division’s revenues were $17.1 billion last year. Glencore owns 270,000 hectares of farmland, more than 100 origination elevators/silos with a combined storage capacity of 3.8 million tonnes, eight port elevators/ silos. Glencore also has an in-house

freight desk that services the needs of the marketing department with 30 to 60 vessels under short- to medium-term charter. “Glencore International AG is about to take over the world, literally,” S.N. Kapadia wrote May 4, 2011, in BusinessInsider. “The scope and scale of their operation is truly remarkable,” he wrote. “They mine, refine, a n d s u p p l y. Mo re i m p o rtantly they are tapped into all the major players in metals and minerals, as well as various energy and agricultural products. This makes them an enabler. With increased capital they will be able to finance idle operations all over the world.” Glencore also has a colourful past. A 2005 story posted on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website (http:// w w w. a b c . n e t . a u / a m / c o n tent/2005/s1300651.htm) says: “Glencore’s history reads like a spy novel.” The company was founded in 1974 by Marc Rich, under the


“For us they have been 100 per cent reliable for any of the business transactions we’ve undertaken with them.” Curt Vossen

company name Marc Rich and Co. AG. ABC, BusinessWeek and Wikipedia, say that in 1983, Rich, a Belgium-born, American citizen while in Switzerland, was indicted by the United States government with illegally trading with the enemy (Iran) and tax evasion. He never returned to the U.S. and remained on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 10 most-wanted list for many years. But in 2001, Bill Clinton granted Rich a presidential pardon hours before leaving office. According to ABC, Glencore has

been accused of illegal dealings with rogue states: apartheid South Africa, Communist Russia, Iran, and Iraq under Saddam Hussein. But that was then and this is now, said a Glencore official, who asked not to be named. Rich sold Glencore to the traders that worked for him in 1994. And last May Glencore became a publicly traded company. Last year Mopani, a mining company 71 per cent owned by Glencore, was accused of tax evasion in Zambia. Glencore denies the allegations. “Mopani is confident that the amount of tax that it has paid has been correctly calculated and discussions continue with the Zambian Revenue Authority and all other interested parties, including the EIB (European Investment Ban), to clarify and resolve these matters,” Glencore said in a June 2, 2011 news release. Saskatchewan Liberal MP Ralph Goodale says Viterra’s sale to Glencore should be closely scrutinized.

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“This Swiss-based international commodities trader is virtually unknown in Saskatchewan,” he said in a news release. “It is not a stranger to controversy. It is about to become one of (Saskatchewan) Premier (Brad) Wall’s largest corporate citizens. The character, background and track record of the company are surely elements of “net benefit.” Richardson International has agreed to buy some of Viterra’s assets from Glencore. Richardson president Curt Vossen had nothing but praise for Glencore officials, integrity. “They’re good people,” he said in an interview. “They do what they say they’ll do whether they have a contract to back it up or not. For us they have been 100 per cent reliable for any of the business transactions we’ve undertaken with them.” Unscrupulous companies don’t last long in the grain business, he added.

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CDC Triffid contamination on the decline Canadian flax industry officials are in Europe this week to update officials By Allan Dawson

“If people want to do the very best job of making sure it doesn’t turn up the best way is to buy certified seed.”




fficials from Canada’s f l a x i n d u s t r y a re i n Europe this week to brief government and industry officials on the progress Canada is making removing traces of CDC Triffid, a genetically modified (GM) flax, from Canadian flax. “It’s getting less and less frequent and less and less i n t e n s e,” F l a x C o u n c i l o f Canada president Will Hill said in an interview March 23. “Every year we have a mission with the Europeans to inform them of the progress we’re making and bring everybody up to speed,” he said on the eve of the trip. All pedigreed flax seed is tested for CDC Triffid before planting and farmers are voluntarily submitting bin-run seed for testing. Only three per cent of farmer-submitted samples have traces of CDC


Triffid compared to 10 per cent in 2009 when the contamination was discovered, Hill said And when CDC Triffid is found levels are usually low at 0.01 per cent. That’s equivalent to just one seed in 10,000. However, since the tests are based on four, 60-gram subsamples the contamination is similar to finding one seed in 40,000, Hill said. “The message is pretty clear,” said Arborg far mer and Manitoba Flax Growers Association president Er ic Fridfinnson. “If people want

to do the very best job of making sure it doesn’t turn up the best way is to buy certified seed.” Fridfinnson is part of the mission, along with Hill and o f f i c i a l s f r o m R i c h a rd s o n In t e r n a t i o n a l a n d V i t e r ra . Meetings were to be held in Brussels, London, Berlin and Madrid. “We are not back into the food market and probably won’t be for the foreseeable future,” Fridfinnson said. “The major market is the expeller market, which is the feed and industrial side.”

CFC Triffid contamination in Canadian flax is declining, says Manitoba Flax Growers Association president Eric Fridfinnson. Fridfinnson and other flax industry officials are in Europe this week to update buyers and government officials. PHOTO: ALLAN DAWSON

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Canadian flax exports to E u r o p e, C a n a d a’s b i g g e s t customer, were temporarily blocked in the summer of 2009 after traces of CDC Triffid were discovered in the shipments. CDC Triffid, developed in the mid-1990s, was genetically modified to tolerate soil residues from Group 2 herbicides. It was approved in Canada and the United States, but deregistered in 2001 over fears it would interfere with sales to Europe where it was not approved. At first Canadian officials thought the problem might be GM canola dockage in flax. Then it was assumed either a bin of old CDC Triffid seed had been cleaned out, or perhaps a few seed growers or farmers were growing CDC Triffid. Now it’s believed CDC Triffid contaminated breeder s e e d f o r o t h e r f l a x va r i e ties developed at the Crop Development Centre. Canadian flax exports soon resumed to Europe, but only after extensive testing and none is going to the more lucrative food market. Ca n a d i a n f l a x p l a n t i n g s and production have fallen by more than half since 2009. Last year Canadian farmers seeded 695,107 acres of flax and harvested 368,300 tonnes. The five-year average for flax plantings before 2009 was 1.8 million and production averaged 795,120 tonnes.

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EXCHANGES: march 23, 2012

$1 Cdn: $1.001 U.S. $1 U.S: $.9982 Cdn.


Cattle Prices Winnipeg

(Friday to Thursday) Slaughter Cattle

March 23, 2012

Steers & Heifers $ — D1,2 Cows 66.00 - 72.00 D3 Cows 58.00 - 66.00 Bulls 78.00 - 88.75 Feeder Cattle (Price ranges for feeders refer to top-quality animals only) Steers (901+ lbs.) $ — (801-900 lbs.) — (701-800 lbs.) 135.00 - 148.00 (601-700 lbs.) 148.00 - 157.00 (501-600 lbs.) 155.00 - 175.00 (401-500 lbs.) 165.00 - 193.00 Heifers (901+ lbs.) — (801-900 lbs.) — (701-800 lbs.) 125.00 - 137.00 (601-700 lbs.) 130.00 - 142.00 (501-600 lbs.) 130.00 - 160.00 (401-500 lbs.) 145.00 - 177.00 Slaughter Cattle Grade A Steers Grade A Heifers D1, 2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls Steers


Alberta South $ 114.70 - 117.00 116.00 - 116.50 70.00 - 84.00 62.00 -77.00 — $ 118.00 - 134.00 128.00 - 144.00 138.00 - 161.00 153.00 - 179.00 165.00 - 197.00 180.00 - 208.00 $ 111.00 - 128.00 118.00 - 137.00 125.00 - 148.00 137.00 - 160.00 150.00 - 175.00 160.00 - 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 22, 2012) in U.S. Fed Cattle Close Change April 2012 125.25 -0.32 June 2012 122.17 -0.68 August 2012 124.27 -0.90 October 2012 129.00 -1.70 December 2012 130.27 -1.93 February 2013 130.92 -1.98 Cattle Slaughter Canada East West Manitoba U.S.

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

Manitoba’s early spring is considered a mixed blessing Phil Franz-Warkentin CNSC

Ontario $ 110.99 - 130.26 106.29 - 122.32 62.46 - 83.27 62.46 - 83.27 82.02 - 96.50 $ 124.98 - 139.27 128.52 - 146.40 132.05 - 157.36 135.54 - 168.94 135.12 - 178.76 144.91 - 193.26 $ 120.06 - 130.65 121.79 - 135.94 124.52 - 144.15 125.50 - 154.54 136.66 - 159.66 135.95 - 164.55

Close 153.45 153.60 154.70 156.90 157.37 157.40

Change -0.92 -2.40 -2.60 -1.90 -1.63 -1.70

Cattle Grades (Canada)

Week Ending March 17, 2012 51,615 14,749 36,866 N/A 619,000

Previous Year­ 53,929 15,437 38,492 N/A 619,000

Week Ending March 17, 2012 630 26,285 14,270 524 662 5,981 296

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Previous Year 628 23,416 16,721 1,128 430 4,868 595

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 174.00E 158.00E 157.79 162.63

Futures (March 22, 2012) in U.S. Hogs April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012

Last Week 173.74 159.02 157.07 161.74

Close 85.40 94.10 92.82 93.25 94.10

Last Year (Index 100) 161.80 147.86 149.27 153.39

Change -1.50 -1.05 -1.30 -1.55 -1.77

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

Winnipeg Next sale is April 5

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 76.23 - 103.72 177.64 - 194.29 198.80 - 216.71 202.26 - 237.61 226.80 - 323.64 —

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arketings of cattle at Manitoba auction markets were fairly brisk during the week ended March 23, with values for feeder cattle losing some ground while butchers held steady at fairly high levels. “Demand for the butcher cows and bulls has been constant, if not improving a bit, but the prices for these animals should also be rising further than what they have been,” said Robin Hill, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden. “Values for the butchers are good, but it needs to be better than good from a producer’s perspective,” he said. From a feeder point of view, Hill acknowledged there was definitely a weakening of values in that class of cattle over the past week. That trend seems to have started in the heavier-weight animals the week prior, but the downtrend in value was more widespread in the latest week, including some of the lighter grass calves. The decline in the feeder sector was associated with deteriorating profit margins for packers and feedlots on cattle that were purchased earlier, Hill said. Worries about moisture conditions in Manitoba and other parts of the Prairies may also be linked to the weakening prices. “The decline in feeder values appears to be tied to a little bit of everything.” While U.S. cattle inventory numbers are the lowest they have been in over 50 years and the cattle numbers in Canada are also on the low side, he acknowledged, it still comes down to what the consumer is willing to pay for the end product. “Hopefully the Canadian consumer is willing to pay a bit more for those beef products, and then the next guy can get a bit more of a return,” Hill said. Overall, however, Hill viewed the feeder market as not being all that bad, although it has been better. The early spring, meanwhile, was being heralded as a mixed blessing for the cattle sector in the province. “I don’t think that the early spring will have all that much of an impact on the circumstances that cattle producers face,” Hill said, despite the May weather conditions which seem to have moved into March. There were concerns in some areas of Manitoba regarding the lack of spring run-off and the current dry conditions. He acknowledged some areas could definitely use a good soaking. “Do we need that rain today? No, but we do need something over the next couple of weeks.” On the other hand, Hill was concerned winter may not be over quite yet.

“If we were to get more rain (alfalfa and grass) would start growing and be dead in a month if we got some cold weather.” robin hill

“The greatest spring”

The warm weather conditions for cow-calf producers have been perfect, he said. “This is the greatest spring one could ever get for spring calving as it is certainly not as cold as it could be for those individuals.” Given the dry conditions on top of the warmer temperatures, the calves seem to do better as well, he said, noting the more area one has for cows and calves, the better and healthier the animals turn out. However, cattle producers who rely on alfalfa and grass do not want those plants to start growing yet, and a good soaking rain combined with the warm temperatures would indeed start the process, Hill said. “If we were to get more rain those crops would start growing and be dead in a month if we got some cold weather,” he said. Hill also pointed out there was probably a desire to start grazing cattle on pasture, but those animals would likely still be supplemented with feed until the pastures can be sustained. “There will be cattle out of the corrals early and out on the hills and grass in the next three weeks if there is something to feed on,” he said. With the drier conditions, he added, the cattle coming to the auction yards have also been on the cleaner side, which in some cases provides better returns. “Tagged cattle — which is really manure stuck to the animals’ feet, legs and bodies — can and usually do get discounted,” he said. Sometimes circumstances are circumstances, and those can’t be helped, Hill said, citing periods last year when there was rain every day and animals couldn’t stay clean. Movement of cattle continued to be good to both eastern and western outlets during the week. There were also some good butcher cattle moving into the U.S. Hill also wanted producers and the cattle industry to know the Manitoba-Saskatchewan auctioneer championships will be held on May 4 at the Heartland Livestock Services location at Virden. It’s hoped at least 15 auctioneers are willing to take up the challenge on that day. Dwayne Klassen writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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

Goats Kids Billys Mature

Winnipeg ($/each) Next sale is April 5

Toronto ($/cwt) 80.24 - 276.28 — 74.15 - 272.58

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

Winnipeg ($/cwt) — —

Toronto ($/cwt) 28.29 - 40.44 33.11 - 42.49

U.S. pork stocks balloon as prices curb appetites By Theopolis Waters chicago / reuters

High meat and gasoline prices have curbed consumers’ appetite for pork, which caused the meat to

pile up in warehouses last month, analysts said March 22. That February pork supply was up seven per cent from the previous month, and up nine per cent from a year ago, the data showed. “This confirms U.S. demand has been sharply curtailed for pork for two months in a row amid concerns about high gas

prices,” said Rich Nelson, director of market research with Allendale, Inc. Gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon in many states and likely impacted consumers’ disposable incomes. Pork stocks usually rise about 22 million pounds in February based on a fiveyear average, but this time they jumped 39 million lbs., said Nelson.

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Old-crop canola contracts resist downward pressures The markets await USDA’s forecasts on seeded acres Dwayne Klassen CNSC


CE Futures Canada canola contracts started the week ended March 23 strong, but finally ran into resistance to post their first weekly declines in nearly two months in the old-crop contracts. However, even the correction lower was short lived, as Friday saw the market attempt to retest those earlier highs. Overbought price sentiment and pent-up profit-taking was behind the selling in canola, with similar losses in the CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) soy complex triggering the declines in canola. However, the underlying fundamentals remain quite supportive for the Canadian oilseed and, aside from technicals and outside influences, there are more bullish than bearish factors at play in the market. With exports and the domestic crush both running at record pace, the concerns over tightening stocks are keeping the end-users as active buyers in canola. That end-user demand is evidenced by basis levels across Western Canada that continue to offer very good pricing opportunities and are still above the futures in many locations.

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Canola is definitely the crop of choice this spring, and some industry participants predict acres could top 22 million. Even a more conservative 19-million- to 20-million-acre crop would still be a record, but the fact is — the industry needs that production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada now projects carry-out supplies from the current crop year at about 700,000 tonnes of canola, which would be well below the one million tonnes generally seen as a “comfortable” level for the end-users. Domestic crushers have already crushed 500,000 more tonnes of canola to date than they did at the same point the previous year, despite any softness in crush margins. Exports are even more impressive, running about 1.5 million tonnes ahead of the yearago pace, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data. After a couple of disappointing years, where adverse conditions in the spring thwarted some seeding operations, early indications

U.S. heat wave breaks records An “unprecedented” March heat wave in much of the continental United States has set or tied more than 7,000 high temperature records, and signals a warming climate, health and weather experts said on Friday. While natural climate variability plays a major role, it is the addition of humanspurred climate change that makes this

in 2012 point to some favourable planting weather in southern Manitoba. Seeding early does create some risks from a weather standpoint, as frost is still very much a concern. However, it will be interesting to see how many producers are willing to take a bit of a risk this year, especially as the dwindling stocks outlook would seem to suggest any canola harvested earlier this year would be met with strong demand in the summer months. From a technical standpoint, the May canola contract ran into some firm resistance as it failed to hold on to its brief gains above the psychological $600 level. After clawing back from the profit-taking losses, a move back above that chart point could set the stage for more speculative buying. However, if canola fails to see a sustained move higher, there is also a case to be made for a further correction lower — at least in the short term. Milling wheat and durum futures did see some very minimal activity during the week, moving down in wheat and up in durum. However, the new grain contracts are still far away from being considered liquid. While the contracts have been on the board for two months now, with little to show for it, only new-crop futures are available and the activity is still expected to pick up once there is actually a crop to trade. In Chicago, soybeans, corn and wheat all ended the week lower, with the largest losses in corn. Profit-taking on recent gains was the feature. However, talk that any declines were only making soybeans and corn more attractive to Chinese buyers, who are rumoured to be looking to make more purchases, did provide underlying support.

Fight for acres

Positioning ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s March 30 prospective plantings report was also a feature. The report will be closely watched, and is expected to set the nearby tone in the U.S. grains and oilseeds as both corn and soybeans remain firmly entrenched in their annual fight for acres. Weather conditions across the U.S. Midwest are said to be fairly conducive toward an early start to spring seeding. Early seeding would favour more corn acres, which is likely why corn fell to a greater extent than soybeans during the past week. The USDA recently predicted corn area at 94 million acres, which would be the largest since the Second World War. Private forecasts leading up to the March 30 report have speculated actual seedings could top 95 million, or more. The USDA will also be releasing updated supply/demand tables on March 30, and traders will be following those numbers closely for a better sense of usage in corn and soybeans. Some analysts have expressed concerns that ending stocks may end up tighter than the USDA has said in the past, especially if production issues in South America swing more demand to the U.S. Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting

particular hot spell extraordinary, the scientists said in a telephone and web briefing. “This heat wave is essentially unprecedented,” said Heidi Cullen of the nonprofit science and communication organization Climate Central. “It’s hard to grasp how massive and significant this is.” Since March 12, more than 7,000 hightemperature records have been equalled or exceeded, Cullen said, citing figures from the U.S. National Climatic Data Center.

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Special Crops Report for March 26, 2012 — Bin run delivered plant Saskatchewan Spot Market

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U.S. appeals WTO ruling on COOL Canadian producers are frustrated by the ongoing delays in resolving the dispute

Canadian cattle will continue to receive discounted prices as the U.S. appeals the WTO ruling against its country-of-origin labelling legislation. By Alex Binkley co-operator contributor / ottawa


he Obama administration has dashed hopes for a rational settlement in the dispute with Canada and Mexico over a WTO ruling criticizing Washington’s mandatory country-of-origin labelling rules. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office announced March 23 that the U.S. would appeal the decision. It waited until almost the last minute to go the appeal route after indications it was prepared to work with Canada and Mexico on the issue. COOL came into effect in 2008, reducing imports and lowering prices for Canadian and Mexico cattle and hogs. The two countries challenged the U.S. before a WTO dispute settlement panel, which ruled last November it violated international rules on technical barriers to trade. The USTR didn’t spell out the basis for its appeal. Written submissions from all parties must be made to the WTO by mid-April. An oral hearing is expected to take place in late April or early May and a final decision would be made before the end of June. The U.S. says COOL provides consumers information on the origin of their meat, while opponents say it’s protectionism meant to discourage imports. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said he was disappointed by the move, but Canada would oppose the American action at the WTO.

“Our government has always stood with our cattle and hog producers against the U.S.’s unfair country-of-origin labelling,” he said. “The WTO panel decision recognized the integrated nature of the North American supply chain and marked a clear win for our industry. We are confident that the decision will be upheld so trade can move more freely, benefiting producers and processors on both sides of the border.”

“Our government has always stood with our cattle and hog producers against the U.S.’s unfair country-oforigin labelling,”

gerry ritz

Agriculture minister

Ritz had been upbeat about prospects for a peaceful settlement of the issue during recent meetings in Washington because American meat packers and producer groups had opposed COOL. Martin Unrau, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said the U.S. was prolonging its discrimination against imported livestock. COOL continues to have a significant impact on Canadian cattle prices, he added. “There is at least a $25- to $35-per-head reduction in price on every

head of cattle sold regardless of whether they are exported to the U.S. or not.” The WTO Dispute Settlement Panel found the U.S. was in breach of its WTO obligations because COOL changed the conditions of competition in the U.S. livestock marketplace to the detriment of imported livestock. By requiring that all meat, including beef, sold at retail in the U.S. must inform consumers of the birth country of the animal, cattle segregation practices became necessary for U.S. feedlots and packing operations that handle imported livestock. These segregation practices and associated costs have created a disincentive for U.S. operations to purchase Canadian cattle. Those Americans who continue to purchase Canadian cattle do so at a discounted value relative to U.S.-born cattle. Unrau noted that agriculture economist Daniel Sumner has estimated that nearly 9,000 U.S. meat-packing jobs are at risk of being eliminated if COOL is not resolved and the segregation costs remain. “We had hoped that the U.S. government would recognize that this law is a drain on the competitiveness of its own meat and livestock sectors,” he continued. “We don’t need to repeal all of COOL. We just want a surgical amendment to the legislation that would eliminate the segregation. That should be a win-win for both Canada and the U.S.” The CCA will continue to support the federal government’s legal team to ensure the strongest possible defence during the appeal, Unrau noted.

U.S. feedlot cattle supply at a fouryear high Placements rose three per cent in February By Theopolis Waters reuters

Cattle supplies in U.S. feedlots rose to their highest in four years last month, a U.S. government report showed March 23, as surging prices in the cash market and improved wheat pastures in the drought-stricken southern Plains lifted placements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s cattle-on-feed report showed that placements rose three per cent to 1.71 million head — the biggest rise in February in four years — slightly higher than 2.7 per cent expected by analysts polled by Reuters. The March 1 cattle supply at feedlots surveyed by the USDA rose by three per cent from a year ago to 11.7 million head — the largest in four years and above the 2.3 per cent increase expected by analysts. Analysts said the biggerthan-expected rise in feedlot supplies could pressure Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures. “Overall the report can be regarded as somewhat negative. The placements were pretty much what people were looking for but the on-feed and marketings give it a negative tone,” said Dan Vaught with Vaught Futures Insights. “Ultimately, the reason people were looking for increased placements had to do with fed cattle (prices) reaching all-time highs in the second half of February,” said Vaught. “With the increased numbers in placements, 98 per cent on the marketing and significant beef in storage, the optimism (for futures) has to come from warm weather that has to boost demand for grilling,” said Jason Roose, analyst at U.S. Commodities. On March 22, USDA data showed total beef stocks in February at 466.1 million pounds compared with 459.83 million last year, but February stocks were not as high as expected by some analysts. Roose said the 152 per cent in cattle disappearance from a year ago represented cattle that had entered feedlots but returned to pastures for fattening. “We had a lot of cow liquidation over the past year because of drought in places like Texas. But it looks like parts of that state started to improve, and we’ve been seeing good pastures in the remainder of the country,” said Roose.


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Think you know what the future holds? Think again, says bestselling author Crop-guzzling equines once posed serious risk to human health in major cities before an unlikely saviour appeared By Shannon VanRaes co-operator staff / washington, d.c.


ext time someone tells you what the future holds, think manure. Literally. That’s the advice of writer Stephen Dubner, who used the tale of a century-old manure crisis to illustrate the folly of predicting what lies ahead. “Human beings are terrible at predicting the future,” the journalist and co-author of Freakonomics told attendees at the Canola Council of Canada conference in the U.S. capital. At the turn of the last century — as today — there was a food-for-fuel problem. Only then it was grain being used to fuel horses. “Crops that would have landed on a family’s dinner table (were) sometimes converted to fuel, driving up prices and causing shortages,” said Dubner, whose bestselling book with economist Steven Levitt was subtitled A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. “And then there are the air pollution and toxic emissions endangering the environment as well as individuals’ health.” At that time, horses were the primary means of transportation in cities, and each produced nearly 25 pounds of manure a day. Initially, this was a good thing as it provided farmers on the city’s outskirts with valuable fertilizer. But as cities grew, a tipping point was reached.

Stephen Dubner, journalist and co-author of Freakonomics, speaks during the Canola Council of Canada’s Washington, D.C. conference. Photo: Shannon VanRaes

“As more and more horses flooded into the city centres, there was a glut in the market and the market collapsed,” said Dubner. This was a major issue and a crisis for cities such as New York, which had 200,000 horses in 1900 that collectively produced five million pounds of manure each day. “The city was really in danger — this was considered a problem of the highest order,” he said. A host of options was considered, including breeding horses that produced less waste, manure taxes and horse diapers. None were feasible. The issue was so serious that a major conference was called in New York with five days set aside to identify potential solutions. But after just two days,


Spectre of inflation has large investors eyeing farmland london / reuters / The hunt is on. Fearful that debt-laden governments will allow inflation to rise and erode the real value of money, many institutional investors are eyeing farmland as an inflation hedge. But ownership brings responsibilities, costs and risks that need close management. The inflation-adjusted value of American farmland peaked in 1980, according to the USDA, which now expects a new real peak in 2012. That’s not much in capital appreciation, but the average annual real yield, on current land prices, has been a respectable 2.8 per cent. U.S. farmland has participated in the last decade’s commodity boom — the real value will have increased at a 4.6 per cent annual rate from 2002 to 2012, if the USDA’s esti-

mate of a 3.7 per cent real increase in 2012 proves accurate. Farmland is no free lunch, however. It is an illiquid asset and cash flow is volatile — inflationadjusted income in 2004, the best year since 1980, was twice as high as it was just two years earlier. But by 2006, much of the increase had been wiped away. That means outside investors have to buy wisely and manage well, and now may not be the best time to buy into mature agricultural economies. Not only is the price up relative to the past, but it is expensive beside land in less developed countries. Insight Investment, the fund management arm of BNY Mellon, estimates that a hectare of land in the U.K. or New Zealand is three times the price of U.S. farmland which, in turn, is twice the price of land in Romania or Brazil. That’s prompted large investors, including those at Mellon, to seek geographical diversification.

The drum horse of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment leaves the parade ground during a media viewing at Wellington Barracks showing uniforms that will be worn for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, London March 21, 2012. Horses in cities were once considered a major environmental threat.  photo: REUTERS/Olivia Harris

frustrated attendees gave up and went home. Then unexpectedly, the problem of horse manure disappeared — almost overnight. “It was solved of course by the invention of the internal combustion engine and the automobile,” he said, noting the New York Times referred to the car as an “environmental saviour.” There’s a lesson here for today, said Dubner: Solutions to problems come from unexpected sources, and rarely from the

industry that is the source of the problem. The same lesson may apply to current crises of global warming and food production, he said. “One big mark of our arrogance is our belief in our ability to predict the future,” he said. “When you look at these problems that seem unsolvable, too complicated, you often just fail to see in history that around the corner — which we can’t see very well — there lies a solution.”

“One big mark of our arrogance is our belief in our ability to predict the future.”

