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December 8, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Canadian Cattlemen's Association applauds succesful trade mission to China CCA Media Release Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Vice President David Haywood-Farmer was in Beijing today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne as some long awaited and very welcome news for Canadian beef producers was delivered. Building on the work achieved during Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s recent agricultural trade mission to China, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced agreement to expand access for Canadian beef into China. China will allow the importation of Canadian fresh-chilled beef in a pilot project, and establish the documentation to enable bone-in beef trade. Previously Canadian beef exports had been lim-

ited to frozen boneless beef, with bone-in access approved in principle last year, subject to establishing the documentation requirements. Canada and China today committed to fully implementing the 2016 agreement to expand market access for Canadian frozen bone-in beef. As to a free trade agreement between Canada and China, the Prime Minister and Premier committed to continue exploring the potential for launching negotiations for a possible agreement. The expanded beef access is important for Canada’s producers, said Haywood-Farmer. There is massive potential for Canadian beef in China, with a Chinese middle class several times larger than the entire Canadian population and growing. “I am happy to say that their demand for beef is also growing and Canadian ranchers are Continued to Page 3

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February 8 - 9, 2018 | Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB • REGISTER AT WWW.MBBEEF.CA OR CALL 1-800-772-0458.

REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.MBBEEF.CA OR MAIL OR FAX YOUR REGISTRATION TODAY! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $75 PER PERSON

PERSON 1: q EARLY BIRD $75 q GENERAL $90

• Must be purchased by January 5, 2018 at 4 p.m.

NAME: _______________________________________________

• Package includes admission to all MBP meetings, lunch on February 8, coffee breaks, 1 FREE Banquet ticket (value: $50).

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

• Non-refundable.

POSTAL CODE: ________________________________________

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MEETING ONLY (NO BANQUET) $40 PER PERSON GENERAL REGISTRATION $90 PER PERSON - AFTER JAN. 5 Package includes admission to all MBP meetings, lunch on February 8, coffee breaks, 1 FREE Banquet ticket (value: $50). • Non-refundable.

q MEETING ONLY (NO BANQUET) $40

CITY/TOWN: __________________________________________ PHONE: ______________________________________________ FAX: _________________________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________ PERSON 2 (IF REQUIRED): q EARLY BIRD $75 q MEETING ONLY (NO BANQUET) $40 q GENERAL $90 q YOUNG PRODUCER *Complimentary with mentor’s registration NAME: _______________________________________________

NEW! YOUNG PRODUCER MENTORSHIP OFFER

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

• MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39).

CITY/TOWN: __________________________________________

• The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

PHONE: ______________________________________________

• Package includes admission to all MBP meetings, lunch on February 8, coffee breaks, 1 FREE Banquet ticket (value: $50). MAKE CHEQUE PAYABLE TO: Manitoba Beef Producers 220 - 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 PHONE: 1-800-772-0458 FAX: 204-774-3264

RESERVE A ROOM: Call the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre toll free: 1-800-852-2710 Quote booking number: 285676

POSTAL CODE: ________________________________________ FAX: _________________________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________ EXTRA BANQUET TICKET NAME: _______________________________________________ q BANQUET $50 *Banquet tickets are non-refundable.

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In the News CCA applauds successful A look at the news trade mission to China and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry

•Will customers pay more for Verified Sustainable Beef? • Ergot poisoning: An ancient scourge remains a problem in modern rations • Fighting floods and drought with grass • Province tables sustainable watersheds act • Beef industry speaks to the sector's future

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glad to have more opportunity to supply them, thanks to the expanded access announced today by Prime Minister Trudeau,” he said. “If we can someday reach a free trade agreement, our objective would be to eliminate the Chinese tariffs on Canadian beef as well.” Even with the previous limitations and significant Chinese import tariff, annual Canadian beef exports have been growing since access was established in 2012. In 2016, $61 million of Canadian beef was exported to China, and 2017 is on track to reach $100 million in Canadian beef exports to China. The CCA and Canada Beef estimate that the new access announced today could be worth $125 million in additional beef exports to China over the next five years. Currently, Canadian beef cuts are subject to a 12 per cent Chinese import tariff. New Zealand and Australia implemented free trade agreements with China in 2008 and 2015 respectively. New Zealand beef is already duty-free in China, while Australian beef cuts will be down to 7.2 per cent duty in 2018 reaching zero by 2024. Canadian beef exporters are seeking the opportunity to regain parity on Chinese import tariffs with our Australian and New Zealand competitors. “These are the kind of results the Canadian beef sector needs to meet the Prime Minister’s target of achieving $75 billion in annual agriculture exports,” noted Haywood-Farmer.

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We're Hiring!! Beef Production Specialist Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is seeking a knowledgeable, experienced and energetic person to become our Beef Production Specialist. The Beef Production Specialist will work in our Winnipeg office and be responsible for providing technical support and strategic direction to MBP in all areas of beef production, providing project support, and guiding extension and tech-transfer activities. The successful candidate will work with MBP staff and directors, as well as cattle producers, external organizations, research agencies, and government officials, to identify issues, compile and analyze information, and provide advice on appropriate policy positions and strategies for MBP. Candidates for the position must have a university degree in animal science or veterinary medicine, and a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience working in the beef industry. Alternatively, an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered. Applicants must have a detailed knowledge of cattle production practices. The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to apply knowledge, research and analysis and collaborate with other professionals towards understanding and solving complex technical issues. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of government regulations and policy processes, as well as some experience dealing with government officials. Applicants must be comfortable public speaking and leading extension discussions. Applicants must be willing work flexible hours and travel within the province, and occasionally across Canada. MBP offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba. It represents roughly 6,500 beef producers across the province. MBP is a non-profit organization with a producer-elected board of 14 directors, along with 5.5 staff. The mission of MBP is to represent all beef producers in Manitoba through communication, advocacy, research, and education—within the industry to governments, consumers and others; to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future. Funded 100% by producers through collection of producer check-off, MBP is committed to ensuring a sustainable future for the beef industry in the province for the benefit of our beef producers and all Manitobans. For a work description of the Beef Production Specialist position please click here. MBP will be accepting applications until January 26, 2018. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to: Manitoba Beef Producers Attention: Brian Lemon, General Manager 220, 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 Email: blemon@mbbeef.ca Fax: 204 774 3264


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National Check-Off Town Hall Meeting a success

MacGregor played host to a little history Thursday night as the first ever National Check-Off Town Hall Meeting was held in the community. Speakers from the Canadian Beef-Cattle Check-Off, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Canada Beef and the Beef Cattle Research Council were on hand to talk about how national check-off dollars are collected, how they are spent and how that investment benefits producers throughout the country. Roughly 70 producers were on hand for the meeting. For more on the meeting please see the February issue of Cattle Country.

Tracy Herbert, the Extension and Communications Coordinator for the Beef Cattle Research Council addresses the roughly 70 producers that attended Thursday's meeting.

Ron Glaser, VP of Corporate Affairs, Canada Beef.

Tom Lynch-Staunton, Manager of Public and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

Melinda German, General Manager of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off.

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On the Ranch, Russell, Manitoba Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Black and Red Simmentals Angus and Simm-Angus Bulls

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Sale Managed By: T Bar C Cattle Co. Chris: 306-220-5006 Office: 306-933-4200

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CRSB launches Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Framework launched to support the recognition, further advancement and communication of sustainable beef production in Canada. DECEMBER 7, 2017 EDMONTON (December 7, 2017) – The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) launched the much-anticipated Certified Sustainable Beef Framework today at their 2017 Annual Meeting. The first of its kind in the world, the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework was developed as one of the key areas of work the CRSB undertakes to support the advancement of sustainability in the Canadian beef industry. “The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework was developed by the diverse membership community of the CRSB. It is a voluntary program that enables producers and processors to demonstrate the sustainability of their operations while at the same time supporting the retail and food service industry in their sustainable beef sourcing efforts,” says Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Chair of the CRSB and a beef producer from Cochrane, AB. The Framework is centered around two Standards for measuring sustainability in beef production and processing across the five Global Principles of Sustainable Beef: Natural Resources, People & Community, Animal Health & Welfare, Food, and Efficiency & Innovation. The Framework also includes Chain of Custody Requirements, Assurance Protocols, and a series of Sustainability Claims. Similar to sustainable sourcing programs in other industries, the mission of the Framework is to drive the advancement and recognition of beef sustainability in Canada through a world-class operation-level certification program. “We know that consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and how it was raised, and that Canadian farmers and ranchers want to better communicate with them. The Framework is one tool that will enable stronger communication between these two parties while at the same time recognizing and advancing sustainable agricultural operations in Canada,” notes Copithorne-Barnes. To learn more about the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, visit CRSB’s new website at www.CRSBcertifiedsustainablebeef.ca or visit www.crsb.ca. For more information, contact:

Andrea White Community Engagement Manager Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef 250.682.5698

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e s a c w o h S Let’s ! y r t s u d n I Our • Each year Manitoba Beef Producers attends events throughout the province to promote awareness of the beef industry, the work done by our members and the incredible product they produce. • We want to expand our library of materials and are looking for the help of members to do that. We are seeking videos and photos shot with your camera or other devices such as a drone! The photos and videos we receive will be used for our displays at events such as the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Red River Ex. • What are we looking for? We want to show the public what life on the farm is all about. Everything from calving, winter feeding, daily chores, your cattle in the pasture; basically anything that highlights Manitoba’s beef industry.

If you have photos and videos you would like to share contact MBP Communications Coordinator Chad Saxon at csaxon@mbbeef.ca


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Understanding and managing forage diseases: webinar December 12 By the Beef Cattle Research Council

vancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by There are a number of pathogens that can result in diseases the Canadian Beef Cattle Checkin forages which impact yield, off and Canada’s Beef Science quality, and profitability. This we- Cluster. binar will provide an overview of Speaker those pathogens as well as some Linda Jewell, MSc, PhD – Plant management strategies to help Pathologist, Agriculture and prevent disease. Agri-Food Canada Linda obtained her BSc and MSc When Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm. from the UniverInterested but aren’t available sity of Ottawa, specializing in that evening? Register anyway! This webinar organic and will be recorded and posted onnatural product line at a later date. All registrants chemistry. She will receive a link to the recording then completed and additional learning resourca PhD in plant es. By attending the live event, pathology at the University of you’ll have the opportunity to Guelph, utilizing the tools of biointeract and ask questions too. informatics, molecular biology, Watching on a tablet or mobile and traditional plant pathology to device? investigate the low-temperature If you plan to join the webinar us- cereal pathogens Microdochium nivale and M. majus. Next, Linda ing your tablet or mobile device, you will need to download the completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the NARO-Hokkaido appropriate receiver. We recommend that you join the webinar Agricultural Research Center in 15 minutes early as you will Sapporo, Japan, continuing her be prompted to download the work on Microdochium nivale by investigating the genetic basis for receiver once you log in, which may take several minutes to com- apparent cellulose synthesis by plete. To download the receiver a fungal species, and performed ahead of time, visit: http://www. inoculation trials to probe the citrix.com/go/receiver.html relationship between low temDuration perature acclimation and disease Approximately 1 hour. severity in Arabidopsis. Linda Cost joined Agriculture and Agri-Food BCRC webinars are available and Canada as a research scientist free of charge thanks to guest in plant pathology in 2015. Her speakers who volunteer their current research involves identitime and expertise to support ad- fying, characterizing, and moni-

toring plant diseases on forages, berries, and vegetables. What is a webinar? Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required. All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar. You can find more beef research-related webinars hosted by other organizations on our events calendar. Don’t have high-speed internet? 
 Consider calling a neighbour that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible. Visit our Webinars page to find other upcoming BCRC webinars and the recordings of our past sessions.


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For Immediate Release Dec. 6, 2017 Farm Credit Canada Steps Up for Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives Brookdale MBFI Learning Centre receives $25,000 in valuable funding Brandon, Manitoba ‐ Construction of the Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI) Learning Centre has received a boost with the generous donation of $25,000 from Farm Credit Canada (FCC). “Through FCC’s AgriSpirit Fund, we are proud to be a partner in the construction of the Learning Centre,” said Wilco van Meijl, director of FCC’s Brandon District office, at the recent cheque presentation that took place at the farm. “As a beef producer myself, I am looking forward to the great things that will come out of this facility.” The MBFI Learning Centre is under construction at the Brookdale Research Farm and is on schedule for completion by the next growing season in 2018. The Learning Centre will be used to engage stakeholders and bring them into a comfortable learning environment that operates hand‐in‐hand with MBFI’s farm and interactive cattle‐handling facilities. The Learning Centre will include a meeting room with modern teaching equipment, food prep area, office space, and an interpretive gallery. This facility will have far‐reaching visibility and will be used year‐round by local clubs, producer peer groups, MBFI partners, partnering organizations, sponsors, universities, colleges, and elementary and high school students. “This is very important donation at a key juncture for the MBFI Learning Centre,” said Ramona Blyth, MBFI President. “As anyone can predict, a project of this magnitude needs a lot of generosity from the farm community and we are thrilled to see FCC step forward to help us reach our greatest potential with the Learning Centre as a key part of MBFI.” Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives is a Brandon‐based collaborative effort between Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, with input and leadership from producers, academia and other industry stakeholders across Canada. MBFI is the result of industry demand for change and the need for strategic long‐term partnerships for the agricultural sector as a whole. ‐30‐ For More Information: Duncan Morrison, MBFI Communications, 204‐770‐3548


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To learn more about the Manitoba projects taking place under the Species at Risk on Protected Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program, click the photo below to be directed to the new web page.


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November 24, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

National Check-off Town Hall Meeting December 7 in MacGregor Manitoba’s beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of the National CheckOff (NCO) and where those dollars are spent Dec. 7 in MacGregor. A National Check-Off Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for MacGregor’s Heartland Multiplex beginning at 4 p.m. The program will include

National Check-off Town Hall December 7, 2017 4 - 9 p.m. Heartland Multiplex, MacGregor Cocktails 4 - 5 (cash bar) Complimentary Dinner 5 - 6:45 Program 6:45 - 9

Learn more about how your National Check-off dollars are spent and about the National Beef Strategy from officials with the National Check-off Agency, Canadian Beef, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council. Please RSVP by Nov. 30

To RSVP call 1-800-772-0458 or email: info@mbbeef.ca

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February 8 - 9, 2018 | Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB • REGISTER AT WWW.MBBEEF.CA OR CALL 1-800-772-0458.

REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.MBBEEF.CA OR MAIL OR FAX YOUR REGISTRATION TODAY! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $75 PER PERSON

PERSON 1: q EARLY BIRD $75 q GENERAL $90

• Must be purchased by January 5, 2018 at 4 p.m.

NAME: _______________________________________________

• Package includes admission to all MBP meetings, lunch on February 8, coffee breaks, 1 FREE Banquet ticket (value: $50).

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

• Non-refundable.

POSTAL CODE: ________________________________________

Book early to get your best value!

MEETING ONLY (NO BANQUET) $40 PER PERSON GENERAL REGISTRATION $90 PER PERSON - AFTER JAN. 5 Package includes admission to all MBP meetings, lunch on February 8, coffee breaks, 1 FREE Banquet ticket (value: $50). • Non-refundable.

q MEETING ONLY (NO BANQUET) $40

CITY/TOWN: __________________________________________ PHONE: ______________________________________________ FAX: _________________________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________ PERSON 2 (IF REQUIRED): q EARLY BIRD $75 q MEETING ONLY (NO BANQUET) $40 q GENERAL $90 q YOUNG PRODUCER *Complimentary with mentor’s registration NAME: _______________________________________________

NEW! YOUNG PRODUCER MENTORSHIP OFFER

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________

• MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39).

CITY/TOWN: __________________________________________

• The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

PHONE: ______________________________________________

• Package includes admission to all MBP meetings, lunch on February 8, coffee breaks, 1 FREE Banquet ticket (value: $50). MAKE CHEQUE PAYABLE TO: Manitoba Beef Producers 220 - 530 Century Street Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 PHONE: 1-800-772-0458 FAX: 204-774-3264

RESERVE A ROOM: Call the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre toll free: 1-800-852-2710 Quote booking number: 285676

POSTAL CODE: ________________________________________ FAX: _________________________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________ EXTRA BANQUET TICKET NAME: _______________________________________________ q BANQUET $50 *Banquet tickets are non-refundable.

PLEASE GO TO

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CALL 1-800-772-0458 FOR REMOVAL FROM MAILING LIST OR ADDRESS CHANGE.

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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry

• Avoid lapses in your vaccination program • Import changes looming for veterinary drugs • Manitoba Beef Producers sets eyes on 2021 TB-free goal • Beef Producers sees carbon policy as a win, but still has some worries • Lead toxicity the most common animal poisoning: study

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presentations from the National Check-Off Agency, Canada Beef, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Beef Cattle Research Council. “We are excited to host the National Check-Off Town Hall Meeting here in Manitoba,” said Ben Fox, President, Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP). “When speaking with members we are often asked about the NCO and what value producers are seeing for their $1 check-off. This meeting will provide those answers and give producers further insight into just how important their check-off dollars are to the industry.” Scheduled to attend the meeting are: - Melinda German, General Manager of the National Check-off Agency. German will talk about the Agency’s work in collecting and distributing NCO dollars and the National Beef Strategy. - Tracy Herbert, Extension and Communications Director, Beef Cattle Research Council. Herbert will talk about the BCRC’s research priorities which are funded by the NCO. - Tom Lynch-Staunton, Manager - Public and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Cattle-

men’s Association. LynchStaunton will talk about this newly-created role and the importance it plays in maintaining public trust for the national beef industry. - Duane Ellard, Director, Marketing and Business Development, Canada Beef and Ron Glaser, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Canada Beef. Ellard and Glaser will speak about the various Canada Beef promotions and marketing efforts funded by the NCO. “Each of our speakers work for organizations that are vital to the Canadian beef industry and see first-hand where the NCO dollars are spent and the positive impact for producers,” said MBP General Manager Brian Lemon. “We are pleased they have all agreed to come to Manitoba and share their insights with our members.” The evening will include cocktails from 4-5 p.m. and a complimentary supper which will be served at 5. The program is scheduled to begin at 6:45. Anyone planning to attend the meeting is asked to RSVP by Nov. 30 by calling the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458.


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On the Ranch, Russell, Manitoba Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Black and Red Simmentals Angus and Simm-Angus Bulls

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Sale Managed By: T Bar C Cattle Co. Chris: 306-220-5006 Office: 306-933-4200

Miles, Bonnie & Jared Glasman Home: 204.773.3279 Miles’ Cell: 204.773.6275 Jared’s Cell: 204.796.0999

mjsimmentalangus@gmail.com www.mjsimmentalangus.com mlg@glasmanfarms.com www.glasmanfarms.com

Matthew & Leanne Glasman Home: 204.773.3209 Matt’s Cell: 204.773.6055


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Important changes to how producers can access antimicrobials Article courtesy of the CCA Action News Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a global issue that impacts the ability of medicines to treat infections and disease in both animals and humans. Action is being taken around the world on reducing the risk of AMR. Canada has its own pan-Canadian framework to address AMR including some changes to how livestock producers can access antimicrobials. Of note to beef producers is a change to the own use importation (OUI) process, effective November 13, 2017. Additional changes will see claims for growth promotion dropped from labels of medically important antimicrobials used in livestock production, and access to these products restricted to prescription only effective December 1, 2018. Canada’s beef industry has a proven track record of prudent and judicious use of veterinary antimicrobials, however we recognize that all stakeholders in Canada’s human and animal health systems must play a role in minimizing AMR development. These changes ensure that the antimicrobial products we have now continue to be effective into the future. Additionally, the enhanced tracking associated with these changes should help improve consumer confidence in how the beef industry accesses and uses antimicrobials.

The laying of the groundwork for these changes began last year with drug manufacturers (voluntarily) rescinding the label claim for growth promotion from medically important antimicrobials used in livestock production. These included all products in Categories I, II, and III deemed very high importance, high importance and medium importance to human medicine respectively. (There are very few medically important (Class I, II or III) antibiotics that have a growth promotion claim for cattle.) This change will affect a total of eight in-feed products. Four of these will have the label modified to remove references to growth and feed efficiency, while leaving the health-related claims intact. The other four in-feed products only have a feed efficiency label claim and may be taken off the market, unless a health-related label claim is approved. Ionophores (monensin, etc.) are Category IV, and will keep their growth promotion claims. The target date for this policy to be fully effective is December 1, 2018. No new medically-important products approved for livestock have been permitted a growth promotion claim since 2004. More recently, Health Canada consulted upon, and then published in Canada Gazette II, regulatory amendments to the Food and Drugs Regulations for Veterinary Drugs. These amendments included: • veterinary Active Phar-

maceutical Ingredients (APIs) imported or sold in Canada must be manufactured in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); • persons who fabricate, package/label, import or test an API for veterinary use must to do so in accordance with an Establishment Licence (EL); • own use importation (OUI) of certain unauthorized drugs (including APIs) is restricted; • manufacturers and importers must provide sales volume information by species for veterinary antimicrobials; and • the introduction of an alternative, more appropriate pathway for manufacturers to legally import and sell low-risk Veterinary Health Products (VHPs). Additionally, a policy set by Health Canada effective December 1, 2018 will require that all Category I, II, and III antimicrobials may only be sold pursuant to the presentation of a valid prescription. Prescriptions from a veterinarian will be required regardless of route of administration, so injectables, in-water and in-feed formulations are all affected. This will mean all livestock producers will require a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) in order to obtain the necessary prescription to access these antimicrobials. These products will only Continued to Page 4


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be available from a veterinary drug dispensary or pharmacy, subject to provincial regulations on veterinary drug dispensing. This is an important change. For instance, antimicrobials that many producers commonly use to treat calf scours or footrot will no longer be available over the counter at farm supply stores or feedmills. Of particular interest to beef producers are the changes to the own use importation process. The established CCA policy has always been that only products already approved for use in Canada should be imported for own use and limited to over the counter products including parasiticides. The objective for this policy has always been about price control and competitiveness for our industry, not about accessing new products not available in Canada. One option was to shut down OUI completely. However, through the consultation process, industry prevailed in maintaining a process for OUI that will continue to allow specified products to be imported for own use by a livestock producer. As of Nov 13, 2017, only those products registered on “List B,” published on the Health Canada website will be permitted for OUI. These will not include any Category I, II, or III antimicrobials, biologics (vaccines) or pesticides regulated under the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). The need for a valid VCPR will

likely help some producers who could benefit from interacting with their veterinarian more frequently. That will help elevate the overall herd health and welfare management of industry. However, these changes come with some significant challenges, particularly as the feed and livestock industries adapt to the new rules. Antibiotic prices may rise, because fewer businesses will be able to sell them. Not all provinces legally allow veterinary pharmacies to be established. Large operations that do on-farm feed mixing may have fewer options regarding where they are allowed to purchase certain types of medicated products. Feedmills are not pharmacies, so they won’t be allowed to sell bags of tetracycline or tylosin for on-farm mixing. Similarly, it is unclear at this time whether wholesaler distributors will be allowed to sell prescription product directly to producers, even with a valid prescription. Producers in remote areas will be particularly affected. They will need to do much more careful pre-planning of their animal health program, in collaboration with their veterinarian, to ensure that they maintain an adequate inventory of antimicrobials to respond to animal health emergencies that occur outside of normal working hours, or when timely oncall veterinary service is particularly difficult to access. The Canadian beef industry’s

stellar history of responsible use of veterinary antimicrobials is a matter of public record, as evidenced by random residual drug testing at processors and the surveillance program conducted by the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS), under the Public Health Agency of Canada. Since 2002 CIPARS has collected and tested samples from abattoirs and retail beef. The surveillance shows that resistance to antimicrobials of the highest importance in human health is very low and not increasing in Canada. The same holds for multi-drug antimicrobial resistance. Similar results have been seen in a series of collaborative studies conducted by industry and government research teams in commercial Canadian feedlots since the late 1990’s. The very low level of antimicrobial resistance observed in Canadian cattle and beef indicate that Canada’s cattle producers use antimicrobials prudently. Research confirms this; over 90 per cent of the antimicrobials used in feedlot production are ionophores – a class of antimicrobial not used in human medicine. Still, there is always room for improvement from all stakeholders. These include doctors, hospitals, and patients on the human side; veterinarians, producers and animal care givers on the livestock side. Our mutual goal is to ensure that the medicines we currently have, and new ones in the future, will be effective when used properly.


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e s a c w o h S Let’s ! y r t s u d n I r Ou • Each year Manitoba Beef Producers attends events throughout the province to promote awareness of the beef industry, the work done by our members and the incredible product they produce. • We want to expand our library of materials and are looking for the help of members to do that. We are seeking videos and photos shot with your camera or other devices such as a drone! The photos and videos we receive will be used for our displays at events such as the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Red River Ex. • What are we looking for? We want to show the public what life on the farm is all about. Everything from calving, winter feeding, daily chores, your cattle in the pasture; basically anything that highlights Manitoba’s beef industry.

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Understanding and managing forage diseases: webinar December 12 By the Beef Cattle Research Council

vancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by There are a number of pathogens that can result in diseases the Canadian Beef Cattle Checkin forages which impact yield, off and Canada’s Beef Science quality, and profitability. This we- Cluster. binar will provide an overview of Speaker those pathogens as well as some Linda Jewell, MSc, PhD – Plant management strategies to help Pathologist, Agriculture and prevent disease. Agri-Food Canada Linda obtained her BSc and MSc When Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm. from the UniverInterested but aren’t available sity of Ottawa, specializing in that evening? Register anyway! This webinar organic and will be recorded and posted onnatural product line at a later date. All registrants chemistry. She will receive a link to the recording then completed and additional learning resourca PhD in plant es. By attending the live event, pathology at the University of you’ll have the opportunity to Guelph, utilizing the tools of biointeract and ask questions too. informatics, molecular biology, Watching on a tablet or mobile and traditional plant pathology to device? investigate the low-temperature If you plan to join the webinar us- cereal pathogens Microdochium nivale and M. majus. Next, Linda ing your tablet or mobile device, you will need to download the completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the NARO-Hokkaido appropriate receiver. We recommend that you join the webinar Agricultural Research Center in 15 minutes early as you will Sapporo, Japan, continuing her be prompted to download the work on Microdochium nivale by investigating the genetic basis for receiver once you log in, which may take several minutes to com- apparent cellulose synthesis by plete. To download the receiver a fungal species, and performed ahead of time, visit: http://www. inoculation trials to probe the citrix.com/go/receiver.html relationship between low temDuration perature acclimation and disease Approximately 1 hour. severity in Arabidopsis. Linda Cost joined Agriculture and Agri-Food BCRC webinars are available and Canada as a research scientist free of charge thanks to guest in plant pathology in 2015. Her speakers who volunteer their current research involves identitime and expertise to support ad- fying, characterizing, and moni-

toring plant diseases on forages, berries, and vegetables. What is a webinar? Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required. All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar. You can find more beef research-related webinars hosted by other organizations on our events calendar. Don’t have high-speed internet? 
 Consider calling a neighbour that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible. Visit our Webinars page to find other upcoming BCRC webinars and the recordings of our past sessions.



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What producers need to know about environmental footprint By the Beef Cattle Research Council

More than most livestock, beef cattle production takes place in the natural environment. Those who live in rural areas and spend most of their time outdoors considering Mother Nature and managing their livestock and land as best they can understand that it’s common sense to protect the health of the land and water for themselves and their neighbours. When enjoying peaceful moments watching cattle and wildlife on pasture, smelling rain or seeing plants change throughout the seasons, it’s difficult to understand why some people think that Canadian beef production is damaging the environment. As a beef producer, what do you need to know about the environmental footprint of Canadian beef production? You have a very good story to tell. Grazing cattle are an integral part of the grassland ecosystem and play a key role in nutrient recycling. Pasture lands are important stores of carbon and provide habitat to many species of plants and animals that could be at risk if land is converted to other uses. They also preserve wetlands that otherwise may be subject

Click to play the video to cultivation. Production of cattle in feedlots lowers the carbon footprint of beef and increases the efficiency of beef production. As with any food system, there are also concerns about the environmental impacts of producing beef. These include resource use, greenhouse gas emissions, water and air quality, and potential nutrient overload. But research shows that our industry has made significant improvements in efficiency over time. A 2015 study found that producing the same amount of Canadian beef in 2011 required 29% less breeding stock, 27% fewer slaughter cattle and 24% less land, and produced 15% less greenhouse gases than in 1981. Additional research is

currently underway to measure changes in water quality, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. By taking time to better understand the various ways your farm or ranch impacts the environment, and considering your current environmental stewardship, you may find additional ways to optimize your management, and reap the associated economic and social benefits. Technologies and innovative production practices related to land management, genetic improvements in growth and reproductive rates, feed strategies to optimize feed efficiency and more can help to ensure that our industry’s environmental footprint continues to shrink.


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Extended Grazing Workshop When: Thursday, Dec. 7 Time: 1-4 p.m. Where: Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Brookdale Research Farm (Corner of Highway 353 and #10 north of Brandon)

Watch in-field demonstrations and learn more about

• Corn and Swath grazing • Growing crops for extended grazing • Energy dense forages & poly-crops • Nutrient importing by purchasing feeds • Winter watering systems • 2016 & 2017 yield results

1:00 p.m 1:30 p.m 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Agenda

Attend this field day and learn how to cut winter feeding costs by extending the grazing season.

Energy Dense Forages - Matt Wiens, Manitoba Agriculture Poly-crop Production and Utilization - Pam Iwanchysko, Manitoba Agriculture Winter Watering System Options - Ray Bittner, Manitoba Agriculture - Nutrient Management and Environmental Concerns with Extensive Wintering - Mitchell Timmerman, Manitoba Agriculture Swath, Corn and Bale Grazing - Shawn Cabak, Manitoba Agriculture & Kristelle Harper, MBFI Adjourn

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Get Your Premises ID! As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure all producers have a Premises ID number (PID), Manitoba Agriculture staff will be on hand various days at Manitoba livestock auction marts for many cattle receiving/sale days this fall. Beginning September 25 and continuing throughout the fall cattle run, staff will be on hand various days at the auction marts to assist producers with applying for a PID number and to answer questions regarding the MB Premises ID Program.

As your association, Manitoba Beef Producers strongly encourages all members to get their PID number.

For information on the PID Program Phone: 204-945-7684 Email: traceability@gov.mb.ca Visit website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/pid Stop by your local Manitoba Agriculture Office - various locations throughout the province


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November 10, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Let’s showcase our industry Manitoba Beef Producers is putting out a call to all members with an eye for photography and videography. Each year MBP attends a number of events throughout the province as part of our work to promote awareness of the provincial beef industry and the work being done by producers in areas such

e s a c w o h S s ’ t Le ! y r t s u d n I r Ou • Each year Manitoba Beef Producers attends events throughout the province to promote awareness of the beef industry, the work done by our members and the incredible product they produce. • We want to expand our library of materials and are looking for the help of members to do that. We are seeking videos and photos shot with your camera or other devices such as a drone! The photos and videos we receive will be used for our displays at events such as the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Red River Ex. • What are we looking for? We want to show the public what life on the farm is all about. Everything from calving, winter feeding, daily chores, your cattle in the pasture; basically anything that highlights Manitoba’s beef industry.

If you have photos and videos you would like to share contact MBP Communications Coordinator Chad Saxon at csaxon@mbbeef.ca

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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry

• Finally, a shirtpocket tag reader that talks to your smartphone • Standing corn an option for extending beef grazing • Manitoba Beef Producers wants producer data on predation losses • Workshops pitch less stress for cattle and farmer • Treating cattle with BRSV

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as environmental stewardship and animal welfare as well as the incredible product they produce. MBP wants to expand our library of materials and are looking for the help of members to do that. We are seeking videos and photos shot with a regular camera or other devices such as a drone. The photos and videos submitted will be used for displays at events such as the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Red River Ex. What are we looking for? MBP wants to show the public what life on the farm is all about. Everything from calving, winter feeding, daily chores, your cattle in the pasture; basically anything that highlights Manitoba’s beef industry. “We know a lot of members take great pride in their animals and farms and have an extensive collection of photos and video,” said MBP General Manager Brian Lemon. “The more submissions we receive the better job we can do showcasing our industry to people from throughout the province.” If you have photos or video you would like to submit to MBP please contact Communications Coordinator Chad Saxon at csaxon@mbbeef.ca.

