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Dec. 21, 2012

GF 2 Industry Consultations 1 Producer Workshops 2 AGM Early Bird Rate 2 Manitoba OYF 2


DECEMBER 21, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Upcoming Events Jan 7-11: Manitoba Beef & Forage Days. See page 2 for information on the following workshops:

MBP Participating in Growing Forward 2 Industry Consultations On Dec. 18, Manitoba Beef Producers President Ray Armbruster and General Manager Cam Dahl attended a Growing Forward 2 consultation session with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn, Deputy Minister Barry Todd and the senior MAFRI Executive. The consultation session brought together virtually of the farm groups in Manitoba along with processors and other stakeholders. MBP emphasized its key priority areas: • Implementation of a Cattle Price Insurance Program to provide real risk management for beef; • Increased spending for research and innovation; • Market access; • Adequate funding for, and producer control of, non-business risk management programs like Verified Beef and Traceability.

January 22: Workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production, Swan River. January 23: Workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production, Dauphin. January 24: Workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production, Russell.

Jan. 15-17: Manitoba Ag Days, Keystone Centre, Brandon. www.agdays.com Feb. 7-8: MBP AGM, Victoria Inn, Brandon. www.mbbeef.ca

For more information on Growing Forward 2, visit the AAFC website.

~In Remembrance~

Major Jay Fox 1979 - 2011 Beef Industry Leader, MBP Past President and Friend.

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DECEMBER 21, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Annual General Meeting Early Bird Registration on to Jan. 4 Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) looks forward to meeting with its members at the upcoming 34th Annual General Meeting. Whether you are a beef producer or in the feedlot sector, this event is geared to you. The AGM will be held at the Victoria Inn, Brandon from Feb. 7-8, 2013. The agenda highlights and registration form are available on the MBP website. We encourage you to contact us to register before Friday, Jan. 4 to take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $75. This includes your ticket to the President’s Banquet on Feb. 7, a value of $50. After Jan. 4 registration goes up to $90. The meeting is an opportunity to engage with MBP directors and fellow producers, debate issues that affect your bottom line, and set policy which will impact the future of your industry. This is your organization and we hope to see you there to set direction for the coming year. Mail or fax your registration to us today!

Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers Deadline

Nominations must be submitted by December 14, 2012. Looking for excellence in Agriculture? The Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OYF) gives everyone an opportunity to nominate young farmers who are worthy of the recognition. Nominees may be individual, a couple or a managing partner/shareholder of a farm group.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS FOR PRODUCERS Manitoba Beef Producers will host three workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production. The workshops are being presented by two past Presidents of MBP, Ms. Betty Green and Mr. Marlin Beever. For those who are not aware, the BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from their operation eventually move to slaughter. The system utilizes the RFID tags. BIXS will prove to be valuable to producers for marketing purposes and for fine tuning their breeding programs. Verified Beef Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program for beef, a dynamic program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this country's beef producers. Canada's beef producers already have a reputation for acting responsibly, but VBP takes that to a new level. the program is part of a broad effort by Canada's food providers to ensure on-farm food safety. It is based on the principles of an international quality control program used widely in many industries, called Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), which has been specifically adapted for VBP. The biosecurity workshop walks producers through the steps that they can take to increase biosecurity for their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease within their herd. The workshop is based on the national biosecurity standard released by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. The workshops will be held on the following dates: January 22: Swan River January 23: Dauphin January 24: Russell Please call MBP at 1-800-772-0458 to register.

Contact the Manitoba OYF for more information here.

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Dec. 7, 2012

TB Coordinator 1 Beef Producer Workshops 1 Bylaw Changes 1 Growing Forward II 2


DECEMBER 7, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Beef Producers Welcome TB Coordinator Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) applauded the announcement that a TB Coordinator position has been created to lead the effort to eliminate bovine tuberculosis from the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). "MBP has long called for the appointment of a TB Coordinator and we are pleased that governments have made our request a priority,” said Ray Armbruster, MBP president. MBP thanks all four Ministers involved in the creation of this position: Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; Hon. Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives; Hon. Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship; and Hon. Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment. “Agreements between two levels of government, four Ministers and five departments are not often easy to reach,” noted Armbruster. “Ministers have taken this important, coordinated step towards the eradication of bovine TB in the RMEA because they recognize the impact the disease is having on both cattle herds and wildlife.” MBP would especially like to thank Minister Ritz for his work in spearheading the effort to introduce this important new role. MBP welcomes Dr. Allan Preston as the Coordinator and thanks him for taking on this role to ensure accountability for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis. "Dr. Preston brings a tremendous amount of industry knowledge and expertise to this position and we look forward to working with him," said Armbruster. Beef producers continue to participate in bovine tuberculosis testing while carrying out best management practices to limit interactions between wildlife and their cattle in order to keep their herds disease-free. Testing and mitigation efforts inflict considerable costs on producers. MBP will continue to work with governments and other stakeholders on efforts to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from the RMEA.

Upcoming Events Dec 11: Beef Producer Workshop on Verified Beef Production, BIXS and Biosecurity, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ashern Legion. Contact info@mbbeef.ca to register. No charge. Dec 12: Beef Producer Workshop on Verified Beef Production, BIXS and Biosecurity, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeland Group facility in Stonewall. Contact info@mbbeef.ca to register. No charge. Feb. 7-8: MBP AGM, Victoria Inn, Brandon. www.mbbeef.ca

REMINDER: Proposed Changes to Manitoba Beef Producers Bylaws All MBP members are encouraged to review the proposed bylaw changes and attend the Annual General Meeting Feb. 7-8, 2013 to vote on the changes. Proposed changes approved by the Board of Directors to be brought before MBP’s Membership at the 2012 Annual General Meeting: Click here for Bylaws

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CCA Pleased with New Growing Forward 2 Programs CCA Release The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomed the announcement today from the Government of Canada regarding three new programs under Growing Forward 2 (GF2). The new programs are in direct alignment with the CCA’s key priorities of research and innovation, competitiveness and market development. “These top priorities of the CCA are fundamental areas that help to deliver long-term benefits to Canada’s beef cattle industry,” said CCA President Martin Unrau. “By focussing investments on research outcomes that address industry priorities, the Government is enabling Canada to maintain its status as a leader in agriculture.” Announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz, the AgriInnovation, AgriMarketing, and AgriCompetitiveness Programs will come into effect on April 1, 2013, ensuring continuous funding for critically important existing programs like the Beef Science Cluster. As the national research strategy for the beef industry, the Cluster is necessary to improve market competitiveness, said Unrau. “The Canadian beef cattle industry’s ability to compete domestically and internationally is dependent on research to improve feed efficiency, improve feed, forage and grassland productivity, reduce animal health and welfare concerns, and ensure food safety. The Beef Science Cluster allows industry to partner with governments to seek advancements in all these areas.” Unrau also expressed his appreciation of the Government of Canada’s efforts to improve service delivery of the programs.


Nov. 23, 2012

Beef Up Your Grey Cup Weekend New Video Series on Research Producer Workshops Manitoba Ranchers’ Forum


NOVEMBER 23, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Beef Up Your Grey Cup Weekend

UPCOMING EVENTS Nov. 27-28: Manitoba Ranchers’ Forum 2012 will be held at the Victoria Inn in Brandon. This event focuses on the needs of livestock, forage and grain producers (replacing Manitoba Grazing School). Topics include small ruminants, animal rights issues, grazing systems, animal health, tax planning, legal liabilities and more. To register, call MAFRI at (204) 622-2006 or register online.

Watch Grey Cup Goodness on CTV Morning Live with MBP’s/Great Tastes of Manitoba’s Adriana Barros cooking up a fun Grey Cup Party recipe: Baked Beef Taquitos! * * * WATCH IT HERE * * * Adriana is wearing her Blue and Gold with pride, courtesy of The Bomber Store! For the delicious recipe and info on Great Tastes of Manitoba visit www.foodmanitoba.ca. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

New video series disseminates valuable research information to beef cattle producers Through a partnership with RealAgriculture.com, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has launched a new online learning resource called Beef Research School for the benefit of Canadian beef cattle producers. The School, a series of approximately 30 videos, will encourage producers to utilize research-supported knowledge and technologies, which can positively impact their herds, land and bottom lines, and support the competitiveness and sustainability of the industry. Videos will feature interviews with researchers, veterinarians and other industry experts from across Canada on the latest research knowledge and technology, as well as progressive producers and feedlots that put it into practical use on their operations. Each segment will run approximately 6-10 minutes.

Dec 11: Beef Producer Workshop on Verified Beef Production, BIXS and Biosecurity, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ashern Legion. Contact info@mbbeef.ca to register. No charge. Dec 12: Beef Producer Workshop on Verified Beef Production, BIXS and Biosecurity, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeland Group facility in Stonewall. Contact info@mbbeef.ca to register. No charge. Feb. 7-8: MBP AGM, Victoria Inn, Brandon. www.mbbeef.ca

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Nov. 9, 2012

Bovine TB Fight Boosted 1 District Meetings 1 Latest Cattle Country 2 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal 2 Livestock Cash Advance 2


NOVEMBER 9, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Bovine TB Fight Boosted in RMEA NEWS RELEASE NOV. 5 Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Wildlife Federation welcome the Government of Manitoba’s effort to move closer to the goal of eradicating bovine tuberculosis in the province through changes to the white-tailed deer season around the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). The extension of the white-tailed deer season in the Western Control Zone and increase in the number of tags available are vitally important in order to obtain enough samples to conduct a science-based approach to the control and eradication of bovine tuberculosis. The Western Control Zone includes those portions of Game Hunting Areas 23 and 23A within the Rural Municipalities of Grandview and Rossburn. A map can be found here. “These changes acknowledge that bovine tuberculosis poses a significant problem to both wildlife and agriculture and we appreciate that Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship has taken this step to help meet the mandate of the RMEA,” said Ray Armbruster, Manitoba Beef Producers president.