Stephen Dubner


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Mexicans see current drought as sign of drier years to come Water authority sees need for $24-billion investment just to safeguard and modernize infrastructure By Mica Rosenberg and Noe Torres chihuahua / reuters


uthorities fear a severe drought in Mexico is just a foretaste of a drier future. As water tankers race across northern Mexico to reach farflung towns, and crops wither in the fields, the government has allotted US$2.7 billion in emergency aid to confront the country’s worst-ever drought, which has caused $1.2 billion in crop losses and killed 60,000 head of cattle. “Droughts are cyclical — we know that — but they are growing more frequent and severe due to climate change,” said Elvira Quesada, the country’s environment minister. The drought helped push Mexico’s food imports up 35 per cent last year, a trend likely to persist through the 2012-13 crop cycle. Zacatecas state, the country’s main bean producer, harvested only a quarter of the usual crop after months without rain, and water shortage has forced Mexican farmers to cut back cattle herds. “There was talk of drought when I got here 16 years ago,”

said Ignacio Becerra, a priest working in the rugged town of Carichi in Chihuahua state, which has suffered massive water shortages. “This year, not even corn or beans came up. Watering holes that never ran dry are empty.”

A dry future

Mexican President Felipe Calderon, an outspoken advocate for mitigating and adapting to climate change, has ordered his government to start getting ready for tougher times. Experts estimate Mexico will have to spend billions of dollars in the next two decades to maintain the water supply for irrigation and drinking water. Water authority Conagua says it must invest $24 billion by 2030 to safeguard and modernize infrastructure by sealing leaky pipes, expanding reservoirs, and even recycling household waste water. As policy-makers plot their response to climate change, Mexicans must simply come to grip with years of little rain — and higher food bills for staples like beef. Darrell Hargrove, owner

Malnourished cattle stand inside a fenced area in Chihuahua February 17, 2012. A severe drought in Mexico that has cost farmers more than a billion dollars in crop losses alone and set back the national cattle herd for years, is just a foretaste of the drier future facing Latin America’s second-largest economy.  photo: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

of farming and trucking firm Southwest Livestock in Del Rio, Texas, said the price of Mexican cattle has risen to about $2 per pound from $1.50 since February. “We have the lowest cattle

herd count here that we’ve had since about 1950,” Hargrove said. The human cost has also been harsh. The government said it provided food rations to more

than two million people, while more than 400,000 residents in the six driest states were without water at the end of December and an estimated eight million are grappling with water shortages.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Certification and training for livestock transport Federal funds will support improved regulatory compliance staff


he federal government is giving $320,000 to the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association to help develop a certification program that will lead to training for livestock and poultry transporters. The support is for an industry-led initiative to develop national standards for the safe and humane transport of farm animals to help address public

concerns and ensure that the sector remains competitive in both domestic and international markets. “Responsible animal care during transport is important for all livestock and poultry, and the fact that the Canadian Livestock Transport certification program has been an Alberta-driven initiative is a source of pride for our province as we develop a national program,” said AFAC’s executive director, Lorna Baird.

The association is working with a coalition of farm animal groups, the National Farm Animal Care Council, and other provincial counc i l s t ow a r d s a n a t i o n a l multi-species transporter certification program. The program will be consistent with regulations gover n ing the transport of animals and will address public concerns over the humane and safe transport of farm animals.

Judge orders FDA to remove antibiotics from feed The FDA first initiated the task in 1977 but backed off By Jessica Dye new york / reuters


federal judge ordered U.S. regulators March 2 2 t o s t a r t p ro c e e d ings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” U . S . Ma g i s t ra t e Ju d g e Theodore Katz ordered t h e U . S . Fo o d a n d D r u g Administration to begin proceedings unless makers of the drugs can produce evidence that their use is safe. If they can’t, then the FDA must withdraw approval for non-therapeutic use of those drugs, the judge ruled. The FDA had started such proceedings in 1977, prompted by its concerns the widespread use in livestock

feed of certain antibiotics — particularly tetracyclines and penicillin, the most common. But the proceedings were never completed and the approval remained in place. “In the intervening years, the scientific evidence of the risks to human health from the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock has grown, and there is no evidence that the FDA has changed its position that such uses are not shown to be safe,” Katz wrote. The lawsuit was filed by environmental and publichealth groups including The Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Union of Concerned Scientists i n t h e Ma n h a t t a n Fe d e ra l Court in May. The plaintiffs argued that using common antibiotics in livestock feed has contributed to the rapid growth of antibi-

otic-resistant bacteria in both animals and humans. Antibiotic-resistant infections cost Americans more than $20 billion each year, the plaintiffs said, citing a 2009 study from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and Cook County Hospital. In his ruling, Katz ordered the FDA to follow through on the process it started in 1977 but only formally abandoned in December last year. The FDA said the proceedings were outdated and that it intended to pursue other regulatory strategies for coping with potential food safety problems. “The FDA has not issued a single statement since the issuance of the 1977 (notices) that undermines the original findings that the drugs have not been shown to be safe,” Katz wrote. The FDA could not be immediately reached for comment.

Hormone-treated beef dispute ends Lawmakers have approved more imports of hormone-free beef By Gilbert Reilhac strasbourg / reuters


he European Parliament approved a deal between the EU and both the United States and Canada on hormone-treated beef March 14, ending one of the trading powers’ oldest disputes. The case dates back to 1988 when the European Union banned all imports of beef from cattle treated with growth hormones, a move that prompted U.S. and Canadian sanctions of $125 million a year on European products from Roquefort cheese to truffles and mustard. The EU and Washington had agreed in 2009 that the 27-member bloc would keep its ban on hormone-treated beef but that the U.S. would gradually lift its sanctions in exchange for a steep rise in the EU’s duty-free import quotas of hormone-free beef.

The volumes of hormonefree beef exempted from taxes were put at 20,000 tonnes that year and are due to be lifted to 48,200 tonnes by August 2012, of which 45,000 tonnes for U.S. beef and 3,200 tonnes for Canadian imports. The United States lifted its import duties on all targeted European luxury foods in May last year. Although EU farmers had feared a surge in imports of North American beef, these failed to materialize as the United States became a net importer of beef after grain that formerly went to animal feed was used to make biofuels. The EU has insisted its ban on hormone-treated beef, which is largely approved by EU consumers, rests on scientific evidence of health risks, though the United States and Canada reject such evidence.

The main beneficiaries of the lifting of the U.S. sanctions are expected to be Italy, Po l a n d , Gre e c e, Ire l a n d , Germany, Denmark, France and Spain, the EU Parliament said in a statement. The Council of Ministers still needs to rubber-stamp the decision but it already gave its informal approval, the Parliament said. Speaking to lawmakers before the vote, EU farm chief Dacian Ciolos said he hoped the deal would lead to a definitive resolution of the hormone-treated beef dispute at the World Trade Organization. Ciolos also noted the publication recently of draft rules by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lift the ban on all EU beef imports, imposed in 1997 in the wake of the BSE crisis. He said he hoped the rules would be finalized “in a timely manner.”


FAO raises alarm over new footand-mouth disease strain Livestock has no immune protection against new strain reuters / A new strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has hit Egypt and threatens to spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, jeopardizing food security in the region, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said March 22. There have been 40,222 suspected cases of the disease in Egypt and 4,658 animals, mostly calves, have already died, the FAO said in a statement citing official estimates. “Although foot-and-mouth disease has circulated in the country for some years, this is an entirely new introduction of a virus strain known as SAT2, and livestock have no immune protection against it,” the Rome-based agency said. Vaccines are urgently needed as 6.3 million buffalo and cattle and 7.5 million sheep and goats are at risk in Egypt, the FAO said. “The area around the Lower Nile Delta appears to be severely affected, while other areas in Upper Egypt and the west appear less so,” Juan Lubroth, FAO’s chief veterinary officer, said, calling for strong action to prevent the spread of the disease. FMD is a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, buffalo and pigs. FMD is not a direct threat to humans. Meat and milk from sick animals are unsafe for consumption, not because FMD affects humans, but because foodstuffs entering the food chain should only come from animals that are known to be healthy, the FAO said. Egypt has some reserves of its own vaccines, but these do not protect against the SAT2 strain. The country could need regional support in mobilizing effective ones, the FAO said. With vaccines sometimes taking up to two weeks to confer immunity, joint efforts to boost biosecurity measures to limit the spread of the disease are urgently needed, said the FAO whose emergency team visited Egypt last week. Such measures include limiting animal movements and avoiding contact with animals from other farms; avoiding purchasing animals in the immediate term since they could have come from contaminated sources, preferably by burning carcasses.

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Well-above-average temperatures to continue Issued: Monday, March 26, 2012 · Covering: March 28 – April 4, 2012 Daniel Bezte Co-operator contributor


fter a brief period of average temperatures last weekend, which really felt cold, it looks like we’ll be returning to much-above-average temperatures during this forecast period. While it looks like temperatures will be warm, it also looks like it could be fairly wet, with plenty of potential storm systems poised to affect our region. The first of these systems, which moved through early this week, will be pulling out by Wednesday. While things will be a little cool Wednesday, a building upper ridge of high pressure, combined with low pressure developing to our west, will produce a southerly flow, allowing temperatures to moderate into the low teens for highs by Thursday. These mild temperatures look like they will stick around right through the weekend. Along with these mild temperatures there will be plenty of chances for precipitation. The models are having a tough time trying to figure out just how

to deal with all of the energy developing to our west. They currently show a fairly strong area of low pressure moving through southern or central Manitoba late in the weekend and early next week. It is hard to figure out the exact track and intensity this system will have, but it appears a large portion of agricultural Manitoba will see some significant rain from it. Interestingly, the models have pointed toward a major cooldown after this system, but over the last few model runs they have been trending away from this and now show a rebuilding ridge of high pressure and continued mild temperatures for the second half of next week. The models haven’t entirely given up on trying to cool us down, as the mediumrange forecasts show colder air moving in right around Easter. Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, -4 to +9 C; lows, -15 to -1 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 comes from NASA’s Earth Observatory and shows the intensity and scope of the summer in March 2012. This map shows the actual ground temperature as measured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on the Terra satellite. These temperatures are then compared to the average temperatures recorded over the last 11 years. A huge portion of central and eastern North America recorded ground temperatures during this period that were up to 15 C warmer than average, with most of Manitoba seeing ground temperatures 5 to 12 C above average.

Spring heat wave comes to an end The temperature deviations Manitoba saw during March were a one-in-500-year event By Daniel Bezte co-operator contributor


hat has been d u b b e d “s u m m e r in March 2012” has now finally come to an end. This rare March heat wave stretched from southeastern Saskatchewan across southern Canada all the way to the eastern seaboard and southward into most of the eastern United States. Last week I explained what conditions came together to bring us this extraordinary heat wave; this week we’ll try to come to some understanding of just how unique or unusual this heat wave was. First of all, I just have to say how lucky we are that this heat wave hit when it did. Just imagine what this would have felt like if the same thing happened in July or August? The easiest way to make a comparison would be the fact that most places experienced the warmest March temperatures ever recorded. If this occurred d u r i n g Ju l y o r Au g u s t w e would have seen temperatures in the mid- to upper 40s — not something I would like to see! Also, we are lucky most of this heat went into melting snow and thawing the ground. Only a few plants came out of dormancy. Farther east and

south of us, all this heat has forced most plants out of dormancy, with many locations seeing fruit trees flowering. Giving the fact that it is still early spring, the chances for a severe frost in these areas are very likely. I h a v e re c e i v e d s e v e r a l emails asking me just how this heat wave compares to previous records and in particular, just how far out of the usual temperature range this

unusual — either above or below the normal for that date. This is far from the truth: temperatures for any given date are usually equally divided between above-normal temperatures and belownor mal temperatures. The definition of average is to add all these values together and then divide them by the total number of values. Since temperatures tend to follow what’s known as a bell curve

In Canada, the number of record highs that were broken during this heat wave is almost unimaginable.

or what is known statistically as a standard deviation. Statistically, if a data set (such as temperature data) is evenly clustered around an average, we can use standard deviations to help explain just how far away from the average the data is. One standard deviation takes in about 34 per cent of all the values either above or below the average, or about 68 per cent of all the data. Two standard deviations take in about 47.7 per cent of the data both above and below the average, or about 95.4 per cent of all values. So, when I show you the temperature range for a given period, about 95 per cent of the time we have seen values within this range.

One in 10,000 heat wave was. Before I try to explain this I think I need to go back and readdress the idea of “usual temperature range.” Those of you who have read my column over the years understand that I really don’t like the idea of using a “normal” to try and describe the temperatures for any given day. Using the term normal implies that if a place does not experience that temperature then the temperature is

when you calculate the average temperature, the abovea v e r a g e t e m p e r a t u re s a re typically cancelled out by the below-average temperatures. Simply comparing or looking at how far above or below average the temperature is doesn’t really help us compare or realize just how warm or cold a day is, especially when we compare ourselves with other cities. This is why most climatologists use a temperature range,

Now back to the summer in March 2012. When it peaked in Manitoba most locations experienced all-time record highs for the month. If we looked at these temperatures in relation to standard deviations, it would have come o u t n e a r l y f o u r s t a n d a rd deviations from the average. Mathematically, this means the odds of seeing these types of temperatures are around 0.01 per cent, or about one in 10,000 times. Converting this to years — which is a lit-

tle erroneous, consider ing this is only based on about 140 years’ worth of data — you would come out to about one in every 500 years. If we look farther east into the heart of the heat wave, there are places that exper ienced temperatures that were four to five times the standard deviation. This equates to once in over 4,000 years (about 0.001 per cent)! There are places in Ontario, Michigan and Atlantic Canada that not only broke recordhigh temperatures for March, but did so for several days in a row. There were places that had overnight lows that easily beat the record high for that day! In Canada, the number of record highs that were broken during this heat wave is almost unimaginable. In Winnipeg alone we broke eight records over a 10-day span. Multiply this by all the places in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and the numbers are truly unfathomable. The question now on everyone’s mind is, will we see more of this type of weather in the months to come, or will we see a “payback” period? You’ll have to wait until next week for our first glimpse at that answer.


The Manitoba Co-Operator | March 29, 2012

COUNTRY CROSSROADS connecting rur a l communities

Plenty on the plate for food security groups Food Matters Manitoba wants to see more holistic approach to food planning By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff


esidents of Winnipeg’s St. Vital neighbourhood are digesting the results of a newly released study that reflects what matters to them about food. The Winnipeg suburb is one of several sites in Manitoba to undergo community food assessments in recent months, an initiative to better understand where residents buy or access food, if they grow any of it themselves, and what their connections may be to surrounding farms. The assessment is the latest effort of an organization that first emerged five years ago, an ad hoc organization calling itself the Manitoba Food Charter, which in 2007 produced what became the first provincial charter in Canada to set out a grassroots vision for a new and improved “food system.” The charter project has since evolved into Food Matters Manitoba (FMM), a registered charity that employs a small staff with funding from the federal Rural Secretariat and the province of Manitoba. “The charter process was a way to get people talking about what we’d like to see happen, says Kreesta Doucette, executive director of Food Matters Manitoba (FMM), who led the charter development process and today heads up FMM’s team of 10. “But a vision is only as useful as the steps taken to achieve it.” In addition to hosting its annual Growing Local February conference in Winnipeg, the FMM has also been a catalyst for initiatives such as a Farm to Cafeteria program boosting the offering of local food in over 260 Manitoba schools and helped advance the Northern Healthy Food Initiative in Manitoba’s north.

Expanding conversation

Five years since emerging as an unknown, FMM now has plenty on its plate. The expanding interest and public conversation around food security continues to astonish Doucette. Its office is inundated with continuous calls and inquiries. “Every year we think this can’t get bigger and we’re still seeing huge interest,” she said. But even as projects abound and public interest in food issues show no signs of abating, food security planning remains something of an orphan on the provincial policy front. Manitoba has no specific food security policy that would bring some symbiosis into the bigger picture, said Doucette. Winnipeg also has no food policy council, unlike several other cities across Canada. “I think we’re getting closer to that,” said Doucette.“But what we have right now is an interesting situation where a lot of things are happening, but we don’t have policy to support or frame it.”

It’s complicated

Part of the problem their ideas have in getting traction among bureaucrats and political leaders is the holistic package they come in. Food matters crosses sectoral boundaries of health, agriculture, the environment and urban design. It’s not as though there isn’t interest in having those discussions. Provincial parties in the last election all came forward with platforms around food security during last October’s elections in an I Vote Because Food Matters forum hosted by FMM. “We’ve seen some great interest in the provincial election,” said Doucette. “And we’ve seen huge and growing interest from the public,” she said. But proposing more transformative changes,

not only in how we plan but what we plan for isn’t easy. “When we start talking about interdepartmental work in (government departments of) Health and Agriculture and the Environment a lot of people just shut down and say it’s too complicated,” she said. “I think we need to address the fact that it is complicated but that’s also possibly where some of the solutions lie.”

New interest

Winnipeg is showing interest in food system planning. In 2009 during its Speak Up Winnipeg consultations for creating a long-term development plan, city planners held roundtables to hear citizens’ ideas on everything from whether the city should set aside land for community gardening and urban farms to food waste management and composting. Stefan Epp-Koop, a policy analyst at FMM, says there are many examples of what municipalities can achieve by taking a more holistic approach to planning, pointing to the role the City of Saskatoon played in creating the city’s year-round indoor farmers’ market and Edmonton’s more recent work to develop “agri-hoods,” or community gardens and urban farms inside city limits. “In the past, cities have looked at food as someone else’s responsibility,” he said. “But I think that there’s a growing awareness of what the city can do around food and food policy. Cities can play a really active role in promoting food at both the economic and social and community levels.” Epp-Koop said places outside Winnipeg are actually ahead of the curve on some fronts such as composting. Winnipeg has no such program and is probably a long way away from it, yet other smaller centres in Manitoba, such Winkler, Carman, Altona and Steinbach have programs. Composting is a huge component of bigger-picture planning for food security, because it’s a way of recycling vast volumes of soil nutrients, said Epp-Koop. “Composting is about what you do with food when you’re done with it,” he said.

“I think that planning for a more diverse food system will result in a much more sustainable food system in the long run. The time to begin that planning is now.” Kreesta Doucette

Executive director Food Matters Manitoba

More diversity needed

Doucette says what FMM ultimately wants to see is more diversity in the current food system. That’s what’s behind their “local and sustainable” mantra calling for more planning for urban agriculture and community gardening, the creation of more cooking classes and how-to-compost seminars, and their support for new farm entrant programs and closer-to-home food procurement policies in institutions. Manitoba often boasts that its diverse economy makes it resilient and stable in difficult times, said Doucette. “I think that planning for a more diverse food system will result in a much more sustainable food system in the long run,” she said. “The time to begin that planning is now.”

Food assessment gives St. Vital residents food for thought Report looks at regional challenges and offers insight Food Matters Manitoba release Residents in St. Vital are biting off a mouthful of food issues from the recent St. Vital Community Food Assessment. The report, funded by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba, was conducted by Food Matters Manitoba and its partners in St. Vital. The assessment takes a close look at a community with both some of the wealthiest and lowest-income areas in the city, and identifies challenges and opportunities for healthy foods. “Without the assessment we would not have understood or imagined the hurdles preventing part of our St. Vital community from accessing wholesome and nutritious food,” said Louise Hébert-Saindon, executive director of Youville Centre. The findings uncovered many of the gaps and challenges surrounding food in the community, and are helping to put the issues of accessing healthy and local food in the suburbs in a new light. • Approximately 70 per cent of residents are overweight or obese. • Only 11 per cent of residents live in a walkable distance to a grocery store. • Few people are aware of food-related programs already happening in the community. While the report uncovered community challenges, it also discovered many community food resources already in place. St Vital is home to many of Winnipeg’s farms and is home to 175 food businesses. Other community resources include community gardens, nutrition and cooking classes, food banks, and transportation for seniors to the grocery store. However, these programs are often underresourced or rely on aging volunteers. “The report identifies the opportunities that exist to greatly enhance the lives of children, adults and seniors from all walks of life. At the same time, the study shares a vision to inspire a community to work together toward good healthy food from a variety of sources,” said Gene Nawolsky, membership and garden allotment director for the South Winnipeg Garden Club. Residents and community organizations have already started to think of ways and create strategies to make healthy foods more accessible for everyone. “We’ve already heard lots of interest about the report and ideas for implementing action in St. Vital,” said assessment co-ordinator Stefan EppKoop. “This is an encouraging sign and an exciting opportunity for the people of St. Vital to use food to achieve a vibrant economy and healthy community.” For more information and the full version of the report go to (


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

Caesar Egg Strata This makes a quick and tasty breakfast for one in the microwave.


Spring out of bed and eat “like a king”

Cooking spray 2 eggs 2 tbsp. 2 per cent milk 1 tbsp. low-fat Caesar dressing 1/2 slice whole grain bread, cut into cubes 2 tsp. precooked packaged bacon bits 1 tbsp. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese


Spray a small bowl with cooking spray. Add eggs, milk and dressing; whisk together. Stir in bread cubes and bacon bits. Microwave on medium high (70 per cent power) for one to two minutes, until soft curds form, stirring several times so eggs stay fluffy. Top with cheese. Servings: 1. Preparation: 3 minutes. Microwave cooking: 1 minute. Nutrients per serving: Calories: 370 Carbohydrate: 15 g / Fat: 22 g / Protein: 29 g. Source: Manitoba Egg Farmers

Lorraine Stevenson


Big breakfast


Breakfast revs up our metabolism by using the calories we’re eating for energy rather than storage, said Watson. Many studies show those who eat breakfast regularly have reduced risk of obesity, she adds. Watson recommends we consume anywhere from 300- to 500-calorie meals at breakfast and lunch, and at day’s end not exactly “eating like a peasant” but having a slightly lighter meal (around 400 calories). A snack between meals (of around 200 calories) is also recommended to keep from becoming ravenously hungry. “Because that’s when you’re likely to make unhealthy food choices,” she adds. Unfortunately, most of us eat exactly the opposite of this recommended pattern, with the heaviest meal at day’s end. I’ve been looking at recipes available for breakfast lately. If breakfast were treated as a meal, and less as grab ’n’ go food (often the same thing every day) perhaps we’d be inclined to enjoy it more too. Here’s a few recipes to make breakfast something to look forward to.

A nutritious breakfast with oat flakes, yogurt and sunflower seeds. 2 c. whole oat flakes 1-1/2 c. milk 1-1/2 c. vanilla yogurt 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut 2 bananas, sliced 1/4 c. unsalted sunflower seeds

In a large bowl, combine oat flakes, milk, yogurt, cinnamon and coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight. Add bananas and sunflower seeds. Mix well. Or instead of bananas, add diced apples, fresh raspberries, sliced peaches or even dried fruit such as apricots or cranberries. For a light touch of sweetness, drizzle honey or maple syrup over the dish before serving.

Crossroads Recipe Swap

ven if you’re not a morning person it’s so much easier getting up with earlier sun these bright spring mornings. It’s also more tempting to skip breakfast when the weather’s fine and there’s so much to do outside. But the old saying “breakfast like a king and dine like a peasant” isn’t just folklore. Dietitians say there’s dietary wisdom in it. “You want to have the majority of your food earlier on in the day when you need the energy,” says Niverville-based private practice registered dietitian Susan Watson. Eating most of our calories earlier in the day not only gives us the food energy when we need it most, it can also help us avoid weight gain, she points out. Breakfast ends the fast our bodies have been in overnight, when we’ve been in storage mode, rather than burning energy.

Coconutty-Banana Muesli

Prep. Time: 10 minutes. Yields: 4 servings. Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada

Maple Apple Oatmeal Muffins MANITOBA EGG FARMERS

Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Pudding A quick and healthy breakfast for lasting energy. 2 c. water 1/4 tsp. salt 4 eggs 1/4 c. 2 per cent milk 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1-1/4 c. quick-cooking oats (not instant) 1-1/3 c. 2 per cent milk 1/4 c. dried cranberries or raisins (optional) 4 tsp. granulated sugar

Bring water and salt to boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Whisk together eggs, 1/4 cup milk, cinnamon and vanilla in medium bowl; stir into boiling water. Reduce heat to medium low. Stir in oats. Simmer until desired for consistency, about five to six minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon into bowls; top each serving with milk, cranberries and sugar. Makes 4 servings. Calories: 310 / Protein: 15 g Carbohydrate: 40 g / Dietary fibre: 4 g / Fat: 10 g. Source: Manitoba Egg Farmers

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:

Muffins are a great mid-morning snack. The combination of apples and maple are the perfect addition to these moist oatmeal muffins. 1-1/4 c. quick-cooking rolled oats 1-1/2 c. milk 2 c. all-purpose flour 1 tbsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/3 c. sugar 1/2 c. maple syrup 1 egg 1/4 c. butter, melted 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 c. finely diced apples (unpeeled or peeled) Topping: 2 tbsp. maple syrup*

Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly butter non-stick muffin pans or line with paper liners. In bowl, combine oats and milk; let stand for five minutes. In separate large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk sugar, maple syrup, egg, butter and vanilla extract into milk mixture. Pour over dry ingredients and sprinkle with apples. Stir just until moistened. Spoon into prepared muffin pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until tops are firm to the touch. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack. TOPPING: Brush warm muffin tops with maple syrup. Let cool completely.