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On the Ranch, Russell, Manitoba Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Black and Red Simmentals Angus and Simm-Angus Bulls

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Sale Managed By: T Bar C Cattle Co. Chris: 306-220-5006 Office: 306-933-4200

Miles, Bonnie & Jared Glasman Home: 204.773.3279 Miles’ Cell: 204.773.6275 Jared’s Cell: 204.796.0999

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National Check-off Town Hall December 7, 2017 4 - 9 p.m. Heartland Multiplex, MacGregor Cocktails 4 - 5 (cash bar) Complimentary Dinner 5 - 6:45 Program 6:45 - 9

Learn more about how your National Check-off dollars are spent and about the National Beef Strategy from officials with the National Check-off Agency, Canadian Beef, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council. Please RSVP by Nov. 30

To RSVP call 1-800-772-0458 or email: info@mbbeef.ca


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What producers need to know about environmental footprint By the Beef Cattle Research Council

More than most livestock, beef cattle production takes place in the natural environment. Those who live in rural areas and spend most of their time outdoors considering Mother Nature and managing their livestock and land as best they can understand that it’s common sense to protect the health of the land and water for themselves and their neighbours. When enjoying peaceful moments watching cattle and wildlife on pasture, smelling rain or seeing plants change throughout the seasons, it’s difficult to understand why some people think that Canadian beef production is damaging the environment. As a beef producer, what do you need to know about the environmental footprint of Canadian beef production? You have a very good story to tell. Grazing cattle are an integral part of the grassland ecosystem and play a key role in nutrient recycling. Pasture lands are important stores of carbon and provide habitat to many species of plants and animals that could be at risk if land is converted to other uses. They also preserve wetlands that otherwise may be subject

Click to play the video to cultivation. Production of cattle in feedlots lowers the carbon footprint of beef and increases the efficiency of beef production. As with any food system, there are also concerns about the environmental impacts of producing beef. These include resource use, greenhouse gas emissions, water and air quality, and potential nutrient overload. But research shows that our industry has made significant improvements in efficiency over time. A 2015 study found that producing the same amount of Canadian beef in 2011 required 29% less breeding stock, 27% fewer slaughter cattle and 24% less land, and produced 15% less greenhouse gases than in 1981. Additional research is

currently underway to measure changes in water quality, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. By taking time to better understand the various ways your farm or ranch impacts the environment, and considering your current environmental stewardship, you may find additional ways to optimize your management, and reap the associated economic and social benefits. Technologies and innovative production practices related to land management, genetic improvements in growth and reproductive rates, feed strategies to optimize feed efficiency and more can help to ensure that our industry’s environmental footprint continues to shrink.


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Extended Grazing Workshop Attend this field day and learn how to cut winter feeding costs by extending the grazing season. Watch infield demonstrations and learn more about:  growing and grazing crops for extended grazing  energy dense forages and poly-crops  nutrient importing and field selection  2016 and 2017 yield results When:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time:

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where:

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Farm (MBFI) Corner of Highway 353 and #10 north of Brandon, ½ mile east

Agenda:

1:00 p.m.

Energy Dense Forages Matt Wiens, Manitoba Agriculture

1:30 p.m.

Poly-crop Production and Utilization Pam Iwanchysko, Manitoba Agriculture

2:00 p.m.

Winter Watering System Options Ray Bittner, Manitoba Agriculture

2:30 p.m.

Nutrient Management and Environmental Concerns with Extensive Wintering Mitchell Timmerman, Manitoba Agriculture

3:15 p.m.

Swath, Corn and Bale Grazing Shawn Cabak, Manitoba Agriculture Kristelle Harper, MBFI

4:00 p.m.

Adjourn

For more information, contact the Manitoba Agriculture Portage Office at 204-239-3352.


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Get Your Premises ID! As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure all producers have a Premises ID number (PID), Manitoba Agriculture staff will be on hand various days at Manitoba livestock auction marts for many cattle receiving/sale days this fall. Beginning September 25 and continuing throughout the fall cattle run, staff will be on hand various days at the auction marts to assist producers with applying for a PID number and to answer questions regarding the MB Premises ID Program.

As your association, Manitoba Beef Producers strongly encourages all members to get their PID number.

For information on the PID Program Phone: 204-945-7684 Email: traceability@gov.mb.ca Visit website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/pid Stop by your local Manitoba Agriculture Office - various locations throughout the province


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Are your bulls actually siring calves? Cost BCRC webinars are available and For producers that breed cows free of charge thanks to guest in large pastures with multiple speakers who volunteer their bulls, it’s often assumed that all time and expertise to support of the bulls will sire roughly the advancements in the Canadian same number of calves. Research beef industry, and through the shows a surprising variation in Knowledge Dissemination and the number of calves sired by Technology Transfer project fundeach bull. Learn more by joining ed by the Canadian Beef Cattle this webinar on how DNA parent- Check-off and Canada’s Beef age testing may help determine Science Cluster. sire value on your operation. Speaker When Stacey Domolewski – Science Thursday, November 16 at 8 p.m. and Extension Coordinator, Beef Interested but aren’t available Cattle Research Council that evening? Stacey Domolewski assists with Register anyway! This webinar the review of scientific reports will be recorded and posted and gathering of relevant research-based information for online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the various audiences. She helps recording and additional learning coordinate the development, resources. By attending the live maintenance and utilization of event, you’ll have the opportuni- various extension resources, ty to interact and ask questions including the BCRC’s webinars, too. fact sheets and other content on Watching on a tablet or mobile www.BeefResearch.ca. Stacey device? also coordinates the BCRC’s Beef If you plan to join the webinar Researcher Mentorship Program. using your tablet or mobile deStacey recently completed a vice, you will need to download Master’s of Science degree at the appropriate receiver. We the University of Saskatchewan recommend that you join the we- College of Agriculture and Biorebinar 15 minutes early as you will sources. Stacey’s graduate work be prompted to download the focused on DNA parentage in receiver once you log in, which commercial cattle and using it may take several minutes to com- to determine which bulls were siring calves. She is a graduate of plete. To download the receiver ahead of time, visit: http://www. the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. Her family ranches in citrix.com/go/receiver.html Southern Alberta. What is a webinar? Duration Webinars are just like attending Approximately 1 hour. By the Beef Cattle Research Council

a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required. All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar. You can find more beef research-related webinars hosted by other organizations on our events calendar. Don’t have high-speed internet? 
Consider calling a neighbor that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible. Visit our Webinars page to find other upcoming BCRC webinars and the recordings of our past sessions.


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October 27, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Beef Producers takes part in Beef Week proclamation Manitoba Beef Producers is proud to join with our provincial partners in celebrating Beef Week in the province. MBP President Ben Fox joined Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler at the Manitoba Legislature Tuesday morning for the signing of the Beef Week proclamation. The signing coincides with the annual Manitoba Ag Ex, which runs from Oct. 25-28 in Brandon. “We appreciate the province recognizing our great industry with the proclamation,” said Fox. “With roughly 6,500 producers in the province, the Manitoba beef industry is a vital part of the provincial economy, particularly in our rural communities. Also, the environmental benefits that our producers provide cannot be understated. Manitoba’s

MBP President Ben Fox (left) joined Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler for the signing of the Beef Week Proclamation Tuesday at the Legislature. Photo courtesy of Minister Eichler's office.

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• Preg checking scorecard for cow-calf producers • Putting a value on forages • Volume, prices rise with fall run at full throttle • Properly desgined facilities reduce cattle, handler stress • Livestock meds: not too hot and not too cold

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beef producers are the stewards of thousands of acres of private and Crown lands. “As has been well documented, these properly maintained pasture lands act as carbon stores, are critical for water management and flood mitigation and also provide vital habitats for many species of plants and animals. Producers in our province take great pride in producing world-class beef but they also take pride in the practices they use each and every day on the farm.” The proclamation signing also coincides with the start of MBP’s 2017 district meetings. Fox said he encourages all members to attend their meeting to hear about MBP’s activities on their behalf. He added this is also their opportunity to have a say in the future direction of MBP. For more on the 2017 district meeting schedule please see www.mbbeeef.ca/district-meetings/.

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When: Thursday, Dec. 7 Time: 1-4 p.m. Where: Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Brookdale Research Farm (Corner of Highway 353 and #10 north of Brandon)

In-field demonstrations • Corn and Swath grazing • Growing crops for extended grazing • Energy dense forages & poly-crops • Nutrient importing by purchasing feeds • Winter watering systems • 2016 & 2017 yield results For more information contact the Manitoba Agriculture Office in Portage at 204-239-3352



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What producers need to know about environmental footprint By the Beef Cattle Research Council

More than most livestock, beef cattle production takes place in the natural environment. Those who live in rural areas and spend most of their time outdoors considering Mother Nature and managing their livestock and land as best they can understand that it’s common sense to protect the health of the land and water for themselves and their neighbours. When enjoying peaceful moments watching cattle and wildlife on pasture, smelling rain or seeing plants change throughout the seasons, it’s difficult to understand why some people think that Canadian beef production is damaging the environment. As a beef producer, what do you need to know about the environmental footprint of Canadian beef production? You have a very good story to tell. Grazing cattle are an integral part of the grassland ecosystem and play a key role in nutrient recycling. Pasture lands are important stores of carbon and provide habitat to many species of plants and animals that could be at risk if land is converted to other uses. They also preserve wetlands that otherwise may be subject

Click to play the video to cultivation. Production of cattle in feedlots lowers the carbon footprint of beef and increases the efficiency of beef production. As with any food system, there are also concerns about the environmental impacts of producing beef. These include resource use, greenhouse gas emissions, water and air quality, and potential nutrient overload. But research shows that our industry has made significant improvements in efficiency over time. A 2015 study found that producing the same amount of Canadian beef in 2011 required 29% less breeding stock, 27% fewer slaughter cattle and 24% less land, and produced 15% less greenhouse gases than in 1981. Additional research is

currently underway to measure changes in water quality, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services. By taking time to better understand the various ways your farm or ranch impacts the environment, and considering your current environmental stewardship, you may find additional ways to optimize your management, and reap the associated economic and social benefits. Technologies and innovative production practices related to land management, genetic improvements in growth and reproductive rates, feed strategies to optimize feed efficiency and more can help to ensure that our industry’s environmental footprint continues to shrink.


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Get Your Premises ID! As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure all producers have a Premises ID number (PID), Manitoba Agriculture staff will be on hand various days at Manitoba livestock auction marts for many cattle receiving/sale days this fall. Beginning September 25 and continuing throughout the fall cattle run, staff will be on hand various days at the auction marts to assist producers with applying for a PID number and to answer questions regarding the MB Premises ID Program.

As your association, Manitoba Beef Producers strongly encourages all members to get their PID number.

For information on the PID Program Phone: 204-945-7684 Email: traceability@gov.mb.ca Visit website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/pid Stop by your local Manitoba Agriculture Office - various locations throughout the province


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Are your bulls actually siring calves? Cost BCRC webinars are available and For producers that breed cows free of charge thanks to guest in large pastures with multiple speakers who volunteer their bulls, it’s often assumed that all time and expertise to support of the bulls will sire roughly the advancements in the Canadian same number of calves. Research beef industry, and through the shows a surprising variation in Knowledge Dissemination and the number of calves sired by Technology Transfer project fundeach bull. Learn more by joining ed by the Canadian Beef Cattle this webinar on how DNA parent- Check-off and Canada’s Beef age testing may help determine Science Cluster. sire value on your operation. Speaker When Stacey Domolewski – Science Thursday, November 16 at 8 p.m. and Extension Coordinator, Beef Interested but aren’t available Cattle Research Council that evening? Stacey Domolewski assists with Register anyway! This webinar the review of scientific reports will be recorded and posted and gathering of relevant research-based information for online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the various audiences. She helps recording and additional learning coordinate the development, resources. By attending the live maintenance and utilization of event, you’ll have the opportuni- various extension resources, ty to interact and ask questions including the BCRC’s webinars, too. fact sheets and other content on Watching on a tablet or mobile www.BeefResearch.ca. Stacey device? also coordinates the BCRC’s Beef If you plan to join the webinar Researcher Mentorship Program. using your tablet or mobile deStacey recently completed a vice, you will need to download Master’s of Science degree at the appropriate receiver. We the University of Saskatchewan recommend that you join the we- College of Agriculture and Biorebinar 15 minutes early as you will sources. Stacey’s graduate work be prompted to download the focused on DNA parentage in receiver once you log in, which commercial cattle and using it may take several minutes to com- to determine which bulls were siring calves. She is a graduate of plete. To download the receiver ahead of time, visit: http://www. the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. Her family ranches in citrix.com/go/receiver.html Southern Alberta. What is a webinar? Duration Webinars are just like attending Approximately 1 hour. By the Beef Cattle Research Council

a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required. All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar. You can find more beef research-related webinars hosted by other organizations on our events calendar. Don’t have high-speed internet? 
Consider calling a neighbor that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible. Visit our Webinars page to find other upcoming BCRC webinars and the recordings of our past sessions.


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October 14, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP district meetings begin October 23 WINNIPEG – Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will be seeking to fill four positions on its board of directors during its 2017 district meetings this fall. The first of 14 meetings kicks off Oct. 23 as MBP members gather at the Eriksdale Recreation Centre. MBP President Ben Fox noted that while the district meeting run is always an important time for the associa-

tion, this year holds extra significance with four board positions coming open as directors complete their six-year terms. The retiring directors are Dave Koslowsky, District 2; Heinz Reimer, District 4; Bill Murray, District 12 and Stan Foster, District 14. “It’s very important to MBP that we find interested and engaged producers to join our board,” Fox said. “As

the voice of the provincial cow/calf producers and cattle feeders, it’s critical that all of our districts and all aspects of our industry are represented at the board table.” Fox added that joining the board is an excellent opportunity to not only represent your fellow beef producers in Manitoba but also nationally, as many MBP directors also serve on the boards for organizations

such as the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, National Check-off Agency and Beef Cattle Research Council. “This is an excellent opportunity for Manitobans to take a leadership role in the industry and work with their fellow producers to create a strong and sustainable industry for all.” Fox said if any MBP members are interested Continued to Page 2

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in becoming a director he recommends they contact their local director to learn more about what the job entails. Their contact information can be found at http://www.mbbeef.ca/aboutmbp/board-and-staff/. Along with the director elections in even-numbered districts, the meetings will include a look back at MBP’s finances for the past year and a review of the association’s activities on behalf of members. A discussion of traceability and a proposed cow/ calf loss survey are also on the agenda. “These meetings are an important opportunity for us to meet

face-to-face with members and hear about their concerns and thoughts on the direction of the association,” MBP General Manager Brian Lemon said. “We look forward to getting to meet with producers and strongly encourage them to attend the meetings and have their say in the future of MBP.” The meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a free beef on a bun supper. For more information please go to mbbeef.ca or contact the MBP office at 1-800-772-0458. A new wrinkle has also been added this year as MBP has partnered with 4-H Manitoba to hold Emerging Beef Leaders Forums

at three locations this year – district 3, district 5 and district 11. “Our board has long expressed a desire to get more young producers involved with MBP. After the success we had with our Young Producers Forum at the 38th annual general meeting we felt this was another step in that direction and are excited to partner with 4-H on this venture.” The forums, which begin at 4:30 p.m. are open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 18. For more information or to register, please contact MBP Youth Coordinator Elisabeth Harms at 1-800-772-0458 or at info@ mbbeef.ca.


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• Fall kicks off with good demand, prices at the markets • Hybrid advantage is your advantage — now there’s a way to score it • Watering cattle with solar power • Ticks join new world order in infectious disease • Consider weaning calves early this fall

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For Immediate Release October 12, 2017

Creating Connections Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshops scheduled at MBFI October gatherings at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives’ Brookdale site focus on handling cattle Winnipeg, MB ‐ Low stress livestock handling will be the focus of two cattle producer workshops this month at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives’ (MBFI) Brookdale Research Farm this month. The Women’s Cattle Producer Workshop will be held on October 19 and the Cattle Producer Workshop will be held October 27. Both workshops will include an introduction to the Creating Connections Program and classroom training followed by a hands‐on session in MBFI’s cattle handling facility where participants can put the training into practice. Each session costs $25 (includes lunch) and will be open to 25 participants. “Low‐stress cattle handling is key to having a successful day out on the farm,” says Ramona Blyth, MBFI president and a beef producer from MacGregor, MB. “This is especially true after the weaning period when animals can be susceptible to illness and vulnerable to their new environments.” Workshops will be led by Merck Animal Health's trained Creating Connections instructors. Blyth says providing the two workshops gives farm families two chances to learn about low stress cattle handling. “Running a farm operation requires a lot of attention and knowledge,” Blyth said. “These workshops allow for at least one person from the farm to attend on each day as opposed to only sending one or the other or both on the same day.” Please call 204‐622‐2006 to register. The cost is $25 per participant (includes lunch). An agenda and names of the instructors can be found in the accompanying poster. ‐30‐

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Join Us For The Creating Connections Low Stress Handling Workshops at MBFI’s Brookdale Research Farm • Women’s Cattle Producer Workshop, October 19 • Cattle Producer Workshop, October 27 (October 27 Session Open to All Producers) • Both workshops include an introduction to the Creating Connections Program and classroom training followed by a hands-on session in MBFI’s cattle handling facility where participants can put the training into practice. • Each session is open to just 25 participants so book your spot fast! • Call 204-622-2006 to register. The cost is $25 per participant (includes lunch). 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives, Brookdale Farm Corner of Highway #10 and Highway #353, north of Brandon


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featuring Amphitheatre, Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Monday, October 16th, 2017 After weaning, youngstock are vulnerable in their new environment. These animals can be sensitive, scared and stressed, making them more receptive to illness. Providing them with guidance through low-stress cattle handling helps them to adapt to new environments.

“How cattle are handled can impact their health, performance and carcass quality. For example, we know that low-stress cattle handling and stockmanship greatly impact innate immunity and an animal’s resistance to disease.” Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M., PAC Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Benkelman, Nebraska, is a consulting feedyard veterinarian best known for his passion and enthusiasm for working with feedyards and ranches on low-stress cattle handling. More and more feedyards and ranches are incorporating this philosophy and production practice into their daily operations, to the benefit of both the cattle and the cowboy. Please RSVP to Heather Davis by Friday October 10th by emailing heather.davis@merck.com or texting/calling (204) 997-9477


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Get Your Premises ID! As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure all producers have a Premises ID number (PID), Manitoba Agriculture staff will be on hand various days at Manitoba livestock auction marts for many cattle receiving/sale days this fall. Beginning September 25 and continuing throughout the fall cattle run, staff will be on hand various days at the auction marts to assist producers with applying for a PID number and to answer questions regarding the MB Premises ID Program.

As your association, Manitoba Beef Producers strongly encourages all members to get their PID number.

For information on the PID Program Phone: 204-945-7684 Email: traceability@gov.mb.ca Visit website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/pid Stop by your local Manitoba Agriculture Office - various locations throughout the province


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NEWS RELEASE Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef seeks final public input on sustainability indicators for beef processing: Comment period open October 5-November 4, 2017 For Immediate Release October 5, 2017 The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) works collaboratively through its multi-stakeholder membership to promote sustainability across the Canadian beef industry. As part of a Verified Sustainable Beef Framework the CRSB is developing, a series of sustainability indicators reflect what will be measured to evaluate sustainable practices across the beef value chain. The CRSB conducted an initial consultation on sustainability indicators for the beef processing sector this summer. Based on the responses during the initial consultation, the indicators for beef processing have been refined, and CRSB is now seeking additional public input on the updated draft. Comments received came from a variety of diverse perspectives, and CRSB appreciates all who offered their valuable feedback. A 30-day public consultation was launched today, and runs from October 5 to November 4, 2017. All relevant materials can be found at http://crsb.ca/public-consultation-english. All comments will be reviewed, and written responses to each comment will be summarized on the CRSB website following the consultation. Along with verification protocols, chain of custody guidelines and sustainability claims, the final production and processing indicators will form part of the CRSB’s Verified Sustainable Beef Framework being launched in December of this year. “With guidance from a steering committee of diverse expertise, the CRSB has developed sustainability indicators for beef processing that supplement indicators for beef production”, said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Chair of the CRSB and cattle producer west of Calgary, AB. “I believe these indicators will provide the beef processing sector with the support to implement sustainable practices in their operations, and will assist the Canadian beef industry to meet consumer demand for programs that show our commitment to sustainable beef production.” Page Stuart, an Alberta cattle feeder and Tim Hardman, Beef Director with the World Wildlife Fund, co-chaired the committee that developed the indicators. “Committee members from across the beef value chain contributed diverse perspectives in identifying areas to support the beef processing sector in enhancing its practices across all five principles of sustainability”, says Stuart. “Based on feedback from the first consultation, indicators have been refined, and more detailed metrics across the three levels of the scoring system have been added,” commented Stuart. “I look forward to the feedback we receive over the next 30 days, in order to finalize the indicators as part of the Verified Sustainable Beef Framework later this year,” she added. -30- The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to enhance sustainability efforts within the Canadian beef industry. It has defined “sustainable beef” and is setting the framework for producing and sourcing verified sustainable beef in Canada.

For further information, contact: Andrea White, M.Sc., P.Ag. Community Engagement Manager, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef 250.682.5698 | whitea@cattle.ca | http://www.crsb.ca th

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Canadian classics in the spotlight Sept. 30 Classic Canadian beef dishes will be in the spotlight Sept. 30 during Great Tastes of Manitoba (GTOM). In the first of two epidoes featuring beef in GTOM's 28th season, MBP Meat Expert Adriana Findlay and host Dez Daniels will present Celebrating Canadian Ingredients. In segment one the duo will grill up a t-bone steak and top it with a hearty maple whiskey sauce. Segment two is a delicious beef tourtiere while the third meal is poutine topped with pulled beef. The episode airs at 6:30 on CTV Manitoba and the recipes can be found at greattastesmb.ca.

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• Beyond the dugout: the making of a watering system • Why farmers are mad as hell at Morneau and Trudeau • Three tips for swath and bale grazing • A proper dosage of antibiotics is crucial for efficiency • Alternative feeds for beef cattle • 2017 Amazing Ag Adventure another hit

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MANITOBA BEEF PRODUCERS P. (204) 772‐4542 220‐530 Century Street (800) 772‐0458 Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 F. (204) 774‐3264 www.mbbeef.ca _________________________________________________________________________

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For immediate release September 19, 2017

Manitoba Beef Producers announces 2017 bursary recipients WINNIPEG – Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is pleased to announce the recipients of our bursaries for 2017. Each year MBP offers six $500 bursaries to members, or the children of members, who are attending university, college or other post‐secondary institutions. Students pursuing trades training are also eligible. Preference is given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy. “As we’ve noted on many occasions, growing the provincial beef herd is a significant long‐term goal of ours,” said President Ben Fox. “For that to occur we need to make sure that our rural communities have the skilled labour and professionals that our industry, and others, require. MBP is pleased to make a contribution to the educational pursuits of our six recipients and looks forward to following their progress towards their goals.” The students were asked to submit a 600 word essay on what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba at large. Students were also asked to include the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture. The winning essays were published in the September issue of Cattle Country. The six recipients of the MBP bursaries for 2017 are:  Naomi Best – Harding, District 6  Bethan Amy Lewis – Kirkella, District 6  Cassidy Gordon – Sonns, District 6  Allison Sorrell – Kenton, District 6  Connor English – Rivers, District 6  Kaitlyn Davey – Westbourne, District 8 “These deserving recipients were chosen from a field with many strong candidates,” Fox said. “On behalf of MBP I wish the students all the best in their academic endeavours in the school year.”

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Join Us For The Creating Connections Low Stress Handling Workshops at MBFI’s Brookdale Research Farm • Women’s Cattle Producer Workshop, October 19 • Cattle Producer Workshop, October 27 (October 27 Session Open to All Producers) • Both workshops include an introduction to the Creating Connections Program and classroom training followed by a hands-on session in MBFI’s cattle handling facility where participants can put the training into practice. • Each session is open to just 25 participants so book your spot fast! • Call 204-622-2006 to register. The cost is $25 per participant (includes lunch). 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives, Brookdale Farm Corner of Highway #10 and Highway #353, north of Brandon


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Get Your Premises ID! As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure all producers have a Premises ID number (PID), Manitoba Agriculture staff will be on hand various days at Manitoba livestock auction marts for many cattle receiving/sale days this fall. Beginning September 25 and continuing throughout the fall cattle run, staff will be on hand various days at the auction marts to assist producers with applying for a PID number and to answer questions regarding the MB Premises ID Program.

As your association, Manitoba Beef Producers strongly encourages all members to get their PID number.

For information on the PID Program Phone: 204-945-7684 Email: traceability@gov.mb.ca Visit website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/pid Stop by your local Manitoba Agriculture Office - various locations throughout the province

4-H Members: Let your voice be heard

M A N I T O B A

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CANADA 4-H Manitoba

Want your ideas and experience heard? Want to connect with leaders in the beef industry and your peers from other 4-H Beef Clubs?

Attend one of the Emerging Beef Leaders Forums with reps from Manitoba Beef Producers, prior to district meetings. Watch for more info from 4-H Manitoba Monday, October 23 Eriksdale Recreation Centre

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 3 Austin Community Centre

Tuesday, November 14 Carman Legion

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4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers Program

Preliminary Nomination Form Platinum Plus Sponsors: MNP Platinum Sponsors: Monsanto Manitoba Pork Council TD Canada Trust-Ag Viterra Corner Equipment Ltd Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Gold Sponsors: Shur-gro Farm Supplies Munro Farm Services Manitoba Beef Producers Bunge Canada Enns Brothers Bayer CropScience Silver Sponsors: Farm Link Marketing Solutions Manitoba Seed Growers Assoc. Supporters: Goldenwest Radio CKDM Parklands Best RadioFarm Business Communications

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featuring Amphitheatre, Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Monday, October 16th, 2017 After weaning, youngstock are vulnerable in their new environment. These animals can be sensitive, scared and stressed, making them more receptive to illness. Providing them with guidance through low-stress cattle handling helps them to adapt to new environments.

“How cattle are handled can impact their health, performance and carcass quality. For example, we know that low-stress cattle handling and stockmanship greatly impact innate immunity and an animal’s resistance to disease.” Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M., PAC Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Benkelman, Nebraska, is a consulting feedyard veterinarian best known for his passion and enthusiasm for working with feedyards and ranches on low-stress cattle handling. More and more feedyards and ranches are incorporating this philosophy and production practice into their daily operations, to the benefit of both the cattle and the cowboy. Please RSVP to Heather Davis by Friday October 10th by emailing heather.davis@merck.com or texting/calling (204) 997-9477


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News Release CETA now in effect, Canadian efforts to resolve technical barriers continue September 21, 2017 Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) notes with interest the provisional implementation of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). As of today, European beef is duty free in the Canadian market and new duty-free quotas will be available for Canadian beef entering the EU market.

The Canadian beef industry has long supported the CETA and its massive market potential based on the elimination of EU import tariffs and resolution of technical barriers. Today’s implementation marks achievement of the tariff side of the equation by creating new duty-free access on nearly 65,000 tonnes of Canadian beef. Regarding the ongoing technical barriers, the CCA continues to work with the Government of Canada and the Canadian Meat Council to achieve meaningful Canadian beef access to the EU. Research and advocacy efforts are underway, but until they reach a successful result it will be difficult for Canadian beef cattle producers to adopt cattle management practices required by the EU. Once these issues are resolved, the EU market has potential to become a $600 million annual customer for Canadian beef under CETA. This is a many-fold increase over the $6 to $10 million of Canadian beef annual exports to the EU we have experienced in recent years. The CCA anticipates a timeline of approximately two years to complete the efficacy research in Canada and achieve formal recognition by the EU of Canada’s meat safety protocols. The CCA remains confident that through working together and with a commitment of resources and transitional assistance from government, we can get the job done. Meanwhile, we expect that any EU beef or veal imported into Canada will be verified to be in full compliance with Canadian food safety requirements. For further information, contact: Gina Teel Communications Manager Canadian Cattlemen’s Association 403-275-8558 x 306 | teelg@cattle.ca www.cattle.ca

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Registration open for 2017-18 BCRC webinars By the Beef Cattle Research Council This year’s BCRC webinar topics include winter feeding, results of the latest National Beef Quality Audit, managing forages and other production practices. View and register for our upcoming webinars below. To register for all of them at once, register for any one of them and select the option to be automatically registered for all remaining 2017-18 beef webinars. We recommend registering for all webinars that you’re interested in regardless of whether you can attend during the date/time listed. By registering, you’ll receive reminders to attend the live event plus receive a link that allows you to watch the recording at any time. It’s no problem if you register and miss the live event, however joining live is recommended as it gives you the opportunity to interact and ask questions. BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster. Recordings of all of our past webinars can be found on our webinars page. 2017-18 BCRC Webinars: Refining corn grazing recommendations – October 12, 2017, 8 p.m. Speaker: Bart Lardner, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at the Western Beef Development Centre Thinking about turning your cattle out on corn? Want to be sure you

are up to date with the latest corn grazing recommendations? Join us to learn more about this extended grazing practice with advice on maintaining good profitability and animal performance. Are your bulls actually siring calves? – November 16, 2017, 8 p.m. Speaker: Stacey Domolewski, Science and Extension Coordinator at the Beef Cattle Research Council For producers that breed cows in large pastures with multiple bulls, it’s often assumed that all of the bulls will sire roughly the same number of calves. Research shows a surprising variation in the number of calves sired by each bull. Learn more by joining this webinar on how DNA parentage testing may help determine sire value on your operation. Understanding and managing forage diseases – December 6, 2017, 6 p.m. Speaker: Linda Jewell, PhD, Research Scientist in Plant Pathology at Agriculture Agri-Food Canada There are a number of pathogens that can result in diseases in forages which impact yield, quality, and profitability. This webinar will provide an overview of those pathogens as well as some management strategies to help prevent disease. Preventing reproductive wrecks – January 23, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Cheryl Waldner, DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine Even small changes in the open rates of cows can have a major economic impact. Join this webinar for tips to increase and maintain high pregnancy rates with information

on everything from mineral intake to disease management. Canada’s Beef Quality Audit: What have we learned? – February 7, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Mark Klassen, Director of Technical Services, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association The latest beef quality audit not only gives insight into the meat products consumers choose at the grocery store, it also reveals the quality of beef carcasses being processed at Canadian packers. Join this webinar to learn the latest National Beef Quality Audit results, and what beef producers can do to prevent costly carcass defects. Soil health for growing forages – February 20, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Henry Janzen, PhD, Research Scientist, Agriculture Agrifood Canada Producers are keen to promote soil health in their farmlands, but defining what that means and how to achieve it is not always easy. Join this webinar for to learn more about what soil health means, the role of soil organic matter in advancing soil health, and the importance of perennial forage systems in improving health. Getting the most out of your corn silage – March 28, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Karen Beauchemin, PhD, Research Scientist in Ruminant Nutrition Agriculture Agri-Food Canada Join this webinar to hear the latest recommendations on making and storing corn silage. The recommendations provided in this webinar will be from western Canadian research but tips will also be applicable to producers in Eastern Canada.