District Meetings TONIGHT! District 14, Director: Stan Foster Nov. 9: 6 p.m., Durban, Durban Community Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Swan Valley Consumers Co-op Ag Division

“Manitoba Wildlife Federation and Manitoba Beef Producers have worked together to assist Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship in its sampling efforts and we appreciate the common efforts between government, producers and the public to move this issue forward,” said Reid Woods, Manitoba Wildlife Federation president.

District 6, Director: Trevor Atchison Nov. 12: 6 p.m., Oak Lake, Royal Canadian Legion Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Poplarview Stock Farm

Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Wildlife Federation thank Hon. Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, for his involvement on the bovine tuberculosis file to add progress to the issue. Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Wildlife Federation will continue to work collaboratively with governments and other stakeholders to eliminate the ongoing presence of bovine tuberculosis in the RMEA.

District 1, Director: Ted Artz Nov. 13: 6 p.m., Medora, Medora Community Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Artz Farms

Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba. Its role and mission is to represent beef producers through communication, research, advocacy and education. Manitoba Beef Producers represents 8,000 beef producers across the province. Website: www.mbbeef.ca Established in 1944, Manitoba Wildlife Federation is the province’s oldest and largest conservation organization. Through advocacy, education and conservation programs, the federation is working to ensure healthy fish and wildlife populations in Manitoba. Website: www.mwf.mb.ca

District 8, Director: Glen Campbell Nov. 14: 7 p.m., Gladstone, Gladstone District Community Centre District 2, Director: Dave Koslowsky Nov. 15: 6 p.m., Pilot Mound, Royal Canadian Legion Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Killarney Auction Mart District 7, Director: Ray Armbruster Nov. 16: 6 p.m., Birtle, United Church Beef on a Bun served.

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NOVEMBER 9, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Latest Cattle Country Check out the November issue of Cattle Country for these and other articles on timely beef issues in the province:

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Drought Stresses Southeastern Manitoba Cattle Producers Questions and Answers on the Beef Recall The Ongoing Impacts of Flood 2011 Livestock Insurance Slowly Becoming a Reality Liver Flukes Risk in Cattle Consult Beef Producers on EG&S Cattle Overwintering

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Harvey Dann Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Manitoba Beef Producers extends congratulations to Harvey Dann upon his receipt of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. This recognition and honour is well deserved.

Congratulations!

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Oct. 26, 2012

District Meeting Reminder

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Update on the Beef Recall 2 Ministers Mostly Got it Right 2 Upcoming Events 1


OCTOBER 26, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Attend Your Local District Meeting

Upcoming Meetings: District 13 Director: Kim Crandall Oct. 29 7 p.m., Gilbert Plains, Royal Canadian Legion District 12 Director: Bill Murray Oct. 30 7 p.m., Eddystone, Westlake Community Centre District 4 Director: Heinz Reimer Nov. 1 6 p.m., Vita, Ukrainian Home of Vita (Hall) Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Feed-Rite (Peter Kraynyk), HyLife Ltd., Southeastern Farm Equipment (Cory Plett) District 3 Director: Brad McDonald Nov. 2 6 p.m., Carman, Memorial Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Brad McDonald

Upcoming Events Nov. 1-3: Manitoba Livestock Expo. The largest all breeds cattle show in Manitoba. Website Nov. 1: Amazing Rangeland Adventure. Grade 4 and 5 students and their teachers will experience a hands-on, interactive event geared to their science curriculum. Students move through eighteen interactive stations covering a variety of agriculture topics. Website Feb. 7-8: MBP Annual General Meeting. Website

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Update on the Beef Recall Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased with the agreement between JBS USA and XL Foods that has seen JBS USA assume the management of the beef processing in Brooks, AB. The operating license for the Brooks facility has been re-issued by the CFIA and limited operations have already resumed. It is expected that the plant will begin receiving cattle next week. “JBS has a global reputation as a leader in the beef business,” said Martin Unrau, Manitoba producer and President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “Their sophisticated knowledge of modern beef harvesting management as well as extensive world-wide beef marketing network will be a valuable asset for the entire Canadian beef sector.” JBS USA is a leading animal protein processor in the U.S. and Australia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazilbased JBS S.A., the world’s largest protein company. The development is welcome news for cattle producers as resumed operations at the plant will ease the back up of market-ready cattle in Western Canada that has developed as a result of the temporary closure of the XL facility. XL processed between 30 and 40 per cent of Canada’s cattle. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Ministers Mostly Got it Right By Cam Dahl, MBP General Manager

Federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers met last month in Whitehorse to finalize the next agreement on agriculture policy and programs. There has been a great deal of coverage in the farm and rural media about the agreement they reached. Much of this coverage has been negative, focusing on what some think they have lost. I, and Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), have a different perspective.

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Oct. 12, 2012

Beef Recall 1 Producer Workshops 1 District Meetings 1 Safeguarding Your Health 2 Steaks for Soldiers 2


OCTOBER 12, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Questions and Answers on the Beef Recall MBP takes the beef recall issue very seriously. Food safety is the cornerstone of consumer confidence in beef. Fortunately, consumers have no reason to begin to question the safety of the food in their local grocery stores. We know that this issue will impact prices and market availability for producers if the plant in question remains closed for an extended period of time. This is an issue that has seized both the Board of Directors and staff of MBP and this has become a top priority. While the plant has been given provisional approval to process product on hand, it remains without a license to operate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Until that license is restored (hopefully soon) the plant will not be in a position to accept cattle nor will it be able to sell product. At this point we cannot speculate on when full operations will resume. Despite some media to the contrary, this event demonstrates the rigour of Canada’s food safety system. Canada has an excellent track record in food safety. Canadian meat processors have developed internationally recognized systems known as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plans to control E. coli O157:H7 and other foodborne bacteria. These plans identify potential food safety hazards and monitor the most important production steps (critical points). Manitobans can be assured that Canadian beef is a safe and nutritious choice. Those who are looking for information on Canadian beef and food safety are encouraged to visit the Canada Beef Inc. website www.beefinfo.org. Canada Beef Inc. is our industry’s national organization responsible for research, marketing, and promotion of Canadian beef worldwide. We hope the Q&A and links to additional information are helpful. Please share this website link with family and friends.

Upcoming Events Producer Workshops on Biosecurity, BIXS and VBP Workshop Schedule: Wed., Oct. 17: Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB - Workshop on BIXS and VBP Thurs., Oct. 18: Jolly Club, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB - Workshop on BIXS and VBP Fri., Oct. 19: Canad Inns, Portage la Prairie, MB - Workshop on BIXS and Biosecuity Producers are asked to register in advance. There is no fee to attend. To register, contact MBP at 1-800772-0458 or info@mbbeef.ca. Mon. Oct. 29: District 13 Meeting, Royal Canadian Legion, Gilbert Plains, MB. 7 p.m. Director: Kim Crandall. Election to be held. Tues. Oct. 30: District 12 Meeting, Westlake Community Centre, Eddystone, MB. 7 p.m. Director: Bill Murray.

PROBLEM WITH LIVER FLUKES? **Call your veterinarian about emergency drug release.**

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OCTOBER 12, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Safeguarding Your Health

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You can safeguard your health through proper hygiene, effective food preparation and thorough cooking of ground meats. Consumers should remember to: o Cook meat to a safe internal temperature. For ground beef it is 71C/160F. Use a digital, instant read thermometer to know for sure. o Wash hands before and after handling food and frequently while cooking, especially after handling raw meat and poultry. o Avoid cross contamination of food by washing utensils, plates and cutting boards that have come into contact with raw meat and poultry in hot, soapy water. o Wash all raw fruits and vegetables before you prepare and eat them. o Refrigerate or freeze foods promptly. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Steaks for Soldiers Upcoming Event

Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to be part of the Steaks for Soldiers event at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Shilo on Oct. 13. MBP directors will be on hand to help serve base personnel and their families at this special Family Day event. MBP appreciates the work of Harvey Dann and Jackie Dann, the organizers who have made this event their passion. We thank them for the time they have given to make Steaks for Soldiers happen. It will be an honour to visit CFB Shilo to serve the soldiers and their families in this small way to thank them for serving us domestically and around the world.

Bulls Needed: The University of Manitoba is looking for spring-born Angus bulls to take part in a feed efficiency trial measured using residual feed intake (RFI). For more information, call Sean at 204-365-0097 or click here.

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Sept. 28, 2012

District Meeting Schedule 1 Thinking About Food Safety 2 Biosecurity, BIXS and VBP 1


SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP District Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Events Producer Workshops on Biosecurity, BIXS and VBP Workshop Schedule: Wed., Oct. 17: Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB - Workshop on BIXS and VBP

DISTRICT 1 Director: Ted Artz Nov. 13 6 p.m., Medora, Medora Community Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Artz Farms …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

DISTRICT 2 Director: Dave Koslowsky Nov. 15 6 p.m., Pilot Mound, Royal Canadian Legion Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Killarney Auction Mart

Thurs., Oct. 18: Jolly Club, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB - Workshop on BIXS and VBP Fri., Oct. 19: Canad Inns, Portage la Prairie, MB - Workshop on BIXS and Biosecuity Producers are asked to register in advance. There is no fee to attend. To register, contact MBP at 1-800772-0458 or info@mbbeef.ca.

