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December 13, 2019

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Youth Retreat Set for New Year Beef producers aren’t afraid to tackle problems head-on, but for various reasons succession planning can be the job that is the hardest to start. Many producers have built their beef operation from the ground up, and uncertainty in how to transition to a younger generation often puts that task at a standstill. Succession planning is a process that should be started sooner than later and to that end, Manitoba Beef Producers is kicking off the new year with a two-day retreat in Brandon for producers 18-39 that is designed to help get those difficult conversations started. Set for January 13-14, 2020, the retreat will be taking place at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative farm north of Brandon (North East Corner PTH #10 and Hwy 353).

as well as managing the business & human resources side of the operation. Members of the MBP Board of Directors will also be leading an informal discussion on the importance of getting involved with the board and helping to guide the industry going forward. The $50 registration fee covers a meal on the evening of the 13th along with the opportunity to take part in a fun-filled mixer at Kickin' Axe Throwing where networking and mingling is strongly encouraged! Seats are limited for this event so register early and don't miss out!

The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Over the course of the two days, producers will hear from Brandon is the host hotel. Please provide the group industry experts Dave Pratt from Ranch Management name MB Beef Producers. Consultants and Peter Manness from Meyers Norris Penny on succession planning, tax and financial issues, land acquisition, RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE

"Succession planning is a process that should be started sooner than later and to that end, Manitoba Beef Producers is kicking off the new year with a two-day retreat in Brandon for producers 18-39 that is designed to help get those difficult conversations going."


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Greetings of the season and best wishes for a new year from the Board of Directors and staff at Manitoba Beef Producers. The MBP offices will be closed from December 21 - January 5. We will re-open at 8:30am on Monday, January 6, 2020.

"Dressed to Impress" December 21 - 6:30pm on CTV Winnipeg Impress your guests with these economical recipes for entertaining. Bulgogi Style Braised Beef, Beef Kare Kare, Peking Pot Roast – all paired with the perfect beverage.

PLUS! Look for MBP directors and staff at upcoming events such as Beef and Forage Week, Ag Days, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and the Red River Ex, just to name a few. We look forward to talking to fellow producers as well as telling the good story of beef production to the general public.


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Cattle producers get longer phase-in on new transport regs Province firm on Crown land changes McDonald's meatless burger showing 'good success,' but beef remains king: CEO Taco Bell's Scented 'Crunchwrapping Paper' Sold Out Immediately Manitoba rural municipalities put province on notice Calmed-down cattle handling tagged for farm safety Opening Eyes Through the Lens: How Agriculture Protects Canada’s Grasslands

Exciting news! Guardians of the Grasslands is an official selection for the Digital Griffix Film Festival in Montreal and directors, Sarah Wray and Ben Wilson, took home Best Director of the Festival award at the Alternative Film Festival in Toronto. Trailer: https://guardiansofthegrasslands.ca/


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100

$

Regular Registration Includes Banquet Ticket

85

$

60

$

Single Banquet Tickets

50

$

Meeting Only No Banquet

Early Bird Special before January 7, 2020 Includes Banquet Ticket

MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39). The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

41st AGM &

President’s Banquet

February 6-7, 2020 • Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB Register at www.mbbeef.ca or Call 1-800-772-0458 • info@mbbeef.ca


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November 29, 2019

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Are beef burgers bad for the environment? Cattle help and hinder in complex ways By Sean Moore, University of Manitoba

Measuring the complete environmental footprint of that beef burger sizzling on the grill is complicated. For that beef to get to your backyard barbecue, yes, greenhouse gases were emitted, but carbon dioxide was sequestered into the soil. That burger may also have protected a natural landscape, provided crucial refuge for endangered birds and boosted biodiversity in as-yet-unknown ways.

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hundreds of years).

In collaboration with colleagues Getahun Legesse and Emma McGeough at the University of Manitoba, as well as researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, Ominski published a paper in Agricultural Systems noting that a kilogram of beef grown today in Canada produces 15 per cent less greenhouse gases than a kilogram of beef grown 30 years ago would have emitted. This improvement is thanks to increased efficiencies in the production system.

Advancements in animal health and nutrition have—and continue to—decrease methane output, but it will remain at significant levels for decades unless global demand tempers.

Steven Chu, a Nobel Laureate in physics, noted at a lecture earlier this year at the University of Chicago, and reported in the New Yorker, that “if cattle and dairy The pros and cons of beef production and products confound consumers but this article “The concern of the general public is certainly cows were a country, they would have more greenhouse gas around cattle and greenhouse gas emissions, will not delve into nutritional debates. Instead, it will try to tell a larger story about and the size of the carbon footprint. Our initial emissions than the entire EU 28.” work was to calculate the footprint of beef environmental issues eco-conscious But not all cattle production raised in Canada. But now we are taking a consumers should consider. more holistic look at these other merits of the systems are greenhouse gas equals. production systems which aren’t included in Usually, only the environmental downsides “People want a silver bullet to that footprint,” she says. of beef production receive attention. Plantsolve the environmental concerns based meat alternatives such as Beyond Meat involving agriculture, but none How, she wonders, do you account for the understandably focus on this in their marketing: “Our belief is that the best way to products you get from cattle other than meat: exists because every system operates under different get people to eat less meat is by giving them leather, pharmaceuticals, and manure—the latter of which is a vital source of nutrients for constraints on different what they love…without so many of the crops. If you include these products, you have landscapes, with different water health, sustainability, and animal welfare cycles and plant and soil types and to adjust how you talk about the carbon downsides of a traditional animal-based burger,” the company writes on its website’s footprint of all products from beef, because it’s so many other factors,” Ominski says. more than just meat that is being produced FAQ page. (Please note, this article’s writer regularly buys and eats both beef burgers and from the same carbon inputs. THE GRASSES Beyond Meat patties.) But even accounting for this, on a global scale, “The big problem with cattle the carbon emissions are considerable. The “How can you compare beef production to grazing is if you are cutting down world has 1.5 billion beef and dairy cows and pea or soy farming [which are used in veggie or burning forest in order to raise burgers] in meaningful ways,” wonders Kim their burps release methane, a greenhouse gas that has 25 times the heat-trapping capabilities cattle—which is one of the current Ominski, a professor and associate head of problems resulting in extensive than carbon dioxide (although methane the department of animal science who remains in the atmosphere for about 10 years, burning in the Amazon right now. studies cattle production in agricultural whereas carbon dioxide can linger for ecosystems. Continued on page 7


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Province Provides Budget 2020 Consultations Update

Producers Can Apply for BMP Funding

Manitoba Finance has launched on online survey for Manitobans to help shape the 2020-21 provincial budget at https://engagemb.ca/

Producers have until December 6 to apply for cost-shared funding through the Ag Action Manitoba Program – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs).

Public budget consultations will continue until February 2020. The next two sessions will be:

Activities are now open for applications for 2020/2021. Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2021 to provide a valid Statement of Completion for the Environmental Farm Program to the program administrator to be reimbursed for project costs. It is not however required at the time of application.

• Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Golden Boy Dining Room (Room 50), Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg. This session will be bilingual and fully accessible. Accessibility requests can be emailed to budget2020@gov.mb.ca. • Monday, Dec. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the New Iceland Heritage Museum, 108-94 First Ave., Gimli.

Livestock producers are also required to have a Manitoba premises identification number.

Telephone town halls will also be available for the public.

Examples of BMP categories include: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Farmyard Runoff Control, Intercropping, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, Intercropping, Increasing Frequency of Perennials within Annual Crop Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Resource Management Planning, and Pesticide Storage.

Manitobans are also invited to submit written feedback by email at budget2020@gov.mb.ca or:

Each BMP has its own specific application form. Approved projects must be completed between April 1, 2020 and February 15, 2021.

Minister of Finance c/o budget consultations Room 103 - 450 Broadway Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8

For more information see: https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/ environment/environmental-farm-plan/ag-action-manitobaassurance-beneficial-management-practices.html Environmental Farm Plan workshops are being held this fall. For more information see: https://www.gov.mb.ca agriculture/environment/events-anddeadlines/index.html

The province will release its full public consultation schedule in the weeks ahead. In January 2020, the province is planning sessions across the province.

Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet

Manitoba Agriculture Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions. Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here. Social Media There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis. Hay Exchange The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here. MFGA Hay Relief Website The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief. Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Researchers make case for grassland benefits What the future farm could look like in 2030 Impossible vs. Beyond: Which tastes more like real beef and does it matter? Livestock predation losses could gain fresh attention Succession planning 101 The bird is the word Burger King is running out of zesty sauce because of climate change A cow with no name sells for $140,000 at Lethbridge auction


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Manitoba To Fund New Crime Reduction Teams With A Focus On Rural Crime New $1.9-Million Investment Supports Expansion of Specialized Enforcement Teams: Cullen The Manitoba government will invest $1.9 million annually to support the expansion of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) crime reduction and enforcement teams throughout the province including related policing investments with the goal of improving public safety for rural Manitobans, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced November 26. “Our government is taking action in response to concerns from rural Manitobans who no longer feel safe in their homes and communities,” said Cullen. “This important investment will support more officers across the province, complementing many other initiatives already underway that focus on public safety and crime reduction. We are following through on our commitment to implement the Safer Streets, Safer Lives Action Plan and this support to the RCMP is an important step.” Crime reduction teams focus on serious, prolific offenders and drug dealers. The RCMP’s current four-member team in the north will receive funding to expand to six officers. Funding will also be used to create two new teams in the RCMP’s eastern and western districts, with five officers to be recruited for each location. Funding will also allow another four officers to be added to the D Division Enforcement Team, a centralized unit that targets criminal organizations and street gangs that traffic drugs and guns throughout the province. “We are pleased to be able to expand our crime reduction and enforcement teams to ensure there are dedicated resources throughout the province,” said Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy, commanding officer of the Manitoba RCMP. “Those who produce and traffic illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities. We remain committed to dismantling the drug networking and drug traffickers that bring drugs to our towns and cities.” The minister noted timely and relevant analysis of crime data is essential to support front-line policing in the province. As part of this new investment with the RCMP, the province will also fund two new crime analyst positions, who will help identify criminal trends and hotspots to inform enforcement. The speech from the throne also highlighted additional investments expected this year, focused on improving public safety for rural Manitobans: • enhanced resources for the provincial public safety investigation (PSI) unit, which investigates confidential complaints about properties where chronic unlawful activity takes place; • support for a new provincewide Crime Stoppers campaign including more cash for drug-related anonymous tips; and • new processes to make it easier to seize assets and money connected to illegal drugs.

Every year, the PSI unit responds to between 350 and 400 complaints, approximately 20 per cent of which are in rural Manitoba. The minister noted police agencies require increasingly specialized tools and training to continue to serve Manitobans most effectively. In 2019-20, the provincial Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund and the federal Proceeds of Crime Fund provided nearly $1.5 million to police agencies serving rural Manitoba, including the RCMP, Brandon Police Service and several others, to support these types of investments. This also included: • nearly $70,000 to the Manitoba First Nations Police Service to purchase and outfit a new K-9 vehicle; • more than $6,400 to the Rivers Police Service to purchase necessary equipment and support its children’s bike safety campaign; and • $20,000 for the Springfield Police Service to support efforts to reduce speeding and traffic-related incidents near railway crossings. As outlined in the province’s Policing and Public Safety Strategy, Manitoba will continue to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to develop a provincial intelligence model, which will centralize information about serious criminal activity, organized crime and other safety concerns. This is a longer-term initiative that will help support intelligence-driven policing and collaboration among police agencies and other public safety partners. Community mobilization hubs will continue as a proven method of connecting at-risk young people and their families with wraparound community supports. Government will continue to invest approximately $1 million annually to establish, enhance and support these locally led partnerships that bring together police, social service agencies, and families to address underlying issues and reduce contact with the criminal justice system. “Targeted investments will help ensure police are placed where and when they’re needed, and be able to respond based on timely, accurate and insightful information,” said Cullen. “We are committed to investing in human resources, technology, and other tools at our disposal to address rural crime and other public safety issues affecting Manitobans. Partnerships with law enforcement, communities, service providers and other systems will help build healthier, safer lives for all Manitobans.” The RCMP is Manitoba’s provincial police service of record. It serves about 580 communities and are responsible for policing over 90 per cent of the land in the province, covering more than 465,000 square kilometres. It currently has nearly 1,000 sworn police officers members and nearly 500 civilian employees.

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Restriction on Winter Application of Nutrients Provincial legislation prohibits the application of nitrogen and phosphorus between and including November 10th of one year and April 10th of the following year. Nutrient sources containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus include livestock manure as well as synthetic fertilizer. Producers unable to spread livestock manure this fall are allowed to do field storage of manure as per the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation which states the following: 7(2) A person who stores solid manure as field storage shall (a) locate the livestock manure at least 100 m from any surface watercourse, sinkhole, spring or well; and (b) store the livestock manure in a manner that does not cause pollution of surface water, groundwater or soil.

7(6) An operator shall remove and dispose of all livestock manure in a field storage area no later than November 10 of the year following any year when the operator stores livestock manure in the area. For more specific information about the requirements related to field storage see Section 7 of the Regulation at: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/current/_pdf-regs.php? reg=42/98 For more information on the restrictions on the winter application of nutrients go to: http://www.manitoba.ca/sd/water/lakes-beaches-rivers/ nutrient_management/index.html#3


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Sign up now to take part in the Mental Health & Farm Management Survey Dear beef producer, Manitoba Beef Producers is proud to be part of new research in support of mental health for Canada’s farmers. We encourage you to take time to participate in this important research. Please read the message below from our friends at Farm Management Canada to learn more. Farm Management Canada is partnering with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to explore the connection between mental health and farm business management in Ag production. If you are involved in Ag production, we would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming online survey to help us understand how best to support farmer mental health and well-being through business support services. Farm Management Canada is proud to conduct this unique study through an in-kind partnership with the FCC Vision Panel - Canada's largest agriculture research panel where members can share their ideas and opinions about Canadian agriculture on a variety of topics. To date, the Vision Panel is comprised of over 4000 Canadians from all areas of agriculture who regularly participate in online surveys conducted by the Vision research team. Participation in Vision research is always voluntary, and you may opt out of the panel at any time. Earn FCC Vision points, which can be redeemed for gift cards or Prepaid Visa cards, by joining the panel and participating in Vision surveys. To ensure panelist confidentiality, Vision survey responses are aggregated, and your personal information will not be shared outside of FCC Vision nor used for sales purposes. All survey participants will have access to the results of the study following the analysis of the responses. If you are involved in Ag production and interested in participating in the Farm Management Canada mental health study, please click on the link below to register for the Vision Panel before November 29th: I would like to join Vision & participate in the Mental Health survey For more information regarding the study, please contact: Denise Rollin, Project Manager Farm Management Canada 300-250 av. City Centre Ave. Ottawa (Ontario) K1R 6K7 Tel/TÊl 1-888-232-3262 ext./poste 32 Denise.rollin@fmc-gac.com

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Cattle help and hinder (cont. from page 1) In that case, you would be losing habitat in order to raise beef on a grassland that never would have been there historically,” Nicola Koper, an ornithologist in the UM’s Natural Resources Institute, writes to UM Today (emphasis hers). “However, if you put beef on a native grassland in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or in the American Great Plains, by raising cattle you are protecting habitat from conversion to another habitat type. It’s a completely different conservation scenario…. This is because the North American Great Plains evolved in the presence of disturbance by either fire or native ungulates (bison, other grazing mammals).” But cattle perform this task now, helping maintain native grasslands, which is a boon for many birds. Many bird species, such as our Threatened Chestnut-collared Longspur (threatened federally and endangered in Manitoba), are dependent on the short vegetation associated with grazing, Koper notes. Having cattle on the landscape ensures that grasslands have an economic benefit and prevents their likely conversion to croplands. Few of our grassland birds can reproduce successfully in croplands. What’s more, the Manitoba government offers a program to help ranchers reclaim derelict land. Kristine Tapley [BSc(AgEcol)/12, MSc/16] and her husband Graham [BScAgric/11] have benefited from the program and turned an old quarry near Langruth, Man., into pasture land, planting thousands of revitalizing grasses. These grasses take carbon out of the air. “We can’t make more land, we just have to figure out how to use our landscape so we can get all the benefits,” Tapley says in a video for Ducks Unlimited.