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• Proposed tax changes could hit family farms hard • Autumn gradually arriving at Manitoba cattle markets • ‘Software disease’ — The hazards of plastic, net wrap and twines • Mission accomplished: Tag reader designed for producers • Freeze branding: a veterinarian’s view

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Registration open for 2017-18 BCRC webinars By the Beef Cattle Research Council This year’s BCRC webinar topics include winter feeding, results of the latest National Beef Quality Audit, managing forages and other production practices. View and register for our upcoming webinars below. To register for all of them at once, register for any one of them and select the option to be automatically registered for all remaining 2017-18 beef webinars. We recommend registering for all webinars that you’re interested in regardless of whether you can attend during the date/time listed. By registering, you’ll receive reminders to attend the live event plus receive a link that allows you to watch the recording at any time. It’s no problem if you register and miss the live event, however joining live is recommended as it gives you the opportunity to interact and ask questions. BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster. Recordings of all of our past webinars can be found on our webinars page. 2017-18 BCRC Webinars: Refining corn grazing recommendations – October 12, 2017, 8 p.m. Speaker: Bart Lardner, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at the Western Beef Development Centre Thinking about turning your cattle out on corn? Want to be sure you

are up to date with the latest corn grazing recommendations? Join us to learn more about this extended grazing practice with advice on maintaining good profitability and animal performance. Are your bulls actually siring calves? – November 16, 2017, 8 p.m. Speaker: Stacey Domolewski, Science and Extension Coordinator at the Beef Cattle Research Council For producers that breed cows in large pastures with multiple bulls, it’s often assumed that all of the bulls will sire roughly the same number of calves. Research shows a surprising variation in the number of calves sired by each bull. Learn more by joining this webinar on how DNA parentage testing may help determine sire value on your operation. Understanding and managing forage diseases – December 6, 2017, 6 p.m. Speaker: Linda Jewell, PhD, Research Scientist in Plant Pathology at Agriculture Agri-Food Canada There are a number of pathogens that can result in diseases in forages which impact yield, quality, and profitability. This webinar will provide an overview of those pathogens as well as some management strategies to help prevent disease. Preventing reproductive wrecks – January 23, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Cheryl Waldner, DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine Even small changes in the open rates of cows can have a major economic impact. Join this webinar for tips to increase and maintain high pregnancy rates with information

on everything from mineral intake to disease management. Canada’s Beef Quality Audit: What have we learned? – February 7, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Mark Klassen, Director of Technical Services, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association The latest beef quality audit not only gives insight into the meat products consumers choose at the grocery store, it also reveals the quality of beef carcasses being processed at Canadian packers. Join this webinar to learn the latest National Beef Quality Audit results, and what beef producers can do to prevent costly carcass defects. Soil health for growing forages – February 20, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Henry Janzen, PhD, Research Scientist, Agriculture Agrifood Canada Producers are keen to promote soil health in their farmlands, but defining what that means and how to achieve it is not always easy. Join this webinar for to learn more about what soil health means, the role of soil organic matter in advancing soil health, and the importance of perennial forage systems in improving health. Getting the most out of your corn silage – March 28, 2018, 8 p.m. Speaker: Karen Beauchemin, PhD, Research Scientist in Ruminant Nutrition Agriculture Agri-Food Canada Join this webinar to hear the latest recommendations on making and storing corn silage. The recommendations provided in this webinar will be from western Canadian research but tips will also be applicable to producers in Eastern Canada.


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Protect your hay!!! As we move into the last days of summer, producers are reminded to get their hay off the fields. Bringing your hay in not only protects the feed but will also help prevent disease transmission between livestock and wildlife. Wildlife such as deer and elk do not need supplemental feed, they can forage on their own throughout winter. But, If they do encounter a readily accessible feed source such as bales left exposed on fields, they will take advantage. Best practice for beef and dairy producers is to secure their winter feed supplies before this becomes a problem. While Manitoba has regulations designed to prevent disease transmission including rules about wildlife attractants, it is in the farmers’ best interest to protect their own livestock’s feed especially in an area where there may still be bovine tuberculosis on the landscape. Farmers should contact Manitoba Agriculture (or MBP for Risk Assessment) for information on ways to secure and protect feed supplies.

Don’t Feed the Deer Although well intentioned, feeding deer can actually endanger their health and survival. There are many reasons why Manitoba Sustainable Development does not recommend feeding deer. Human Safety and Property Damage •

Wild animals are dangerous. By feeding wild animals, you may be conditioning them to expect food from people. Deer that lose their natural tendency to avoid people can become a significant threat.

Deer can attract predators such as coyotes and wolves. This would increase safety concerns and risk to people and pets.

When deer are attracted to homes or farms, the risk for vehicle collisions increases. This can result in numerous deer fatalities, expensive vehicle repairs and human injury.

Deer attracted to artificial or supplemental food sources will also feed on neighbours flowers, trees, shrubs or on farmers’ hay bales.

Deer Health and Safety •

A deer’s digestive system changes slowly with the seasons. In winter, their system adapts to allow them to digest relatively low quality food like twigs, buds and stems.

Rapid or dramatic changes to this winter diet can lead to bloating, diarrhea, enteritis and in some cases, death.

Deer have starved to death with full stomachs in winter because they could not digest high carbohydrate foods like hay, grains, corn and alfalfa.

Deer will travel long distances to reach an artificial food source. This may increase exposure to predators and other hazards (ex: increased risk of vehicle collision with more frequent highway crossings).

Overabundance •

Natural processes limit deer populations to a level where they live in balance with their habitat. Winter mortality is normal in Manitoba. This natural mortality varies from year to year, but helps ensure the deer population stays at, or below, what the habitat can support.

Research shows that providing extra food can raise deer reproduction and survival rates. Deer populations can increase to levels too high for the habitat to sustain causing long-term damage to that habitat. This damage can affect the deer population, vegetation and a wide variety of other wildlife species that depend on the habitat for food, nesting or shelter.

Disease Transmission •

Deer gathered at artificial food sources have a higher risk of transmitting diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, chronic wasting disease, brucellosis and parasites to one another.


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Notice of Appointment Opportunity Member, National Program Advisory Committee (11 positions) The Government of Canada is seeking experienced, engaged and enthusiastic members of the public to serve as committee members on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC). Eleven positions will be filled using this process. The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017. We know that our country is stronger – and our government more effective – when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada uses an appointment process that is transparent, merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we are building a government as diverse as Canada. The overarching goal of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation and to help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger. NPAC was established to provide advice with respect to the administration of the programs that fall under the Business Risk Management suite, namely AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, AgriRecovery and AgriRisk. NPAC provides advice and guidance on the appropriate roles and responsibilities of producers and governments in managing risks, the operations of the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, and the potential for insurance and other private sector tools in managing risk.

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September 1, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Tenth annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup a success Media Release On August 4th to 6th, 2017 sixty-nine enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan Junior Cattle Producers attended the 10th annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup in Neepawa, Manitoba. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a topnotch group of interested cattle producers and 78 head of cattle plus calves. Where else can you attend an event with

69 Junior members all working together as teams and in individual competitions, to learn the skills needed in the Livestock Industry. This is not just any cattle show, it is an all-around event to promote and educate youth to continue in the livestock industry. Our show would not happen without our dedicated sponsors and committee members who have stood behind this Junior

All Breeds Show and helped to make it a success. The weekend started off Friday morning with a presentation from Liz Carey on cattle handling. In the afternoon, the Juniors had a chance to try what they learned with a hands-on cattle sorting demonstration and clinic. Friday evening all Juniors participated in the Ag Challenge – a fun, hands on challenge where teams

work together to complete 10 stations related to the cattle industry. This competition is sponsored by Mazer Group and is a great way for Juniors to work together, make new friendships, learn something new and have fun while doing it! On Saturday, the Juniors were busy with many different events. In the morning they participated in public Continued to Page 7

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • What the latest census says about • MBP outlines wishlist to fulfil Canada's beef herd govt's expansion agenda • A Candadian perspective on the red meat allergy

• Bales left in the field can be costly

• CRSB verification turns to processors as framework consultations continue

• There are (giga) tonnes of benefits from properly grazed grasslands

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Weaning calves just got a whole lot easier. • Boosts efficacy of vaccinations • Builds gut health & immunity • Prevents dehydration • Reduces affects of shipping fever

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Protect your hay!!! As we move into the last days of summer, producers are reminded to get their hay off the fields. Bringing your hay in not only protects the feed but will also help prevent disease transmission between livestock and wildlife. Wildlife such as deer and elk do not need supplemental feed, they can forage on their own throughout winter. But, If they do encounter a readily accessible feed source such as bales left exposed on fields, they will take advantage. Best practice for beef and dairy producers is to secure their winter feed supplies before this becomes a problem. While Manitoba has regulations designed to prevent disease transmission including rules about wildlife attractants, it is in the farmers’ best interest to protect their own livestock’s feed especially in an area where there may still be bovine tuberculosis on the landscape. Farmers should contact Manitoba Agriculture (or MBP for Risk Assessment) for information on ways to secure and protect feed supplies.

Don’t Feed the Deer Although well intentioned, feeding deer can actually endanger their health and survival. There are many reasons why Manitoba Sustainable Development does not recommend feeding deer. Human Safety and Property Damage •

Wild animals are dangerous. By feeding wild animals, you may be conditioning them to expect food from people. Deer that lose their natural tendency to avoid people can become a significant threat.

Deer can attract predators such as coyotes and wolves. This would increase safety concerns and risk to people and pets.

When deer are attracted to homes or farms, the risk for vehicle collisions increases. This can result in numerous deer fatalities, expensive vehicle repairs and human injury.

Deer attracted to artificial or supplemental food sources will also feed on neighbours flowers, trees, shrubs or on farmers’ hay bales.

Deer Health and Safety •

A deer’s digestive system changes slowly with the seasons. In winter, their system adapts to allow them to digest relatively low quality food like twigs, buds and stems.

Rapid or dramatic changes to this winter diet can lead to bloating, diarrhea, enteritis and in some cases, death.

Deer have starved to death with full stomachs in winter because they could not digest high carbohydrate foods like hay, grains, corn and alfalfa.

Deer will travel long distances to reach an artificial food source. This may increase exposure to predators and other hazards (ex: increased risk of vehicle collision with more frequent highway crossings).

Overabundance •

Natural processes limit deer populations to a level where they live in balance with their habitat. Winter mortality is normal in Manitoba. This natural mortality varies from year to year, but helps ensure the deer population stays at, or below, what the habitat can support.

Research shows that providing extra food can raise deer reproduction and survival rates. Deer populations can increase to levels too high for the habitat to sustain causing long-term damage to that habitat. This damage can affect the deer population, vegetation and a wide variety of other wildlife species that depend on the habitat for food, nesting or shelter.

Disease Transmission •

Deer gathered at artificial food sources have a higher risk of transmitting diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, chronic wasting disease, brucellosis and parasites to one another.


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Notice of Appointment Opportunity Member, National Program Advisory Committee (11 positions) The Government of Canada is seeking experienced, engaged and enthusiastic members of the public to serve as committee members on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC). Eleven positions will be filled using this process. The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017. We know that our country is stronger – and our government more effective – when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada uses an appointment process that is transparent, merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we are building a government as diverse as Canada. The overarching goal of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation and to help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger. NPAC was established to provide advice with respect to the administration of the programs that fall under the Business Risk Management suite, namely AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, AgriRecovery and AgriRisk. NPAC provides advice and guidance on the appropriate roles and responsibilities of producers and governments in managing risks, the operations of the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, and the potential for insurance and other private sector tools in managing risk.

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Youth Beef Roundup a success speaking, individual judging and attended a presentation by Carman and Donna Jackson on Advocacy. In the afternoon, the Juniors took part in team judging, team fitting, the stockman’s knowledge competition and the pee wees had a demonstration put on by Blair McRae. On Saturday, Ambassador and Scholarship Interviews also took place. Saturday evening was wrapped up with the Cook-Off competition sponsored by Enns Brothers and a slip n’ slide to cool off for the day! Sunday was show day. Thankyou to our show day judges, Levi Jackson and Jared Glasman. Juniors participated in showmanship classes in the morning and then confirmation classes in the afternoon. We rounded the day off with a parade of the evening off with awards and champions and a parade of 13 10th anniversary cake. 4-H champions then finished

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University of Calgary Study Needs Your Help! The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is conducting a questionnaire to investigate beef cattle producers’ management of internal parasites as a way to improve productivity. The study is funded by the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. If you would like to participate, here is the online link: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ccB0lU


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August 18, 2017

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PEI Farm captures TESA award Calgary, AB-The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has announced that the David Francis Farm, of Lady Fane, PEI is the recipient of the 2017 The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). The seventh-generation farm is operated by father and son team David and Brett Francis and families. The announcement was made Aug. 16 in Calgary during the second Canadian Beef

Industry Conference. Soil conservation remains a primary focus at the potato and 80 cow-calf beef operation, with David and his wife, Vicki Francis, and their five children, having made continual improvements to the land during nearly four decades of farming. They have installed thousands of feet of soil conservation features, while respecting the land they farm and the natural environ-

ment surrounding their designated Century Farm. CCA Environment Committee Chair Bob Lowe said the David Francis Farm’s longstanding commitment to soil conservation, reflected in investments in sustainable agriculture practices and modern technology to ensure a sustainable farm for generations to come, is what earned the Francis families the 2017 TESA.

“Through sharing his extensive knowledge about sustainable agriculture practices, David has played a major role in raising public awareness about sustainable agriculture and encouraging many farmers to participate in stewardship activities,” Lowe said. “This, along with the Francis family’s commitment to managing the sandy soils in a manner that benefits their environments, while also Continued to Page 2

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meeting and in some instances exceeding strict environmental regulations, demonstrates the commitment to sustainability that the TESA embodies.” Lowe presented David Francis with the 2017 TESA this evening at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary, AB. David, on behalf of his wife Vicki and son Brett and family, expressed sincere gratitude as he accepted the award, a sterling silver TESA belt buckle and local artwork. David acknowledged the other nominees “I’m sure they just pulled a name out of a hat. They are all wonderful farmers,” he said. “I’d like to thank the Cattlemen’s Association, It’s truly an honour.” PEIs sandy soils are very susceptible to wind and water erosion. Sudden rainfall events and other extreme weather can have devastating effects on farmland and can cause soil erosion resulting in washouts or

runoff. In 1991, the David Francis Farm became one of the first farms in PEI to install an integrated soil conservation system. Grassed waterways and buffer zones, natural filters that help slow down and filter runoff before it leaves the field, are among the measures used to reduce soil erosion and help safeguard the health of the adjacent streams and wetlands. Further improvements were made through the PEI Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program, which assists farmers in reducing soil erosion, increasing wildlife habitat and reducing the impacts of climate change. In addition to fencing to keep cattle from streams and waterways, the Francis’ have made major investments in fencing for a rotational grazing system on 120 acres of pasture, and are seeing positive results in weight gain and herd health

for their animals. The David Francis Farm, a nominee of the PEI Cattle Producers, on behalf of the Maritime Beef Council, is the first farm from the Atlantic region to participate in the TESA program’s 21-year history. Manitoba was represented in Calgary by Nerbas Bros. Angus who were named provincial TESA winners at the Manitoba Beef Producers AGM in February. Operating under holistic management principles for the past 12 years, the Nerbas family relies on the nutrient cycling through the animal and intensive grazing to maximize their grass production. Rotational grazing, off site watering system, bale grazing, seeding of extra pasture, and extended grazing are other practices used on their operation. - Media Release

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• Fed cattle supplies hold back prices at auctions • Celebrating the Canadian beef industry

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• Is the next generation ready to take over the family farm? • Latest livestock market report from MB Ag

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Notice of Appointment Opportunity Member, National Program Advisory Committee (11 positions) The Government of Canada is seeking experienced, engaged and enthusiastic members of the public to serve as committee members on the National Program Advisory Committee (NPAC). Eleven positions will be filled using this process. The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017. We know that our country is stronger – and our government more effective – when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada uses an appointment process that is transparent, merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we are building a government as diverse as Canada. The overarching goal of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation and to help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger. NPAC was established to provide advice with respect to the administration of the programs that fall under the Business Risk Management suite, namely AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, AgriRecovery and AgriRisk. NPAC provides advice and guidance on the appropriate roles and responsibilities of producers and governments in managing risks, the operations of the suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs, and the potential for insurance and other private sector tools in managing risk.

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4-H Canada Announces Recipient of the 2017 CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarships Ottawa ON – July 25, 2017 – 4-H Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarships. The scholarships are part of CIBC’s strong history of supporting youth entering into a post-secondary education in the field of engineering, arts, science, business, agriculture or health, beginning in the fall of 2017. Thanks to the generous support of CIBC, eight 4-H members will each receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their post-secondary education. “We are very fortunate to have a partner like CIBC in helping to support our youth member’s postsecondary education,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Having a partner that recognizes the importance of post-secondary success is truly priceless and it really goes a long way in helping to empower and foster true leadership among the recipients.” The delivery of these programs would not be possible without the ongoing and long-term partnerships with organizations like CIBC that share this vision and recognize the importance of advancing positive youth development in Canada. “CIBC is proud to support the efforts of 4-H Canada, an organization that plays an active role in helping Canada’s youth realize their full potential and build a better future,” said Dino Medves, Senior-Vice President, Commercial Banking at CIBC. “I would like to congratulate this year’s outstanding CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarship recipients and wish them continued success in the future.” Congratulations and good luck to the all recipients of the 2017 CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarship! Emily Beattie

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Andrea DeGroot

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Nicole Steed

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Abbie Brokenshire

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Marika Dewar-Norosky Manitoba Mikayla Ringelberg

Ontario

Kendra Vigneau

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Kristie Drummond

Prince Edward Island

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4-H Canada Announces Recipients of $15,000 in Scholarships in Partnership with John Deere Canada Ottawa ON –August 15, 2017 – 4-H Canada is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarships. A total of 15 members of 4-H from across Canada were selected to receive $1,000 each towards a post-secondary education in the fall of 2017 thanks to the generous support of our partner John Deere Canada. “We are grateful to John Deere Canada for showing their strong commitment again this year to building and strengthening our 4-H youth members,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “We are proud to build upon our long standing relationship with John Deere and with this latest scholarship we further solidify our position as the leading positive youth development organization in Canada.” 4-H Canada and John Deere fully recognize the importance of providing our youth with the tools and guidance that lay the foundations for a life-long love of learning. Over the application period, 4-H Canada not only received another record number of applicants but also the quality of those that applied continues to make the selection process harder each year. All this is made possible with ongoing and long-term partnerships with organizations like John Deere Canada that share this vision and actively strive to make a difference to positive youth development. “John Deere Canada is always enthusiastic about investing in Canada’s youth and providing them the opportunity to explore their interests through post-secondary education,” said Arin Douglas, John Deere Canada ULC Marketing Representative. “John Deere Canada has been a long-time supporter and partner of the Canadian 4-H program. We are proud to again provide scholarships to 15 deserving 4-H members from across the country. We believe in supporting the next generation and are excited to assist these youth with their education goals.” Congratulations and good luck to all the 2017 CIBC 4-H Post-Secondary Scholarship Recipients! Matthew McGillivray

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Andrea DeGroot Alberta Kaylie Krys

Alberta

Katrina Taylor

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Jordan Mitchell

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Jordan Vos

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Marika Dewar-Norosky

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Emily Turner

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Derrick Knill

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Emily Summerhayes

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Makayla Hunter

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Hayley Frail

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Robert Larsen

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Have your say on Canada's new food guide

By Beef Advocacy Canada

ca/…/canada-food-g…/revision-process.html 2.Submit your thoughts to the second open Health Canada is revising Canada’s Food Guide consultation BY AUGUST 14 at http://www. and your input is needed! foodguideconsultation.ca/ Canadian beef is a responsibly raised, nuWant some points to highlight in your subtrient-dense part of a healthy diet and that mission? should be reflected in the recommended Try these: healthy eating strategies. It’s up to individual • Beef is an excellent source of 14 essential Canadians to speak for science, nutrition, and nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B healthy living for themselves and their famivitamins. lies • Protein-rich foods like beef keep you feeling So what can you do? full and discourage overeating. 1. Find out about the revision process for • Canadians are not getting enough protein. Canada’s Food Guide at https://www.canada. Beef is low in calories but high in protein per Continued to Page 2

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Have your say on Canada's new food guide serving size. • Not much beef is needed to gain the nutritional benefits, including iron, vitamin B12, zinc, and it can be an affordable way for families deficient in these areas to meet their dietary needs. • As with many foods, adhering

to suggested serving sizes and avoiding over-processing is the best way to include beef in your healthy diet. • Beef is healthiest when combined with other whole foods like fruits and vegetables. In fact, adding a vegetable side to your

beef dish can help increase the nutrients absorbed from both. • Canadian beef is a local product that responsibly uses our cold climate and native grasslands to produce high-quality food while protecting the environment.

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • Stack hay bales properly to help maintain quality

• Cattle futures rise on stronger beef

• Native forages offer resilience against Mother Nature

• Beef Market Update: Canadian dollar, feed costs, & Japanese tariffs

• Drought management strategies for producers

• CCA pushing for solution to Japanese beef tariffs


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9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017

Manitoba Beef & Get your hands dirty and learn about assessing soil Forage health from some of Manitoba’s experts.Initiatives Learn how to reduce variability in soil testing and how to interpret soil test results.

Save the Date for Upcoming Events at MBFI • Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Open Farm Day • Friday, October 20, 2017 – Low Stress Livestock Handling Clinic • Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Extended Grazing Tour

For more information, contact MBFI at 1-800-772-0458 or visit their website at www.mbfi.ca.

Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI) is a Brandon-based Participants will receive soil testing supplies for home collaborative effort between Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks use,Canada, along with an invitation follow-up workshop Unlimited Manitoba Forageto&a Grassland Association and to review their results. Manitoba Agriculture, with input and leadership from producers, academia and other industry stakeholders across Canada.

Get insight about soil aggregate stability, soil organic and more. MBFI ismatter the result of industry demand for change and the need for strategic long-term partnerships for the agricultural sector.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants. A possible workshop on July 28 may be considered to accommodate demand.

For more information on MBFI, is $25at(must register); visit their Cost website www.mbfi.ca.

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You are invited to register for 9:30events a.m. –at4:00 p.m. farm the MBFI Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Soil Health Workshop Pasture Tour

The annual pasture tour is back and packed with information you need to manage your cattle operation. Among the topics to be discussed:

• measuring animal performance, forage productivity and soil health using two different grazing practices

• Manitoba assessing riparian Beefareas and Forage Initiatives,

Cornerdesigns of Highway • Brookdale demonstratingFarm two shelterbelt including #10 and Highway #353, north of Brandon an Eco-Buffer • comparing different seed mixes for pollinator habitat • using different phosphorus application rates to improve alfalfa profitability and produce a higher quality protein feedstuff • measuring forage quality and growth characteristics of four high energy dense forages • dealing with the effects of extreme drought

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2 Day Workshop with Dr. Allen Williams August 14 and 15 - Brandon Research Station Agenda: I. Principles of Adaptive Grazing a. Principle of Compounding b. Principle of Diversity c. Principle of Disruption II. Practical implementation of adaptive grazing a. Daily observations and adjustments b. Fencing and water systems c. Paddock layout & forage DM calculation d. What to expect e. Benefits & challenges III. Data & Economics a. Real Farm/Ranch Case Studies b. Peer-Reviewed research c. Economic Calculators d. Market Opportunities

IV. Principles of Soil Health a. The livestock of the soil b. Building a farm from the foundation up c. Indicators and indicator species d. On farm assessment e. Benefits & economics V. Cover Crops & Livestock a. Why incorporate cover crops and/or livestock? b. Case studies & research c. Economic benefits d. How to practically implement e. Cover Crop Mix design f. Incorporation into cash crop programs VI. Soil Analytics & Testing a. Bio-Profile analysis b. Recent testing results and what they mean for the farmer c. How to use soil bio-profile testing VII. Where is Agriculture headed and How Can Farmers/Ranchers prepare & adjust We will also spend an afternoon in a local pasture.

Registration is $100 per person and is limited to 30 producers. Check out this link for articles written by Dr. Allen Williams on grass fed beef, grazing management, soil health and the future of agriculture: https://joyce-farms.com/pages/dr-allen-williams For more details call Michael at 204-365-6334 or email mthiele@mymts.net


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NEWS RELEASE CRSB seeks public’s feedback on sustainability indicators for beef processing. For Immediate Release June 29, 2017

60-Day consultation open June 29 to August 29, 2017

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has launched a 60-day public consultation to solicit feedback on its sustainability indicators for beef processing to ensure sustainability challenges and opportunities for this sector are addressed. The consultation runs from June 29 to August 29, 2017. All relevant materials can be found at http://crsb.ca/public-consultation-english. Comments will be reviewed, and written responses to each comment will be summarized in a report posted on the CRSB website following the consultation. Following refinement, a subsequent 30-day round of consultation is expected this fall. “With guidance from a committee of diverse industry expertise, the CRSB has developed sustainability indicators for beef processing that nicely complement the work already done for beef production”, said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Chair of the CRSB and cattle producer west of Calgary, AB. “I am sure we will continue to receive a broad range of feedback that will help us build a robust framework that is practical for the industry, and satisfies consumer demand.” Page Stuart, an Alberta cattle feeder and Tim Hardman, Beef Director with the World Wildlife Fund, cochaired the committee that developed the indicators. “Committee members from across the beef value chain contributed diverse perspectives. Dynamic discussions enabled us to reach consensus on a series of indicators encompassing all five principles of sustainable beef that will help the processing industry to continually improve its sustainability practices,” says Hardman. “Based on previous feedback, we have incorporated guidelines in the indicators that show how the scoring system is applied. We hope this will help users assess their level of performance and facilitate continuous improvement,” commented Stuart. “I look forward to the feedback we receive over the next 60 days,” she added. Since 2014, the CRSB has worked collaboratively through its multi-stakeholder membership to promote sustainability across the beef industry. Developing a verification framework is part of this work, and the indicators reflect what will be measured to verify sustainable practices. With the completion of public consultation on sustainability indicators for beef production completed earlier this year, the focus has shifted to indicators for beef processing. Note that the current scope of the indicators applies to primary processors only. -30- The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to enhance sustainability efforts within the Canadian beef industry. It has defined “sustainable beef” and is setting the framework for producing and sourcing verified sustainable beef in Canada.

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Fed Cattle Price Reporting Alternatives Introduction Fed cattle prices are critical for trade disputes and business risk management programs. In August 2014 the Canadian Cattlemen's Association published the Price Discovery Task Force Report and passed a motion "That fed cattle price reporting to a third party (e.g. Canfax, BFO, FPBQ) become a program requirement for all federal/provincial programs that require fed cattle price data to operate." This does not make a cash market for fed cattle, but provides an incentive for reporting trade (cash, formula, contracts) through the mechanisms already in place that producers are familiar with. While the Federal Government recognizes the importance of fed cattle cash prices for trade disputes and business risk management programs they have concerns with an approach where fed cattle price reporting is a program requirement. As such they have encouraged industry to explore alternative options for fed cattle price reporting. The "Canadian Fed Cattle Price Reporting Alternatives" survey is open to all feedlots across Canada. This will allow greater consultation with those who will be impacted by these options and assist in communicating the support for each option. The survey has 11 questions and should only take 10-15 minutes. The longer time is needed to read through all the pros and cons presented for each option.

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July 21, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Canadian Classics to be featured on season 28 of Great Tastes of Manitoba

Taping for season 28 of Great Tastes of Manitoba was held this week at the Grant Park Liquor Mart in Winnipeg.

MBP Meat Expert Adriana Findlay will be presenting six incredible beef recipes on season 28 of Great Tastes of Manitoba. The episodes will air this fall on CTV Manitoba.

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INCREASE TO THE CANADIAN BEEF CATTLE CHECK-OFF Canadian beef producers continue to support research, market development and promotion for Canadian beef and cattle through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off. To achieve the objectives of the National Beef Strategy, the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off will increase from $1 to $2.50 per head on September 1. This increase will ensure support of the industry’s long-term vision of a dynamic and profitable Canadian industry with sustainable beef demand, competitiveness, productivity and connectivity. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will be collecting the check-off on behalf of the National Check-Off Agency. The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off is separate from the provincial check-off which MBP uses to represent the interests of members in the province. The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off delivers measurable value to Canadian beef producers, bringing $14 in benefits to producers for every $1 producers invest through research, market development and promotion initiatives across the country. For information on the value of the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off, visit: www. canadabeef.ca/national-check-off For information on the National Beef Strategy, and to learn more about the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off increase in your province, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers.

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Seeking Shade With the afternoon sun bearing down Thursday, this calf sought some respite in the trees in a pasture south of the Winkler/ Morden area.

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • MBFI Learning Centre gets funding • Alabama finds atypical case of BSE

• Training cattle to eat leafy spurge

• The opportunity with ag plastic waste

• Beef estimates may weigh on fed cattle

• Farm security concerns after western Manitoba cattle theft


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Save the Date for Upcoming Events at MBFI • Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Open Farm Day • Friday, October 20, 2017 – Low Stress Livestock Handling Clinic • Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Extended Grazing Tour

For more information, contact MBFI at 1-800-772-0458 or visit their website at www.mbfi.ca.

Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI) is a Brandon-based collaborative effort between Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association and Manitoba Agriculture, with input and leadership from producers, academia and other industry stakeholders across Canada. MBFI is the result of industry demand for change and the need for strategic long-term partnerships for the agricultural sector.

For more information on MBFI, visit their website at www.mbfi.ca.

Soil Health Workshop Pasture Tour Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives, Brookdale Farm Corner of Highway #10 and Highway #353, north of Brandon


Hands-On Soil Health Workshop for Producers 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 Get your hands dirty and learn about assessing soil health from some of Manitoba’s experts. Learn how to reduce variability in soil testing and how to interpret soil test results. Participants will receive soil testing supplies for home use, along with an invitation to a follow-up workshop to review their results. Get insight about soil aggregate stability, soil organic matter and more. The workshop is limited to 25 participants. A possible workshop on July 28 may be considered to accommodate demand.

Cost is $25 (must register); lunch is provided To register, call Manitoba Agriculture at 204-726-6482

Summer Pasture Tour 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 The annual pasture tour is back and packed with information you need to manage your cattle operation. Among the topics to be discussed: • measuring animal performance, forage productivity and soil health using two different grazing practices • assessing riparian areas • demonstrating two shelterbelt designs including an Eco-Buffer • comparing different seed mixes for pollinator habitat • using different phosphorus application rates to improve alfalfa profitability and produce a higher quality protein feedstuff • measuring forage quality and growth characteristics of four high energy dense forages • dealing with the effects of extreme drought

Cost is $25 (must register); lunch is provided To register, call Manitoba Agriculture at 204-726-6482


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News Release Federal-Provincial-Territorial New Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Help Position Canada as a Leader in the Global Economy July 21, 2017 - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador – for immediate distribution The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key growth industry in Canada, contributing over $100 billion annually to the economy and employing 2.3 million Canadians. Ministers of Agriculture reached agreement today on the key elements of a new federal, provincial, territorial (FPT) agricultural policy framework during the Annual Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, from July 19-21. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment, will come into effect on April 1, 2018. It will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity. In addition, producers will continue to have access to a robust suite of Business Risk Management (BRM) programs. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will focus on six priority areas: • • • • • •

Science, Research, and Innovation – Helping industry adopt practices to improve resiliency and productivity through research and innovation in key areas. Markets and Trade – Opening new markets and helping farmers and food processors improve their competitiveness through skills development, improved export capacity, underpinned by a strong and efficient regulatory system. Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change – Building sector capacity to mitigate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, protect the environment and adapt to climate change by enhancing sustainable growth, while increasing production. Value-added Agriculture and Agri-food Processing – Supporting the continued growth of the value-added agriculture and agri-food processing sector. Public Trust – Building a firm foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health, stronger traceability and effective regulations. Risk Management – Enabling proactive and effective risk management, mitigation and adaptation to facilitate a resilient sector by working to ensure programs are comprehensive, responsive and accessible.

Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, BRM programs will continue to help producers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. Governments responded to industry concerns regarding eligible coverage under AgriStability, ensuring a more equitable level of support for all producers. Highlights of upcoming BRM changes are available at http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1500475317828. Governments further committed to engaging in a review that explores options to improve BRM programming. The review will recognize the important role played by all programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance) in the risk management plans of producers given the diversity of the sector. The review will also directly involve producers and have an early focus on market risk, including as it relates to AgriStability addressing concerns regarding timeliness, simplicity and predictability. Ministers will be presented with options in July 2018 for consideration based on early findings of the review. Continued to Page 8


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The agreement reached by ministers today sets the stage for FPT governments to conclude bilateral agreements by April 1, 2018. It is a priority for ministers to implement a seamless transition from the current policy framework to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Extensive consultations with industry and Canadians informed the development of the new agreement, which builds on the success of previous FPT agricultural frameworks. Governments will continue to work closely with the sector as Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs are developed and implemented, to reflect the diverse needs across Canada, including the North. This year’s Annual Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture focused on important initiatives touching the agriculture and agri-food sector including the status of trade negotiations and market access initiatives in key export markets. To this effect, FPT Ministers reiterated their support for supply management. Ministers agreed to the approach for optimizing the Pan-Canadian Regulatory Framework and endorsed the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada. Indigenous agriculture in Canada and the development of a Food Policy for Canada were also addressed. A summary of items discussed at the meeting is available at http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1500475666246. The next annual FPT Ministers' meeting will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, in July 2018. Quotes "The Canadian Agricultural Partnership sets the direction for the future of the sector to help it continue to innovate, grow and prosper, and position Canada as a leader in the global economy. Together with provinces and territories, I am committed to expanding business opportunities for our Canadian producers, ranchers and processors, and strengthening the middle class." Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food "The Canadian Agricultural Partnership enables continued investment in strategic initiatives for agriculture and agri-food programming in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will have a significant impact on our rural communities and the provincial economy. The partnership will help our government achieve its goal of increasing food self-sufficiency to at least 20 per cent by 2022, and then building beyond that goal, as laid out in The Way Forward: Realizing Our Potential." Honourable Steve Crocker Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources Quick Facts • Canadian farm incomes rose to $14.8 billion in 2016, the 2nd best year on record. • In 2016, the total value of Canadian agriculture, agri-food and seafood exports reached an all-time high exceeding $62 billion. • The food processing industry provides employment for a quarter of a million Canadians and is a major buyer of Canadian primary agriculture production. - 30 *The Ministers from British Columbia and New Brunswick were not in attendance but were represented by officials. Associated Links • • • • •

Summary of items from this year’s Annual Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Business Risk Management Programs Calgary Statement Consulting on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Video - The View from Here


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2 Day Workshop with Dr. Allen Williams August 14 and 15 - Brandon Research Station Agenda: I. Principles of Adaptive Grazing a. Principle of Compounding b. Principle of Diversity c. Principle of Disruption II. Practical implementation of adaptive grazing a. Daily observations and adjustments b. Fencing and water systems c. Paddock layout & forage DM calculation d. What to expect e. Benefits & challenges III. Data & Economics a. Real Farm/Ranch Case Studies b. Peer-Reviewed research c. Economic Calculators d. Market Opportunities

IV. Principles of Soil Health a. The livestock of the soil b. Building a farm from the foundation up c. Indicators and indicator species d. On farm assessment e. Benefits & economics V. Cover Crops & Livestock a. Why incorporate cover crops and/or livestock? b. Case studies & research c. Economic benefits d. How to practically implement e. Cover Crop Mix design f. Incorporation into cash crop programs VI. Soil Analytics & Testing a. Bio-Profile analysis b. Recent testing results and what they mean for the farmer c. How to use soil bio-profile testing VII. Where is Agriculture headed and How Can Farmers/Ranchers prepare & adjust We will also spend an afternoon in a local pasture.