*Maple syrup is important for this recipe. Imitation maple-flavoured pancake syrup won't give the right flavour or texture. For best flavour and texture, choose tart apples that hold their shape when cooked such as Granny Smith, Northern Spy, Cortland or Crispin (Mutsu). Prep. time: 10 - 15 minutes. Cooking time: 20 - 25 minutes. Yields: 12 muffins. Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada


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Early not always best As much as we welcome the birds back in spring, weather changes can be deadly By Donna Gamache Freelance contributor


ill our mild winter bring the migrating songbirds back sooner than usual? Perhaps — but it’s difficult to predict how birds will react. Snowstorms in North and South Dakota may keep them from flying back to Manitoba, or an early thaw there may result in their arrival earlier than usual here. But whether they return early or late, sudden changes in weather, or any extreme weather, can be deadly to returning birds. This is particularly true in spring for some of our early-returning songbirds, such as the bluebird. Manitoba has two types of bluebirds — the eastern bluebird and the mountain bluebird, with the mountain variety historically located in the western half of the province, while the eastern variety has been farther east. Over the last number of years, however, the eastern variety has been steadily moving farther west. Records from the Friends of the Bluebirds Society — based in Brandon — show that over the last few years the two varieties are frequently overlapping. Fortunately, the records show a gradual return in bluebird populations, but last year’s records also showed the danger of weather extremes. Bird lovers are always excited to see the first early arrivals, but sometimes coming early isn’t for the best. Last year a snowstorm with lots of wind occurred the last day of April, when about 20 to 30 centimetres of snow fell — with the resulting death of some songbirds. My husband had set out bluebird houses in April but was dismayed to find a pair of eastern bluebirds dead in one of his houses, after the bad weather. Whether they died of hypothermia or starved

After a snowstorm or during a cold spell, ground-feeding birds will do better with a sheltered feeder.   PHOTOS: DONNA GAMACHE

due to lack of insects, we couldn’t tell, but it was very disappointing. Other blue-birders reported losses, too. But they weren’t the only birds affected by the storm. Robins often are affected, and my husband discovered a dead hermit thrush on a nearby golf course shortly afterwards. Following a snowstorm, or during a particularly cold spell, birders can act to help migrating birds. Shovel off a bare patch of grass, or create a sheltered feeder on the ground — for ground-feeding birds. Then put out various seeds and bread crumbs. This will give birds something to eat when natural food isn’t available. Returning birds that we fed at our backyard feeders last spring, after the storm, included fox sparrows, white-crowned and white-throated sparrows and juncos, among others. If you have saskatoon berries or chokecherries in your

freezer, robins might be interested in those. Extremes in summer can also prove deadly. Last summer on our route, nests of both bluebirds and tree swallows suffered. In some cases nests with eggs had been abandoned — perhaps because the parents had died. In others, young birds — several at a time — had died in the nest. This was after a particularly hot spell. Had the nest boxes proved too hot for the infant birds? Other birders described the same problem and attributed the deaths to the heat wave. Research shows that prolonged excessive heat causes dehydration and heat stress, and that bluebird eggs and nestlings cannot survive temperatures higher than 41 C. If readers decide to make birdhouses, make sure the lumber is at least 3/4 inch thick, because the temperature inside the box may be

Bad weather last April resulted in bird deaths like these eastern bluebirds that we found in our birdhouse.

several degrees higher than outside. (One-inch thickness is preferred, for better insulation against heat or cold.) A roof overhang will provide a little shade, and side slots or two to three holes of 3/4 inch each, at the top of the box, can provide some ventilation. Nest boxes should never be painted a dark colour, but left natural. Those who live in hot southern states sometimes use heat shields and screens. (For more exact information on various birdhouses, check the Internet.) If you’re interested in birds and would like to get involved with the Friends of the Bluebirds, this year’s spring meeting is scheduled for April 15 at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon. For further information phone (204) 523-8258 or check out the Internet at http://www.mts. net/~jbdanard/about_us_friends.html. Donna Gamache writes from MacGregor, Manitoba

Trying something new? How about elephant ear? Start this plant now and you’ll enjoy in your outside summer garden By Albert Parsons Freelance contributor

Every year I like to try a couple of new plants in my outdoor garden and I while away quite a few hours during the wintertime looking at catalogues and deciding which newcomers I will welcome into my garden. Often, but not always, I grow these new-to-me plants in containers so that I have more control over the growing conditions. One of the “new” plants that I am going to try this year is elephant ear (taro), Colocasia esculenta. This plant is native to the tropical regions of eastern Asia and Polynesia, so I am hoping that the plant will add to the tropical atmosphere that I try to create on my back patio. The heartshaped leaves of the elephant ear are very large and I am hoping that it will be a real focal point in my sitting-out area. The plant is substantial, being over a metre tall, but the leaves give it even more substance because individual leaves can be over a metre long and almost a metre wide. I am unsure whether to purchase a green-leafed variety or to go with a more exotic one like “Black Magic” with its almost black leaves. “Jet Black Wonder,”

a black one with white veining on its leaves, and “Yellow Splash,” a green and yellow one whose leaves have similar variegation to the common pothos plant that many of us have in our homes are two other possibilities. I will have to see what is available in the local garden centres. The plants are usually purchased as bagged tubers for spring planting. Elephant ear plants can be used in beds as well as in containers and will be focal points in a mixed border. They love water and make great additions to bog gardens or plantings along the edges of ponds where water is in abundance. Wherever they are grown, taro plants need lots of water — if grown in containers daily watering will be required. When a taro plant is grown in a mixed bed, mulching the plant will conserve water and extend the length of time between waterings. Surrounding plants, however, must be chosen carefully so as not to include any that might object to the high moisture levels in the soil required by the taro. The elephant ear is also a heavy feeder and biweekly fertilizing with a high-nitrogen plant food is recommended. The large leaves of the elephant ear are susceptible to wind damage, so a taro

must be located in a sheltered location. The plant can be grown in full sun but also will perform well in shade or semishade. Whether grown in the ground or in a pot, taro likes a rich soil containing lots of organic matter. When a taro tuber is purchased it will usually come in a plastic bag that should be opened to ensure that the tuber is healthy and intact and not mouldy from too much moisture. By planting it indoors in late March/early April, a good-size plant will be achieved by mid-May. Plant the tuber horizontally so that the growing tip is just covered by the planting medium. Being a tropical plant, the elephant ear will not tolerate frost. The tuber is dug in the fall — or the container taken indoors — and stored for the winter in a similar fashion to canna tubers. The tuber can be left in the pot, or it can be buried in peat moss and stored in a cardboard box. Recommended storage temperature is about 5 C. Knowing that I can easily store my new elephant ear tuber for use again the following year is even more incentive for me to try this interesting plant in my garden. It will be a long-term investment! Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba

The elephant ear can serve as a focal point like in this annual bed of petunias.   PHOTO: ALBERT PARSONS


The Manitoba Co-Operator | March 29, 2012


Rossburn Elementary receives WRAPP grant Allows students to expand school composting By Darrell Nesbitt Freelance contributor


n ongoing project at the Rossburn Elementary School is definitely not for the squeamish, but it plays a very important role in waste reduction. Overseen by resource teacher Iris Furman, students in each classroom take turns doing worm chores. “Composting has been an initiative of ours in the past, but thanks to a $4,293 grant through WRAPP (Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention), goals can be further enhanced,” said Furman. “Thanks to Manitoba Conservation Pollution Prevention and Minister of Conservation Bill Blaikie, for granting us these funds, as we can expand on composting and its benefits will be showcased inside and outside of the classroom.” A year ago, the Grade 7 class started collecting fruit and vegetable scraps after lunches, and was composting outdoors. Several years ago, the kindergarten children composted in a tub and made enough fertile soil to grow flowers for Mother’s Day. Thanks to the grant, the school is now vermicomposting — indoor composting with earthworms — on a large scale. Composting is a controlled proc-

ess of decomposition used to transform organic material, such as kitchen scraps and paper products, into humus. Humus, or compost, is a dark, soil-like substance that enriches soil with nutrients, increases moisture retention, improves structure and provides a good environment for beneficial soil organisms. Staff and students have found that red worms are very efficient processors of organic waste; they eat and expel their own weight every day. A bin of red worms will yield pounds of rich compost, known as worm castings. Finished compost can be harvested in two to three months. Using an ATO Worm Tower (40 litres), worms move upward from tray to tray, with no sorting/harvesting required. The unit comes with a drainage tap in collection section, and the domed lid with handle makes for better airflow for worms. On average, one kilogram of worms can consume a half-kg of waste per day. They will also reproduce themselves very quickly and within three months can be expected to double in numbers. Students collect and chop up pieces of fruits, etc., and freeze Baggies of food, as this helps get rid of fruit flies. They also change the top layers, and feed the worms, vacuum the fruit flies, replace cider vinegar and dish detergent solutions in dishes (fruit fly traps), and help with the

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Rossburn students (l to r) Laura Koloski, Austin Thomson-Nychuk, Payton Grassinger and Anya Choy, are enthusiastic composters.   courtesy photo

harvest of soil by separating the worms from the soil. It’s not just waste from lunch boxes that is being churned into compost. “We’re glad that parents are sending items also, that would end up in the garbage dump,” said Furman. The waste is cut up into tiny pieces so that they’ll decompose faster and be easier for the worms to “chew” through. The WRAPP grant will allow expansion of the recycling program at Rossburn Elementary School through the purchase of blue boxes for classrooms, which will lead to a golden garbage trophy presentation monthly for the least garbage in the classroom. Funds will also be put towards recycling materials and allow the school to beautify its grounds and the community by planting more fruit-bearing trees. Plans are being made to replace perennials and

add colour with annuals to the garden designed almost four years ago. “The 40x60-metre garden in front of the school was designed in 2008 by a committee of staff and students who brought spades and dug up the sod,” said Furman. “Thanks to the WRAPP grant it’s our aim to make the garden a peaceful, relaxing area of beauty for present and future students.” Every classroom has a different role in the garden each year, so all get to experience the planting, caring and harvesting, and every child gets to plant one kind of vegetable. In the fall, after the vegetables are harvested, the school has a vegetable soup day. With enriched compost matter mixed in with the natural soil, the garden is sure to become a community focal point. Darrell Nesbitt writes from Shoal Lake, Manitoba


Answer these questions to test your knowledge By Julie Garden-Robinson NDSU Extension Service

How much do you know about food and digestion? Try this quiz to find out: 1. What substance in our mouth helps mix and start the breakdown of food? 2. What action in the mouth helps break apart your food? 3. How many muscles are in the esophagus? 4. Two-part question: What part of the digestive system mixes up your food? After your food is mixed, what is the resulting mixture called? 5. How many litres of food and liquid can a stomach hold when full? 6. How long is your large intestine? 7. What are some food groups from the Canada Food Guide? 8. Which food groups are good sources of fibre? How did you do? Here are the answers: 1. Saliva in our mouth begins the digestion process by lubricating food, which helps with chewing and swallowing. Saliva contains an enzyme (amylase) that begins the breakdown of starches into sugars. That is why a cracker tastes sweeter after we chew for a while. 2. Chewing breaks apart foods. Along with providing us a dazzling smile, strong teeth allow us to chew our food, which aids our ability to digest it properly. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth.

3. The esophagus consists of two layers of muscles. We can swallow even if we eat upside down. However, we don’t recommend eating in that position because you could choke. 4. Your stomach is a muscular organ that mixes your food. The resulting mixture is called chyme (pronounced like “rhyme” with a “k”). 5. On average, a stomach can hold about a litre (about four cups) of food and liquid. That’s why you might feel uncomfortable after eating a lot of food. 6. Your large intestine is about five feet long. Twice as wide as the small intestine, the large intestine is where water is reabsorbed prior to the waste leaving your body. 7. Some food groups are: fruits and vegetables, grain, milk and alternatives, meat and alternatives. 8. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dry edible beans and pulses are good fibre sources. To help meet your fibre needs, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, make half your grain choices whole grains, and add some dry edible beans and pulses, such as chickpeas, lentils and split peas, to your menu. When adding fibre, start slowly and drink plenty of water. For good digestive health, you also need plenty of physical activity such as walking. 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

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ANTIQUES ANTIQUES Antiques For Sale 1950 FARMALL H W/HYD, excellent working condition $1700 OBO; 1954 Chevy 1-ton truck w/10-ton hoist,offers; 1959 International truck 3-ton 268 engine, 20-ft metal box, hyd plumbing for drill fill, roll tarp, $3000 OBO Ph St. Jean(204)758-3897

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

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AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Westman

Jim & Barbara Martin

Crystal City, MB • Monday, april 16, 2012 • 10 am

Birch River

Swan River Minitonas Durban






AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland


Gilbert Plains



Riverton Eriksdale



Shoal Lake




Rapid City

Reston Melita





Crystal City

Elm Creek


Ste. Anne



Pilot Mound


St. Pierre


Morris Winkler Morden




Red River

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland MEYERS AUCTION 10:00AM, SUN., APR. 1ST, Arden MB. Antiques: Fry’s Choice Chocolate Counter Top Show Case; Parlor Couch; Brass Bed; Mission Oak Style Writing Desk; Royal Albert, Old Country Roses; Val D’or; Sweet Romance; Stone Ware Crocks; Press Back Chairs; Round Oak Pedestal Table; Radios; Buffet; Kitchen Hoosier/ Cabinet; Dresser w/Oval Mirror; Coin Collection; Household Furniture: Portable Dish Washer; Bdrm Suites; Beds; Kit Table; Tools; Western Rawhide Saddle; Push Mowers. Meyers Auctions & Appraisals (204)368-2333 Arden, MB. This is a partial list only, full list & pictures at

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Westman GEORGE & MAUREEN FREEMAN, HARTNEY, MB. FARM RETIREMENT AUCTION SALE Sat., Apr 21st, 2012. 11:00am. 1-mi N of Hartney, 1.75-mi W. 1981 JD 4240 DSL, factory 3-pt., quad-range trans, only 2,700hrs since all engine work done in 2004, tractor is premium; 1981 Case 1690 DSL tractor, w/Dual 205 loader w/ grapple & 8-ft bucket; 1961 JD 4010 DSL, 8-SPD trans, 540 & 1000 PTO; IHC 560 DSL w/single hyd; Massey Harris #44 gas tractor, single hyd; JD 7720 turbo DSL combine, JD 6 belt PU, hydrostatic, very good; JD 6601 PT combine w/Sund PU; JD 800 21-ft. SP swather; Sakundiak 37-ft.x6-in. auger w/15-HP Powerfist motor; Westfield 41-ft.x8-in. PTO auger; Rem 552 grain vaccuvator; Hesston Model 5800 round baler; Hesston Model 1150 12-ft. mower conditioner; Sitrex 10 wheel V hay rake 3-pt; IHC 435 square baler; Trucks -All As Is. 1976 Chev C30 truck, w/8x12-ft. steel box, good running; 1967 Chev 1-Ton truck, to restore; 1967 3/4-Ton Chev w/flat deck & hoist, to restore; 1979 Ford Lariet 1/2Ton; 1988 GMC S15 1/2-Ton, 4-SPD, running; 1951 Mercury 1-Ton truck w/box & hoist. Collector Car: 1956 Dodge 4 dr. Sedan car; IHC 7200 28-ft. hoe press drill, 2, 14-ft. sections w/pan wheel press, factory transport; Wisek Model 714 16-ft. heavy tandem disc; IHC #45 27-ft. vibra-shank cultivator; IHC 16-ft. 620 DD press drill; Flexi-coil WB45 45-ft. harrow packer bar; NH 516 manure spreader, 205-bus; Farm King 8-ft. double auger snowblower, hyd chute; Brandt end gate hyd drill fill; Sunbeam hammermill; 3, 300-gal fuel tanks; Springbok 15-ft. boat w/Evenrude 20-HP motor; Eze-load trailer. For info please contact: George Freeman cell (204)483-0391 Home (204)858-2549. Watch websites or Murray Rankin Auctions, Murray (204)534-7401, Killarney, MB. Ross Taylor Auction Service, Ross (204)877-3834 Brock (204)522-6396, Reston, MB.

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland UNRESERvED fARM AUCTIoN

1997 new holland 9282 & 2007 new holland tj280

Lac du Bonnet






Stonewall Selkirk











FARM AUCTION FOR THE Estate of the late Dwayne Unger Saturday, April 14th at 10:00am Kelwood, MB. from the stop sign in Kelwood 1/4 mile South & turn East Equipment & Internet Bidding on Bidspotter starts at 12:00 noon Tractors & Crawler 2004 9420 JD 24-SPD trans 710/70-70R42 fact duals rear wheel weights 4 hyds 4,052-hrs 2005 7920 JD MFD IVT trans 746 JD Loader grapple left hand reverser factory 3-PTH big 1000 4 hyds rear wheel weights 600/65R28 & 620/70R42 6,540-hrs 2005 7520 JD MFD IVT trans factory 3-PTH PTO 420/85R28 & 480/80R42 3,840-hrs 2002 7410 JD MFD quad range w/740 JD Loader grapple joy stick left hand reverser factory 3-PTH 2 hyds PTO 380/85R30 & 480/80R42 8,053-hrs 1978 4440 JD 18.4x38 fact duals 3 hyds PTO quad range (a&b reverse don’t stay in) 9,121-hrs 1964 4020 JD PS w/JD loader 18.4x34 2 hyds PTO 1990 580K Case loader extenda hoe Back Hoe 1990 455C Case crawler loader w/manure bucket 5,400-hrs 7200 Degalman 16-ft. frt mt 6 way hyd blade COMBINES & HEADERS 2004 9660 JD combine PU Chopper yield monitor 1,388 separator hrs 1,960 engine hrs 2004 9660 JD combine PU Chopper 1,262 separator hrs 1,874 engine hrs (both combines have hopper ext) 2007 930D JD 30-ft draper Header PU Reel factory transmission 2005 930D JD 30-ft for & aft draper Header PU Reel 893 JD 8 row 30-in. Corn Header -----------------------------------------------Note Terms on the 2, 9660 JD combines & the 7300 JD Silage chopper 25% down on sale day non-refundable balance due no later than August 1st 2012 w/certified cheque ----------------------------------------------------Trucks & Trailers 1993 Ford L8000 tandem M11 Cummins 10-SPD trans 21-ft. Cancade box & Hoist RT silage ext. Pinto hitch 859,584-km safetied 1999 FL80 Freightliner Cummins 108,000-km W575 Harsh Feed Truck safetied 1995 FLD170 Freightliner 145-in. wheel base 60 series Detroit 13-SPD day cab safetied 1986 Ford 8000 feed mixer truck 3208 Cat 31-ft. ARNES belly dump Gravel Trailer safetied 44-ft. Chamberlain double deck Cattle pot 44-ft. semi type Hay Trailer 20-ft. Duncan Gooseneck trailer w/load ramps 20-ft. Pinto hitch trailer w/load ramps 1998 Ford F150 4x4 ext cab (no eng) 1988 Ford F150 4x4 302 auto 545,000-km Seeding Tillage & Silage Equip 2001 4710 JD high boy 94-ft. Sprayer auto Steer 380/90R48 wheels & front weights 1,753 engine hrs ,1654 auto trac hrs 4, 520/85R38 wheels fit above; 2005 7300 JD Silage Chopper 630B PU Header auto grease 623 chopping hrs & 911 engine hrs Valmar applicator Kernal corn processor 686 Kimber 15-ft. 6R 30-in. corn Header 2008 1830 JD 53-ft. Air Drill w/1910 Seed Cart 150/200-bu 70-ft. Summers Tine Harrows 40-ft. JD 1610 Cult w/knock on Shovels 7000 JD 8R 30-in. Corn Planter w/cross auger 2009 Brandt 5000EX Grain Vac Bin Snake SnowCo GrainScreener Raven NH3 control applicator 2, 6R 3-PTH Lilliston 3-PTH Cult Swath Roller Douglas 6-ft. 3-PTH rotovator 5H Holt Tree Spade (like new) Cattle & Feed Equip Kuhn Knight 5085 Vertical Maxx TMR Feed wagon w/digital scale 379 NH Tub Grinder 10x70-ft. Farm King auger w/hyd drive on swing out 2650 Haybuster bale Shredder JD Bale Spear Houle manure Pump 2, 1,000-gal Sludge Tanks Misc Cattle equipment Numerous Tire feeders 64, 4x8-ft. & 22 uprights for preformed cement Silo walls Misc & Shop Equip Welding jig for smaller Trailers 10-ft. metal Break WBM 42-in. Hoe Bucket Ranger AC/DC portable Welder Ideal Arc 250 AC/DC elect Welder 2, Lincoln Mig350 Welders SP-170T Lincoln mig Welder Acetylene torches EF6000 Yamaha gas Power plant Universal DSL or kerosene 165,000-BTU Heater JD 3-PTH Quick attach 2, 12.4x38-in. 12 ply Tires & Rims Parts Washer HD Battery Charger Ignition Cabinets 15A Makita 16-in. Skill saw Numerous Bearings & Seals Numerous Parts & tractor Filters Assort of Tires 2 new truck brake pots HD elect Painter 155C JD Riding 48-in. mower Assort of Steel Assort of electric panel boxes some 3 phase Assort of Plastic pipe Misc hand tools The Main Power Units are Stored in a Heated Shop Terms Cash or Cheque w/ID Lunch served Subject to additions & deletions Not responsible for any errors in description. GST & PST will be charged where applicable. Everything Sells AS IS where IS All Sales Final. Owners & Auction Company are not responsible for any accidents on sale site. Statements made on sale day will take precedent over all advertisements Contact Faron Unger (204)386-2052 Cell (204)476-6313 Sale conducted by Nickel Auctions Ltd of Austin MB Auctioneers: Dave Nickel & Marv Buhler Phone (204)637-3393 Cell (204)856-6900 website member of M AA

Fisher Branch

Ste. Rose du Lac Russell

From cRYstal citY, MB, go 1.2 km (0.75 mile) north on hwy 3 (past new holland dealer), then 0.8 km (0.5 mile) west. north side of road.


2007 New Holland TJ280 4WD • 1997 New Holland 9282 4WD • 2009 Case IH 7088 Combine • Elmers Header Transport • 2009 Westward M100 30 Ft Swather • Chevrolet C60 S/A Grain Truck • 2005 Kenworth T800 T/A Grain Truck • Real Industries 16 Ft T/A Stock Trailer • 2010 Load Line 20 Ft Tri/A Pup Grain Trailer • 2005 New Holland Flexi-Coil SD440 33 Ft Air Drill • Co-op Implements 37 Ft • Morris Challenger II 35 Ft Cultivator • Blanchard 35 Ft Harrow Packer • 2007 Bourgault 6000 90 Ft Mid Harrow Heavy Harrows • Summers 90 Ft Field Sprayer • Ford 951 72 In. Rotary Mower • Westeel 1200± Bushel Grain Bin • 2- Westeel-Rosco 2750± Bushel Grain Bin • Westeel-Rosco 1350± Bushel Grain Bin...and much more!

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jim Martin: 204.873.2095 (h) foR MoRE INfoRMATIoN: 204.825.7033 (c)

Ritchie Bros. territory Manager – daryl Martin: 306.421.5066 or 800.491.4494

JACOB & LINDA ENNS, KILLARNEY, MB. FARM RETIREMENT AUCTION SALE Fri., Apr. 20th, 2012, 10:30am. Located 11-mi S of Killarney, 2-mi E. 1984 Case 4494 DSL 4WD, 12-SPD powershift, 8,100-hrs; 1984 JD 2950 DSL, 3-pt., w/JD 148 loader, 13,800-hrs, 1 owner; 1986 Case 448 lawn & garden tractor, 18-HP, 48-in. mower deck & 42-in. mulcher; 1992 Bourgault 330 air seeder w/32-ft. cultivator w/Bourgault 2155 air tank & 4 row harrows; 1988 JD 1610 31-ft. chisel plough, tandem axle w/Degelman 3 row harrows; 1981 Herman hyd harrowbar; 1989 Eversman 6-yd scraper; 1985 JD 7720 Titan II DSL combine, JD PU, hydrostatic, 2-SPD cyl, always shedded, 3,300hrs; 1984 Vers 4400 22-ft. SP swather, cab w/air, hydrostatic; 2003 FK 41-ftx8-in. auger w/Kohler 18-HP motor; 1983 Allied 41-ftx7-in. auger w/B&S 16-HP engine; 1981 IHC Model 1100 9-ft. mower; 1985 Vicon 6 wheel rake; 1983 NH 519 manure spreader; 2010 Walleinstein GX 920 Backhoe, 3-pt., mechanical thumb sells w/hoe; New Idea 7-ft. snow blower; NH3 dual manifold attachment w/electric shut-off; Melroe 6-ft. prong type stone picker; Wilrich 14-ft. field cultivator 23-ft.x6-in. auger w/B&S motor, Auger dolly to move augers separately, 6-ft. swath roller; 1974 Ford F-500 2-ton truck, V-8 330 engine, 12-ft. steel box; Wheatheart hyd drag auger, like new; 1,250-gal poly water tank; Banjo 5-HP pump w/hose; Troybuilt pony mulcher; Watermaster floating pump w/new motor, 485-ft. slough pump hose; Cater disc separator; NH grain tester; Century 230A welder; extension cable for welder; electric post drill; Large stock of shop tools 1/2-HP, 3/4, & 2-HP electric motors; 1/2-in. air impact wrench; hyd cyl never used; S/Roles chop saw; Westward 2 stone grinder; new Wil-rich deep tiller shanks; 31 NH3 drops; 12,000 & 5000W air conditioners; 375 treated sharpened fence posts 4-5-in. Plus much more very good shop & misc. Please contact Jake or Linda Enns (204)523-8659. Watch websites, Murray Rankin Auctions, Murray (204)5347401, Killarney, MB. Ross Taylor Auction Service, Ross (204)877-3834 Brock (204)522-6396, Reston, MB.

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland

S & L Luke farms Ltd.

Ste Rose du Lac, MB • Thursday, april 12, 2012 • 11 am

1994 John Deere 8970 & 1999 John Deere 9400

2003 BourgaulT 5710 SerieS ii 54 FT w/2007 6550ST

2000 John Deere 9750STS

1989 KenworTh T600a


From STe roSe Du laC, MB, go 17.7 km (11 miles) north on hwy 276, then 2.4 km (1.5 miles) east.


