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DECEMBER 23, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS MBP CHRISTMAS HOURS: Our office will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 at noon reopening on Jan. 6. Thank you.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE FOR AGM It is time to register for MBP’s 35th Annual General Meeting! The Early Bird deadline is Jan. 3. Save now and register for just $75! The AGM will be held February 4 to 5, 2014, Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Brandon, MB. The AGM agenda is posted here.

Jan. 6-10: 2014 Beef and Forage Week Seminars, various locations. Website Jan. 21-23: Manitoba Ag Days, Keystone Centre, Brandon Website Feb. 4-5: Manitoba Beef Producers 35th Annual General Meeting and President’s Banquet Website

**REGISTER ONLINE!** NEW INTAKE UNDER GF2 GROWING ASSURANCE ENVIRONMENT Producers have until Feb. 14, 2014 to apply for funding under the Growing Forward 2 Growing Assurance – Environment program. This program provides financial assistance to producers for adoption of targeted beneficial management practices (BMPs) that improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. Eligible applicants include individuals and partnerships or operations incorporated under federal and/or provincial laws. Applicants must own, rent, lease, manage or otherwise control agricultural land used to produce agricultural products. They must also have a MAFRD premises identification number, an AccessManitoba client identification number and a valid Statement of Completion certificate for an Environmental Farm Plan to be eligible for agri-environmental cost share programs in Manitoba. Contact your local MAFRD office for help with these requirements. For a list of specific BMP categories, eligible practices and the cost-shared funding levels click here. The maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $125,000 for all agri-environment BMP categories in Manitoba (not including the manure treatment BMP) over the life of the programs.


INTAKE UNDER ECOLOGICAL GOODS AND SERVICES PROGRAMMING February 14, 2014 is also the deadline for Conservation Districts (CDs) wishing to apply for funding under the GF2 Growing Assurance – Ecological Goods and Services Program. This program provides financial assistance to local CDs to work with producers to implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) on farms to conserve and enhance ecological goods and services (EG&S) on the agricultural landscape. This program will focus on water quality and provide other important environmental services derived from well-managed stocks of natural capital within the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. Targeted areas include: water retention structures, natural area maintenance and enhancement, wetland restoration and constructed wetlands, riparian area enhancement, buffer and grassed waterway establishment, perennial cover for sensitive land, and shelterbelt/tree establishment. For more program information, click here.

SHELLMOUTH DAM ARTIFICIAL FLOODING COMPENSATION PROGRAM DEADLINE Producers who were artificially flooded due to the operations of the Shellmouth Dam in 2011 and 2012 are reminded that the deadline is approaching for the provincial compensation program. The application deadline is February 6, 2014 for the Shellmouth Dam Artificial Flooding Compensation Program. To apply, click here. This website contains a link to the Shellmouth Dam Compensation Regulation under The Water Resources Administration Act. The regulation explains the claimant’s duties, along with details about compensation for property damage and economic loss. As well, it outlines the appeals process if the claimant is not satisfied with the compensation award.

GF2 GROWING ADAPTATION PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND STORAGE Under Growing Forward 2, Canada and Manitoba are partnering to fund a new program, Growing Adaptation, which will help farmers and food processors build water infrastructure and prepare for situations where water storage will directly impact their businesses. The announcement of $2.4 million in annual funding for five years was made December 20. The Growing Adaptation Program will fund strategic water infrastructure projects, as well as studies on water management. Examples of projects that will be supported under this new program are: •

Projects that support strategic rural mainline water pipeline and multi-user potable water storage infrastructure. For example, assisting a food-processing facility expansion get access to a mainline pipeline or increase local potable water storage.

Well projects for multiple users. For example, helping a municipality that wants to build a well to provide non-potable water for agriculture producers during a drought.

Studies on how to source potable water in rural Manitoba. For example, supporting a group of municipalities wanting to study how best to ensure there is enough water for livestock producers in the region.

Studies on how to manage non-potable water, such as protecting farmland from regular flooding.

Further detailed information on the Growing Adaptation Program can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/agriculture or by contacting the nearest Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development GO office. In Manitoba, the federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million over five years in the Growing Forward 2 program.


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PLAN TO ATTEND MBP’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING It is time to register for MBP’s 35th Annual General Meeting! Dates: February 4 to 5, 2014 Location: Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Brandon, MB

DECEMBER 13, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS MBP CHRISTMAS HOURS: Our office will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23 at noon re-opening on Jan. 6. All age verifications must be submitted before Dec. 23. Thank you.

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) looks forward to meeting with its members at the upcoming 35th Annual General Meeting. Whether you are a beef producer or in the feedlot sector, this event is geared to you.

Jan. 6-10: 2014 Beef and Forage Week Seminars, various locations. Website

Book early to get your best value! The Early Bird deadline is Friday,

Feb. 4-5: Manitoba Beef Producers th 35 Annual General Meeting and President’s Banquet Website

January 3, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Jan. 21-23: Manitoba Ag Days, Keystone Centre, Brandon Website

The AGM agenda is posted here. Some of the sessions covering key topics for beef producers include: • • •

The Revised Beef Code of Practice: What Does it Mean for You? Resolutions Bruce Vincent, Libby, Montana: “With Vision, There Is Hope.” - Ag Advocacy as a business line item

What Does Sustainability Mean for Our Social License and the Future of Beef Marketing and Production? Updates from National Organizations and TB Co-ordinator Verified Beef Production and Biosecurity Workshop (following AGM)

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**REGISTER ONLINE!**

BEEF ON GTOM Watch MBP’s Beef Expert Adriana Barros this Saturday on Great Tastes of Manitoba, CTV Winnipeg at 6:30 p.m. The theme is Two-Bite Beef Appetizers! Get the recipes here.


WTO BALI PACKAGE Canadian Cattlemen’s Association News: A package of new multilateral rules and trade liberalization has been agreed to for the first time since the Uruguay Round agreements were brought into force and the World Trade Organization (WTO) was created in 1995. This “Bali Package” is so named because it was reached at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia. The package contains a number of new agreements, including one on trade facilitation, another on disciplines in the administration of tariff rate quotas and another on elimination of export subsidies in agriculture. Trade facilitation will place new disciplines on customs procedures that can often restrict the international movement of goods. The CCA welcomes this as often the beef trade can be impacted by duplication of import inspections, paperwork, and onerous service and user fees, among other issues that would be governed by this package. The CCA is also aware of situations where administration of duty free quotas has become a barrier, so these are very positive developments. The Bali Package gives a much needed boost to the WTO Doha Round of negotiations. Launched at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in 2001, the Doha Round has to date failed to produce any agreement at any of the Ministerial Conferences and in fact was declared deadlocked by Ministers in 2011. Read More Making the Bali deal – What’s behind it? Reflections on Bali success ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

IN THE NEWS Minister hints of more access to foreign workers (MBP Quoted) Showing good animal care important (MBP Editorial) Cash Advance Changes Part of New Ag Bill Record cattle prices fail to spark herd rebuilding AMM delegates want to take province to court Canada-South Korea free trade agreement talks resume; may improve access to market for beef Canada's appeal against COOL gaining U.S. support

REMINDER: RESOLUTIONS FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING POSTED The resolutions that have been proposed and carried at the MBP district meetings have been posted online and in the December issue of the Cattle Country newspaper to help ensure that beef producers in Manitoba are aware of the changes that have been proposed by members attending the district meetings. It is important to draw attention to a number of resolutions that deal with the provincial check-off. If the members present at the AG M approve one of the resolutions that propose an increase in the check-off amount, the approved increase will come into effect July 1, 2014. There are also resolutions dealing with the refundability of the provincial check-off. Changes to the refundability of the provincial check-off, such as those proposed in the following paragraphs, would also require amendments to the Cattle Producers Association Act and can not simply be realized by a vote of members at the AGM.

These resolutions will be voted on at the MBP Annual General Meeting, February 4-5, 2014 in Brandon. Please attend the meeting to vote.


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RESOLUTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING POSTED Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) held its 14 annual district meetings throughout the province in October and November. These meetings provided producer members with information about policies, issues and actions undertaken by MBP. The resolutions that have been proposed and carried at the MBP district meetings have been posted online and they will appear in the December issue of the Cattle Country newspaper to help ensure that beef producers in Manitoba are aware of the changes that have been proposed by members attending the district meetings. It is important to draw attention to a number of resolutions that deal with the provincial check-off. If the members present at the AG M approve one of the resolutions that propose an increase in the check-off amount, the approved increase will come into effect July 1, 2014. There are also resolutions dealing with the refundability of the provincial check-off. Changes to the refundability of the provincial check-off, such as those proposed in the following paragraphs, would also require amendments to the Cattle Producers Association Act and can not simply be realized by a vote of members at the AGM. Note that some districts have adopted similar resolutions. These may be combined for debate and voting purposes at the AGM. Some districts are not listed because they chose not to bring forward resolutions to the upcoming AGM. These resolutions will be voted on at the MBP Annual General Meeting, February 4-5, 2014 in Brandon. Please attend the meeting to vote.