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DISTRICT 3 Director: Brad McDonald Nov. 2 6 p.m., Carman, Memorial Hall Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Brad McDonald …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Director: Heinz Reimer Nov. 1 6 p.m., Vita, Ukrainian Home of Vita (Hall) Beef on a Bun served – Sponsored by Feed-Rite (Peter Kraynyk), HyLife Ltd., Southeastern Farm Equipment (Cory Plett)

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Thinking About Food Safety by Cam Dahl, MBP General Manager Food safety was in the news again recently. This was prompted by a voluntary recall of some ground beef products.

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PROBLEM WITH LIVER FLUKES? **Call your veterinarian about emergency drug release.**

A number of producers contacted me after these stories ran. They were concerned about what these articles might mean for our industry and consumer confidence in the food we produce. The rule of public communications would be “don’t talk about this issue, it is a negative story.” But I want to talk about this because I think this is a positive story for both beef producers and consumers. The fundamental take-home message from this recall is: Canada’s food safety works. The product was not pulled off of shelves because people were sick. The company involved did the responsible thing and voluntarily recalled a product because there might have been a risk of a problem.

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Bulls Needed The University of Manitoba is looking for spring-born Angus bulls to take part in a feed efficiency trial measured using residual feed intake (RFI). Bulls will be performance tested from approximately November to May. Producers will receive RFI values, average daily gain, feed intake and ultrasound measurements. The cost is $55/head RFI fee plus partial feed costs. For more information, call Sean at 204-365-0097 or click here.

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Sept. 14, 2012

MBP Workshops 1 District Meeting Schedule 2 Bulls Needed at UofM 2 Amazing Agriculture Adventure 2 Growing Forward II 2


SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Producer Workshops on Biosecurity, BIXS and VBP

Upcoming Events

Manitoba Beef Producers is set to host a series of workshops that will be of interest to beef producers across the province. The first of these half-day workshop events will be split into two sessions and they will focus on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) and Verified Beef Production (VBP) or Biosecurity. Each session will begin at 1 p.m. and wrap up around 6 p.m. The Biosecurity workshop will focus on helping beef producers prevent and mitigate diseases from entering or spreading to operations that contain livestock. The various tools and risk management practices that beef producers can apply to keep livestock healthy will be covered. Additional Biosecurity workshops will be held in 2012-2013. MBP is partnering with the Canadian Cattlemen's Association to bring the BIXS workshop to Manitoba. BIXS is a national voluntary web-based database designed to capture and exchange data linked to an individual animal’s unique electronic ID tag number, known as the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) tag or radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. BIXS will relay carcass yield and grade back to the primary producer. Verified Beef Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program for beef—a dynamic program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this country's beef producers. Workshop Schedule: Wednesday, October 17: Brandon, MB - Workshop on BIXS and VBP Thursday, October 18: Ste. Rose du Lac, MB - Workshop on BIXS and VBP Friday, October 19: Portage la Prairie, MB - Workshop on BIXS and Biosecuity

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Producers are asked to register in advance. There is no fee to attend. To register, contact MBP at 1-800-772-0458 or info@mbbeef.ca.

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

In the News New Growing Forward Agreement AAFC Release Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Agriculture have reached agreement on the content of the Growing Forward 2 policy framework. Read more here. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Students Learn About Agriculture (*MBP presented at the event) By Kelvin Heppner, Golden West Radio

More than a thousand grade four and five students experienced different aspects of Manitoba agriculture as part of Agriculture in the Classroom's Amazing Agriculture Adventure this week. Read more here.

Bulls Needed for University of Manitoba Feed Efficiency Trial The University of Manitoba is looking for spring-born Angus bulls to take part in a feed efficiency trial measured using residual feed intake (RFI). Bulls will be performance tested from approximately November to May. Producers will receive RFI values, average daily gain, feed intake and ultrasound measurements. The cost is $55/head RFI fee plus partial feed costs.

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August 31, 2012

MBP Calls on Premier Selinger 1 Watch Great Tastes of Manitoba 1 NEW! District Meeting Schedule 2 Help Shape Public Perception 2 New BCRC Website 2


AUGUST 31, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Upcoming Events

MBP Calls for Immediate Action on Flood Impacts

Sept. 8: Tune in to a brand new season of Great Tastes of Manitoba featuring Beef Expert Adriana Barros and new host Ace Burpee! Watch CTV at 6:30 p.m for the premiere.

MBP has released a letter urging Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to immediately address ongoing impacts of the 2011 flood. MBP is lobbying on behalf of beef producers who are still facing the damaging effects of flooding last year. MBP calls attention to the fact that this flooding was, at least in part, a result of government decisions. MBP is calling for the Premier to announce immediate Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance programs. These two programs have been used in the past to ensure producers can feed their cattle over the fall and winter. “Producers desperately need the Forage Shortfall and Transportation Assistance programs this year,” said Ray Armbruster, MBP president. “They have carried their operations through the effects of BSE, U.S. trade barriers and closed international markets, but without these programs they may be forced to shut down their family farm operations. We are concerned that the drought south of the border is pulling hay out of the province. Action is required before any surplus hay is gone.” MBP also calls for the delivery of assistance that was promised to address the flood damage caused in the spring of 2011. Funds which are to be delivered by the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) need to be sent to producers in order for their operations to remain viable. “We have been fighting for this compensation to flow since last year,” said Armbruster. “Many producers in all parts of the province, including those around flood-affected lakes, regions in southwestern Manitoba and within the Assiniboine watershed, are waiting for these promised funds to arrive.” Continued on page 2

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AUGUST 31, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood impacts continued… MBP also asks Premier Selinger for immediate assistance for flooded producers downstream of the Shellmouth Dam in the Assiniboine Valley. Flooding caused by the release of water from the Shellmouth Dam is becoming a chronic issue with significant losses to producers and the Manitoba economy. Without immediate action from the Government of Manitoba, MBP stresses it will be impossible for producers to plan their future operations. The full text of the letter is available at www.mbbeef.ca.

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Producers Can Help Shape Public Perception Latest Commentary by Cam Dahl, MBP General Manager

I was on a plane to Calgary earlier this year and I could not help but overhear the conversation occurring in the seats behind me. A Manitoban was expanding the problems with Lake Winnipeg to a visitor from the United States. The summary of the conversation is “it is all agriculture’s fault.”

READ THE FULL COMMENTARY HERE

New BCRC Website

Check out the new Beef Cattle Research Council website www.beefresearch.ca! The BCRC is committed to funding leading-edge research to position the Canadian beef cattle industry as a global leader in beef quality, animal health, food safety and environmental stewardship.

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August 17, 2012

Community Pastures Transition 1 Agriculture More Than Ever Video 2 Amazing Agriculture Adventure 1 Upcoming Events 1


AUGUST 17, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP on Community Pastures Transition

Upcoming Events

Today’s announcement by the Government of Canada outlined the first five community pastures in Manitoba which will be transitioned away from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) administration. The five pastures are Westbourne, Lakeview, Gardenton, Pansy and Sylvan Dale.

Sept. 8: Tune in to a brand new season of Great Tastes of Manitoba featuring Manitoba Beef Producers' Beef Expert Adriana Barros! Watch CTV at 6:30 p.m for the premiere.

MBP News Release

“MBP appreciates the clarification that the current administration will remain in place through the 2013 grazing season,” said Ray Armbruster, MBP president. “Beginning the transition after the 2013 grazing season was a specific request of producers and this will give adequate time to develop and implement an alternative administrative structure.” In recent months, MBP called together the chairs of the Patron Advisory Committees (PAC) from each pasture. A steering committee of PAC chairs and MBP directors has been nominated by this group to lead the development of an alternative producer led structure to administer community pastures in Manitoba. “We are confident the new administrative structure, led by producers, will be in place to facilitate an orderly transfer of these first five pastures to transition away from federal administration,” said Barry Lowes, chair of the Steering Committee and chair of the Producer Advisory Committee for Ellice-Archie.

September 11-13: AITC-M Amazing Agriculture Adventure. AAA is a hands-on, interactive ag event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in volunteering please email AITC. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

“The model being developed by the Steering Committee will be used to administer all of the pastures as they transfer from AAFC administration,” noted Armbruster. “MBP emphasizes that as governments make changes to the community pasture program measures must be taken to ensure that current agricultural land use does not change and that these pastures remain available to beef producers in Manitoba.” MBP will continue to work with the Governments of Manitoba, Canada and municipalities in order to ensure a sustainable community pasture program in Manitoba. Continued on page 2

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AUGUST 17, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Community Pastures continued… Community pastures are a 75-year conservation legacy demonstrating practical resource management while providing and conserving natural habitat for wildlife. The use of this land by beef producers provides economic returns to Manitoba’s economy while providing environmental benefits to all citizens—as do all well managed grazing lands.

ATTEND YOUR MBP DISTRICT MEETING Note: Meetings will be held at the end of October and in November. Schedule coming soon.

Agriculture More Than Ever

See you there!