1999 John Deere 9400 4WD • 1994 John Deere 8970 4WD • 1978 Case 1070 2WD • Cockshutt 1850 2WD • 2000 John Deere 9750STS • 2007 Honey Bee SP30 30 Ft Draper • 1996 John Deere 930F 30 Ft Flex • 1989 Kenworth T600A T/A Grain Truck • GMC 6000 S/A Grain Truck • Mack R600 T/A Grain Truck • 1992 Chev Extended Cab • 2003 Bourgault 5710 Series II 54 Ft Air Drill • 1995 Bourgault 9200 50 Ft Cultivator • Delmar Industries 48 Ft Heavy Harrows • 10000± Bushel Temporary Grain Ring • 2- 6900± Bushel 2 Ring Temporary Grain Ring • 6- Westeel 5900± Bushel Grain Bin • 5- Westeel-Rosco 5200± Bushel Grain Bin • 2- Behlen 2700± Bushel Grain Bin • Metal Industries 2000± Bushel Hopper Bin • Metal Industries 1800± Bushel Hopper Bin • 2- Metal Industries 1400± Bushel Hopper Bin • Brandt 1370 13 In. x 70 Ft Mechanical Swing Grain Auger • Westfield MK100-61 10 In. x 61 Ft Mechanical Swing Grain Auger...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website:

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ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Daryl Martin: 306.421.5066 Toll Free: 1.800.491.4494

ALVIN SMITH, BRIAN DRUMMOND, METCALFE FAMILY FARMS, M. DRUMMOND, HOLLAND & TREHERNE AREA, MB. FARM RETIREMENT AUCTION SALE Wed., Apr. 25th, 2012 10:30am. Located 8-mi N of Holland on PTH #34. Alvin Smith (204)526-2459. 1994 Ford-Vers 9030 Bi-Directional DSL w/Ford engine, 3-SPD hydrostatic, 3-pt both front & back ends, 1000 & 540 PTO front & back ends, w/FEL w/8-ft. bucket, 7,000-hrs on tractor, excellent; TD9 Industrial Cat Bulldozer w/10-ft. Smith angle dozer blade, tracks & pads are excellent; 1945 & 1948 JD styled “A” tractors; 2001 Vermeer Highline Rebel 5500 round baler, 5x5.5-ft. bale, done only 1,400 bales, like new; Trail King 5th wheel 24x8-ft. flat deck trailer, rebuilt deck, triple axle; Real Industries cattle squeeze & headgate; Brian Drummond (204)526-5166. 1976 White Field Boss 2, 105 DSL tractor, 3-PTH, 2,000-hrs on rebuilt engine, 7,000-hrs on tractor; 2002 New Idea 5212 discbine, 12-ft.; 1997 New Idea H865 soft core round baler, 5x6-ft.; 36-ft. bale trailer w/iron frame deck; 1987 Norbert 7x16-ft. gooseneck livestock trailer; Morand cattle handling system cattle squeeze w/headgate, palpation cage, 3 sections of alleys & crowding tub, complete system; Lewis cattle oiler. Metcalfe Family Farms contact Neil Metcalfe (204)526-7309 cell. 1991 Case-IH 1680 Axial flow Combine, 8.3 Cummins, AFX rotor, 3,900 engine hrs, w/Case IH 1015 PU header, always shedded, very well maintained & many updates; 1994 Case IH 1010 25-ft. s/cut header, PU reel; 1991 Case IH 1010 25-ft. straight cut header, bat reel; 2003 Harvest Pro [MacDon] 8150 SP Windrower, turbo, 2-SPD Hydro, 1,706 header hrs, w/25-ft. 972 MacDon header, PU reel, dual knife drive, hyd deck shift, & hyd header tilt, 1 owner, always shedded; 2006 Rem 2500 Grain Vac, HD flighting; Batco 13in.x85-ft. belt conveyor, swing hopper; IHC 800 row crop planter 8R36-in., hyd markers; Alloway 8R36in. multi-shank row crop cultivator, hyd wings; Lode King 14-ft. drill fill, 2 hoppers; 2 new Case IH/ Trimble EZ-Guide 500 GPS systems, never used; new Case IH/ Trimble RTK base station & tripod; Kyle Welding 2600 Imp. Gal. galvanized water tank; 1991 Ford LTA 9000 Aeromax Hwy Tractor, Cummins N14E-370 HP, 9-SPD trans, safetied & well maintained; 1984 Ford LN700 Grain Truck, 370 V-8, Midland 14-ft. grain box, 72,000-kms, safetied & well maintained; 1994 Ford F-150 regular cab 4x4, 300 6 cyl, 5-SPD, A/C, cruise, tilt, safetied; Morris Drummond (204)526-7672. 1998 Macdon 9300 SP swather w/960 25-ft header w/PU reel, cab w/air DSL engine; 1980 Vers 4400 SP swather, 22-ft, cab w/air, hydrostatic; Doepker 28-ft. drill carrier, hyd; 1999 White 9-HP yd bug rear engine rider mower; Collector tractors: 1947 IH-McCormick W4 gas tractor; 1948 JD ‘B’ w/saw mandrel; 1942 Ford 8N tractor, 3-pt; 1953 IH-McCormick ‘M’ Websites or Murray Rankin Auctions (204)534-7401, Killarney, MB. Ross Taylor Auction Service Ross (204)877-3834, Brock (204)522-6396, Reston, MB. PATERSON GRAIN CROP INPUTS EQUIPMENT INVENTORY REDUCTION AUCTION SALE, Tues., Apr. 10th, 2012, 10:30am. 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 fer-tilizer 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 1,000gal & twin 1250-gal tanks; 2 other NH3 trailers; 3 FK 10-inx70-ft. 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 1/2ton, 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, 244,000kms, 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. 1978 Bedard Lead liquid trailer, triple axle, saftied; good selection of Wix filters & pallets of chemical sprays. Also excellent quality mechanic & shop tools from Roy Hainsworth, Delo-raine. Sells @ 10:30am. Partial listing only. For info contact: Bill Millard (204)523-6206. Watch websites: www. Murray Rankin Auctions Killarney, MB. Murray (204)5347401 Ross Taylor Auction Service Reston, MB. Ross (204)877-3834 Brock (204)522-6396.


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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 21-ft. IHC 75 PT Swather Grain Bins & Grain Equip 3, 2300-bu Meridian Hopper Bins w/3HP aeration 5, 1,800-bu Westeel Hopper Bins 3 w/air 1, 2,100-bu Lode King Hopper Bin 2, 1,450-bu Lode King Hopper Bins 3, 3,200-bu flat bottom Westeel Bins 40-ft. bottom cross auger 32-ft. top cross auger 60-ft. Grain leg (5-in. cups) 9x28-in. w/13 hole distributor -----------------------------------------------------The Owner will supply a Crane for Dismantle and Loading and Reserves the right to accept or reject the final bid on these 2 items. -------------------------------------------------------2, 20-ft. Grain legs 5x12 1, 50-ft. Grain leg 3 Simon Day Cleaners Kip Kelly SY300 Gravity Cleaner Plot Hance Cleaner Down Spouting & Couplers Emerson Wild Oat Kicker 400-bu. Gravity Tank 125-bu. Gravity tank 300-bu. Gravity Bin on Metal Stand Grain Bagger & Scale w/Hopper Electric Grain Monitor Censor System Assortment of HD Electric Cable Model 300 Grain Chief Dryer 2 Dust collectors 16-ft. Haul All Drill Fill 13-ft. Bag Conveyor 10x40-ft. Farm King swing out PTO auger Numerous Pencil Augers Clover Scalper Carter Day Dockage separator Grain Moisture Tester Assortment of Sieves 12 Bags of round-up-ready Helix Canola Seed mixed 1-4 w/grit Trucks & Trailers 1982 GMC 6500 20-ft. steel box & telescopic hoist hyd tag RT 366 eng 5+2 SPD 126,000-km 1972 Ford F500 14-ft. steel box & hoist V8 4+2 SPD 1993 Ford F150 Lariat 4x4 5.8L auto loaded 1954 Dodge Fargo 3/4 ton 16-ft. Gooseneck Horse trailer (new floor) 2003 H&H 28-ft. Flatdeck Gooseneck Trailer w/Beaver tails tandem duals 14-ft. flatdeck tandem axle trailer Semi tandem axle 12-ft. steel tilt deck trailer 12-ft. Steel deck Trailer 12-ft. car Hauler trailer 10-ft. gravel box dump Trailer HAYING/SEEDING & TILLAGE EQUIP 2001 856A Hesston Rd Baler w/kicker wide PU Gandy hay applicator MC Rotary Scythe NH 58 Hay Rake 42-ft. (3-14s) 7200 Case IH rubber Press Hoe Drill fact Trans 10-ft. Lilliston Drill 906 Melroe 6-16 Plow 50-ft. Laurier Tine Harrows 36-ft. 645INT Cult 24-ft. CCIL Deep Tiller 26-ft. Hutch Master Tandem Disc 76-ft. Vertec Sprayer hyd drive 800-gal Poly Tank 18-ft. Land Roller (water fill) Rock Picker Sheep & Cattle Equip 30-ft. Hay Trailer 30-ft.x70-f.t Cattle Shelter 2, 16-ft .Calf Shelters quonset style calf Shelter assort of 12-ft. Corral Panels & Gates Sheep crowding pen 50, 16-ft. Sheep Panels 8 40-ft. (like new) Poles plus assort of other Poles approx 200 fence Posts 6 rolls of (new) page Wire 18 rolls of (new) Barb wire 2 Ritchie water Fountains ATV & Misc Equip 8x8ft insulated shed 8-ft. Slide in Camper (inside redone) 2008 Honda Rubicon 500 4x4 4 wheeler 2007 ATR 125 Dirt Bike Norbert quad Trailer Com Karcher steam Cleaner JD 165,000 btu Heater 125A Portable Lincoln welder 950W power Plant 31-ton 9-HP Log Splitter 1,250-gal Poly Tank 2, 1000-gal Fuel Tanks w elect pumps 125-gal slip tank w/12V pump 3x12-in.x9-ft. Planks assort of 2-in. Lumber 25, 13.5-ft. of Sheet Metal 8 sections of scaffolding Grader blades Assort of Tractor & implement tires 130-ft. of 4-ft. wide rubber belting Coke machine Set 4 wooden wagon wheels Plus Misc Subject to additions & deletions Not responsible for any errors in description. GST & PST will be charged where applicable Everything Sells AS IS where IS. All Sales Final Owners & auction company are not responsible for any accidents on sale site Sale conducted by Nickel Auctions Ltd of Austin, MB. Auctioneers: Dave Nickel Member of MAA & Marv Buhler auctioneers Phone (204)637-3393 Cell (204)856-6900 website Contact (204)723-3835 Cell (204)723-5022 The Manitoba Co-operator. Manitoba’s best-read farm publication.


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1998 Case IH 9370 4WD • International 966 2WD • 1967 International 656 2WD • Massey Ferguson 44 2WD • Mccormick Farmall Super M 2WD • Mobility Dipper III Utility Tractor • 1998 John Deere 9610 Combine • Claas Dominator 106 Combine • John Deere 930 30 Ft Flex Header • Class 26 Ft Rigid Header • 1987 Case IH 4000 24.5 Ft Swather • International 25 Ft Pull Type Swather • Ford F600 Custom Cab S/A Grain Truck • 1981 Mack MR686S COE T/A Grain Truck • GMC 1500HD 4x4 Pickup • Custombuilt Bobcat Trailer • Great Plains 34 Ft Air Drill • Friggstad 39 Ft Cultivator • International 32 Ft Cultivator • John Deere 610 39 Ft Cultivator • Wil-Rich 45 Ft Cultivator • Chev C20 42 Ft Truck • Hagie 8250 74 Ft 4x4 • Pool 65 Ft Field Sprayer ... AND MUCH MORE!

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AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake

MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Auction Sale Howard & Faye Hilstrom Saturday, April 28th, 10:00am Inwood, MB Sale Site 1/2 mile West of Inwood on RD 416 Retirement Auction w/Well Kept Items Contact: (204)278-3411 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 w/FEL SL 4,424-hrs 07 Hesston 1345 12-ft. hydra Swing Disc Bine 92 Case IH 8460 RD Baler Auto Tie Sitrex 9 Wheel Hay Rake 01 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins 5.9L DSL STD 4x4 370-km 04 Bale King Vortex 3000 Bale Processor 1000 PTO Along w/Full Line Haying & Livestock Equip Quads Lawn Mowers Tools Farm Misc Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027

MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Auction Alex Abas Saturday, May 5th, 11:00am Fisher Branch, MB. Location: North 7 miles on Hwy 17 then East 6-mi at Jct 325 & Hwy 17 (Marble Ridge Rd) Contact: (780)215-1902. JD 3155 MFWA H L Range Cab 3-PH 540/1000 Dual hyd w/JD 740 SL FEL w/Grapple & Front 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, 72,000-m JD 14-ft. Model 1630 Disc JD 1600A 14-ft. Hydra Swing Hay Bine JD 535 RD Baler JD 7700 DSL Turbo Combine Chopper, 4,500-hrs Ezee-on 14-ft. Offset Disc Intl 6200 12-ft. Press Drill SA FA GA JD Deep Tiller Silver Lake Mfg Trailer Hyd Post Pounder High Qual Maternity Pen Port Crowding Tub Along w/Farm Haying Medium Size Grain Equip Livestock Equip Granaries Farm Misc. Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or 204)886-7027

MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Farm Auction John & Louise Karatchuk Saturday, April 21st, 11:00am Arborg, MB 7.25 miles East on Hwy 68 Contact: (204)376-5037 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, 2,300-hrs 97 Premier 2920 Swather w/25-ft. Macdon 960 PU Reel, 1,549-hrs Patriot XL High Clearance Sprayer 120-HP JD Engine, 12.4x38, 75-ft. Boom, 4,486-hrs 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 96 Walinga Agri Vac 510 Farm King 10-in. 51-ft. Mech Swing Auger Along w/Granaries Grain Cleaning Equipment Farm Misc Antique Furniture Crockery Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027

MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Farm Auction Ann Libich (Late Peter) Tuesday, April 10th, 12:00 noon East Selkirk, MB North 7 Miles on Hwy 59 then 3 miles East on Rd 82 then North 1 Mile on Rd 33 then 1/2 Mile East on Rd 83 Only 2 hour AUCTION Everything Sells to the Highest Bidder! Contact: (204)766-2352 or (204)781-7614 1996 JD 8870 4WD, 24 SP Power Synch Tran, Quad Hyd, 350-HP, 20.8R42 S#5387, 3,075-hrs, Excellent Condition 1991 JD 9500 Combine w/JD 912 PU, Chaff Spreader, S#641243, Engine hrs 2,400 Thresh hrs 1,722, Excellent Condition Vers 4400 Hyd Gas Cab 22-ft. Swather Wilrich 4153 Air Seeder 40-ft. Krause 907 25-ft. Tandem Disc Coop 204 34-ft. Deep Tiller w/Mulchers Cockshutt 450 8B Plow Utility Tractor: CCS By 304 MFWA DSL HL Range, 3PH 540 PTO Dual Hyd w/FEL, only 125 true hrs & NEW 3PH 60-in. Finishing Mower Along w/More Equip Storage Trailer Granaries Farm Misc Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027 The Manitoba Co-operator. Manitoba’s best-read farm publication.

DON’T MISS OUR SPRING SALES UNRESERVED RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION for TOM & JEAN RYALL 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: *IngersollRand 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. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT OWNERS TOM or JEAN RYALL 204-328-7546 home / 204-724-4639 cell LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT DISPERSAL FOR BOLDUC FARMS PLUS LOCAL CONSIGNORS of Deloraine, MB - Wednesday April 11 at 11:00am. *Rea’s welding crowding tub w/2 section adjustable curved alley. For more info on this sale or to add your equipment to this listing please contact local auctioneers: Brent Crowe 204-522-6224 or Peter Downey 204-522-5883 RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION FOR JACK AND MERVIN STEFANISHYN of Russell, MB. - Saturday April 14 at 11 am. *1988 Versatile 876 Designation 6, 4WD 280HP w/20.8R38 Duals, 4 Remote Hyd, return line, 3426 hrs showing, 12 spd trans (1 Owner Unit) s/n 330321. For more info contact Jack Stefanisyn 204-773-3098 RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION FOR ANDY & ANN DUBOIS of Carroll, MB. Monday April 16 at 10am. *1998 NH TS110 MFWD 108hp tractor w/Allied S 595 loader, bucket, Peloquin grapple, joystick controls, 32 spd trans, shuttle shift, diff lock, 3pt, dual pto, 4 remote hyd, 18.4-38 rear singles, 14.9R28 front, 7378hrs showing, s/n 618335. For more info on this sale please contact listing auctioneers: Peter Downey 204-522-5883 or Brent Crowe 204-522-6224 UNRESERVED RETIREMENT FARM AUCTION FOR BERNARD & LOUISE TRINDER - Langenburg, MB. Tuesday - April 17 at 11am. *1998 Case IH MX110 MFWD 95hp w/CaseIH L300 SL loader, bucket, grapple, joystick controls, 3pt, 3 remote hyd, dual PTO, pwr quad trans, 18.4R38 rear singles, 14.9R28 front, 7395hrs showing, s/n JJA0083538. For more info contact owners Bernard & Louise Trinder Home 306-7432868 or Cell 204-796-1282 UNRESERVED FARM AUCTION FOR CRAIG & CONNIE MYERS of Belmont, MB. Thursday, April 19 at 12pm. *1990 Ford Versatile 946

Designation 6 325hp w/20.8R42 duals, 4 remote hyd, return line, 12 spd std trans, 6217hrs showing, s/nD450116 (approx 250hrs on clutch). For more info contact Craig Myers 204-827-2482 home or 204-720-9447 cell UNRESERVED FARM EQUIPMENT & TACK AUCTION FOR THE ESTATE OF ANDRE GAGNON of Baldur, MB. Wednesday April 25 at 10am. *JD 350-B power shift crawler loader w/tooth bucket, hyd reverse, showing 3034hrs, s/n 156764T (rails & sprockets replaced) (1-owner unit). For more info call Gerald Gagnon 204-535-2124 or 204-998-3542 FARM EQUIPMENT DISPERSAL FOR DAVID & JUANITA MCNISH of Wawanesa, MB. Monday, April 30 at 10am. *1995 CaseIH 5250 MFWD 112hp w/Quicke 660 loader, bucket, grapple, joystick controls, 3pt, 16 spd shuttle shift trans, dual hyd, dual pto, diff lock, 7200hrs showing, s/n JJF1042193 For more information contact Dave McNish 204-724-4991.




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Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:30 PM Location: Indoors at 218 Brandt St Steinbach, MB LAWN & GARDEN CARE EQUIPMENT: Brinley 42” Lawn Sweeper; Garden Tiller w/Briggs Engine; Gas Lawn Mower; 24V Cordless Rechargeable Push Mower; Tow Behind 16 gal ATV Boom Sprayer 12V Pump; 10 Gal ATV Spot Sprayer; ATV/ Garden Tractor Utility Wagon; Powerhorse Mini Garden Tiller; Garden Hose Reel Cart; 14” Chain Saw. TOOLS: 180 Amp Lincoln Easy Mig Welder; 2 Torin 2500lb Air Bumper Jacks; 7000 Watt Generator; 14” Milwaukee Abraisive Cutt Off Saw; 414cc Powerhorse OHV Engine; Campbell Hausfeld 26 Gal Air Compressor; Ingersoll Rand Twin Stack Contractors 4 gal Air Compressor; 125 amp Flux Core Wire Welder; 40 Gal Parts Washer w/Solvent Tank & Circulating Pump; Scepter Plastic Fuel Tanks (generator/marine) ATV, FISHING & HUNTING SUPPLIES: Serengeti Electric Mini Bike; Hunting Jackets; Hunting Boots; Camo Hip Waders; Berkley Multi Purpose Fish Light (new); Bait Cooler (new); Sportmans Weather Centre (new); Elite 5 qt. Crock Pot (new). 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

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


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Red River

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Red River

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Red River

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Red River

Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433

Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433

AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

Winkler, MB • 1-204-325-4433

fARM RETIREMEnT AucTIon foR LTD famiLy farms Lawrence & Tammy Dyck 204-343-2041 ThuRSdAy, APRIl 12, 10AM 1 MIlE EAST of RolAnd, MB on hwy 23 *2003 Apache Model 859 high clearance sprayer, 90-ft. boom, plumbed for Outback auto steer, automatic boom shut off, 1265-hrs, Tridekon crop dividers 380/90x46 rear tires 12.4x28 front; *1996 Case IH 9380 Steiger built, 20.8x42 triples, 4 hyd, trimble EZ auto steer, 12 speed standard trans, 4571 hours, Serial #JKK0067518; *2001 Case IH MX 180 MFWD, 3 hyd, 3pth, 18 speed power shift, 420/80Rx46 duals, plumbed for outback auto steer 3808-hrs, Serial #JJA0112789; *1981 Case 2290, 2 hyd, 3pth, 18.4x38 duals 6168-hrs, Serial #9845054; *1989 Case IH Model 1682 pto combine, new pickup, new bushings on sieves, Serial #7072; *1995 Case IH 8820 30-ft swather, UII pickup reel ploy teeth, 1748-hrs., #49298; *1985 Case IH model 730 pto swather; *2002 Case IH Model 1010 straight cut header 30-ft batt reel, #201753; *1990 Case IH 1084 corn head 8 row wide 36” Serial #003008; *2010 Case IH Model 3408 corn head 8 row x 30” Serial #YAS023445; *199? Kinze 850-bu. grain cart pto. 30.5x32 Diamond thread tires #81203; *2002 Woods 24 ft shredder Serial #27232; *1993 Freightliner highway tractor, FLD 112 Cat 3176 w/13-spd, new 11x24.5 tires, Air Ride suspension, 107,4991kms. Serial #2FUY3EDB6PA428200 safetied; *1979 GMC C7000 427 V8 5&2, tandem, 19-ft. box, hoist, roll tarp; *1967 Chev C-60 366 V8 5& 2, tag axle, 18-ft. cancade box & hoist, roll tarp; *1985 Lode King 32-ft. lead tandem hopper bottom grain trailer, rebuilt in 2001; *1985 Lode King 17-ft Pup A Train hopper grain trailer, rebuilt in 2001; *2007 Chev 3500 truck, Duramax diesel, automatic, 4WD, w/service deck, cabinets, tool boxes etc., only 66,243kms. Serial #1GBK39617E534441, MB safetied; *2002 Ford F-250 extended cab, 7.3 diesel, automatic, 4WD, safetied, 242,324kms, Serial #1FTNX21F72EB18732; *1975 Dodge D300 w/318 V8 4 speed, w/service body dual wheels; *1999 Flexicoil 50-ft. airseeder, 820 cult seeding tool w/9-3/4” spacing, w/double chute, seed treater, auto depth control, Raven NH3 kit, Haukus markers, w/3450 PBH seed cart, w/rear hitch & winch; *JD 7000 16 row x 30” planter w/dry fertilizer This is a partial list. Please see or see our Spring 2012 auction catalogue. Internet bidding starts at 11AM powered by Bidspotter Please Register Early Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230 fax 4484

Guy SABourin FArmS Ltd. FArm Auction FridAy ApriL 13, 10 A.m. 2012

directions: 3 mile west of st Jean manitoba on road 18 N 2003 John Deere 9750 combine green lighted, 914 pickup head, varaible feeder house kit, 1630 seperator hours, 2200 engine. Owner Eric Vetter 204 712 5137. Terms on Combine 25.000 down auction day. Balance certified Cheque upon possession before Aug, 1 2012. See our website for photo’s & 2012 Spring Auction Catalog in your Farm Mailbox Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230


1-800-782-0794 Call our toll-free number to take advantage of our Prepayment Bonus. Prepay for 3 weeks and we’ll run your ad 2 more weeks for free. That’s 5 weeks for the price of 3. Call 1-800-782-0794 today!

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake


SATURDAY APRIL 21 10:00 AM Location: 3 3/4 Miles East Of Beasejour, MB on Hwy 44 Partial List: INDUSTRIAL WOODWORKING EQUIPMENT & TOOLS: 10” King Industrial Table Saw w/ Scoring Blade & Squaring Table,10” General Table Saw w/ Squaring Table, 3HP Delta Table Saw w/ 60” Fence,20” King Industrial Thickness planer, Northfield 7 1/2HP Shaper,3 Phase Converter,12” Dewalt Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, Conquest Boring Machine (13 Spindles), Craftsman Radio Arm Mortising Machine, King 3/4” Hallow chisel Mortising Machine, Radial Arm Drill Press,12” Craftex Disc Sander,36”X60” 10HP 240V Timesavors Speed Sander,6” 240V General Jointer,5HP Wood Shaper,240V King Stock Feeder, Delta Stock Feeder, King Power Feeder,8’ Gluing Press Up to 36” Panels, Freud Dowler, Freud Edge Bander,14” King Band Saw w/ Riser Block,24” Panel Crafter w/ 20 Templates, Northfeild Shaper w/ Rolling,8’ Wood Lathe w/ Copier,36” Delta Lathe w/ Copier,5HP King Dusk Collector, Pocket Hole Machine, 21” King 2 Speed industrial Band Saw, Porter Cable Door Knob Template, Forstner Bit Set (up to 3”), METAL WORKING EQUIPMENT: C0632 40” Wesmac Metal Lathe, 14” Swing (4 & 3 Jaw Chuck & Steady Rest),4 1/2” Metal Cutting Band Saw,#40 RF Milling Machine w/ Feeder, Gear Driven, Caliper Table Base For Milling Machine, Indexing Head w/ Chuck, Milling Vise, Milling Machine Hold Down Set,#3 Morse Tapered Chucks for Milling Machine & Lathe,110pc Westward Tap & Die Set, Arbor Press,12 Ton Shop Press w/ Vise,12” Hand Operated Sheer, SHOP EQUIPMENT & TOOLS: 5HP Coleman 80 Gallon 200PSI Horizontal Air Compressor, Lemmer DC3100 Airless Paint Sprayer 3000PSI, 2 Gal. Tank, Metric & Standard Impact Sockets (up to 24mm & 1”),Torx & Hex Socket Bits, Digital & Dial Calipers,7” Makita Angle Grinder, Tubing Bender & Cutting Tool, Micrometer Set 0-3”,4400lb Pallet Jack,10HP Hotsy Pressure Washer H500,10pc T-Handle Hex Set, Air Brad Nailers (Dufast & Porter Cable), Crown Staplers, Laser Level, TRACTOR & EQUIPMENT: 2010 John Deere Diesel Tractor w/ Front End Loader & 3PTH,3PTH 4’ Rotovator, Massey Ferguson 124 Square Baler, Allis Chalmers 7’ Trailing Mower,6’ McKee 3PTH Snowblower, Massey Ferguson Side Delivery Rake, Shop Built Log Splitter,7’ 3PTH Blade, SCRAP STEEL


Partial List: REAL ESTATE PROPERTY: 151 acres of prime property w/ 2 Bedroom Bungalow, Electric Heat, 2 Car Garage, Small Sheds, Cattle Shelters, 2 Good Wells, Zoned as Restricted Rural, TRACTORS & CRAWLER: Caterpillar D4 Crawler w/ Loader, Dozer Blade & Grapple,1070 Case Diesel Tractor w/ Cab, Standard, 4473 HRS,1030 Case Diesel Tractor w/ Duals,1365 Cockshutt Diesel Tractor w/ Cockshutt Loader, 3PTH, Live PTO, Good Rubber,1750 Cockshutt Diesel Tractor, Over/Under Hyd. Shift, Live PTO, 18.4X34 Tires,(2) #30 Cockshutt Tractors w/ Farm Hand Loaders,(2) #30 Cockshutt Tractors,(2) #30 Cockshutt Tractors (not running),D15 Allis Chalmers Tractor, Gas, Good Paint,(2) D14 Allis Chalmers, Gas, TRUCKS: 1976 Ford 600, 3 Ton, w/ 10ft Steel Gravel Box,1988 Chevy Cheyenne 8ft Box, 253,000KM, HAYING EQUIPMENT: (4) 846 New Holland Round Balers, Vicon 9 Wheel Side Delivery Rake, Massy 6 Wheel Side Delivery Rake, Vicon 6 Wheel Side Delivery Rake,9ft John Deere #38 Sickle Mower,7ft #8 Sickle Mower w/ Cylinder,(2) 7’ Sickle Mower,#15 Versatile Swather P.T., Self Contained Hydraulics,#38 John Deere Sickle Mower,7’ JD Trailing Mower, EQUIPMENT: 15’ IHC Vibra Shank Cultivator,5 Bottom IHC Plow,275 Bushel JD Manure Spreader,12’ IHC 100 Press Drill, TOOLS & YARD EQUIPMENT, CORRAL PANELS, ROUND BALE FEEDERS, SCRAP IRON, & MUCH MORE!!