Registration is $100 per person and is limited to 30 producers. Check out this link for articles written by Dr. Allen Williams on grass fed beef, grazing management, soil health and the future of agriculture: https://joyce-farms.com/pages/dr-allen-williams For more details call Michael at 204-365-6334 or email mthiele@mymts.net


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Circle H Farms Grazing Tour Invitation July 25th 1pm- 4:30pm Come and see our demonstration of how to use high stock density grazing to: •Control weeds •Increase forage production through plant diversity and density •Decrease bare ground and increase organic matter •Improve water and nutrient cycles Demonstration of using Batt Latch Using stockpiled forages to extend your grazing season Legal Land: SW4-11-19 Location: 3 miles West of Brandon MB on the North Side of Highway #1 For more info please call or email Michael Thiele at 204-365-6334 or mthiele@mymts.net

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NEWS RELEASE CRSB seeks public’s feedback on sustainability indicators for beef processing. For Immediate Release June 29, 2017

60-Day consultation open June 29 to August 29, 2017

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has launched a 60-day public consultation to solicit feedback on its sustainability indicators for beef processing to ensure sustainability challenges and opportunities for this sector are addressed. The consultation runs from June 29 to August 29, 2017. All relevant materials can be found at http://crsb.ca/public-consultation-english. Comments will be reviewed, and written responses to each comment will be summarized in a report posted on the CRSB website following the consultation. Following refinement, a subsequent 30-day round of consultation is expected this fall. “With guidance from a committee of diverse industry expertise, the CRSB has developed sustainability indicators for beef processing that nicely complement the work already done for beef production”, said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Chair of the CRSB and cattle producer west of Calgary, AB. “I am sure we will continue to receive a broad range of feedback that will help us build a robust framework that is practical for the industry, and satisfies consumer demand.” Page Stuart, an Alberta cattle feeder and Tim Hardman, Beef Director with the World Wildlife Fund, cochaired the committee that developed the indicators. “Committee members from across the beef value chain contributed diverse perspectives. Dynamic discussions enabled us to reach consensus on a series of indicators encompassing all five principles of sustainable beef that will help the processing industry to continually improve its sustainability practices,” says Hardman. “Based on previous feedback, we have incorporated guidelines in the indicators that show how the scoring system is applied. We hope this will help users assess their level of performance and facilitate continuous improvement,” commented Stuart. “I look forward to the feedback we receive over the next 60 days,” she added. Since 2014, the CRSB has worked collaboratively through its multi-stakeholder membership to promote sustainability across the beef industry. Developing a verification framework is part of this work, and the indicators reflect what will be measured to verify sustainable practices. With the completion of public consultation on sustainability indicators for beef production completed earlier this year, the focus has shifted to indicators for beef processing. Note that the current scope of the indicators applies to primary processors only. -30- The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to enhance sustainability efforts within the Canadian beef industry. It has defined “sustainable beef” and is setting the framework for producing and sourcing verified sustainable beef in Canada.

For further information, contact: Andrea White, M.Sc., P.Ag. Community Engagement Manager, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef 250.682.5698 | whitea@cattle.ca | http://www.crsb.ca th

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Fed Cattle Price Reporting Alternatives Introduction Fed cattle prices are critical for trade disputes and business risk management programs. In August 2014 the Canadian Cattlemen's Association published the Price Discovery Task Force Report and passed a motion "That fed cattle price reporting to a third party (e.g. Canfax, BFO, FPBQ) become a program requirement for all federal/provincial programs that require fed cattle price data to operate." This does not make a cash market for fed cattle, but provides an incentive for reporting trade (cash, formula, contracts) through the mechanisms already in place that producers are familiar with. While the Federal Government recognizes the importance of fed cattle cash prices for trade disputes and business risk management programs they have concerns with an approach where fed cattle price reporting is a program requirement. As such they have encouraged industry to explore alternative options for fed cattle price reporting. The "Canadian Fed Cattle Price Reporting Alternatives" survey is open to all feedlots across Canada. This will allow greater consultation with those who will be impacted by these options and assist in communicating the support for each option. The survey has 11 questions and should only take 10-15 minutes. The longer time is needed to read through all the pros and cons presented for each option.

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15th Annual National Junior Limousin Impact Show July 27-30, 2017 :: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Registration opens April 1st www.limousin.com/juniors/cjla-impact-show/

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1 0 years

Manitoba Youth beef round up

auGuSt 4, 5, 6th , 2017 - neepawa, Manitoba cattle show and 4-h paRade 1 pM - 5 pM on sundaY august 6th. eveRYone is welcoMe to attend.

*4-H Champion Females receive a free entry* *Win a spot on the Agribition Judging team* *Scholarship Opportunities* *Cattle Handling Workshop & many new events* *Meet New Young Producers*

ContaCt any of the Committee members or view our

Manitoba Youth beef Round up facebook page for updates & entry forms.

Chairperson: Lois McRae - 728-3058 Secretary: Wenda Best - 838-2236 Treasurer: Rilla Hunter - 838-2019 Committee Members Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa Falconer - 576-0154 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122

Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert, Michelle & Samantha Rimke 855-2534

Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019 Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Gracie & Katie Falconer - 576-0154 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196


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June 23, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBFI a 2017 Co-op Community Spaces recipient Co-op is pitching in to help out the Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI). The MBFI is a research farm with three sites near Brandon, MB that will receive $125,000 in funding from Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects. “Co-op Community Spaces is an exciting program that is making a difference across Western Canada and we’re delighted to see it come to Brandon,”

said Lorne Zacharias, General Manager with Heritage Co-op. “Heritage Co-op is supported and owned by members and customers throughout southwest Manitoba, so it’s important that we give back and make investments in our community and people, which is what Co-op Community Spaces is all about.” In 2017 — with Continued to Page 2

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In the News MBFI receives funds ... A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry

• Dozens of cows stolen from Manitoba farm • National angus breeders get a taste of Brandon • Cattle price transparency a global concern • Could beef be the perfect food to prevent Alzheimer's? • CanFax report

Continued from Page 1

Canada 150 celebrations underway — individual projects were eligible to receive up to $150,000 through Co-op Community Spaces. In total, 27 organizations are being supported through the program this year. Combined, these groups — which include non-profits, charities and community service co-operatives — have received $2 million for their community projects. Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects across British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Co-op Community Spaces funding will help support the construction of the Learning Centre of Excellence at the MBFI’s Brookdale site for producers, industry leaders and the public — including students — to better understand on-farm research, food production and agriculture’s role in rural and urban communities. The MBFI will also utilize the new facility to provide hands-on training in crop and livestock production, farm product marketing and workshops around safe animal handling. “This is just wonderful news,” says Ramona Blyth, MBFI chair. “MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitability and build social awareness around the beef and forage industry.” Blyth says that MBFI’s role is to support a community of collaborative stakeholders to advance agriculture’s future, and connect with the next generation. “We are really looking forward to working with the great people at Co-op Community Spaces and celebrating their support.” says Blyth.

Client Satisfaction Survey Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with provincial partners, has launched an online survey seeking producers’ input on the level of satisfaction with our Business Risk Management (BRM) programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, and Advance Payments Program). The survey is intended to be completed by producers who have applied to these programs in recent years and focuses on their experience with them. Results from this survey will help us understand client expectations and improve BRM program delivery services. The anonymous survey will be available until July 31, 2017 and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. To complete the BRM Client Satisfaction Survey, please click here.


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NEWS RELEASE CRSB seeks public’s feedback on sustainability indicators for beef processing. For Immediate Release June 29, 2017

60-Day consultation open June 29 to August 29, 2017

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has launched a 60-day public consultation to solicit feedback on its sustainability indicators for beef processing to ensure sustainability challenges and opportunities for this sector are addressed. The consultation runs from June 29 to August 29, 2017. All relevant materials can be found at http://crsb.ca/public-consultation-english. Comments will be reviewed, and written responses to each comment will be summarized in a report posted on the CRSB website following the consultation. Following refinement, a subsequent 30-day round of consultation is expected this fall. “With guidance from a committee of diverse industry expertise, the CRSB has developed sustainability indicators for beef processing that nicely complement the work already done for beef production”, said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Chair of the CRSB and cattle producer west of Calgary, AB. “I am sure we will continue to receive a broad range of feedback that will help us build a robust framework that is practical for the industry, and satisfies consumer demand.” Page Stuart, an Alberta cattle feeder and Tim Hardman, Beef Director with the World Wildlife Fund, cochaired the committee that developed the indicators. “Committee members from across the beef value chain contributed diverse perspectives. Dynamic discussions enabled us to reach consensus on a series of indicators encompassing all five principles of sustainable beef that will help the processing industry to continually improve its sustainability practices,” says Hardman. “Based on previous feedback, we have incorporated guidelines in the indicators that show how the scoring system is applied. We hope this will help users assess their level of performance and facilitate continuous improvement,” commented Stuart. “I look forward to the feedback we receive over the next 60 days,” she added. Since 2014, the CRSB has worked collaboratively through its multi-stakeholder membership to promote sustainability across the beef industry. Developing a verification framework is part of this work, and the indicators reflect what will be measured to verify sustainable practices. With the completion of public consultation on sustainability indicators for beef production completed earlier this year, the focus has shifted to indicators for beef processing. Note that the current scope of the indicators applies to primary processors only. -30- The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to enhance sustainability efforts within the Canadian beef industry. It has defined “sustainable beef” and is setting the framework for producing and sourcing verified sustainable beef in Canada.

For further information, contact: Andrea White, M.Sc., P.Ag. Community Engagement Manager, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef 250.682.5698 | whitea@cattle.ca | http://www.crsb.ca th

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Fed Cattle Price Reporting Alternatives Introduction Fed cattle prices are critical for trade disputes and business risk management programs. In August 2014 the Canadian Cattlemen's Association published the Price Discovery Task Force Report and passed a motion "That fed cattle price reporting to a third party (e.g. Canfax, BFO, FPBQ) become a program requirement for all federal/provincial programs that require fed cattle price data to operate." This does not make a cash market for fed cattle, but provides an incentive for reporting trade (cash, formula, contracts) through the mechanisms already in place that producers are familiar with. While the Federal Government recognizes the importance of fed cattle cash prices for trade disputes and business risk management programs they have concerns with an approach where fed cattle price reporting is a program requirement. As such they have encouraged industry to explore alternative options for fed cattle price reporting. The "Canadian Fed Cattle Price Reporting Alternatives" survey is open to all feedlots across Canada. This will allow greater consultation with those who will be impacted by these options and assist in communicating the support for each option. The survey has 11 questions and should only take 10-15 minutes. The longer time is needed to read through all the pros and cons presented for each option.

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15th Annual National Junior Limousin Impact Show July 27-30, 2017 :: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Registration opens April 1st www.limousin.com/juniors/cjla-impact-show/

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1 0 years

Manitoba Youth beef round up

auGuSt 4, 5, 6th , 2017 - neepawa, Manitoba cattle show and 4-h paRade 1 pM - 5 pM on sundaY august 6th. eveRYone is welcoMe to attend.

*4-H Champion Females receive a free entry* *Win a spot on the Agribition Judging team* *Scholarship Opportunities* *Cattle Handling Workshop & many new events* *Meet New Young Producers*

ContaCt any of the Committee members or view our

Manitoba Youth beef Round up facebook page for updates & entry forms.

Chairperson: Lois McRae - 728-3058 Secretary: Wenda Best - 838-2236 Treasurer: Rilla Hunter - 838-2019 Committee Members Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa Falconer - 576-0154 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122

Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert, Michelle & Samantha Rimke 855-2534

Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019 Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Gracie & Katie Falconer - 576-0154 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 9:30 AM Cattle & participants must be on grounds 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop - Liz Carey - Cattle Handling Juniors will be broke into groups and some will have time to work on your cattle.

6:00-8:00 PM Welcome & Agri Challenge SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 8:00-9:00 AM Interviews for Round Up Ambassador 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Pee Wee & Junior Stall Card Comp. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Judging & Workshops 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Public Speaking & Advocacy Speakers 1:00-2:00 PM Team Grooming 2:00-4:00 PM Team Judging Demonstrations PW Learning Clinic & Stall Card Comp. 4:00-5:00 PM Cattle Tie Out & Chores 6:30-8:00 PM Cook Off Karaoke & Slip ‘n Slide SUNDAY, JULY 31 8:00-9:00 PM Breakfast & Cattle In Barns 10:00AM-12:00PM Showmanship - Both Rings 12:00 NOON GROUP PHOTO 1:00-5:00 PM Conformation & Parade of Champions 5:00-6:00 PM Supper & Awards Ceremony

Any young cattle producers under the age of 25 years of age as of January 1, 2017. Whether you are a commercial, purebred, 4-H or new junior, you are all welcome to attend.

WHAT:

Manitoba Youth Beef Round Up All Breeds Junior Cattle Weekend

WHERE:

Beautiful Plains Ag Society, Neepawa, Manitoba

WHEN:

Friday - Sunday, August 4-6, 2017 Cattle can arrive after 5 pm on Thursday August 3rd.

WHY:

To bring juniors of all ages, breeds and locations together for a fun, educational weekend for cattle and non cattle events.

FEATURES: • • • • •

Chance to be on the MYBR Agribition Judging Team MYBR Scholarship check out the MYBR Facebook Page GRAND AGGREGATE AWARDS NEW IN 2017 - Round-Up Competitions, see page 4 Educational Cattle Handling Workshop

FOR DETAILS:

Chairperson - Lois McRae - 204-728-3058 - marmac@inetlink.ca Treasurer - Rilla Hunter - 204-838-2019 Secretary - Wenda Best - 204-838-2236 Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert & Samantha Rimke 855-2534 Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019

Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196 Committee Members Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa, Katie & Gracie Falconer 576-0154

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Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up is open to all Canadian Juniors under the age of 25 as of January 1, 2017. Entry fees are $40 per person plus $10 per confirmation class. The $40 flat fee includes entry to all competitions (excluding conformation), show clothing and scheduled meals. Compulsory events are judging class with oral reasons, team grooming, cook off and Round Up Agri Challange. 2017 calves are eligible to be entered in cow calf pair and calf classes. Entry fee for pair is $10 and calf class is $10. All cattle must be halter broke and manageable or will be asked to leave. CCIA tags are required. Limit of 2 entries per participant per class. A junior who does not have cattle may use another participants animal in grooming and showmanship. AS THIS IS A JUNIOR EVENT, ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SHOWN AND LOOKED AFTER BY THE JUNIORS. ABSOLUTELY NO ADULT or nonentrant participation will be tolerated. Pee Wees may be assisted by a parent or guardian for safety reasons only. Mentors will be around to provide help for the participants and answer any questions. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in the barns and at the Roundup functions for the duration of the show. Tampering with and any unethical fitting is prohibited. Show apparel is to be worn for all the showmanship and confirmation classes.

OUTLINES FOR CLASSES TEAM JUDGING GRAPHIC DESIGN

• Juniors will judge a class of four animals. • One of the team members will act as the ring person and the other one will act as the judge. • The participant acting as the judge must give oral reasons over the microphone in front of the audience. • All other teams must be out of the judging area and unable to hear the reasons. SCORE: 55% teamwork ability; 20% clarity of reasons; 20% logic of reasons 5% appearance.

TEAM GROOMING -

Compulsory Event

• Teams have 15 minutes to groom with power. • Animals must have no fitting prior to competition. • Once at the chute area you are not allowed to leave so bring all the equipment with you. • Score: 35% knowledge and skill; 25% teamwork; 20% use of equipment; 15% final appearance; 5% presentation of animal

COOK OFF - THE ULTIMATE STEAK - Compulsory Event

• Team event, teams will be announced at Round-Up. • Teams will be provided with two steaks and a barbecue • Participants are encouraged to bring their own utensils and ingredients for marinades and garnishes and to provide a recipe to the judges. • Costumes and themes are encouraged. • Participants are encouraged to add fixings to the steak and add one side dish and dessert. • 2017 THEME - Canada 150th Anniversary SCORE: 50% taste; 25% appearance; 15% presentation and 10% creativity.

STALL CARD

• Pee Wees & Juniors create a stall card to be displayed with their animals in the stalls. • Stall cards must be made Saturday at Round-Up only SCORE: 35% clarity; 35% originality and 30% neatness

PHOTOGRAPHY

• The photo must be taken by the junior exhibiting it and cannot be digitally enhanced and must be taken within the last year & dated • Photographs must be 4”x 6”, No Frame, Must be of listed theme • 2017 THEMES PW & JR - Kids & Cattle INT& SR - Landscape scenery with cattle • Please put name and age category on the back. SCORE: 40% clarity; 35% quality and 25% originality.

• All work must be done at home by the junior created using computer technology. • The graphic design must be promoting a breed, industry or an individual herd. • 2017 THEME - MYBR Round-Up 10th Anniverary • Please put name and age category on the back. SCORE: 30% creativity; 30% originality; 30% clear and concise message; 10% organization

ART

• All work must be done at home by the junior in the last year & dated • Art cannot contain photos and should not be larger than 9”x14”. • You can use (pencil, paint, clay, wood, etc.). • All art is judged in the same category. One entry per person. • Please put name and age category on the back. • Score: 40% originality; 40% creativity and 20% skill/quality.

SCRAPBOOK

• Include photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, for the 2016-2017 year. • Scrapbooks must be done by the junior exhibiting. • The scrapbook is to encourage junior members to record different cattle functions they have attended over the past years. • Scrapbooks should have a theme and begin with a title page, table of contents and numbered pages. SCORE: 25% cover; 25% creativity; 25% originality; 25% neatness and organization.

GROUP HERDSMAN COMPETITION

• The purpose of this contest is to encourage cooperation, fellowship and teamwork among juniors in developing and maintaining a display of cattle and stall area. The competition begins on Saturday morning and ends after the confirmation classes. Must have a minimum of two head tied in your display. SCORE: 25% aisle and bedding, cleanliness and appearance; 25% animals, cleanliness and well groomed; 25% personnel attending cattle, knowledgeable, friendly and teamwork; 25% equipment, boxes, signs, well arranged and general appearance.

GRAND AGGREGATE

• One participant from each division will be selected. • Score: 1 point for every animal you bring, no matter where they place. All other non cattle classes will be scored 10 points for first place and down. Ex: 1st - 10pts, 2nd - 9 pts, 3rd - 8pts, etc. • The grand aggregate competition encourages all juniors to participate in all the events.


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NEW IN 2017 ALL-STAR TEAM

• Each participant will be assigned to a Round-Up team. The teams are designed to develop teamwork skills as well as enhance the personal experience of every Round-Up participant through mentoring and peer relationships. The teams will compete in various competitions and activities throughout the weekend. The team will gain points through their teamwork, learning and interaction. The team with the most points will earn the “All Star Team” title that will be awarded at Sunday’s banquet.

STOCKMAN’S KNOWLEDGE

• This Round-Up contest is designed to develop Stockman knowledge and skills through questions and equipment handling/ identification. • 45 Pts. Written exam of beef industry and cattle knowledge • 40 Pts. Equipment identification and/or feed identification • 15 Pts. Equipment usage demonstration • Rules: 1. No resource materials are allowed in the contest area. 2. The written exam will consist of 45 multiple choice questions relative to the beef and cattle industry. Questions may relate to any segments of the cattle industry including knowledge of the sire summary, breeds, nutrition, management, anatomy and reproduction. 3. Twenty forages, seeds, tools, or livestock equipment used in the cattle industry will be presented for participants to identify by name. Items will encompass many areas of the beef industry including veterinary supplies and various items used in feedlot cattle processing, calving, fencing, and haying. 4. The judges will select five pieces of equipment which all participants will identify and demonstrate the proper usage to a judge.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

• The participant must present a speech with a subject pertaining to cattle, the beef industry, Roundup or Junior Activities to a panel of judges. The speech must be the result of the contestant’s own efforts and cannot be written by anyone else. • Speech lengths: Peewee 1–2 minutes Junior 2-4 minutes Intermediate 3-5 minute Senior 4–6 minutes • Deductions will be made from overall score by each judge for speeches under or over the specified length required. The order of speaking will be determined at random. Contestants may use cue cards however excessive use will result in score deductions. SCORE: 70% Presentation, 30% Speech Content and Organization

ROUND UP AMBASSADOR

• The Round Up Ambassador Contest is designed to help members build a resume and improve their interviewing skills. Job preparation and interviewing skills are only improved through practice and gaining experience. Through participation in the Round Up Ambassador Contest, junior members learn organization, communication, preparation, impromptu thinking, and social skills. Contestants are require to prepare and submit a job/scholarship description and a resume to apply for the described application prior to Round Up. Then while at Round Up, the contestant will be require to conduct an interview for that job/scholarship. APPLICATION RULES: 1. A detailed job/scholarship description must be submitted with the resume prior to Round Up. a. Senior division contestants must submit a detailed job description in 50 words or less describing the full-time position, either existing or fictitious for which they intend to apply for. b. Intermediate division contestants must submit a detailed scholarship description in 50 words or less describing the scholarship, either existing or fictitious for which they intend to apply for. 2. Resumes and Job/Scholarship Descriptions must be postmarked by July 10th, 2017 and mailed to Lois McRae RR 1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1. Late entries will not be accepted. 3. Resumes must be a maximum of two pages in length. 4.Judges will receive a copy of the resume and job/scholarship description in advance so they are better prepared with the contestants’ education and experience. INTERVIEW RULES: 1. Interview will be conducted in a confined space that only the judge and applicant will be present in. 2. Interviews will last approximately 10 minutes. 3. Interview order will be set in 15 minute intervals by contest officials and posted near the show office prior to the contest. Penalties at judges’ discretion may take place due to lateness. • Contestants are required to bring three copies of their resume and job/scholarship description along with a folder. No other materials or business cards will be allowed. Contestants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the interview. SCORING: • The judges will critique both the applicant’s resume and interview. The overall winner will be based on the ranking between the resume and interview. • The winner will be selected as the Roundup Ambassador for the year with duties to include promoting Roundup by managing the face book page, and representing Roundup at local events across Manitoba.


Participant Name:__________________________________________________________________ Birth Date:_______/_______/_______ Age Division:_________

MAIL ENTRIES & FEES TO :

Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up C/O Lois McRae RR 1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 marmac@inetlink.ca

Age Groups (as of Jan 1, 2017): PW: 8 and Under; JR 9-12; INT: 13-16; SR: 17-25

Full Address:______________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Show Apparel Size:

XS

S

M

L

Please complete all information below! CLASS #

BREED

2XL

-

YOUTH

ADULT

Please circle one size and either youth or adult

ENTRIES DUE JULY 10th, 2017

For MYBR Windpants or Hoodies ($30 deposit by July 10)

ANIMAL NAME

ANIMAL D.O.B.

ANIMAL TATTOO

ANIMAL REG #

SIRE NAME REG #

DAM NAME REG #

Breeds: (If animal doesn’t have a registration number please list as a CO) A: Angus, CH: Charolais, H: Hereford, L:Limousin,

Cattle Classes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

XL

Heifer Calf Female born in 2016 Female born in 2015 w/ nat calf at foot Female born in 2014 or earlier w/ nat calf at foot Bull Calf Fat Steer Showmanship

S: Simmental, M: Mixed Breeds (Purebred breeds not listed); CO: Commercial, G: Gelbvieh; SH : Shorthorn 4-H Cattle will show in breed or commerical classes & parade on sunday night.

If you are showing purebred animals, you must be a member in your respective breed association we require 8 head in each breed or you will show in the mixed breed class.

Meals:

Adults full weekend of meals $75 ___ Adults: Breakfast $8; Lunch $10; Supper $15 Saturday Night Steak Supper $20 # of adults/guests (excluding junior) ___ Sunday Night Supper $15 # of adults/guests (excluding junior) ___

Compulsory Classes:

8. Judging 9. Team Grooming 10. Cook Off 11. Round Up AgriChallange 12. Breed Quizzes for Simmental Exhibitors 13. Workshops & Demonstrations

Champion 4H Entry: free Registration Fee: $40.00/participant Cattle Fees: $10.00/class Adult Full Weekend Meal Fees Extra Meal Fees Late Fees: $20.00/person after July 10 Total Fees:

$________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________

Onsite camping fees - POWER SITE - $25 X ____ nights NON POWER SITE - $20 X ____ nights

Make cheques payable to: Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up - ENTRIES DUE JULY 10TH, 2017 Waiver Claim: I hereby release the Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, their organizers, officials, volunteers, as well as the Beautiful Plains Ag Society in case of a loss of or damage property or injury

Participant Signature:_________________________________

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Parent/Guardian Signature:______________________________________

Accommodations: Bay Hill Inn & Suites - 1-888-476-8802 - Westway Inn - 1-800-448-0994 Camping is also available at the fair grounds for a nominal fee further accommodation info at www.neepawa.ca


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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBFI supported by Co-op Community Spaces Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) is a 2017 Co-op Community Spaces Recipient and will receive $125,000 in funding provided by Coop Community Spaces. “This is just wonderful news,” says Ramona Blyth, MBFI chair. “MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitability and build social awareness around the beef and forage industry.”

Blyth says that the four core partners of the MBFI: Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association were extremely pleased by the generous funding. “MBFI supports a community of stakeholders, collaborating for the advancement of agriculture’s future, and connecting with the

next generation around food production and public trust at our three research sites in the Brandon, MB area,” says Blyth. “We are really looking forward

to working with the great people at Co-op Community Spaces and celebrating this great news in much more detail in the very near future.”

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Crops and Grazing:

The Perfect Combination Pencil in this upcoming event: June 29 - Ryan Boyd Meet at the Boyd Farm near Forrest, Mb at 1:30pm on Thursday June 29

Agenda: • Winter wheat is one of the most profitable crops in Manitoba. • Come see how it can be a great fit in your rotation at Ryan Boyd’s farm near Forrest. • Tour winter wheat sown with RTK on 15 inch row spacing interseeded with soybean planted this spring. Find out why this is an exciting new idea in crop production. You’ll also learn about the benefits of RTK and controlled traffic. And finally we will tour cover crops planted for summer grazing. Don’t miss this important opportunity, Thursday, June 29th at 1:30pm. Ryan uses a single disc drill to minimize disturbance and maintain soil cover. Directions - From the junction of highway #10 and highway #25 (north of Forrest), go east 2 miles on Glanton road until the yield sign, then ½ mile south. For more details call Michael at 204-365-6334 or email mthiele@mymts.net

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15th Annual National Junior Limousin Impact Show July 27-30, 2017 :: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Registration opens April 1st www.limousin.com/juniors/cjla-impact-show/

Canadian Junior Limousin Association

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Manitoba Youth beef round up

auGuSt 4, 5, 6th , 2017 - neepawa, Manitoba cattle show and 4-h paRade 1 pM - 5 pM on sundaY august 6th. eveRYone is welcoMe to attend.

*4-H Champion Females receive a free entry* *Win a spot on the Agribition Judging team* *Scholarship Opportunities* *Cattle Handling Workshop & many new events* *Meet New Young Producers*

ContaCt any of the Committee members or view our

Manitoba Youth beef Round up facebook page for updates & entry forms.

Chairperson: Lois McRae - 728-3058 Secretary: Wenda Best - 838-2236 Treasurer: Rilla Hunter - 838-2019 Committee Members Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa Falconer - 576-0154 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122

Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert, Michelle & Samantha Rimke 855-2534

Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019 Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Gracie & Katie Falconer - 576-0154 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 9:30 AM Cattle & participants must be on grounds 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop - Liz Carey - Cattle Handling Juniors will be broke into groups and some will have time to work on your cattle.

6:00-8:00 PM Welcome & Agri Challenge SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 8:00-9:00 AM Interviews for Round Up Ambassador 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Pee Wee & Junior Stall Card Comp. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Judging & Workshops 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Public Speaking & Advocacy Speakers 1:00-2:00 PM Team Grooming 2:00-4:00 PM Team Judging Demonstrations PW Learning Clinic & Stall Card Comp. 4:00-5:00 PM Cattle Tie Out & Chores 6:30-8:00 PM Cook Off Karaoke & Slip ‘n Slide SUNDAY, JULY 31 8:00-9:00 PM Breakfast & Cattle In Barns 10:00AM-12:00PM Showmanship - Both Rings 12:00 NOON GROUP PHOTO 1:00-5:00 PM Conformation & Parade of Champions 5:00-6:00 PM Supper & Awards Ceremony

Any young cattle producers under the age of 25 years of age as of January 1, 2017. Whether you are a commercial, purebred, 4-H or new junior, you are all welcome to attend.

WHAT:

Manitoba Youth Beef Round Up All Breeds Junior Cattle Weekend

WHERE:

Beautiful Plains Ag Society, Neepawa, Manitoba

WHEN:

Friday - Sunday, August 4-6, 2017 Cattle can arrive after 5 pm on Thursday August 3rd.

WHY:

To bring juniors of all ages, breeds and locations together for a fun, educational weekend for cattle and non cattle events.

FEATURES: • • • • •

Chance to be on the MYBR Agribition Judging Team MYBR Scholarship check out the MYBR Facebook Page GRAND AGGREGATE AWARDS NEW IN 2017 - Round-Up Competitions, see page 4 Educational Cattle Handling Workshop

FOR DETAILS:

Chairperson - Lois McRae - 204-728-3058 - marmac@inetlink.ca Treasurer - Rilla Hunter - 204-838-2019 Secretary - Wenda Best - 204-838-2236 Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert & Samantha Rimke 855-2534 Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019

Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196 Committee Members Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa, Katie & Gracie Falconer 576-0154

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Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up is open to all Canadian Juniors under the age of 25 as of January 1, 2017. Entry fees are $40 per person plus $10 per confirmation class. The $40 flat fee includes entry to all competitions (excluding conformation), show clothing and scheduled meals. Compulsory events are judging class with oral reasons, team grooming, cook off and Round Up Agri Challange. 2017 calves are eligible to be entered in cow calf pair and calf classes. Entry fee for pair is $10 and calf class is $10. All cattle must be halter broke and manageable or will be asked to leave. CCIA tags are required. Limit of 2 entries per participant per class. A junior who does not have cattle may use another participants animal in grooming and showmanship. AS THIS IS A JUNIOR EVENT, ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SHOWN AND LOOKED AFTER BY THE JUNIORS. ABSOLUTELY NO ADULT or nonentrant participation will be tolerated. Pee Wees may be assisted by a parent or guardian for safety reasons only. Mentors will be around to provide help for the participants and answer any questions. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in the barns and at the Roundup functions for the duration of the show. Tampering with and any unethical fitting is prohibited. Show apparel is to be worn for all the showmanship and confirmation classes.

OUTLINES FOR CLASSES TEAM JUDGING GRAPHIC DESIGN

• Juniors will judge a class of four animals. • One of the team members will act as the ring person and the other one will act as the judge. • The participant acting as the judge must give oral reasons over the microphone in front of the audience. • All other teams must be out of the judging area and unable to hear the reasons. SCORE: 55% teamwork ability; 20% clarity of reasons; 20% logic of reasons 5% appearance.