Agriculture More Than Ever is a multi-channel, multi-year industry initiative that asks those involved in the industry to champion agriculture. It is about engaging in more frequent discussion regarding what is going well within the industry, filling in information gaps, responding to misguided perceptions and sharing success stories about the industry, online and offline. MBP supports Agriculture More Than Ever and hopes you will get involved! Watch the video: Ray Armbruster – I’ve Been a Beef Producer All of My Life. About the video: Ray Armbruster, beef producer and Manitoba Beef Producers President, tells us why he enjoys raising cattle and how ranchers contribute to their communities. He also talks about what he does on his farm to protect the environment and what the future may bring for his family and operation. Visit www.agriculturemorethanever.ca for more stories about Canadian agriculture—told by the people who live it every day.

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August 2, 2012

Producer Priorities 1 Events 1 MBP on Great Tastes of Manitoba 1 Note on District Meetings 2


AUGUST 2, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Farm Programs and Producer Priorities By Cam Dahl, MBP General Manager

Farm groups spend a lot of time designing and re-designing subsidy programs. Governments spend even more time on the same subject. Agriculture and AgriFood Canada has an entire branch dedicated to farm financial programs. These debates have been going on since the late 1960s. I wish it were possible to add up the budget expended, hours spent and intelligent minds that have been dedicated to this issue. Someone should conduct a cost benefit analysis for both taxpayers and producers. Even if we do not have these numbers we should still ask “is it worth it?” Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is no exception to the pull of the great subsidy debates. We too spend a lot of time evaluating different subsidy options, attending consultation sessions and lobbying for positions that we think will bring the greatest value to the beef producers we serve. There is a key phrase in the last sentence: “producers we serve.” Too often your voices are lost or never raised in the complicated and politicized (Hey, that province is getting more than us!) discussions over farm support. Producers should change that. You should contact your associations—MBP’s door is always open—and your governments. As you are reading this, there are hundreds of economists and politicians designing the next suite of support programs and they could use your input. It is always a bit dangerous to openly state where one stands on tax dollars directed into farm support. This is a bit like discussing politics or religion while at the dinner table. But I will take a crack at it.

Upcoming Events August 3-5: Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, Beautiful Plains Ag Society, Neepawa, MB. Schedule Sept. 8: Tune in to a brand new season of Great Tastes of Manitoba featuring Manitoba Beef Producers' Beef Expert Adriana Barros! Watch CTV at 6:30 p.m for the premiere. September 11-13: AITC-M Amazing Agriculture Adventure. AAA is a hands-on, interactive ag event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in volunteering please email AITC. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

Agriculture is a key driver for the Manitoba economy and it makes up a significant percent of our GDP. Agriculture is also a key driver of innovation and technology innovation-developments that are often adapted by society at large. Continued on page 2

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AUGUST 2, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Producer Priorities continued… The industry supports thousands of jobs in our urban centres, such as Winnipeg, Brandon or Portage la Prairie. Agriculture is also the backbone of our rural communities. I believe government does have a role to play in ensuring the ongoing stability and viability of agriculture because it is so important to both urban and rural Manitoba. For example, governments should be there when natural disasters threaten to drive producers off the land. The 2011 flood is just one example of a case where it is in society’s best interest for government to step in to ensure that this critical industry can thrive in the future. I also strongly support government investment in research. This is because taxpayers get a very high rate of return when government dollars are invested in agriculture research. For example, a 2004 academic report found that there were $48.3 dollars generated for every federal dollar invested in beef research. Governments also have a role to play in insurance programs like crop insurance or a market-based price insurance program for livestock. This is something that MBP has been lobbying for at both levels of government. Governments also have a responsibility to help Canadians secure access to international markets. Disaster relief, investment in research, insurance programs and ensuring access to markets have one thing in common: while they support the rural economy and help ensure the viability of the agriculture sector, they do not aim to directly subsidize farm income or support a producer’s revenue margins. This leads to a big very big question: Should tax dollars be used to support farm and ranch incomes? We need to have our answers ready. Consultations on the next suite of federal/provincial agriculture programs (Growing Froward II) will reach a conclusion shortly. MBP will be part of these discussions. When I hear officials ask that critical question, I want your answer as well. How do you think tax dollars should be invested in agriculture? What are your priorities?

COMING SOON! MBP District Meeting Schedule Note: Meetings will be held at the end of October and in November. See you there!

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July 6, 2012

WTO Decision on COOL 1 Upcoming Events 1 Speaking Up on Trade 2 Feedlot Management School 2 Manure Management Field Clinic 2


JULY 6, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP Welcomes WTO Decision on COOL

Upcoming Events

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) applauds the decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body regarding mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

July 12: The Cattlemen’s Best Ball Golf Tournament, Oak Island Resort. Proceeds after expenses are in support of the Major Jay Fox and Sheldon Nicholson Family trust funds. To enter, call 204-748-3775.

The ruling found that COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U.S. market. This means the U.S. must now amend its legislation. “We are extremely pleased with this outcome,” said Cam Dahl, MBP general manager. “In Canada, COOL has hit Manitoba livestock producers the hardest due to the fact that we send a high percentage of our animals south.” While this is not the end of the process, MBP welcomes comments made by U.S. officials which indicate that the U.S. will comply with the ruling. MBP is hopeful the U.S. will make amendments to COOL legislation to allow for efficient trade. The next step in the process is for the WTO Dispute Settlement Body to adopt the ruling. The U.S. will have 30 days from adoption to announce its intention regarding the ruling. COOL was implemented in 2008 and since then it has cost beef producers in Manitoba and the rest of Canada approximately $150 million per year. On both sides of the border COOL has affected billions of dollars of commerce in cattle and beef products.

July 28: Manitoba Angus Pen Show and Field Day, Neepawa Ag Complex, Neepawa, MB. Website August 3-5: Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, Beautiful Plains Ag Society, Neepawa, MB. Schedule September 11-13: AITC-M Amazing Agriculture Adventure. AAA is a hands-on, interactive ag event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in volunteering please email AITC. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

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JULY 6, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Producers Must Speak Up on Trade By Cam Dahl, MBP General Manager

Trade negotiations. I can almost hear the pages turning as people turn to other things that seem more relevant. For years everyone involved in agriculture has been subjected to the strong arguments on both sides of this issue. And yet, very little seems to change. For example, since 2001, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha round of negotiations has tried to break through the entrenched interests, to no avail. Many find this rather tiring. Why should I pay attention? Do these negotiations have anything to do with what happens on my ranch or farm? Is there anything I can do about it? These are three of the most common questions I hear from produces when trade negotiations are discussed. The fact is trade negotiations matter a great deal and we are seeing progress. Perhaps not at the WTO, but we are seeing results through bilateral deals and entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. These deals are very important to producers. We should be paying attention and we should ensure that our politicians are hearing the voices from the end of the gravel roads. Trade is vital for the beef sector in particular because approximately 50 per cent of Canadian beef production is destined for export markets. Beef producers have always understood the significance of international trade. However, the importance of open markets was hammered home in 2003 when a case of BSE slammed our borders shut. The loss of markets was devastating to our industry and has cost the Canadian economy billions. READ MORE HERE

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June 22, 2012

Trans-Pacific Partnership 1 Community Pastures 2 Beef Code of Practice Survey 2


JUNE 22, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP Welcomes Canada’s Participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) welcomes the announcement that Canada will be participating in the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP seeks to enhance economic growth among participating countries and it could provide an opportunity for the beef industry to further strengthen its export markets. “Manitoba Beef Producers supports the TPP partnership and the removal of trade barriers, both tariff and non-tariff, for the growth of Canadian beef export markets,” said Ray Armbruster, MBP president. Canada joins the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and Mexico at the table, with Japan also expressing interest to join in the TPP negotiations. Manitoba Beef Producers emphasizes the importance of eliminating import tariffs. Countries must follow the science-based guidelines established by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and MBP encourages the TPP countries to remove those tariffs on Canadian beef and beef products. “Open trade strengthens the industry as a whole creating opportunity for renewal and growth,” said Armbruster. “We believe there is significant room to expand our beef trade because the high quality of our product meets the needs of those customers. Barrier-free trade would create a level playing field with our international competitors. I know we can compete on quality.” Through Canada’s participation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there is an opportunity to strengthen relationships with importing countries. The beef industry depends on trade and open access, and eliminating these tariff barriers through partnerships like the TPP will increase the competitiveness of our products and decrease the cost of exporting Canadian beef.

Upcoming Events To June 24: New! Cattle Tales at Touch the Farm, Red River Exhibition. July 12: The Cattlemen’s Best Ball Golf Tournament, Oak Island Resort. Proceeds after expenses are in support of the Major Jay Fox and Sheldon Nicholson Family trust funds. To enter, call 204-748-3775. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

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JUNE 22, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Manitoba Beef Producers Will Continue to Fight for Community Pastures By Lauren Stone, MBP Policy Analyst

Second Beef Code of Practice Survey

Over the next six years, Manitoba will start to see the transition of its 21 community pastures away from the current Agri-Environment Services Branch (AESB) administration under the federal government. This move brings many questions. What does this mean for the patrons who use the community pastures and for those employed through pasture management? What does this mean overall for the beef sector in Manitoba? Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is searching for answers to these and many other questions. We know that grazing offers environmental, economic and social benefits. Through the use of grazing on land unsuited to grain and oilseed production—land that would otherwise remain agriculturally inactive—the community pastures program has the opportunity to provide benefits to the province as a whole. This 75-year conservation legacy demonstrates practical resource management providing natural habitat to animals, birds and other wildlife. Community pastures are important for carbon sequestration, water quality and helping to limit the spread of invasive species. The use of this land by beef producers returns an economic incentive to Manitoba’s economy, while also being available as a risk management tool for young and smaller-scale producers.