FArm retirement Auction For the GroeninG FArmS, Lowe FArm mAnitoBA FridAy ApriL 20 11 A.m. 2012

directions: 4 miles west of Lowe Farm on Highway 23. *1990 John Deere 9600 combine, pickup and chopper, 4496 engine and 3346 seperator hours. Green lighted at Enns Bros. John Deere Morris in 2009* John Deere 930 straight cut head w/ batt reel serial #P6415* 1979 Massey Ferguson 4880 4 wheel drive tractor, 20.8 x 38 duals, 903 cummins, 18 speed trans, newer clutch and wheel bearings done. 10100 hrs, good work horse* 1978 John Deere 8430 tractor 4 wheel drive pto, good 20.8 x 34 duals. 9706 hrs, serial #5678R* 1975 Ford F-700 truck 14 ft box hoist roll tarp. v8 5 & 2, 10 x 20 tires, only 56000 miles *1976 GMC 6500 tandem 427, 5 & 4 tilt hood, 10 x 20 tires, 18 ft box and hoist air brakes * John Deere 2360 swather gas, 25 ft with double swath attachment 2814 hours, serial #19514* Westward swather 3000 pto 25 ft pickup reel and autofold* Two swath rollers* Conveyair model 2975 grain vac, newer pump* Westfield MK 10 X 61 auger* Westfield 7’’ x 36 w/ Kohler engine and sweep* Westfield 7’’ x 36 auger w/ Kohler ES* Grain Chief pto model 500 bushel batch crop dryer *Seeding and tillage * Bourgault 8800 seeding tool 40 ft w/ 8’’spaceing, 4 bar mulchers* Complete with Bourgault 3225 air cart powered by Kohler gas engine. Loading auger, rear hitch tank, serial #4548* 14 ft dual tank drill fill system* Powermatic 80 ft diamond harrows autofold* CCIL model 807 deep tiller 35 ft w/ 3 row mulchers* CCIL model 203 deep tiller 27 ft with mulchers and NH3 Kit* IHC model 645 Vibra chisel 21 ft* 1996 1500 gal NH3 tank* Outback S 2 model light bar, GPS unit used only 1 year, this model can be used with E drive to full auto steer* Misc. 1000 gal fuel tank w/ pump, and some more but very little small selling See our website for photo’s & 2012 Spring Auction Catalog in your Farm Mailbox Bill Klassen Auctioneers 204-325-4433 cell 6230


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 ChevC60 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.

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Red River

Durand farms Ltd. Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB • April 14, 2012 • 10 am

1995 john deere 9600 & 2006 john deere 9760sts

1997 john deere 9300 & 2002 john deere 9520

2003 john deere 8320

2005 john deere 4920 120 ft


SATURDAY MAY 5 10:00 AM Location: From Osterwick, MB 1 Mile West on Hwy 201, then 1 1/2 miles north on gravel road. (south of Morden, MB) Partial List: TRACTORS, TRUCK & EQUIPMENT: 1970 Ford 5000 Diesel Tractor w/ Loader & 3PTH, Model “A” McCormick Farmall, Restored, 620 John Deere Tractor,1995 Dodge Ram 1500, 4X4, 173,700KM, 8ft Box,80” Farm King 3PTH Snow Blower w/ Hyd Chute, 3PTH Brush Mower, YARD EQUIPMENT: 2011 Cub Cadet LTX 1146 Lawn Tractor 46” Deck, LGT 145 Hydro-Static Lawn Tractor w/ snowblower, roto-tiller & sickle mower, Ford RMT 830 Riding Lawn Mower,12V Boom Sprayer on Wheels, Broadcast Spreader,5HP Ariens Garden Tiller, 5HP Garden Tiller, 31 Ton Power Fist Log Splitter w/ 9HP Honda, 14’ & 26’ Aluminum Ext. Ladders, ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES: Die Cast Tractor Collection, Warwood Railway Spike Remover, Hand Scythe, Black Smith Forge, Old Milk Strainer, Pump Organ, Piano Stool w/ Glass Ball Feet, SHOP TOOLS INCLUDING SNAPON, MAC, SK, PLUS MUCH MORE!!


MONDAY MAY 21 10:00 AM Location: From Steinbach, MB 2.5 miles east of Water Tower on hwy 52 #37081 Partial List: TRACTORS & MACHINERY: 2555 John Deere Diesel Tractor, MFWD, Cab, 3PTH, 245 Self Leveling Loader,2010 LA145 John Deere Lawn Tractor, 22HP, 48” Deck, 2010 LA145 John Deere Lawn Tractor, 22HP, 48” Deck,3PTH 4 Bottom Allis Plow,12Ft Case Cultivator,16ft IHC 310 Seeder Discer,John Deere Discer,18ft Wilrich Cultivator, Hang-up Harrows,120 Gehl Mix Mill w/ Bale Feeder, 3PTH Danuser Post Hoe Auger,1980 Ford F-750 Diesel Grain Truck, 14ft Steel Box, Hoist, Roll Top Tarp, Rebuilt Engine, HAYING & HARVESTING, SHOP EQUIPMENT, YARD EQUIPMENT, GUNS, ANTIQUES, FURNITURE & HOUSEHOLD PLUS MUCH MORE!!

Sale Conducted by: PENNER AUCTION SALES LTD. 218 Brandt St, Steinbach, MB Toll Free 1-866-512-8992


from CArMAn, MB, go 30.5 km (19 miles) West on hwy 245 to durand seed sign, then 3.2 km (2 miles) north.


2002 John Deere 9520 4WD • 1997 John Deere 9300 4WD • 2003 John Deere 8320 MFWD • 1991 John Deere 4455 2WD • 2006 John Deere 9760STS Combine • 1995 John Deere 9600 Combine • 2000 John Deere 936D 36 Ft Draper Header • International 730 30 Ft Pull Type Swather • 2002 Westward 9352 25 Ft Swather • 2000 Peterbilt 379 T/A Truck Tractor • 1996 Ford Sterling T/A Grain Truck • 1995 Castleton T/A Grain Trailer • 2004 John Deere 1820 45 Ft Air Drill 2005 John Deere 4920 120 Ft High Clearance Sprayer • John Deere Manure Spreader • 2- Vidir 4000± Bushel Epoxy Lined Hopper Bin • Friesen 3600 ± Bushel Hopper Bin • 3- Friesen 1200± Bushel Hopper Bin • 2- Westeel 13500± Bushel Grain Bin • 3- Westeel-Rosco 2500 ± Bushel Grain Bin...and much more! Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is pleased to announce the appointment of Daryl Martin as Territory Manager for Manitoba. Daryl Martin 306.421.5066

for up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: Gilbert durand: 204.751.0185 foR MoRE INfoRMATIoN: romeo durand: 204.723.0077

ritchie Bros. territory Manager – daryl Martin: 306.421.5066 or 800.491.4494


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012


AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

Paley Enterprises Ltd.

Theodore, SK • Saturday, April 14, 2012 • 10 am





LOCATED: From Jct. I-29 & Hwy 5 at Joliette, ND- 7 miles west to County 4, 3 miles south & 1 mile west; or from Hamilton, ND at Jct. Hwys 5 & 81- 3 miles south & 2 miles east AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Dutch and Sherry have retired from a successful farming career. Please note a very well kept line of quality equipment. Major machines have been kept indoors and all units have had excellent maintenance. There are very few small items, so please be on time. ONLINE BIDDING: Is available by registering in advance at 2009 John Deere 7630

2003 John Deere 9650STS


From Yorkton, SK go 40 km (25 miles) West on hwy 16, 0.8 km (0.5 mile) South, 4 km (2.5 miles) West, north side of road.


Case IH 9280 4WD • Versatile 555 4WD • 2009 John Deere 7630 MFWD • John Deere 7610 MFWD • Case 830 2WD • 2003 John Deere 9650STS • 2- John Deere 930 30 Ft Rigid • Case IH 8230 30 Ft Pull Type Swather • 2004 Case IH WDX1101 30 Ft Swather • Freightliner T/A Sleeper • 2005 International 9400I T/A Grain Truck • 2005 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Quad Cab 4x4 • Castleton TRA/REM 38 Ft T/A Grain Trailer • 2- Lode King 28 Ft Super B Grain Trailer • 2003 John Deere 1820 40 Ft Air Drill • 2009 Case IH 160 100 Ft High Clearance Field Sprayer • 2011 Pattison 8000 Gallon Poly Fertilizer Tank • 2006 Brandt 20110 20 In. x 110 Ft Grain Conveyor • 2- Friesen 80± Tonne Epoxy Lined Hopper Bin • 2010 J&M 750 750 Bushel Grain Cart • PLUS newer quality furniture and household items...and much more!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website:

Ken Paley: 306.647.2588 (h), foR MoRE INfoRMATIoN: 306.521.0803 (c), ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Dan Steen: 306.361.6154 Toll Free: 1.800.491.4494

unreServeD farM auction

Bernauer farms Ltd.

Leroy, SK • tuesday, april 3, 2012 • 10 am

2– unused 2011 john deere 9770sts

2– 1998 john deere 9400

2009 john deere 4895 36 ft

1 of 2– 2011 bourgault 5810 52 ft & 6550

auction Location:

from the West side of st gregor, sK, go 20 km (12.5 miles) south on hwy 667, then 4.8 km (3 miles) West, then 2.8 km (1.75 miles) south or from lanIgan, sK, go 15.9 km (9.9 miles) southeast to esK, sK, then 20 km (12.5 miles) north, then 4.8 km (3 miles) West, then 2.8 km (1.75 miles) south.

a PartiaL eQuiPMent LiSt incLuDeS:

2- 1998 John Deere 9400 4WD • Versatile 800 4WD • John Deere 6410 MFWD • John Deere 4450 2WD • Massey Ferguson 1080 2WD • 2- 2011 John Deere 9770STS Combines • 2- 2011 Honey Bee SP36 36 Ft Draper Headers • 2009 & 2008 John Deere 4895 36 Ft Swathers • Ford TL9000 T/A Sleeper Truck Tractor • Freightliner FLD 120 T/A Sleeper • Peterbilt 379 Longnose T/A Sleeper Truck Tractor • Ford LN750 S/A Grain Truck • International R160 Grain Truck • 2- 2009 Ford F250 XLT Crew Cab 4x4 Pickup Truck • 2008 Doepker 45 Ft Tri/A Grain Trailer • Doepker 36 Ft T/A Grain Trailer • Lode King 36 Ft T/A Grain Trailer • Trailmobile 53 Ft T/A Dry Van Trailer • 2- 2011 Bourgault 5810 52 Ft Air Drill • 2- 2011 Bourgault 6550ST TowBehind Air Tank • Bourgault Commander 4650 50 Ft Cultivator • Kello-Bilt 350 12 Ft Breaking Disc • 2003 Bourgault 7200 72 Ft Heavy Harrows • Degelman 70 Ft Heavy Harrows • 2007 Schulte Jumbo 320 Conveyor Type Rock Picker • Schulte Jumbo 320 Conveyor Type Rock Picker • 2004 & 2003 John Deere 4710 90 Ft High Clearance Sprayers... AND MUCH MORE!

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

ron bernauer: 306.365.4631 (h), for More 306.365.7354 (c) inforMation: gerald bernauer: 306.365.3125 (h) 306.365.7759 (c) ritchie bros. territory Manager – dan steen: 306.361.6154 or 800.491.4494

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*1983 Chevy C-70 twin screw truck, w/tilt hood, 427 eng, 5 spd. trans., 2 spd. airshift rear end, 19’ strong box, hoist, Shur-Lok roll tarp & 3 pc. endgate, plumbed for drill fill, 10.00x20 tires, cast spoke wheels, 91553 miles showing *1982 Chevy C-70 twin screw truck, w/ tilt hood, 427 eng, 5 spd. trans, 2 spd. airshift rear end, 19-1/2’ Buffalo box, hoist, Shur-Lok roll tarp & 3 pc. endgate, 10.00x20 tires, cast spoke wheels, rebuilt motor at 70,000 miles, 95,642 total miles showing *1976 Chevy C-65 single axle, 366 engine, 5 spd. trans., 2 spd. rear end, 114” cab to axle, 15’ Rugby box & hoist, plumbed for drill fill, 9.00 x 20 tires, cast spoke wheels, under 55,000 miles, speedometer shows 46,330 miles, speedometer works *1990 Chev 3500 1T reg. cab 4WD dually, 454 engine, auto trans, air, tilt, cruise, gooseneck, camper & receiver hitches *1984 Ford F-250 ext. cab 4WD pickup, 351 engine, 4 spd. COMBINE & HEADS: trans, Knapheide serv. body, 140,000 mi., needs clutch *2003 JD 9650 Walker combine, var. spd. feeder, dual range cyl. *2001 Delta 28’ tandem gooseneck trailer, 20,000 lb axles, steel drive, DAM, DAS, AHHC, F/A, 30.5x32 dr. tires, Green Star ready, tread plate flat bed, dual wheels, no dovetail, bought new, exc. cond. fine cut chpr., JD chaff spdr., 20’ perf. unloading auger, screened *Pleasure Products 2000 gal. white enamel water tank & feederhouse-new sieve shoes, cyl. bars & concave in 2011, many mixing cone, quick attach for above trailer, nice unit other preharvest repairs, sells w/JR’s Welding edible bean SWATHERS, SEED TENDERS & GRAIN conveyor, 1738 sep. hrs, 2462 eng. hrs, single owner, SN#700517 *2003 JD 914P pkp. platform, 7-belt pkp., new belts in ‘09, HANDLING EQUIPMENT: SN#700235 *1999 MacDon Premier 25’ auto fold PT swather, w/batt reel, *2002 JD 930F flex head, w/HHC, F/A, stubble lights, poly new guards & knives in 2010- kept indoors skids, new wobble box, knife & hold-downs before 2011 *JD 2320 SP swather, w/cab, a/c, Chrysler eng., 21’ center soybean harvest, recent guards, SN#696917 delivery, gauge wheels & nearly new guards, SN#554105 *1997 Universal UH-22 22’ (12R22 or 8R30) edible bean *Farm Fans AB 250 auto batch grain dryer, single phase, head, w/Sund pkp. rebuilt in ‘08, SN#1284196 2546 hrs, clean *2000 Farm King 10x80 auger, w/swing hopper, mech drive & 540 PTO ROW CROP EQUIPMENT: *Farm King 10x70 auger, w/swing hopper, mech. drive & 540 PTO *JD 24R22 vacuum planter, 1730 units, Moore Built stack fold *Walinga 510 PTO grain vac, 40’ plus pipe & hose, SN#76502 bar, 1.6 bu. units w/herb./insect., 250 monitor, lift assist, V plows *2006 Westfield 8x46 auger, w/10 hp elec. motor & windshields, includes soybean, pinto bean & beet plates, bean *1996 Westfield 8x46 auger, w/7.5 hp elec. motor & beet vacuum gauges, new disks, wedges & scrapers in ‘08, nice *2000 Westfield 7x36 auger, w/13 hp Honda gas engine, new *2004 Alloway 3130 24R22 single shank cultivator, flat fold tube & flighting in 2009 w/large rolling shields, lift assist & guide cones *Westfield 8x31 utility auger, w/10 hp elec. motor *Harriston 5200 12R22 rod weeder, w/ 1-1/8” rod, reinforced *Conveyall BT-240 bean tender, w/hyd. drive, slide in unit, bar & extra heavy gauge wheels SN#00874 *Harriston 5200 12R22 bean windrower, w/draper platform & *HaulAll 19’ drill fill, 7” no plug augers, (6.5T fert., 220 bu. seed) center delivery- can be changed to end delivery, rod weeder & *Motomco 919 moisture tester, w/scale & charts windrower can be hooked together or used separately OTHER EQUIPMENT & MISCELLANEOUS: *PFM 12R22 edible bean knife, can be used 12R front or 6R *2007 H&S 90’ susp. boom high wheel sprayer, w/1000 gal. front/6R rear, Elmers guide coulters, new knives in 2011, 2 sets tank, 200 gal. rinse tank, sgl. nozzle bodies, heavy hubs, of mounts- one set fits JD & CIH, other set fits JD 8000 & 8010 14.9x46 tires, 15 gal. mix & fill chemical cone, Raven SCS *JD 12R22 71 flex planter, w/fiberglass tubs, mkrs. & ga. whls. 450 monitor, elec end nozzles, touchdown wheels & tip lift, *2) Alloway 12R22 cultivators, w/7x7 bar, danish tines & SN#LPS-900167- kept indoors tunnel shields *Spray Pup 3 pt. sprayer adj 60’ to 66’, 320 gal. tank, TeeJet *H & S 36R22 band sprayer, w/broadcast boom, elec./hyd. 744-3 controller, fully mounted hyd booms & hyd pump wing control, 500 gal. tank, Teejet control & lift assist *2009 BIL 16’ multi angle hyd. killifer blade, w/hyd. rear TILLAGE EQUIPMENT: wheels, excellent unit *JD 2018 14’ batwing mower, w/1000 RPM shaft, kept indoors *JD 980 44.5’ 5-fold field cultivator, 6” spacing, single point *Mobility 6.5T hard top fertilizer spreader, holds 5T eurea, depth control, c shanks, 3-bar JD harrow, walking tandems flotation tires, kept indoors around & packer hitch *Eversman V-plow ditcher, trailer-type *Flexi-Coil model 75 45’ trailing folding coil packer *5) Gravity wagons, 2 w/fill augers, +/- 200 bu. capacity *JD 650 30’ disc, w/9” front spacing, 11” rear spacing, blades *2002 15000 gal. upright fuel tank, w/high capacity pump, measure 23” & Summers harrow excellent condition- to be moved *JD 610 35’ spring std. chisel plow, walking tandems around, *1000 gal. LP tank sgl. pt. depth control, black shanks & Herman harrow *1000 gal. fuel tank, w/elec. pump-to be moved *JD 3710 10-btm. hinge plow, toggle trip adj to 16-18-20”, *560 gal. fuel tank, to be moved trash turners & one coulter *JD 3600 8-btm. plow, adj to 16-18-20”, trash turners & 1 coulter *Pleasure Products 1000 gal. water tank, w/white enamel finish *1500 gal. oval poly tank *JD 3600 8-btm. plow, auto reset, adj 16-18-20”, 1 coulter, *JD 95 combine, w/spike tooth cylinder & 11” Sund pickup, needs tail wheel work complete for parts *Lindsay 54’ diamond tooth harrow, w/spray kit *200 gal. service tank & 12V pump *B&S 5 hp water pump *Harriston 1240 44’ fldg. weeder, trailer type *7) New complete shank assemblies for 980 JD cultivator *IH 560 6/14 semi mt plow *New row of pipe & teeth for 22’ Sund pickup *2004 JD 9420 4WD, Green Star ready, buddy seat, 24 spd synchro trans, 4 hyd, 48 gpm hyd pump, 8000 lb. wts, 20.8x42 triples-85% rubber, only 1778 hrs, sharp, SN#RW9420H020190 *1995 JD 8770 4WD, CAH, 24 spd. synchro trans, 4 hyd, nearly new 20.8x42 tires & duals-matched around, 5460 hrs, clean, SN#H0003290 *1999 JD 8300 MFWD, 16 spd. powershift trans., buddy seat, 3 pt. w/quick hitch-15850 lb. lift capacity, lg. 1000 PTO, 4 hyd, 38 gpm hyd pump, 20 front weights, 380/90R34 fronts, 380/ 90R50 rears & duals- good rubber, only 4011 hrs, SN#21689 *Full set of 380/90R50 hub triples & 11.25x28 single rib tires, w/centers for 8300, sell separately *1975 JD 4430, CAH, QR trans, 3 pt. hitch, 540/1000 PTO, 2 hyd., 16.9 x 38 rear tires, 10844 hrs, SN#041073

DUTCH & SHERRY FLEMING, Owners Hamilton, ND • 701-520-2953

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. Call our toll-free number to take advantage of our Prepayment Bonus. Prepay for 3 weeks and we’ll run your ad 2 more weeks for free. That’s 5 weeks for the price of 3. Call 1-800-782-0794 today!


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AUCTION SALES Saskatchewan Auctions

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AUTO & TRANSPORT AUTO & TRANSPORT Auto & Truck Parts 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

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


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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.

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.

AUTO & TRANSPORT Trucks 1984 TOYOTA DIESEL $1450. Phone:(204)425-3106. 1989 FREIGHTLINER 425 CAT engine, 15-SPD trans, 11R24.5 tires 10% worn, 22-ft. cancade box like new, electric & hyd w/2 controls, bought 1997 always shedded, asking $35,000. (204)353-2499. 1999 IH 8100 grain truck w/M11 10-SPD, 8.5x14 Western Industry Box & Michael’s roll tarp, pintle hitch plate, safetied, excellent condition, $12,000 OBO. (204)937-2543, Roblin. 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.

AUTO & TRANSPORT Semi Trucks & Trailers 1991 Chevrolet Kodiak 4500

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

CONTRACTING CONTRACTING Custom Work 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. CAT TH 103 TELEHANDLER cab/heater, aux hyd., 90% tires, 2-yd bucket & forks, works well. Asking $39,000 OBO Phone:(204)779-5557

3116 CAT Engine 250HP, 10-Speed Eaton Fuller Transmission, Air Brakes, Goose Neck, 5th Wheel Hitch, This Truck is Fully Inspected and Ready to Go, 209,493km. 3760-48 Ave Camrose, AB T4V 3Z8. (780)672-4400

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 (crown-pinion etc.) Propane fueled. Phone:(204)745-7445.

FOR SALE: 1996 FREIGHTLINER FL120, Detroit motor, 13-SPD trans, good rubber, will safety. Or cattle in trade. Bob Robinson (204)246-2135, Darlingford.

LOOKING FOR 15 OR 16-ft gravel box w/hoist & wet kit to fit Eaton trans. Phone:(204)524-2476 ask for David.

AUTO & TRANSPORT Vehicles Wanted

WRECKING 1968 D7E CRAWLER serial #48A10609 tilt, scraper winch; 1982 Ford L9000 tandem tractor, safetied, wet kit, heavy duty hitch, Michelin tires, $8,000. (204)326-3109.

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

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


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


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.


FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Swathers 2000 WESTWARD 9350 SWATHER, 1856-hrs, 2-speed, 108-hp turbo, hyd. tilt; 2002 972 Header, 25-ft, 6 row plastic teeth, 1000-hrs. Phone:(204)827-2011. 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.

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. SELF-LOADING SILAGE WAGON 30-CU meters, 2-in rotary chopper, good working order, $19,500. 2010 MF 10 wheel V-right, only done 500-ac, $4,500. Phone:(204)373-2162.

Rebuilt Concaves

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

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

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

FARM MACHINERY Combine – Ford/New Holland FOR SALE: 1992 TX36 NH combine, approx 2,800-hrs, only 600-acs on new rub bars & concaves, also has newer Super 8 Victory PU, asking $20,000 OBO. (204)768-3791.

FARM MACHINERY Combine – John Deere 1991 JD 9600 COMBINE, 914 PU, sunny brook cyl, fore & aft, grain star moisture & bushels, 3,000-hrs, A1 condition, $45,000 OBO. (204)758-3897, St Jean. 2011 JD 9770 COMBINE, Premier cab, 615 PU, small grains concave, Contour Master, 22.5-ft. auger, duals, 55 engine hrs, like new. Phone (204)467-2109, after 8:00pm

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

2-2000 HOPPER BINS ON skids, Vidir/Sunrise $12,000 OBO Call St. Jean (204)758-3897 3400-BU WESTSTEEL ROSCO BIN type grain dryer w/Stirway, unloading auger, floodlights, 7.2-hp Aerovent, very good condition, $3500 OBO. Phone:(204)548-2411. 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: Flat-Bottom Steel Grain Bins. 2-2,750 bu, 3-5,000 bu, & 1-disassembled 10,000 bu capactiy. Good condition. John, 9-10 pm. Portage. (204)428-3638

FARM MACHINERY Grain Dryers FOR SALE: NEW SQ12D & SQ16A superb grain dryers, last years pricing; 1 used farm fan, AF270. Call Valley Agro (204)746-6783. NEW GSI GRAIN DRYERS FOR SALE. Canola screens, propane/NG, single or 3-phase. Efficient, reliable, and easy to operate. Significant early order discount pricing now in effect. Call for more information. 204-998-9915 NEW MC DRYERS IN STOCK w/canola screens 300-2,000 BPH units. Why buy used, when you get new fuel efficient & better quality & control w/MC. Call Wall Grain for details (204)269-7616 or (306)244-1144 or (403)393-2662.

FARM MACHINERY Grain Elevators

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

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



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FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories TRACTORS FOR PARTS: IHC 1486, 1086, 886, 1066, 966, 1256, 656, 844, 806, 706, 660, 650, 560, 460, 624, 606, 504, 434, 340, 240-4, W9, WD6, W6, W4, H, 340, B-414; 275 CASE 4890, 4690, 2394, 2390, 2290, 2090, 2470, 1370, 1270, 1175, 1070, 970, 870, 1030, 930, 830, 730, 900, 800, 700, 600, 400, DC4, SC; MF 2745, 1155, 1135, 1105, 1100, 2675, 1500, 1085, 1080, 65, Super 90, 88, 202, 44, 30; JD 6400, 3140, 5020, 4020, 4010, 3020, 3010, 710; Cockshutt 1900, 1855, 1850, 1800, 1655, 1650, 560, 80, 40, 30; White 4-150, 2-105; Allis Chalmers 7045, 7040, 190XT, 190, 170, WF; Deutz DX130, DX 85, 100-06, 90-06, 80-05; Volvo 800, 650; Universal 651, 640; Ford 7600, 6000, 5000, Super Major, Major; Belarus 5170, 952, 825, 425; MM 602, U, M5; Versatile 700, 555, 145, 118; Steiger 210 Wildcat; Hesston 780. Also have parts for combines, swathers, square & round balers, tillage, press drills and other misc. machinery. Buying machinery, working or not. MURPHY SALVAGE (204)858-2727 or toll free 1-877-858-2728

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FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted

1976 CASE 1070 18.4X38 duals, 4,460-hrs, new cab liner kit, shedded, no 3-PTH, excellent condition, $7,200. Phone (204)324-3647.

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.

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.

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.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Steiger 1978 STEIGER BEARCAT PT 225, engine is 3306-225, 4WD, 3,994-hrs showing, $12,500. Phone (204)722-2023.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – John Deere 1980 JD 4400 TRACTOR, 6,000-hrs, 3-PTH, asking $16,900. Phone Gerry (204)736-4296. 1986 JD 8650 4WD w/quad trans, 4 hyds, PWR take off, CAHR, 20.8x38 Firestone radials, new inside, 6,940-hrs, always shedded, very good. (204)773-2868, Russell, MB.

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

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.

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

JD 7410 1999 4,300-HRS, new rear tires, pwr quad, delux cab, tight, clean, mint condition, $50,000. Phone (204)427-3311, Woodmore, MB.