Grazing promotes grasses to grow larger roots, which is where carbon sequestration, occurs. “When the plants are actively growing, they are sucking carbon out of the atmosphere and they’re putting it below the surface in this stable form of carbon,” Ominski says. “Cattle are also turning lowquality forage—things humans can’t eat—into highquality protein.” Some ranchers have equated pastures to rainforest. A healthy pasture has legions of grass species supporting countless insects and the birds that prey upon them. GOING FORWARD Ominski and her graduate students recently spoke with people at Open Farm Day when a record 900 people visited the Glenlea Research Station. Many questions Ominski fielded were from people trying to understand agricultural practices. “It seems fewer people know about farming these days and they want to know more, and many are curious about meat,” Ominski says. “My job isn’t to convince you what to eat, it’s to provide information and help you think critically about the food we eat and produce. And we know one piece of the puzzle, but we’re just starting tell the whole story.” Kim Ominski’s research funding is provided by NSERC, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Beef Cattle Research Council, Manitoba Beef Producers, MITACS. This article first appeared in UMToday on November 9, 2019


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85

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60

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50

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Meeting Only No Banquet

Early Bird Special before January 7, 2020 Includes Banquet Ticket

MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39). The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

41st AGM &

President’s Banquet

February 6-7, 2020 • Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB Register at www.mbbeef.ca or Call 1-800-772-0458 • info@mbbeef.ca


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TESA applications due to MBP by December 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting. Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air.

All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http://www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmentalstewardship-award/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca The 2018 national level TESA winner was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. The recipient of Manitoba’s ESA in 2019 was Cameron and Lisa Hodgins, Hodgins Farm of Lenore.


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8


Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8


November 15, 2019

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Province Announces First Agricultural Crown Land Auction Dates The Manitoba government has announced the first dates for upcoming agricultural Crown land lease auctions, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said October 25. “The former Department of Agriculture conducted extensive consultations with stakeholders on the allocation of agricultural Crown lands,” said Pedersen. “The auction system is a fair and transparent approach that will create opportunities for new or young farmers to have access to these public assets.” Upcoming agricultural Crown land lease auctions are being held on: • Nov. 27 at the Brandon Manitoba Agriculture Office – 10 a.m. Manitoba Agriculture Office ‐ 1129 Queens Avenue Brandon • Nov. 28 at the Minnedosa Ukrainian Hall -- 10:00 a.m., Ukrainian Hall ‐ 202 5th Street NW • Nov. 29 at the Dauphin Provincial Building – 10 a.m., Provincial Building ‐ 27 2nd Ave SW • Dec. 3 at the Swan River War Veterans Community Hall – 1:30 p.m., War Veterans Community Hall ‐ 119 6th Ave N.

• Dec. 6 at the Dugald Community Hall – 10 a.m., Dugald Community Club ‐ 544 Holland Street

In November 2018, the Manitoba government passed The Crown Lands Amendment Act (Improved Management of Community Pastures and Agricultural Crown Lands), which enabled amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation (Oct. 1, 2019). One of the updates to the regulation included implementing a system of allocating agricultural Crown land leases by way of a public auction. The Agricultural Crown Lands Program supports the sustainable expansion of the livestock herd in Manitoba, contributes to ecological goods and services, and provides mitigation and adaptation to climate change. These leases and permits are available to farmers and ranchers, to provide an additional land base on which to conduct agricultural activities. More information on the upcoming auctions, including start times and the list of available leases, can be found at https://resd.ca/leases_and_permits/LPproperties.aspx or contact a local Manitoba Agriculture Agricultural Crown Land office.

• Dec. 5 at the Ashern Manitoba Agriculture Office – 10 a.m., Manitoba Agriculture Office ‐ 43 Railway Ave.

Province announces Red River Floodway Compensation Program Manitoba Infrastructure has announced compensation for eligible applicants related to property damage or economic losses resulting from the operation of the Red River Floodway from Oct. 9 to Nov. 7 under Guideline 4, Emergency Operation to Reduce Sewer Backup in Winnipeg.

Under the guideline, Manitoba must provide compensation for eligible applicants related to property damage or economic losses caused by the operation of the floodway. The province is working to determine the extent of artificial flooding. People with impacts related to the fall operation of the floodway may contact the

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization to apply for compensation online at www.manitobaemo.ca or by phone at 204-945-3050 or (toll-free) 1-888-267-8298.


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Sometimes what you thought was the problem, is really the solution Ducks Unlimited Canada, Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, in conjunction with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, invite you to the Manitoba premiere screening of the short documentary, Guardians of the Grasslands, on Thursday, November 21 from 7-9 p.m. Created in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada as well as the Waldron Grazing Co-op and local ranchers, this film explores the vital role cattle play in preserving and maintaining one of the worlds most endangered ecosystems – the native prairie grasslands.

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14 district meetings & 4,200 kilometres later - THANK YOU! District 1: MHHC, G&B Farms, Stead Farms Supply, Westway Feed Products (sponsors); Brenda Adams (caterer) District 2: Killarney Auction Mart, NorthFork Ranch Supply Ltd. (sponsors); Clearwater Beef Club (caterer) District 3: Little Morden Service (1987) Ltd., Twin Valley Feedlot Cleaning Ltd., Penner Stock Farms, Morden Veterinary Clinic (sponsors); Elm Creek 4H (caterer) District 4: Level Welding, Grunthal Auction (sponsors); Grunthal Auction (caterer) District 5: Stride Credit Union - Austin Branch, Norfolk Lumber (sponsors); Debbie Early (caterer) District 6: Heartland Livestock - Virden, Wegner Land & Cattle (sponsors); Rosemary Wegner & Son (caterer) District 7: Twin Valley Co-op (sponsor and caterer)

District 8: Tom & Michelle Teichroeb, Enns Brothers Portage la Prairie (sponsors); 4-H Club (caterer) District 9: Winnipeg Livestock Sales, Marquette Consumer Co-Operatives Ltd., Leo's Sales and Service (sponsors); Dianne Riding and Family (caterer) District 10: Triple H Feedlot Cleaning Ltd., Parkside Machine & Service Ltd., Shachtay Sales & Service Ltd., Interlake Auto & Tractor Parts Ltd., Paterson Grain Arborg Crop Inputs, Home Hardware Arborg Building Centre Ltd. (sponsors); Mandi Bergman (caterer) District 11: Noventis Credit Union Ltd. - Ashern Branch, Interlake Co-op Eriksdale Branch (sponsors); Anita Hanslip (caterer) District 12: Ste. Rose Auction Mart (sponsor); Rae & Myra's Homestyle Catering (caterer) District 13: Ste. Rose Auction Mart, Ethelbert Veterinary Clinic - Dr. Erika Spek (sponsors); Ladies Auxilliary (caterer) District 14: DLF Pickseed (sponsor); Mrs. Eggie (caterer)

Producers can apply for BMP funding Producers have until December 6 to apply for cost-shared funding through the Ag Action Manitoba Program – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs).

Activities are now open for applications for 2020/2021. Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2021 to provide a valid Statement of Completion for the Environmental Farm Program to the program administrator to be reimbursed for project costs. It is not however required at the time of application.

Frequency of Perennials within Annual Crop Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Resource Management Planning, and Pesticide Storage. Each BMP has its own specific application form. Approved projects must be completed between April 1, 2020 and February 15, 2021.

Livestock producers are also required to have a Manitoba premises identification number.

For more information see: https://www.gov.mb.ca/ agriculture/environment/environmental-farm-plan/agaction-manitoba-assurance-beneficial-managementpractices.html

Examples of BMP categories include: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Farmyard Runoff Control, Intercropping, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, Intercropping, Increasing

Environmental Farm Plan workshops are being held this fall. For more information see: https://www.gov.mb.ca agriculture/environment/events-and-deadlines/ index.html


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Farmers: You are not alone Manitoba Farm Safety Program Media Release, October 24, 2019

With crops still in the ground and many livestock producers struggling with feed moving into the winter after a recordsetting fall storm, it is important for farmers to remember that they are not alone. While the severity of the summer drought and wet fall conditions vary across the province, one common factor remains among farmers - everyone is feeling the effects. You must consider what is in your control and what is not. “Weather is an unpredictable factor for the farming industry, and with extreme weather comes many challenges,” says Leanne Brackenreed, Counsellor at the Manitoba Farm, Rural, and Northern Support Services. “Everyone is running the same combine in a different field. Farmers have to remember they aren’t alone in their struggles.” During crisis, farmers might look across the road and see a crop that is finished while theirs is still in the ground which can create intense feelings of isolation for many.

“The most valuable thing we tell farmers is that it is healthy to acknowledge their own mental health issues and to normalize the term in industry”, Brackenreed added. “Many farmers try to juggle current financial stress with planning prevention strategies for the future.” While it is easier said than done, Brackenreed recommends dealing with one thing at a time. Prioritize what needs to be addressed right now and what can realistically wait. The Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services offers free, confidential and non-judgmental counselling for anyone who lives on a Manitoba farm or in a rural or Northern community. If you need to talk to someone, please call the line toll free at 1-866-367-3276 or 204-571-4180 or chat online at www.supportline.ca. www.manitobafarmsafety.ca


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Restriction on Winter Application of Nutrients Provincial legislation prohibits the application of nitrogen and phosphorus between and including November 10th of one year and April 10th of the following year. Nutrient sources containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus include livestock manure as well as synthetic fertilizer. Producers unable to spread livestock manure this fall are allowed to do field storage of manure as per the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation which states the following: 7(2) A person who stores solid manure as field storage shall (a) locate the livestock manure at least 100 m from any surface watercourse, sinkhole, spring or well; and (b) store the livestock manure in a manner that does not cause pollution of surface water, groundwater or soil.

7(6) An operator shall remove and dispose of all livestock manure in a field storage area no later than November 10 of the year following any year when the operator stores livestock manure in the area. For more specific information about the requirements related to field storage see Section 7 of the Regulation at: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/current/_pdf-regs.php? reg=42/98 For more information on the restrictions on the winter application of nutrients go to: http://www.manitoba.ca/sd/water/lakes-beaches-rivers/ nutrient_management/index.html#3


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Rural crime jump has beef producers calling for more police Are October storms a farmer's wake-up call? I tried McDonald's new Beyond Meat plant-based 'PLT' burger, and it was a big disappointment Why celebrities are obsessed with Wagyumafia, a Japanese restaurant brand famed for $185 steak sandwich Manitoba farmers need manure spreading flexibility this fall China to resume imports of Canadian beef and pork Bringing the world's buried wetlands back from the dead


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Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet

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Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.

Coming up on November 23rd: Weeknight cooking featuring quick and easy recipes for oven fajitas, tacos, a Manitoba beef & barley bowl, along with beverage pairings to match each dish!

Saturdays on CTV at 6:30PM or online via greattastesmb.ca


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@ManitobaBeef Manitoba Beef Producers

100

$

Regular Registration Includes Banquet Ticket

85

$

60

$

Single Banquet Tickets

50

$

Meeting Only No Banquet

Early Bird Special before January 7, 2020 Includes Banquet Ticket

MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39). The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

41st AGM &

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TESA applications due to MBP by December 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting. Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air.

All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http://www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmentalstewardship-award/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca The 2018 national level TESA winner was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. The recipient of Manitoba’s ESA in 2019 was Cameron and Lisa Hodgins, Hodgins Farm of Lenore.


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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November 1, 2019

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Province announces first agricultural Crown lands auction dates Government of Manitoba Media Release, October 25, 2019

The Manitoba government has announced the first dates for upcoming agricultural Crown land lease auctions, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said October 25. “The former Department of Agriculture conducted extensive consultations with stakeholders on the allocation of agricultural Crown lands,” said Pedersen. “The auction system is a fair and transparent approach that will create opportunities for new or young farmers to have access to these public assets.” Upcoming agricultural Crown land lease auctions are being held on: • Nov. 27 at the Brandon Manitoba Agriculture Office – 10 a.m. Manitoba Agriculture Office ‐ 1129 Queens Avenue • Nov. 28 at the Minnedosa Ukrainian Hall -- 10:00 a.m., Ukrainian Hall ‐ 202 5th Street NW • Nov. 29 at the Dauphin Provincial Building – 10 a.m., Provincial Building ‐ 27 2nd Ave SW • Dec. 3 at the Swan River War Veterans Community Hall – 1:30 p.m., War Veterans Community Hall ‐ 119 6th Ave N.

• Dec. 5 at the Ashern Manitoba Agriculture Office – 10 a.m., Manitoba Agriculture Office ‐ 43 Railway Ave. • Dec. 6 at the Dugald Community Hall – 10 a.m., Dugald Community Club ‐ 544 Holland Street In November 2018, the Manitoba government passed The Crown Lands Amendment Act (Improved Management of Community Pastures and Agricultural Crown Lands), which enabled amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation (Oct. 1, 2019). One of the updates to the regulation included implementing a system of allocating agricultural Crown land leases by way of a public auction. The Agricultural Crown Lands Program supports the sustainable expansion of the livestock herd in Manitoba, contributes to ecological goods and services, and provides mitigation and adaptation to climate change. pr These leases and permits are available to farmers and ranchers, to provide an additional land base on which to co conduct agricultural activities. More information on the upcoming auctions, including the list of available leases, can be found at https://resd.ca/ leases_and_permits/LPproperties.aspx or a local Manitoba Agriculture Agricultural Crown Land office.


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Producers can apply for BMP funding Producers have until December 6 to apply for cost-shared funding through the Ag Action Manitoba Program – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs). Activities are now open for applications for 2020/2021. Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2021 to provide a valid Statement of Completion for the Environmental Farm Program to the program administrator to be reimbursed for project costs. It is not however required at the time of application.