Beef producers have another opportunity to provide input into the redevelopment of the beef cattle Code of Practice by participating in a new online survey on routine management practices such as animal identification (branding), dehorning, and castration. To complete this confidential 10minute survey, go to http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-ofpractice/beef-cattle and click on surveys. More information on the Code development process and progress on the various Codes under development is available from NFACC’s website.

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June 8, 2012

The Flood: A Year After 1 Community Pastures Update 2 MBP Director Wins Award 2


JUNE 8, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Spotlight on The Flood: A Year After It has been a year since the 2011 Flood and MBP wants to put the spotlight back on the people who suffered the biggest blow from the devastation— producers. The next issue of Cattle Country, available here or through the mail next week, takes a look at where flooded beef producers are today. Beef producers who were forced to take on the burden of the flood are still facing uncertainty and hardship. They live and work in many different regions of the province such as around the Shoal Lakes, Lake Manitoba, the Assiniboine Valley, Lake Dauphin, the Parkland, southwestern Manitoba and other areas.

Upcoming Events To June 10: Manitoba Summer Fair. June 15 to 24: New! Cattle Tales at Touch the Farm, Red River Exhibition. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

They are still picking up the pieces and trying to deal with what the future may hold for their operations and their families.

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We hope you will read about their stories and join MBP in our call to all levels of government to treat these Manitobans fairly, compensate them fully, and find workable solutions to prevent flooding in the future.

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Featured flood articles: • Lake Manitoba producers face prolonged flood recovery • Shoal Lakes flooding woes continue • Flood of 2011 - The Aftermath • Shoal Lakes residents continue to battle back from flooding • Restoration after the flood

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Read GM Cam Dahl's commentary Flood Battle Not Over.

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JUNE 8, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Community Pastures Update

Congratulations to MBP District 13 Director Kim Crandall on winning the Bob Wright Memorial Award during the Man/Sask Auctioneering Championship on May 4, 2012. Kim is from Winnipegosis and he sells at the Ste. Rose Auction Mart. He was a first-time competitor. Congrats Kim! Photo below: Kim Crandall accepts his award from Rick Wright.

Last week, MBP helped bring together Manitoba community pastures stakeholders. MBP is focused on working on this issue for producers and we will provide further updates in the coming weeks and months. For more information, please read the Cattle Country article Manitoba Beef Producers will continue to fight for community pastures by Lauren Stone. Manitoba Beef Producers will continue to fight for community pastures Over the next six years, Manitoba will start to see the transition of its 21 community pastures away from the current Agri-Environment Services Branch (AESB) administration under the federal government. This move brings many questions. What does this mean for the patrons who use the community pastures and for those employed through pasture management? What does this mean overall for the beef sector in Manitoba? Read more here on Page 6 of Cattle Country

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May 25, 2012

Dr. Temple Grandin Event 1 Event Photo Gallery 2 Event Media Coverage 2 NEW! Cattle Tales at The Ex 1


MAY 25, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Livestock Welfare Session Draws Crowd of 700

Upcoming Events

Dr. Temple Grandin, a worldrenowned animal advocate, spoke on livestock welfare to a sold-out crowd of over 700 in Brandon this week.

May 27 to 29: Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association's 99th Convention and Annual General Meeting, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. June 15 to 24: New! Cattle Tales at Touch the Farm, Red River Exhibition.

The group that brought Dr. Grandin to the province included stakeholders from the agriculture sector such as livestock commodity associations, brokers, transporters, production facilities and government.

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Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

Producers, consumers, professionals and fans gathered for the afternoon on May 23 at the Victoria Inn to hear her address a wide range of welfare issues, animal care in all livestock sectors, and initiatives producers and slaughter facilities can take to improve their operations.

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Dr. Grandin also emphasized the importance of producers taking time to share positive stories about their animal welfare practices. She encouraged producers to use the internet and social media to communicate with consumers and others who want to know more about where their food comes from. An invite-only dinner for industry followed the public session, which was an opportunity for livestock stakeholders to receive insight on how to improve animal welfare in Manitoba.

Dr. Temple Grandin

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MAY 25, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Dr. Temple Grandin continued Special thanks to everyone who attended Dr. Temple Grandin - Animal Welfare: The Right Thing to Do and congratulations to the sponsors who made the event possible (listed alphabetically): HyLife Ltd., Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives; Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Pork Council, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, Quintaine Livestock, and Steve’s Livestock Transport.

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Related media: Animal Care Improving, Says Dr. Temple Grandin Golden West Radio Watch CTV’s coverage of the Dr. Temple Grandin event CTV Winnipeg Livestock Producers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Youtube Farmscape Put yourselves on YouTube, Grandin tells producers The Western Producer Grandin draws huge crowd for presentation (must be a subscriber to access) Brandon Sun

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May 11, 2012

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MAY 11, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Important Survey on Beef Cattle Code of Practice

Upcoming Events

Beef cattle owners are encouraged to provide their input into the redevelopment of Canada’s Beef Cattle Code of Practice through an online survey.

May 23: Dr. Temple Grandin speaking on Animal Welfare: The Right Thing to Do, Brandon, MB. Sold Out.

The National Farm Animal Care Council is conducting the survey to gain stakeholder insights on the Code of Practice, and views on the care and handling of beef cattle.

May 27 to 29: Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association's 99th Convention and Annual General Meeting, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

Your participation is important. To complete this confidential 10-minute survey, go to www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle and click on survey. If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact MBP at 1-800-772-0458.

June 15 to 24: New! Cattle Tales at Touch the Farm, Red River Exhibition.

Codes of Practice

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The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of different species of farm animals. Codes are not intended to be used as production manuals; instead, the Codes are designed to be used as an educational tool in the promotion of acceptable management and welfare practices. The Codes contain recommendations to assist farmers and others in the agriculture and food sector to compare and improve their own management practices.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

Code Development Progress Revisions to the Code of Practice for Beef Cattle, using the NFACC Code development process, are slated for completion in spring 2013. Priority Welfare Issues List The priority welfare issues are species specific and manageable topics that are considered to be important for animal welfare and will particularly benefit from a review of the available scientific literature. Read the detailed list of Priority Welfare Issues here.

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MAY 11, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Dr. Temple Grandin to Speak to Producers and Public One of the most celebrated animal advocates in the world who has worked to improve every segment of beef production in North America will be speaking in Brandon this month. Her name is Dr. Temple Grandin, and she will discuss the topic Animal Welfare: The Right Thing to Do. The group bringing her here includes stakeholders from the agriculture sector in Manitoba including livestock commodity associations, brokers, transporters, production facilities, as well as government. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and an animal welfare specialist. She works to reshape livestock handling systems and help the beef industry embrace animal welfare practices. Whether you are using equipment she designed or one of her low-stress livestock handling techniques, she has probably touched your operation in some way. Grandin is also worldrenowned as an inspiration to people with autism. In numerous interviews, she has said that autism has allowed her to “see” things in a way that is similar to how animals think because her mind works very visually.

And like animals, she is also highly sensitive to sensory stimulants. Her understanding of animals is in the results she has shown through her research and designs related to livestock handling. She is the designer of a centre track restrainer system for processing plants, which is used in about half of all cattle processing facilities in Canada and the U.S., and her curved chute systems are used worldwide. Grandin’s insight on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behaviour has helped producers reduce animal stress during handling. She also designed an objective scoring system for assessing handling and stunning of cattle at processing plants. Many large corporations use this system to improve animal care. During her career, she has received considerable recognition for her work to improve humane handling of livestock, as well as a spot on Time Magazine’s list of The 100 most influential people in the world. Her life story was even featured in the HBO movie Temple Grandin, a winner of seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

Dr. Temple Grandin

Almost 700 producers, agricultural stakeholders, and rural and urban consumers have signed up for the sold-out May 23 event. We hope Dr. Grandin’s insight at this event will be a positive step to help partners in the value chain move our livestock sector forward on animal welfare. Animal Welfare: The Right Thing to Do is presented by the following sponsors (listed alphabetically): HyLife Ltd., Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Pork Council, Maple Leaf Foods, Quintaine Livestock, and Steve’s Livestock Transport.

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April 27, 2012

MBP on Manitoba Budget 1-2 Cattle Tales - Red River Exhibition 2 BIXS Provider 1 Upcoming Events 1


APRIL 27, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP on Manitoba Budget

Upcoming Events

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) has a mixed response to the 2012 Manitoba Budget. MBP hoped to see provisions which were not mentioned in the budget such as cattle price insurance, an effective environmental goods and services program and a herd protection program.

May 23: Dr. Temple Grandin speaking on Animal Welfare: The Right Thing to Do, Brandon, MB. Sold Out.