FARM MACHINERY Snowblowers, Plows

MODEL 430U SERIAL #160983, 2 cyl, 24-HP, 3-PTH, complete rebuild on motor, runs great, some new parts avail. (204)886-3886.

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

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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 Sprayers 1994 BOURGAULT 850 CENTURION III PT sprayer, air curtain, 96-ft. boom, PTO pump, 850 US gal, 2 sets of nozzles, always shedded, asking $8,000. Ron (204)265-3542 or Trevor (204)268-0470. 2001 NH SF550 SPRAYER equivalent to Rogator 554, 2,300-hrs, 5.9 Cummins, 660-gal. SS tank, 90ft. booms, pressure washer, chem inductor, EZ steer, EZ boom, mapping. Triple nozzle bodies w/5 & 10-gal tips, 2 sets of tires, 23.1x26 & 9.5R44, excellent condition, $78,000. (204)763-8896, Minnedsoa, MB.

Tillage & Seeding FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Drills 2001 SEED HAWK 48-12 w/357-bu mounted tank, new SS fert meters & NH3 kit. Asking $65,000 OBO Phone:(204)776-5557 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.

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.

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Tillage Bourgault Cultivator

40’ 8800 Bourgault cultivator, with harrows & factory rear hitch, heavy trip, knock on shovels, good condition. $14,000.00 OBO (204)526-7293 CIH 47-FT VIBRACHISEL CULTIVATOR, w/3 row harrows. Phone:(204)729-6803, Elgin.

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Various 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. 2 WIL-RICH FIELD CULTIVATORS, 45 plus 40-ft, 7-in spacing, 3 row harrows, $4000 each; Also 70-ft Powermatic diamond harrow, $3000. Phone:(204)324-9300 or (204)324-7622. 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. FOUR MF DISCERS, 360-4-60-ft w/martin hitch, good condition $3000 Phone St. Jean (204)758-3897 JD 960 44-FT. S tine cultivator, 3 bar harrow, $5,800; Elmers 8R30 multi shank row crop cultivator, tunnel shield, VGC, $2,000. Phone (204)324-3647.

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

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Versatile 1986 856 VERS 7,000-HRS, new Trelleborg 650/60-38 tires, new powershift, PTO, 3-PTH, $28,000 OBO. Phone (204)352-4037 or (204)476-0905.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – 2 Wheel Drive STEVE’S TRACTOR REBUILDER specializing in JD tractors in need of repair or burnt, or will buy for parts. JD parts available. Phone: 204-466-2927 or cell: 204-871-5170, Austin.

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. 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.

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60 BOURGAULT NARROW OPENERS, type #600 TIP 7500, $20/each OBO, 2009 JD105 garden tractor, 83-hrs, very nice condition, $1,250 OBO, flexi coil 65XL 120-ft autorate, good condition $5,500 OBO Phone:(204)373-2502, leave message if necessary. 6200 14-FT. INTL PRESS drill w/grass seed attachment; 16-ft. 1475 NH hay conditioner; 2002 688 NH auto wrap round baler. All shedded & in good condition. Phone (204)655-3391. ELMER’S 30-FT. SWATHER MOVER, in new condition, $2,750 OBO. Phone (204)758-3897, St Jean. FOR SALE:1975 CASE 2670 4WD tractor 20.8 x 34 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. FOR SALE: ACD15; JD420C; 2003 258 hayrake. Phone (204)828-3269, leave msg. GRAVITY WAGONS: NEW 400-BU., $6,700; 600bu., $12,000; used 250-750-bu., $2,500 & up; Grain Carts 450-1050-bu.; JM 675, $10,900; Brent 610, $9,500; UFT 4765, $13,900; JM 875, $20,000; Kwik Kleen screeners 5 tube, $4,000; 7 Tube, $6,500; Dual stage rotary screeners, $1,750 & up; Summers heavy harrow 70-ft., $15,000; Gehl 14-ft. haybine, $3,900; NH 116, $3,000; Sickle mower NH 9ft., $2,200; I-H 9-ft., $1,750; Woods batwing 20-ft., $7,500; 10-ft., $3,500; 6-ft., $1,600; JD 5-ft., $1,000; Melroe auto reset plows 8-16, $3,000; 7-18, $3,000; Gehl 60-HP skidsteer, $13,500. Phone (204)857-8403. JD 1995 79DELC TRACKHOE, low hrs; Komatsu WA 320-1 3yd 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 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. JD COMBINE HEADERS FOR 9000 series, 930 flex, 936 drapers, 30-ft. Honeybee; 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. 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. Press Drill & Railway Ties. 24’ IHC press drill #620, steel packer wheels. Field-ready and in good condition. Also 50 railroad ties in good condition. Call John, 9-10 pm. Portage. (204)428-3638 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. 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.

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. 1983 CASE 2390 TRACTOR, duals, 4,200-hrs; 1983 MF 850 combine, DSL; MF 560 round baler. Phone (204)268-4317. 1985 MF3545 TRACTOR DUALS 3-PTH, 2-hydraulics, front weights, heat, air, 150-HP. $14,000; Degalman stonepicker, 3 500-gal fuel tanks on metal stands, 25-ft MF Deeptiller w/coldflow anhydrous. Phone:204-834-2750 or (204)476-0367. 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 530 CASE TRACTOR & loader, $2795; Farmall M with F-11 farmhand loader, lift bucket, $1295; JD 9350 double-disc, 30-ft rubber wheel press drill $1995. Contact Roy (204)385-2685, Gladstone.

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

FENCING 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.


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IRON & STEEL 2 1/8, 2 3/8, 2 7/8, 3 1/2-in oilfield pipe; 3/4, 7/8, 1in sucker rod; 4.5, 5.5, 7-in., 8 5/8, 9 5/8s casing pipe. (204)252-3413, (204)871-0956. FREE STANDING CORRAL PANELS, Feeders & Alley ways, 30ft or order to size. Oil Field Pipe: 1.3, 1.6, 1.9, 1 7/8, 2-in, 2 3/8, 2 7/8, 3 1/2. Sucker Rod: 3/4, 7/8, 1. Casing Pipes: 4-9inch. Sold by the piece or semi load lots, taking Spring bookings. For special pricing call Art (204)685-2628 or cell (204)856-3440. LIVESTOCK Cattle – Angus FOR SALE: QUALITY REG Red & Black Angus 2 yr old bulls, easy calving, guaranteed breeders, semen tested, performance data avail, delivery avail. Wolf Willow Angus (204)821-5108 Rossburn, MB.

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and Interlake Angus Bull Sale This year for 2012 we have bulls at the

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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.


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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus

12 BLACK ANGUS OPEN replacement heifers from purebred Black Angus bulls, 1000-lbs plus, $1100 each. Phone:(204)735-2340, Starbuck. 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, yearling & 2 yr olds. Semen tested, performance records & delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430, Clearwater. BLACK ANGUS YEARLING BULLS, low birth weights, around 1,100-lbs, price $1,700. Also Rolled grain $140-150 per tote bag. Phone (204)886-2083. BLACK MEADOWS ANGUS OFFERS for sale large selection of yearling Angus Bulls & 2 Herd Sires. Blood line’s include HF TIGER, Remitall Rachis, Remitall Hold Mine & others. All bulls are fertility tested. EPD’s & weigh sheets available. Call Bill (204)567-3782.



FORAGE BASED BLACK ANGUS Bulls. Virgin 2-yr & herd sires available. Ph:(204)564-2540

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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

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TREES, NEED A HEDGE, privacy or shelter belt? Hybrid Poplars, 4 to 6-ft., $3.99. Also Spruce, Linden, Willow & Birch. Call Kevin for prices (204)856-3181.

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


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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.

JOHN DEERE HORSE MOWER; Also Studebaker PU truck; ‘75-’76 Merc Snowtwister & engine parts Snowmobile. (204)668-4245

USED EQUIPMENT- NEW 2011 Parker 739 grain cart w/tarp SALE PRICE $24,900, 2004 JD 630F SALE PRICE $20,500, 2004 JD 635F SALE PRICE $23,900, Horsch Anderson Joker short disc 8RT, 3 in stock starting at $60,000 Please visit website at LANDSCAPING or call GenAg Inc. at (204)325-5090 DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd Lawn 8& Garden

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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Red Angus

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Gelbvieh

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.

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

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. 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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Contact: Blaine Canning 204-858-2475 Michael Canning 204-858-2457 or visit website at 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. 2 YR OLD RED Angus bulls, $1600 each. Phone: (204)371-6404, Ste Anne, MB. 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 25-mi 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.

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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

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.

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.

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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. COMING 2 YR OLD bulls for (204)857-8056, Portage la Prairie



FOR SALE: PB CHAROLAIS bulls 1.5 yr olds & yearlings, Polled, some Red factor, some good for heifers, semen tested in Spring, guaranteed & delivered. R&G McDonald Livestock (204)466-2883 or (204)724-2811, Sidney, MB. FOR SALE: PB REG Charolais bulls 1 & 2 yr olds avail. All are polled, moderate birthweights & semen tested. Sunny Ridge Stock Farm (204)824-2115, Wawanesa, MB. FOR SALE: YEARLING & 2 yr old Charolais bulls, coloured & white, quiet, tested, delivered, $2,250-$2,550. Wayne Angus (204)764-2737, Hamiota. 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.



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.


2 QUALITY YEARLING PUREBRED bulls, no papers. Also 2 herd sires. Francis Poulsen (204)436-2284, evenings if possible. 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: POLLED HEREFORD BULLS, yearlings & two-year olds, current pedigree, reasonably priced. Phone Martin (204)425-3820 or Lanard (204)-425-3809. POLLED HEREFORD & BLACK Angus bulls for sale, yearlings & 2 yr olds available. Semen tested, performance records & delivery available. Call Don Guilford (204)873-2430, Clearwater. 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

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Limousin AMAGLEN LIMOUSIN BULLS for sale at home or at Douglas Bull Test Station. Black or Red, Polled, birth weights 78-98-lb, semen tested. Home bulls delivered when you need them. (204)246-2312. OPEN HOUSE MARCH 31 Triple R Limousin, offering bulls by private treaty, 30 yearling & 2-yr olds, Limousin & Limousin Angus, black & red, polled, performance or calving ease for heifers, out cross blood lines, your source for quality Limousin genetics. Call Art (204)685-2628 or (204)856-3440.

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.


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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Maine-Anjou 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 – Simmental

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They're still UGLY They're still TOUGH They're still the best value on the market. Research proves that providing clean water for your calves can add 20 per cent or more to your weaning weights.

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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.

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90-100 COW CALF PAIRS for sale: calve March, Apr & May, ready for May. Very young cows Black & Red Angus cross Simm. Prefer to sell in 1 group or lots of 50. Call evenings (204)352-4313.

Horses LIVESTOCK Horse Auctions

3rd Annual Rafter A Ranch Catalogue Horse Sale May 26 - Strathclair, MB - 1 PM - Strathclair Fair Grounds. Preview Horses from 10 AM - 12 PM Entry Deadline April 15 - Entry Forms, Catalog & Video of Sale Horses online - Contact Jason & Kelly Airey (204)365-2442 or (204)365-0394

FOR SALE: 30 RED Simm/ Angus/ Gelbvieh, quality breeding heifers. Call Stuart (204)762-5805, Lundar, MB.

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

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.

LIVESTOCK Horses – Belgian

REGISTERED SHORTHORN BULLS, 1 and 2-yr olds, reds, & reds with white markings. Call Meadowcreek Shorthorns (204)776-2027.

TJ O'Sullivan 204-768-0600

2 YR OLD & yearling Polled Simmental bulls. Also 3 yr old Red herdsire. Acomb Valley (204)865-2246, Minnedosa.

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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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HOUSE FOR SALE: 1,080-sq.ft. A-frame home built 2007 on north shore of Tokaryk Lake, near Rossburn & Shoal Lake. 2 bdrms, 1.5 baths, open concept living area, propane fireplace, 5 appliances. Year round living, 1/2-ac lot, 2 car garage, private well, shed, private dock, 12-ft.x24-ft. deck. Contact (204)821-5108 or (204)859-2560.

You always get what you want at: JUST MOVE IN: 1 Level, 1,958-sq.ft. Infloor heat, 2 bdrm, 2 full bath, sunrm/patio, LV/DR. Maple cabinets, Granite countertops, new appliances, Laundry Rm, Storage, Heated Garage, Landscaped, Many extras. This lovely Brand New home is in Treherne, MB Call (204)723-0666. READY TO MOVE HOMES: 28x44, 1,232-sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2 bath, beautiful decor, $68,000; 1,520-sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, choose your colors, $89,000. Marvin Homes Inc. Steinbach, MB. (204)355-8990 or (204)355-8484.

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35-BU. FEED BOX W/12V unload auger on tandem axles. Phone (204)655-3391.

10 MONTH OLD HAFLINGER FILLY, pure bred, ALTERNATIVE POWER BY SUNDOG SOLAR, DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 17 2/24/12 10:32 AM has had some halter training; Mare pure bred paportable/remote solar water pumping for winpered; Stallion pure bred, not papered. Call Ray at ter/summer. Call for pricing on solar systems, wind (204)422-8339. generators, aeration, powerflex fencing products. Carl Driedger, (204)556-2346 or (204)851-0145, SEMI RETIREMENT SALE: PAINT Gelding, apVirden. prox 16-HH, some professional training. Experienced rider. Shots, worming, Ferrier up to date, CASE IH BALER RBX562; BaleKing 3100 shred$1500; Older Arab Mare, 15.2-HH, 20+ years, good der; Fruehauf lead 25-ft/ pup 28-ft trailers w/haybody condition, retired trail horse, could still be sides; Hi-Qual squeeze/ palp cage; portable loading used. Needs to be with other quiet horse. Experichute; Lewis cattle oiler; calf shelters; portable enced rider, would make a good companion horse. windbreaks/boards; bale seeders; steel troughs; To A GOOD HOME ONLY. Shots, Ferrier, worming Fencers; Stock DR; Calf-puller; eartags. up to date. Teeth floated yearly, $1000. Phone:(204)564-2667. Phone:(204)263-5334. FOR SALE: 2 LARGE hog self feeders. Phone (204)835-2345, McCreary.

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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. 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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FULL BLOOD, RED & Black Simmental Bulls. Yearlings & 2-yr old. Semen tested & delivered. Triple T Diamond Simmentals. DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 11 Phone:(204)762-6156, Stewart Cell:(204)739-8301, Wade Cell:(204)739-3225.

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.



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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EXOTIC BIRD & ANIMAL AUCTION, Sun April 22, 2012. Skating Rink at Indian Head, SK. 11:00am. Spectators, all exotic birds & animals welcome. Lunch Available. To consign call Yvonne (306)347-1068. For info call Gord (306)695-2184. EXOTIC BIRD & ANIMAL Auction, Sun April 22 11:00 A.M. Indian Head Skating Rink, Phone 306-347 1068 Advertise your unwanted equipment in the Classifieds. Call our toll-free number and place your ad with our friendly staff, and don’t forget to ask about our prepayment bonus. Prepay for 3 weeks and get 2 weeks free! 1-800-782-0794.

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You always get what you want at: Somerset - 204-744-2883


ORGANIC PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF WANTED TO PURCHASE OLDER house or older MANITOBA CO-OPERATIVE (OPAM). Non-profit mobile home w/2x6 walls w/no land. Phone DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 2/24/12 10:32 AM member owned organic12certification body, certifying (204)728-5312. producers, processors and brokers since 1988. Phone: (204)567-3745, Miniota, Manitoba. Email:

LIVESTOCK Livestock Equipment

CONRAY CATTLE CO-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.

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LIVESTOCK Horses – Standardbred

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2-YR OLD & YEARLING purebred Simmental bulls. Also, yearling hybrids (blk. simm x black angus), sired by Final Answer & In Focus. Discounts for volume purchases. Contact Sunrise Simmentals, Evan Cuss at Spy Hill, SK. Home phone:(306)534-4700, cell phone (306)745-7431.

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

2 YEARLING SIMMENTAL RED Angus bulls. 2 yr old & 3 yr old Reg Red Angus bull. All bulls semen tested. Phone (204)727-6988.

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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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental

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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2 GOOD PERFORMANCE TESTED high-yielding LIVESTOCK shorthorns at Douglas Test Station Sale on April 7. Cattle Various BVD & IBR free. On farm, yearlings, 2yr-olds and herd bulls. Phone:(204)859-2088, Birchhill Shorthorns. 190 REPLACEMENT 150 DP2371_PPAC_Classified MB.indd 10QUALITY HEIFERS,2/24/12 10:32 AM blacks, 30 reds, 10 tans, full vaccination program. Phone:(204)385-3646, Gladstone. Cattle for sale - Shorthorn Quality yearling shorthorn

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.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle – 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;

LIVESTOCK Livestock Equipment

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. 2 calf creep feeders, 90-bushel; Bale King model #2010 processor, 40bu grain tank, 2 new hydraulic motors, new PTO shaft, knives like new; NH 358 mixmill, reconditioned. Phone: (204)427-3172, leave message. 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. 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.

ORGANIC BROWN FLAX 1800BU for sale 150bu organic brown cleaned flax seed, good germination. Ph(204)722-2023 McAuley

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 FOR SALE: BLUE HEELER puppies, born February 10, 2012. Parents are very friendly, smart & very clever dogs that are good w/cattle. Phone:(204)853-2080.

REAL ESTATE Cottages & Lots PELICAN LAKE Single Family Home 3 BR, 2 BA. Newer home on 75 x 100 ft. lot. Vaulted ceiling in LR, Kit, Din. OPEN HOUSE Sat. Apr 7. Email for directions: MLS#1202367; $249,900 (204)537-2270;


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

MUSICAL KORG PIANO $699; KEYBOARD 99.95; Electric Guitar $89.95; Amp $49.95; Student Guitar $79.95; Lapsteel $150; Violin $99.99; Octave Mandolin $299; Autoharp $299; Harmonica $12.98; Trumpet $189; Hildebrand Music, Portage La Prairie mall. Phone:(204)857-3172.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

REAL ESTATE Motels & Hotels

REAL ESTATE Farms & Ranches – Acreages/Hobby


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.

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

FOR SALE: ROUND BROM & alfalfa mix bales, excellent condition, also round wheat straw. Can deliver. Phone:(204)324-9300 or (204)324-7622. LARGE ROUND ALFALFA/BROME BALES. Phone: (204)859-2724 evenings, Rossburn MB.

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REAL ESTATE Land For Sale FARMLAND FOR SALE BY TENDER: The following land that is located in the RM of North-Norfolk is offered for sale by tender: NE 1/4 22-10-10W1 The vendor reserves the right to reject any or ALL bids. All offers are to be submitted accompanied by a cheque for 5% of the tendered amount. Checks accompanying unacceptable bids will not be cashed & will be returned. Tenders must be delivered before 4:00pm on Apr 21st, 2012. Successful tender will be notified within 5 days of tender closing date. Balance due on May 1st, 2012 possession date. TENDERS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO: DALE MACDONALD PO BOX 209 MACGREGOR, MB R0H 0R0.

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 machinery & equipment for operating the business is included. The inventory will be available at market cost. Tel: Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 Homelife Home Professional Realty Inc. FARM SPECIALIST: COUNT ON GRANT TWEED, informed, professional assistance for sellers & buyers. Call (204)761-6884 anytime, or Service with integrity. GOOD CATTLE FARM OF 1,733 deeded acs in the RM of Alonsa. Approx 600-acs in Alfalfa & 1,100-acs of pasture. There is an additional 22-acs of crown land avail. Cattle sheds, machine shop, corrals etc. Bungalow home. Tel: Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 or Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc.


NICE MIXED OF 950-acs of which 800-acs & FARM FILTER DEPOT can be cultivated. The land is all in a block. There are a number of excellent• Buy farm Batteries buildings & a metal • Buy Used Oil corral system. 11,000-bus grain storage. Farm yd • Collect Used Filters • Collect Oil Containers has underground electric wiring. The far house Western Manitoba though Southern older is inand excellent condition & has been upgraded to modern standards. Tel: Gordon GenTel: 204-248-2110 tles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753 HomeLife Home Professional Realty Inc. 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. 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.

THE FOLLOWING PRIVATE LAND is being offered for sale: W1/2 30-17-13W, N1/2 25-17-14W, E1/2 36-17-14W, SW1/4 36-17-14W : 925 cultivated acres, 2 houses, 2 sheds, steel bins. The following crown land: NW1/4 29-17-13W has been approved by Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Initiatives to the purchaser of the private land listed above as these lands are part of the ranch unit held by Bruce Aitken of Lansdowne Municipality. If you wish to purchase the private land & apply for the Unit Transfer, contact the Lessee Phone:(204)386-2430 or (204)848-2107 or Cell:(204)476-6500. If you wish to comment or object to this Unit Transfer, write Director, MAFRI, Agriculture Crown Lands, PO Box 1286, Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0 or e-mail

REAL ESTATE Land For Rent PASTURE LAND FOR RENT: up to 150 cow calf pairs. Seeded down grass, handling facilities. Phone (204)436-2571. WANTED: LAND TO RENT in the Landmark, Lorette or St. Anne areas. Phone:(204)346-2224. WANTED: LOOKING FOR CROPLAND in Argyle, Stonewall, Warren, Balmoral & surrounding area. Please call Deric (204)513-0332, leave msg.

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

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

PEDIGREED SEED PEDIGREED SEED Cereal – Wheat LESS FUSARIUM MORE BOTTOM LINE. Wheat seed available. Suitable for ethanol production, livestock feed. Western Feed Grain Development Coop Ltd. 1-877-250-1552

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

FOR SALE: CERTIFIED AC Domain wheat, certified Kane wheat. Dudgeon Seeds, Darlingford MB. Phone: (204)246-2357.

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. 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. 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.

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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. JEFFERIES SEED: Cert Triactor & Furlong Oats, quality & germination is excellent. Call for prices. Ron Jefferies (204)827-2102, Glenboro. PEDIGREED SEED: CARBERRY, GLENN, Barrie CWRS; Triactor, Summit Oats; RR Soybeans; Andrew Sapton Acres (204)771-0951, Hazelridge, MB.

SANDERS SEED FARM FDN, Reg. Cert. Domain Kane, Cert. Carberry, Harvest Wheat, Manitou, MB. Phone (204)242-4200 or (204)242-2576, Daniel Sanders. WHEAT CITY SEEDS LTD: AC Carberry, AC Kane, CDC Utmost VB & Glenn Wheat. Souris Oats, Newdale Barley. Pasteur CWGP. Canola, Forages & Soybeans. Seed treating. (204)727-3337, Brandon.


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

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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.

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ALFALFA SEED, CLEAN & bagged. Phone:(204)858-2482, Ron Bodin, or Robyn Bodin (204)858-2576.

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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.

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

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. Ronald Oats, Reg & Cert Sorrel Flax. Phone (204)274-2179, Bill’s cell (204)8711467, Barry’s cell (204)872-1851, Portage.


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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, NotreDame.

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RM OF SOUTH CYPRESS SE 1/4 6-7-16, 148.67-acs. Clay loam presently in pasture & hay, approx 140-ac could be cultivated, good fence & dugout, located on #18 Hwy. Contact Dave Mooney (204)824-2094 Countryland Realty.



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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.





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”

1-877-250-5252 SEED/FEED MISCELLANEOUS Hay & Straw 100 BALES MIXED HAY, $34/bale. Richard Zaretski (204)345-0146 or (204)268-5283 100 ROUND HAY bales for sale $25/bale. Also small square bales $2/bale Phone: (204)866-2844, leave message. Anola, MB. 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. 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. 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. 600 LARGE ROUND GRASS mix hay bales, no rain, good quality, 1700-lbs; 150 dry oat & wheat straw bales. Trucking arranged. Call (204)345-8532 900 SMALL SQUARE OAT Straw bales, under tarp, $2.50 per bale, take them all $2 per bale. Phone (204)866-3304 or cell (204)371-6541. FIRST & SECOND CUT hardcore round bales of Alfalfa/Grass mix. Feed tested & no rain. Phone: (204)836-2434, Swan Lake. FOR SALE: 150 5X6 soft-core bales of alfalfa, tim, & brome, $35 each. 250 other hay bales available, $20 & up. Phone:(204)643-5182.

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

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We are buyers of farm grains.

Box 144, Medora, MB. R0M 1K0 Ph: 204-665-2384


Also Buying Brown & Yellow Flax & Field Peas Farm Pickup Available CGC Licensed and Bonded Call Cal Vandaele the “Rye Guy” Today!

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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

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


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

A cheque for $5,000 must accompany the Tender as a down payment. Written tenders must be received by 12 noon on April 5, 2012. Down payment will be refunded it tender not accepted. Closing date for the sale shall be 30 days after the close of Tenders, by cash or approved loan proceeds. The buyer is responsible for 2012 taxes. Any loan advances paid after closing date are subject to payment of interest at loan rate during reasonable delay for registration of security.


NOW BUYING Confection and Oil Sunflowers, Brown & Yellow Flax and Red & White Millet


INVITATION TO TENDER Re: Estate of Anna Reimer & Katharina Wieler As solicitors for the executor of the above estate, we invite TENDERS for the purchase of approximately 13.58 acres described as follows: LOT 4 SS Plan 564 MLTO in SE 1/4 of 17-1-3 WPM

  • 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.”

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Vomitoxin Testing (+Other Toxins, Falling No.) Fast, Accurate Results Prepayment Req’d by Cheque or Credit Card

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

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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

FOR SALE: 2, 14.9X46 Goodyear Dyna torque radials w/rims. Rims have extended centres. Like new condition. Phone (204)745-3404, Carman.

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

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TRAILERS Trailers Miscellaneous 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

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CAREERS CAREERS Help Wanted 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. 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. SEASONAL FULL AND/OR P/T labourer required on grain farm 15-min S of Wpg. Must have valid license. Call (204)746-0275 for more details. 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

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ZEGHERS SEED INC. Full time Bookeeper/Administration Position available at Zeghers Seed Inc. Holland, Manitoba. Financial duties include: AP, AR, Payroll, Inventory control, GST, PST, Business tax preparation, foreign exchange, Farm Accounting. General office & administration duties: Reception, CGC HACCP controls & records, traceability. Employee Health Benefits and RRSP plans available. Work hours flexible. Salary dependant on experience. Submit resume with references to Zeghers Seed Inc. Box 426 Holland, MB R0G 0X0 Attention: Shawn

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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.