Frequency of Perennials within Annual Crop Rotations, Perennial Cover for Sensitive Lands, Improved Pasture and Forage Quality, Resource Management Planning, and Pesticide Storage. Each BMP has its own specific application form. Approved projects must be completed between April 1, 2020 and February 15, 2021.

Livestock producers are also required to have a Manitoba premises identification number.

For more information see: https://www.gov.mb.ca/ agriculture/environment/environmental-farm-plan/agaction-manitoba-assurance-beneficial-managementpractices.html

Examples of BMP categories include: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas, Establishment of a Cover Crop, Farmyard Runoff Control, Intercropping, Relocation of Confined Livestock Areas, Intercropping, Increasing

Environmental Farm Plan workshops are being held this fall. For more information see: https://www.gov.mb.ca agriculture/environment/events-and-deadlines/ index.html

Producers Asked to Report Impacts of Poor Weather to AAFC Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is trying to understand how the recent extremely poor weather has affected agriculture in Manitoba. To understand the affected agriculture in the area, AAFC collects information from as many people (government, industry and producers) through an online survey. This past month, excess and intense precipitation has impacted on crop harvesting. As well as, heavy snowfall in the central region and Interlake caused further negative impacts on crop quality and caused severe yield loss due to pod shattering/lodging crops. AAFC-AAC is asking for your assistance in filling out the survey if you have knowledge of a certain location of the province or by sending the survey out to as many of your contacts as possible. The responses from these surveys provide very valuable information and the information is used in a lot of ways including programs that help producers directly. The survey is currently live on the AAFC website. The survey is available at: https://survey123.arcgis.com/ share/5ae30204a9974de68827cdb33457349c?lang=en The survey deadline has extended to Monday, November 4. Data is a key tool used by governments to examine the effects of scenarios such as droughts and floods on agriculture,

and also to decide whether assistance such as compensation or other initiatives or programs will be offered. Producers can help provide information about such impacts to the federal government by taking part in the monthly AIR surveys from May to October. Survey questions cover the impact of weather and climate on specific agricultural concerns. Topics covered include: pasture/rangeland condition; crop/hay quality; groundwater supply; surface water supply; water quality; crop stage; infrastructure loss/damage; field access; feed supply; and, soil erosion. Survey results are analyzed and posted on the federal Drought Watch website (www.agr.gc.ca/air), providing a series of agroclimate impact maps each month of the growing season. As AAFC explains, “The AIR network provides valuable and reliable data that are mapped and used in the assessment and development of policies and programs including AgriRecovery and the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, which can provide assistance to the industry during extreme weather and climate conditions and events.” For more information about AIR and how to enrol to complete the surveys go to www.agr.gc.ca/air. All information collected through the surveys is confidential.


Stretching Feed Supplies to Feed Your Herd Manitoba Agriculture is hosting workshops for farmers who are going into winter with low feed supplies. Join our provincial specialists as we discuss:  Cow nutrition and feeding alternatives – ration balancing, planning for a successful winter feeding program and how to minimize costs for feeding your beef cattle at a time when feedstuffs are at a premium.  When hay is not available, what are your options – different feeds and feed options.  The math for different ways to feed beef cattle

Workshops Date

Location

Time

Wednesday, October 16

Ethelbert Drop-in-Centre 9-1st Street East Rorketon Curling Rink 800-1st Street South Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Farm North of Brandon North East Corner PTH #10 and Hwy 353 Ashern Auction Mart Auction Mart Road Gladstone Community Centre 79-5th Street West Arborg Heritage Village Hall PTH 68 East Lundar Legion Hall 50, 3rd Ave, Lundar

7 p.m.

Thursday, October 17 Wednesday, October 30

Monday, November 4 Tuesday, November 5 Tuesday, November 12 Wednesday, November 13

For more information 

Call the Manitoba Agriculture Roblin office at 204-937-6460.

Coffee and snacks will be available. Advance registration is not required.

7 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.


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Farmers: You are not alone Manitoba Farm Safety Program Media Release, October 24, 2019

With crops still in the ground and many livestock producers struggling with feed moving into the winter after a recordsetting fall storm, it is important for farmers to remember that they are not alone. While the severity of the summer drought and wet fall conditions vary across the province, one common factor remains among farmers - everyone is feeling the effects. You must consider what is in your control and what is not. “Weather is an unpredictable factor for the farming industry, and with extreme weather comes many challenges,” says Leanne Brackenreed, Counsellor at the Manitoba Farm, Rural, and Northern Support Services. “Everyone is running the same combine in a different field. Farmers have to remember they aren’t alone in their struggles.” During crisis, farmers might look across the road and see a crop that is finished while theirs is still in the ground which can create intense feelings of isolation for many.

“The most valuable thing we tell farmers is that it is healthy to acknowledge their own mental health issues and to normalize the term in industry”, Brackenreed added. “Many farmers try to juggle current financial stress with planning prevention strategies for the future.” While it is easier said than done, Brackenreed recommends dealing with one thing at a time. Prioritize what needs to be addressed right now and what can realistically wait. The Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services offers free, confidential and non-judgmental counselling for anyone who lives on a Manitoba farm or in a rural or Northern community. If you need to talk to someone, please call the line toll free at 1-866-367-3276 or 204-571-4180 or chat online at www.supportline.ca. www.manitobafarmsafety.ca


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Defining Landowner & Producer Values towards Grasslands and Avian Species-At-Risk in Southwestern Manitoba Project Coordinator: Lynnea Parker, Master of Natural Resources Management Contact Information: 204-558-0559 / assistant.manitobaiba@gmail.com Project Partners: Bird Studies Canada, Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program

Additional Project Supporters: Manitoba Habitat and Heritage Corporation, West Souris River Conservation District, Turtle Mountain Conservation District Lynnea Parker is working on a project for the Manitoba Important Bird Areas Program about grassland conservation and Species-At-Risk in Southwestern Manitoba. Conservation districts and NGOs within Manitoba are currently looking to find appropriate mechanisms to support landowners and livestock producers who employ land management practices that benefit wildlife. Your participation in this survey will help determine the viability of different conservation mechanisms in Southwestern Manitoba. This survey includes questions about demographics, your environmental values, your land management practices, and your interest in different conservation options. The anticipated time to complete the survey is 15-20 minutes. This study builds on the results of a previous study conducted in July and August by Dr. Jeremy Pittman, University of Waterloo. If you participate in this survey, you may enter a free-entry contest. The prize is a $100 pre-paid VISA card. The contest will be drawn on November 25th, 2019. Only the winner of the contest will be contacted. The name and contact information you provide will be kept separate from your survey answers to ensure that your responses remain anonymous. Entry ballots will be destroyed after completion of the contest. There are no anticipated risks involved with participating in this research project. The survey is anonymous, and answers provided in the questionnaire cannot be used for incriminating purposes. Anonymous data from this survey may be shared with project partners and published in reports, research publications, and presentations. Any information provided in comments that could personally identify you will not be published.

There are no anticipated risks involved with participating in this research project. The survey is anonymous, and answers provided in the questionnaire cannot be used for incriminating purposes. Anonymous data from this survey may be shared with project partners and published in reports, research publications, and presentations. Any information provided in comments that could personally identify you will not be published. There are no anticipated risks involved with participating in this research project. The survey is anonymous, and answers provided in the questionnaire cannot be used for incriminating purposes. Anonymous data from this survey may be shared with project partners and published in reports, research publications, and presentations. Any information provided in comments that could personally identify you will not be published. Participation in this study is voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time. Your consent to participate in this study will be implied by your submission of responses online, or by mailing back the completed questionnaire. Once your responses have been submitted they cannot be withdrawn. Link to survey: https:// grasslandresearch.limequery.com/724652?lang=en Completed surveys must be submitted online or returned by mail no later than November 10th, 2019. There are 30 questions in this survey.


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry New title and new faces as Pallister changes up cabinet Farmers welcome charges in barn invasion Manitoba harvest struggles after snow People think beef is manly, and that’s a big problem Industry, government should work together to reduce food waste, packaging: study Putting beavers to work with the aim for more weight gain Leaseholders feel ignored over Crown lands consultation The ‘lightning rod issue’ of agriculture and climate change


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Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet

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Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.

Great Tastes of Manitoba have introduced you to a number of farm families this season, and all of them share common values. Andre & Katie Steppler of Steppler Farms are no exception. While balancing their farm responsibilities with raising a young family, they put the health of their herd and the stewardship of the land at the top of their priority list. They are devoted caregivers, and active community volunteers. It is often said that farming is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. In the case of this cattle farming family that rings true. Everything they do as a family revolves around cattle. Even their young children get involved, through 4-H, and it is evident that they all love their animals. These are the faces behind the farm. These are the people who are making safety and sustainability decisions when it comes to the production of #MBFoods. You can rest easy knowing they take the responsibility of nurturing nature very seriously. It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Stepplers!


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$

Regular Registration Includes Banquet Ticket

85

$

60

$

Single Banquet Tickets

50

$

Meeting Only No Banquet

Early Bird Special before January 7, 2020 Includes Banquet Ticket

MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39). The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

41st AGM &

President’s Banquet

February 6-7, 2020 • Victoria Inn, Brandon, MB Register at www.mbbeef.ca or Call 1-800-772-0458 • info@mbbeef.ca


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TESA applications due to MBP by December 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting. Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air.

All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http://www.cattle.ca/sustainability/the-environmentalstewardship-award/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca The 2018 national level TESA winner was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. The recipient of Manitoba’s ESA in 2019 was Cameron and Lisa Hodgins, Hodgins Farm of Lenore.


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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October 18, 2019

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National Beef Strategy sees global opportunities ahead and meets industry challenges head on for 2020-24 News Release, October 1, 2019

Calgary, AB The Canadian Beef Advisors are pleased to release the 2020-24 National Beef Strategy. The strategy is designed to take advantage of the opportunities facing the industry while simultaneously addressing the challenges. The development of the 2020-24 National Strategy has been a dynamic collaborative process engaging all industry sectors and national and provincial organizations. The Canadian Beef Advisors and provincial cattle associations believe a united industry is a stronger industry, and that a stronger industry benefits all those working in it today and into the future. Substantial progress was made under the 2015-19 strategy and the intention is to continue building on the strengths of existing industry organizations. “The National Beef Strategy has provided real value for Canadian beef producers; it acts as a roadmap for the groups as they work together. We have set our industry up for success, now we just need to follow through.” said David Haywood-Farmer, Past Chair of the Beef Advisors. The National Beef Strategy promotes a united approach to position the Canadian beef industry for greater profitability, growth and continued production of a high-quality beef product of choice in the world. The industry vision, mission and pillars remain unchanged from the 2015-19 strategy, but focus areas and tactics have been updated to reflect the current market and regulatory environment that producers face. The four pillars of Beef Demand, Competitiveness, Productivity and Connectivity provide a framework that supports producer viability.

Anne Wasko, Chair of the Beef Advisors notes “As global demand for all types of protein is growing there are opportunities for those with market access, supplies and a competitive cost of production.” There are exciting times ahead for agriculture as production adjusts to meet demand from a growing middle class in Asia. The Canadian Beef Advisors consist of elected leaders and staff representation of the seven national beef organizations responsible for policy, marketing, research and sustainability. They are a diverse group of experienced industry representatives, who are responsible for advancing the strategy with the industry stakeholders, providing recommendations on future direction and reporting results against strategy goals and objectives. Learn more about how stakeholders can achieve a dynamic and profitable Canadian cattle and beef industry at www.beefstrategy.com The National Beef Strategy is a collaborative effort by Canadian national beef sector organizations including the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canada Beef, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (and its provincial member associations), Canadian Meat Council, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and the National Cattle Feeders’ Association. The full report is available here A six-page overview is available here A three-page summary is available here


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FARMERS WILL BE GIVEN FIRST RIGHT OF RENEWAL ON LEASES FOR CROWN LANDS

Move Reflects Government's Continued Support of Livestock Industry: Eichler Government of Manitoba News Release, October 11, 2019

Producers will be given the first right of renewal for existing leases on Crown lands as part of the Manitoba government’s continued support of multi-generational family farming, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Giving existing forage lease holders the option to renew their legacy leases for additional terms provides the consistency they need for their operations,” said Eichler. “This will enable succession planning for family farms. Opportunities are created for new or young farmers to acquire use of these public assets through new leases to be offered at auction. This balanced approach shows we’re listening to the concerns of farmers and are supportive of the livestock industry in Manitoba.” Following extensive consultations, amendments to The Crown Lands Amendment Act and the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation came into effect Oct. 1. The updated regulation will increase the program’s transparency and accountability by including such features as a public auction process, the capping of leases at a 15-year maximum instead of 50, and measures to ensure the land is used effectively in a sustainable manner that contributes to economic growth in Manitoba. Under the new regulation, producers who have legacy forage leases that expire before Dec. 31, 2034, will be eligible to renew only until that date before lands go back to auction. Producers with leases that expire after Dec. 31, 2034, will continue under their current terms and are not affected by the new regulation. The province is pursuing further amendment to the regulation to enable successive renewals for legacy leases, provided leaseholders remain eligible. “Having the first right of renewal on legacy leases is very important to all cattle producers,” said Tom Teichroeb, president, Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP). “Access and predictability are essential to long-term planning related to livestock operations, especially related to their grazing and haying resources. This is a valuable commitment on the part of the provincial government. MBP will continue to engage with it about various aspects of the modernization of the Crown lands program to ensure it is both effective and efficient for beef producers.”

Public meetings to discuss the changes have been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ste. Rose Community Hall and on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Moosehorn Community Hall near Ashern. Producers are encouraged to monitor the province’s website at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/landmanagement/crown-land/index.html, call 204-867-6550 or call toll-free 1-844-769-6224 in the event of changes due to weather. The Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program distributes leases and permits to approximately 1,750 farmers and ranchers throughout the province, providing an additional land base to support their operations. The land administered through the program is sufficient to feed nearly 90,000 cattle for the grazing season, contributes to ecological goods and services, and provides mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Additionally, a number of workshops have been scheduled to discuss strategies to stretch feed supplies for producers adversely affected by the dry conditions much of the province has experienced this summer. Meetings will be held on the following dates: • Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Ethelbert Dropin Centre at 9 First St. East; • Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rorketon Curling Rink at 800 First St. South; • Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Brandon, at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Farm at the northeast corner of PTH 10 and PR 353; • Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Community Centre at 79-5th Street West; • Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arborg Heritage Village Hall on PTH 68 East; and • Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Lundar Legion Hall at 50 Third Ave. For more information on the updated Agricultural Crown Lands Program, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/land-management/crownland/index.html.


Stretching Feed Supplies to Feed Your Herd Manitoba Agriculture is hosting workshops for farmers who are going into winter with low feed supplies. Join our provincial specialists as we discuss:  Cow nutrition and feeding alternatives – ration balancing, planning for a successful winter feeding program and how to minimize costs for feeding your beef cattle at a time when feedstuffs are at a premium.  When hay is not available, what are your options – different feeds and feed options.  The math for different ways to feed beef cattle

Workshops Date

Location

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Wednesday, October 16

Ethelbert Drop-in-Centre 9-1st Street East Rorketon Curling Rink 800-1st Street South Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Farm North of Brandon North East Corner PTH #10 and Hwy 353 Ashern Auction Mart Auction Mart Road Gladstone Community Centre 79-5th Street West Arborg Heritage Village Hall PTH 68 East Lundar Legion Hall 50, 3rd Ave, Lundar

7 p.m.