MBP was pleased that there was a commitment in the budget to the forage restoration program for pasture and hayland flooded in the spring of 2011. “This is a critical program for those still suffering from the 2011 flood,” said Ray Armbruster, MBP president. “Flooded land will take years to rehabilitate. MBP will continue to work with the provincial government to restore flooded pasture and hayland.” The budget included an announcement on a “Nutrient Management Tax Credit” that will be a component of the Save the Lake Winnipeg Act, which was introduced in June 2011. MBP believes producers will be confronted with additional costs to adhere to the manure/nutrient management regulations coming into force in 2013 and this tax credit may assist producers with costs incurred with the engineering, design and installation of nutrient management equipment. “We hope that the $300,000 allocated to tax credits in the program provides equal opportunity for all livestock producers,” said Armbruster. MBP welcomes the budget increase to Infrastructure and Transportation and encourages the government to restore provincial highways within the Shoal Lakes complex, Lake Manitoba region, the southwest part of the province and other areas in which provincial highways were damaged by the 2011 flood.

June 15 to 24: Touch the Farm at The Red River Exhibition. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust. …………………………………………….................

BIXS Provider Did you know that MBP is a Third Party Service Provider for the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)? MBP will provide workshops on the system in the near future. Contact MBP for more information on upcoming learning workshops at info@mbbeef.ca.

Though many beef producer priorities were not addressed in the budget, MBP will continue to work on those key issues and continue to push for the province to bring these initiatives forward for the good of everyone in the beef production chain. Continued on page 2.

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APRIL 27, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Budget continued Other items: •

Gas for your car and fuel for commercial transport trucks will be going up by 2.5 cents in tax, for a total of 14 cents per litre, and a new 3 cents per litre tax on motive fuel has been introduced. This new tax applies to previously exempt marked gasoline (purple fuel), but does not apply to marked diesel. In addition to the fuel taxes, the province will be applying a sales tax on property insurance. This means that producers could be subject to a 7 per cent sales tax on insuring their farm properties. The School Tax on farmland was not eliminated. MBP is waiting for this promised change.

There are many priorities for Manitoba’s beef producers that were not mentioned in the budget. MBP included the following issues in our provincial budget document that was presented to various government departments: 1. The implementation of a zero-till program, including equipment purchase, to assist in the rehabilitation of land damaged by standing water as a result of the 2011 flood. 2. Funding in place for the appointment of a TB (tuberculosis) Coordinator to oversee the eradication of bovine TB in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area. 3. Support for a TB mustering fee to help offset the financial losses that our producers continue to face due to the mandated Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) testing. 4. Full-time predator removal officers, under the Predator Control Program, to deal with problem predators in areas of high predation. 5. Implementation of a Cattle Price Insurance pilot project commencing in fall 2012, in which premiums are cost-shared with the producer and the government. With further review of the costs and benefits of the budget, MBP will continue to lobby and investigate various options to obtain the available dollars.

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April 13, 2012

Focussing on Animal Welfare 1 MBP Bursaries: Apply Today! 2 MBP at Auction Marts 2 AGM - Save the Date! 1


APRIL 13, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Focussing on Animal Welfare

By Cam Dahl, General Manager, Manitoba Beef Producers Animal welfare. These two words often evoke a strong response from livestock producers across the country who feel that their way of life is under siege by those who don’t understand them and don’t grasp what they do for society. One just has to look at a few headlines to understand why farmers may feel this way. Animal rights groups are focussed on agriculture and they are calling on the public to support their efforts. Often our response has been to be dismissive of the concerns raised. But animal agriculture needs to take a step back from the traditional defensive responses to these issues. Activist groups like to portray our producers as heartless exploiters of their animals. But that is simply not the case. All of the farmers I know care very deeply about the welfare of the livestock under their care. Producers go to extraordinary measures, sometimes at significant personal sacrifice, to protect the health of their animals. Activists do have it wrong, but that is not a reason to dismiss, out of hand, concerns from civil society. Consumers in Canada and throughout our key international markets are demanding to know more about their food. Where does that steak come from? Who produced it? How was it raised? Governments are responding to these questions. After all, the people asking are the same ones that elect politicians to office. If we, agricultural producers, don’t answer these questions the only people left to provide information are the activists. Governments are not the only ones who are paying attention to the question “where does my food come from?” Our customers are paying attention as well. Large purchasers like McDonalds and Walmart are developing contracts that specify how the meat they sell must be produced. Our customers are not developing these codes because it makes them feel good, they are taking these steps in response to consumer demand. Continued: READ MORE HERE

Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE! February 7 & 8, 2013: MBP’s Annual General Meeting, Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB. More details to come! April 26: Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba’s 23rd Annual General Meeting. Visit www.aitc.mb.ca. MBP is a proud member of Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust. …………………………………………….................

BIXS Provider Did you know that MBP is a Third Party Service Provider for the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)? MBP will provide workshops on the system in the near future. Contact MBP for more information on upcoming learning workshops at info@mbbeef.ca.

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APRIL 13, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP Bursaries: Apply Today! Each year Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to offer four $500 bursaries for MBP members or their children attending a university, college or other post‐secondary institution or pursuing trades training.

Note to Auction Marts and Producers: MBP’s former Field Rep, Tara Fulton, has moved on to a new position (we miss her already!) and MBP will not have a rep at auction marts for the next few weeks. Please contact the MBP office with any questions or issues we can assist with.

Preference will be given to students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade that would be beneficial to the rural economy. Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2012. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by August 31, 2012. Eligibility: ‐ must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2012 - must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer - must use the bursary within two years

Need to age verify your cattle? Help is available through Manitoba Beef Producers. Please call Lacé at 1-800-772-0458. *Please submit your age verification information to Lacé a minimum of 24 hours prior to the sale. Thank you.

Read the full requirements here. *Bursary winners will be published in the MBP newspaper Cattle Country.

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March 30, 2012

Canada-Japan Trade Talks 1 Ag in the Classroom AGM 1 US Files COOL Appeal 2 Spring Manure Restriction 2 Beef: Did You Know? 2


MARCH 30, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

MBP Encouraged by Canada-Japan Trade Talks Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) welcomes the news that Canada will initiate negotiations towards a comprehensive trade agreement with Japan. MBP wants to especially thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Hon. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, for their ongoing work at tearing down barriers to Canadian exports. If successful, these negotiations will significantly increase market opportunities for Manitoba’s beef producers. “Beef producers in Manitoba depend on trade and access to new markets,” said Cam Dahl, MBP general manager. “We are pleased the federal government is working on reducing trade barriers. New trade access will strengthen prices and drive new growth of our beef herd in the province.” Japan is one of Canada’s key agricultural trading partners. Beef producers would benefit from a comprehensive JapanCanada trade agreement which provides full tariff-free access for Canadian beef and MBP looks forward to that possible outcome of these negotiations. “The Government of Canada and the beef industry have worked closely together in recent years to open international markets and create opportunities for Canadian producers,” said Dahl. MBP believes this partnership has been very successful and that it is a model of successful government/industry cooperation. Our cooperative work in these negotiations will be a continuation of these successful efforts.

BIXS Provider Did you know that MBP is a Third Party Service Provider for the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)? MBP will provide workshops on the system in the near future. Contact MBP for more information on upcoming learning workshops at info@mbbeef.ca. …………………………………………….................

Upcoming Events April 26: Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba’s 23rd Annual General Meeting “Making our Mark” at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. Discover how AITC-MB is making its mark as it cultivates an interest in agriculture among teachers and students in Manitoba schools. Visit www.aitc.mb.ca. MBP is a proud member of Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

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MARCH 30, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

US Files COOL Appeal

Did You Know?

MBP is disappointed that the US has filed a Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) appeal but believes this will not cause a long delay on this issue. MBP expects that the ruling of the appeal will be announced by the end of summer 2012. To read more, click on the CCA news release CCA disappointed that U.S. Government has filed COOL Appeal at WTO.

Lean beef is a nutritious choice for a healthy diet. Beef is packed with 14 essential nutrients. It is also an excellent source of high-quality protein, one of the richest food sources of highly absorbable heme iron, and one of nature’s best sources of zinc and vitamin B12.

Spring Manure Restriction Remains in Place The Government of Manitoba has temporarily lifted the restriction on spring fertilizer applications before April 10. This does not apply to spreading livestock manure. Producers who wish to apply to the province for an exemption can contact their local MAFRI GO Office. More information on the nutrient management regulation is available here.

MBP AT THE ROYAL MANITOBA WINTER FAIR

Above: Visitors of all ages enjoy the MBP booth this week in Brandon. Special thanks to all of our board member volunteers and staff for a great RMWF!

Preparation There are important steps that consumers should take when cooking ground meats. Remember to: •Cook meat to a safe internal temperature. For ground beef it is 71C/160F. Use a digital instant read thermometer to know for sure.

•Wash hands before and after handling food and frequently while cooking, especially after handling raw meat. •Avoid cross contamination of food by washing utensils, plates and cutting boards that have come into contact with raw meat in hot, soapy water. •Wash all raw fruits and vegetables before you prepare and eat them.

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March 16, 2012

Ag in the City this Weekend 1 New CCA President 1-2 Note on MBP and BIXS 1


MARCH 16, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Discover Agriculture in the City This Weekend

Visit the MBP booth for recipes, beef info and fun activities for the kids Discover Agriculture in the City returns to the heart of Winnipeg from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18 at the historic Forks Market. This free, three-day event offers a rich, colourful glimpse inside one of Canada’s most vibrant industries through interactive exhibits, presentations, activities and cooking demonstrations. Discover the impact agriculture has on our daily lives.

BIXS Provider Did you know that MBP is a Third Party Service Provider for the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)? MBP will provide workshops on the system in the near future. Contact MBP for more information on upcoming learning workshops at info@mbbeef.ca. …………………………………………….................