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Pace of innovation

“The pace of the science is truly astounding, and I think this is probably the most exciting time ever for agriculture, both because of the necessity of the increased demand that needs to be supplied and because of the ability now to create crop traits to help people live longer, healthier lives,” he said. To m a k e c a n o l a h e a l t h i e r, Dzisiak said Dow is working on adding the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to the seed. The long-chain fatty acid is the primary structure for the brain and eyes, and supports cognitive abilities. Today DHA is primarily found via algal fermentation and fish oil, which Dzisiak said is not appetizing or sustainable. Although this technology is likely a significant time away from coming to market, it was noted that without advancing technology and dropping prices, these innovations wouldn’t be possible at all. “What we’ve seen in increases in precision, increases in the density

Mark Kidnie of Monsanto (l to r), Lloyd McCall of Bayer CropScience and David Dzisiak of Dow AgroSciences speak during a genetics panel at the Canola Council of Canada’s Washington, D.C. convention. PHOTO: SHANNON VANRAES

of those things ... we’ve found at each and every step we are much more efficient,” said Lloyd McCall of Bayer CropScience.

Costs have decreased

He added the cost of genetic technology has also decreased as processes become more mechanized and less labour intense. Ten years ago a data point would cost about $4 to determine, now each genetic data point costs five or 10 cents, McCall said. Dzisiak also noted Dow is now using EXZ ACT Precision Technology, developed to allow the precise addition, editing, and deletion of genes in complex plant genomes. But because the technology uses native genes and does not import genetic material, the Dow representative said there may be

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regulatory benefits, allowing varieties developed this way to more quickly reach wider markets. Monsanto is also looking to the future, with eyes set on higher yields from more resistant varieties, in addition to Roundup Ready updates. “It’s all about the sustainability of the system,” said Monsanto representative Mark Kidnie. He added future canola varieties will stack resistance traits to avoid issues seen with the development of Roundup-resistant weeds, allowing a variety of herbicides to be used. “This is an approach we are taking across our Roundup Ready crops in terms of bringing multiple tolerance or resistance on top of each other,” he said. “It’s proactive.”

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he pace of canola seed innovation has increased dramatically over the last 10 years, but that doesn’t mean the industry can take a break or rest on its laurels. As canola production and consumption has increased over the last four or five years, the amount of soybean oil used worldwide has dropped by four billion pounds. And according to David Dzisiak of Dow AgroSciences — soybean producers want that market back. “So we would like to keep the innovation in canola moving forward to maintain our advantage,” said the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) director. “Because we still don’t have the scale and size that a crop like soybeans has.” Dzisiak made the remark during a panel discussion at CCC’s convention in Washington, D.C., which focused on issues of genetic innovation.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Organic hemp a money-maker Market for hemp food products charts stunning growth over past decade By Daniel Winters co-operator staff / Headingley


anitoba organic farmers could be reaping excellent returns from the “green buffalo,” according to the co-founder of the world’s largest vertically integrated hemp food-processing facility based in Winnipeg. Only five per cent of the 7,000 acres of organic hemp seed contracted each year by Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods and Oils comes from i t s h o m e p r ov i n c e , M i k e Fata said at a recent organic t ra de o p p o r t un ities w orkshop hosted by the Manitoba Organic Alliance. “The majority of it is being grown in Saskatchewan and Alberta,” said Fata. “There are huge opportunities for Manitoba farmers.” This year, the company is paying $1.15 per pound for organic hemp seed, and most growers average 700 to 1,000 pounds per acre. Input costs are “reasonable,” he added, with seeding rates of 20 to 25 pounds per acre. The latest hemp varieties grow to be four to five feet tall and can be harvested using regular combines with slight modifications to avoid problems with fibre wrapping. The crop likes nitrogen, so organic farmers are advised to use an alfalfa green manure crop in rotation. Hemp seed should be kept at around nine per cent moisture to avoid heating in the bin, so aeration systems may be necessary to protect the high-value crop. Hemp is called the green buffalo because every part has a use. Fata’s company sells dehulled, protein-rich hemp “hearts” (shelled hemp seed that is deemed a “superfood” by its proponents), hemp oil, protein powder, and a milksubstitute called “Hemp Bliss,” which has enjoyed sales growth of 50 to 100 per cent a year. Manitoba is also home to Hemp Oil Canada in Ste. Agathe. Despite the recession, Manitoba Harvest’s revenue surpassed $20 million last year, up from just $50,000 when the company was founded in 1998. Its 20,000-square-foot HACCP-certified plant was built in 2009 and the company has 1.5 million pounds of storage capacity on site and its own quality control lab, which runs 24/7. Further expansion is on the way, said Fata. It is also actively marketing hemp food products to mainstream consumers, and hands out more than one million free samples at consumer and trade shows each year. Fata said he understands the reluctance of some farmers to contract with hemp companies, given that a number of small companies “made big promises that weren’t kept” in the 13 years since the crop arrived on the Prairies. “We pay our bills — we take the grain when we say we’re going to take the grain,” said Fata. “We now have a good financial backing that allows us to put our schedule together for when we’re going to pull grain and pay at that time.”

“We pay our bills. We take the grain when we say we’re going to take the grain.” Mike Fata

Because of its close resemblance to marijuana, the crop is still under the super vision and regulation of Health Canada. However, rules have been relaxed since it was first legalized in 1997 and now per mission to grow hemp involves little more than a one-page application and a background check — a process that takes three to four weeks for approval. Some varieties are exempt from THC testing, said Fata.

Mike Fata, co-founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seed and Oils, gives a presentation on the Winnipeg-based company’s success in marketing hemp food products.  photo: Daniel Winters






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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Better times ahead for organic farmers held on through downturn Despite recession, the U.S. and Germany still see strong demand for organic food products By Daniel Winters co-operator staff / headingley

“The irony that we’re seeing right now in the marketplace is a serious, serious supply crunch with major bottlenecking starting to happen with the traders. Prices are starting to go up in organics.”


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he recession has taken its toll on Canada’s certified organic sector, but the worst may already be over. The number of Canadian certified organic farms peaked at 3,914 in 2009. Then the recession hit and that number fell 4.5 per cent nationwide, with a 16 per cent plunge in Saskatchewan, once home to the largest number of organic farmers. Manitoba dropped five per cent, and Alberta 11 per cent. High conventional com modity prices may have lured some farmers to drop their certification, said Matthew Holmes, executive director of the Canadian Organic Trade Association. But for those who opted to stay organic, better times may be on the way, he said.

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“The irony that we’re seeing right now in the marketplace is a serious, serious supply crunch with major bottlenecking start-

ing to happen with the traders,” Holmes said at a recent international trade workshop hosted by the Manitoba Organic Alliance.

“Prices are starting to go up in organics.” Anecdotal reports suggest there’s a continued exodus from organic farming on both sides of the border, and Holmes said the sector must find ways to convince farmers to take a longerterm view. Despite three years of high unemployment and economic turmoil brought on by the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008, the U.S. market for organic food is


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still the world’s largest at $29 billion per year, said Massachusettsbased organic markets consultant Katherine Dimatteo. The sharp growth in sales of organic products, 15 per cent in 2008 alone, slipped to just two per cent in 2009 but was up another nine per cent in 2010 — a recovery that outpaced overall markets in the country. Sales of organic food account for just four per cent of the total market, but grew eight per cent in 2010 — far above the 0.6 per cent increase in conventional food sales that year. “We’re a very strong market in the United States,” said Dimatteo. “We are also a net importer because we are not keeping up with demand.” Despite the recession, the fortunes of some organic marketers have soared. Organic Valley, a farmer-owned co-operative, raked in $750 million in sales in 2011, and Hain Celestial Group, with over 30 brands, clocked 23 per cent revenue growth over the previous year. Four out of 10 American shoppers say they are buying more organic food, but the 23 per cent who say they never buy organic has stayed the same. Among those who say they always buy organic, there has been a shift away from “corporate” organic towards supporting farmers directly by buying more local and artisan foods, said Dimatteo. In Germany, the market for organic food is worth $9 billion per year, making it the world’s second largest, said Anne-Sophie Hottiaux, Canada’s agri-food commissioner in Dusseldorf, who appeared by audio link. In the country where discount shopping behemoth Wal-Mart failed spectacularly a few years ago, a rash of food safety scandals have sparked greater suspicions about industrial food production, and GMO products have never been accepted by consumers. The German economy has also suffered from the recession and ensuing European financial crisis, but the market for organics continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace, she said. Germans spend about 70 euros per capita on organic food per year, and 46 per cent cite health concerns as their reason for shopping organic. In Germany, about 7.3 per cent of all farms, or 22,000 in total, are organically certified, but high domestic demand means the country must import supplies from Italy, Romania, Russia and Kazakhstan. Canada is viewed favourably there, she added, but a “maple syrup syndrome” means that most Germans have a low awareness of Canadian valueadded products.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Market access to China key to expanding Canadian canola exports Tariff issues push blackleg concerns aside as Canada works to negotiate better access to China’s growing market By Shannon VanRaes CO-OPERATOR STAFF \ WASHINGTON, D.C.


f you’re thinking of heading into the canola markets, it might be time to brush up on your Mandarin and Cantonese. China and its growing economic influence featured prominently during discussion on growing export markets at the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) convention in the American capital, largely because it is expected to feature prominently in future agricultural exports. “There is certainly strong demand from China, and strong growth in their demand for the products we produce, the oil, the meal and for the seeds,” said Patrick Van Osch. The Richardson Oilseed Ltd. executive and CCC chairman, said although there have been issues exporting seed to China following blackleg concerns raised in 2009, he is concentrating on the industry’s long-term relationship with China. He also noted that when seed exports where stymied by Chinese quarantine policies, the export of canola oil and canola meal to the Asian nation increased dramatically. “I think the market is going to be there. Yes, there is going to be some challenges that come up from time to time over the years, but in the end, the demand is growing,” Van Osch said. Beijing-based Ruojun Wang agreed, explaining China cannot increase its domestic production of rapeseed. “Generally speaking it is the amount of arable land that limits Chinese production,” said the CCC consultant and professor at China Agricultural University. “Because we have such a large population, the land is relatively limited.” About 95 per cent of Chinese rapeseed is grown along the Yangtze River, while the remainder is grown in the country’s northern provinces. However, outside of the areas where it is grown, rapeseed oil and meal is not commonly used in China, Wang said. But along with the CCC, he is working to introduce canola meal into farms as a high-quality feed, through workshops and seminars.

“In China, it works best to show people how it works, otherwise they say ‘when we see it, then we will believe it,’” Wang said. Changes to Chinese diets may also increase demand for canola meal as a means of raising protein. The professor said as China’s population grows along with people’s income, more Chinese are looking to animalbased protein. “This also generates good competition with soy, it gives an opportunity to bargain — you can’t put all your eggs in one bucket,” said Wang. But Canadian exporters say more still needs to be done to deal with issues of market access in China, including the levelling or elimination of trade tariffs. Currently, canola is subject to a nine per cent tariff while soy is subject to a three per cent tariff. “Our goal is to eliminate tariffs in the markets we serve,” said Jim Everson, vice-president of corporate affairs for the CCC. “Our second goal is to eliminate the differentials in trade tariffs between canola and the products we compete with.” Wang said it is canola processors in China that pay the tariff, but that the cost eventually trickles down to producers. “It would be calculated into the price the importer or crusher pays for the seed or product... so in some way the tariff differential is coming out of the farmer’s pocket,” he said. Everson said the current federal government has been promoting a level playing field for canola as it works on international trade agreements. He noted Prime Minister Harper visited China in February, along with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Building, maintaining and growing global market access is critical to all of us,” said Everson. “And canola is the largest agricultural product shipped to China by a country mile.” But Van Osch cautions against overlooking other trade partners in the wake of China’s rising economic status. “There is certainly a lot of talk about China, and certainly it has been a game changer over the last 10 years,” said Van Osch. “But when you look at our canola

Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer (c) speaks to members of the canola industry during the Canola Council of Canada’s Washington, D.C. convention earlier this month.  Photos: Shannon VanRaes

“In China, it works best to show people how it works, otherwise they say ‘when we see it, then we will believe it.’” Ruojun Wang

Patrick Van Osch, Richardson Oilseed Ltd. executive and chairman of the Canola Council of Canada, speaks at the council’s Washington, D.C. convention.

industry as a whole, we should not forget there has been significant growth in the U.S. market as well.” Canada exports 85 per cent of the canola it produces to about 55 different markets. Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Gary Doer, emphasized the importance of the trade relationship between the two countries during the convention.

“Agriculture, canola being part of that of course, is a $38-billion two-way trading relationship between Canada and the United States,” he said. “And of that, about $3 billion is represented by canola.” But Doer also noted the Canadian government is working on securing greater access to Chinese markets, along with other Asia-Pacific countries.

As Canada and China work out greater access in the wake of blackleg, and new trade partners emerge, some also question the sustainability of continuing to increase canola production domestically in an effort to capture export markets. “As producers, I think we are already pushing the envelope,” said Wilfred Harder, secretary for the Manitoba Canola Growers Association. He added there is also concern the canola industry may be giving up some of its ability to control Canadian production in exchange for market access. “What is the trade-off here?” Harder asked. Everson responded and said although those are valid concerns, trade issues are decided at the government level through active debate and parliamentary process.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

GMO proliferation an existential threat to organic farmers Biotech expansion is sparking petitions, consumer backlash south of the border By Daniel Winters co-operator staff / Headingley


ourcing organic alfalfa seed has become more complicated since the commercial release of genetically modified alfalfa in the U.S., the executive director of the Canadian Organic Trade Association says. Although it is not yet grown commercially in Canada, the herbicide-tolerant forage crop was given a green light by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2005 and may already be present in trace amounts in the Canadian market, Matthew Holmes told a recent international trade workshop hosted by the Manitoba Organic Alliance. “It could also be in our common seed right now,” he said. “It’s legal in Canada, technically speaking. It could be registered any day and be out there in the marketplace.” Because rules governing “adventitious presence” don’t require shipments containing tiny amounts to be shipped back, organic growers should use caution when buying alfalfa seed for use in their crop rotations, and only source registered varieties or common seed from trusted, reliable sources, said Holmes. Donna Youngdahl, an organic specialist with the Canadian Wheat Board who sits on the

Organic Value Chain Round Table, said a national strategy is needed to help the organic sector survive as use of GMO crops proliferates. A study commissioned three years ago on the potential impact of GM contamination on the organic sector is currently under review by stakeholders. The 70-page draft report lists 10 recommendations, ranging from a mechanism to share responsibility for losses due to contamination, the setting up of GMO-free zones, contamination thresholds, a liability scheme, and systematic testing for organic crops. Other possible solutions listed in the document include compulsory best practices rules for both organic and GM growers, large buffer zones and testing protocols for organic seed growers, and a review of GM food labelling regulations. “There is also a recommendation that the federal government should consider the economic impact, not just the environmental and health impact when deciding to allow commercialization of GM varieties,” said Youngdahl. Holmes said that the growing number of GM crops moving from labs to fields appears to have sparked a public backlash. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received

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almost a million letters calling for mandatory labelling of GM products, making the target of the “Just Label It” campaign the “single largest public response to an issue” in the country’s history. “This is an issue that is not going away,” said Holmes. Youngdahl said that 55 members of the U.S. Congress have thrown their weight behind the campaign. Also, a ballot initiative underway in California is seeking to make GMO food labels mandatory in the state. “This is a new wave of action and it’s quite exciting to see a build-up of energy on this topic there,” she said. But north of the border,

Ottawa is looking at allowing low-level presence (LLP) — or one in 10,000 seeds — of nonapproved GM crops in shipments to Canada. The move comes in the wake of the Triffid flax debacle, which led to Europe slamming the door on imports from Canada. “The thinking is that if they had LLP on imports, then they could shame other countries into having the same policy,” said Holmes, adding that it seems to be a “major” push on the part of the federal government. A major setback for anti-GM activists came earlier this month when a U.S. district judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Public Patent Foundation and 83 plaintiffs including 36 farm organizations that targeted Monsanto’s record of suing farmers for patent infringement. The group is drumming up support for a “risky” appeal, but if that bid loses, Monsanto could sue the plaintiffs to recover its legal costs. “So far, MOA hasn’t gone out on a limb on that one,” said

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Youngdahl. “I don’t know anyone who wants to lose their farm fighting with Monsanto on this issue.” Pa u l G re g o r y, ow n e r o f Interlake Forage Seeds in Fisher Branch, said that the risk of unleashing a herbicide-tolerant perennial that cross-pollinates with common alfalfa varieties dwarfs the potential benefits. “It’s a Pandora’s box,” he said. His contacts south of the border say that uptake of Roundup Ready Alfalfa has been slow, mainly because the seed costs about $5.50 per pound, compared to $2.50 for non-GM varieties. Even conventional farmers are skeptical of the need for yet another RR crop that would result in more glyphosate use, now that herbicide-tolerant weeds are popping up. He added that new research about potential health risks from glyphosate is raising doubts about the chemical that was once touted “as safe as water.”


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Drivers need warning: KAP Farmers behind wheel see an “accident waiting to happen” By Lorraine Stevenson

“Basically people are not slowing down. I don’t want to be injured and I don’t want anyone else to be either.”

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mpatient drivers on Manitoba highways are giving members of Keystone Agricultural Producers the willies. After several close calls, members of Manitoba’s main general farm group have called on Manitoba Public Insurance and the provincial Highways Department to do more to warn drivers of the risks of travelling too close and too fast past slow-moving farm equipment. Deloraine-area farmer Brian Van Mackelberg has seen cars rush up behind his combine or seeder then swer ve and pass with inches to spare. What those drivers don’t understand is that the driver of this large farm equipment can neither speed up nor pull closer to the side of the road, said Van Mackelberg. He’s also

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Drivers need warning to take precautions when passing large farm equipment and wide loads on highways.

witnessed drivers race past while approaching a bridge so they won’t have to follow behind at his slower pace. It’s hair raising and an accident waiting to happen, said Van Mackelberg. “Basically people are not

slowing down. I don’t want to be injured and I don’t want anyone else to be either.” Drivers can also be rude. He’s been flipped the finger on occasion. Chuck Fossay, chair of KAP’s t ra n s p o r t a t i o n c o m m i t t e e

s a i d m o re f re q u e n t w a r n ings at the onset and during peak farm season might help remind drivers they need to pass with caution, and to realize farm equipment is slower moving and wider than they may realize.


Preserving Midge Tolerance Proper stewardship ensures future generations can benefit too.

non-virulent midge (i.e. those not resistant to the Sm1gene) survive, preventing a build-up of the resistant midge population.

Manitoba wheat growers are playing an important role in preserving the sustainability of midge tolerance technology that is growing in popularity across the province. “My customers are asking for midge tolerant wheat varieties. There is more interest in them now and I think that will continue to grow,” says Mark Keating, a seed grower and farmer from Russell, Manitoba. “I suspect we are losing at least five percent to wheat midge every year – even under light pressure. I think that the yield difference is too great to ignore.” Midge tolerant varieties provide built-in protection against midge pests, reducing the need for insecticides as well as fuel use due to fewer insecticide applications. Growers also benefit from a high-quality and high-yielding crop. While this new technology is very effective, it requires proper stewardship in order to keep it viable for future generations. The midge tolerance originates from a single gene (Sm1) that was moved into spring wheat varieties using traditional plant breeding techniques. To date, there is no other known source of midge tolerance. “We need to protect Sm1 so that it will be available for future generations of wheat growers,” says Ian Wise, a biologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Cereal Research Centre.

“We are confident that by using the refuge, we can prolong the lifespan of this particular resistant gene to the point where it would provide effective efficacy against the wheat midge for many decades,” says Wise.

Outstanding agronomics According to Wise, Manitoba is usually on the “fringe” in terms of heavy midge pressure, but the devastating insect pest can increase in numbers fairly quickly under the right conditions. “Right now there is a lot of interest on the part of growers because of the superior agronomics of the varietal blends,” he says. “The most recent information from the grain industry shows that four out of the five top-yielding cultivars are wheat midge resistant. From that standpoint, growers are in a good predicament because it doesn’t matter which one they select, they know it will have superior agronomics. It is just a matter of picking the one that has the best agronomics for their area.” Eric Pateman, based out of McAuley, Manitoba experienced agronomic benefits in his first midge tolerant wheat crop in 2011. “I was really happy with AC® Goodeve VB. It matured three or four days earlier in our side-by-side comparison with AC® Kane. Yields were very similar, but it was easier to thrash.Yield-wise, harvestability and height – it was perfect.”

Environmental benefits

Interspersed refuge Special measures have been introduced to preserve this technology in the form of an interspersed refuge. In this system, varieties containing the Sm1 gene are blended with 10 percent midge susceptible varieties to form a varietal blend (VB) prior to seed sale. This creates a refuge to ensure that some

Keating also points to environmental benefits of using the technology. “There is certainly less damage to non-target pests with the midge tolerance gene when you compare it to the insecticides that are traditionally used to control midge,” he says. “Thirty percent of my wheat crop in 2011 was midge tolerant. In 2012, I plan to increase it to 70 percent.”

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Ads on stations such as CTV and KAP’s own PSA safety message aired by Golden West Radio do try to warn drivers of this, Fossay said. But the reach of this message needs to be wider. “I personally would like to see a much larger audience, and have other TV stations carry these PSAs, and more radio stations as well.” Fossay said he’s had his own share of close calls when he’s had to take a combine out on the Trans-Canada. Semis and passenger vehicles pass at top speed with only two or three feet clearance, he said. “If you happened to swing onto the highway, because you’re driving around a signp o s t o r s o m e t h i n g , t h e re could quite easily be an accident,” he said. KAP passed a resolution at its annual meeting in January asking that Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation and Manitoba Infrastructure and Transpor tation implement a slow-moving agricultural equipment awareness and safety campaign.


Europe condemns Russian ban on livestock imports brussels / reuters A Russian ban on importing livestock from the European Union is raising major questions over Moscow’s commitment to global trade rules. Last month Russia announced a ban on imports of live animals from several EU countries affected by the Schmallenberg virus, which has infected sheep, goats and cattle in eight European countries. Russia’s ban has now been extended to the whole EU and includes imports of live pigs, which are not affected by the virus. The EU is demanding an immediate lifting of the restrictions by Russia, its biggest market for live animal exports, saying it is “sending a very negative signal to its international trade partners.” Canada has asked for more information from the EU about the virus, but only Russia and Egypt have imposed import restrictions to date.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Ag issues bog down European trade talks

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Meeting the needs of export oriented commodities without compromising the supply managed sector is an ongoing challenge for negotiators By Alex Binkley co-operator contributor / ottawa


griculture and food issues remain a stumb l i n g b l o c k f o r f re e trade talks between Canada and Europe, according the Commons trade committee. Export-oriented agri-food industries are keen to gain access to Europe’s 500 million consumers, but tariffs protecting supply management, genetically engineered crops, and rules of origin are among the most sensitive issues in t h e t a l k s , a c c o rd i n g t o a committee report based on months of hearings. However, g ov e r n m e n t p r o c u r e m e n t rules and intellectual property protection will likely make or break the deal in the end, the report predicts. Pork and beef groups are pushing for duty-free access t o E u r o p e. T h e C a n a d i a n Cattlemen’s Association says the protocol for demonstrating Canadian beef conf o r m s w i t h t h e Eu r o p e a n re q u i re m e n t s a nd “should be the same as that used

for American breeders who export their beef to the E.U. market,” while Canadian Pork International is requesting a tariff exclusion and special tariff rate quota for Canadian pork along with simplified administrative procedures. Grain and oilseed groups a re re q u e s t i n g s i m p l i f i e d certification procedures for Canadian grains with a “reasonable” threshold level for genetically modified grain in shipments. Meanwhile, Europe’s agrifood sector wants improved access for its cheeses and a reduction in tariffs protecting the Canadian dairy sector, the report said. Both the NDP and Liberals submitted dissenting reports, which included calls to ensure that supply management isn’t watered down through i n c re a s e d a c c e s s o r l owe r tariffs. The NDP accused the gover nment of tr ying to r ush through a trade deal before Canadians became aware of the many ways it could damage the country.

University of Manitoba graduate student Kristen Podolsky has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E). Podolsky’s project entitled, “Comparing reduced tillage implements for termination of cover crops,” will investigate novel implements (noble blade, blade roller and flail mower) for use in terminating green manure cover crops and for weed control in organic crop production systems with the goal of reducing tillage. She will be evaluating the effects of green manure cover crop termination method on spring surface residue, weed density, soil nitrogen, soil microclimate and subsequent crop yield. OCIA Research & Education is a charitable organization, created in 2003, by certified organic members of OCIA International, a global leader in organic certification.   supplied photo

Growing De-registered Varieties Could Cost You $400,000! if you signed this mandatory Declaration of eligibility affidavit at the elevator, you made a legal assertion that your canola is registered. if it isn’t, you can be held liable for the costs associated with contamination of a bin or shipment – up to $400,000. in a business where the presence of de-registered varieties can make or break a multi-million dollar deal, you can be sure that the companies you sell to are actively checking and tracing all deliveries. So don’t make the mistake of growing de-registered varieties. it can cost you more than you think.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

Hedging strategies if you’re selling in the U.S. An example of protecting against currency moves with a combination of calls and puts By David Derwin UNION SECURITIES


f you sell product to the U.S., as many Canadian businesses do and want to protect yourself, you are probably asking what to do if the loonie is worth more than a U.S. greenback, which it has been again recently. With many risk-management tools available today, what is the best strategy for you in your situation? Forward contracts are simple, but are they the most effective tool? It depends on whether now is a good time to lock in prices. With forwards, since you lock in at a fixed price without the potential for gain, there can be a lot of opportunity cost and you can leave a lot of money on the table. There are other potentially more profitable risk-adjusted option strategies to consider instead of, or in addition to, just forwards. Provided is an example of a riskmanagement profile we implemented for a client showing why options can often offer a better risk-reward ratio than using only forwards.


Last year at this time, we helped a client who needed to manage his Canadian dollar risk. To better understand their situation, we have included some of the criteria used to determine our best strategy for their needs: • The client had sold grain in U.S. dollars with payment expected late summer/early fall. • Given the C$ had moved higher from 1.00 par to 1.045 from March 2011 to April 2011, we wanted to leave some room in the event the C$ pulled back from its recent strong run but still have protection against a move higher. • At the same time, the client was less concerned about the C$ going much above 1.10 U.S.

• Also, the client would be happy locking in C$ at a much lower level of 1.02. • We wanted to structure the hedge so there would be little net cost to the client.


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Option strategies work best considering all these conditions combined. In early April, with the C$/U.S. exchange rate at 1.0450, we recommended the following to hedge a US$800,000 payment expected in the summer/fall of 2011: • Buy eight September 1.0500 calls for $16,400 for premium paid including commission and fees as protection against a stronger C$. • Sell eight September 1.1000 calls for $3,200 for premium received including commission and fees to offset some of the cost of buying the 1.05 calls since the client was not too concerned about C$ moving above 1.10. • Sell eight September 1.0200 puts for $11,400 for premium received including commission and fees to offset some of the cost of buying the 1.05 calls since the client would be happy to convert his US$ into C$ at 1.02. • Therefore, it cost $1,800 to implement this $800,000 hedge until September. In summary, this strategy provided protection from 1.05 all the way up to 1.10, with the opportunity to convert at a better rate if C$ dropped back to 1.02, all at little cost to the client.