TEAM GROOMING -

Compulsory Event

• Teams have 15 minutes to groom with power. • Animals must have no fitting prior to competition. • Once at the chute area you are not allowed to leave so bring all the equipment with you. • Score: 35% knowledge and skill; 25% teamwork; 20% use of equipment; 15% final appearance; 5% presentation of animal

COOK OFF - THE ULTIMATE STEAK - Compulsory Event

• Team event, teams will be announced at Round-Up. • Teams will be provided with two steaks and a barbecue • Participants are encouraged to bring their own utensils and ingredients for marinades and garnishes and to provide a recipe to the judges. • Costumes and themes are encouraged. • Participants are encouraged to add fixings to the steak and add one side dish and dessert. • 2017 THEME - Canada 150th Anniversary SCORE: 50% taste; 25% appearance; 15% presentation and 10% creativity.

STALL CARD

• Pee Wees & Juniors create a stall card to be displayed with their animals in the stalls. • Stall cards must be made Saturday at Round-Up only SCORE: 35% clarity; 35% originality and 30% neatness

PHOTOGRAPHY

• The photo must be taken by the junior exhibiting it and cannot be digitally enhanced and must be taken within the last year & dated • Photographs must be 4”x 6”, No Frame, Must be of listed theme • 2017 THEMES PW & JR - Kids & Cattle INT& SR - Landscape scenery with cattle • Please put name and age category on the back. SCORE: 40% clarity; 35% quality and 25% originality.

• All work must be done at home by the junior created using computer technology. • The graphic design must be promoting a breed, industry or an individual herd. • 2017 THEME - MYBR Round-Up 10th Anniverary • Please put name and age category on the back. SCORE: 30% creativity; 30% originality; 30% clear and concise message; 10% organization

ART

• All work must be done at home by the junior in the last year & dated • Art cannot contain photos and should not be larger than 9”x14”. • You can use (pencil, paint, clay, wood, etc.). • All art is judged in the same category. One entry per person. • Please put name and age category on the back. • Score: 40% originality; 40% creativity and 20% skill/quality.

SCRAPBOOK

• Include photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, for the 2016-2017 year. • Scrapbooks must be done by the junior exhibiting. • The scrapbook is to encourage junior members to record different cattle functions they have attended over the past years. • Scrapbooks should have a theme and begin with a title page, table of contents and numbered pages. SCORE: 25% cover; 25% creativity; 25% originality; 25% neatness and organization.

GROUP HERDSMAN COMPETITION

• The purpose of this contest is to encourage cooperation, fellowship and teamwork among juniors in developing and maintaining a display of cattle and stall area. The competition begins on Saturday morning and ends after the confirmation classes. Must have a minimum of two head tied in your display. SCORE: 25% aisle and bedding, cleanliness and appearance; 25% animals, cleanliness and well groomed; 25% personnel attending cattle, knowledgeable, friendly and teamwork; 25% equipment, boxes, signs, well arranged and general appearance.

GRAND AGGREGATE

• One participant from each division will be selected. • Score: 1 point for every animal you bring, no matter where they place. All other non cattle classes will be scored 10 points for first place and down. Ex: 1st - 10pts, 2nd - 9 pts, 3rd - 8pts, etc. • The grand aggregate competition encourages all juniors to participate in all the events.


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NEW IN 2017 ALL-STAR TEAM

• Each participant will be assigned to a Round-Up team. The teams are designed to develop teamwork skills as well as enhance the personal experience of every Round-Up participant through mentoring and peer relationships. The teams will compete in various competitions and activities throughout the weekend. The team will gain points through their teamwork, learning and interaction. The team with the most points will earn the “All Star Team” title that will be awarded at Sunday’s banquet.

STOCKMAN’S KNOWLEDGE

• This Round-Up contest is designed to develop Stockman knowledge and skills through questions and equipment handling/ identification. • 45 Pts. Written exam of beef industry and cattle knowledge • 40 Pts. Equipment identification and/or feed identification • 15 Pts. Equipment usage demonstration • Rules: 1. No resource materials are allowed in the contest area. 2. The written exam will consist of 45 multiple choice questions relative to the beef and cattle industry. Questions may relate to any segments of the cattle industry including knowledge of the sire summary, breeds, nutrition, management, anatomy and reproduction. 3. Twenty forages, seeds, tools, or livestock equipment used in the cattle industry will be presented for participants to identify by name. Items will encompass many areas of the beef industry including veterinary supplies and various items used in feedlot cattle processing, calving, fencing, and haying. 4. The judges will select five pieces of equipment which all participants will identify and demonstrate the proper usage to a judge.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

• The participant must present a speech with a subject pertaining to cattle, the beef industry, Roundup or Junior Activities to a panel of judges. The speech must be the result of the contestant’s own efforts and cannot be written by anyone else. • Speech lengths: Peewee 1–2 minutes Junior 2-4 minutes Intermediate 3-5 minute Senior 4–6 minutes • Deductions will be made from overall score by each judge for speeches under or over the specified length required. The order of speaking will be determined at random. Contestants may use cue cards however excessive use will result in score deductions. SCORE: 70% Presentation, 30% Speech Content and Organization

ROUND UP AMBASSADOR

• The Round Up Ambassador Contest is designed to help members build a resume and improve their interviewing skills. Job preparation and interviewing skills are only improved through practice and gaining experience. Through participation in the Round Up Ambassador Contest, junior members learn organization, communication, preparation, impromptu thinking, and social skills. Contestants are require to prepare and submit a job/scholarship description and a resume to apply for the described application prior to Round Up. Then while at Round Up, the contestant will be require to conduct an interview for that job/scholarship. APPLICATION RULES: 1. A detailed job/scholarship description must be submitted with the resume prior to Round Up. a. Senior division contestants must submit a detailed job description in 50 words or less describing the full-time position, either existing or fictitious for which they intend to apply for. b. Intermediate division contestants must submit a detailed scholarship description in 50 words or less describing the scholarship, either existing or fictitious for which they intend to apply for. 2. Resumes and Job/Scholarship Descriptions must be postmarked by July 10th, 2017 and mailed to Lois McRae RR 1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1. Late entries will not be accepted. 3. Resumes must be a maximum of two pages in length. 4.Judges will receive a copy of the resume and job/scholarship description in advance so they are better prepared with the contestants’ education and experience. INTERVIEW RULES: 1. Interview will be conducted in a confined space that only the judge and applicant will be present in. 2. Interviews will last approximately 10 minutes. 3. Interview order will be set in 15 minute intervals by contest officials and posted near the show office prior to the contest. Penalties at judges’ discretion may take place due to lateness. • Contestants are required to bring three copies of their resume and job/scholarship description along with a folder. No other materials or business cards will be allowed. Contestants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the interview. SCORING: • The judges will critique both the applicant’s resume and interview. The overall winner will be based on the ranking between the resume and interview. • The winner will be selected as the Roundup Ambassador for the year with duties to include promoting Roundup by managing the face book page, and representing Roundup at local events across Manitoba.


Participant Name:__________________________________________________________________ Birth Date:_______/_______/_______ Age Division:_________

MAIL ENTRIES & FEES TO :

Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up C/O Lois McRae RR 1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 marmac@inetlink.ca

Age Groups (as of Jan 1, 2017): PW: 8 and Under; JR 9-12; INT: 13-16; SR: 17-25

Full Address:______________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Show Apparel Size:

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Please complete all information below! CLASS #

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YOUTH

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Please circle one size and either youth or adult

ENTRIES DUE JULY 10th, 2017

For MYBR Windpants or Hoodies ($30 deposit by July 10)

ANIMAL NAME

ANIMAL D.O.B.

ANIMAL TATTOO

ANIMAL REG #

SIRE NAME REG #

DAM NAME REG #

Breeds: (If animal doesn’t have a registration number please list as a CO) A: Angus, CH: Charolais, H: Hereford, L:Limousin,

Cattle Classes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Heifer Calf Female born in 2016 Female born in 2015 w/ nat calf at foot Female born in 2014 or earlier w/ nat calf at foot Bull Calf Fat Steer Showmanship

S: Simmental, M: Mixed Breeds (Purebred breeds not listed); CO: Commercial, G: Gelbvieh; SH : Shorthorn 4-H Cattle will show in breed or commerical classes & parade on sunday night.

If you are showing purebred animals, you must be a member in your respective breed association we require 8 head in each breed or you will show in the mixed breed class.

Meals:

Adults full weekend of meals $75 ___ Adults: Breakfast $8; Lunch $10; Supper $15 Saturday Night Steak Supper $20 # of adults/guests (excluding junior) ___ Sunday Night Supper $15 # of adults/guests (excluding junior) ___

Compulsory Classes:

8. Judging 9. Team Grooming 10. Cook Off 11. Round Up AgriChallange 12. Breed Quizzes for Simmental Exhibitors 13. Workshops & Demonstrations

Champion 4H Entry: free Registration Fee: $40.00/participant Cattle Fees: $10.00/class Adult Full Weekend Meal Fees Extra Meal Fees Late Fees: $20.00/person after July 10 Total Fees:

$________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________

Onsite camping fees - POWER SITE - $25 X ____ nights NON POWER SITE - $20 X ____ nights

Make cheques payable to: Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up - ENTRIES DUE JULY 10TH, 2017 Waiver Claim: I hereby release the Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, their organizers, officials, volunteers, as well as the Beautiful Plains Ag Society in case of a loss of or damage property or injury

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Accommodations: Bay Hill Inn & Suites - 1-888-476-8802 - Westway Inn - 1-800-448-0994 Camping is also available at the fair grounds for a nominal fee further accommodation info at www.neepawa.ca


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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBFI 2017-18 board roster announced The Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives Inc. (MBFI) Annual Update Meeting, saw the election of the new and expanded 2017-18 MBFI Board of Directors. Ramona Blyth of MacGregor will return to the role as MBFI chair for the next two years while Killarney’s Dave Koslowsky will flank Blyth as the MBFI vicechair over the next year. (The full 2017-18 MBFI board roster is included

on page 2 of this media release). Blyth says the MBFI board is now expanded from five to seven members and provides a vote at the board table for each of three other core partners of the MBFI while maintaining a majority membership of beef producers to help provide a solid governance structure for the rapid acceleration of activities on-farm and

off for the three MBFI sites near Brandon. It was something, Blyth says, that the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) board – the group from which a handful of MBP board members had previously formed the MBFI Board from the farm’s original launch until now—immediately recognized as a positive move for the MBFI. The new MBFI Board was confirmed in a motion by MBP's Board of

Directors the following day. “Any great partnership features strong and meaningful dialogues among the core partners,” says Blyth. “When our core partners from Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association and Ducks Unlimited Canada expressed their hopes to have a stronger voice and voting privileges at the MBFI board level, Continued to Page 2

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we immediately saw the benefits to the organization. At the end of the day, this new MBFI board will be excellent for partner relations and guarantee MBFI an even stronger profile for our work on-farm and going forward off-the-farm on critical items like fundraising and the new MBFI learning centre.” Speaking on behalf of all four partners, Manitoba Beef Pro-

ducers General Manager Brian Lemon echoed Blyth’s words. “The fact that we have this board in place represents a lot of effort and goodwill from all the partners, and marks a further maturation of MBFI and I believes sets the corporation up to really begin to deliver even more benefits to Manitoba's beef and forage producers,” says Lemon. Lemon says he expects a good

turnout of the new board at the MBFI’s Pasture Days to be held June 22, 2017 at the First Street Pasture on the outskirts of Brandon. Lemon welcomes all members of the public as well as beef and forage producers and agricultural interests to check out the event and say hello while learning about MBFI research. More info on MBFI Pasture Day 2017 can be found at mbfi.ca.

MBFI BOARD 2017-18 Chair Ramona Blyth, MBP Board member Vice-Chair Dave Koslowsky, MBP Board member Secretary & Treasurer Brian Lemon (non-board member)

two year term (until 2019) one year term (until 2018)

Director Classification Term Miles Beaudin Appointee - Mb Agriculture one year term (until 2018) Kristine Tapley Appointee - Ducks Unlimited Canada one year term (until 2018) Darren Chapman Appointee - Mb Forage and Grasslands two year term (until 2019) Lawrence Knockaert Beef/Dairy producer at large two year term (until 2019) Don McIntyre Beef producer at large one year term (until 2018) The MBFI Management Committee (formerly referred to as MBFI Steering Committee) is the group that leads the day-to-day management of activities at the farm and is an important and active part of the governance of MBFI. It takes its direction from the Board. It includes a single representative of each of the four core partners, as well as the Committee Chair who also sits at all the MBFI Board meetings as the conduit between the Board and the management of the farm sites. Members of the MBFI Management team are: • Committee Chair Don Guilford, Producer • Mb Agriculture Glenn Friesen • Ducks Unlimited Canada Ken Gross • Manitoba Beef Producers Brian Lemon • Mb Forage and Grasslands Duncan Morrison


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Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup to host 10th Anniversary event Media Release August 4, 5, and 6th will be the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup 10th annual event in Neepawa, Manitoba.. This exciting threeday event will bring together junior members, 4-Hers, and enthusiasts from all across the province. The show is organized by representatives from various breeds that have been involved with National and Provincial shows in the past. Our goal is to prepare young entrepreneurs in the livestock industry, thru this exciting showcase of youth, cattle and friendly competition. This event will educate, encourage, stimulate and unite participants in the business of agriculture and the beef industry. It encompasses a variety of competitions and events to match all interests and skill levels of participants. Some of the events are Team Grooming, Individual and Team Judg-

ing, Showmanship, Marketing, Sales Talk, Impromptu Speeches, Art, Photography, Scrap booking, as well as cattle classes This will be a celebration and showcase of Manitoba Youth and agriculture in our province. We encourage young and old to stay involved in the agriculture industry, explore career opportunities, increase national trade and awareness, and be proud to be part of one of Canada’s largest industries. We feel the celebration of our past shows exemplifies the importance of youth and agriculture, and will strive to present innovative opportunities that promote and educate future cattleman dedicated to the cattle industry. NEW IN 2017 for the 10th Anniversary- Low stress Cattle Handling workshop , Stockman Knowledge competition, Public Speaking and Roundup Ambassador competition, Advocacy

workshop, and invitations for 4-H Champion Females from each 2017 Club Achievement to attend Roundup, with entry fee paid by Roundup. Along with Ag Challenge competitions, Cookoff, cattle shows, scholarships and Selection of Canadian Western Agribition Team. VIEW our new Video on our facebook page. Roundup is being undertaken as an all breeds show to bring young purebred and commercial cattle producers from across the province to see friendly competition amongst the new and upcoming producers from within Manitoba. Check out Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup facebook page or contact Chairperson, Lois McRae 204-728-3058 DEADLINE FOR ROUNDUP ENTRIES is JULY 10, 2017. For more informaton and to see the registration forms see pages 11-15 of the E-Newsletter.

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15th Annual National Junior Limousin Impact Show July 27-30, 2017 :: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Registration opens April 1st www.limousin.com/juniors/cjla-impact-show/

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Deadline to Apply June 9

MAJOR JAY FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLORSHIP

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 9, 2017. All applications can be sent electronically to “Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers”, c/o Angie Fox to steadfast@xplornet.ca Eligibility: must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2017 must use the bursary within two years Requirements: Must submit a 250 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 All essays will become the property of Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers and as such will be published at the discretion of the association with proper credit to the author 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 4:00 p.m. on June 9, 2017. Winners will be notified and award will be presented at the following years Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers Regional Event.


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Verified Beef Production Plus Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats • One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before. • One for producers completely new to the program. • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers are not taken away from their daily chores. • The interactive webinars are delivered using web based video conferencing software. Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time. • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – Monday, May 15 & 29 at 7 p.m. & Monday, June 12 & 26 at 7 p.m. • VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar. • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – Wednesday, May 10 & 24 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, June 7 & 21 at 7 p.m. • Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshops • To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison 204-264-0294 or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand • Workshops require a minimum number of registrants in order to proceed Funded by the Canada & Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


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How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

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a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


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Manitoba Youth beef round up

auGuSt 4, 5, 6th , 2017 - neepawa, Manitoba cattle show and 4-h paRade 1 pM - 5 pM on sundaY august 6th. eveRYone is welcoMe to attend.

*4-H Champion Females receive a free entry* *Win a spot on the Agribition Judging team* *Scholarship Opportunities* *Cattle Handling Workshop & many new events* *Meet New Young Producers*

ContaCt any of the Committee members or view our

Manitoba Youth beef Round up facebook page for updates & entry forms.

Chairperson: Lois McRae - 728-3058 Secretary: Wenda Best - 838-2236 Treasurer: Rilla Hunter - 838-2019 Committee Members Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa Falconer - 576-0154 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122

Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert, Michelle & Samantha Rimke 855-2534

Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019 Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Gracie & Katie Falconer - 576-0154 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 9:30 AM Cattle & participants must be on grounds 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Workshop - Liz Carey - Cattle Handling Juniors will be broke into groups and some will have time to work on your cattle.

6:00-8:00 PM Welcome & Agri Challenge SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 8:00-9:00 AM Interviews for Round Up Ambassador 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Pee Wee & Junior Stall Card Comp. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Judging & Workshops 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Public Speaking & Advocacy Speakers 1:00-2:00 PM Team Grooming 2:00-4:00 PM Team Judging Demonstrations PW Learning Clinic & Stall Card Comp. 4:00-5:00 PM Cattle Tie Out & Chores 6:30-8:00 PM Cook Off Karaoke & Slip ‘n Slide SUNDAY, JULY 31 8:00-9:00 PM Breakfast & Cattle In Barns 10:00AM-12:00PM Showmanship - Both Rings 12:00 NOON GROUP PHOTO 1:00-5:00 PM Conformation & Parade of Champions 5:00-6:00 PM Supper & Awards Ceremony

Any young cattle producers under the age of 25 years of age as of January 1, 2017. Whether you are a commercial, purebred, 4-H or new junior, you are all welcome to attend.

WHAT:

Manitoba Youth Beef Round Up All Breeds Junior Cattle Weekend

WHERE:

Beautiful Plains Ag Society, Neepawa, Manitoba

WHEN:

Friday - Sunday, August 4-6, 2017 Cattle can arrive after 5 pm on Thursday August 3rd.

WHY:

To bring juniors of all ages, breeds and locations together for a fun, educational weekend for cattle and non cattle events.

FEATURES: • • • • •

Chance to be on the MYBR Agribition Judging Team MYBR Scholarship check out the MYBR Facebook Page GRAND AGGREGATE AWARDS NEW IN 2017 - Round-Up Competitions, see page 4 Educational Cattle Handling Workshop

FOR DETAILS:

Chairperson - Lois McRae - 204-728-3058 - marmac@inetlink.ca Treasurer - Rilla Hunter - 204-838-2019 Secretary - Wenda Best - 204-838-2236 Angus: Naomi Best - 838-2236 Ken Williams - 855-2275 Nanette Glover - 534-2552 Charolais: Jackie Cavers & Keegan Blehm 242-3467 Hereford: Albert & Samantha Rimke 855-2534 Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019

Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Carson Rodgers - 871-0261 Shorthorn: Justin Kristjansson - 720-7196 Committee Members Adrianne Vandersluis - 436-3122 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Candace Johnston - 720-3986 Laura Horner - 868-5335 Melissa, Katie & Gracie Falconer 576-0154

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Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up is open to all Canadian Juniors under the age of 25 as of January 1, 2017. Entry fees are $40 per person plus $10 per confirmation class. The $40 flat fee includes entry to all competitions (excluding conformation), show clothing and scheduled meals. Compulsory events are judging class with oral reasons, team grooming, cook off and Round Up Agri Challange. 2017 calves are eligible to be entered in cow calf pair and calf classes. Entry fee for pair is $10 and calf class is $10. All cattle must be halter broke and manageable or will be asked to leave. CCIA tags are required. Limit of 2 entries per participant per class. A junior who does not have cattle may use another participants animal in grooming and showmanship. AS THIS IS A JUNIOR EVENT, ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SHOWN AND LOOKED AFTER BY THE JUNIORS. ABSOLUTELY NO ADULT or nonentrant participation will be tolerated. Pee Wees may be assisted by a parent or guardian for safety reasons only. Mentors will be around to provide help for the participants and answer any questions. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited in the barns and at the Roundup functions for the duration of the show. Tampering with and any unethical fitting is prohibited. Show apparel is to be worn for all the showmanship and confirmation classes.

OUTLINES FOR CLASSES TEAM JUDGING GRAPHIC DESIGN

• Juniors will judge a class of four animals. • One of the team members will act as the ring person and the other one will act as the judge. • The participant acting as the judge must give oral reasons over the microphone in front of the audience. • All other teams must be out of the judging area and unable to hear the reasons. SCORE: 55% teamwork ability; 20% clarity of reasons; 20% logic of reasons 5% appearance.

TEAM GROOMING -

Compulsory Event

• Teams have 15 minutes to groom with power. • Animals must have no fitting prior to competition. • Once at the chute area you are not allowed to leave so bring all the equipment with you. • Score: 35% knowledge and skill; 25% teamwork; 20% use of equipment; 15% final appearance; 5% presentation of animal

COOK OFF - THE ULTIMATE STEAK - Compulsory Event

• Team event, teams will be announced at Round-Up. • Teams will be provided with two steaks and a barbecue • Participants are encouraged to bring their own utensils and ingredients for marinades and garnishes and to provide a recipe to the judges. • Costumes and themes are encouraged. • Participants are encouraged to add fixings to the steak and add one side dish and dessert. • 2017 THEME - Canada 150th Anniversary SCORE: 50% taste; 25% appearance; 15% presentation and 10% creativity.

STALL CARD

• Pee Wees & Juniors create a stall card to be displayed with their animals in the stalls. • Stall cards must be made Saturday at Round-Up only SCORE: 35% clarity; 35% originality and 30% neatness

PHOTOGRAPHY

• The photo must be taken by the junior exhibiting it and cannot be digitally enhanced and must be taken within the last year & dated • Photographs must be 4”x 6”, No Frame, Must be of listed theme • 2017 THEMES PW & JR - Kids & Cattle INT& SR - Landscape scenery with cattle • Please put name and age category on the back. SCORE: 40% clarity; 35% quality and 25% originality.

• All work must be done at home by the junior created using computer technology. • The graphic design must be promoting a breed, industry or an individual herd. • 2017 THEME - MYBR Round-Up 10th Anniverary • Please put name and age category on the back. SCORE: 30% creativity; 30% originality; 30% clear and concise message; 10% organization

ART

• All work must be done at home by the junior in the last year & dated • Art cannot contain photos and should not be larger than 9”x14”. • You can use (pencil, paint, clay, wood, etc.). • All art is judged in the same category. One entry per person. • Please put name and age category on the back. • Score: 40% originality; 40% creativity and 20% skill/quality.

SCRAPBOOK

• Include photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, for the 2016-2017 year. • Scrapbooks must be done by the junior exhibiting. • The scrapbook is to encourage junior members to record different cattle functions they have attended over the past years. • Scrapbooks should have a theme and begin with a title page, table of contents and numbered pages. SCORE: 25% cover; 25% creativity; 25% originality; 25% neatness and organization.

GROUP HERDSMAN COMPETITION

• The purpose of this contest is to encourage cooperation, fellowship and teamwork among juniors in developing and maintaining a display of cattle and stall area. The competition begins on Saturday morning and ends after the confirmation classes. Must have a minimum of two head tied in your display. SCORE: 25% aisle and bedding, cleanliness and appearance; 25% animals, cleanliness and well groomed; 25% personnel attending cattle, knowledgeable, friendly and teamwork; 25% equipment, boxes, signs, well arranged and general appearance.

GRAND AGGREGATE

• One participant from each division will be selected. • Score: 1 point for every animal you bring, no matter where they place. All other non cattle classes will be scored 10 points for first place and down. Ex: 1st - 10pts, 2nd - 9 pts, 3rd - 8pts, etc. • The grand aggregate competition encourages all juniors to participate in all the events.


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NEW IN 2017 ALL-STAR TEAM

• Each participant will be assigned to a Round-Up team. The teams are designed to develop teamwork skills as well as enhance the personal experience of every Round-Up participant through mentoring and peer relationships. The teams will compete in various competitions and activities throughout the weekend. The team will gain points through their teamwork, learning and interaction. The team with the most points will earn the “All Star Team” title that will be awarded at Sunday’s banquet.

STOCKMAN’S KNOWLEDGE

• This Round-Up contest is designed to develop Stockman knowledge and skills through questions and equipment handling/ identification. • 45 Pts. Written exam of beef industry and cattle knowledge • 40 Pts. Equipment identification and/or feed identification • 15 Pts. Equipment usage demonstration • Rules: 1. No resource materials are allowed in the contest area. 2. The written exam will consist of 45 multiple choice questions relative to the beef and cattle industry. Questions may relate to any segments of the cattle industry including knowledge of the sire summary, breeds, nutrition, management, anatomy and reproduction. 3. Twenty forages, seeds, tools, or livestock equipment used in the cattle industry will be presented for participants to identify by name. Items will encompass many areas of the beef industry including veterinary supplies and various items used in feedlot cattle processing, calving, fencing, and haying. 4. The judges will select five pieces of equipment which all participants will identify and demonstrate the proper usage to a judge.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

• The participant must present a speech with a subject pertaining to cattle, the beef industry, Roundup or Junior Activities to a panel of judges. The speech must be the result of the contestant’s own efforts and cannot be written by anyone else. • Speech lengths: Peewee 1–2 minutes Junior 2-4 minutes Intermediate 3-5 minute Senior 4–6 minutes • Deductions will be made from overall score by each judge for speeches under or over the specified length required. The order of speaking will be determined at random. Contestants may use cue cards however excessive use will result in score deductions. SCORE: 70% Presentation, 30% Speech Content and Organization

ROUND UP AMBASSADOR

• The Round Up Ambassador Contest is designed to help members build a resume and improve their interviewing skills. Job preparation and interviewing skills are only improved through practice and gaining experience. Through participation in the Round Up Ambassador Contest, junior members learn organization, communication, preparation, impromptu thinking, and social skills. Contestants are require to prepare and submit a job/scholarship description and a resume to apply for the described application prior to Round Up. Then while at Round Up, the contestant will be require to conduct an interview for that job/scholarship. APPLICATION RULES: 1. A detailed job/scholarship description must be submitted with the resume prior to Round Up. a. Senior division contestants must submit a detailed job description in 50 words or less describing the full-time position, either existing or fictitious for which they intend to apply for. b. Intermediate division contestants must submit a detailed scholarship description in 50 words or less describing the scholarship, either existing or fictitious for which they intend to apply for. 2. Resumes and Job/Scholarship Descriptions must be postmarked by July 10th, 2017 and mailed to Lois McRae RR 1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1. Late entries will not be accepted. 3. Resumes must be a maximum of two pages in length. 4.Judges will receive a copy of the resume and job/scholarship description in advance so they are better prepared with the contestants’ education and experience. INTERVIEW RULES: 1. Interview will be conducted in a confined space that only the judge and applicant will be present in. 2. Interviews will last approximately 10 minutes. 3. Interview order will be set in 15 minute intervals by contest officials and posted near the show office prior to the contest. Penalties at judges’ discretion may take place due to lateness. • Contestants are required to bring three copies of their resume and job/scholarship description along with a folder. No other materials or business cards will be allowed. Contestants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the interview. SCORING: • The judges will critique both the applicant’s resume and interview. The overall winner will be based on the ranking between the resume and interview. • The winner will be selected as the Roundup Ambassador for the year with duties to include promoting Roundup by managing the face book page, and representing Roundup at local events across Manitoba.


Participant Name:__________________________________________________________________ Birth Date:_______/_______/_______ Age Division:_________

MAIL ENTRIES & FEES TO :

Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up C/O Lois McRae RR 1 Box 57 Brandon, MB R7A 5Y1 marmac@inetlink.ca

Age Groups (as of Jan 1, 2017): PW: 8 and Under; JR 9-12; INT: 13-16; SR: 17-25

Full Address:______________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ Email: __________________________________________ Show Apparel Size:

XS

S

M

L

Please complete all information below! CLASS #

BREED

2XL

-

YOUTH

ADULT

Please circle one size and either youth or adult

ENTRIES DUE JULY 10th, 2017

For MYBR Windpants or Hoodies ($30 deposit by July 10)

ANIMAL NAME

ANIMAL D.O.B.

ANIMAL TATTOO

ANIMAL REG #

SIRE NAME REG #

DAM NAME REG #

Breeds: (If animal doesn’t have a registration number please list as a CO) A: Angus, CH: Charolais, H: Hereford, L:Limousin,

Cattle Classes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

XL

Heifer Calf Female born in 2016 Female born in 2015 w/ nat calf at foot Female born in 2014 or earlier w/ nat calf at foot Bull Calf Fat Steer Showmanship

S: Simmental, M: Mixed Breeds (Purebred breeds not listed); CO: Commercial, G: Gelbvieh; SH : Shorthorn 4-H Cattle will show in breed or commerical classes & parade on sunday night.

If you are showing purebred animals, you must be a member in your respective breed association we require 8 head in each breed or you will show in the mixed breed class.

Meals:

Adults full weekend of meals $75 ___ Adults: Breakfast $8; Lunch $10; Supper $15 Saturday Night Steak Supper $20 # of adults/guests (excluding junior) ___ Sunday Night Supper $15 # of adults/guests (excluding junior) ___

Compulsory Classes:

8. Judging 9. Team Grooming 10. Cook Off 11. Round Up AgriChallange 12. Breed Quizzes for Simmental Exhibitors 13. Workshops & Demonstrations

Champion 4H Entry: free Registration Fee: $40.00/participant Cattle Fees: $10.00/class Adult Full Weekend Meal Fees Extra Meal Fees Late Fees: $20.00/person after July 10 Total Fees:

$________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________

Onsite camping fees - POWER SITE - $25 X ____ nights NON POWER SITE - $20 X ____ nights

Make cheques payable to: Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up - ENTRIES DUE JULY 10TH, 2017 Waiver Claim: I hereby release the Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up, their organizers, officials, volunteers, as well as the Beautiful Plains Ag Society in case of a loss of or damage property or injury

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May 26, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Cost of Verified Beef Production Plus audits increase Manitoba Beef Producers would like to announce that, effective May 20, the cost for a Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program audit increased from $200 to $300. VBP+ is the next generation of the voluntary Verified Beef Production program and includes auditing for animal care, bio-security and environmental stewardship practices along with on-farm food safety practices at the farm, ranch and feedlot levels.

Due to the broadening in scope of VBP+ audits to reflect the expanded VBP program there is a need to increase the cost to ensure the viability of the program in Manitoba. “VBP+ is an important program for the industry as it enables producers to show the public that what they are doing in the areas of animal welfare, food safety, bio-security and environmental stewardship, they are in fact doing,” said MBP General Manager Brian

Lemon. “The program has demonstrable and credible threshold levels producers must achieve to secure, and maintain, registered status on the program.” “For us to keep the program viable in Manitoba the audits need to be cost neutral, thus the need for the increase on May 20.” VBP+ links the on-farm recording and auditing of animal care, bio security and environmental stewardship practices with the established

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reviewed on-farm food safety (VBP) program. VBP+ is aligned with the national Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle, the Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Bio-security Standard, and the sustainability indicator work of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) to ensure sound animal care, bio-security and environment principles and practices.

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • Manitoba's beef producers react to • Prices remain firm as buyers seek US NAFTA talk grass cattle • Nerbas Bros. Angus recognized for • Consumer spending favours beef environmental efforts market • Beef 911: Dispelling the myths • Learn from past mistakes when it about sterioid use in beef production comes to calving season


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New online tool to help Canadian farmers manage risk Media Release

Flooding, pests, disease and other extreme weather events are constant risks to the businesses and livelihoods of farmers. The Government of Canada is committed to working with industry partners to explore and develop new risk management tools that meets the needs of Canadian farmers when faced with serious challenges beyond their control. Member of Parliament, Fran-

cis Drouin, today announced a $786,921 investment for Farm Management Canada to develop a new online agricultural risk management tool called “AgriShield�. This online tool will help farmers have real-time assessments of the potential negative impact of risks to their businesses and provide mitigation solutions. For instance, if an overland flood situation is imminent, the tool can help farmers to

assess the degree of risk they face and potential mitigation measures that they can adopt, such as tile draining or insurance coverage. This investment is being made through Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) which supports the research and development, as well as the implementation and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector.