The weekend will feature sights and sensations for everyone seeking to learn about the food we eat and the industry that brings it to your plate. Innovation, environmental sustainability and food safety play a huge role in modern agriculture, and that’s just the beginning. MBP welcomes everyone to join in the fun this weekend. Check out the schedule of events. Photo: MBP Field Rep Tara Fulton at the booth

Upcoming Events

Former MBP President Acclaimed CCA President

March 26 to 31: Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon, MB. www.brandonfairs.com

MBP congratulates our former president Martin Unrau on his new role as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) board of directors acclaimed Martin Unrau as president and Dave Solverson as vice president at the annual general meeting held March 6 to 9 in Ottawa. Unrau, from MacGregor, takes over from outgoing CCA President Travis Toews. Having completed a two-year term, Toews remains an officer of the CCA, and will serve as past president. Solverson is a CCA director from Alberta.

March 16 to 18: Discover Agriculture in the City, The Forks Market, Winnipeg, MB. www.aginthecity.ca

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Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

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MARCH 16, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

CCA Annual Meeting continued Unrau has been involved with the CCA since 2007 and said he is honoured to be elected president. Going forward, he intends to focus on maximizing the opportunities for Canada’s beef cattle industry and safeguarding infrastructure. Producers can expect a continued focus on market access and the rebuilding of the Canadian cow herd in order to become a solid player on a global scale. Maintaining the cohesion that CCA past presidents have built up between the sectors of the industry, particularly feeders and processors, is another key piece, Unrau said. “I’m big on vision for the future. The Canadian cattle industry is in a really good situation right now, however I am concerned about infrastructure dropping off because herd numbers are down. It’s one of those underlying issues that are always there when numbers are down,” he said. “I’m concerned that we might lose some slaughter and processing capacity, along with feeding capacity, in Canada and in the U.S. That’s a huge concern down the road, so we’ll have to look at that and deal with that.” Unrau has taken on a variety of roles at the CCA over the past five years, most recently as CCA vice president and member of the executive committee. He has served as chair of the Foreign Trade Committee, co-chair of the Animal Health Committee, and as a member the Domestic Agriculture and Policy Regulation Committee. Unrau operates Bar 88 Ranch along with his wife Roxie and their son Garett, one of the couple’s four children. The Unrau’s calve 550 cows and background some calves, and grow grain crops including corn, canola and barley. The CCA also welcomes the following new directors appointed by the provincial members to the board: Cathy Sharp and Pat Rutledge (Alberta); Brent Griffin and Kevin Woods (Saskatchewan), Heinz Reimer (Manitoba), Tom Wilson and Matt Bowman (Ontario); and George Smith (Nova Scotia). New this year is Byron Templeton (Alberta) representing the Canadian Beef Breeds Council.

Above (left to right): Heinz Reimer, CCA Director, MBP District 4 Director; MBP GM Cam Dahl and CCA President Martin Unrau at the AGM in Ottawa.

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ISSUE: 10

MARCH 2012

Invest in Your Organization 1 New CFIA Initiative 1 Canadian Ag Literacy Week 2 Feed Technology Course 2 Flood 2011 Program Deadlines 2


MARCH 2, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Invest in Your Commodity Organization What does MBP do for you? The per-head check-off you pay promotes and defends beef producers’ livelihoods through a united effort. Support the check-off and support the work MBP does for all beef producers. Invest in MBP and support valuable efforts on key issues such as: • Flooding and Feed Transportation Assistance • Research • Predator Programs • Bovine Tuberculosis • Traceability • Insurance Programs • Promotion of positive beef sector messages and credible beef nutrition messages Contact us today with issues that affect your operation at info@mbbeef.ca.

New CFIA Initiative Feb. 27: MBP Vice President Mac McRae, GM Cam Dahl and CCA Vice President Martin Unrau joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz during his announcement regarding the launch of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Statement of Rights and Service for Producers, Consumers and Other Stakeholders. Read the CCA news release here.

Subscribe to Cattle Country Cattle Country is a free publication for Manitoba’s beef producers. Contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca to subscribe for 2012. …………………………………………….................

Upcoming Events To March 3: Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week. website March 6 to 9: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, ON. agenda March 16 to 18: Discover Agriculture in the City, The Forks Market, Winnipeg, MB. www.aginthecity.ca March 26 to 31: Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon, MB. www.brandonfairs.com …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

L to R: VP Martin Unrau, VP Mac McRae, Hon. Gerry Ritz

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MARCH 2, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

NEW! Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba in partnership with Farm Credit Canada is celebrating the first-ever Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week February 26 - March 3, 2012! Grade 3 and 4 students are learning about agriculture, connecting with producers and other industry “celebrities,” and understanding the role agriculture plays in their daily lives. Special guest reader Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn shared the book Where Beef Comes From by Sherri Grant with students at Westgrove School in Winnipeg on Feb. 28. MBP attended the event and helped students enjoy the AITC-M activities.

Cigi-ANAC Canadian Feed Technology Course April 17 to 19, 2012 in Winnipeg, MB This course is recommended for mill managers and operators, as well as anyone who is interested in enhancing their knowledge of feed production practices and innovations in the milling of finished feeds. It is diverse and contains practical sessions, an interactive workshop and informative presentations from experts of the feed milling industry. An excellent forum for discussion among peers from across Canada is provided. Registration Fee: $ 945 (incl. GST). To request notification of future course dates please email cigi@cigi.ca. Register online

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Above: Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn reads to Westgrove School students

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ISSUE: 9

FEBRUARY 2012

Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance 1 Upcoming Events 1 Canadian Ag Literacy Week 2 MBP in Action 2


FEBRUARY 17, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Interest-free operating loans through MLCA

This spring, consider applying for the Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance Inc. administers the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) which provides producers with a cash advance on the value of their agricultural products during a specified period. The 2012 production period will begin in April 2012, and producers can apply as soon as their calves are on the ground. The production periods are now 24 months in length beginning April 1 and ending 24 months later (March 31) for cattle producers, which provides greater flexibility to sell products when market conditions are more favourable. The APP program offers interest-free cash advances up to a $100,000. This limit is across all advance payments programs. The maximum amount that can be borrowed at any given time is $400,000. An eligible BRM program (AgriStability), in addition to the agricultural product itself, is used as security. Producers must be actively participating in the current year. Applications are available by calling the toll-free number 1-866-869-4008 or at www.manitobalivestock.com. Read the next issue of Cattle Country for a further look at this valuable program.

Canadian Cattlemen’s Town Hall Thank you to all of the producers and industry stakeholders who took time to attend the Canadian Cattlemen’s Town Hall in Pipestone on February 9. Your support is appreciated.

Subscribe to Cattle Country Cattle Country is a free publication for Manitoba’s beef producers. Contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca to subscribe for 2012. …………………………………………….................

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust. …………………………………………….................

Upcoming Events March 6 to 9: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, ON. March 16 to 18: Discover Agriculture in the City, The Forks Market, Winnipeg, MB. www.aginthecity.ca March 26 to 31: Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon, MB. www.brandonfairs.com

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Celebrate Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba in partnership with Farm Credit Canada will celebrate the first-ever Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week February 26 - March 3, 2012 with students as they learn about agriculture, connect with growers and other industry “celebrities,” and understand the role agriculture plays in their daily lives.

Manitoba Beef Producers is joining the celebration and beef producer volunteers will be visiting classrooms across the province to read a story all about beef production and share their knowledge and experience. AITC-M invites producers and its members to support this event in your own way. Need ideas? Please contact AITC-M at diane@aitc.mb.ca or call Diane at 471-9698. Learn more at www.aitc.mb.ca.

MBP in Action MBP is an organization of beef producers working for beef producers. Here are some of MBP’s recent activities:

Feb. 1: MBP met with the Manitoba PC Caucus Feb. 2: MBP presented at Beef and Forage Days in Plumas Feb. 3: MBP presented at Beef and Forage Days in Austin Feb. 7: MBP presented at Beef and Forage Days in Franklin Feb. 8: MBP presented at Beef and Forage Days in Boissevain Feb. 8: MBP attended a TB Taskforce meeting Feb. 9: CCA Town Hall meeting Feb. 9: MBP attended Beef and Forage Days in Rossburn Feb. 13: MBP met with Hon. Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Feb. 15 - 17: MBP attended the National PAGE Beef 2 Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Industry Conference in Red Deer, AB Feb. 16: MBP presented at Portage Co-op Beef and Forage Days in Austin

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ISSUE: 8

FEBRUARY 2012

Market Access to South Korea 1 CCA Town Hall 1 Producer Information Meetings 2


FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Producers Welcome Market Access to South Korea Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) applauded the news that South Korea will resume imports of Canadian beef, after a ban that stretched eight years. MBP congratulated the Government of Canada, Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Hon. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on achieving this outcome for producers and the entire beef sector. “By restoring market access for Canadian beef, the federal government has added support to our growing market,” said Cam Dahl, MBP General Manager. “This victory confirms we have now turned a corner—after almost a decade of restricted markets due to BSE border closures.” South Korea is the last major export market in Asia to uphold a ban on imports of Canadian beef. Effective immediately, South Korea will allow beef under 30 months of age to re-enter its market. This is welcome news for Manitoba’s beef producers as this additional market access provides another reason to hope the strong prices we have been experiencing will continue. “This is not only a win for producers, but also for science-based agricultural trade,” said Dahl. “It is very important that export requirements are based on sound science. This is perhaps one of the most important lessons we have learned from BSE restrictions.” Canada Beef Inc., the market development arm of the beef industry, estimates that South Korea will represent $30 million in exports by 2015. MBP thanks the federal government, including the Market Access Secretariat, for helping open markets, and looks forward to this opportunity for our beef producers.