So, how did this strategy unfold? As you can see from the chart, the C$ moved sideways to lower in favour of the client. Based on US$800,000, the net benefit of the strategy was $17,320. The main gains came from having the flexibility of an option strategy to convert US$ into a weaker C$ at 1.02

rather than locking in the US$/C$ up at 1.045. Here’s how the approximate numbers worked: • The cash currency gain from converting cash U.$ to C$ was of $32,720 since the C$/US$ spot rate fell from 1.0450 at the beginning of hedge to 1.0041 at end of hedge. • The option hedge offset was $15,400, representing the difference between the put sold at 1.02 and the spot rate of 1.0041 as well as all option costs, commission and fees. • The net gain from hedging with options versus just locking in a forward was therefore $17,320, assuming the client exchanged the cash the same day the hedge was lifted. This is just one example and it won’t necessarily work this cleanly every time. For instance, if the C$ had moved dramatically

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Indonesian consumers shun rice in favour of noodles JAKARTA / REUTERS / Rising incomes are prompting Asian consumers to switch to noodles and away from rice. It’s expected wheat demand in Indonesia, already Asia’s top wheat importer, will rise by at least five per cent a year over the next decade. The country imported six millions tonnes of wheat and flour last year. “The No. 1 (reason) is price — cheaper than rice,” said Franciscus Welirang, chairman of the Indonesian Wheat Flour Mills Association. Australia accounts for two-thirds of the country’s wheat imports, with Canada and the U.S. supplying 30 per cent of the rest. “To date, Australia is still the cheapest wheat,” Welirang said. “It’s not easy for you just to sell wheat from any other country, unless they make a bilateral agreement.”

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ABU DHABI / REUTERS / The United Arab Emirates has enough basic foods to last the import-dependent country for three months. The UAE has built up stocks of wheat, rice, sugar, edible oils, beans, milk powder and animal feed because of its reliance on imports to meet 86 per cent of its food needs. Iran has threatened to block the narrow Strait of Hormuz, through which most food and other goods consumed in the Gulf move. In the longer term, the government hopes to raise self-sufficiency in vegetables to 40 per cent of consumption by 2013 — focusing on potatoes, tomatoes, squash and sweet corn, which require less watering in a region where fresh water is scarce. Abu Dhabi offers farmers grants of up to $30,000 a year if they do not grow water-intensive crops.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

The cross with ancient species is considered a first


The new wheat could help address food shortages By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG / REUTERS


cientists in Australia have crossed a popular, commercial variety of wheat with an ancient species, producing a hardy, high-yielding plant that is tolerant of salty soil. The researchers, who published their work March 1 2 i n t h e j o u r n a l Na t u re Biotechnology, hope the new strain will help address food shortages in arid and semiar id places where far mers struggle with high salinity in the soil. “This is the first time that... a genetic variation that has been lost in plants through domestication has been reclaimed from a wild relative and put back into the plant,” said lead researcher Matthew Gilliham of the University o f A d e l a i d e’s S c h o o l o f Agriculture. The researchers used a gene believed to be responsible for controlling the salt content in plants and that was isolated more than 10 years ago from an ancient wheat variety. The gene makes a protein that is present in the roots of wheat and it helps block salt from travelling up the plant, Gilliham said in a telephone interview. Salt lowers yields and eventually kills the plant. “When plants grow in salty conditions, the enzymes in the plants don’t work very well anymore,” Gilliham said. “We crossed the gene into modern, commercially grown wheat. It confers salinity tolerance by withdrawing the salts from the xylem, retaining them in the roots and stopping them getting up the shoots where the salt damages the plant and stops it from photosynthesizing,” he explained. The researchers grew the new, improved wheat variety in soil with high salt content and found that it produced yields up to 25 per cent more than strains without the ancient gene. “Pe o p l e w i l l s e e h ow i t works... maybe in five years it will benefit other varieties of wheat,” Gilliham said. He said far mers in subSaharan Africa, Australia, the United States and Russia may also benefit from the modified wheat.

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Food panel releases first study results Four thousand Manitobans weigh in with their views on food and health By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff


ating out appears to be a once-a-week occasion for most Manitobans. We have strong views about local food but differing definitions of what “local” means. Most of us have never eaten buckwheat, hemp or flax-based foods. And while a little over 40 per cent of Manitobans buy organic food, an equal number don’t think organic is worth its higher price. Those are just a few of the diverse findings gleaned from research now underway at the University of Manitoba asking 4,000 Manitobans about their opinions, preferences and experiences related to food and health. The first three of what will be a series of summary reports were recently released by the Manitoba Consumer Monitor Food Panel. The long-term study began in February 2011 with online surveys of registered panelists from across the province, and is designed to help government, producers, processors and food product makers develop programs, policies and food products, said project co-ordinator Jocelyne Gaudet, a home economist. “This is a focus on what consumers need and want,” she said. “Our hope is that the data will be used to foster a stronger healthier Manitoba.” The study, the first of its kind in the province, will also examine the impact of events such as outbreaks of food borne illness or new research findings on food, and analyze regional differences and consumer sub-groups.

The newly released summary reports include a survey asking general questions about food choices and health, one that delves into concerns related to food safety, and another inquiring about food choices around local and organic foods. Results of a fourth survey examining attitudes to functional food products such as probiotics and plant sterols are forthcoming. Upcoming surveys will ask about people’s access to food, c o o k i n g a b i l i t i e s, s o d i u m consumption, nutrition and health topics, and body image perceptions. All were designed in consultation with researchers and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives staff, but “in the future we will start to ask commodity groups and other organizations as to what would interest them,” said Gaudet. About three-quarters of survey respondents are over 45 years of age and female, with 50 per cent born from 1946 to 1965, and there’s an equal split between urban and rural residents. Researchers would like to expand that age range, and target both a younger audience and more men. “We are continuously recruiting,” Gaudet said. Participants, who must be 18 years old and Manitoba residents, are sent an online survey every other month. Everyone who completes a survey is entered into a draw for grocerystore gift cards valued over $5,000 per survey. Panelists can request to do written surveys if they prefer. The food panel is a Faculty of Human Ecology project funded by Growing Forward. That funding will last until March 2013,

A longitudinal study at University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Human Ecology is exploring Manitobans’ perceptions, opinions and experiences with food.  photo: thinkstock

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orld maize production should climb in 2012-13 but is likely to remain below consumption as demand for meat boosts feed use, International Grains Council senior economist Amy Reynolds said March 14. Reynolds, in a presentation at the Agra Europe outlook conference, put the 2012-13 global maize crop at 880 million tonnes, up from 864 million in the prior season. Global consumption was seen rising to 884 million from 871 million with the increase driven mainly by higher feed use of 502 million, up from the prior season’s 490 million. “Rising demand for meat, especially in parts of Asia, Latin America and Africa, will help to drive increased use of feed,” Reynolds said. Reynolds said the figures for maize were provisional and would be firmed up in the monthly report due out later this month. The IGC produced its first 2012-13 supply-demand balance for wheat in last month’s report.

“On the basis of these provisional figures the outlook for maize is certainly less comfortable than for wheat,” she said.

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Reynolds said she expected global maize plantings to rise by around one per cent, driven by increased area in both the United States and Ukraine. “Any increase in (maize) supply will be absorbed by greater use,” she said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, at its Outlook conference last month, projected that U.S. farmers would plant 94 million acres of maize (corn) this spring, the largest area since the Second World War and up from 91.9 million last year. But its more authoritative forecast, the annual prospective plantings report that is based on farmer surveys, will be released on March 30. Reynolds said the 2012-13 global wheat crop was seen falling by about 15 million tonnes to 680 million tonnes but total supply is to remain around the previous season’s levels, boosted by higher opening stocks.


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

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onsanto Canada has released details regarding the 2012 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program. The program offers graduating grade 12 high school students from farm families the opportunity to capture a $1,500 entrance scholarship to help fund their post-secondary education in agriculture or an agriculturerelated field of study. Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarships are available to eligible students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture at a recognized Canadian educational institution. “We want to support and encourage kids from farm families to pursue studies in agriculture and fund projects or initiatives that help strengthen their communities and their lives,” said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria: • Students must come from a family farm with confirmed plans to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture or an agriculturerelated program; • Students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a keen interest and involvement in their rural community; • Students must submit a completed application form, which includes an essay that outlines what area of agriculture they would like to work in and why; • All completed application forms must be post-marked no later than May 25, 2012. Scholarship application forms and posters in both French and English are in the process of being distributed to high schools, 4-H clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies. Application forms and complete program details are also available from Monsanto’s CustomCare line at 1-800-667-4944 or they can be accessed online at www. All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and winning entries will be announced in September 2012. Last year, 51 rural students from across the country received scholarships to pursue their educational goals. In 2012, The Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program hopes to provide up to 60 scholarships to deserving students. Now entering its 22nd year, the company’s scholarship program has awarded well over $1 million to thousands of deserving students since the program’s inception in 1991. More information is available at

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Canada’s Harper says Viterra bid not “primarily” foreign


Harper notes many assets will stay in Canadian hands reuters / Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said March 25 that the structure of Glencore’s $6.1-billion deal to buy No. 1 Canadian grain handler Viterra means it should not necessarily be seen as a full foreign takeover. Harper’s comments come as the Canadian government and regulators begin reviewing the offer by Swiss-based Glencore, already the world’s No. 1 commodities trader. Glencore plans to acquire Viterra and then sell off some parts to Canada’s Richardson International and Agrium. “My understanding of the deal is that many of the assets will actually remain in Canadian hands, so I’m not sure it really would be categorized at this point as primarily a foreign investment,” he told reporters during his official visit to Japan, according to a transcript provided by his office. “I think the most important thing is that it does show with the reforms we’re making to the grain sector how much interest there is now in the expansion of the grain sector and the agricultural sector in Canada, and I think that’s a tremendously good thing.” In 2010, Ottawa blocked a hostile bid by AngloAmerican miner BHP Billiton for Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp, the world’s largest fertilizer maker, stirring concern about whether the government will allow Viterra to fall under foreign control. But analysts have said structuring the deal to sell the majority of Viterra’s Canadian assets and some others to closely held Richardson and

“It does show with the reforms we’re making to the grain sector how much interest there is now in the expansion of the grain sector and the agricultural sector in Canada, and I think that’s a tremendously good thing.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Agrium for roughly $2.6 billion in cash should allay concerns that Ottawa could block it on national sovereignty or competition grounds. The Glencore-Viterra deal comes after the pro-markets Conservative government led by Harper ended a longrunning monopoly by the Canadian Wheat Board on marketing western Canadian wheat and barley. Separately, Harper and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced the launch of negotiations towards a free trade agreement. The Canadian government said in statement that a deal could mean gains of up to C$3.8 billion a year in Canadian gross domestic product. The negotiations will likely be fiercely opposed by the Canadian Auto Workers’ union, which represents workers at the Canadian units of General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler.

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MRAC moves forward with new strategic plan Rural adaptation council plans ahead By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff /portage la prairie


n expanded mandate, a new agricultural foundation, and possibly a name change are some of the changes in the works for the Manitoba Ru ra l Ad a p t a t i o n Co u n c i l (MRAC) as it implements a new strategic plan. About 60 in attendance at last week’s annual general meeting heard details on how MRAC plans to significantly rebrand and reposition itself. The council was formed in 1995 to help farm families and rural communities innovate and adapt to a changing operating environment, with part of its mandate being to administer Manitoba’s portion ($9.5 million) of federal Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program funding. But as agriculture is increasingly called on to be a “solution provider” for pressing issues in areas such as health and the environment, MRAC’s board sees the need to “stretch its wings,” said Ted Eastley, MRAC executive director. A new annual operating plan should be finalized by April and the council board has already signed off on a new strategic plan and made several bylaw change s, East le y told the meeting.

Expanded focus

A substantive change ahead includes expanding their focus beyond a single portfolio delivery agent, and beginning to attract, administer and manage innovation in areas outside agriculture such as health. MRAC is well positioned to support a broader range of adaptation and innovation initiatives, Eastley said. But for that additional innovation dollars are needed, which may be found within other sectors such as health. “We’re going to start knocking on doors trying to expand the number of portfolios we’re dealing with.” They also want to try to expand the range of services

“MRAC will play an increasingly larger role improving the lives of all rural Manitobans by questioning the status quo and pushing boundaries.” Terry Fehr

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MRAC offers, including offer more support for projects moving toward commercialization. “One of the restricting things is we fund up to the commercialization stage,” Eastley said. “There’s no shortage of innovative ideas. But where do you go to for funding to get to the next stage? That’s where there’s a great shortfall.” The creation of an agricultural foundation for Manitoba is also on the drawing board. There are numerous foundations in the province, but not one for making large investments towards a specific area within the ag sector, Eastley said. MRAC has temporarily registered the name Manitoba Agricultural Foundation and wants to move towards the development of same, he added.

Board changes

Several faces will change at the board table. St. Pierre-Jolys dairy farmer Shelley Curé announced she is resigning from the board after eight years of service. She became MRAC board chair last year. “It’s with a heavy heart I do so, but it’s time for new blood and for someone to take the helm for this new direction we’re going in,” she said. Curé’s service to MRAC, plus that of five other outgoing directors, including Mark Sloan, Brian Cotton, Colin Hudson and Evan Gillis were recognized at the meeting. Terry Fehr, a former honeybee colony manager and Gladstone resident was elected the new MRAC chair. “MRAC will play an increasingly larger role improving the

lives of all rural Manitobans by questioning the status quo and pushing boundaries,” said Fehr. “I look forward to being a part of this exciting future with MRAC.” MRAC membership also reelected directors Betty Green and Jim Green to a new term on the MRAC board. Gwendolyn Donohoe, formerly a youth director, starts a three-year term on the board, along with Gordon Earl, Dr. Allan Preston, Lloyd Grenkow, and Hank Venema. Anastasie Hacault is the youth director serving for a one-year term. Donohoe is a rancher from The Pas, Earl is a Morden-based business development manager with Farm Credit Canada as well as director with Manitoba Institute of Agrologists. Preston is a consulting veterinarian and recently retired assistant deputy minister of agriculture. Grenkow is a dairy producer just outside Winnipeg. Hacault works at Pulse Canada as its market access and competitiveness manager. Venema is director of the natural and social capital program at the Water Innovation Centre within the International I n s t i t u t e f o r Su s t a i n a b l e Development IISD in Winnipeg. Venema said MRAC and the WIC see emerging opportunities in agriculture through improved water and environmental management. “MRAC and IISD share the same vision there,” he said. “It’s time for IISD to really focus on innovation for sustainable development in Manitoba.”


The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012


Confusion around CFIA budget cuts Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says food safety is a priority for Ottawa By Alex Binkley co-operator contributor / ottawa


udget cuts at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency won’t weaken food safety protection, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Food safety is a priority for this government,” Ritz told the Commons agriculture committee, adding a big chunk of the planned cost cutting will come from the winding down of the listeria inquiry into the 2008 tainted deli meat tragedy that claimed 20 lives. Any further cuts will depend on the contents of the March 29 budget, but the government has no plans to trim food safety inspections, Ritz said. But NDP Agriculture Critic Malcolm Allen said the agency shouldn’t see any funding cuts because it only inspects two per cent of food imports and its budget is “considerably below where it was before the listeriosis crisis.” Ritz countered the CFIA has added 733 new food inspectors in the last few years and now has staff of about 7,500. “We have roughly one administrator, one inspection staff, a one-to-one ratio, whereas it used to be as high as 2:1 at one point with the administration side,” said Ritz. “Last year $100 million was added into CFIA’s budget.” The government will continue to invest in technology to make the agency more efficient, said Ritz, who also rejected claims imported food isn’t inspected. “This fiscal year, to date, we’ve had 99 border blitzes and 480 enhanced inspections at the border. We also use a system now where there’s a lot more inspection done at point of origin — that is, the plant in the U.S., or so on, as the product comes up.” The CFIA no longer provides importers with 72 hours advance warning of an inspection because “that didn’t work really well” and has stepped up audits in food plants in 10 countries that account for 79 per cent of the products imported into Canada, Ritz said. The agency is handing off food inspection in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. to provincial bodies during the next 18 months, said Barbara Jordan, CFIA associate vice-president for operations. “The safety systems themselves are not changing,” she said. “It is a question of who is doing the delivery.”

Food companies poised to profit as production rebounds Companies absorbed some of the high prices so will be reluctant to pass along full savings By Rod Nickel reuters


he world’s farmers are poised for a year of plenty in 2012 after last year’s weather-related disasters, and prospects of lower grain prices from bumper harvests could offer relief to the battered bottom lines of grain and food companies. Food and beverage companies like Sara Lee, PepsiCo and General Mills have struggled to absorb high costs of meat and grains in the past year, while economic uncertainty has hammered agribusiness giants. While weather worries persist in some areas — notably droughts affecting crops in South America and the southern U.S. Plains — expanded global farm production looks to

take the sting out of farm prices for food makers by late 2012. “Let’s make the assumption (prices) stay down year over year; that would be a pretty welcome event,” said Matt Arnold, a consumer analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis. Commodity pricing will be one of the themes when top executives from food, drink and agriculture companies, including Nestle, General Mills, Beam Inc. and Cargill gathered at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago March 12-15. Makers of breakfast cereal and other packaged foods, such as Kellogg and Kraft Foods Inc., absorbed some of the recent spike in grain prices and are unlikely to pass along all of their expected cost savings to consumers, Arnold said.

Instead, food makers will probably offer shoppers shortterm relief through promotions and coupons, while pocketing some savings to offset the hit they shouldered when grain prices ran up, he said. The implications of lower grain prices are more of a mixed blessing for meat processors, Arnold said. Hormel Foods, seller of SPAM and Jennie-O turkeys, would save on feed costs for its turkey-raising operation, but farmers might use those savings to expand their flocks over time, pressuring overall turkey prices. U.S. beef packers have posted big losses since late last year as the prices they paid for cattle outstripped what they earned on beef, according to private data.

The high cost of cattle has pinched JBS, the world’s largest beef processor as well as owner of the largest U.S. cattle-feeding operation. On t h e re s t a u ra n t s i d e, regional, semi-national chains such as Sonic Corp. and Jack in the Box might have the most to gain from food cost relief, since they are not protected by the greater bargaining power enjoyed by names like McDonald’s and KFC parent YUM Brands, said RJ Hottovy, an analyst at Morningstar. “Corn costs, which play a big part in (influencing) just about all the commodities out there, especially for restaurants, have certainly been a headwind for the past two years,” he said. “I think restaurants are looking for any kind of relief as soon as they can.”

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Flax plant’s future up in the air Loss of RM’s largest employer could represent a huge blow to local economy, says reeve By Daniel Winters co-operator staff


he flames that consumed the Glanbia flax-processing plant south of Angusville were doused last week, but a smouldering sense of uncertainty lingers. The plant formerly owned by Glen and Linda Pizzey was the largest employer in the RM of Silver Creek, providing not only 58 good-paying, full-time jobs, but also a large chunk of the municipality’s tax base. “They’re doing their best and they’re keeping everybody on, but the company hasn’t decided what they are going to do,” said Garth McTavish, reeve of the municipality with just over 400 residents. Up until the fire on March 13, the plant processed about one million bushels of flax and generated about $30 million to $40 million in annual revenue. Glanbia representatives have told locals that a final decision on whether to rebuild or not will have to be made at the company’s head office in Ireland. That won’t be forthcoming until all the costs of reconstruction are tallied up in a process that is expected to take at least 90 days. Company officials have admitted that up to half of the staff may have to be laid off even if the plant is rebuilt, and the timeline for resuming full operations could be as long as two years. “ The problem is that nobody knows. They’re a big company. They could move or they could just close

the doors,” said McTavish, adding that Glanbia has a handful of other plants in North America that are being used to fill the gaps in production. Rich Tauberman, a spokesman for Glanbia Nutritionals, said that the company is working with the authorities to better understand the situation there, and looking at different options. Until a decision is made in the next few weeks, the 58 employees at the plant will continue to be paid and receive full benefits. “There is a business continuity plan in place, so the company is fulfilling contracts as best they can,” he said. Dick Harvey, a fire investigator for the Brandon Fire Commissioner’s office, said that the cause of the fire that resulted in more than $7 million in damage is believed to have been related to the overheating of grain in the area of the pasteurizer. “At this point in time, we’re still classifying it as accidental,” said Harvey, adding that the investigation was still ongoing. “We’re waiting for access to a hihoe to get farther into the building to look at a few other things. But it’s unsafe to get in there right now.” The fire caused extensive damage to the main processing building, and cleanup hasn’t begun mainly because a tendering process for the necessary heavy equipment must be completed first. Linda Pizzey, who along with her husband Glen founded and operated the flax plant up until they sold

A March 13 fire at the Glanbria flax processing plant near Angusville, formerly owned by Linda and Glen Pizzey, has put the operation’s future in jeopardy.  photo: russell RCMP

it to Glanbia in 2007, said that she was “pessimistic” about the plant’s future. “I think right now ever yone is crossing their fingers and hoping that they’ll rebuild here,” said Pizzey. “The only ones who don’t seem to be concerned at all are in the provincial government.” During the years that the Pizzeys operated the plant, the province’s lack of support was evident in their refusal to upgrade the three-mile stretch of road running from Hwy. 45 to the plant. That made it difficult to

move product in and out of the plant with heavy trucks, she said. “Every time we brought it to the minister’s attention, he basically said, ‘Why did you bother to build there?’” said Pizzey. That attitude must change, she added, and the province must step in and provide incentives for the company to rebuild. “There’s got to be some good reason for them to stay here. Building the road up to where it can handle the truck traffic would be a start,” she said.


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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012


Muskrat on the move

Safeway to stop buying “pink slime” beef filler washington / reuters Safeway, the No. 2 U.S. supermarket operator, will stop buying the ammoniatreated beef filler critics call “pink slime” because of widespread customer concern. The halt is a fresh blow to use of the ground beef filler, also known as lean, finely textured beef, which has drawn criticism from food activists. Although the USDA and industry experts said the filler is safe, “recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product,” Safeway said in a statement. The filler triggered a public outcry this month when the Internet news source The Daily reported that seven million pounds of the product would appear in school lunches this spring. McDonald’s stopped putting the meat into its hamburgers in August after activists, including celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, drew attention to the additive.

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Argentina to make drought insurance compulsory


buenos aires / reuters Argentine grain farmers like the sound of a government plan for affordable drought insurance after crops were hit by a December-January dry spell as long as they do not get saddled with too much of the cost. The Argentine government plans to create a subsidized “mandatory” farm insurance system in the coming months. “Insurance would be a useful tool,” said Daniel Chiesa, a farmer in the Pampas Grains Belt. “The central question will be on who pays for it. Growers cannot assume another expenditure.” Farmers say a 35 per cent tax on soybean exports has hurt their incomes.

End of drought boosts Kenyan wheat harvest prospects nairobi / reuters Kenya expects its wheat output to almost triple this year thanks to increased planting and more favourable weather. It expects to harvest 6.3 million 90-kilogram bags of wheat, up from the 2.2 million last year when prolonged drought slashed production. Kenya is a net importer of wheat, with consumption of about 900,000 tonnes per year. In past years annual production has averaged 350,000 tonnes.




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The Manitoba Co-operator | March 29, 2012

U.S. flood risk low, but droughts, wildfires could continue There will be continued stress on crops and livestock REUTERS


o area of the United States faces a high risk of major flooding this spring for the first time in four years, but continuing drought across the southern and western parts of the country could lead to wildfires, U.S. government forecasters said March 15. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring outlook that low winter precipitation means few parts of the United States face above-normal flood risks. But above-average spring temperatures expected in much of the country and drierthan-average conditions could exacerbate ongoing drought in some areas. “The 2011 drought had significant economic impacts, especially in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico,” NOAA said. “If the drought persists as predicted, it will likely result in an active wildfire season, continued stress on crops and livestock due to

low water levels, and an expansion of water conservation measures.” Drought is expected to persist across the southern United States and expand in the southwest. The agency said several states have reported reservoirs at below-normal levels since lower winter precipitation means less snow is melting and replenishing water supplies. Forecasters said on a conference call that the drought is expected to be less severe but more widespread than in 2011. Officials said the Ohio River basin and parts of the Gulf Coast would see abovenormal flood risks during the spring due to high river levels and anticipated aboveaverage rainfall. Laura Furgione, deputy director of the National Weather Service, said heavy rainfall in the spring could still cause floods even in areas where the risk is expected to be low, as evidenced by recent flash floods in southern Louisiana.

Barley prices have proved to be an accurate leading indicator of what is to come in the corn and feed grain market By Gavin Maguire CHICAGO / REUTERS

K Reservoirs in the southern U.S. remain at below-normal levels. PHOTO: REUTERS/CALLE RICHMOND

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Rising barley demand promising for feed grain prices

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eep your eye on barley prices. M o r o c c o ’s r e c e n t removal of import duties on feed barley sets the stage for a scramble by other importer nations to cover their own barley needs in the weeks ahead. As a result, U.S. barley stocks can be expected to decline, and any steep cut in barley supplies could boost prices for corn and other feed grains. Morocco’s tariffs cuts are noteworthy because the country is one of the world’s top barley growers of the crop and rarely ranks among the top 10 importers of the crop. It highlights the extent of possible supply shortages facing large barley consumers over the coming year following growing problems in the E.U. and Black Sea due to frost and in North Africa due to drought. Saudi Arabia has been the world’s top barley importer for the past several years by a steep margin, followed by China and Japan. But whereas Saudi Arabia’s barley inventories have been edging higher in recent years, stocks levels in Japan, China, Morocco and elsewhere have generally been on the decline. This has placed downward pressure on the barley stocks-to-use ratio in each country, thereby pushing up prices in a number of regions. Limited reliable barley price intelligence is available for all major consuming nations, but it is clear from a comparison of the export price of barley in an array of exporting countries that a firm price bias has gripped the market in recent days as global supply concerns erupted. Price strength is particularly evident in Canada, which has seen the export price of barley climb by more than six per cent since the beginning of March. Barley prices tend to move in close tandem with corn’s, and on occasion have proved to be an accurate leading indicator of what is to come in the corn market, such as in 2007 when barley prices burst higher in a precursor to what was coming in the corn market several months later. U.S. planting and growing weather will still have the ultimate say on which direction the corn price trends over the coming weeks. However, given the strong likelihood of an increase in the demand for U.S. barley following Morocco’s recent steps to boost imports, savvy corn traders will be putting barley price and shipment data alongside their weather gauges as they attempt to navigate the corn market going forward.


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