Thursday, October 17 Wednesday, October 30

Monday, November 4 Tuesday, November 5 Tuesday, November 12 Wednesday, November 13

For more information 

Call the Manitoba Agriculture Roblin office at 204-937-6460.

Coffee and snacks will be available. Advance registration is not required.

7 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

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Federal Party Platforms and Agriculture

The federal election is taking place Monday, October 21. To see a list of candidates, find out where you vote, learn more about identification requirements to vote and so on visit the Elections Canada website at https://www.elections.ca/ home.aspx Find the full Conservative platform here, the Liberal platform here, the NDP platform here, the Green Party platform here, the Bloc Quebecois platform here, and the People’s Party of Canada platform here. Below are a few highlights of the Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green platforms, which relate to agriculture. Liberal Platform • Rename FCC to Farm and Food Development Canada, expand their mandate and increase capital lending capability by up to $5 billion per year • Create a new technology and commercial support fund for agriculture producers to get clean technology and infrastructure • Review Canada’s business risk management programs, especially Agri-Stability, as well as review ways to better facilitate intergenerational transfer of farms • Support international trade, especially for small and medium sized enterprises • Net zero GHG emissions by 2050 • Protect 25% of Canada’s land • Create a new Canada Water Agency • Move forward with modest and responsible increases to immigration, with a focus on welcoming highly skilled people and create a Municipal Nominee Program • Plant two billion trees to better restore forests, grasslands, agricultural lands, wetlands and coastal areas Green Platform • Renew the national Environmental Farm Plan Program to help farmers protect wildlife habitat areas and marginal lands, maintain water quality in streams, lakes and aquifers, and retain and improve soil quality, increase carbon sequestration and decrease water requirements • Restore the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation measures for adaptation to drought conditions • Restructure Canada’s Business Risk Management Programs to help farmers cope with climate risk, with the focus on disaster assistance • Provide effective fiscal incentives to other levels of government to preserve farmlands under their jurisdictions • Protect supply management systems while allowing production for local markets outside this system • Require all products to be fully recyclable using readily available processes

Conservative Platform: • Help Farmers and Agri-Food Businesses hit hard by market uncertainty • Break down interprovincial trade barriers • Stand up for Canada’s trade interests and respond forcefully to non-tariff barriers, in particular in the agriculture sector. • Diversify trade partners and include chapters in future trade agreements to address non-tariff barriers and find new ways for resolving these types of regulatory disputes. • Reduce red tape for farmers • Create a trusted employer system and implement an Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Strategy • Create meaningful advisory panels and restore community consultations for marine protected areas • Work with provinces and farmers to make AgriStability more simple, predictable, bankable and timely • Examine the rule that makes it easier to transfer a farm to a stranger, rather than a family member NDP Platform • Create a Canadian Food Strategy: take a whole of government approach to address regional needs and priorities by investing in agricultural communities, support young and new farmers, and take steps to ensure rural livelihoods are good and sustainable. • Committed to fully protecting supply management and ensuring reciprocity in all trade negotiations • Modernize Canada’s trade remedy system and make sure that trade unions have full standing in trade cases • Improve training for young people and women to get into agriculture, including low-cost start up loans and succession planning • Make it easier for the family business to be passed on to future generations, with new legislation to end the unfair tax treatment of family transfers of small business • Invest in habitat restoration and the rebuilding of fish stocks / National freshwater strategy, to protect waterways and fully restore navigable waters protections • Ban single-use plastics

Thank you to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association for compiling much of this information.


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PROVINCE LAUNCHES CONSULTATIONS ON PROPOSED WATERSHED DISTRICT AND MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS Watershed Planning and Implementation Efforts to Improve: Squires Government of Manitoba News Release, October 11, 2019

The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on two draft regulations to support a true watershed-based approach to watershed management in Manitoba, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today. “Our government is committed to developing watershed management strategies that promote sustainability and resilience, and solidify watershed districts as the keystone for implementation efforts provincewide,” said Squires. “Water does not follow political or administrative boundaries. These proposed changes support our made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan with a consistent approach to water governance and modernize a historically successful watershed-based program.” The Manitoba government is looking for feedback on the draft regulations that would add flexibility for local watershed districts in the areas of board appointments and terms, calculating municipal contributions, and handling board contracts and agreements related to water and soil projects. This realignment would also streamline the watershed planning process for municipalities, stakeholders and landowners by eliminating the need to involve multiple conservation districts within a single watershed. In addition, the changes would: • rename and smoothly transition from conservation districts to watershed districts with watershed-based boundaries; • further enable partnerships on a watershed basis with Indigenous communities and industry; • clarify watershed district board policies and procedures; and • outline district board corporate status and appeal of board decisions.

“With the pressures on our soil, water, habitat and climate, the work of Manitoba’s conservation districts has never been more important,” said Ray Frey, chair, Manitoba Conservation Districts Association. “Over the past year we have been working with the province and conservation districts through discussions and planning for the transition to watershed districts. As the association that supports all conservation districts in Manitoba, we look forward to promoting the future watershed districts as key players in protecting Manitoba’s watersheds.” The proposed watershed districts regulation and the watershed management regulation are available for review and comment on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal at https://reg.gov.mb.ca/. The deadline for feedback is Nov. 25. Comments collected during this consultation period may be used by the Manitoba government to inform changes to existing legislative, regulatory, program and policy frameworks and will be kept confidential. More information regarding Manitoba’s Conservation District Program can be found at www.manitobawatersheds.ca or www.gov.mb.ca/sd/ water/watershed/cd/index.html.


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A look at the news and articles of interest to the beef industry Laying a foundation for protein in Manitoba 'Beef brings people into the store': A surprising retail trend heading in to the holidays What a healthy plate looks like in six different countries Farmers to get first right of renewal on Crown land Ducks Unlimited Canada goes all in to support cattle grazing To boost beef industry, N.L. government invites farmers to have a cow Comment: The Great Protein War of 2019


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Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with both Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw. Great Tastes of Manitoba have introduced you to a number of farm families this season, and all of them share common values. Andre & Katie Steppler of Steppler Farms are no exception. While balancing their farm responsibilities with raising a young family, they put the health of their herd and the stewardship of the land at the top of their priority list. They are devoted caregivers, and active community volunteers. It is often said that farming is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. In the case of this cattle farming family that rings true. Everything they do as a family revolves around cattle. Even their young children get involved, through 4-H, and it is evident that they all love their animals. These are the faces behind the farm. These are the people who are making safety and sustainability decisions when it comes to the production of #MBFoods. You can rest easy knowing they take the responsibility of nurturing nature very seriously. It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Stepplers!

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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

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PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEW BALANCED, MODERNIZED AGRICULTURAL CROWN LANDS LEASING PROGRAM Government of Manitoba News Release, September 27, 2019

The Manitoba government is introducing a new balanced approach to modernize the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “Agricultural Crown lands are used by approximately 1,750 forage leaseholders and the land administered by this program is sufficient to feed nearly 90,000 cattle for the grazing season,” said Eichler. “We look forward to working with stakeholders as we begin to implement changes to modernize the program.” The Agricultural Crown Lands Program supports the sustainable expansion of the livestock herd in Manitoba, contributes to ecological goods and services, and provides mitigation and adaptation to climate change. These leases and permits are available to farmers and ranchers, to provide an additional land base on which to conduct agricultural activities. “The new approach for leasing Agricultural Crown lands helps bring this process up to date and allows for more opportunity for all producers, especially the next generation, to have access to leases that will positively impact their operations,” Bill Campbell, president, Keystone Agricultural Producers said. “We sincerely want to thank the minister and his department for their in-depth and transparent consultation process that allowed all producers to have their voices heard which has ensured that this new approach has all producers in mind. In November 2018, the Manitoba government passed The Crown Lands Amendment Act (Improved Management of Community Pastures and Agricultural Crown Lands), which enabled amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. The regulation updates the Agricultural Crown Lands Program by:

• Implementing a system of allocating agricultural Crown land leases by way of a public auction. Through extensive consultation with stakeholders, it has been determined this is the best way of achieving a fair and transparent system. • Placing the emphasis on ensuring that agricultural Crown lands are effectively used in a sustainable manner that contributes to economic growth in Manitoba. • Ensuring that a relevant rent is set for the private use of a public asset. The rent for forage leases will be based on the price of beef cattle, which is relevant for the significant majority of forage agricultural Crown land leases. The rent for cropping leases will remain based on assessed land values. • Introducing new fees for administrative aspects of the Agricultural Crown Lands Program that afford solely private benefit including allocations and transfers. The fees are nominal in nature to address partial cost recovery without introduction of barriers to participation. • Implementation of a 15-year maximum for new forage leases to provide a balance that is long enough for current leaseholders to invest in the land, but also provide others, such as new or young farmers, future opportunities to acquire use of the public asset.

regulations as a result of this process will allow these lands to be utilized in the most predictable and transparent manner possible, and MBP will continue to engage with the provincial government as these new regulations roll out, to ensure they are both effective and efficient for producers." “Manitoba will see a number of benefits from this updated regulation including increased transparency and accountability of the program, and a reduction in red tape,” said Eichler. “The updated regulation will also help contribute to provincial economic growth by helping expand our livestock industry, further positioning us as a leader in protein production and processing.”

With the primary use of agricultural Crown lands being for forage, the province seeks to increase the utilization of the lands to support growth of the livestock industry in Manitoba in a sustainable “Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) recognize the manner, by using market effort that the provincial government has put in forces to encourage efficient to modernize the Agricultural Crown Lands and innovative uses of the Leasing Program. The ability to utilize agricultural Crown lands, said agricultural Crown lands is critically important the minister. to both the current and future viability of Manitoba’s cattle sector,” said Tom Teichroeb, MBP statement page 2 president, MBP. “MBP has appreciated the FAQ pages 3-6 opportunity to participate in this extensive consultative process. We hope the new


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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Light at the end of the tunnel on Crown lands leases? • Province Announces Steps To Help Livestock Producers • Is eating beef healthy? The new fight raging in nutrition science,

explained.

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PROVINCE STREAMLINES APPROACH TO DRAINAGE Supports Provincial Water Management Strategy, Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan: Squires Government of Manitoba News Release, October 2, 2019

The Manitoba government has launched a new approach to drainage under The Water Rights Act that will streamline the approval process for producers and landowners, while protecting Manitoba’s wetlands by implementing the commitment to ‘no-net-loss’ of wetland benefits, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today. “Our government is committed to developing a water management strategy, as outlined in our 100-Day Action Plan, that will help ensure we are managing our water resources sustainably for today and for future generations,” said Squires. “Reducing unnecessary red tape and streamlining the approval process for lowerrisk, lower impact drainage and water-retention works will help strengthen our regulatory review process by enhancing our focus on larger, more complex projects.” As highlighted in the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, protecting wetlands supports effective surface water management by maintaining water retention capacity and reducing nutrient loading in Manitoba watersheds. The regulation for drainage and water control works registration and licensing will: • provide consistent regulatory regimes for drainage and water control works including a new streamlined registration process for applications and approvals,

• reduce red tape and provide timely approvals for lower-risk and lower-impact projects,

• increase focus on reviewing higher-risk and higherimpact projects,

• ensure requirements for landowner sign-off are consistent with expected impacts,

• harmonize provincial approvals for projects that require a licence under The Environment Act;

• improve surface water management co-ordination

and communication by providing stronger linkages with watershed management plans and municipal development plans that influence land-use decisionmaking; and

• increase protection of seasonal wetlands by requiring compensation for higher-impact projects.

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Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with both Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.

Drainage continued from page 8 The province consulted with Manitobans and received comments from more than 250 individuals and stakeholder groups. “Our government recognizes that management of our precious resources must happen locally and regionally on a watershed basis,” said Squires. “I was encouraged by the level of engagement and collaboration with Manitobans during the consultation process and for their support in implementing our made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.” In addition to the streamlined process, the province launched a new Water Licensing Portal that will enable applicants to create an account, apply online and stay up to date with the status of their application. The portal will also allow the public to view a map of water control works and water use authorizations under The Water Rights Act. The Water Licensing Portal can be accessed at www.manitoba.ca/drainage.


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

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PROVINCE PROVIDES LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WITH FUNDING OPTIONS TO ADDRESS DRY CONDITIONS ON PASTURE Government of Manitoba News Release, September 12, 2019

The province is advising that livestock producers who have been affected by dry conditions on pasture can apply for funding to support water access and management under Ag Action Manitoba, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today. “We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our dry summer and that they may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable water supply for their livestock,” said Eichler. “Properly functioning and adequately protected ground and surface water sources are essential to ensuring the health of livestock and ground water sources.”

To be eligible, applicants must complete an environmental farm plan (EFP) that will help manage risk on their farm related to water quality and supply, soil health, air quality and biodiversity. Producers have until Nov. 1, 2020, to submit their EFP statement of completion.

Frequently Asked Questions BMP: Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas (503)

Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices provides targeted incentive programs to agricultural producers and select industry service providers to advance the adoption of beneficial management practices (BMPs). These practices reduce identified environmental risks, improve agroecosystem resilience, build public trust and improve environmental sustainability of farm options in Manitoba.

A: Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 11, 2019.

Funding is provided through the Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas beneficial management practice (BMP) under Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance. Eligible projects and Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until Oct. related costs include: 11. Priority will be given to applicants within federal tax deferral areas, as • drilling new or deepening existing wells, identified at www.agr.gc.ca under Drought test hole drilling, screening, casing, well Watch. caps and related activities; • installing water pumps and required Producers can contact their local plumbing components and related Manitoba Agriculture office or call the activities, such as professional and department (toll-free) at: 1-84-GROWcontractor fees; MB-AG (1-844-769-6224) for more • constructing new or rehabilitating information on any of these programs and existing dugouts including professional services or go to www.gov.mb.ca/ and contractor fees; and agriculture under Quick Links. • establishing alternative watering system equipment and permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts.

Q1. When is the deadline to apply?

Applications will be accepted continuously to that date and reviewed on a weekly basis. They will be rated and ranked by technical reviewers based on the environmental benefit assessment index, program priorities and project planning. Priority will be given to applicants in designated federal tax deferral areas. Q2. Do I have to complete my project this fall? A: No. The project must be completed and claims submitted by November 1, 2020.

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A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry •Plant-based proteins an opportunity, not a threat, to Manitoba farmers, summit told •Tim Hortons pulls Beyond Meat products from Canadian locations outside B.C., Ontario •Affordable food key issue for Manitobans: survey •Ag minister lends pipes to help promote farm awareness •Producer’s key to calving is only a click away with camera system •Province pledges funds for water access for drought-stricken areas •A&W says it remains committed to Sask. beef producers following Roughriders Beyond Burger ad •Animal and climate activists are merging—and for good reason •Federal election must address agricultural issues

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FAQ continued from page 1 Q3. If I have already done a water source development project this summer, am I eligible? A: Any projects for water source development occurring after April 1, 2019 are eligible but may require additional components (e.g. fencing of the dugout, alternate watering systems, etc.) in order to meet the BMP criteria. Q4. What do I need to include with my application?