Upcoming Events Attend the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pipestone Community Hall. Complimentary meal to follow (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada). No fee to attend. All attendees must register prior to the event. RSVP at www.cattle.ca/townhall or call 403-275-8558.

Trust Fund Donations Memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust. …………………………………………….................

Subscribe to Cattle Country Cattle Country is a free publication for Manitoba’s beef producers. Contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca to subscribe for 2012.

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FEBRUARY 3, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Beef Producer Information Meetings Beef Producer Information Meetings hosted by the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba, Whitemud Watershed Conservation District, West Souris Conservation District and Ducks Unlimited will be held on the following dates: Feb. 7: 6 p.m., Franklin Memorial Hall, Franklin, MB. Feb. 8: 10:30 a.m., Veva's Diner (Banquet Room), Boissevain, MB.

Reminder: Deadline for Manitoba Forage Shortfall Assistance Program The program can assist livestock producers who are experiencing extraordinary costs due to forage shortage caused by flooding or excess moisture conditions in 2011. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2012. Click here for more information.

Feb. 9: 6 p.m., Rossburn Agri Rec Centre, Rossburn, MB. For more information and to register, contact your local MAFRI GO Office.

Portage Co-op Beef Day Producers have another opportunity to take in information on beef topics, at the Portage Co-op Beef Day:

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Feb. 16: in Austin, MB. For more information, call Ashley at 1-855-637-3030.

In the February issue of Cattle Country:      

Tribute to Major Jay Fox Johne's Disease and Biosecurity Canada's Beef Cattle Science Cluster Re-establishing Forages on Flooded Land Grant Moffat Herd Builder Award Winners Liver Flukes and Manitoba Beef Herds

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ISSUE: 7

JANUARY 2012

CCA Town Hall Meeting 1 Upcoming Events 1 Forage Shortfall Program 2 Funding for VBP 2


ISSUE: 7 JANUARY 20, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Attend the CCA Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 9 Manitoba beef producers will have an opportunity to get updates and voice their views on the industry at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Producers are encouraged to attend the town hall which will be held at the Pipestone Community Hall in Pipestone, MB. This event is the second in a series of town hall meetings that the CCA is proud to present across Canada. The town hall meeting provides the opportunity to meet members of the CCA executive and managers and hear the latest reports on the many activities the CCA is involved in on behalf of Canada’s 83,000 cattle producers. The meeting also provides the opportunity for producers to bring forward local issues of national concern. This will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions and network with others in the beef industry. The session includes updates on current foreign trade issues, the global outlook on beef production and the latest market analysis from Canfax. The latest developments around traceability, TB issues, and updates on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) and Beef Cattle Research Council will also be on the agenda. The meeting will run from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Through sponsorship from Farm Credit Canada, registrants are invited to stay for a complimentary meal following the presentations. There is no fee to attend the town hall meeting but space is limited and all attendees must register prior to the event.

Trust Fund Donations Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in memory of Major Jay Fox to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust. …………………………………………….................

Subscribe to Cattle Country Cattle Country is a free publication for Manitoba’s beef producers. Contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca to subscribe for 2012. …………………………………………….................

Upcoming Events Benchland Forage Consortium in Plumas Feb. 2 -Call 204-385-6633 for info. Beef and Forage Production Day in Austin Feb. 3 -Call 204-239-3352 for info.

Please RSVP online at www.cattle.ca/townhall or call 403-275-8558. For more agenda information, please email Manitoba Beef Producers at info@mbbeef.ca or call 1-800-772-0458.

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ISSUE: 7 JANUARY 20, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Deadline for Manitoba Forage Shortfall Assistance Program: March 31 The Manitoba Forage Shortfall Assistance Program can assist Manitoba livestock producers who are experiencing extraordinary costs due to forage shortage caused by flooding or excess moisture conditions in 2011. The program provides assistance to producers with shortfalls in the forage production required to maintain their livestock over the 2011/12 pasture and winter periods.

Funding for Verified Beef Production

All Manitoba livestock producers that owned or leased eligible animals and incurred extraordinary forage shortages caused by excess moisture conditions or overland flooding in spring 2011 may be eligible for financial assistance.

New funding is available for Verified Beef Producers.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2012. Click here for more information.

Up to $5000 is available for building quarantine pens or wash stations.

Producers must submit a completed application form to a MAFRI GO office. Applications may be delivered in person, faxed or mailed, provided in the case of mail that the post mark indicates a date on or before the application deadline of March 31, 2012. Application forms can be downloaded from the MAFRI website or picked up at any MAFRI GO Office.

For more information, call 204-372-6492 or contact your local MAFRI GO Office. Funded by Growing Forward.

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ISSUE: 6

JANUARY 2012

Remembering Major Jay Fox 1 Upcoming Events 1 Manitoba Ag Days 2 Shelterbelt Survey 2 Trapper Education Course 2


ISSUE: 6 JANUARY 6, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Remembering our Friend: Major Jay Fox Manitoba Beef Producers is deeply saddened that on Dec. 23, 2011, Major Jay Fox passed away at the age of 32 years. Jay served two terms as President of Manitoba Beef Producers in 2010 and 2011, one term as Second Vice President in 2009, and six years as District 12 Director. MBP will print a tribute to Jay in the February 2012 issue of Cattle Country. We extend our deepest condolences and support to Jay's family and friends at this sad time. Services for Jay were held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 in Eddystone, Manitoba and on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Jay is survived by his loving wife Angie; his children: Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major; his parents: Lyal and Virginia Fox; his brothers: Lyal II (Rose) and their children: Peter, Spencer, and Isaiah; Jon (Shelly) and their children: Tyra, Jon, Jim Bob and Jorja; Stirling (Sheena) and their children: Bexson and Broker; Ben (Linda) and their children: Emma, Sutherland, and Benjamin; his sister: AJ (David); his grandmas: Molly Fox and Mildred Ellis; his parents-in-law: Andy and Marilyn Russett; his brothers-in-law: Randy (Nicole) Russet and their children: Keagan, Heidi and Camryn; Clinton (Carrie) and their children: Jared, Alyssa, and Bailey; his sisterin-law: Darlynn (Corey) and their children: Ashton, Brody, and Skylar; Angie's grandma: Florence Hamel; his special friends: Gina, Kate, Wade and Lindsay Cole. Jay was predeceased by his grandfathers: Arthur Millington and Jonathan Fox; his uncle Charlie Bob Fox and his special friends Glen Cole and Jim Mantler. Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in memory of Jay to a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major. Donations may be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust.

Subscribe to Cattle Country Cattle Country is a free publication for Manitoba’s beef producers. Contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca to subscribe for 2012. …………………………………………….................

Upcoming Events Manitoba Beef and Forage Days -Locations across Manitoba Jan. 9: Vita Jan. 10: Eriksdale Jan. 11: Ste. Rose du Lac Jan. 12: Holland Jan. 13: Teulon Read event agendas CCA Town Hall Meeting Feb. 9 -Pipestone Community Hall Session from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a complimentary meal. RSVP at www.cattle.ca/townhall or 403-275-8558.

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ISSUE: 6 JANUARY 6, 2012 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Meet MBP at Manitoba Ag Days Planning to attend Manitoba Ag Days between Jan. 17 and 19, 2012? MBP invites you to stop by our booth to discuss issues that affect your operation, get information on our initiatives, and enter our draw for a Brandon Wheat Kings Stay and Play Package for a family of four. The MBP booth will be located in the Westman Place Concourse at the Keystone Centre. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 is Beef Day at Ag Days and MBP General Manager Cam Dahl will present Talking to Urbanites. Take in this session on MBP initiatives and bridging the urban/rural divide in Theatre 1 at 1:30 p.m. Manitoba Ag Days is a free exposition of agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment. Admission and parking are free. Manitoba Ag Days is where the ag year begins! For more information, visit www.agdays.com.

Free Manitoba Trapper Education Course Register today! Course dates: January 13 to 15, 2012. All first time trappers are required to complete the Manitoba Trapper Education Course in order to be eligible to acquire a trapping license. Location: Royal Canadian Legion, Virden, MB. There is no fee to attend or obtain a certificate. Lunch will be provided.

Participate in Shelterbelt Survey Trees provide numerous and substantial benefits to crop and cattle production. So why are more landowners not planting trees? This is the question the Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District and Rural Development Institute (RDI) of Brandon University are asking producers. Short survey RDI invites beef producers in Manitoba to volunteer to participate in its 5 to 10 minute baseline survey that investigates their current and prevailing interest and awareness of shelterbelts for beef production and other uses. The project The project being conducted along with this survey aims to demonstrate environmentally responsible practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously reducing livestock production costs. Please see the project factsheet for more information. Sign up today! If you are a beef producer in Manitoba and you would like to participate in this short survey, please review the cover letter and contact Research Assistant Ian Shanghvi, B.A. (Hons) at 204-571-8551 or Shanghvii@brandonu.ca.

To register, call the West Souris River Conservation District at 204877-3020.

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