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS Dec. 2-3: Stop by the MBP booth at Flood to Famine: Managing Our Variable Environment, Manitoba Conservation Districts Association 38th Annual Conservation Conference, Keystone Centre, Brandon. Website Jan. 6-10: 2014 Beef and Forage Week Seminars, various locations. Website Jan. 8-9: St. Jean Farm Days, St. Jean Baptiste. Jan. 21-23: Manitoba Ag Days, Keystone Centre, Brandon Website Feb. 4-5: Manitoba Beef Producers th 35 Annual General Meeting and President’s Banquet Website


THE IMPORTANCE OF DEMONSTRATING GOOD ANIMAL CARE BY CAM DAHL, MBP GENERAL MANAGER

Animal care issues in the Manitoba beef industry were in the news lately, with a guilty plea entered in a court case stemming from incidents in 2011. The details of the case are horrific, with more than 60 cattle dead from starvation and an almost equal number found close to death. MBP deplores these actions. Those who abuse animals in this way should be subject to the full weight of the law. I never want to hear of any case of neglect or abuse of cattle. Unfortunately, these cases, while they are rare exceptions, have occurred and will occur. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will not attempt to defend or explain away animal abuse. When incidents happen, the Chief Veterinarian’s Office should take every measure to ensure that animals are protected and that those involved are held accountable for their actions. These rare cases are not a demonstration of how beef cattle are raised in Manitoba. Individual cases like this should not tarnish the industry’s strong reputation on animal care issues held by the vast majority of the 8,000 plus families raising beef cattle in Manitoba. There is no beef producer I know who would defend these actions. The beef producers I work with on a daily basis care deeply about the welfare of the animals under their care. In fact, most producers have chosen to raise cattle because of the care they have for animals. The public does not often see the care and attention that cattle producers give, on a daily basis, to their animals. Media outlets don’t cover producers getting up at 4 a.m. in the middle of a blizzard to check their herd, or the efforts taken to help a calf that is born in the middle of a minus 40 night. Unfortunately, most members of the public only get exposure to beef production when the media covers unacceptable incidents that end up in court. Beef producers need to communicate with the public to ensure that everyone understands that the court cases are rare exceptions that do not exemplify beef production in Manitoba. This is a key reason why the industry has developed a Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. The code is an important tool for explaining our animal care practices to the public and public policy makers and demonstrating our practices to customers and our trading partners. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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REMINDER: SURVEY FOR BEEF PRODUCERS A survey is being conducted by Asper School of Business Insurance and Risk Management students at the University of Manitoba. Your feedback is important to the team in researching the effectiveness of the agricultural Business Risk Management Programs offered in Canada. This survey should only take about 5 minutes of your time. Your answers will be completely anonymous. Answer or view the survey here


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NOVEMBER 8, 2013

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NEW BEEF INDUSTRY AWARD

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nominations are open for Manitoba Beef Producers’ (MBP) new award highlighting an outstanding beef producer in the province.

View the full District Meeting Schedule here.

“The Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award was developed to recognize Manitoba beef producers who have made significant contributions to the beef industry and their commitment to excellence, exemplifying leadership and involvement in their community and province,” said Cam Dahl, MBP general manager. Individuals and families are eligible for the award. Nominations will be judged by a selection committee and the recipient will receive an award with the honour and their name inscribed on it. The recipient’s name will be added to a Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award plaque at the Manitoba Beef Producers office.

MBP DISTRICT MEETINGS

Nov-08: District 4 – Heinz Reimer 6 p.m., Ukrainian Home of Vita Hall, 209 Main St. N, Vita (Beef on a Bun served) Nov-12: District 12 – Bill Murray 6 p.m., Westlake Community Hall, Hwy. 68, Eddystone (Beef on a Bun served) Nov-13: District 9 – Vacant 6 p.m., Sungro Centre, 360 Veterans Ln., Beausejour (Beef on a Bun served)

Nominees for the Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award will be considered in the following areas: • Must be a current or past member of Manitoba Beef Producers; • Active Beef Advocate with a genuine interest in the beef industry; • Achievements and lasting benefit of their contribution to the beef industry; • Excellence in being involved in the beef industry as a leader, mentor, volunteer; • Their use of innovation and strategies for successful business.

Nov-14: District 1 – Ted Artz 6 p.m., Medora Community Hall, 40, 1st Ave., Medora (Beef on a Bun served)

“We are excited to offer this new award to pay tribute to the admirable work beef producers do,” said Dahl. “The first recipient of the Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award will be recognized at the President's Banquet during the 35th Annual General Meeting on February 4, 2014.”

Nov-18: District 7 – Larry Gerelus 6 p.m., Shoal Lake Community Hall, 315 The Drive, Shoal Lake (Beef on a Bun served)

Nominations are due on Monday, December 2, 2013. Nomination forms are available from the MBP office by calling 1-800-772-0458 or online at www.mbbeef.ca.

Nov-15: District 5 – Ramona Blyth, 6 p.m., Carberry Memorial Hall 224, 2nd Ave., Carberry (Beef on a Bun served)


SURVEY FOR BEEF PRODUCERS UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

A survey is being conducted by Asper School of Business Insurance and Risk Management students at the University of Manitoba. Your feedback is important to the team in researching the effectiveness of the agricultural Business Risk Management Programs offered in Canada. The team would like to gather information on how producers view the success of government relief payments and some of the other risk management and insurance options available to them. This survey should only take about 5 minutes of your time. Your answers will be completely anonymous. Answer or view the survey here ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

FOUR GROWING FORWARD 2 INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED The federal and provincial governments announced four Growing Forward 2 Initiatives this week. Read the Government News Release: Young farmers can now access financial assistance to enhance their business management practices through the new Growing Competitiveness program, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today. For more information on Growing Forward 2 initiatives in Manitoba, visit: www.manitoba.ca/agriculture.

REMINDERS MANURE APPLICATION

Sunday, November 10 is the deadline to apply fertilizer or manure to fields.

DISASTER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM DEADLINE APPROACHING The deadline to apply for the July 6-7 heavy rains event is November 12. This event affected the Village of Winnipegosis and the RM of Mossey River. Complete DFA program details and application forms are available online at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/index. html The DFA program can also be toll free by calling 1-888-2678298 or by email at dfa@gov.mb.ca.


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OCTOBER 25, 2013

MBP SPEAKS AT EVENT HIGHLIGHTING BENEFITS OF CETA Manitoba Beef Producers General Manager Cam Dahl participated in a stakeholder roundtable and news conference today in relation to the federal government’s recent announcement that Canada and the European Union have reached an agreement in principle on the Canada European Union Trade Agreement (CETA). Dahl, along with a number of other representatives from the agriculture sector and Manitoba’s business community, was invited to the roundtable with the Hon. Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Hon. Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development. Dahl reiterated the benefits CETA will provide for the Canadian beef industry, including tariff-free access for 64,950 tonnes of fresh and frozen beef under three new categories , as well as commitments to reduce non-tariff barriers to trade. The agreement offers more than $600 million in potential benefits to the Canadian beef sector. Dahl also thanked federal and provincial officials for their efforts to bring this important trade agreement to fruition.

UPCOMING EVENTS MBP DISTRICT MEETINGS View the full District Meeting Schedule here.

Oct. 28: District 11 Director: Caron Clarke 6 p.m., Ashern Royal Canadian Legion 3 Main St. E, Ashern (Beef on a Bun served) Oct. 29: District 2 Director: Dave Koslowsky 6 p.m., Cartwright-Mather Merry Makers Club 600 Broadway St., Cartwright (Beef on a Bun served) Oct. 30: District 8 Director: Glen Campbell 7 p.m., Gladstone District Community Centre 75 5th St., Gladstone (Coffee Break)

Left to Right: Hon. Shelly Glover, Hon. Candice Bergen and GM Cam Dahl.


PROPOSED ST. VITAL TRANSMISSION COMPLEX – PREFERRED ROUTE Manitoba Hydro has determined a preferred route for the St. Vital Transmission Complex from St. Vital Station in Winnipeg to the Letellier Station outside of Letellier. Feedback received during Round 1 of consultations assisted the project team in defining a preferred route that will be presented to the public in November. Here is a link for the map of the preferred route for the Project (http://www.hydro.mb.ca/projects/expansion/stvital/st_vital_preferred_route.p df).The document library on the project website (www.hydro.mb.ca/stvital) contains GIS files which can be viewed with Google Earth and the newsletter which contains further project information. Manitoba Hydro will be holding four drop-in open houses from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., along the preferred route. All are welcome to attend.

OPEN HOUSES Nov. 4, 2013 – Dominion City - Dominion City Community Hall: 31 McKercher Street Nov. 5, 2013 – St. Pierre Jolys - Cabane a Sucre: 432 Joubert Street Nov. 6, 2013 – Ile des Chenes - TransCanada Centre: 1 Rivard Street Nov. 7, 2013 – Winnipeg - Winakwa Community Centre: 980 Winakwa Road If you have any questions please attend the open house, call 1-877-343-1631, or email LEAprojects@hydro.mb.ca. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

REMINDER:

DISASTER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM DEADLINES APPROACHING Deadlines are fast approaching for people seeking Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) for two weather-related events in Manitoba earlier this summer. The deadline to apply for assistance related to the June 21-25 heavy rains event in is November 1, 2013. These rains affected parts of southern and central Manitoba. The deadline to apply for the July 6-7 heavy rains event is November 12. This event affected the Village of Winnipegosis and the RM of Mossey River.

MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS ON GREAT TASTES OF MANITOBA TOMORROW!

Complete DFA program details and application forms are available online at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/index. html

Watch our beef expert Adriana Barros with host Ace Burpee on CTV Winnipeg, Saturday Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The DFA program can also be toll free by calling 1-888-2678298 or by email at dfa@gov.mb.ca.

Adriana and Ace will present “Gourmet Manitoba Beef, Made Easy.” Watch episodes online

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OCTOBER 11, 2013

FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVES UNDER GROWING FORWARD 2 ANNOUNCED BY: MAUREEN COUSINS

On October 9, the Growing Assurance – Food Safety initiatives under Growing Forward 2 were announced by the federal and provincial governments. The on farm stream provides funds to producers to adopt assurance systems and BMPs related to food safety issues like storage and sanitation, biosecurity, plant and animal health, traceability and animal welfare. Programming will also support surveillance and emergency preparedness systems. For example, beef producers participating in the Verified Beef Production (VBP) Program may be eligible for financial assistance related to the purchase of RFID reading equipment and software, on farm food safety or traceability software, neck extension for chutes, scale or calibration device for medicating feed or water, sharps containers, and electric thermometers. There may also be assistance toward the first audit for the VBP program. Producers implementing biosecurity measures may also be eligible for funding. This could include the purchase of isolation or quarantine pens for sick or incoming animals, cleaning or disinfection stations for fomites, and a veterinary beef biosecurity herd assessment. A combined total of $2,000 is available for the first audit Verified Beef Production (VBP) and approved safety equipment for audited producers. A combined total of $5,000 is available for the beef biosecurity herd assessment and biosecurity GAP measures. For complete details and application forms visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/growing-forward-2/strategic-initiatives/index.html and scroll down to the sections dealing with food safety, or contact the nearest Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) GO office. Applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis until the program is fully subscribed. It is important to note that you must receive an approval letter from the program before you start your project.

UPCOMING EVENTS MBP DISTRICT MEETINGS View the full District Meeting Schedule here.

Oct. 28: District 11 Director: Caron Clarke 6 p.m., Ashern Royal Canadian Legion 3 Main St. E, Ashern (Beef on a Bun served) Oct. 29: District 2 Director: Dave Koslowsky 6 p.m., Cartwright-Mather Merry Makers Club 600 Broadway St., Cartwright (Beef on a Bun served) Oct. 30: District 8 Director: Glen Campbell 7 p.m., Gladstone District Community Centre 75 5th St., Gladstone (Coffee Break)


DISASTER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM DEADLINES APPROACHING BY: MAUREEN COUSINS

IN THE NEWS NEW! The latest issue of Cattle Country is here.

Deadlines are fast approaching for people seeking Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) for two weather-related events in Manitoba earlier this summer. The deadline to apply for assistance related to the June 21-25 heavy rains event in is November 1, 2013. These rains affected parts of southern and central Manitoba. The deadline to apply for the July 6-7 heavy rains event is November 12. This event affected the Village of Winnipegosis and the RM of Mossey River. Complete DFA program details and application forms are available online at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/index.html The DFA program can also be toll free by calling 1-888-267-8298 or by email at dfa@gov.mb.ca.

NEWS FROM BEEF CATTLE RESEARCH COUNCIL

U.S. Cattlemen's Association To Launch COOL Defense Fundraiser

WWW. BEEFRESEARCH.CA

Consumer food choices not usually grounded in science

BCRC Editor’s note: Markets appear favorable for retained ownership of calves this year. By retaining ownership, producers can reap the benefits of a genetic selection program and other investments made in calves, such as the use of lowstress weaning techniques. Risk management is advised to producers that retain ownership.

Farmers Should Focus on Food When Communicating with Public

Read on for details of the economics in an article written by Brian Perillat, Canfax Manager/Senior Analyst, which originally appeared in the October 4, 2013 issue of the Canfax Weekly Market Outlook and Analysis (available to Canfax subscribers). It is reprinted with permission. Although calf and feeder prices have been quite strong so far this fall, generally $5-$15/cwt stronger than a year ago, a bullish tone in the cattle futures markets and a bearish tone in the feed market has producers looking at the opportunity to background or retain ownership of their calves. With any venture of feeding calves, whether they are bought or raised, the potential rewards must be weighed against the risks, while keeping in mind that strategies exist to reduce overall risk exposure. View the full article at www.beefresearch.ca/blog/retained-ownership

Livestock Insurance To Be Rolled Out By February

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E-NEWSLETTER LIVESTOCK PREDATION PROTECTION WORKSHOPS If you are a livestock producer, trapper, hunter or landowner, register today to attend a livestock predation protection workshop. They are taking place across the province (two workshops remaining) at the following locations: Swan River, Manitoba Location: Super 8 October 2, 2013 Register by calling 204-734-3429 Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba Location: Ste. Rose Jolly Club October 3, 2013 Register by calling 204-622-2106

FREE ADMISSION, EXPERT ADVICE

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS PREDATOR WORKSHOPS Predators are a growing problem for beef producers in all parts of Manitoba. This fall, the Livestock Predation Protection Working Group will host six predator workshops across Manitoba. Workshops will take place in these locations (6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.): Swan River Oct. 2 Super 8 Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 3 Ste. Rose Jolly Club

Admission to the workshops is free. Representatives from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation will provide you with information on topics including the Wildlife Damage Compensation Regulation and Program and Animal Husbandry Tools.

For more information, contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca or 1800-772-0458.

The Manitoba Trappers Association will also be on hand to provide you with advice concerning: • Humane trapping and snaring • Predator calling and hunting methods • Canid pelting

View the District Meeting Schedule here.

REGISTER TODAY! You must register to attend this workshop. For more information, call MBP at 1-800-772-4542.

MBP DISTRICT MEETINGS


ESTABLISHMENT OF WTO COMPLIANCE PANEL FOR COOL NEWS FROM THE CANADIAN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has granted the Government of Canada’s request to establish a compliance panel in the U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute. Read more here

OVER 1,000 STUDENTS EXPERIENCE MANITOBA BEEF Manitoba Beef Producers was pleased to once again be part of Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba's Amazing Agriculture Adventure, held Sept. 17-19, 2013. Students visited different stations representing agricultural commodities and experienced livestock up-close. At the beef station, students learned about beef in their daily lives through a beef product activity, and they got to hear what it is like to be a beef producer, from beef producers themselves. Special thanks to all of the volunteers: MBP Directors Glen Campbell and Ramona Blyth; University of Manitoba Students Kristine Blair, Carollyne Kehler and Carson Callum. Also a big thank you to Trevor Carlson and Family at Up the Creek Cattle Co. Ltd. for showcasing their cow-calf pair "Nessie" and "Duke." Congrats to Agriculture in the Classroom on another spectacular event!

IN THE NEWS The Good Old Days - Not Always So Good Latest Commentary by Cam Dahl, MBP GM Canada's Verified Beef Production™ program grows Meristem Do growth promoting, antimicrobial or other veterinary drugs affect the food safety of Canadian beef? Beef Cattle Research Council CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms WAMC Northeast Public Radio Winnipeg Students Go On Ag Adventure The Farm Desk, Golden West Radio


Sept. 4, 2013

MCEC Announcement 1 Predator Workshops 1 Disaster Financial Assistance 2 Great Tastes of Manitoba 2


SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Manitoba Beef Producers Supports Decision to Flood Forecast and Issues Halt Collection of MCEC Levy Beef Producers in Manitoba applauded an announcement concerning the Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council (MCEC) last week; the organization is winding down Manitoba Beef and ending collection of the levy. The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP)move supports the decision seetothe from their operation eventually to slaughter. BIXSthat will will prove be valuable collection of the $2 per headverified cattle enhancement end effective September Production (VBP) is Canada's on-farm food levy safety program 1, 2013. to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this Program country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease “We support recommendation of the as Manitoba Cattle Enhancement spread to theirthe herd from outside sources well as reduce the spread of disease Council to end the levy collection,” said Trevor Atchison, MBP president. within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian “Manitoba’sAssociation beef producers have called for thisInspection decision through at has Cattlemen’s and the Canadian Food Agency.resolutions The program our district meetings and annual general meetings and MBP hascall made thisat 1-800been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please MBP request known to the provincial government. It is time to close this chapter in 772-0458 to register. Manitoba's beef sector and move forward on key priority issues." “MBP is pleased with Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn’s clearly stated commitment to other initiatives that will benefit Manitoba’s beef producers, including maintaining community pastures, work on trade issues like country of origin labeling (COOL), the development of insurance-based products aimed at the beef sector, and investments in research. These are key priorities for our members,” added Atchison. Atchison noted that “MBP continues to support the expansion of federallyinspected slaughter capacity in Manitoba provided there is a viable business plan." Manitoba Beef Producers looks forward to a transparent and orderly wind down of the Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council and a swift and clear indication of how producer monies remaining with that organization will be handled.

Upcoming Events PREDATOR WORKSHOPS Predators are a growing problem for beef producers in all parts of Manitoba. This fall, the Livestock Predation Protection Working Group will host six predator workshops across Manitoba. Workshops will take place in these locations (6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.): Boissevain Sept. 18 Beckoning Hills Activity Club La Broquerie Sept. 19 La Broquerie Hotel Fisher Branch Sept. 25 Ukrainian National Home Rossburn Sept. 26 Town Hall Swan River Oct. 2 Super 8 Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 3 Ste. Rose Jolly Club For more information, contact MBP at info@mbbeef.ca or 1-800-772-0458.