Q8. Can I drill a new well in my yard? A: Drilling a well in the yard is eligible if it is primarily intended for watering livestock on pasture and is the most cost efficient means of doing so. It can be used for supplying water to the yard as well, assuming the pastures are next to the yard. Only the well and pasture components are eligible for funding, not any components used for in-yard water. Q9. Do I need any permits?

A: Please answer the questions provided in the A: Applicants must meet all regulatory application form and refer to the BMP specific requirements. This may include: questions listed in the guidebook to assist you. • a water rights license from Manitoba Ensure that you explain the proposed project in Sustainable Development, which is detail, current practices on the farm, and the required for all livestock operations environmental benefit of the new practice. extracting more than 25,000 litres (25 Include an aerial map of the pasture with the m3 or 5,499 Imperial gallons) per day. location of the existing and proposed water If developing a new water source, a sources identified as well as any fencing (existing permit must be obtained in advance of and new). work beginning. • approvals from the rural municipality Q5. Do I need a valid Environmental Farm or Crown. Plan Statement of Completion? • any other standards or approvals as required by law. A: You can submit an application without a valid Q10. Can I pipe water from an existing Statement of Completion, however, you will be water source into a dry dugout? required to have one when you submit the claim to be reimbursed. Environmental Farm Plan A: Piping or hauling from a water source workshop dates and locations will be listed on (well, dugout or wetland) into a dugout that www.manitoba.ca/agriculture. has run dry is not eligible. Piping from any water source to an alternate watering system Q6. Are confined livestock operations eligible? at the location of the dugout that has run dry is eligible. A: No. This BMP is focused on livestock in pasture-based systems. The dugout that has run dry must be fenced as it may recharge over the winter or in future Q7. Do I have to dig a dugout to a specific size? years. Costs to connect the dugout that has run dry to the alternate watering system are A: All dugout work, including new construction eligible, with the assumption that the dugout or rehabilitation of an existing location, should which has run dry could be used again in the follow the dugout construction guideline. future.

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Q11. How deep does the pipeline need to be? A: The guidebook states that shallow or above-ground pipelines (including those above the frost line) are ineligible. Projects must be for permanent solutions only. Summer pasture pipelines permanently installed underground and are winterized before freezing, would be eligible. Q12. Can I apply for a project on a pasture that I rent? A: Yes. Either the landowner or renter can apply. If the renter applies, they must identify the landowner and provide contact information as part of the project description. This includes pasture on Crown Land. Q13. If I have more questions, who can I contact? A: Farmers can visit their local Manitoba Agriculture office or call toll-free 1-844-769-6224. For more information go to: https:// www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/ canadian-agricultural-partnership/ pubs/faq/bmp-503-faq.pdf


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Government of Canada working with agriculture sector to modernize the agriculture stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

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(Employment and Social Development Canada Sept. 9 news release)

The agriculture and agri-food industry is a significant contributor to Canada’s economic growth and vitality. The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program is an important tool to support the sector in filling vacant and seasonal positions when qualified Canadians and permanent residents are not available. Collaboration between the Government of Canada and agriculture employers contributes to the overall success of the TFW Program in addressing the sector’s labour needs and ensuring that workers are protected while they are here. That is why the Government of Canada will engage with employers, workers and other stakeholders on ways to modernize the TFW Program’s Primary Agriculture Stream to address key issues raised during the Primary Agriculture Review, including: • simplifying the Primary Agriculture Stream and making it easier for users of the Program to understand their obligations under the Program; • examining how to set wages for agriculture workers to allow for increased transparency and more flexibility for employers to offer raises and bonuses to workers; and • working with provinces and territories to improve housing for foreign workers to ensure consistency across the country.

Making these changes to modernize how the TFW Program works for agricultural employers and workers will help to ensure that the labour needs of Canada’s evolving agriculture sector are met, while supporting the domestic labour market and protecting foreign workers. Quotes “Our goal is to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program keeps Canadians first in line for available jobs, is responsive to the needs of the Canadian job market and protects the rights of vulnerable workers. We cannot effectively develop programs without the input of the people who use them. That is why we are working together with our key stakeholders to modernize the TFW Program to meet the evolving labour needs of the agricultural sector.” –The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour “The success of our farmers and food processors depends on their ability to recruit and retain the workforce they need. Our government is committed to finding solutions to labour challenges and engaging with employers, workers and other stakeholders in the agri-food

sector to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is transparent and effective, and supports the needs of employers and workers in the agriculture and agri-food sector.” – The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Quick facts • Canada's agriculture and agri-food industry is a key driver of economic growth. The agriculture and agri food system contributes over $143 billion to Canada’s GDP annually and employed 2.3 million people in Canada in 2018. • Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports hit a new record in 2018, reaching $66.2 billion. • More than 60 percent of the positions approved under the TFW Program are in primary agriculture. Associated links Primary agriculture review


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Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet

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Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with both Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.

Join Dez Daniels, Elizabeth Harms (MBP) and Aaron Alblas (MLCC) on November 14 and December 14 for more delicious recipes and beverage pairings! Missed our first episode of the 30th season? No problem! "It's All About The Round" is available to stream by visiting greattastesmb.ca


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Manitoba’s Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 Stubble burning restrictions

Manitoba’s crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Sustainable Development. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture office or visit manitoba.ca.

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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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September 6, 2019

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Manitoba Election 2019 Platform Highlights Manitobans go to the polls in the provincial election on Tuesday, September 10 and Manitoba Beef Producers encourages producers to consider going out and casting a ballot. “It is important that there is a policy and regulatory environment in which the Manitoba cattle industry can thrive and we want to ensure candidates are aware of the perspectives of beef producers on different matters,” explained MBP President Tom Teichroeb. “We encourage producers to engage with candidates on the topics that matter most to them, and to consider voting on election day.” Manitoba’s four main political parties have been rolling out their election platforms in recent weeks. The following (in alphabetical order by party name) is a rundown of some of the key commitments being made by these parties that may be of interest to producers. Complete platform details can be found on each of the parties’ websites, located at the end of this document. Do you have specific questions related to the elections process, such as how to register to vote or the revised electoral boundaries? Want to know who your candidates are? Visit the Elections Manitoba website at https://www. electionsmanitoba.ca/en.

Key Commitments Green Party of Manitoba • explore ways to help young, beginning farmers acquire the land they need to start farming in an ecologically sustainable way • direct government assistance toward new, smaller farms, ending the practice of giving big grants to already established profitable farms • create a land bank to provide retiring farmers with new succession opportunities, and help make land available and affordable to new farmers • end farmland school taxation • diversify market opportunities to help stabilize and balance agricultural commodity markets, reducing Manitoba’s dependence on exports to the US and China • work to open new provincial, regional and local market opportunities and new international markets which appreciate Manitoba quality • encourage the use of regenerative farming practices to reduce greenhouse gases, increase plant growth, and increase species diversity on pastures • provide transition programs to support farmers who wish to transition to organic and/or

regenerative food production • encourage clean energy production on farms, such as solar, wind, geothermal, small scale hydro energy, and energy storage capacity installations • introduce a pollution fee of $50 per tonne in 2020 which would increase by $10 per tonne per year after that use the revenue generated to reduce taxes and to support the Made-in-Manitoba Climate & Green Fund to pursue initiatives that will reduce emissions here in Manitoba • create a grant program for farmers to move ponds and wetlands around their land for convenient farming, as long as the water is retained • use tax incentives to encourage the replacement of the natural water retention capacity where potholes and sloughs have been removed

Manitoba Liberal Party • get back to the negotiating table with the Federal Government to redraw the price on pollution and the carbon reduction plan for the province of Manitoba. By 2020, Manitoba households will on average pay $342 to pollute while receiving $495 from the Climate Action Incentive to offset increased costs… will maintain a direct payment to individuals, while creating a green investment fund to invest in ways to make Manitoba more environmentally efficient. • committed to ensuring that Hydro


MBP E-Newsletter remains public and that its rates will remain affordable • implement a policy to restore and maintain existing wetlands to increase stored carbon and improve water management to decrease flooding. This would include building positive working relationships and incentives for water retention and wetland restoration with land owners • promote the restoration of native grasslands and generate more seeds for further restoration • fund projects for farmers to test the effectiveness of new techniques in locking carbon into the soil. This will include : pasture management, including carbon farming or “regenerative agriculture” practices; and, silviculture (planting trees) • establish an Independent Commission to review Manitoba’s tax system and make recommendations on how to make Manitoba’s tax system more fair, effective, and progressive - while ensuring everyone pays their fair share • invest on average $1.6-billion per year for ten years as part of a strategic infrastructure plan • run a province-wide "shop local" campaign

New Democratic Party • re: the hay situation affecting some producers, they would “take immediate action to provide assistance from the province similar to that provided in previous times of crisis” • make an investment of $6.64 billion over four years in strategic infrastructure • reduce carbon emissions by 45% of 2010 levels by 2030 and have Manitoba become carbon neutral by 2050

mbbeef.ca • implement a flat $20 per tonne price on carbon • the carbon tax paid by Manitoba families will be returned to Manitoba families in the form of Hydro rebates

vehicle every year • eliminate the PST on home insurance for both homeowners and renters • indexing the Personal Income Tax Brackets and the Basic Personal Amount every year

• 10% of total carbon-tax revenues will be used to help Manitobans make the transition to electric power by providing incentives to help them weatherize their homes, and to fund modern green infrastructure

More information about the party platforms can be found at the following links:

• raise the minimum wage to $15/ hour from the current rate of $11.35/hour

https://www.manitobaliberals.ca/

Progressive Conservative Party

https://www.mbndp.ca/

https://greenparty.mb.ca/platform/ https://www.pcmanitoba.com/

• eliminate the education portion of property taxes over 10 years • a re-elected PC government will invest an additional $50 million in the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) trust fund, in addition to the $154 million already invested in the Conservation Trust and in the GROW trust fund earlier this spring • earnings from the GROW trust will provide incentives to landowners who agree to conserve natural areas on their farms. The GROW trust will complement the regulatory protection of seasonal, semi-permanent and permanent wetlands to be passed under the Sustainable Watersheds Act, passed by the PC government in 2018. The GROW trust will also complement the Conservation Trust, which provides matching funds to non-profit organizations for conservation projects. • increase the ethanol requirement to ten per cent and the biodiesel requirement to five per cent of fuels in 2020 • lower Passenger Vehicle Registration fees so that it will save passenger vehicle owners $35 per

Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to participate in the 30th season of Great Tastes of Manitoba. Elisabeth Harms will be profiling Manitoba beef recipes on behalf of MBP. These episodes will air on September 14, November 16, and December 14 at 6:30pm on CTV Winnipeg.


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In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry •Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report •Severe Draught in 12 Manitoba Municipalities: Agriculture Emergency •State of Agricultural Disaster •Manitoba Cattle Sales Increasing •Response for Animal Disease Sought •What Ranchers Think About Beyond Meat Burgers

Cattlemen's Young Leaders program announces 2019 finalists (CCA News Release, Aug. 26, 19, Calgary, AB) – The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the 16 finalists for the 2019-2020 CYL program year. The final selection process took place during the 2019 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) in Calgary, AB. The CBIC proved to be an excellent setting to put 24 candidates from across Canada through the paces as they vied for a coveted spot in the CYL program. The 2019 CYL program finalists are: • British Columbia: Kate Barnet • Alberta: Aaron Birch, Tamara Quaschnick, Lacey Tillotson, Patricia Fawley, Kaitlan McLachlan, Broek Murray, Savannah Hodgkinson, Haley

Scott, Cody Adams, Cameron Olson • Saskatchewan: Cassandra DeMars, Ethan David, Kimberly Lansdall, Kathleen Holweger • Manitoba: Robyn Unrau Each finalist will be awarded a $2,000 travel budget and a unique, individual specific mentorship opportunity. The CCA thanks all semi-finalists who gathered at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park to showcase their knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry as they competed for a spot in the 2019-2020 CYL program year. Semi-finalists participated in roundtable discussions hosted by CYL program Foundation Partners Cargill, McDonald’s Canada, and MNP, along with Gold Sponsors, Farm Credit Canada, and New Holland Agriculture

that focused on specific themes. CYL is also thankful for the support of Foundation Partner, Zoetis. Thoughtprovoking questions designed to elicit responses were also put to candidates to enable judges to get a feel for each individual. The judges and facilitators were impressed with the conversations and demonstrated dedication to Canada’s beef industry. The CCA congratulates the 2019-2020 program finalists and wishes them well as they embark on the path of personal and professional growth experiences to be provided by their mentorship. For further information, contact: Emily Ritchie Youth Leadership Coordinator Canadian Cattlemen’s Association 403-275-8558 | ritchiee@cattle.ca www.cattle.ca


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The Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services provides free, confidential telephone and online counselling to farmers, rural and northern Manitobans. Our counsellors are here to listen and to help you work through any issue you may be struggling with: farm, family, financial and other. Call 1-866367-3276 or chat with us online at www.

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TESA APPLICATIONS DUE TO MBP BY DECEMBER 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/ the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy.

The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . The 2018 national level TESA winners was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. The recipient of Manitoba's ESA in 2019 was Cameron and Lisa Hodgins, Hodgins Farm of Lenore, MB.


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Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw, and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with both Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.


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2019-20 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students is now open! (Joint News Release, September 4, 2019) Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to announce the launch of the 2019-20 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students, designed to encourage students to improve their critical thinking, communication and leadership skills through a national competition. How to apply FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture. First place will receive $1,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500! The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm management. Students are asked to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question: The agriculture industry is vast, multifaceted and growing. How do we generate awareness and excitement about the industry to attract new entrants? To take part in the competition, for details on how to enter, or to apply: www.fmc-gac.com *All applications must be received no later than May 4th, 2020. For more information, please contact: Mathieu Lipari Program Manager, Farm Management Canada

613-237-9060 ext. 24 or 1-888-2323262 ext. 24 mathieu@fmc-gac.com

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Joint News Release: Red Meat Industry Seeks Government Action Over China Situation Note: The following news release was jointly issued on September 5 by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Canadian Meat Council, Canada Pork International, and the Canadian Pork Council. Ottawa, ON - The cost of the “temporary suspension” of Canadian pork and beef exports to China imposed on June 25 is approaching $100 million and the longer it continues, the greater the risk to Canadian jobs. As we enter the third month of suspension, the pork and beef sectors are calling on the Government to make clear their strategy to reopen the Chinese market and ensure we have more options for export diversification when such issues arise. The suspension of product came on June 25th, triggered by China Customs discovering a shipment of nonCanadian pork exhibiting technical irregularities and fraudulently certified as Canadian with falsified documents.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has provided China Customs with all the information and analysis requested to demonstrate that the source of the infractions was not Canadian. CFIA has also assured China of the strong mechanisms in place in Canada to ensure compliance with all of China’s technical requirements. Canadian pork and beef farmers and exporters have been patient and supported the Government’s efforts to find a resolution to the issue. However, as CFIA’s representations that Canada is a victim, not a culprit, have failed to resolve the matter, it becomes clear that bigger political issues are the true obstacles that the Canadian government must resolve. We call on all parties ahead of the upcoming election to articulate how they see this file being resolved. The longer Canadian producers and exporters remain pawns in a political stand-off - the more the threat of job losses will be felt. The red meat sector represents 266,000 jobs from farm to fork.