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MBP to offer six bursaries in 2017 Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2017. The bursaries are available to MBP members, or their children, who are attending a university, college or other post-secondary institution. Students pursuing trades training are also eligible. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy. “We are proud to of-

fer these bursaries to our members and their children,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Ben Fox. “Ensuring that our communities have the skilled trades needed by the beef industry is a priority of our board. Some of our past recipients have made significant contributions to rural Manitoba and we are proud to help them achieve their educational goals.” Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2017 and be an active beef producer or the child of

one. Applicants must use the bursary within two years of receiving it and the program they are attending must be at least one year in duration. Interested students are required to submit an essay no more than 600 words in length discussing what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba at large. Students are also asked to include the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture. Applicants must also submit either a high

school or post-secondary transcript, proof of enrolment in a recognized institution, a list of their community involvement and three references. The application can be found at www.mbbeef.ca/producers/mbp-bursary/. Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by June 2, 2017. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2017. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.

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15th Annual National Junior Limousin Impact Show July 27-30, 2017 :: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Registration opens April 1st www.limousin.com/juniors/cjla-impact-show/

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MAJOR JAY FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLORSHIP

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 9, 2017. All applications can be sent electronically to “Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers”, c/o Angie Fox to steadfast@xplornet.ca Eligibility: must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2017 must use the bursary within two years Requirements: Must submit a 250 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 All essays will become the property of Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers and as such will be published at the discretion of the association with proper credit to the author 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 4:00 p.m. on June 9, 2017. Winners will be notified and award will be presented at the following years Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers Regional Event.


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Verified Beef Production Plus Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats • One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before. • One for producers completely new to the program. • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers are not taken away from their daily chores. • The interactive webinars are delivered using web based video conferencing software. Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time. • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – Monday, May 15 & 29 at 7 p.m. & Monday, June 12 & 26 at 7 p.m. • VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar. • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – Wednesday, May 10 & 24 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, June 7 & 21 at 7 p.m. • Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshops • To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison 204-264-0294 or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand • Workshops require a minimum number of registrants in order to proceed Funded by the Canada & Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


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VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


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May 12, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Canadian farmers need greater access to foreign markets to thrive Media Release

Canada’s farmers and processors need the federal government’s help to navigate the increasingly complex labyrinth of international trade to ensure they have access to the foreign markets they depend on, according to a report released Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. “Market access is dependent on two things: Food safety and food traceability," said Senator Ghislain Maltais,

Chair of the committee. "Canadian food products are world-class, from Quebec maple syrup to Alberta beef. In order to get those products onto the table in faraway places like China, we must ensure we are able to deliver the quality consumers have come to expect.” The committee met with over 500 witnesses, including Manitoba Beef Producers General Manager Brian Lemon, and other stakeholders from across the country

to examine international market access priorities for Canadian farmers and processors — a key contributor to the Canadian economy — to understand the challenges they face when exporting their products and to identify possible solutions to facilitate and encourage international market access. “Canadian exporters are faced with increasing challenges," said Senator Terry Mercer, Deputy Chair of the committee. "Not only do they need

to take into account consumer needs, they also need to meet the import requirements of the countries they’re partnering with. Our study highlights the importance of the government in creating an environment conducive to exporting agriculture and agri-food products.” The committee’s report, Market Access: Giving Canadian Farmers and Processors the World, outlines ways to ensure Canadian products get Continued to Page 2

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • No carbon tax for farmers: Pallister • Local cattle sales expected to slow • We need more heifers • Troughs key to cattle preference, conservation • Beef Market Update: Sometimes when things look like they could go good; they go better

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to shelves around the world. World-renowned products like Quebec maple syrup, Alberta beef, blueberries from Atlantic Canada, Okanagan and Niagara wines, and canola from the Prairies all reinforce the Canada Brand. The committee sees the Canada Brand as crucial to positioning Canadian products on the international stage. The committee makes 18 recommendations in its report, including: • That the federal government eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade and pursue free trade agreements with other countries. • That all levels of government work together to eliminate interprovincial trade barriers and invest in rail, road and marine infrastructure to guarantee that Canadian producers and processors are able to efficiently transport their products to consumers. • That the federal government improve access to infrastructure grants for farmers and food producers who want to invest in new technologies, and that Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration and Citizenship Canada create programs that help farmers hire foreign workers to address labour shortages. Adopting the committee’s recommendations will help the government ensure that the Canadian agriculture sector continues to thrive. Quick Facts • The agriculture and agri-food sector accounts for 6.6% of Canada’s gross domestic product. Canadian export sales in this sector reached $51.5 billion in 2014. • Technical barriers to trade in the agriculture and agri-food sector include regulations addressing food preparation and food additives, as well as requirements setting out things like maximum residue limits for pesticides or related to genetically modified organisms. • The food service industry is the largest employer in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system, accounting for 5.7% of all Canadian jobs.

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Help shape the Next Policy Framework Growing Forward 2 expires on March 31, 2018 and it will be succeeded by the Next Policy Framework (NPF). Manitoba Agriculture is in the process of developing programs, activities and services that support sustainable growth, resiliency and competitiveness of Manitoba’s agricultural sector. Public input and suggestions into programs and services are key components in the development process. Manitoba Agriculture wants to ensure the NPF is developed through engagement with all industry stakeholders including farmers, processors and agribusiness to support sector growth. This online survey will provide an opportunity to voice your thoughts on program priorities. The survey is open until May 15, 2017.

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First release of 2016 Census of Agriculture information out Farm operators are slightly older and there are fewer farms in Canada than in 2011, but farms are on average larger and more area is devoted to crop production according to the results from the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Over the next six weeks, articles digging deeper into different aspects of Canadian agriculture will be published with further analysis of census results. Agricultural data has been collected in Canada since 1666 and 2016 marks the 22nd Census of Agriculture since Confederation. The census paints a sweeping picture of the agricultural sector. It tracks changes in crops and livestock, as well as the evolution of farming practices and mechanization, from the power of horses to horsepower. Canadian farmers have continually taken advantage of technological advances to more efficiently deliver a wider variety of agricultural products to Canadians and the world. The number of farm operators declined from 2011 while the average age continued to rise. However, the proportion of operators under 35 years of age edged up for the first time since 1991. Despite the increase in the average age, only 1 in 12 operations reported having a formal succession plan laying out how the operation will be transferred to the next generation of farmers.

To see the 2016 Census of Agriculture page click here For the 2016 Manitoba profile click here


Verified Beef Production Plus Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats • One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before. • One for producers completely new to the program. • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers are not taken away from their daily chores. • The interactive webinars are delivered using web based video conferencing software. Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time. • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – Monday, May 15 & 29 at 7 p.m. & Monday, June 12 & 26 at 7 p.m. • VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar. • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – Wednesday, May 10 & 24 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, June 7 & 21 at 7 p.m. • Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshops • To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison 204-264-0294 or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand • Workshops require a minimum number of registrants in order to proceed Funded by the Canada & Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


MAJOR JAY FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLORSHIP

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 9, 2017. All applications can be sent electronically to “Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers”, c/o Angie Fox to steadfast@xplornet.ca Eligibility: must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2017 must use the bursary within two years Requirements: Must submit a 250 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 All essays will become the property of Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers and as such will be published at the discretion of the association with proper credit to the author 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 4:00 p.m. on June 9, 2017. Winners will be notified and award will be presented at the following years Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers Regional Event.

MBP to offer six bursaries in 2017 Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2017. The bursaries are available to MBP members, or their children, who are attending a university, college or other post-secondary institution. Students pursuing trades training are also eligible. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy. “We are proud to of-

fer these bursaries to our members and their children,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Ben Fox. “Ensuring that our communities have the skilled trades needed by the beef industry is a priority of our board. Some of our past recipients have made significant contributions to rural Manitoba and we are proud to help them achieve their educational goals.” Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2017 and be an active beef producer or the child of

one. Applicants must use the bursary within two years of receiving it and the program they are attending must be at least one year in duration. Interested students are required to submit an essay no more than 600 words in length discussing what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba at large. Students are also asked to include the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture. Applicants must also submit either a high

school or post-secondary transcript, proof of enrolment in a recognized institution, a list of their community involvement and three references. The application can be found at www.mbbeef.ca/producers/mbp-bursary/. Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by June 2, 2017. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2017. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.


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April 28, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP to offer six bursaries in 2017 Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2017. The bursaries are available to MBP members, or their children, who are attending a university, college or other post-secondary institution. Students pursuing trades training are also eligible. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or those acquiring a skilled trade that would benefit the rural economy. “We are proud to of-

fer these bursaries to our members and their children,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Ben Fox. “Ensuring that our communities have the skilled trades needed by the beef industry is a priority of our board. Some of our past recipients have made significant contributions to rural Manitoba and we are proud to help them achieve their educational goals.” Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2017 and be an active beef producer or the child of

one. Applicants must use the bursary within two years of receiving it and the program they are attending must be at least one year in duration. Interested students are required to submit an essay no more than 600 words in length discussing what the beef industry means to them, their family, community and Manitoba at large. Students are also asked to include the reasons they enjoy being involved in agriculture. Applicants must also submit either a high

school or post-secondary transcript, proof of enrolment in a recognized institution, a list of their community involvement and three references. The application can be found at www.mbbeef.ca/producers/mbp-bursary/. Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by June 2, 2017. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2017. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry

• Ergot an ongoing problem for Manitoba cattle producers

• Stronger futures and weaker dollar boost cattle prices

• New investments make provincial budget good for agriculture

• Beef 911: Easy treatments for young cattle?

• Danger stalks spring pastures

• Hard to beat the value of good colostrum

• Water fight brewing

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Help shape the Next Policy Framework Growing Forward 2 expires on March 31, 2018 and it will be succeeded by the Next Policy Framework (NPF). Manitoba Agriculture is in the process of developing programs, activities and services that support sustainable growth, resiliency and competitiveness of Manitoba’s agricultural sector. Public input and suggestions into programs and services are key components in the development process. Manitoba Agriculture wants to ensure the NPF is developed through engagement with all industry stakeholders including farmers, processors and agribusiness to support sector growth. This online survey will provide an opportunity to voice your thoughts on program priorities. The survey is open until May 15, 2017.


4-H Canada Celebrates Outstanding Volunteer Leaders Ottawa, ON – April 25, 2017 – Today, as part of National Volunteer Week, 4-H Canada is pleased to recognize and honour a number of exceptional 4-H volunteer leaders – including the recipient of the 2016 4-H Canada National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been an organization driven by the dedication of volunteers who provide opportunities where Canadian youth can develop their leadership skills and grow as responsible, caring and contributing young people. Caroline Boddy of the Golden Prairie 4-H Club in Alberta was chosen as the 2016 National Volunteer Leader of the Year by a panel of judges, who made their selection from the pool of provincial winners. This award, which recognizes the significant and pivotal role volunteer leaders play in the 4-H program, is driven by nominations from 4-H members who want to share the positive impact their 4-H leaders have had on them and their communities. “Winning this award is the highest compliment because I have been championing the 4-H program my whole life,” said Caroline Boddy, 4-H Canada’s 2016 National Volunteer Leader of the Year. “4-H Canada is the best youth program in the world. You may start out thinking you are giving a helping hand, but that sentiment will boomerang right back at you and you will find yourself benefitting far more than you give.” 2016 4-H Canada Volunteer Leaders of the Year National Volunteer Leader of the Year - Caroline Boddy, Golden Prairie 4-H Club (Alberta) British Columbia – Joy de Vos, Deep Creek Dairy 4-H Club Saskatchewan – Paul Mitchell, Eagle Hills Multiple 4-H Club Manitoba – Philip and Leanne Fenez, La Salle 4-H Club Quebec – Pamela McOuat, Lachute 4-H Club New Brunswick – Lori Anne Thorne, King’s Country 4-H Beef Club Nova Scotia – Sharlene Carter-Earle, Double “D” 4-H Club Newfoundland – Sheila Sullivan, I. Sullivan Memorial 4-H Club “The impact of our incredible volunteers are evident throughout 4-H—from the areas of knowledge and skills development they help youth develop through hands-on experiences, to the values of community engagement they instill in our youth members,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Our 2016 4-H Canada Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recipients exemplify the best of positive youth development though caring youth adult partnerships and I am thrilled to congratulate them all for their accomplishments.” As 2016 4-H Canada National Volunteer Leader of the Year, Ms. Boddy receives a prize package which includes a cash prize and a roundtrip to Ottawa, Ontario in July 2017, where she will be honoured at the 4-H Canada Annual General Meeting on July 10 and attend the Global 4-H Network Summit from July 11-14.

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Fields of Green Gold 2017 MFGA’s Green Gold program seeks to find more fields for best alfalfa cut date Winnipeg, Mb (April 24, 2017)--- Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA)’s Green Gold program is seeking more producer involvement to help maximize the long-standing program’s benefits to producers. “We are looking for more alfalfa fields, especially in the Western, Central and Interlake areas of Manitoba,” said Dave Koslowsky, MFGA chair. “That will help increase our wingspan across the province and help us to broadcast the best first cut for Manitoba’s alfalfa growers as to when the relative feed value (RFV) is optimum for their crops.” Now entering the 22nd year, MFGA’s Green Gold program is led by MFGA hay and extension lead John McGregor who coordinates a team of producers and Manitoba Agriculture staff to submit twice-weekly clippings from fields in various regions of the province to be tested at Winnipeg’s Central Testing Laboratories for RFV values. RFV is widely considered the best measurement for declaring the energy values that livestock will receive from the feed. The Green Gold program receives great support and uptake from producer members from the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Sheep Association and individual producers. With more than two decades of delivery, the MFGA Green Gold program also refreshes wherever possible. Last year, MFGA added the birds-eye view of drones operated by program sponsor M3 Aerial who will return again this year offering Green Gold the rare co-relation optics of on-the-ground clips and drone-based infrared readings. Recently, MFGA also rolled the previously stand-alone corporate support of Green Gold into MFGA’s core programs, a move widely applauded by supporters. This year, MFGA is looking at expanding the number of fields to better help forage producers identify the best cut date on their fields. Producers who want to sign up for the program are asked to please contact John McGregor, MFGA Extension Lead: John@mfga.net or 204-396-9217. -30- For more information on MFGA or MFGA Green Gold: Duncan Morrison MFGA Executive Director Duncan@mfga.net 204-770-3548


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Press Release April 18, 2017 BIXS - Free for Producers, Now and in the Future Edmonton, Alberta - It has come to our attention at BIXS that recently there are some misconceptions causing concerns among producers about the use of the BIXS data management system. We hope to clear those up with this press release. BIXS will not charge producers to use the data management system now or in the future. Inputting data will always be at no charge, and retrieving that data will be free. Any additional data put in the system where the contributor does not require payment can be acquired at no charge to the producer. This means that a producer can retrieve data attached to RFID tags that have been in his or her account during the animal’s lifetime. We would encourage producers to share management data as it benefits the whole industry both domestically and internationally. Data sharing and improvement supports Efficiency and Innovation, one of the five principles of sustainable beef production. Carcass data may or may not have a charge attached to it, once it is available. This will depend entirely on the individual agreements with the packers, or for that matter any company or group which inputs data, as each company has different business models and reasons for data sharing. The new BIXS web-based data management system will launch within the next few weeks, allowing direct recording of multiple actions on multiple animals at one time. It also allows some customization of the information recorded and how it appears in the system. It will run alongside the old BIXS system to allow users some time to become comfortable with the new system. We, at BIXSco Inc. hope this clears up any concerns which producers may have. If you have questions we invite you to call either Hubert Lau, President of BIXSco Inc., at (780)235-6889 or Deborah Wilson, Vice-president of BIXSco Inc. at (780)289-0678 OR email info@bixsco.com


Verified Beef Production Plus Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats • One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before. • One for producers completely new to the program. • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers are not taken away from their daily chores. • The interactive webinars are delivered using web based video conferencing software. Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time. • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – Monday, May 15 & 29 at 7 p.m. & Monday, June 12 & 26 at 7 p.m. • VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar. • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – Wednesday, May 10 & 24 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, June 7 & 21 at 7 p.m. • Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshops • To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison 204-264-0294 or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand • Workshops require a minimum number of registrants in order to proceed Funded by the Canada & Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


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April 13, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP pleased with provincial government’s announcement of Livestock Growth Strategy Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is pleased to see the provincial government’s commitment to a Livestock Growth Strategy and to investments in water-related infrastructure in the 2017-18 budget. Although details on the Livestock Growth Strategy are still forthcoming, the announcement follows Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler’s comments in 2016 that the government

would like to see the provincial beef herd restored to pre-BSE numbers. “It’s encouraging to see the government is committed to growth in the province’s livestock sector,” said MBP President Ben Fox. “Since Minister Eichler’s comments about growing the provincial beef herd, MBP has been hard at work gathering the thoughts of our members on how best to achieve that goal. We

recently sent a letter to the minister that outlined the steps our members feel are needed to grow the industry. We now look forward to working with the government as part of this new strategy.” Fox noted that among the highlights in the letter to Minister Eichler were: the importance of strong business risk management tools; a regulatory environment that encourages growth;

the needs for sound Crown land policies; opportunities to restore acres to cattle production and to provide it at economically feasible prices; the need for improved wildlife management; and, the need for robust water management strategies to help reduce risk. The renewed commitment to completing the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlets project is welcomed Continued to Page 2

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MBP pleased ... Continued from Page 2

and MBP encourages the province to speak with producers who could be affected by the route selection to ensure impacts are mitigated. “We fully recognize that growing the herds in Manitoba’s livestock sectors will be challenging,” said Fox. “Having the support of the provincial government will go a long way in helping us achieve long-term sustainability and profitability in the provincial cattle industry.” MBP notes the province did elect to eliminate three tax credits used by the agriculture sector - the Riparian Tax Credit, Nutrient Management Tax Credit and Odour Control Tax Credit. However the news that there are no new taxes or tax increases in the budget is welcomed by our membership. As well, the borrowing limits for individuals and associations through the Livestock Associations Loan Guarantee program have been maintained.

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Job Opening - MBP Office Assistant Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) has an exciting opportunity available for someone interested in working as part of a small team committed to advancing Manitoba’s beef industry. MBP is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba. It represents roughly 7,000 beef producers across the province. MBP is a non-profit organization with a elected board consisting of 14 producer-directors, each representing cattle producers in specific regions or districts of the Manitoba, along with four staff. MBP is seeking a full-time Office Assistant to work as part of the team. Under the direction of the General Manager, the Office Assistant performs reception and general administrative functions, provides functional support to other members of the MBP staff as well as to MBP Directors, leads planning, coordination and promotion of the Annual General Meeting, solicits advertisers for MBP’s industry newspaper, and oversees office informatics needs. Specifically, the Office Assistant: • provides first point of contact (includes receptionist duties) for producers, government officials and the general public; • provides administrative support to the General Manager and the Board of Directors; • provides assistance and services to producers including the Age Verification Program of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency; • works in support of the MBP Communication Coordinator, assisting with the solicitation of advertisements and proofing of content; • organizes, files, and retrieves documents and information, and maintain proper office filing systems and inventory lists, including office supplies and promotional/resource documents inventory; • records meeting minutes when required; • leads the planning of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), annual district meetings and numerous tradeshows; • provides general office administrative support, including taking the lead in the maintenance of informatics systems and related equipment; • provides support and carry out other duties as assigned. The ideal candidate must have: • Good organizational skills and detail focused • A commitment to client service • Computer software skills (Excel/PowerPoint/Word) • The ability to meet and enforce deadlines • The ability to multi-task and be adaptable to changing priorities • A solid team focus • A valid driver’s license While not necessarily required, it would be beneficial if the candidate had: • Knowledge and competencies related to office network maintenance and informatics • Experience working as an assistant in an office environment • Specific agriculture experience working with the beef sector The Office Assistant for the Manitoba Beef Producers must be friendly, well organized and have the ability to communicate effectively in written, oral and e-mail form. The Office Assistant is required to show discretion and tact, and to work well as part of a team. The position reports directly to the General Manager. This position is located at MBP’s office in Winnipeg. Normal working hours are 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday, but the candidate will be asked to periodically travel within the province and work irregular hours. MBP offers competitive compensation commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate. Click here for a full job description. Please submit your resumé and cover letter by April 24, 2017 to Brian Lemon, MBP General Manager at blemon@mbbeef.ca. Thank you to all interested applicants, however only those under consideration will be contacted.


CFA welcomes CFTA pact Media Release

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) welcomes today's announcement that Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments have concluded negotiations on a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) aimed at supporting Canadian businesses in reaching new customers across the country. While changes under the CFTA may take time to implement, the agreement's conclusion represents a commitment to reducing barriers to interprovincial trade. CFA has advocated on the need to modernize internal trade systems, and

included this point as a key recommendation in last year's pre-budget consultations. "There's clear a commitment shown in the CFTA to harmonize regulations and standards wherever possible, and to take a transparent approach in implementing changes" said Ron Bonnett, CFA President. "CFA is pleased that the agreement is structured to facilitate the flow of goods using an over-arching non-discrimination principle. This will ensure that technical aspects don't create unnecessary barriers to trade within our own borders." In particular, CFA looks forward

getting more details about the newly announced Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, a body that will be established to coordinate processes for resolving trade barriers when they are identified by provinces and territories, with input from stakeholders. In its advocacy work over the last year, CFA noted several areas in which farmers face difficulties in interprovincial trade. Some examples include trucking transportation regulations and differing requirements between federally- and provincially-regulated meat processing plants.

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Help shape the Next Policy Framework Growing Forward 2 expires on March 31, 2018 and it will be succeeded by the Next Policy Framework (NPF). Manitoba Agriculture is in the process of developing programs, activities and services that support sustainable growth, resiliency and competitiveness of Manitoba’s agricultural sector. Public input and suggestions into programs and services are key components in the development process. Manitoba Agriculture wants to ensure the NPF is developed through engagement with all industry stakeholders including farmers, processors and agribusiness to support sector growth. This online survey will provide an opportunity to voice your thoughts on program priorities. The survey is open until May 15, 2017.


AgriStability and AgriInvest Industry Advisory The following information applies to individual producers in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Yukon

New for 2016 AgriStability and AgriInvest PIN Required to File Forms Electronically to CRA Starting with the 2016 program year, producers must provide their Participant Identification Number (PIN) to electronically file their AgriStability and AgriInvest forms to the Canadian Revenue Agency. The PIN is a participant's unique identifier for the programs. It allows to automatically match a participant's 2016 information to their prior year records and prevents processing delays. Existing participants can find the PIN on the following statements: • AgriStability Enrolment Notice • AgriStability Calculation of Program Benefits Notice • AgriInvest Annual Statement of Account • AgriInvest Deposit Notice AgriStability participants whose first year of participation is 2016 will have already received a PIN when they enrolled in the program. Their PIN is shown on their Enrolment Notice. Only producers who are participating in AgriInvest for the first time in 2016 will have to request a PIN before they can electronically file a form. To request a PIN, new AgriInvest participants must complete a PIN Request Form which is available by: • downloading one from the AgriInvest website here, or • calling us toll-free at 1-866-367-8506 to request one. Once we receive a completed and signed form from a new AgriInvest participant, a PIN will be sent directly to the participant by mail. For privacy reasons, we will not send the PIN to the participants contact person, including form preparers.


Contract opportunity with Manitoba Beef Producers On-Farm Assessor for the project “Innovation in disease management, disease control and wildlife/livestock interaction in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area for Manitoba.” Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on a contract basis to conduct voluntary On-Farm Risk Assessments (OFRAs) with livestock producers in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). These assessments support ongoing collaborative efforts towards the eradication of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Manitoba. Responsibilities include: a) Contacting producers within the RMEA and conducting individual On-Farm Risk Assessments using an evaluation form; b) Distributing information materials such as brochures and reports; and c) Supporting bTB eradication activities by attending forums such as producer meetings or bTB Task Force meetings, if requested by the MBP General Manager. Qualifications: • A good understanding of livestock production. • Strong communications and data management skills. • Highly-motivated self-starter who is able to work independently. • Access to a personal vehicle for travel to on-site farm assessments. • Experience in conducting assessments or surveys an asset. Please send a cover letter and resumé to the attention of MBP General Manager Brian Lemon via info@mbbeef.ca by April 14th 2017. MBP recognizes the ongoing efforts by Manitoba’s livestock producers toward achieving the goal of eradicating bovine tuberculosis.


VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


mbbeef.ca

March 31, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

VBP+ launches new website BCRC Media Release

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program has officially launched their new website, a single-stop comprehensive resource for all matters related to VBP+. Located at verifiedbeefproductionplus.ca, the new website offering reflects the progression of VBP+ towards national program management and delivery. The website houses a wealth of information for consumers and retailers and is a great resource for Canadian beef cattle producers. Information on topics such as VBP+ on-line training, the 5

easy steps for getting on the program, as well as detailed information on VBP+ modules for animal care, biosecurity and en-

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vironmental stewardship are all easily accessed through simplified navigation on the website. The 'Producer Resourc-

es' section houses a gold mine of downloads, articles, links, and videos for those wanting to get onto VBP+ or those beef Continued to Page 2

Reminder to Producers March 31, 2017 is the deadline to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate for the 2016 tax year. Your application must be received by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation and the taxes must be paid in full by that date. For more information, visit masc.mb.ca/fstr.


Manitoba Beef Producers E-Newsletter

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • For the latest on the flood situation in Manitoba click here • Manitoba producers seeing more wolf kills • Manitoba Beef Producers releases carbon pricing policy • Manitoba aims to increase its beef herd • Increasing number of wolf kills sparks concern among beef producers

New VBP+ site ...

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operations already on the program wanting more information. Enriched features of the website include tools to help VBP+ Registered operations enhance their marketing programs. Under the 'Registered Producers' section is the VBP+ Auction Market Cattle Sales Listing. The auction listing is a service for VBP+ Registered operations to list, 3-months in advance, their cattle auction sale date(s), auction market site of sale, the number of head on offer on sale day and cattle descriptions. The listing enables VBP+ Registered operations to showcase the VBP+ attributes of their sale animals as well as promote the selected auction market where sales take place. In addition, AgriClear, in an agreement with VBP+, has created a Feeder Cattle Listing for those VBP+ Registered operations signed onto the AgriClear platform. The listing includes images and detailed information on VBP+ cattle offered for sale through AgriClear. Along with pertinent national information for beef cattle producers, consumers and retailers, the website includes specific pages for each region of Canada. These regional pages carry important local information about VBP+ including regional workshops, regional-specific articles and information as well as upcoming events related to VBP+ for the specific province or region. The website also includes a photo gallery where site visitors can view striking images submitted by VBP+ Registered operations for the purposes of showcasing their farm, ranch, feedlot, cattle, family and more. Credit is provided for submitted imagery. verifiedbeefproductionplus.ca is the on-line resource for anyone seeking information about VBP+ or aiming to get onto the program. Built with a responsive design feature, the website is easily viewed on various screen sizes. Check it out for yourself on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. We're eager to hear what you think, just click on the 'Contact' button and let us know. The Beef Cattle Research Council operates VBP+. Funds to develop and deliver VBP+ are provided through the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-off and the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative.

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Calving Season just got a whole lot easier. All it takes is a 3-5 ml, oral dose • Stimulates calves to get up and suck • Builds gut health & immunity • Prevents dehydration • Fights organisms that cause scours

The all-natural solution that actually works! Available at: Horizon, Gladstone Vet Clinic, Fehrway Feeds, Genex, Roblin Vet Services

For more info or to find a retailer near you:

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(204) 871-0250

www.hulivestock.com


MBP at the Winter Fair

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is taking centre stage in Brandon this week. Manitoba Beef Producers is among the exhibitors in the Thru the Farm Gate area as we work to increase awareness of the provincial beef industry and the great product produced by our members. Thanks to Up the Creek Cattle Co. for again supplying a cow-calf pair for our exhibit.

Help shape the Next Policy Framework Growing Forward 2 expires on March 31, 2018 and it will be succeeded by the Next Policy Framework (NPF). Manitoba Agriculture is in the process of developing programs, activities and services that support sustainable growth, resiliency and competitiveness of Manitoba’s agricultural sector. Public input and suggestions into programs and services are key components in the development process. Manitoba Agriculture wants to ensure the NPF is developed through engagement with all industry stakeholders including farmers, processors and agribusiness to support sector growth. This online survey will provide an opportunity to voice your thoughts on program priorities. The survey is open until May 15, 2017.


AgriStability and AgriInvest Industry Advisory The following information applies to individual producers in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Yukon

New for 2016 AgriStability and AgriInvest PIN Required to File Forms Electronically to CRA Starting with the 2016 program year, producers must provide their Participant Identification Number (PIN) to electronically file their AgriStability and AgriInvest forms to the Canadian Revenue Agency. The PIN is a participant's unique identifier for the programs. It allows to automatically match a participant's 2016 information to their prior year records and prevents processing delays. Existing participants can find the PIN on the following statements: • AgriStability Enrolment Notice • AgriStability Calculation of Program Benefits Notice • AgriInvest Annual Statement of Account • AgriInvest Deposit Notice AgriStability participants whose first year of participation is 2016 will have already received a PIN when they enrolled in the program. Their PIN is shown on their Enrolment Notice. Only producers who are participating in AgriInvest for the first time in 2016 will have to request a PIN before they can electronically file a form. To request a PIN, new AgriInvest participants must complete a PIN Request Form which is available by: • downloading one from the AgriInvest website here, or • calling us toll-free at 1-866-367-8506 to request one. Once we receive a completed and signed form from a new AgriInvest participant, a PIN will be sent directly to the participant by mail. For privacy reasons, we will not send the PIN to the participants contact person, including form preparers.


Contract opportunity with Manitoba Beef Producers On-Farm Assessor for the project “Innovation in disease management, disease control and wildlife/livestock interaction in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area for Manitoba.” Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on a contract basis to conduct voluntary On-Farm Risk Assessments (OFRAs) with livestock producers in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). These assessments support ongoing collaborative efforts towards the eradication of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Manitoba. Responsibilities include: a) Contacting producers within the RMEA and conducting individual On-Farm Risk Assessments using an evaluation form; b) Distributing information materials such as brochures and reports; and c) Supporting bTB eradication activities by attending forums such as producer meetings or bTB Task Force meetings, if requested by the MBP General Manager. Qualifications: • A good understanding of livestock production. • Strong communications and data management skills. • Highly-motivated self-starter who is able to work independently. • Access to a personal vehicle for travel to on-site farm assessments. • Experience in conducting assessments or surveys an asset. Please send a cover letter and resumé to the attention of MBP General Manager Brian Lemon via info@mbbeef.ca by April 14th 2017. MBP recognizes the ongoing efforts by Manitoba’s livestock producers toward achieving the goal of eradicating bovine tuberculosis.


Managing native forages: Webinar April 6 By the Beef Cattle Research Council Join this webinar to learn about strategies to help establish and maintain native forages for high yields and animal performance. When: 8 p.m. in Manitoba Interested but aren’t available that evening? Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too. Watching on a tablet or mobile device? If you plan to join the webinar using your tablet or mobile device, you will need to download the appropriate receiver. We recommend that you join the webinar 15 minutes early as you will be prompted to download the receiver once you log in, which may take several minutes to complete. To download the receiver ahead of time, visit: http://www.citrix.com/go/receiver.html Duration Approximately 1 hour. Cost BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support

try Science at the University of Saskatchewan. What is a webinar? Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required. All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 Alan Iwaasa minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link advancements in the Canadian you were provided when you beef industry, and through the registered. Then turn up your Knowledge Dissemination and computer speakers or call the Technology Transfer project phone number provided. That’s funded by the Canadian Beef it! Sit back and enjoy. As a parCattle Check-off and Canada’s ticipant, you can anonymously Beef Science Cluster. answer polls and surveys, and Speaker will have the opportunity to ask Alan Iwaasa PhD, questions near the end of the Dr. Iwaasa is a Grazing Manwebinar. agement/Ruminant Nutrition Research Scientist at Agricultlure You can find more beef research-related webinars hosted & Agri-Food Canada in Swift by other organizations on our Current, SK (SPARC). Dr. Iwaasa events calendar. obtained his Ph.D. in Ruminant Don’t have high-speed internet?
 Nutrition from the University Consider calling a neighbor that of Guelph, with Undergraduate does and watch the webinar and Masters degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. together, or call your regional ag Iwaasa started his career in 2000 office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible. at Agriculture and Agri-Food Visit our Webinars page to find Canada – SPARC (Swift Current) – and has been there ever since. other upcoming BCRC webinars and the recordings of our past He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Dept. of Animal & Poul- sessions.


VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


mbbeef.ca

March 20, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP releases carbon pricing policy Ensuring that the province’s beef producers are recognized for their work in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the key recommendations in Manitoba Beef Producers’ (MBP) new carbon pricing policy. Released March 16, the policy includes six recommendations as MBP works to see that beef production remains profitable and sustainable as the provincial government continues to develop its Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.