RELATED ITEMS: Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Levy to End Government of Manitoba Release Collection of Voluntary Cattle Enhancement Levy to End Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council Release

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Disaster Financial Assistance Program Deadline: November 1, 2013 Heavy rains that took place in Western Manitoba between June 21 and June 25 caused flood damage. If you live in the rural municipalities of Albert, Arthur, Dauphin, Edward, Ethelbert, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, Lawrence, Pipestone, Rossburn, Ste. Rose, Wallace, Woodworth, the village of Winnipegosis, the town of Virden or the cities of Dauphin or Brandon, you may be eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) as a result of this rainfall. DFA is generally available to help with the cost of: • Preventing or limiting flood damage • Repairs to damaged infrastructure • Non-insurable damage to property such as principle residences and buildings essential to the operation of eligible farms and businesses • Evacuation To find out more details about DFA eligibility or to obtain an application form, please contact the Emergency Measures Organization at: Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization 8th Floor, 259 Portage Avenue Winnipeg MB R3B 2A9 Phone: 204-945-3050 in Winnipeg Toll free: 1-888-267-8298 in Manitoba Fax: 204-948-2278 in Winnipeg Email: dfa@gov.mb.ca Website: www.manitobaemo.ca

Watch New Season of Great Tastes of Manitoba The 24th season of Great Tastes of Manitoba begins this Saturday, September 7 on CTV! Join host Ace Burpee and Manitoba’s Commodity Group Food Experts for the most popular cooking show in the province. If you need fresh new meal ideas for your family, watch Great Tastes on CTV, Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Manitoba Liquor Marts.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2013.

Host Ace Burpee with MBP’s Beef Expert Adriana Barros

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August 23, 2013

Proposed Transmission Complex 1 Predator Workshops 1 Beef Science Cluster 2 Anthrax 2 District Meetings 2


AUGUST 23, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Proposed St. Vitaland Transmission Flood Forecast Issues Complex The Manitoba Hydro is currently undertaking public consultations on its proposed St. Vital Transmission Complex. This is a different project than the controversial debate over the Bipole III transmission line. The project involves the construction of two 230-kilovolt transmission lines originating

Manitoba BeefStation in southeastern Winnipeg. One line will run south to the Letellier at the St. Vital The BIXS system allows to Verendrye retrieve yield and grade data when animals Station and the other willproducers run to the La Station. from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable The purpose of the project is to improve system reliability and to accommodate growth Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program and demand for electricity in south-central Manitoba. The proposed line will run Program to uphold consumer confidence good through areas of livestock production. A mapin ofthe the products proposed and routes canpractices be seen of this country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease here. spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease Manitoba Hydro houses on the project in Dominion City, Mitchell andCanadian within their herd.held Theopen workshop is based on the national released by the Winnipeg and another is being held at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre from 4 to 8 p.m. Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has on Tuesday, August 27. The purpose of the open houses is to seek public feedback on been put together by MBPline to routes. fit production in Manitoba. the proposed transmission This information will bePlease used ascall partMBP of at 1-800772-0458 register. Manitoba to Hydro’s environmental assessment and route selection process. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) has also been consulted about the potential impacts of the transmission line on agriculture. MBP provided feedback on issues such as line placement and how this may interfere with farm infrastructure and use of farm equipment, create access issues or result in land being taken out of production. MBP also addressed the issue of compensation. MBP would like to see an option for annual compensation payments as opposed to a lump sum payment if an agricultural operation is affected by the placement of the transmission line. Concerns related to biosecurity, particularly the potential to spread weeds or animal diseases, were raised as well. MBP believes both contractors and permanent Manitoba Hydro staff must be well versed in industry-specific biosecurity concerns during the construction of the line and as part of its ongoing maintenance. Additional open houses on the project will be held in October to discuss the preferred route for the line, potential route adjustments and possible measures to mitigate impacts of the transmission line. Dates and locations have not yet been announced. For more information about the proposed project, click here. If you have questions about the project, call Manitoba Hydro Licensing & Environmental Assessment at 1877-343-1631 toll-free or 204-360-7888 in Winnipeg or email LEAprojects@hydro.mb.ca

Upcoming Events Predators are a growing problem for beef producers in all parts of Manitoba. This fall, the Livestock Predation Protection Working Group will host six predator workshops across Manitoba. Workshops will take place in these locations (6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.): Boissevain Sept. 18 Beckoning Hills Activity Club La Broquerie Sept. 19 La Broquerie Hotel Fisher Branch Sept. 25 Ukrainian National Home Rossburn Sept. 26 Town Hall Swan River Oct. 2 Super 8 Ste. Rose du Lac Oct. 3 Ste. Rose Jolly Club For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at info@mbbeef.ca or 1-800-772-0458.

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AUGUST 23, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

News from BCRC Funding announced for Beef Science Cluster under Growing Forward 2

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) welcomes the announcement by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Minister Gerry Ritz of $14 million in funding for the Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster under Growing Forward 2. Joint industry and government commitments to the second Beef Science Cluster will total $20 million, including $5 million in funding from the research allocation of the National Check-off and direct investments by provincial governments and provincial beef industry groups. Funding will be directed to 26 research studies to be completed by March 31, 2018. Also see the CCA news release and the AAFC news release. READ MORE HERE

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BCRC Article on Anthrax Anthrax is a soil-borne disease that occurs sporadically in western Canada, especially after floods or during hot, dry weather. Ask your veterinarian whether vaccination is recommended. Anthrax is a reportable disease in Canada. If anthrax is suspected, DO notify your veterinarian DO remove surviving animals from the pasture DO try to prevent scavenging DO NOT move dead animals DO NOT call for deadstock pick-up DO follow the veterinarian’s instructions regarding deadstock disposal.

VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

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July 26, 2013

Country of Origin Labeling 1 Canada Beef 1 Upcoming Events 1


JULY 26, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Update on U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Flood Forecast and Issues Labeling CCA RELEASE The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), as part of a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, filed a motion with the U.S. District Court yesterday seeking Manitoba Beef a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of to Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation The BIXS system allows producers retrieve yield and grade datapending when animals resolution of the coalition lawsuit filed July 8. from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable

Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program The coalition lawsuit asks the court to strike down the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this (USDA) May 23 revision to the COOL regulation while the preliminary injunction motion country's beefimplementation producers. Theoftheir operation, thereby reducing the of risk seeks to block the COOL regulation pending resolution theof disease spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease lawsuit. Both the lawsuit and motion for a preliminary injunction were filed with the within their Court herd.for The workshop based onThe thecoalition nationalexpects released U.S. District the District ofisColumbia. thatby thethe Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Foodwill Inspection Agency. The program has preliminary injunction motion, filedCanadian late Thursday, be considered within weeks, although is noby specific been put there together MBP timeline. to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800772-0458 to register. The CCA is confident that the motion will be successful as it more than meets all requirements set out under U.S. law. The preliminary injunction motion argues that if the May 23 rule were to be enforced as USDA plans to do in November, it would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. meat and livestock industry and is not in the public interest.

Upcoming Events July 27: The 2nd Manitoba Angus Gold Show and Pen Show will be held at the Neepawa Ag Complex, Neepawa, MB. Website August 2-4: 6th Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, Neepawa, MB. The Round-up is an all breeds junior event offering the opportunity to participate in the cattle show, marketing, showmanship, grooming, sales talk, quiz bowl and other competitions. Contact Lois McRae at 204-7283058 or Rilla Hunter at 204-8382019 for information. August 8: 12th Annual Provincial Pasture Tour, Interlake Region. Website

READ MORE HERE Photo (LtoR): MBP GM Cam Dahl and Canada Beef Inc. President Rob Meijer

A VISIT FROM CANADA BEEF INC.: MBP welcomed a visitor from Canada Beef Inc. to the office this week. Rob Meijer, President of Canada Beef Inc., along with Chuck McLean, Chair of the Board of Canada Beef via phone, updated the executive and staff of Manitoba Beef Producers on the initiatives of Canada Beef and the progress Canada Beef is making towards the goals outlined in its strategic plan during a meeting/conference call.


July 12, 2013

Country of Origin Labeling 1 Upcoming Events 1 Great Tastes of Manitoba 2 In the News 2


JULY 12, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Legal FloodChallenge Forecasttoand U.S.Issues Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has joined seven other groups in a court challenge against U.S. Manitoba Beef mandatory country of origin labeling.

The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from their operation move slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable The lawsuit was filed ineventually order to block theto implementation Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation. Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this The Canadian Council isThe the their otheroperation, Canadian participant in the lawsuit. U.S.of litigants country's beefPork producers. thereby reducing the risk disease include:to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease spread · American Association of Meat Processors within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian · American Meat Institute Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has · National Cattlemen’s Beef Association been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800· National Pork Producers Council · North to American Meat Association 772-0458 register. ·

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From the CCA: The complaint is made on the grounds that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23, 2013 COOL amendment violates the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Agriculture Marketing Act, and is arbitrary and capricious. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. CCA President Martin Unrau said the legal action is warranted because the increase in discrimination against imported cattle inherent in USDA’s May 23 amendments to the COOL rule will irreparably injure Canada’s livestock producers and their U.S. customers.