We have been patient and respectful with the Government. But we are entering our third month out of China and as Chinese importers establish arrangements with alternate suppliers, it will be increasingly difficult for Canada to regain market share once the suspension is lifted. The financial investments made and commercial relations built to position Canadian meat in China are eroding daily and our global brand will be negatively impacted. The industry also expects to have a meaningful discussion on building export resilience and compensation for the millions of dollars lost by the Canadian farmers and exporters who have been the victims of the suspension. The red meat sector has seen its highs and lows in this market over the years but China remains a key trading partner for Canada. Canada has high quality and safe meat to sell and we know Chinese consumers want and need it. http://www.cattle.ca/news-events/ news/view/joint-news-release-redmeat-industry-seeks-governmentaction-over-china-situation/


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Manitoba’s Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 Stubble burning restrictions

Manitoba’s crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Sustainable Development. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture office or visit manitoba.ca.

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Meeting Only No Banquet

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MBP members are encouraged to mentor and register a young producer (ages 18 to 39). The young producer receives a complimentary registration with a mentor’s registration.

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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8.


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August 23, 2019

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

NEWS RELEASE August 14, 2019

Larry Weatherby of Nova Scotia as Governance Chair and Kirk Jackson of Quebec as Finance Chair.

Canada Beef Check-off Agency Elects New Members and Marketing Committee

The Agency’s Marketing Committee also re-elected two Members-at-Large to their committee this year.

Calgary, AB, August 14, 2019 The Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency (the Agency) is pleased to announce the Agency Board, following the Annual General Meeting on August 13, 2019 in Calgary, AB. The 2019/20 Agency Members have been announced as: • Primary Producers: Terry Wiebe, BC CIDC; Jeff Smith, Alberta Beef Producers; Doug Sawyer, Alberta Beef Producers; Chad Ross, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association; Mary Paziuk, Manitoba Beef Producers; Jack Chaffe, Beef Farmers of Ontario; Kirk Jackson, Quebec Beef Producers; Trevor Welch,New Brunswick Cattle Producers; Larry Weatherby, Nova Scotia Cattle Producers; and, David Francis, PEI Cattle Producers • Canadian Meat Council: Russ Mallard, Atlantic Beef Products; Alexandre Fontaine, Montpak; Mike Kennedy, Cargill; and, Leslie Bielak, St. Helen’s Meat Packers • Retail and Foodservice: Steve Christie, Sysco Canada • I.E. Canada: Coral Manastersky, Maple Leaf Foods The Annual General Meeting of the

Agency was held in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference at the BMO Centre. Newly-elected Chair Chad Ross of Saskatchewan is thankful for the work of the past Chair and Agency Members, and is ready to continue the momentum, ensuring a strong return for Canadian producers. “We have worked hard to structure the Agency in a way that meets the needs of our industry,” said Ross. “It allows us to focus on the important aspects of our role: measurable returns for the check-off and import levy that are invested in our country.” Melinda German, General Manager of the Agency, feels confident that the Agency is set up for success. “The work that our Agency Members put in last year has ensured that we have a solid foundation underneath us. This is incredibly important for the Agency as we keep our sights on our vision of a unified and sustainable national funding strategy for Canadian beef cattle research, market development and promotion,” said German. Joining Ross on the Agency’s Executive Committee will be Jeff Smith of Alberta as Vice-Chair,

The Marketing Committee is responsible for planning and establishing Canada Beef ’s strategic, business and operational goals and objectives and for the overall management and operation of the business and affairs. The Marketing Committee is made of the following individuals: • Elected: Helen Langford, HSL Consulting Ltd.; Becky Bevacqua, McDonald’s Canada; Hubert Lau, BIXSco; Mike Guest, Western Prime Meat Processors; Jack Chaffe, Beef Farmers of Ontario; and, David Francis, PEI Cattle Producers; and • Appointed: Mike Kennedy, Canadian Meat Council; Leslie Bielak, Canadian Meat Council; Russ Mallard, Canadian Meat Council; Alexandre Fontaine, Canadian Meat Council; Coral Manastersky, I.E. Canada and Steve Christie, Retail and Foodservice. The Marketing Committee also elected their officers, including Mike Kennedy as Chair, Coral Manastersky as ViceChair and Russ Mallard as Finance Chair.

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MBP E-Newsletter The Agency would like to recognize the outgoing Agency Chair Heinz Reimer. Reimer has been an Agency Member representing the Manitoba Beef Producers since 2015, and through his year as Chair, led the Agency into a more focus and structured role. Also departing the Agency this year are Charles Dyer and Lonnie Lake. Both of these Agency Members have provided keen insight and strong industry support to the organization during their tenure. The Agency’s 2018/19 Annual Report is available online at www. cdnbeefcheckoff.ca. The Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency manages and administers the Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off. By working with core partners, the Agency ensures that check-off dollars are invested into research, market development and promotion programs that deliver measurable value to the Canadian beef industry. The Agency is responsible for communicating the value of the check-off investment, as well as training and education of producers and funding partners, regulatory management, collection and administration of check-off dollars.

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Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to participate in the 30th season of Great Tastes of Manitoba. Elisabeth Harms will be profiling beef on behalf of MBP. These episodes will air on Sept. 14, Nov. 16, and Dec. 14 at 6:30pm on CTV Winnipeg.

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MBP's New GM takes part in MYBR

MBP General Manager Carson Callum recently had the opportunity to participate in the Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup, helping to judge some of the events. Picture (l to r): Jake Rawluk, Laura Horner, Lois McRae (event co-chairs) and Carson Callum. Photo credit: Melissa McRae, Prairie Pistol Designs.

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry •Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report •Mentorship in Agriculture •Feeder Cattle Market Uncertainty •MBP's 2019 Election Wish List •Livestock Estimates •Importance of Price Reporting


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TESA APPLICATIONS DUE TO MBP BY DECEMBER 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http:// www.cattle.ca/sustainability/ the-environmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy.

The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . The 2018 national level TESA winners was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family. The recipient of Manitoba's ESA in 2019 was Cameron and Lisa Hodgins, Hodgins Farm of Lenore, MB.


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Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw, and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with both Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

MFGA Hay Relief Website

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has a hay relief page on its website. See https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief.

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Manitoba Youth Beef Round-Up 2019 Results

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NEWS RELEASE August 4, 2019

The cattle industry is in good hands after watching the participants at Roundup go through their educational and cattle show weekend. On August 2-4th forty eight enthusiastic Manitoba and Saskatchewan Junior Cattle Producers attended the 12th annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup in Neepawa, Manitoba. Excitement in the cattle industry brought out a top-notch group of interested cattle producers and 58 head of cattle. This year 22 new members attended Roundup for the first time. Where else can you attend an event with 48 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, parents, Juniors and committee members who have stood behind this Junior All Breeds Show and helped to make it a success.

to Iowa and Japan for the Junior members to see the opportunities that are available for them. That evening all Juniors participated in the Photo Identification Contest – a fun, hands-on challenge where teams work together to complete 10 stations related to the cattle industry. It is a great way for Juniors to work together, make new friendships, learn new skills and have fun while doing it! On Saturday, the Juniors were busy with many different events. In the morning they participated in Public Speaking, How to do an Interview, Individual Judging and attended a detailed informative workshop on the Verified Beef Program by Coordinator of VBP, Betty Green. In the afternoon, the Juniors took part in Team Judging, Team Fitting, the Stockman’s Knowledge competition and the Pee Wee’s learned how to make rope halters and other activities. New General Manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers, Carson Callum was in attendance to see what our Junior Beef Producers are involved in and see their various skills. Saturday

evening was wrapped up with the Cook-Off competition sponsored by Enns Brothers Equipment and a slip n’ slide to cool off for the day! Sunday was show day. Thank-you to our show day judges, Robin Hogberg, John Hogberg and Kolton McIntosh. Juniors participated in showmanship classes in the morning and then confirmation classes in the afternoon. We rounded the day off with a parade of champions and a parade of 4-H champions then finished the evening off with awards. Each and every year Round-Up is a weekend filled with friendships, learning, skills and knowledge. It was once again another successful weekend! Round-Up 2019 Committee: Lois McRae and Laura and Jake Rawluk (Co-Chairpersons), Rilla and Travis Hunter, Wenda and Naomi Best, Blair McRae, Andrea Bertholet, Samantha Rimke, Albert and Michelle Rimke, Candace Abey, Nanette Glover, Jackie Cavers, Megan Baron, Cody Carson, Trevor and Taylor Carlson, Geoff Paterson and Monty Thomson.

The weekend started off Friday afternoon with a presentation on judging techniques, parts of the animal and explanations on judging terms with Bill Biglieni of WLB Livestock. Following the judging workshop, Megan Baron gave an overview on how to give oral reasons for the judging competitions. During supper, Junior Director Taylor Carlson made a presentation on her trips Photo: Melissa McRae, Prairie Pistol Designs.

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MBP E-Newsletter Showmanship Sponsored by Klondike Farms and MNP Division Winner Senior: Sadie Anwender Intermediate: Levi Best Junior: Cade Wright PeeWee: Aklen Abey Honourable Mentions Kaitlyn Davey Cody Carson Madisyn Robertson Lucas Bieganski Individual Judging Winner Senior: Sadie Anwender Intermediate: Kamryn Gilliland Junior: Jayci Best PeeWee: Lucas Bieganski Honourable Mentions Alice Rooke Emma Harms Cade Wright Aklen Abey 2019 Agribition Judging Team will be named at later date. Team Judging Division Winner Senior: Sadie Anwender & Leah Graham Intermediate: Cody Carson & Connor Trimble Junior: Jackson Best & Jagger Allum PeeWee: Aklen Abey & Declynn Allum Honourable Mentions Alice Rooke & Kaitlyn Davey Ty Nykoliation & Zach Baron Madisyn Robertson & Cade Wright Jorja Best & Lukas Cavers Public Speaking and Interviews (Int. and SR) Division Sponsored by Manitoba Co-operator Winner Senior: Alice Rooke Intermediate: Zack Baron Junior: Fisher Cavers

mbbeef.ca PeeWee: Aklen Abey Honourable Mentions Sadie Anwender Cody Carson Svienna Bjarnarsson Declynn Allum

Jagger Allum Aklen Abey Scrapbook Division sponsored by Manitoba Cooperator

Winner Senior: Kaitlyn Davey Photography Division Intermediate: Levi Best Junior: Madisyn Robertson Winner PeeWee: Aklen Abey Senior: Sadie Anwender Intermediate: Rylee Paterson Honourable Mentions Junior: Fisher Cavers Harleigh Carlson PeeWee: Lucas Cavers Emily Murray Lukas Cavers Honourable Mentions Kaitlyn Davey Stall Card Alexis Kennedy Junior: Carson Baker Emily Murray PeeWee: Declynn Allum Aklen Abey Honourable Mentions Graphic Design Madisyn Robertson Lucas Bieganski Division Winner Senior: Sadie Anwender 2019 Bob Gordon Memorial Intermediate: Levi Best Overall Stockman’s Knowledge Junior: Madisyn Robertson Award PeeWee: Casey Nykoliation Presented in memory of Bob Gordon on behalf of the Gordon Family. Bob Honourable Mentions was a strong supporter of all Junior Kaitlyn Davey programs. Ty Nykoliation Winner: Sadie Anwender Lane Nykoliation Aklen Abey Team Grooming Champion Young Handlers Award Team 2: Kaitlyn Davey, Zach Hill, Declynn Allum Conor Trimble, Madisyn Robertson and Jorja Best Digger Award Honorable Mention Wyatt Thompson Team 6: Cody Carson, Kamryn Gilliland, Jayci Best, Brock Sigurdson Art Division Sponsored by and Casey Nykoliation. Manitoba Beef Producers Cook-Off Sponsored by Enns Winner Brothers Senior: Kaitlyn Davey Winner Intermediate: Levi Best Team 9: Ty Nykoliation, Rylee Junior: Cade Wright Paterson, Jackson Best and Zane Finlay PeeWee: Lucas Bieganski Honourable Mention Winner Team 8: Taylor Carlson, Ella Honourable Mentions Marzoff, Shayden Manz and Cade Leah Graham Wright Grace Glover


MBP E-Newsletter 2019 Round-Up Scholarship $1,000 Recipient: Bobbi Jo Foster 2019 Herdsman Award Cody and Carly Jo Carson 2019 All Star Team 8: Taylor Carlson, Ella Marzoff, Shayden Manz and Cade Wright Sponsored by Mazer Implements Grand Aggregate Sponsored by Enns Brothers Winner Senior :Kaitlyn Davey Intermediate: Levi Best Junior: Madisyn Robertson PeeWee: Declynn Allum Honourable Mentions Sadie Anwender Cody Carson Fisher Cavers Aklen Abey

mbbeef.ca Class 3 Angus two year old with calf at foot 1. Levi Best, Harding 2. Lane Nykoliation, Crandall Senior Female: Levi Best with CHL Rosebud 17E Reserve Senior: Ty Nykoliation with N7’s Tibbie 32E Grand Champion Angus Female: Levi Best with CHL Rosebud 17E Reserve Grand Champion Angus Female: Ty Nykoliation with N7’s Tibbie 32E Charolais Show Grand Champion Heifer Calf: Zack Baron – Hidden Lake My Moo 1G

2. Sadie Andwender, Radville 3. Lucas Cavers, Manitou 4. Rylee Paterson, Minnedosa 5. Easton Paterson, Minnedosa 6. Ella Marzoff, Inglis 7. Taylor Carlson, Elm Creek 8. Harleigh Carlson, Elm Creek Junior Champion Shorthorn Female: Emily Speers, Alexander Reserve Junior Champion Female: Sadie Anwender, Radville Grand Champion Shorthorn Female: Emily Speers with Maple Lake Nibs 8596 Reserve Grand Champion Female: Sadie Anwender with ACC Candy’s Gumdrop 5G

Class 2 Charolais bred heifers 1. Kamryn Gilliland, Carievale 2. Cade Wright, Pangman 3. Fischer Carvers, La Riviere 4. Madisyn Robertson, Neepawa

Simmental Show

Confirmation Class Results Angus Show

Junior Champion Charolais Female: Kamryn Gilliland with G Bros Alexis

Class 1 Angus heifer Calf 1. Alice Rooke, Alexander 2. Levi Best, Harding 3. Casey Nykoliation, Crandall