MBP General Manager Brian Lemon speaks with Josh Crabb of CTV Manitoba about the release of MBP's Carbon Pricing Policy.

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“Manitoba’s beef producers are key stewards the province’s natural capital, long seen as protectors of the environment, including grasslands, wetlands, and species at risk and their habitats,” said MBP President Ben E. Fox. “Every effort needs to be made to protect the sustainability of Manitoba’s beef production, both economically and environmentally if the province is to realize the objectives of reducing our carbon Continued to Page 2

Reminder to Producers March 31, 2017 is the deadline to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate for the 2016 tax year. Your application must be received by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation and the taxes must be paid in full by that date. For more information, visit masc.mb.ca/fstr.


Manitoba Beef Producers E-Newsletter

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • Provide your comments on the government of Manitoba's Climate and Green Plan • Lots of great information in the latest issue of the CCA Action News • Have a plan before sending your cattle out this spring • Manitoba Beef Producers working to protect species at risk

MBP releases carbon pricing policy output.” “In Manitoba cattle are raised largely on forages, pastures and grasslands. It is these pastures and grasslands that hold the key to the carbon sequestration needed as part of the solution, as well as helping to preserve valuable ecosystems and manage our water resources. A profitable beef industry in Manitoba is essential to protecting grasslands and pastures from encroachment as well as to achieving other environmental and conservation objectives.” MBP’s 6-point policy on the implementation of any carbon pricing regime is as follows: 1. Exempt on-farm agricultural emissions; 2. Recognize agriculture for the GHG reduction benefits it provides; 3. Investments in research to further reduce GHG emissions through improved forage varieties and grazing strategies; 4. Invest in initiatives and tools to enhance producer resilience related to climate change and severe weather events; 5. Ensure trade competitiveness is maintained by aligning implementation of any additional costs and credits with those of our major trading partners; and 6. Enact policies to encourage that agricultural lands remain in (or are returned to) pasture and forage production and grasslands, thereby supporting Manitoba’s cattle industry. “A profitable beef industry in Manitoba is essential to protecting grasslands and pastures from encroaching pressures as well as to achieving other environmental and conservation objectives,” Fox said. To see the complete Manitoba Beef Producers carbon pricing policy please click here.

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Celebrating agriculture at Discover Agriculture in the City

Discover Agriculture in the City 2017 was held Friday and Saturday at The Forks Market in Winnipeg. Manitoba Beef Producers was one of 15 exhibitors at the event which proved to be an excellent opportunity to promote agriculture to a largely urban audience. Clockwise from above photo: MBP tradeshow spokesperson Terra Bergen speaks with an event attendee about the provincial beef industry; Lloyd the Intern of Virgin Radio Winnipeg tries out MBP's virtual cattle ranch, which was a huge hit at the event; the Made in Manitoba Breakfast was held for the students who attended Ag in the City. The breakfast is organized by Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba; Another highlight of the two days was the University of Manitoba Food Fight where students pitch their products to a panel of judges.


Calving Season just got a whole lot easier. All it takes is a 3-5 ml, oral dose • Stimulates calves to get up and suck • Builds gut health & immunity • Prevents dehydration • Fights organisms that cause scours

The all-natural solution that actually works! Available at: Horizon, Gladstone Vet Clinic, Fehrway Feeds, Genex, Roblin Vet Services

For more info or to find a retailer near you:

HAROLD UNRAU

(204) 871-0250

www.hulivestock.com


Contract opportunity with Manitoba Beef Producers On-Farm Assessor for the project “Innovation in disease management, disease control and wildlife/livestock interaction in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area for Manitoba.” Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on a contract basis to conduct voluntary On-Farm Risk Assessments (OFRAs) with livestock producers in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). These assessments support ongoing collaborative efforts towards the eradication of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Manitoba. Responsibilities include: a) Contacting producers within the RMEA and conducting individual On-Farm Risk Assessments using an evaluation form; b) Distributing information materials such as brochures and reports; and c) Supporting bTB eradication activities by attending forums such as producer meetings or bTB Task Force meetings, if requested by the MBP General Manager. Qualifications: • A good understanding of livestock production. • Strong communications and data management skills. • Highly-motivated self-starter who is able to work independently. • Access to a personal vehicle for travel to on-site farm assessments. • Experience in conducting assessments or surveys an asset. Please send a cover letter and resumé to the attention of MBP General Manager Brian Lemon via info@mbbeef.ca by April 14th 2017. MBP recognizes the ongoing efforts by Manitoba’s livestock producers toward achieving the goal of eradicating bovine tuberculosis.


Managing native forages: Webinar April 6 By the Beef Cattle Research Council Join this webinar to learn about strategies to help establish and maintain native forages for high yields and animal performance. When: 8 p.m. in Manitoba Interested but aren’t available that evening? Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too. Watching on a tablet or mobile device? If you plan to join the webinar using your tablet or mobile device, you will need to download the appropriate receiver. We recommend that you join the webinar 15 minutes early as you will be prompted to download the receiver once you log in, which may take several minutes to complete. To download the receiver ahead of time, visit: http://www.citrix.com/go/receiver.html Duration Approximately 1 hour. Cost BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support

try Science at the University of Saskatchewan. What is a webinar? Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required. All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 Alan Iwaasa minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link advancements in the Canadian you were provided when you beef industry, and through the registered. Then turn up your Knowledge Dissemination and computer speakers or call the Technology Transfer project phone number provided. That’s funded by the Canadian Beef it! Sit back and enjoy. As a parCattle Check-off and Canada’s ticipant, you can anonymously Beef Science Cluster. answer polls and surveys, and Speaker will have the opportunity to ask Alan Iwaasa PhD, questions near the end of the Dr. Iwaasa is a Grazing Manwebinar. agement/Ruminant Nutrition Research Scientist at Agricultlure You can find more beef research-related webinars hosted & Agri-Food Canada in Swift by other organizations on our Current, SK (SPARC). Dr. Iwaasa events calendar. obtained his Ph.D. in Ruminant Don’t have high-speed internet?
 Nutrition from the University Consider calling a neighbor that of Guelph, with Undergraduate does and watch the webinar and Masters degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. together, or call your regional ag Iwaasa started his career in 2000 office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible. at Agriculture and Agri-Food Visit our Webinars page to find Canada – SPARC (Swift Current) – and has been there ever since. other upcoming BCRC webinars and the recordings of our past He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Dept. of Animal & Poul- sessions.


VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


Verified Beef Production Plus Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats • One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before. • One for producers completely new to the program. • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers aren’t taken away from their daily chores. • The interactive webinars are delivered using web based video conferencing software. Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time. • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – Monday, March 13 & 27 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. • VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar. • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – Tuesday, March 21 & 28 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. • Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshop • To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand • Producers with poor internet service can participate on March 8 & 15 from a Manitoba Agriculture Office. Funded by the Canada & Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


mbbeef.ca

March 3, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP working to protect species at risk As another example of the Manitoba’s beef industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is pleased to announce a project to promote habitat enhancement for species at risk in southwestern Manitoba. With $750,000 in funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) initiative, MBP is delivering voluntary, incentive-based habitat enhancement actions with beef producers in areas of southwestern Manitoba to protect important habitats. Work-

The announcement of $1.2 million in funding under the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Land initiative was held Thursday. From left to right: Tim Sopuck, CEO of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation; Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid; Christian Artuso of Bird Studies Canada; Shane Robins, Executive Director, Manitoba Conservation Districts Association and Brian Lemon, General Manager, Manitoba Beef Producers.

ing with beef producers in the area, MBP, while contracting experts at Manitoba Heritage Habitat Corporation (MHHC)

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will encourage producers to undertake practices that both enhance cattle production as well as habitats for specific spe-

cies at risk. Sound grazing and feeding strategies are proving to be the best way to keep the land proContinued to Page 2

Reminder to Producers March 31, 2017 is the deadline to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate for the 2016 tax year. Your application must be received by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation and the taxes must be paid in full by that date. For more information, visit masc.mb.ca/fstr.


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pipit and Baird Sparrow. • Manitoba Agriculture is working ductive as well as maintain import- to add a species at risk component ant grasslands for many species of to its existing Environmental Farm prairie birds. Plan Program process/booklet. “SARPAL projects help Manitoba “The Government of Canada reclivestock producers and farmers ognizes the importance of agriculconserve and enhance grasslands tural land and agricultural producthat are home to many species ers to the conservation of species at risk,” said The Honourable at risk. Many Canadian producers Catherine McKenna, Minister of steward their land in ways that Environment and Climate Change. benefit wildlife and we support “Through such collaborative efforts their efforts that will directly help we are able to support sustainable species at risk to survive and reranching and farming practices that cover,” said Terry Duguid, Member help protect wildlife and their habi- of Parliament for Winnipeg South, tats. I look forward to continuing Parliamentary Secretary to the our work with the Manitoba Beef Minister of Status of Women. Producers, Manitoba Agriculture SARPAL funding supports projects and local Conservation Districts on that engage the agriculture sector innovative solutions to conserve in preserving key wildlife habitat. species at risk across Canada.” Working closely with stakeholders, The MBP project is one of four Environment and Climate Change taking place in Manitoba under Canada is exploring a variety of SARPAL and will be delivered with approaches to working with Manthe expertise of MHHC staff. The itoba’s producers on voluntary three SARPAL projects also underagreements that result in effective way are: protection of identified critical • The Turtle Mountain Conservahabitat for Species at Risk Act-listtion District and Manitoba Sustain- ed species located on agricultural able Development are partnering lands, while maintaining the land’s on a burrowing owl project that productive value. focuses on the installation of ar“The commitment of Manitoba’s tificial nests to research and raise beef producers to being sound awareness of burrowing owls. stewards of the land is well-docu• The West Souris River Conservamented,” said MBP President Ben tion District’s grassland birds projE. Fox. “Properly managed pasture ect will center on mapping, survey- land is integral to our business as ing and implementing bird-specific well as in supporting biodiversity Beneficial Management Practices and providing habitat for a range (BMPs) for targeted species in of wildlife, including species at risk. southwestern Manitoba, includThe funds provided by this program ing the Ferruginous hawk, Chestwill allow producers in the southnut-collared longspur, Sprague’s west to take their stewardship ef-

forts a step further and implement measures that show how cattle production is part of the solution as we work to support and protect species at risk in that region.” "The Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program is a non-profit organization that works directly with program partners, Turtle Mountain and West Souris River Conservation District, in southwestern Manitoba,” said Alexandra Froese, Turtle Mountain Conservation District Project Coordinator. “One of the program's main focuses is to connect with landowners who have habitat suitable for burrowing owls. We work with select landowners to both maintain and improve habitat for returning Burrowing Owls which includes the installation of artificial nest burrows that protect nests from digging animals (predators). Our program runs solely on private and public funding and we are so thrilled to receive this tremendous support from SARPAL for three seasons." “The board and staff of the West Souris River Conservation District are looking forward to hitting the ground running with this project,” said WRSCD Manager Dean Booker. “There has already been a lot of interest from landowners in the area.” SARPAL is focused entirely on commercially-farmed lands containing individuals, residences, or critical habitat of Species at Risk Act-listed species, and has three main elements: agreements/contracts, BMPs, and funding for producers.


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Contract opportunity with Manitoba Beef Producers On-Farm Assessor for the project “Innovation in disease management, disease control and wildlife/livestock interaction in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area for Manitoba.” Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on a contract basis to conduct voluntary On-Farm Risk Assessments (OFRAs) with livestock producers in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). These assessments support ongoing collaborative efforts towards the eradication of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Manitoba. Responsibilities include: a) Contacting producers within the RMEA and conducting individual On-Farm Risk Assessments using an evaluation form; b) Distributing information materials such as brochures and reports; and c) Supporting bTB eradication activities by attending forums such as producer meetings or bTB Task Force meetings, if requested by the MBP General Manager. Qualifications: • A good understanding of livestock production. • Strong communications and data management skills. • Highly-motivated self-starter who is able to work independently. • Access to a personal vehicle for travel to on-site farm assessments. • Experience in conducting assessments or surveys an asset. Please send a cover letter and resumé to the attention of MBP General Manager Brian Lemon via info@mbbeef.ca by April 14th 2017. MBP recognizes the ongoing efforts by Manitoba’s livestock producers toward achieving the goal of eradicating bovine tuberculosis.


NEWS RELEASE

Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef seeks final public input on sustainability indicators for beef production For Immediate Release February 28, 2017 Since 2015, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has worked collaboratively with its multistakeholder membership to develop sustainability indicators for beef production in Canada. These indicators are part of a verified sustainable beef framework the organization is developing, and reflect what will be measured to verify sustainable practices on individual beef operations. The CRSB would like to thank all those who participated in the first public consultation on these sustainability indicators. The CRSB is seeking the public’s final comments on an updated draft of the indicators for beef operations, which have been updated based on feedback from the first draft in 2016. This 30-day public consultation will take place from February 28 to April 1, 2017, and will be the final opportunity for public comment. All relevant materials and instructions can be found at http://crsb.ca/public-consultation-english/. All comments will be reviewed, and a written response to each comment will be posted on the CRSB website following the consultation. Additional public consultations will be carried out later this spring on a similar series of indicators for processors, and the CRSB looks forward to your feedback. “We received feedback from a wide range of stakeholders on the first draft of the indicators – we very much appreciated the constructive comments and suggestions. In the second draft, we have added more detail on indicator objectives, measures and interpretation for a robust set of sustainability measures,” said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Chair of the CRSB and a producer west of Calgary, Alberta. “We believe that these enhancements provide a well-rounded system that will support continuous improvement and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry.” Page Stuart, cattle feeder and Past Chair of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and Tim Hardman, Beef Director with the World Wildlife Fund, co-chaired the committee that developed the indicators. “The feedback we received from the first consultation was thoughtful, constructive and valuable. Throughout the revision process, the committee members brought a diverse range of perspectives to the table, and worked diligently to provide more direction and clarity on the measures and interpretation of the indicators. Our goal was to develop a diverse series of indicators that are outcome-based and achievable by producers, which I believe we have done,” explained Hardman. “We believe we have reached the desired balance for the whole value chain. I look forward to any additional advice we receive over the next 30 days,” added Stuart. - 30 - The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance sustainability efforts within the industry. The CRSB is the go-to forum on sustainable beef in Canada. It has defined “sustainable beef” and is rapidly setting the framework for stakeholders to be able to produce and source verified sustainable beef. For further information, contact: Andrea White, M.Sc., P.Ag. Community Engagement Manager, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef 250.682.5698| whitea@cattle.ca http://www.crsb.ca

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TILE DRAINAGE WEBINAR SERIES What is Tile Drainage? Will it work for me? What about the Watershed? Do we need a Policy? Get answers to these questions and more from our upcoming Webinar series sponsored by the

Red River Basin Commission North and South Chapters Held in partnership with: Manitoba Agriculture, the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, and the Cooks Creek, East Interlake, La Salle Redboine, Pembina Valley, and Seine-Rat River Conservation Districts. What it is… Four webinar series presented by industry specialists, developed for farmers, elected officials, provincial/state officials, administrative staff, and interested citizens. Each webinar will address a different subject on Tile Drainage in Manitoba. Simply register for the webinar and tune in! Live webinars are interactive, so you can ask questions during the session. Webinars will also be recorded and will be available online following the live airing so you can watch them again and again! All webinars are FREE!

Webinar 1: “What Does Tile Do for Land and Crops?” The Water Balance and Tile Drainage Agronomic and Soil Benefits Yield Benefits Date: Tuesday, February 21 at 10:30 am

Webinar 2: “How Does Tile Impact Downstream Environments?” Impact of Change of Hydrology on Flow Impact of Change on Water Quality Impact of Change on Soil Quality Mitigation Strategies – Best Management Practices Date: Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 am

Webinar 3: “Tile Drainage, the Watershed, and the Environment” Best Management Practices Impacts on Watershed level Water Licensing Considerations Date: Wednesday, March 8 at 2:30 pm

Webinar 4: “Policy and Local Government Considerations” What does tile drainage mean for the municipality? Where do we start when it comes to policy? What has been done in other municipalities? Date: Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pm

To Register: Click here to register for Webinar 1: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4399879777355234818 Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to the webinar.


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NERAL MEE TING Thank You to the Sponsors of Our 38th Annual General Meeting GOLD SPONSORS 730 CKDM 880 CKLQ 7L Cattle Equipment / Arrowquip Alert Agri Distributors Inc. / P. Quintaine & Sons Ltd. BMO – Bank of Montreal Elanco Farm Business Consultants Fortified Nutrition Ltd. Golden West Radio Hibrix Liquid Soil Supplement

Hi Pro Feeds Kane Veterinary Supplies Landmark Feeds M & J Farms Simmentals & Angus MacDon Industries Ltd. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Manitoba Agriculture Manitoba Angus Association

Manitoba Simmental Association Merck Animal Health NetSet Communications New Direction Equipment (NDE) Steinbach Credit Union Sterling Truck & Trailer Sales Ltd. TD Ag Services Westoba Credit Union Zoetis

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Aquanty Project

S I LV E R S P O N S O R S Cattlex Livestock Order Buyers Ducks Unlimited Canada Enns Brothers Manitoba Charolais Association

Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association Prairie Livestock The Hartford

BRONZE SPONSORS CIBC Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Gem Silage Products

Mazergroup Paddock Drilling Redfern Farm Services Ltd.

Stride Credit Union Limited Sunrise Credit Union Total Farm Supply Ltd.

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VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

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a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

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a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


Verified Beef Production Plus Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats • One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before. • One for producers completely new to the program. • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers aren’t taken away from their daily chores. • The interactive webinars are delivered using web based video conferencing software. Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time. • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – Monday, March 13 & 27 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. • VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar. • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – Tuesday, March 21 & 28 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. • Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshop • To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand • Producers with poor internet service can participate on March 8 & 15 from a Manitoba Agriculture Office. Funded by the Canada & Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


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February 17, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

CCA welcomes EU ratification of CETA, remains committed to resolving longstanding technical barriers

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes news that the European Union has ratified the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), one day after the House of Commons passed the CETA legislation. With potential for CETA to now come into effect by summer, the CCA is committed to continue working with the Government of Canada to enable meaningful

Canadian beef access to the EU. A long-time champion of the CETA, the Canadian beef cattle sector is pleased with the prospective elimination of EU import tariffs on nearly 65,000 tonnes of Canadian beef. With this new access, the EU has the potential to become a $600 million annual market for Canadian beef, up from current levels of approximately $6 to $10

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million per year. The CCA has been clear that although the potential of CETA for Canadian beef producers is immense, for that potential to be realized, longstanding technical barriers must be resolved. Progress is dependent upon the EU recognizing the effectiveness of citric acid and peroxyacetic acid in beef processing. The CCA is working with the Canadian

Meat Council and Government of Canada officials to prepare the submissions that we are confident will enable the European Food Safety Authority to recommend approval of the use of these interventions in beef production. In addition to the Government of Canada working with us to execute a strategy to achieve the approval of these products by the Continued to Page 2

Upcoming Events The West Souris River Conservation District is hosting seminars featuring Dr. Allen Williams Feb. 21 in Pipestone, Feb. 22 in Minnedosa Feb. 23 in Mather. Topics covered include: Cows, Cover Crops, High Stock Density Grazing and Soil Health. Call Michael Thiele to RSVP at 204-365-6334. The seminars are sponsored by West Souris River Conservation District, Lower Souris Watershed Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association.


Manitoba Beef Producers E-Newsletter

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • Beef producers moving cautiously on expansion talk • Pre-breeding vaccinations for cows and bulls • Beef market update: China, the holy grail • Calf hutches, creep areas help prevent disease • Electronic body condition scoring more economical

CCA welcomes EU ratification ... Continued from Page 2

European Commission, the CCA expects that any EU beef or veal imported into Canada will be verified to be in full compliance with Canadian food safety requirements. Finally, the CCA will be working with the Government of Canada to identify investments into both beef processing and beef producer operations to help them comply with the complexities of the EU market. The CCA anticipates it will likely take a few years to achieve the resolution of the technical issues, but by working together and with the commitment of resources and transitional assistance from government, we are confident that we can get the job done. - CCA Media Release

Upcoming Workshop March 1

Clayton Robins, beef producer from Rivers and former AAFC beef & forage researcher, will deliver a workshop on incorporating cover crops into cash cropping and/or grazing rotations. The workshop will address considerations for timing of seeding, use and termination as well as selection of appropriate cover crop species. The workshop will also address the opportunities and potential impacts for use of energy-dense forage species when provided to beef cattle at key production stages, based on findings from Clayton’s Nuffield Scholarship study. The session will provide the opportunity for producers to work through a cover crop selection process and management scenario on fields of their choosing from their own operation. 9:30am to 3pm Where - Main Conference Room Brandon Research Station Registration - $30 (please RSVP to Michael Thiele mthiele@ mymts.net 204 365 6334 cell) Lunch included

Reminder to Producers

March 31, 2017 is the deadline to apply for the Farmland School Tax Rebate for the 2016 tax year. Your application must be received by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation and the taxes must be paid in full by that date. For more information, visit masc. mb.ca/fstr.


Calving Season just got a whole lot easier. All it takes is a 3-5 ml, oral dose • Stimulates calves to get up and suck • Builds gut health & immunity • Prevents dehydration • Fights organisms that cause scours

The all-natural solution that actually works! Available at: Horizon, Gladstone Vet Clinic, Fehrway Feeds, Genex, Roblin Vet Services

For more info or to find a retailer near you:

HAROLD UNRAU

(204) 871-0250

www.hulivestock.com


Contract opportunity with Manitoba Beef Producers On-Farm Assessor for the project “Innovation in disease management, disease control and wildlife/livestock interaction in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area for Manitoba.” Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on a contract basis to conduct voluntary On-Farm Risk Assessments (OFRAs) with livestock producers in the Riding Mountain Eradication Area (RMEA). These assessments support ongoing collaborative efforts towards the eradication of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Manitoba. Responsibilities include: a) Contacting producers within the RMEA and conducting individual On-Farm Risk Assessments using an evaluation form; b) Distributing information materials such as brochures and reports; and c) Supporting bTB eradication activities by attending forums such as producer meetings or bTB Task Force meetings, if requested by the MBP General Manager. Qualifications: • A good understanding of livestock production. • Strong communications and data management skills. • Highly-motivated self-starter who is able to work independently. • Access to a personal vehicle for travel to on-site farm assessments. • Experience in conducting assessments or surveys an asset. Please send a cover letter and resumé to the attention of MBP General Manager Brian Lemon via info@mbbeef.ca by April 14th 2017. MBP recognizes the ongoing efforts by Manitoba’s livestock producers toward achieving the goal of eradicating bovine tuberculosis.


Young researchers encouraged to apply for CYL mentorship By the Beef Cattle Research Council

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) development program, a national youth initiative by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), provides outstanding mentorship opportunities to young beef cattle enthusiasts. The program is geared toward those aged 18-35 interested in developing their industry leadership skills or career potential within the Canadian beef cattle industry. Included in the 16 participants selected for the 2016/17 year was veterinarian student The BCRC has been a proud supporter of the CYL program and its engagement of young researchers with industry. Engaging researchers who study cattle, beef, genetics, feed or forage production with the Canadian beef cattle industry is mutually beneficial; it allows researchers to be better informed of industry needs and more likely to share their findings with a practical, solution-based focus. Facilitating and encouraging their attendance to industry events and networking with industry professionals is extremely valuable. Becky is currently in her third year at the University of Calgary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. Additional-

ly, she is the president of her school’s Production Animal Health Club and is active in several bovine veterinary medicine associations. The CYL program paired Becky with Dr. Tom Smylie, senior staff veterinarian for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “I have been so grateful to be selected as one of this year’s CYL mentees. The interview process alone put forth so many amazing networking opportunities and really opened my eyes to the extent of all the young, ambitious producers right here in Canada. It was a very humbling experience to be in the room with so many forward-thinking young adults that are truly the future of the Canadian Beef Industry," Tees said. "I am so fortunate to have been paired with Dr. Tom Smylie. Through Dr. Smylie, I have gained a lot of insight into ways that a beef-oriented veterinarian can best serve the industry and its producers. I’ve learned a lot about animal health legislation and policy development and have been lucky enough to be involved in round table discussions with industry leaders and cattle feeder groups from across Canada. "I would strongly encourage any young beef industry enthusiast to consider applying to

the CYL program. You have a lot of freedom to cater it to your interests, and the sky is truly the limit with this program. Not only will you be thoughtfully paired with an industry leader with similar interests to yours, you will also make endless networking opportunities and are guaranteed to establish long-term, meaningful industry connections.” In Summer 2017, a new group of mentees will be selected from across Canada at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Finalists will be paired with industry leaders to begin a 10-month mentorship. Each participant is given a $2000 budget to attend various industry events and meetings with their mentor. CYL also provides participants with opportunities to travel internationally to network with leaders and peers in other nations. Applications for the 2017/18 program are currently open. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. Visit www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com and follow CYL on Twitter and on Facebook for more information. The BCRC’s Beef Researcher Mentorship Program complements the CYL program by providing similar mentorship opportunities for applied researchers who may not be eligible for the CYL program.


TILE DRAINAGE WEBINAR SERIES What is Tile Drainage? Will it work for me? What about the Watershed? Do we need a Policy? Get answers to these questions and more from our upcoming Webinar series sponsored by the

Red River Basin Commission North and South Chapters Held in partnership with: Manitoba Agriculture, the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, and the Cooks Creek, East Interlake, La Salle Redboine, Pembina Valley, and Seine-Rat River Conservation Districts. What it is… Four webinar series presented by industry specialists, developed for farmers, elected officials, provincial/state officials, administrative staff, and interested citizens. Each webinar will address a different subject on Tile Drainage in Manitoba. Simply register for the webinar and tune in! Live webinars are interactive, so you can ask questions during the session. Webinars will also be recorded and will be available online following the live airing so you can watch them again and again! All webinars are FREE!

Webinar 1: “What Does Tile Do for Land and Crops?” The Water Balance and Tile Drainage Agronomic and Soil Benefits Yield Benefits Date: Tuesday, February 21 at 10:30 am

Webinar 2: “How Does Tile Impact Downstream Environments?” Impact of Change of Hydrology on Flow Impact of Change on Water Quality Impact of Change on Soil Quality Mitigation Strategies – Best Management Practices Date: Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 am

Webinar 3: “Tile Drainage, the Watershed, and the Environment” Best Management Practices Impacts on Watershed level Water Licensing Considerations Date: Wednesday, March 8 at 2:30 pm

Webinar 4: “Policy and Local Government Considerations” What does tile drainage mean for the municipality? Where do we start when it comes to policy? What has been done in other municipalities? Date: Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pm

To Register: Click here to register for Webinar 1: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4399879777355234818 Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to the webinar.


Thank You to the Sponsors of Our TH 38th Annual General Meeting 38 ANNUAL GENERAL

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NERAL MEE TING Thank You to the Sponsors of Our 38th Annual General Meeting P R E S I D E N T ’S B A N Q U E T SPONSORS

BANQUET BEEF SPONSOR

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Thank You to the Sponsors of Our TH 38Annual ANNUAL GENERAL 38th General Meeting INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE SESSION SPONSOR

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NERAL MEE TING Thank You to the Sponsors of Our 38th Annual General Meeting GOLD SPONSORS 730 CKDM 880 CKLQ 7L Cattle Equipment / Arrowquip Alert Agri Distributors Inc. / P. Quintaine & Sons Ltd. BMO – Bank of Montreal Elanco Farm Business Consultants Fortified Nutrition Ltd. Golden West Radio Hibrix Liquid Soil Supplement

Hi Pro Feeds Kane Veterinary Supplies Landmark Feeds M & J Farms Simmentals & Angus MacDon Industries Ltd. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation Manitoba Agriculture Manitoba Angus Association

Manitoba Simmental Association Merck Animal Health NetSet Communications New Direction Equipment (NDE) Steinbach Credit Union Sterling Truck & Trailer Sales Ltd. TD Ag Services Westoba Credit Union Zoetis

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Aquanty Project

S I LV E R S P O N S O R S Cattlex Livestock Order Buyers Ducks Unlimited Canada Enns Brothers Manitoba Charolais Association

Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association Prairie Livestock The Hartford

BRONZE SPONSORS CIBC Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Gem Silage Products

Mazergroup Paddock Drilling Redfern Farm Services Ltd.

Stride Credit Union Limited Sunrise Credit Union Total Farm Supply Ltd.

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VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


Verified Beef Production+ and VBP Workshops to continue in 2017 Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats

• One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before • One for producers completely new to the program • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers aren’t taken away from their daily chores • The interactive webinars are delivered using web-based video conferencing software • Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

• VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

• Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program • VBP+ training for new producers will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

How to register for webinars

• To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison or email at verifiedbeefmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand


February 6, 2017

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MBP's 38th AGM a success While recognizing the challenges on the horizon, there was optimism about the year ahead at the 38th Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) Annual General Meeting Feb. 2-3 in Brandon. The theme for the 38th AGM was Sharing Our Story as the industry continues to work on maintaining public trust by focusing on the great work being done by producers in areas such as the environment and animal Continued to Page 2

The Environmental Sustainability Award (TESA) for Manitoba was handed out Thursday at the 38th Annual MBP President's Banquet. Capturing the award was Nerbas Bros. Angus from the Shellmouth area. From left to right: Caron Clarke, former MBP director and former chair of the MBP environment committee; Sacha and Shane Nerbas and their children Cash and Kane; Arron and Amber Nerbas and their children Emerson and Hailey; and Tere Stykalo with award sponsor MNP. Missing: Gene and Cynthia Nerbas.

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Upcoming Events The West Souris River Conservation District is hosting seminars featuring Dr. Allen Williams Feb. 21 in Pipestone, Feb. 22 in Minnedosa Feb. 23 in Mather. Topics covered include: Cows, Cover Crops, High Stock Density Grazing and Soil Health. Call Michael Thiele to RSVP at 204-365-6334. The seminars are sponsored by West Souris River Conservation District, Lower Souris Watershed Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association.


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welfare. General Manager Brian Lemon said the association’s goal was to help producers understand the important role they play in that area and provide them with ideas and tools to help them share their story. “We were fortunate to have excellent speakers who talked about the important role that producers play in telling the industry’s story,” Lemon said. “The message throughout the two days was if we don’t tell our story, someone else will and we might not like what they are saying. I think that hit home with our members and, hopefully, has encouraged many of them to think about sharing their story.” Lemon noted attendance for the AGM was strong with more than 200 people attending the twoday event, which also included resolutions debate on topics ranging from carbon policies to beef grading, and a sold-out trade show. We were encouraged to see the level of interest and engagement from the industry. We are aware that prices are not where we would like to see them and there are challenges to the industry such as water management, predation and trade, but there was a sense of optimism at the meeting. I think that was reflected not only in the discussions we had

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with members but also in the attendance numbers.” A new executive was elected during a meeting of MBP’s 14 directors Feb. 2. District 13 Director Ben Fox was elected as president by his fellow directors. Three incumbent members maintained their positions as Ramona Blyth and Tom Teichroeb will continue as vice-president and second vice-president respectively, with Peter Penner as treasurer. Dianne Riding will replace Fox as secretary. Speaking at the conclusion of the AGM, Fox thanked his fellow board members for placing their trust and confidence in him and thanked his family for their support as he takes on this role. Fox also paid homage to the men and women who formed the association over

40 years ago and said MBP will continue to work towards those same ideals. “Their belief was to make the beef industry stronger in Manitoba by allowing producers to make their own choices; to raise and feed and market their cattle unencumbered by ordinance and legislation and regulation. This group had the vision, the fortitude and the dedication to see it through,” Fox said. “There were battles but they were victorious in delivering this organization we get to enjoy today. It’s this foresight and this dedication that I hope we can capture over the next few years and help deliver and direct a Manitoba beef industry that is the strongest in the country. “There will be struggles and trials in the coming months but I am excited about these challenges and willing to meet them head on.” Fox also recognized outgoing President Heinz Reimer, who served in that role for three years and will remain on the board for one year before retiring. “Heinz serves on numerous national boards for MBP and he has been a true workhorse for this organization. I’m glad that I am going to have you to rely on for the next year. I appreciate having the opportunity to work with you and look forward to carrying on that relationship.”