READ MORE HERE

MBP Action News This week, MBP President Trevor Atchison and General Manager Cam Dahl attended a consultation with Hon. Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, held in advance of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Agriculture Ministers meeting. Over 20 Manitoba farm groups were represented at the consultation. MBP pushed key objectives such as the development of Livestock Price Insurance.

Upcoming Events July 13: The Manitoba Hereford Association Mark of Excellence Show takes place at the Carman Country Fair, Carman, MB. Website July 13: The Manitoba Limousin Summer Show takes place at the Carman Country Fair, Carman, MB. Website July 27: The 2nd Manitoba Angus Gold Show and Pen Show will be held at the Neepawa Ag Complex, Neepawa, MB. Website August 2-4: 6th Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, Neepawa, MB. The Round-up is an all breeds junior event offering the opportunity to participate in the cattle show, marketing, showmanship, grooming, sales talk, quiz bowl and other competitions. Contact Lois McRae at 204-7283058 or Rilla Hunter at 204-8382019 for information. August 8: 12th Annual Provincial Pasture Tour, Interlake Region. Website

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July 12, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Promoting Manitoba Beef

In the News

Great Tastes of Manitoba

Beef producers are conservationists

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is a proud partner in the TV show Great Tastes of Manitoba and it has been th an exciting week of taping the 24 season. MBP’s Beef Expert Adriana Barros was on set to showcase some delicious recipes from the upcoming beef shows, which will air on the following dates on CTV Winnipeg at 6:30 p.m.: October 26 December 14 March 29 May 17

Man. slaughter plant set for spring Conflicting Reports About Beef Plant Funding Manitoba gov’t pulls away from proposed slaughter plant Ranchers fret as feds prepare to put grazing land program out to pasture Southwest ranchers grapple with flooding

Watch past GTOM episodes online at www.foodmanitoba.ca. Below: Host Ace Burpee and MBP Beef Expert Adriana Barros.

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June 28, 2013

Flood Information and Tools 1 MBP's New Website 1 In the News 1 Upcoming Events 1 Age Verification 2 Cattle Tales 2


JUNE 28, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood Forecast and Issues Flood Information for Beef Producers Flooding can have a serious impact on your operation

Manitoba Beefand safety of your cattle. and the health The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from theirBeef operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable Manitoba Producers (MBP) reminds producers Production (VBP) is to Canada's verified food safety program about the measures put in place in theon-farm event that flood watertothreatens their area. confidence in the products and good practices of this Program uphold consumer country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease As part to of being prepared, producers canas assess spread their herd frombeef outside sources well as reduce the spread of disease the risks, make a plan, and safeguard their animals within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian and property. Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800It is important for all workers and family members on 772-0458 register. the farm totodiscuss emergency situations ahead of time so everyone is aware of the plan. This Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) Fact Sheet offers information on how to prepare for a flood event when managing cattle. It includes topics such as information on which level of government to contact about flood issues, caring for livestock, and returning home.

In the News Flood Warning

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Pesticide Ban Update Government of Manitoba

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July 27: 2 Manitoba Angus Gold Show and Pen Show, Neepawa, MB. Everyone Welcome! Website August 2-4: 6th Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, Neepawa, MB. The Round-up is an all breeds junior event offering the opportunity to participate in the cattle show, marketing, showmanship, grooming, sales talk, quiz bowl and other competitions. Contact Lois McRae at 204-7283058 or Rilla Hunter at 204-838-2019 for information. August 8: 12th Annual Provincial Pasture Tour, Interlake Region. Website

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JUNE 28, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Telling Cattle Tales in the City

Touch the Farm - Red River Exhibition Manitoba Beef Producers was excited to present Cattle Tales for a second year at Touch the Farm at the Red River Exhibition from June 14 to 23. Thousands of visitors had the opportunity to enjoy this interactive exhibit about the beef chain from pasture to plate. Each year MBP is proud to collaborate with the Red River Exhibition and beef industry partners to present this valuable showcase which provides knowledge to urban consumers on beef industry practices. Thank you to all Cattle Tales partners for another great year! • Red River Exhibition • Hi-Qual • Masterfeeds • Steve's Livestock • Superior Technologies Weighing & Controls Inc. Thank you to the following MBP directors for staffing the booth: Cheryl McPherson, Glen Campbell, Ted Artz, Ramona Blyth, and Dave Koslowsky and family. Special thanks to Karen Emilson, MBP Tradeshow Spokesperson, and Harold Unrau, Grunthal Auction Mart, for their time and energy; and for supplying and managing the two cowcalf pairs for the exhibit throughout the entire 10 day show.

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June 7, 2013

Federal Action on COOL 1 Upcoming Events 1 News from BCRC on E. coli 2 Youth Scholarship - Apply Today! 2


JUNE 7, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Manitoba Beef Producers Applauds Federal Flood Forecast and Issues for Producers Government’s Actions on COOL MBP News Release June 7, 2013 Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is applauding the Government of Canada for the firm stance it is taking Manitoba Beef with the United States government over its failure to comply with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) decision that found Country Origin The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yieldU.S. andmandatory grade data when of animals Labeling (COOL) to be discriminatory.

from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program “Today, by announcing a list of U.S. products against which retaliatory tariffs could be Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices applied, the federal government has reinforced its strong commitment to seeing this of this country's beef producers. TheAtchison, their operation, thereby reducingMinister the riskGerry of disease matter addressed,” said Trevor MBP president. “Agriculture Ritz spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease and International Trade Minister Ed Fast consistently sent a very clear message. The within their herd. The workshop is based on the the Canadian Canadian government will use the tools available to itnational to ensurereleased this tradebydispute is swiftly resolved. While we prefer notCanadian to be forced intoInspection a position Agency. of retaliation, MBP is has Cattlemen’s Association and the Food The program pleased with this development.” been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800772-0458 to register. The United States government had until May 23 to come into compliance with a November 2011 WTO ruling that found U.S. COOL legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock in the U.S. market.

“This lengthy trade dispute had already been costing the Canadian beef industry $25 to $40 per head, which is expected to rise to $90 to $100 per head under the ‘solution’ the U.S. has brought forward,” said Atchison. “This is very detrimental to our industry and these discriminatory practices need to stop.” “Through this move, Ministers Fast and Ritz have shown that the federal government understands the deep level of hurt this is causing to the Canadian livestock sector and to the larger economy,” said Atchison. “They are committed to decisive actions against countries using discriminatory trading practices. MBP endorses their efforts.” Manitoba’s beef industry appreciates the ongoing support of governments to resolve this matter.

Upcoming Events June 11: 2013 Provincial Hay and Silage Day, Neepawa, beginning at the Legion Hall, 425 Brown Ave 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Website June 14-23: Cattle Tales at Touch the Farm, Red River Ex. Meet MBP there! nd

July 27: 2 Manitoba Angus Gold Show and Pen Show, Neepawa, MB. Everyone Welcome! Website August 2-4: 6th Annual Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, Neepawa, MB. The Round-up is an all breeds junior event offering the opportunity to participate in the cattle show, marketing, showmanship, grooming, sales talk, quiz bowl and other competitions. Contact Lois McRae at 204-728-3058 or Rilla Hunter at 204-838-2019 for information. August 8: 12th Annual Provincial Pasture Tour, Interlake Region. Website Hosting an upcoming beef event? Submit it to info@mbbeef.ca.

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JUNE 7, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

News from the Beef Cattle Research Council On-farm E. coli O157:H7 control? EXCERPT FROM THE BCRC BLOG: Editor’s note: Following the recent release of the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall 2012, we thought it timely to pull this article from the archives to help address any questions about pre-harvest interventions or onfarm practices to mitigate food safety risks. See below for links to more science-based information on E. coli O157:H7 and summaries of industry-funded research which strives to find practical, economical and effective solutions to reduce or prevent pathogen contamination throughout the production chain. Stay tuned to the BCRC Blog to learn about upcoming food safety research funded within the Beef Cattle Industry Science Cluster under Growing Forward 2. This article written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, BCRC Science Director, originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted with permission. You may view the full article and comment at: www.beefresearch.ca/blog/on-farm-e-coli-o157h7-control/

SCHOLARSHIP The Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up Scholarship has been established by the Manitoba Youth Beef RoundUp committee to support deserving Manitoba youth. The scholarship is administered by the ‘Scholarship Committee,’ a sub-committee of the Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up committee. Eligibility 1. Applicants must be a Manitoba resident, between the ages of 17 and 25 years as of January 1 of the application year. 2. Qualified applicants must be participants of Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up and demonstrate a strong level of activity within the beef industry and their community. 3. Qualified applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary education, preferably in an Agriculture related field. 4. Scholarship(s) will be given in the amount of $1000 and must be used at a recognized post secondary or graduate institution. 5. Recipient must be in their second semester of post secondary school to receive the scholarship money and must provide student ID number and copy of transcript. 6. If the recipient is not currently attending post secondary institution, then the money will be entrusted in their name for a maximum of 3 years. If money is not used after this time, it will then be returned to the Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up Scholarship Fund. 7. Previous applicants not chosen as recipients may reapply. 8. The top 5 applicants will be selected to interview at Manitoba Youth Beef Round Up. Final selection will take place there and the presentation to the recipient(s) will be made at the awards banquet.