Reserve Junior Champion Charolais Female: Cade Wright with Feeling Crazy

Grand Champion Simmental Heifer Calf: Cody Carson with NAC Merlot 92F Reserve Calf Champion: Sadie Anwender with Me’n My Honey Dew 27G

Heifer Calf Champion: Alice Rooke with Red Rooke Lady 208G Reserve Grand Champion Heifer Calf: Levi Best with CHL Rosebud 27G Class 2 Angus bred heifers 1. Ty Nykoliation, Crandall 2. Alice Rooke, Alexander 3. Emma Harms, Cartwright 4. Lane Nykoliation, Crandall 5. Levi Best, Harding 6. Leah Graham , Swan River Junior Champion Female: Ty Nykoliation with N7’s Mary Kate Reserve Junior Champion: Alice Rooke with Red Rooke Fran 170E

Class 3 Two year old Charolais with calf at Side and Senior Champion Female 1. Zack Baron, Carberry with Steppler CCYA 2018 Grand Champion Charolais Female: Zack Baron, Carberry with Steppler CCYA 2018 Reserve Grand Champion Charolais Female: Kamryn Gilliland with G Bros Alexis Shorthorn Show Class 1 Shorthorn heifer calf 1. Sadie Anwender with ACC Candy’s Gumdrop 5G Class 2A Shorthorn Bred Heifers 1. Emily Speers, Alexander

Class 1 Heifer Calf 1. Cody Carson, Rossburn 2. Sadie Anwender, Radville

Class 2 Simmental Bred Heifers 1. Carly-Jo Carson, Rossburn 2. Dawson Cruikshanks, Brandon Junior Champion Simmental Female: Carly-Jo Carson with NAC Merlot 92F Reserve Junior Champion Female: Dawson Cruikshanks with Perks Rachel 935F Class 3 Two year old Simmental female and calf at side 1. Cody Carson, Rossburn Senior Champion Simmental Female: Cody Carson with RJY Pocahontas 41E Grand Champion Simmental Female: Cody Carson with RJY Pocahontas 41E Reserve Grand Champion Female:


MBP E-Newsletter Carly Jo Carson with NAC Merlot 92F Commercial Show Class 2A – Commercial Bred heifer Class 1. Jagger Allum, Carnduff 2. Wyatt Thompson, Carnduff 3. Dawson Cruikshank, Brandon 4. Svienna Bjarnarson, Gladstone Class 2B - Commercial Bred heifer Class 1. Brock Sigurdson, MacGregor 2. Zach Hill, Redvers 3. Svienna Bjarnarson, Gladstone 4. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne 5. Declynn Allum, Carnduff 6. Liz Strachan, Brandon Class 2C - Commercial Bred heifer Class 1. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne 2. Levi Best, Harding 3. Emily Speers, Alexander 4. Lucas Bieganski, Carberry, 5. Emily Murray, Portage

mbbeef.ca Junior Champion Commercial Female: Brock Sigurdson Reserve Junior Champion: Zach Hill Class 3 Commercial 2-year-old Female with calf at side 1. Svienna Bjarnarson, Gladstone 2. Dawson Cruikshanks, Brandon Senior Champion Commercial Female: Svienna Bjarnarson Reserve Senior Champion Female: Dawson Cruikshanks Grand Champion Commercial Female: Brock Sigurdson, yearling heifer Reserve Grand Champion Female: Svienna Bjarnarson Class 5 Commercial Bull Calf 1. Svienna Bjarnarson, Gladstone 2. Kaitlyn Davey, Westbourne

Davey Fat Steer Show Class 6A – Steer class 1. Alice Rooke, Alexander 2. Kamryn Gilliland, Carievale 3. Brock Sigurdson , MacGregor 4. Ty Nykoliation, Crandall 5. Raelyn Graham, Swan River 6. Shayden Manz, Brandon Grand Champion Steer Award: Alice Rooke Reserve Grand Champion: Kamryn Gilliland Each and every year Round-Up is a weekend filled with friendships, learning, skills and knowledge. It was once again another successful weekend!

Commercial Bull Calf Champion: Svienna Bjarnarson Reserve Bull Calf Champion: Kaitlyn

Manitoba’s Controlled Crop Residue Burning Program

Always Call Before You Burn

1-800-265-1233 Stubble burning restrictions

Manitoba’s crop residue burning regulation restricts daytime burning between August 1 and November 15. Burning at night is illegal. Burning within Burning Permit Areas requires a permit issued by Manitoba Sustainable Development. If you do not comply, you may be fined as much as $50,000.

If you must burn, be responsible Before you burn straw, stubble or chaff this fall, call 1-800-265-1233 or visit manitoba.ca to find out whether burning is allowed in your area that day. Burning is permitted only on days when the weather conditions allow for effective smoke dispersion. It is essential that you make sure appropriate fireguards are in place during a burn and you must supervise your fires at all times.

Consider the alternatives In most years, crop residue management practices can reduce or eliminate the need to burn. For more information, contact your local Manitoba Agriculture office or visit manitoba.ca.


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8.


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Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8.


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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

NEWS RELEASE August 8, 2019

Farm organizations urge Manitoba farmers to list available hay, straw and alternative feeds Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) and Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), two farm groups representing Manitoba beef and grain farmers, are urging farmers across the province to list available hay, straw and alternative feeds for use. This call comes amid reports from across the province that hay and forage yields are far below expected. “Many beef producers have been hard hit by back-to-back dry conditions that have led to diminished pasture and forage yields and depleted their hay and straw reserves,” explained MBP President Tom Teichroeb. “Faced with these conditions, they are looking to source both traditional and alternative sources of feed and bedding. We are encouraging producers with these kinds of resources available to consider listing them for sale. ” “Given dry conditions reported across much of the province, we feel that it is important to ensure producers know what their options are when it comes to both buying and selling available hay and straw,” KAP president Bill Campbell said. “As a grain farmer and a beef producer, I must utilize every option available to ensure the long-term viability of my operation.” KAP and MBP have developed a fact sheet outlining several different options farmers have for selling and purchasing feed. Both organizations are encouraging producers to use any and all means available to list available feed for purchase. Keystone Agricultural Producers is Manitoba’s general farm policy organization and takes direction from its members across the province – including farmers and 25 farm commodity organizations. Keystone Agricultural Producers has a 19-member board, representing both producers and commodity groups. Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing 6,500 producers around the province. Its mission is to represent beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education—within the industry and to governments, consumers and others, to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future. -30continued on page 2


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Joey Dearborn, communications coordinator Carson Callum, general manager Keystone Agricultural Producers Manitoba Beef Producers 431-588-3869 Phone: 204-772-4542 Joey.dearborn@kap.ca Email: ccallum@mbbeef.ca

Hay and Straw Listing Fact Sheet

Farmers and producers in Manitoba have numerous options when it comes to listing available hay and straw, and for buying hay, straw and alternative feeds. By no means is this list exhaustive and we encourage you to share other avenues for listing and buying with both Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

Manitoba Agriculture

Manitoba Agriculture can assist farmers and producers with questions on where to source hay, straw and alternative feed. Call 1-844-769-6224 or visit your local Ag Office. The Manitoba Agriculture Livestock page also has tools and resources for dry conditions.

Manitoba Government Hay Listing Service

The Manitoba government has a hay listing service that includes hay, pasture land, and alternative feeds available. There are also options to select certified organic and certified weed free feed. To learn more, click here.

Social Media

There are two dedicated groups on Facebook for buying/selling hay and straw. Manitoba Hay and Feed for Buy/Sell Hay/Feed for sale in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba Other social media avenues including Twitter also feature hay for sale across the province, however that exchange needs to occur on a user to user basis.

Hay Exchange

The internet Hay Exchange is a free hay listing and hay locator website. It includes listings from all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. For more information, click here.

Others Buy and sell websites like Kijiji and eBrandon will occasionally have listings for hay and straw.


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Tailgating at the Game!

Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans stop by Manitoba Beef Producers' tent in the Tailgating zone at the August 8 Family of the Game.

In the News

A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry •Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report •Beef Market Update •Feed Watch: August 5, 2019 •Canada's Food Guide and Meat Consumption •Canada's Own COOL Regulations


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NEWS RELEASE August 7, 2019 Manitoba Beef Producers identifies priority areas in advance of provincial and federal elections WINNIPEG, MB – With both provincial and federal elections pending, Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) has identified a number of priority areas on which it will advocate on behalf of the province’s cattle industry. “Manitoba’s 6,500 beef producers play a critical role in the local and national economy, creating jobs and opportunities, as well as providing valuable ecological goods and services,” explained MBP President Tom Teichroeb. “It is important that there is a policy and regulatory environment in which the industry can thrive and we want to ensure candidates are aware of the perspectives of beef producers on different matters.” Some of the topics about which MBP will be advocating with both provincial and federal candidates include: the need for equitable and effective business risk management programs; the importance of sound water management strategies, both for times of drought or excess moisture conditions; recognition of the ecosystem services provided by managing grasslands, such as carbon sequestration and preserving habitat for many different species; exploring new trade opportunities and full optimizing existing trade deals; strategies to tackle labor shortages; and, the benefits provided to the sector through investments in beef and forage research and innovation. “As the two election campaigns unfold in the weeks ahead we strongly encourage our members to talk to their candidates about the value of the beef industry to Manitoba and to ask the candidates about their priorities when it comes to the cattle sector,” added Teichroeb. “It is important our voices are heard by the people who could be shaping policies and programs affecting agriculture for years to come.” -30Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba, representing 6,500 producers across the province. The mission of MBP is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education—within the industry and to governments, consumers and others, to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future.

For Further Information Contact: Carson Callum Maureen Cousins MBP General Manager Acting Communications Coordinator Phone: 204.772.4542 Phone: 204.772.4542


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Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project Update Manitoba Hydro has received regulatory approval from the federal and provincial governments to proceed with the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP). This is a 500-kV transmission line that runs from the Winnipeg area to the U.S. border in southeastern Manitoba where it will connect to the Great Northern Transmission Line to be constructed by Minnesota Power. This will include upgrades to the Dorsey, Riel, and Glenboro converter stations. According to information on the project website, Manitoba Hydro says that it is “working towards a construction start date of August 19. We are waiting for final approval of documents that we filed with the National Energy Board to satisfy Certificate conditions. Construction will not begin until these approvals are received.” For more information about the project, including the location of construction activity please visit the project website as follows: https://www.hydro.mb.ca/projects/mb_mn_transmission/

TESA APPLICATIONS DUE TO MBP BY DECEMBER 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference and CCA Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting.

Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http://www.cattle. ca/sustainability/theenvironmental-stewardshipaward/, or contact MBP for a copy.

The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . The 2018 national level TESA winners was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family.


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Manitoba residents to get new or faster Internet access with help of federal investment (Government of Canada news release) Canadians understand the importance of building communities. They have always invested in ways to better connect with each other—from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the national railroad system to the Trans-Canada Highway. Those investments now need to reflect the increasingly digital world. That is why the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced funding on August 2 of $6.9 million for Valley Fiber Limited and $794,000 for High Speed Crow to bring new or improved high-speed Internet access and capacity to 16 communities, including a First Nation community, in rural Manitoba. In addition to the Government of Canada investment, Valley Fiber Limited is contributing $2.3 million and High Speed Crow is contributing $264,640, bringing the total investment to just over $10 million. The additional high-speed Internet projects in Manitoba are possible thanks to the top-up to the Connect to Innovate program announced in Budget 2019. As a result of this funding, residents in the communities of Aubigny, Brunkild, Bristol, Friedensfeld, Greenland, Homewood, La Salle, Mctavish, New Bothwell, Otterburne, Sanford, Silver Plains, Saint Malo, Ste.

Agathe, Sperling and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation will be able to connect with family and friends, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age. Connect to Innovate is investing in building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world. The funding announced today builds on numerous steps the Government of Canada has taken to improve Internet access for Canadians. High-speed Internet access is essential for Canadians in rural and remote communities to thrive in the digital economy. HighSpeed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy is the Government’s plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians will have access to affordable high-speed Internet, no matter where they live. It also commits to improving mobile wireless coverage where Canadians live and work, as well as along major highways and roads.

Quotes

“Broadband Internet service is key for the prosperity of rural Canadian communities. This project will allow residents to be better connected to friends,

family, school and businesses, as well as have better access to online services and tools. By providing better broadband connections, we are increasing the potential for economic growth and diversification and enhancing the quality of life in First Nation and rural communities.” – The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development “We are very pleased with the approval of funds under the Connect to Innovate program to bring this critical infrastructure that will connect more Canadians. These funds allow Valley Fiber to expand our ‘dedicated fiber’ build in rural Manitoba. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Government of Canada in bringing this digital backbone to our communities.” – Conley Kehler, Senior VicePresident, Valley Fiber “High Speed Crow is pleased to partner with the federal government to improve broadband services in Manitoba. This partnership will help us continue fiber deployments throughout Manitoba, specifically the rural areas, to which we are firmly committed.” – Bryan King, President and Chief Executive Officer, High Speed Crow


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8.


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Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8.


July 26, 2019

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Livestock Producers Receive Tax Relief for 2019

List of Designated Regions for 2019 under the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision (News Release) On July 22 the Government of Canada released an initial list of designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2019 due to extreme weather conditions. Preliminary analysis indicates that livestock producers in Western Canada and Quebec are experiencing significant forage shortages due to drought conditions, supporting an early designation under the livestock tax deferral provision. Ongoing analysis and consultations will continue to determine if additional regions will be added to the designated list. The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 to help replenish the herd. The cost of replacing the animals in 2020 will offset the deferred income, thereby reducing the tax burden associated with the original sale. The criteria for identifying regions for livestock tax deferral is forage shortfalls of 50 percent or more caused by drought or excess moisture.

Eligible regions are identified based on weather, climate, and production data, in consultation with industry and provinces. Eligibility for the tax deferral is limited to those producers located inside the designated prescribed areas. Producers in those regions can request the tax deferral when filing their 2019 income tax returns.

Quotes

"Canadian producers have had to face numerous challenges due to extreme weather conditions. It is a priority for our government to quickly determine how the livestock tax deferral will be authorized to ensure that our producers have the support necessary to make informed herd management decisions and to help them keep their businesses strong." - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts

Low moisture levels resulted in significant forage shortages for livestock producers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec in 2019. One option for producers is to reduce their breeding herd in order to manage feed supplies. In addition to the livestock tax deferral provision, producers have

access to assistance through existing Canadian Agricultural Partnership Business Risk Management programs, which include AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest.