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Manitoba Young Farmers! Plan to attend‌ Bridging the Gap: Succession & Transition Planning Workshop for Farm Families! February 17 2017

8:00am-4:30pm Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba Is your family farm is a state of transition? Are you looking to start the succession conversation? Yes?! Then Farm Management Canada’s new Bridging the Gap Workshop is for you! The Bridging the Gap Workshop welcomes farm families to work with renowned farm family coach Elaine Froese and farm management consultant Cedric MacLeod to address some the elephants in the room that are preventing or hindering succession planning back on the farm.

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Cost: $150 plus tax (includes breaks and meals)

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry • CRSB moving sustainable beef forward • MBFI Announces new partnership with Real Industries • Building code changes make it easier to build new barns

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For Immediate Release ARBI watching Spring Flood Forecasts Closely MFGA Aquanty modelling project underway in Assiniboine River Basin on schedule for 2018 Winnipeg, MB, January 30, 2017--The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI) is watching all flood forecasts closely these days. “Our network crosses the entire Assiniboine River Basin (ARB) and we make it our business to keep informed with what’s going on in the basin by interacting with all interests ,”says Dr. Allan Preston, ARBI chair. “While it is much too early to accurately forecast what spring may herald in terms of flooding, this winter’s heavy snowfall across the Souris River sub-Basin in particular, coupled with saturated soil conditions over the entire Assiniboine Basin, certainly have begun to raise some potential concerns.” The latest flood forecasts for the ARB from the various agencies that monitor flood conditions are beginning to be released. Regardless of the details of the forecasts, the key message will no doubt confirm what all Prairie flood forecasters know – the severity of spring flooding is contingent much more on the speed of the snow melt, the thawing out of the ground, and the extent of early spring precipitation, than it is on the actual amount of snow currently on the basin landscape. Preston says ARBI is determined to better understand the water movement across the basin and to help identify best practices for adaptability and resilience of the ARB that crosses large areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota. One such model is the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA)’s Aquanty project, a HydroGeoSphere model on the ARB primarily funded by the Canada and Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The MFGA Aquanty model will model the effects of flood and drought on soils and topography as well as simulating various mitigation measures to lessen flood and drought event impacts on agricultural lands. Preston is co-chair on the MFGA Aquanty steering committee with Henry Nelson of MFGA. Nelson says the MFGA Aquanty project model is well underway and on schedule after 10 months of the 25 month project. “It would be premature at this point to make any statement that advocates the use of the model for predicting the behavior of the 2017 spring melt,” says Nelson. “That being said, when complete, there will be extensive winter hydrologic process functionality built into the model which could warrant some application towards spring flood analysis in the future. Nelson says once completed the MFGA Aquanty model will be a valuable tool for the ARB. “At the end of March 2018 we will have a working model that can be used to predict the impact on water movement within the Assiniboine River Basin of certain basic changes to infrastructure as well as the impact of changes in the area dedicated to perennial forages and/or grasslands,” says Nelson,


adding at some point in the future the MFGA Aquanty model could possibly be used similarly with cover crops. ARBI is also nearing completion of its “Framework for Water Stewardship” – a detailed document that identifies key issues of importance to basin-wide stakeholders. The Framework clearly defines ARBI’s goals, objectives, key strategies and expected outcomes that need to occur in the basin to reach the future that stakeholders envisage. Certainly, flood preparedness and flood mitigation are of significant importance within ARBI’s mandate. “Flood preparation and mitigation activities have been ongoing across the basin since the 2011 flood,” says Wanda McFadyen, ARBI executive director. “While never a completed task, there is no question that everyone in the basin can be more comfortable with the knowledge that many improvements in addressing flooding concerns leave us much better prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this spring and in the future.” In order to assist stakeholders across the basin, ARBI has developed a page on their website (http://assiniboinerbi.weebly.com/) with direct links to all government departments in the basin that provided flow and flood forecasting as a point of reference. -30For more information: Wanda McFadyen ARBI Executive Director C:204-795-6672 Duncan Morrison MFGA Aquanty Project Communications C: 204-770-3548

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Over 100 producers attended the Canadian Cattlemen's Association Town Hall Meeting Jan. 27 in Ashern.

MBP hosts CCA town hall From the CCA Action News The CCA town hall circuit made its most recent stop in Ashern, Manitoba on January 27, 2017. Hosted by Manitoba Beef Producers and CCA, the event brought in more than 100 local producers and marked the first town hall of 2017. Following a complimentary dinner sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, participants were given updates from across CCA including its operating divisions and partners. CCA President Dan Darling began the evening with an overview of the organization and updates on

recent trade missions and files. The reiteration of support for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan and enhanced lobbying efforts in the U.S. was particularly timely following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump and his announcement to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Executive Vice President Dennis Laycraft provided an update on CCA’s domestic efforts, addressing policy, labour shortages, traceability, and involvement with the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Other presenters

included Ron Glaser, Canada Beef Vice President, Andrea Brocklebank, Beef Cattle Research Council Executive Director, Brian Perillat, Canfax Manager and Senior Analyst, Emily Ritchie, Youth Leadership Coordinator, Brett McRae, Young Cattlemen’s Council President, and Stina Nagel, Advocacy Coordinator, with an update on Issues Management and the Beef Advocacy Canada program. Overall, the program was robust and the audience was in engaged in discussion and asking a variety of questions.


Manitoba 4-H students take honours in video contest Ottawa, ON – January 25, 2017 – 4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada are pleased to announce the national winners of the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er video contest. 4-H’ers from across Canada were asked to create a short video, either as a club or as individuals, demonstrating their pride in being a part of the 4-H program and reflecting the wide variety of Canadian 4-H clubs, projects, communities and age groups. The videos submitted during the contest entry period in November—coinciding with National 4-H Month— highlighted the common values and central experience of 4-H in building responsible, caring and contributing young leaders, and the sense of pride and accomplishment they all feel as 4-H’ers. “Congratulations to all of the winning 4-H clubs and 4-H members who did such a wonderful job of showing their enthusiasm and excitement for 4-H in their videos, making this contest a great success,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Thanks to Syngenta and the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er initiative, 4-H youth across Canada have had incredible opportunities to grow their knowledge of the important work of pollinators and show leadership in their communities by supporting the creation of pollinator-friendly habitats.” Approximately 3,800 votes were cast during the online public voting period. The winning entry received a GoPro HERO5 camera. The first and second runner-up entries each received an Apple iPad mini 2 and the remaining top ten entries received a selfie stick. Each of the top ten entries also received 4-H Canada branded items to continue displaying their 4-H pride in their communities. Proud to Bee a 4-H’er – Winning Video Entries 1st place - The Pas Helping Hands 2nd place - Aidan Tully 3rd place - Colton Skori 4th place - Comox Valley 4-H Calf Club 5th place - Boots N Bridles 4-H Club

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This fun and engaging video contest wrapped up the third year of Proud to Bee a 4-H’er, a national initiative encouraging 4-H club members to learn about the amazing world of bees and other pollinators, which includes planting and tending pollinator-friendly gardens in their communities. Since 2014, close to 100,000 seed packets have been distributed across Canada, through the generous support of Syngenta, giving 4-H’ers and others the opportunity to create pollinator-friendly habitats and to enjoy the outdoors. “The addition of the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er video contest in 2016 was a fun and fitting way to cap off a successful year of activities that saw more than 120 4-H Canada clubs from coast-to-coast-to-coast support the important work of pollinators. The enthusiasm that 4-H’ers brought to their Proud to Bee a 4-H’er activities was on full display in their video submissions,” says Dr. Paul Hoekstra, Stewardship and Policy Manager with Syngenta Canada. Syngenta support for Proud to Bee a 4-H’er is through its Operation Pollinator program, which is focused on research and other initiatives that contribute to enhanced biodiversity and habitat in support of healthy pollinator populations. To watch the winning videos, please visit www.youtube.com/4HCanada.


Thank You to the Sponsors of Our TH 38th Annual General Meeting 38 ANNUAL GENERAL

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NERAL MEE TING Thank You to the Sponsors of Our 38th Annual General Meeting GOLD SPONSORS 730 CKDM 880 CKLQ 7L Cattle Equipment / Arrowquip Alert Agri Distributors Inc. / P. Quintaine & Sons Ltd. BMO – Bank of Montreal Elanco Farm Business Consultants Fortified Nutrition Ltd. Golden West Radio Hibrix Liquid Soil Supplement

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VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


Verified Beef Production+ and VBP Workshops to continue in 2017 Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats

• One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before • One for producers completely new to the program • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers aren’t taken away from their daily chores • The interactive webinars are delivered using web-based video conferencing software • Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

• VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

• Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program • VBP+ training for new producers will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

How to register for webinars

• To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison or email at verifiedbeedmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand


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January 20, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Less than two weeks to 38th Annual General Meeting The countdown to the 38th Manitoba Beef Producers Annual General Meeting is officially into the home stretch. Scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2017 at Brandon’s Victoria Inn, the theme is Sharing our Story as the beef industry continues to focus on highlighting the great work being done in areas such environmental stewardship, sustainability and animal welfare. “Our industry has a great story to tell,” said MBP President Heinz Reimer. “There are so many

reasons for our producers and those working within the industry to be proud of the work they do. However, many of those same individuals are humble, hard-working people who don’t realize they have a major role to play in making sure our customers, and the public at large, understand we produce a safe and nutritious product and that our practices are among the best in the world. “Our goal at the AGM is to not only highlight these stories, but also to

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encourage our members and give them some tools to be part of the discussion on their industry.” The AGM officially kicks off at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2 with registration and the opening of the tradeshow. As in past years interest in the tradeshow is high and MBP expects a wide variety of businesses and organizations for the show. The first session on day one begins at 10 a.m. and in keeping with the theme is entitled Industry Answers Social License.

Tentatively scheduled to be part of the panel discussion are a representative from the Verified Beef Production Plus program, Brenda Bazylewski of Manitoba Egg Producers, and Russel Hurst from CropLife. Kelly Fitzpatrick of NutriScience Solutions will serve as the facilitator of the discussion. “Our goal with this discussion is to have a cross-section of individuals from other agriculture Continued to Page 6

Upcoming Events The West Souris River Conservation District is hosting seminars featuring Dr. Allen Williams Feb. 21 in Pipestone, Feb. 22 in Minnedosa Feb. 23 in Mather. Topics covered include: Cows, Cover Crops, High Stock Density Grazing and Soil Health. Call Michael Thiele to RSVP at 204-365-6334. The seminars are sponsored by West Souris River Conservation District, Lower Souris Watershed Association, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association.


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Update on Risk Management Programs for 2017 Manitoba farmers will continue to benefit from comprehensive coverage provided through AgriInsurance and the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program in the upcoming season, Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced at Ag Days here today. “Governments continue to work together to ensure producers have access to an effective suite of business risk management programs that offer protection against a broad range of farm business risks,” said MacAulay. “Taking proactive steps to protect the farm against the financial impact of extreme weather and price fluctuations is a key strategy for success.” The ministers noted total AgriInsurance coverage for 2017 is expected to exceed $2.6 billion on 9.6 million acres in Manitoba, the second-highest level of coverage on record. AgriInsurance coverage is increasing on average by seven per cent, while premium rates are down by an average of four per cent, as compared to

last year. “Through AgriInsurance, we continue to offer a comprehensive risk management program for Manitoba’s farmers, which is effective whether they are just starting out or have had years of experience,” said Eichler. “To ensure the long-term growth of our province’s agriculture sector, AgriInsurance is an essential tool, as it provides reliable protection against the unpredictable challenges of weather and other production-related risks.” More than 8,400 farms are enrolled in AgriInsurance. Manitoba has the highest level of AgriInsurance participation in Canada, covering over 90 per cent of annual crop acres. The total governments’ share of AgriInsurance premiums for 2017-2018 is expected to be $136.3 million. Under AgriInsurance, premiums for most programs are shared 40 per cent by participating producers, 36 per cent by the Government of Canada and 24 per cent by the Manitoba government. Administrative expenses are paid 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Manitoba.

The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), which was expanded to include Manitoba cattle and hog producers in 2014, provides protection against unexpected price declines. Due to lower cattle prices in 2016, WLPIP paid out $1.7 million to producers, with 73 per cent of insured calves qualifying for a payment. The average payment for each calf that qualified for an indemnity was $94. Under WLPIP, administrative expenses are paid 60 per cent by Canada and 40 per cent by Manitoba. Premiums are paid by participating producers. AgriInsurance and WLPIP are risk management programs supported through Growing Forward 2, the five-year federal-provincial-territorial policy framework, and are administered by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). For more information about AgriInsurance, WLPIP or other programs, visit a local MASC office or www. masc.mb.ca. - Media Release

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s Beef industry

• Dealing with broken bones in calves • Air quality expert refutes livestock industry's bad rap • Manitoba crops, livestock branches now under one umbrella • Options for keeping winter water flowing for your cattle. • Finding the corn grazing balance


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Sharing Our Story ... Continued from Page 1 industries that have dealt with social license questions of their own,” Reimer said. “We feel it will beneficial for our members to hear the beef sector isn’t the only industry facing growing interest in its production practices and also to hear how those industries responded.” In an effort to engage more young producers in the AGM, a Young Producers’ Forum will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Marty Seymour, the former CEO of the Canadian West Agribition and current Director, Industry and Stakeholder Relations at Farm Credit Canada will be the featured speaker for the forum. Producers 35 and under are invited to take part in the forum. The business portion of the AGM will be held on the afternoon of day one. Members will hear reports on MBP’s activities from the past year and review the association’s financial report. An update on Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives and a discussion about growing the herd will also take place. Rounding out the afternoon will be the resolutions session where members will have the opportunity to debate the 20 carried resolutions arising from the fall district meetings. Late resolutions will be accepted until noon on February 2. Please contact the MBP office if you wish to bring forward a late resolution. The evening will be highlighted by the annual President’s Banquet. Included on the banquet agenda is the awarding of The Environ-

Dr. Cody Creelman mental Sustainability Award for Manitoba and a presentation to retiring MBP District 11 director Caron Clarke. The keynote speaker for the banquet is Dr. Cody Creelman of Airdrie, Alberta. Creelman, who works as veterinarian with Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, has become well known in social media circles as an advocate for the agricultural industry and will speak about the importance of producers speaking out for their industry, as well as his experiences in this area. “We are excited to have Creelman speak at the banquet,” Reimer said. “He is a passionate advocate for agriculture and has become an important voice on social media and through his blog.” Day two kicks off bright and early at 8 o’ clock with the opening of the tradeshow. The panel discussion, Is the Customer Always Right begins at 8:30 a.m. Tentatively scheduled for the panel discussion are Phil Gallagher, Executive Chef for the Earls’ restaurant chain, John Graham of the Food Solutions

Group and Dr. Kelly Main of the University of Manitoba who will speak about consumer trends. Tom Lynch-Staunton, Issues Manager for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is scheduled to serve as facilitator for the discussion. “We are particularly excited about this panel discussion,” Reimer said. “Our consumers are inundated with all kinds of information about how their food is produced and much of that information shapes their buying decisions. It can be frustrating for producers and the industry as a whole to try and keep up with rapidly evolving public preferences about food. We believe this panel will provide a look into consumer demands and how responsive as an industry we need to be.” Closing out the AGM will be reports from some of the national beef industry organizations (National Check-off Agency, CCA and Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) and a market forecast for 2017. “We strongly encourage our members to attend the AGM,” Reimer said. “This is truly their opportunity to help inform the association’s future direction, to learn more about the external forces that are affecting our industry and to talk about the importance of sharing our story with the public.” To register for the AGM please see http://www.mbbeef.ca/annual-meeting/. If there are any questions regarding the event please call the MBP office at 1-800772-0458.


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E VGeneral E N T AGMeeting E N D A Agenda 38th Annual Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:00

Registration Begins and Trade Show Opens

10:00 – 12:00

Industry Knowledge Session: Industry Answers Social Licence ***Facilitated by Kelley Fitzpatrick, NutriScience Solutions i. VBP+ Program – Terry Grajczyk, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association VBP National Manager ii. Manitoba Egg Producers – Brenda Bazylewski, Director, Communications & Public Relations iii. CropLife Canada – Russel Hurst, VP, Sustainability and Stewardship

12:00 – 12:55

Lunch for registered AGM delegates

12:00 – 1:30

Young Producer luncheon and forum featuring Marty Seymour, Farm Credit Canada’s Director of Industry and Stakeholder Relations

Convention Convenes 1:00 – 1:05

MBP General Manager Brian Lemon calls meeting to order

1:05 – 1:30

Dr. Megan Bergman, Chief Veterinary Officer, Province of Manitoba

1:30 – 1:45

Greetings from Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler

1:45 – 2:30

Business Portion of the Annual General Meeting • Approval of Agenda – Heinz Reimer • Approval of Minutes from 2016 37th AGM – Heinz Reimer • Report from the President – Heinz Reimer • Report from the General Manager – Brian Lemon • Report from the Finance Chair – Peter Penner 

Review of MBP’s audited financial statement

Appointment of MBP auditor for the upcoming fiscal year

• Introduction and ratification of MBP Directors – Brian Lemon 4


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38th Annual General Meeting Agenda T H E M E : SHARING OUR STORY 2:30 – 2:45

Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives update – Ramona Blyth

2:45 – 3:05

Coffee Break

3:05 – 3:40

Growing the Herd Discussion

3:40 – 5:00

Resolutions Debate – Marlin Beever, Parliamentarian

5:30

Cocktail Hour

6:30

President’s Banquet A) Opening Remarks from the President B) Hon. Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture C) Manitoba Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) D) Dinner E) Dessert F) Retiring Director Recognition

8:00

Speaker – Dr. Cody Creelman, Cow Vet, video blogger

Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association Annual General Meeting The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Annual General Meeting will be held at 7 a.m., Feb. 3 in the main meeting room. Breakfast will be served with the meeting.

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EVE N T AGMeeting E N D A Agenda 38th Annual General Friday, February 3, 2017 8:00 – 8:30

Coffee service, trade show opens

8:30 – 10:15

Panel Discussion: Is The Customer Always Right? ***Facilitated by Tom Lynch-Staunton, CCA Issues Manager • Restaurant sector – Phil Gallagher, Executive Chef – Western Canada, Earls restaurant chain, • Retail sector – John Graham, Food Solutions Group • Consumer perceptions – Dr. Kelly Main, University of Manitoba Asper School of Business

10:15 – 10:35

Coffee Break

10:35 – 12:00

Reports from National Organizations • Market report – Canfax Research Services – Brenna Grant, Manager • Canadian Beef Check-off Agency – Melinda German, General Manager • Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef – Fawn Jackson, Executive Director • Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – Rob McNabb, General Manager

12:00

President’s Closing Remarks

12:10

Adjourn

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VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


Verified Beef Production+ and VBP Workshops to continue in 2017 Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats

• One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before • One for producers completely new to the program • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers aren’t taken away from their daily chores • The interactive webinars are delivered using web-based video conferencing software • Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

• VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

• Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program • VBP+ training for new producers will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

LIVE Workshop on February 3, 2017 in Brandon

• Live Workshop - February 3, 2017 Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, Brandon, Manitoba • Workshop will follow Manitoba Beef Producers 38th Annual General Meeting

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshop

• To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison or email at verifiedbeedmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand


mbbeef.ca

January 6, 2017

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Sharing Our Story theme of MBP’s 38th AGM The stage is set for Manitoba Beef Producers’ 38th Annual General Meeting. Scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2017 at Brandon’s Victoria Inn, the theme is Sharing our Story as the beef industry continues to focus on highlighting the great work being done in areas such environmental stewardship, sustainability and animal welfare. “Our industry has a great story to tell,” said MBP President Heinz Reimer. “There are so many rea-

sons for our understand producers we produce a and those safe and nutriworking tious product within the and that our industry to practices are be proud among the of the work best in the they do. world. However, “Our goal at many of the AGM is to those same not only highindividuals Dr. Cody Creelman light these stoare humble, hard-workries, but also to encouring people who don’t age our members and realize they have a major give them some tools to role to play in making be part of the discussion sure our customers, on their industry.” and the public at large, The AGM officially kicks

off at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2 with registration and the opening of the tradeshow. As in past years interest in the tradeshow is high and MBP expects a wide variety of businesses and organizations for the show. The first session on day one begins at 10 a.m. and in keeping with the theme is entitled Industry Answers Social License. Tentatively scheduled to be part of the panel discussion are Continued to Page 6

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VBP Transitions to VBP Plus

How do I become VBP+ registered? New producers to VBP+

What is VBP Plus (VBP+)?

For those not registered in the VBP program now it’s still an easy entry process:

Beef producers like yourself care greatly about your animals, the product you produce and the environment in which you farm. It’s just common sense.

1. Learn about the program – through various educational media (e.g. self-assessment tool, online materials, webinars, teleconferences or by attending a regional workshop where offered).

In today’s world the majority of people consuming your product are far removed from the farm, and often don’t understand what it is you do. Combine that with negative stories, misplaced myths and uncertainty about what to buy, only increases the need to trust. This is true of all commodities: from vegetables and fish production to raising beef. To bring transparency and reassurance back to their buying choices, the industry and marketplace has increasingly adopted verification programs to reassure all levels of buyers that what we say we do – we are doing! Buyers concerns cover a wide range of topics from food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and even your well-being and survivability. Being “sustainable” is a popular term in the marketplace to describe all this with consumers wanting to make sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services.

Why VBP Plus (VBP+)? The Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, known in Canada for on-farm food safety, has been helping producers meet industry standards for food safety for over a decade. VBP coordinators and auditors are available to help you meet those standards in every province and are field proven, and trusted suppliers of information and audit services. It makes sense to add animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship components to enhance the program and provide the entire sustainability package. The resulting program is cost effective and utilizes existing tools and programs wherever possible (e.g. programs such as animal care codes and environmental farm plans). This successful formula is aligned with other industry efforts, such as the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) is building on the strong base of VBP by making it into a valuable program that will be a global leader in providing education and verification of ALL the good things you do.

Funds to build VBP+ come from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s AgriMarketing Program - Assurance Systems Stream of Growing Forward 2

2. Implement the program – review your practices, update your records where necessary and complete the self-assessment checklists making changes where and if necessary. 3. Complete the voluntary verification audit – this takes approximately 3.5 hours, and involves a trained auditor who is knowledgeable in the beef industry. To be ready for the audit, a cow/calf producer must have the applicable records for at least 6 months, while a feedlot operator needs 3 months. The program is easily adaptable to any size of cow-calf or feedlot operation.

VBP Registered Producers For those producers registered in the VBP program now, they can transition into VBP+ on their next renewal 1. Continue to maintain the food safety records and practices as before. 2. Complete the VBP+ Supplemental Self-Assessment for the new components (biosecurity, animal care and environment), review your practices, update your records making changes where and if necessary. 3. The VBP+ program will be seamlessly integrated into your current audit cycle. Depending upon where you are at in your audit cycle, you will be required to submit:

a.

a VBP+ self declaration or records assessment and,

b.

a verification interview or VBP+ on-farm audit.

4. Feedlots will be required to complete a feedlot cattle chute side handling and pen condition assessment. Producers who successfully complete the above steps will receive a VBP+ certificate, and can market themselves as VBP+ registered. In some provinces VBP+ farm gate signs are also provided.

For more information on VBP+

To learn more about VBP+ workshop schedules, module information, self-assessment checklists and program costs please contact your provincial coordinator or visit our websites:

Verified Beef Production Plus is an initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council


Verified Beef Production+ and VBP Workshops to continue in 2017 Workshops are being delivered by webinar during the evening using two formats

• One for existing registered producers who have been through the VBP program before • One for producers completely new to the program • Webinars take place in the evenings so producers aren’t taken away from their daily chores • The interactive webinars are delivered using web-based video conferencing software • Participants can interact during the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions or make comments in real time • Also available via app for smartphone and android

Webinars FOR EXISTING REGISTERED PRODUCERS – 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

• VBP registered producers or those who have attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ added module webinar • VBP+ enhanced module webinars will be held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm

Webinars FOR NEW PRODUCERS – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

• Producers who have not attended a VBP workshop in the past can sign up for the VBP+ full program • VBP+ training for new producers will be held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm

LIVE Workshop on February 3, 2017 in Brandon

• Live Workshop - February 3, 2017 Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, Brandon, Manitoba • Workshop will follow Manitoba Beef Producers 38th Annual General Meeting

How to register for webinars or LIVE workshop

• To sign up to attend a webinar or the LIVE workshop, please contact Melissa Atchison or email at verifiedbeedmanitoba@gmail.com • Alternate times and days can be arranged based on producer demand


Sharing Our Story ... Continued from Page 1 a representative from the Verified Beef Production Plus program, Brenda Bazylewski of Manitoba Egg Producers, and Russel Hurst from CropLife. Kelly Fitzpatrick of NutriScience Solutions will serve as the facilitator of the discussion. “Our goal with this discussion is to have a cross-section of individuals from other agriculture industries that have dealt with social license questions of their own,” Reimer said. “We feel it will beneficial for our members to hear the beef sector isn’t the only industry facing growing interest in its production practices and also to hear how those industries responded.” In an effort to engage more young producers in the AGM, a Young Producers’ Forum will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Marty Seymour, the former CEO of the Canadian West Agribition and current Director, Industry and Stakeholder Relations at Farm Credit Canada will be the featured speaker for the forum. Producers 35 and under are invited to take part in the forum. The business portion of the AGM will be held on the afternoon of day one. Members will hear reports on MBP’s activities from the past year and review the association’s financial report. An update on Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives and a discussion about growing the herd will also take place. Rounding out the afternoon will be the resolutions session where members will have the opportuni-

ty to debate the 20 carried resolutions arising from the fall district meetings. Late resolutions will be accepted until noon on February 2. Please contact the MBP office if you wish to bring forward a late resolution. The evening will be highlighted by the annual President’s Banquet. Included on the banquet agenda is the awarding of The Environmental Sustainability Award for Manitoba and a presentation to retiring MBP District 11 director Caron Clarke. The keynote speaker for the banquet is Dr. Cody Creelman of Airdrie, Alberta. Creelman, who works as veterinarian with Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, has become well known in social media circles as an advocate for the agricultural industry and will speak about the importance of producers speaking out for their industry, as well as his experiences in this area. “We are excited to have Creelman speak at the banquet,” Reimer said. “He is a passionate advocate for agriculture and has become an important voice on social media and through his blog.” Day two kicks off bright and early at 8 o’ clock with the opening of the tradeshow. The panel discussion, Is the Customer Always Right begins at 8:30 a.m. Tentatively scheduled for the panel discussion are Phil Gallagher, Executive Chef for the Earls’ restaurant chain, John Graham of the Food Solutions Group and Dr. Kelly Main of the University of Manitoba who

will speak about consumer trends. Tom Lynch-Staunton, Issues Manager for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is scheduled to serve as facilitator for the discussion. “We are particularly excited about this panel discussion,” Reimer said. “Our consumers are inundated with all kinds of information about how their food is produced and much of that information shapes their buying decisions. It can be frustrating for producers and the industry as a whole to try and keep up with rapidly evolving public preferences about food. We believe this panel will provide a look into consumer demands and how responsive as an industry we need to be.” Closing out the AGM will be reports from some of the national beef industry organizations (National Check-off Agency, CCA and Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) and a market forecast for 2017. “We strongly encourage our members to attend the AGM,” Reimer said. “This is truly their opportunity to help inform the association’s future direction, to learn more about the external forces that are affecting our industry and to talk about the importance of sharing our story with the public.” To register for the AGM please see http://www.mbbeef.ca/annual-meeting/. If there are any questions regarding the event please call the MBP office at 1-800-7720458.


DRAFT AGENDA 38 Manitoba Beef Producers Annual General Meeting February 2-3, 2017 Victoria Inn, Brandon, Manitoba th

Theme: Sharing Our Story Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:00

Registration Begins and Trade Show Opens

10:00 – 12:00 Industry Knowledge Session: Industry Answers Social Licence ***Facilitated by Kelly Fitzpatrick, NutriScience Solutions i. VBP+ Program – Terry Grajczyk, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association VBP National Manager ii. Manitoba Egg Producers – Brenda Bazylewski, Director, Communications & Public Relations iii. CropLife Canada – Russel Hurst, VP, Sustainability and Stewardship 12:00 – 12:55 Lunch for registered AGM delegates 12:00 – 1:30

Young Producer luncheon and forum featuring Marty Seymour, Farm Credit Canada’s Director of Industry and Stakeholder Relations

Convention Convenes 1:00 – 1:05 – MBP General Manager Brian Lemon calls meeting to order 1:05 – 1:30 – Dr. Megan Bergman, Chief Veterinary Officer, Province of Manitoba 1:30 – 1:45 – Greetings from Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler – tentative/invited 1:45 – 2:30 - Business Portion of the Annual General Meeting     

Approval of Agenda - Heinz Reimer Approval of Minutes from 2016 37th AGM - Heinz Reimer Report from the President - Heinz Reimer Report from the General Manager – Brian Lemon Report from the Finance Chair – Peter Penner o Approval of MBP’s audited financial statement o Appointment of MBP auditor for the upcoming fiscal year Introduction and Ratification of MBP Directors – Brian Lemon

2:30 – 2:45 – Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives update – Ramona Blyth 2:45 – 3:05 – Coffee Break 3:05 – 3:40 – Growing the Herd Discussion


3:40 – 5:00 – Resolutions Debate -- Marlin Beever, Parliamentarian 5:30 – Cocktail Hour 6:30 – President’s Banquet A) B) C) D) E) F)

Opening Remarks from the President Hon. Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture – invited Manitoba Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) Dinner Dessert Retiring Directors Recognition

8:00 – Speaker – Dr. Cody Creelman, Cow Vet, video blogger

Friday, February 3, 2017 8:00 – 8:30

Coffee service, trade show opens

8:30 – 10:15

Panel Discussion: Is the customer always right? ***Facilitated by Tom Lynch-Staunton, CCA Issues Manager

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Restaurant sector – Phil Gallagher, Executive Chef – Western Canada, Earls restaurant chain, Retail sector – John Graham, Food Solutions Group Consumer perceptions – Dr. Kelly Main, University of Manitoba Asper School of Business

10:15 – 10:35 Coffee Break 10:35 – 12:00 Reports from National Organizations    

Market report – Canfax Research Services – Brenna Grant, Manager National Check-off Agency – Melinda German, General Manager Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef – Fawn Jackson, Executive Director Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – Rob McNabb, General Manager

12:00 – President’s Closing Remarks 12:10 – Adjourn


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Thank You to the Sponsors of Our 38th Annual General Meeting GOLD SPONSORS • 730 CKDM • 880 CKLQ • 7L Cattle Equipment / Arrowquip • Alert Agri Distributors Inc. / P. Quintaine & Sons Ltd. • BMO – Bank of Montreal • Farm Business Consultants • Fortified Nutrition Ltd. • Golden West Radio • Hibrix Liquid Soil Supplement • Kane Veterinary Supplies • M & J Farms Simmentals & Angus • MacDon Industries Ltd. • Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation • Manitoba Angus Association • Manitoba Forage & Grasslands Association Aquanty Project • New Direction Equipment (NDE) • NetSet Communications • Steinbach Credit Union • Sterling Truck & Trailer Sales Ltd. • TD Ag Services • Westoba Credit Union

• Hibrix Liquid Soil Supplement •Hi Pro Feeds • Kane Veterinary Supplies • Cattlex Livestock Order • M & J Farms Simmentals & Buyers Angus • Ducks Unlimited Canada • Manitoba Agricultural • Enns Brothers • Manitoba Veterinary Med- Services Corporation • Manitoba Agriculture ical Association • Manitoba Angus Association • Prairie Livestock • Manitoba Co-operator / • The Hartford Canadian Cattlemen BRONZE SPONSORS • Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services • Manitoba Forage & • CIBC • Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Grasslands Association Aquanty Project • Gem Silage Products • Manitoba Habitat Heritage • Mazergroup • Redfern Farm Services Ltd. Corporation • Stride Credit Union Limited • Manitoba Hereford Association • Sunrise Credit Union • Manitoba Livestock Cash • Paddock Drilling Advance • Masterfeeds TRADESHOW • Merck Animal Health PARTICIPANTS • MNP • 7L Cattle Equipment / • NetSet Communications Arrowquip • New Direction Equipment • Assiniboine River Basin (NDE) Initiative (ARBI) • RSK Farms • Association of Manitoba Com- • STARS Air Ambulance munity Pastures Inc. • Steinbach Credit Union • BMO – Bank of Montreal • Sterling Truck & Trailer • Canadian Cattle Sales Ltd. Identification Agency • True North Foods • Central Testing Laboratory Ltd. • Verified Beef Production Plus • Farm Business Consultants Vermeer Canada Inc. • Fortified Nutrition Ltd. Westoba Credit Union

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