Deadline to apply is July 1, 2013. Send completed applications to: Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up Scholarship Committee Box 307, Hartney, MB R0M 0X0

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May 24, 2013

MBP on Mandatory COOL 1 Upcoming Events 1 Beef Cattle Research Council 2 TESA Deadline 2 Congrats to 4-H! 2


MAY 24, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Beef Producers Deeply Disappointed with U.S. Flood Forecast and Issues for Producers Refusal to Comply with WTO Decision on COOL MBP News Release May 23, 2013

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is deeply disappointed with the United States Manitoba Beefrefusal to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on government’s The BIXS systemCountry allows producers retrieve(COOL). yield and grade data when animals U.S. mandatory of OriginaltoLabeling from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable Production (VBP) is Canada's on-farm safety “The U.S. government has notverified taken any stepsfood to stop thisprogram discriminatory trade Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this practice and live up to its trade obligations,” said Trevor Atchison, MBP president. country's producers. The their operation, therebyworse reducing risk of disease “In fact, itsbeef proposed ‘solution’ will make the situation andthe cost Canada’s spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease beef industry more.” within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Canadian Inspection The program The U.S. hadAssociation until May 23and to the comply with aFood November 2011Agency. WTO ruling which has been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800found that the U.S. labeling legislation discriminates against Canadian livestock. 772-0458 toCOOL register. Mandatory has cost the Canadian beef industry between $25 and $40 per head, or about $640 million annually. This cost will likely rise because of the new labeling requirements being imposed by the U.S government. “Our governments and our industry have invested substantial resources in trying to resolve this matter without retaliation, to no avail,” said Atchison. “But Canada must protect itself if the U.S. refuses to comply with international trade law.” MBP joins other stakeholders in asking the Canadian government to swiftly publish a list of retaliation options. Manitoba has lost valuable economic opportunities and governments and industry can not rest until the issue is resolved. “I find it ironic that 10 years after BSE, the Canadian beef industry has been making great strides in restoring market access around the globe, yet our largest trading partner is engaging in protectionist tactics,” added Atchison. “This is simply unacceptable and it must stop now.”

Upcoming Events May 29-30: 4-H Canada's National 100th Anniversary AGM/Gala. www.celebrate4h.ca June 1: Deadline for applications for the Major Jay Fox Scholarship. Info on the MBP Facebook page June 7: Deadline for applications for MBP Bursaries. July 27: 2nd Manitoba Angus Gold Show and Pen Show, Neepawa, MB. Everyone Welcome! Website Hosting an upcoming beef event? Submit it to info@mbbeef.ca.

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MAY 24, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

News from the Beef Cattle Research Council 'How do carcass processing procedures impact food safety?'. Here is a preview: Canadian beef packing plants have progressively and effectively modified their processes over time to reduce the levels of harmful bacteria contamination on product. Studies have shown that carcass pasteurizing is generally effective in commercial practice, but cuts and trim carry more bacteria than beef in its whole carcass state. Therefore beef is being contaminated with some E. coli during carcass breaking. What’s the source of the bacteria? A recently-completed research project, funded by the National Checkoff and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster, worked to determine how You may view the full article and comment at http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/carcass-processing-impact-on-foodsafety/

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May 10, 2013

Article: Spring Grazing 1 Upcoming Events 1 Flood Rally at the Leg 2 Major Jay Fox Scholarship 2


MAY 10, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Spring Grazing and Your Pastures

Flood Forecast and Issues for Producers

By: Tod Wallace on behalf of the Forage and Beef Specialists, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives; and Kristen Lucyshyn, Manitoba Beef Producers

With previous flooding, drought and now a late spring, many producers will be faced with the question of what to do with pastures weakened by flooding and overgrazing. Manitoba Beef The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals No matter how you look at it, you may be forced to sacrifice the health of some of from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable your pastures. Let’s take a look at the cost of going to pasture too early and some Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program strategies to minimize the impact during this vulnerable period. Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease We will start by focusing on the cost to the forage plant. We all know that the plants spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease in pastures and hay fields are perennial, which grow differently than annuals. The within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian annual plant focuses on getting a small root system established, ripening a seed and Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has then dying. The perennial plant focuses on establishing a large root system with a been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800“savings account” of energy, so that it can survive winters, droughts and grazing. But 772-0458 to register. perennials only tolerate these conditions if they can draw down on their stored energy when times are tough. Producers ultimately control the size of the savings account through their grazing management. Grazing too early in the spring can cost you up to 45 per cent of that year’s forage yield. This is because perennials are never completely dormant; they use energy all winter long, just very slowly. After a long winter, a forage plant is weak and needs to replace root energy. The plant’s first step is to use the last remaining root reserves to put up a few leaves to convert sunlight to energy. Continually stressing a forage plant—by early grazing or heavy frosts—can cost you the annual potential forage yield and ultimately the total loss of the stand. You have probably heard about this simple rule of thumb: for every day you graze too early in spring, you lose three days in fall.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Upcoming Events May 29-30: 4-H Canada's National 100th Anniversary AGM/Gala. Celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Canada at the Gala Reception and Banquet held in conjunction with the 2013 annual meeting of the 4-H Canada Council. www.celebrate4h.ca June 1: Deadline for applications for the Major Jay Fox Scholarship (see page 2). June 7: Deadline for applications for MBP Bursaries. June 14-23: Cattle Tales at the Red River Ex. Join MBP at Cattle Tales at the Red River Ex! This interactive Touch the Farm exhibit takes visitors through the journey of beef from pasture to plate. www.redriverex.com June 19-21: Canada's Farm Progress Show. The country’s largest trade show! It takes place in Regina, SK. www.myfarmshow.com

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MAY 10, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood Rally at the Leg About 100 concerned Manitobans gathered for a Flood Rally at the Manitoba Legislative Building on May 7, 2013. Attendees included producers, business owners, cottagers, commercial fishers and First Nations from around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. Some of the speakers included Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee representative Tom Teichroeb, producers Joe Johnson and Kevin Yuill, Opposition Leader Brian Pallister, Liberal Leader Dr. Jon Gerrard; Norman Traverse, a former Chief of Lake St. Martin First Nation and current flood evacuee; Larry Baker, cottager, and representative of the Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners; and a number of other flood victims.

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1 APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2013 This program provides financial assistance to agriculture producers for adoption of targeted beneficial management practices (BMPs) that improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. Click here for more information on specific BMP categories, eligible practices and the cost-shared funding levels. The maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $125,000 for all agri-environment BMP categories in Manitoba (not including the manure treatment BMP) over the life of the programs.

Major Jay Fox Memorial Scholarship The Major Jay Fox Memorial scholarship has been developed by the Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers in honour of Jay and the contribution that he made to agriculture in Canada. An annual scholarship will be presented to recognize a student continuing in the field of agriculture that has made a significant difference in their communities. One bursary will be awarded annually in the amount of $500.00. The following criteria have been developed and applications must be received no later than June 1, 2013. All applications can be sent to Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers, c/o Angie Fox, General Delivery, Eddystone, MB, R0L 0S0

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Eligibility: Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2013 and must use the bursary within two years. Requirements: • Must submit a 500 word (maximum) typed essay stating their future goals in agriculture and “In your opinion, what could be done to retain a larger number of young people in agriculture in Manitoba (Canada)”. • Must submit proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (e.g. transcript) • Must submit a list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.) • Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of 6 months in duration • Provide two letters of reference from persons outside of your family that indicate your work experience, community involvement, etc. Preference will be given to those 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 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2013. Winners will be notified and award will be presented at the following years Outstanding Young Farmers Regional Event.

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April 26, 2013

Flood Preparation Tools 1 Growing Assurance-Environment 2 AITC-MB 25th AGM 2 Upcoming Events 1 MBP Bursary Reminder 2


APRIL 26, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood Preparation Tools for Producers

Flood Forecast and Issues for Producers

Manitoba Beef Producers urges producers in flood risk areas to be prepared. Many producers have been through flood situations in the past, but for those who are looking for preparation reminders and tips, below are links to helpful information. Manitoba Beef Emergency Measures The BIXS system allowsOrganization producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals Disaster Preparation from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable Flood related Brochures Production (VBP) is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this Government Canada The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease country's beefofproducers. Prepare for a Flood 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 released by the Canadian Manitoba Flood Information Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has Related website been put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800772-0458 to register. Grainews Article with Flooding Checklist for Grain and Livestock Producers Guenther: Prairies get ready for runoff REMINDER: Feed Supply and Rations If you require help finding information on feed for sale, please contact MBP or MAFRI. MAFRI can help with balancing rations. Contact your local MAFRI GO Centre Office for assistance.

Upcoming Events May 29-30: 4-H Canada's National 100th Anniversary AGM/Gala. Celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Canada at the Gala Reception and Banquet held in conjunction with the 2013 annual meeting of the 4-H Canada Council. www.celebrate4h.ca June 14-23: Cattle Tales at the Red River Ex. Join MBP at Cattle Tales at the Red River Ex! This interactive Touch the Farm exhibit takes visitors through the journey of beef from pasture to plate. www.redriverex.com June 19-21: Canada's Farm Progress Show. The country’s largest trade show! It takes place in Regina, SK. www.myfarmshow.com

Transporting Cattle If you require transportation to move your livestock as part of flood preparation, MBP advises producers to secure it immediately. MBP is here to serve all beef producers. Please contact us if there is any way we can help you with information or problems concerning your flood situation.

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APRIL 26, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

NEW! Growing Assurance - Environment This program provides financial assistance to agriculture producers for adoption of targeted beneficial management practices (BMPs) that improve the environmental sustainability of their operations.

Agriculture in the Classroom 25th AGM

WHO QUALIFIES Eligible applicants include: • Individuals • Partnerships or operations incorporated under federal and/or provincial laws Applicants must own, rent, lease, manage or otherwise control agricultural land used to produce agricultural products. They must also have a MAFRI premises identification number, an AccessManitoba client identification number and a valid Statement of Completion (SoC) certificate for an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) to be eligible for agri-environmental cost share programs in Manitoba. Contact your local MAFRI GO Office for help with these requirements. Click here for a list of specific BMP categories, eligible practices and the cost-shared funding levels. The maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $125,000 for all agri-environment BMP categories in Manitoba (not including the manure treatment BMP) over the life of the programs.

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MBP congratulates AITC-MB on its 25 AGM! Around 100 people attended the meeting, awards, and networking event at the Western Canada Aviation Museum on Thursday. Guest speakers included Hon. Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and Kim McConnell, founder and former Chief Executive Officer of AdFarm.

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April 12, 2013

Facing a Potential Feed Crunch 1 Article: Assessing Your Situation 1 MBP on Scientific Research 2 Working with MB Trappers 2 Apply Today! MBP Bursary 2


APRIL 12, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Facing a Potential Feed Crunch?

Flood Forecast and Issues for Producers

The long winter combined with the drought in 2012 and impacts of the 2011 flood has created a hay shortage in parts of Manitoba. The shortage has also driven up feed costs. These conditions have also caused producers to question the feed they have on hand. Manitoba Beef Producers wants producers to know they are not alone and that options are Manitoba Beef available.

The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from their OPTION 1 operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable You may still (VBP) be ableisfind hay andverified forage nearby orfood connect withprogram sellers on the Internet Production Canada's on-farm safety (search Google and websites like Kijiji). If you don’t have computer Manitoba Program to uphold consumer confidence in the products andaccess, goodcall practices of this Beef Producers to assist you. country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce the spread of disease OPTION 2 within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian If you do not have adequate quantity and quality of feed there is help available to formulate Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has and develop rations with lower quality roughages and grains (pelleted or raw). Contact your beenManitoba put together by MBP to fit production in Manitoba. MBP at 1-800local Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO OfficePlease for thiscall service. 772-0458 to register.

Related Article: Assessing Your Situation: Shortage of Feed and Flood Concerns

OPTION 3 Your other option is to sell a portion or all of your cattle and to restock when feed supplies are more plentiful. Please contact Manitoba Beef Producers if you need to discuss your options. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Upcoming Events

Manitoba Beef Producers Call toll free: 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca

April 16: Manitoba Budget to be delivered.

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO Offices For local contact information visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture

April 25: Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba’s AGM and th 25 anniversary celebration, 5 p.m., Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg. www.aitc.mb.ca

Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services The Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services provides telephone and on-line counselling and support to farmers, rural and northern Manitobans. Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services staff are professional counsellors with farming backgrounds and strong rural identities. Call toll free 1-866-367-3276 or email info@ruralsupport.ca. Website: www.ruralsupport.ca

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APRIL 12, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Scientific Research and Variety Development

MBP Working with Manitoba Trappers Association

Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) strongly supports scientific research and variety development that will advance the productivity and nutritional value of Canadian forages. MBP is concerned about maintaining a regulatory environment that supports the research that is critical to our industry. Read the related news release: Manitoba Beef Producers Support Science-Based Forage Research

Anthrax Program Changes The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding livestock producers and other stakeholders that the anthrax program changed on April 1, 2013. Read more about the changes here.

Above: MBP GM Cam Dahl accepts a plaque from Neil Brandstrom, Manitoba Trappers Association director, recognizing MBP as a Corporate Member. MBP and MTA are working together along with government departments to help address predator issues.

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March 28, 2013

Flood Forecast and Concerns 1 Upcoming Events 1 At the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair 2


MARCH 28, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood FloodForecast Forecastand andIssues Issuesfor forProducers Producers As expected, the provincial flood forecast is generally worse than it was last month, trending toward 2009 scenarios. According to the provincial flood outlook delivered live on March 26, 2013, depending on future weather and melt scenarios, the greatest risks lie on the Red River, north of Winnipeg, the Interlake Manitoba Beef and of northern The parts BIXS system allowsManitoba. producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable The anticipated on the Souris River is half of what it was in 2011. The outlook Production (VBP)risk is Canada's verified on-farm food safety program was generally optimistic about the Assiniboine. Shellmouth Reservoir is of this Program to uphold consumer confidence in theThe products and good practices being drawn down to historic lows but is still expected to top the spillway to country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk ofdue disease the amount of water expected from the west. Some floodingthe of spread agricultural land spread to their herd from outside sources as well as reduce of disease is expected. within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has The noted by that the to Portage Diversioninwill be operated under the at 1-800beenoutlook put together MBP fit production Manitoba. Please call MBP traditional operating rules. Lake Manitoba is expected to be lower than in 2011. 772-0458 to register. During the live flood outlook it was mentioned that the province does not expect to need to operate the emergency outlet, but it is part of its contingency plan if required. Major lake levels projected for 2013 versus 2011 conditions: • Lake Dauphin: four feet below 2011 levels • Lake Manitoba: four feet below 2011 levels • Lake St. Martin: three feet below 2011 levels • Lake Winnipeg: two feet below 2011 levels • Lake Winnipegosis: two feet below levels Whitewater Lake and North Shoal Lake could rise about 1.5 feet above current levels but these peaks will still be below the record peaks of 2011.

Read GM Cam Dahl’s Latest Commentary: Country-of-Origin Labelling: The Fight Goes On

Upcoming Events To March 30: Visit MBP’s booth in Thru the Farm Gate at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon www.brandonfairs.com April 6: Watch MBP’s Beef Expert Adriana Barros on Great Tastes of Manitoba, 6:30 p.m. on CTV! www.foodmanitoba.ca April 16: Manitoba Budget to be delivered. April 25: Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba’s AGM th and 25 anniversary celebration, 5 p.m., Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg. www.aitc.mb.ca

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MARCH 28, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood situation continued MBP Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is concerned about imminent issues related to the potential for flooding in 2013. Immediate issues of concern to MBP (and to all Manitobans): • Provisions for emergency movement of animals and feed • Need to address feed and pasture shortages, which will be exacerbated by 2013 flood water • Shellmouth Dam operations • Operation of the Portage Diversion • Emergency communications strategy during a 2013 flood event

Changes to MASC Insurance: Visit MASC's website for what's new in 2013 and 2014.

MBP at the RMWF

The Government of Manitoba should work to proactively deal with these issues before a flood begins. MBP stands ready to work cooperatively with the province to facilitate preparation for a potential flood. Many producers continue to struggle to recover from the 2011 flood and the impacts, and others have simply been forced to exit the industry. The impacts of 2013 flooding must be addressed before the arrival of flood water this spring. Thousands of acres of land remained flooded or unproductive as a result of the 2011 flood. Affected beef producers cannot be forgotten. They require compensation to alleviate the cost of accepting flood water in 2011 to help ensure that other parts of the province remained dry.

Children and parents enjoy watching the calving video at the MBP booth.

MBP encourages producers to contact us with any questions or concerns about the flood situation. Call 1-800-772-0458 or email info@mbbeef.ca.

Useful links regarding flood information: Flood forecasts and charts: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html Detailed info on daily flood reports, lake levels, flood forecast maps, etc.: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/floodoutlook/floodresponse.html

MBP thanks Barb Jack and her family of Portage la Prairie for providing their cow-calf pair to be featured at Thru the Farm Gate. The Jack family is also showing at the fair. Thank you Jack Family!

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March 15, 2013

Addressing Flood 2011 Impacts 1 MBP at the Winter Fair 1 Ag in the City Photos 2 MASC Insurance Changes 2


MARCH 15, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Governments Must Compensate For Impacts of Flood 2011 MBP continues to call on both the federal and provincial government to work together deliver immediate compensation to Manitoba producers still Manitoba to Beef suffering as a result of the 2011 flood. The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from their operation eventually move to slaughter. BIXS will prove to be valuable The impact(VBP) of theisman-made flood ofon-farm 2011 around Lake Manitoba Production Canada's verified food safety program is not over. The floodto has devastated businesses, producers, homeowners, communities Program uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices and of this entire municipalities. The losses were sustained when water was diverted to country's beef producers. The their operation, thereby reducing the risk of disease protecttoother theoutside province. The people understand this spread theirparts herd of from sources as wellaffected as reduce the spreadwhy of disease was done, but they deserve to be treated fairly for their losses. within their herd. The workshop is based on the national released by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The program has Sinceput thetogether onset of by theMBP flood, has repeatedly asked governments for swift been to MBP fit production in Manitoba. Please call MBP at 1-800delivery of meaningful programs. Governments promised to deliver 772-0458 to register. compensation. Governments indicated that producers would not stand alone— but that is exactly how they feel today.

Upcoming Events To March 17: MBP is at Agriculture in the City, The Forks Market, Winnipeg aginthecity.ca March 25-30: Visit MBP’s booth in Thru the Farm Gate at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon www.brandonfairs.com April 6: Watch MBP’s Beef Expert Adriana Barros on Great Tastes of Manitoba, 6:30 p.m. on CTV! www.foodmanitoba.ca

MBP, and most producers, appreciate the programs that were developed for 2011. However, producers were promised multi-year assistance and that has not been delivered. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives estimated more than 400,000 acres remained flooded in the spring of 2012. And this does not account for the land that was unproductive because of the damage done in 2011. Producers once again had to move their cattle to productive pastures. They have had to buy hay to preserve their herds. They have been expecting help with these costs because it was promised to them. Producers recognized over a year ago that programs were needed for 2012, especially related to feed. MBP approached the federal and provincial governments with direct requests for forage shortfall compensation and funding to cover the cost of moving both feed and animals. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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MARCH 15, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Flood compensation continued Programs have not been forthcoming. Promises were made that aid would be fair, delivered swiftly and that there would be ongoing help through the recovery process. These commitments must be fulfilled.

Changes to MASC Insurance: Visit MASC's website for what's new in 2013 and 2014.

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Producers need a clear signal the federal and provincial governments are committed to working together to deliver programs to help producers combat the flood-related problems that spilled into 2012, and to get the recovery process moving. Just a few short weeks ago, over 300 producers and landowners gathered in Marquette to directly demonstrate their need to federal and provincial politicians. MBP applauds the political leaders who accepted the invitation of the Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee. But the attendance needs to be followed up with real action. Frankly, that action should have occurred many months ago. MBP again requests that the federal and provincial governments work with all affected by the man-made flood on Lake Manitoba to honor and to fulfill the commitments that were made to the people who accepted flood water so that others would stay dry.

MBP’s Karen Emilson at the MBP booth along with the McRae ladies visiting from their farm near St. Andrews

A commitment is also needed to get a second outlet built so the devastation is not repeated. Let us not forget that these individuals around Lake Manitoba carried the brunt of protecting the urban regions of the province, saving both the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba many millions in additional flood compensation claims. Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba’s Executive Director Johanne Ross quizzes students attending the ag speaking competition

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Jan. 25, 2013

Register for the AGM! 1 Comments - Code of Practice 1 Growing Market Access 2 Plains Processors 2


JANUARY 25, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Comment on the Beef Code of Practice The public comment period is now open for the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. This 60 day online comment period is part of the National Farm Animal Care Council code development process. This comment period is open to anyone. It would be most useful if there is a great level of review and input from producers as they are the ones who will be closest to the content of the Code. Participation To provide input go to www.nfacc.ca. It is important to provide feedback, and well supported feedback, especially if you are requesting changes. Development The Code draft is the work of the Code Development Committee. The details of who are involved can be found at the website above. The committee included producers of all stages of cattle and from across Canada. It also included representation from processors, transporters, animal welfare, provincial and federal governments, research, veterinarians and animal welfare enforcement. Next steps The Code Development Committee will consider the public comments as they work to finalize the draft ahead of publication at the end of March, 2013. Everyone should read through the draft to see where his or her current practices fall in relation to the text. We hope you will submit your comments. Thank you.

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JANUARY 25, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Growing Market Access Producer Associations like MBP and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), industry and governments have invested significant resources to secure access to international markets for Canadian beef. These efforts continue to bear fruit. China China has recently approved four additional Canadian beef facilities that are now able to export beef to that country. The newly approved establishments will increase the Canadian export capacity for beef in a market estimated to be worth approximately $20 million annually. In total, there are seven facilities in Canada that are approved by China to process beef for export there. In commenting on the announcement, Martin Unrau, President of the CCA, noted that “expanding access into the important Chinese market has proved to be very challenging, but a strong team approach of government and industry has delivered results for Canadian beef producers.” Japan Reports indicate that in early February the Japanese government plans to ease controls on beef imports that were imposed after BSE. Japan will allow meat from cattle aged up to 30 months to be imported, rather than the current 20 months. According to the Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, beef meeting the relaxed criteria is expected to start arriving in Japan around late February to early March.

AVAILABLE IN CATTLE COUNTRY FEB. 2013 Groundbreaking for Plains Processors Expansion Plains Processors invites media to a groundbreaking ceremony and news conference on January 26, 2013, for its expansion to a federally inspected beef processing plant. Calvin Vaags of Dugald, president of Plains Processors said the plans will expand the plant’s processing capacity from 80 head per week to 1,000 head per week. The upgrade to the existing provincially inspected facility will provide cattle producers in Manitoba access to a federally inspected processing facility and expanded marketing opportunities. WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11:00 AM WHERE: At the plant site which is located 7.5 miles South of the intersection of PTH #2 and PTH #13 at Elm Creek or 4.5 miles North of the intersection of PTH #3 and PTH #13 at Carman. Plant is on the East side of PTH #3. Look for the Plains Processors sign or the RM # 38079. For more information, please contact Calvin Vaags 204.781.1618.

Canada (industry and government) has been working hard to raise the age limit. This change is very significant as it will effectively open this high value market to Canadian processors.

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Jan. 11, 2013

Register for the AGM! 1 Producer Workshops 1 Visit MBP at Ag Days 1 JBS Canada News 2 Beef Export Capacity to China 2 Problem Predator Removal 2


JANUARY 11, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

Attend Producer Workshops Jan. 22 to 24 Manitoba Beef Producers will host three workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production from Jan. 22-24, 2013. The BIXS system allows producers to retrieve yield and grade data when animals from their operation eventually move to slaughter. 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. 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. Please call MBP at 1-800-772-0458 to register.

Meet MBP at Manitoba Ag Days Meet with Manitoba Beef Producers at Manitoba Ag Days, where the Ag year begins!

Visit the MBP booth #1702 in Barn 3! Manitoba Ag Days is a free expo of agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment that attracts exhibitors and visitors from across Canada and North Central United States. Featuring over 500 exhibits, the Inventors Showcase and much more. For full agenda information and more visit www.agdays.com.

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February 7-8, Brandon

Upcoming Events Jan. 15-17: Manitoba Ag Days, Keystone Centre, Brandon. agdays.com January 22: Workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production, Swan River - MAFRI GO Centre. 1pm-5:30pm January 23: Workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production, Dauphin – Watson Art Centre. 1pm-5:30pm January 24: Workshops on the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS), Biosecurity and Verified Beef Production, Russell – Russell Inn. 1pm-5:30pm Feb. 7-8: MBP AGM, Victoria Inn, Brandon. mbbeef.ca

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JANUARY 11, 2013 | NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS

JBS Canada News Manitoba Beef Producers welcomes the announcement that JBS Food Canada will complete the transaction to purchase assets of XL Foods Inc., effective Monday. The announcement marks the official entry of global processor JBS S.A. into Canada and comes three months after its wholly owned subsidiary, JBS USA, took over management of the XL processing facility in Brooks, AB. JBS will also acquire other XL Canadian properties consisting of a beef packing plant in Calgary, AB.; a feedlot in Brooks, AB., and the adjacent farmland acreage supporting the feedlot operation. JBS USA has the exclusive option to purchase the U.S. operations of XL Foods. Read more here

Expanding Beef Export Capacity to China Increased market access is good for all beef producers and this week the Government of Canada announced opening of markets in Asia.

Read more: Canada Expands Capacity to Export Beef to China CCA pleased with additional export capacity to China

Manitoba Trappers Association Problem Predator Removal Services Background: Manitoba livestock producers lose a number of animals annually to predators such as coyotes and wolves. To assist producers in dealing with their losses, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship has enlisted the co-operation of the Manitoba Trappers Association (MTA) to provide services to remove problem predators. MTA members have the experience to deliver an efficient and effective service that will benefit livestock producers. Program Operation: Livestock producers who have experienced loss of livestock to predators may register a claim with the nearest Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) insurance office. Producers can request the services of MTA at no cost, and MASC will provide the claimant with a claim number. The claimant may then contact MTA in Lac du Bonnet (1-204-345-9107) for assistance in dealing with the predator problem. Following a report of a predator occurrence, MTA will assign a trapper to deal with the problem. Since funding is limited, trappers are limited to 24 hours to deal with a specific claim. The trapper will investigate the problem and utilize humane methods to remove the problem animal(s). In some cases, the period of time may be extended to effectively deal with a particular situation. Producers will also be provided with information that will minimize the potential for future predator problems. Producer Responsibility: Producers participating in the project will be required to sign a “Waiver of Liability� releasing the trapper and MTA from damage to property or livestock that may occur during the time the problem is being addressed, and be required to keep livestock and pets controlled at all times when sets are placed on their property. Producers will be expected to implement suggested prevention measures and follow good livestock husbandry practices to minimize predation. Failure to accept these responsibilities may result in the producer being denied additional control services. Where to Apply: Producers experiencing losses to predators can contact their nearest MASC insurance office to register a compensation claim and to acquire a claim number to deal with the problem predator(s). The insurance office will advise the producer about the program and have the producer contact MTA if problem predator removal assistance is required.

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