Associated links • Livestock Tax Deferral Provision • Canadian Agricultural Partnership • Drought Watch (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) Manitoba – 2019 Livestock Tax Deferral (Municipalities based on 2016 Statistics Canada Census) 1. Alexander 2. Alonsa 3. Argyle 4. Armstrong 5. Bifrost-Riverton 6. Boissevain-Morton 7. Brenda-Waskada 8. Brokenhead 9. Cartier 10. Cartwright-Roblin 11. Clanwilliam-Erickson 12. Coldwell 13. Dauphin 14. De Salaberry 15. Deloraine-Winchester 16. Division No. 17, Unorganized 17. Division No. 18, Unorganized, West Part 18. Division No. 20, Unorganized, South Part 19. Dufferin 20. Ellice-Archie 21. Elton 22. Emerson-Franklin

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23. Ethelbert 24. Fisher 25. Gilbert Plains 26. Gimli 27. Glenboro-South Cypress 28. Glenella-Lansdowne 29. Grahamdale 30. Grandview 31. Grassland 32. Grey 33. Hamiota 34. Hanover 35. Harrison Park 36. Headingley 37. Hillsburg-Roblin-Shell River 38. Killarney - Turtle Mountain 39. La Broquerie 40. Lac du Bonnet 41. Lakeshore 42. Lorne 43. Louise 44. Macdonald 45. McCreary 46. Minitonas-Bowsman 47. Minto-Odanah 48. Montcalm 49. Morris

50. Mossey River 51. Mountain (South) 52. Norfolk-Treherne 53. North Cypress-Langford 54. North Norfolk 55. Oakland-Wawanesa 56. Oakview 57. Pembina 58. Pipestone 59. Portage la Prairie 60. Prairie Lakes 61. Prairie View 62. Reynolds 63. Rhineland 64. Riding Mountain West 65. Ritchot 66. Riverdale 67. Rockwood 68. Roland 69. Rosedale 70. Rossburn 71. Rosser 72. Russell-Binscarth 73. Sifton 74. Souris-Glenwood 75. Springfield 76. St. Andrews

77. St. Clements 78. St. François Xavier 79. St. Laurent 80. Stanley 81. Ste. Anne 82. Ste. Rose 83. Swan Valley West 84. Taché 85. Thompson 86. Two Borders 87. Victoria 88. Wallace-Woodworth 89. West Interlake 90. West St. Paul 91. WestLake-Gladstone 92. Whitehead 93. Whitemouth 94. Winnipeg 95. Woodlands 96. Yellowhead https://www.canada.ca/en/ agriculture-agri-food/news/2019/07/ livestock-producers-receive-taxrelief-for-2019.html

In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry •CCA Action News Vol 22 Issue 7 •CAHRC Summer Newsletter •Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report •Livestock ID and Traceability Program Update


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Great Tastes of Manitoba is 30!

MBP Food Expert Elisabeth Harms joins Dez Daniels to share some great new recipes using Manitoba beef.

MBP working with professor on conservation study

Manitoba Beef Producers is collaborating with Dr. Jeremy Pittman from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning (Canada) on a research project about ranchers’ and farmers’ preferences for species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). We seek your insights into what conservation programs are desirable and best suited for your operations. Participation in this study involves completing a 15-minute online survey. In appreciation for your time, you will be given the opportunity to enter into a draw to win one of forty gift cards, which are each valued at $100 CAD. Your odds of winning one of the prizes is based on the number of individuals who participate in the study, but we will be giving away 10 prizes per province. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

Please click on the link or type the link into your web browser to participate in the survey: https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bw7CeipWl5yTg69 If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Pittman at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 31544 or email: jpittman@uwaterloo.ca


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Initial Meeting Between Senior Leadership of CCA and The Weather Network CCA Statement, Calgary, AB – On July 22 Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) senior leadership met via call with Pelmorex Corp (parent company of The Weather Network) leadership today in response to a video published by the Weather Network on July 18, 2019. The video, based on a new report from the World Resources Institute, portrayed an inaccurate depiction of global beef production. During the meeting, CCA communicated the high level of concern expressed by beef producers across the country over the weekend. The purpose of this meeting was to provide balanced, fact-based information on the role cattle play in

sustaining the environment, natural ecosystems, and biodiversity. The Weather Network was receptive to learn about the Canadian beef industry’s sustainability and conservation efforts. The outcome was a positive first step towards collaboration in sharing information, with emphasis on Canadian beef production practices for future reporting. We look forward to connecting our industry partners in conservation and research with The Weather Network. In Canada, the beef industry accounts for only 2.4 percent of national emissions and 0.04 percent of global emissions. The Canadian beef industry provides many positive contributions to the environment, such

as maintaining grasslands, sequestering carbon and increasing biodiversity and wildlife habitat, all on lands mostly unsuitable for other purposes. In fact, Canada is a global leader in sustainability initiatives through the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). The CRSB works with a wide variety of stakeholders to advance the continuous improvement and sustainability in Canadian beef, and is an active contributor to global beef sustainability efforts through the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. CCA will actively pursue opportunities to collaborate on content that represents production innovations and environmental stewardship actions of beef producers in Canada.

TESA APPLICATIONS DUE TO MBP BY Beef Industry Conference and CCA DECEMBER 6 Manitoba Beef Producers is accepting applications for Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) until December 6. Since 1996, the Canadian Cattlemen Association’s (CCA) TESA has recognized producers who go above and beyond standard industry conservation practices, setting positive examples for other cattle producers and the general public. At the provincial level, the winning operation receives recognition for its outstanding contributions, which in MBP’s case occurs in conjunction with its annual general meeting in February. All provincial award recipients then move forward to compete at the national level. The national TESA recipient is announced during the Canadian

Semi-Annual Meeting in August. All provincial recipients are awarded an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this meeting. Each TESA nominee exemplifies significant innovation and attention to a wide range of environmental stewardship aspects of their farm operation. Such innovations extend beneficially to areas far beyond their land, including water, wildlife and air. All beef cattle operations in Canada may apply. Producers can either be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves. Nominees and applicants compete for one of the provincial awards based on their province of residence. For more information and to access the application go to http://www.cattle. ca/sustainability/the-environmental-

stewardship-award/, or contact MBP for a copy. The form, along with all supporting documentation (such as letters of support, photos and/or videos), is to be submitted to Manitoba Beef Producers c/o 220-530 Century Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0Y4 by December 6, 2019. The application can be emailed to info@mbbeef.ca . The 2018 national level TESA winners was Manitoba's Circle H Farms, a purebred cow-calf operation owned and operated by Brian and Sonja Harper and family.


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Busy Summer Ahead for Grassland Carbon Research in Manitoba

National CFGA Project Utilizes Six Manitoba Fields to Determine Greenhouse Gas Reduction (MFGA News Release, July 16, 2019) Researchers will be digging down on six Manitoba fields this summer as part of a national project to look at the role of forages and grasslands in reducing Greenhouse Gases in Canada. “High Performance Management Systems To Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Canada’s Forages and Grasslands” is being led nationally by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) after a successful application to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Greenhouse Gases Program last year. “Grasslands around the world warrant significant attention when discussing GHGs due to their sheer size, whether they are serving as a source, sink, or reservoir,” said Cedric McLeod, CFGA executive director. “The Canadian Forage and Grasslands sector is the single largest land use component of Canadian agriculture, covering over 70-million acres of cropland, with 36-million acres devoted to native rangeland and the remaining 34-million acres dedicated to the production of annual and perennial tame forages. CFGA saw a real need to lead our project and paint a national picture as to how impactful these areas are in reducing greenhouse gases in Canada.” Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) is fully supportive of the CFGA project and helped identify the five producer fields as well as the sixth at Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) research and demonstration Brookdale farm near Brandon, MB as project sites. Dr. Terence McGonigle of

Brandon University will lead the research team in sampling the nominated fields. Manitoba’s grasslands cover approximately six million acres of total farm land in the province, positioning Manitoba as one of Canada’s grassland and forage powerhouses on a national scale. Although many groups view the grasslands as a highly valuable and yet increasingly at-risk ecosystem, there remains a lack of commitment to ensure sustainable use, as well as avoided conversion to annual cropping or other land uses. While MBFI was selected for the research-history and capacity of the Brookdale Farm (located on the site formerly occupied by the ZeroTill Management Research Farm), measuring the carbon holding capacity of the other five Manitoba fields will help showcase the best management practices that the producers utilize. “Quite frankly, the five producers that we selected represent a growing number of what we feel are a rapidly increasing number of really informed, really keen livestock and grass producers in our province,” said Duncan Morrison, MFGA executive director. “We want to showcase the results from the way these families are farming and the management systems they are utilizing. It’s time to add the carbon equation to the decision mix and bolster the biodiversity, water management and soil health platforms of grassland retention, forage and livestock production and producer profitability. It’s another feather in our collective farming caps as we tell our producers’ stories around the good they do for our province and country,

this time via research anticipated to confirm greenhouse gas reduction on their fields.” The five Manitoba producers are: 1) Located in the upper valley of the Assiniboine River near Miniota, the farm of Ryan Canart employs intensified rotational grazing. The study field has been put to rota tional grazing for 15 years, fol lowing conversion from annual crops in 2004. 2) East of Miniota at Hamiota, the farm of Dr. Allan Preston uses balanced fertility. The study field is 30 ac. More details are being gathered and provided. 3) Between Brandon and the approach to Riding Mountain National Park, the farm of Clayton Robins uses annual crop integration. Two fields are being studied, with annual crops added from 2011 and 2018, respectively to rest perennials in the critical acclimation period. The cereal or cereal-fababean crop is undersown to a late- season forage mix, with grazing in strips across the field from September. The crop is baled, with feeding at the site formed. 4) At the south-west of the province, the farm of Matt Van Steelandt near Melita is utilizing adaptive multi-paddock grazing and extensive livestock wintering to build soil health. Various historic bale grazing events are evident across the site. Bale grazing is from December to April. Two selected event sites are from January 2015 and January 2017.

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MBP E-Newsletter 5) Directly east of Winnipeg, the farm of Jonathan Bouw near Anola utilizes intensive rotational grazing and bale grazing. Bale grazing proceeds from November to May. Animals for bale grazing are heifers and steers at 1.5 years of age at the start of bale grazing. Outside of the bale grazing period, rotational grazing is for 60 developing bulls on 3 ac for 2-3 days. Using the January date, paddocks to be studied correspond to bale grazing in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Samples are to be taken on-bale and off-bale. The research aspects of the project wrap up next year. CFGA General Managers will be at MBFI in late July for their annual national meeting which will include updates on MFGACFGA AGGP results. MFGA will also feature the project on their website at mfga.net and look to profile the producers and research at the MFGA Regenerative Ag Days November 1920, 2019.

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TIME T O BOOK YO U R FALL/WINT E R G R AIN & PROTE IN NEEDS TRUCKLOAD LOTS (APPROX. 42 MT) Delivered right to your farm

GRAIN SCREENING PELLETS (APPROX. 12% PROTEIN, 4% FAT) HIGH FAT EXPELLER CANOLAMEAL (APPROX. 39 % PROTEIN, 11 % FAT) CORN SCREENINGS • Similar nutrient value to whole kernel corn • No grinding or rolling required to feed OTHER FEED INGREDIENTS AVAILABLE! FOR PRICES DELIVERED TO YOUR AREA PLEASE CONTACT US Feed Ingredients from a Name that Delivers Quality, Reliability and Value

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MFGA Positions for Regenerative Agriculture (MFGA News Release, July 10, 2019) -Regenerative Agriculture is a fastevolving, producer-led force in Manitoba. Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) is keeping pace with it. “MFGA’s interests in Regenerative Agriculture lie squarely in producing high quality food while improving the natural ecosystem,” says Ryan Boyd, MFGA’s finance chair and a well-regarded Regenerative Agriculture leader in Manitoba. “We believe that Regenerative Agriculture farms strive to be part of a larger ecosystem, shifting the paradigm from prioritizing high yields above all else to establishing cycles of regeneration that improve long-term land use via profit and ecosystem health.” The MFGA board of directors recently approved an official MFGA position on Regenerative Agriculture. This position and recommendations will also help MFGA organize producer gatherings and information exchanges such as the 2019 MFGA Regenerative Agriculture

Days planned for Brandon November 19-20, 2019. Expertise on Regenerative Agriculture runs throughout MFGA’s board of directors and producer network and MFGA board of directors will be creating a MFGA Regenerative Agriculture Committee to chart and inspire the organization’s path. “Our leaders are well aware that Regenerative Agriculture can provide a valuable land base for forage production, crop rotations and livestock grazing, while delivering numerous ecological goods and services, including wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, water capture and storage, and the resilience of Manitoba’s agricultural landscape to climate extremes,” said Boyd. “The ultimate goal is producer profitability on healthy agricultural lands managed with wise land use practices that vastly improve soil, water and air quality.” Darren Chapman, MFGA Chair, says MFGA has dedicated time and resources toward building and promoting Regenerative Agriculture in Manitoba and beyond as MFGA

mbbeef.ca leaders have presented Regenerative Agriculture practices on many event stages as keynote speakers and proponents. MFGA delivered the largest Regenerative Agriculture gathering ever held in Manitoba at the 2018 MFGA Regenerative Agriculture Conference, and will be hosting a similar-large-sized conference in 2020. “In 2019, MFGA will host a smalleryet-equally-significant gathering around Regenerative Agriculture in Brandon to time with our MFGA Annual General Meeting where we are bringing in well-known experts Dr. Dwayne Beck and Jay Fuhrer to speak with our producers,” said Chapman. “Because of our organization’s focus and the pursuit of Regenerative Agriculture among our networks, MFGA is at the leading edge of defining and promoting Regenerative Agriculture in Manitoba. And, that’s exactly where we want to be.” MFGA AGM and Regenerative Agriculture 2019 registration and information can be found here. The MFGA Regenerative Agriculture Position can be found here.


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Reducing Livestock Predation Risk: Testing Innovative Ways to Minimise Losses Looking for cooperators Payments will not be made to producers for their involvement, it is expected that those participating in the project are already experiencing losses at a level that they would see the benefit in a target approach with highly specialized equipment and expert involvement.

Contact: Melanie Dubois Text Cell: 204-573-3535 Office: 204-578-6646

What we are doing: 1)

Testing a method of assessing the risk of predation to your operation

2)

Deploying multiple monitoring & predator deterrents

Are you experiencing losses within the outlined watersheds? This project is looking for innovative livestock producers who:   

are experiencing losses willing to try unorthodox experimental approaches to stopping predator attacks willing to provide information on costs, attitudes, animal husbandry, mortality management and past losses among other information will provide in-kind support in the form of assisting with fence/equipment installation, weekly monitoring of fences and trail cams, moving of equipment on a regular basis will participate in demonstration events, interviews, web and paper based communications.

Get serious about reducing your losses..

Melanie.Dubois2@Canada.ca Sr. Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist Brandon Research & Development Centre 18th & Grand Valley Rd Brandon Manitoba


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Target watersheds are found in Districts 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8.

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June 28, 2019

E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

Statement CCA Statement on Canadian Beef Exports to China June, 26, 2019 Calgary, AB The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has learned that effective yesterday no new Canadian meat export certificates for China will be issued due to the discovery of a falsified Canadian pork export certificate. We understand the suspension will be temporary and that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and other appropriate law enforcement agencies are currently investigating. We believe that shipments that are already in transit to China will be allowed to pass through customs. It is unclear why beef products have been included in this suspension. The Canadian government is seeking clarification from Chinese officials. In terms of immediate impact, shipments of Canadian beef to China represented 2.6 per cent of Canada’s total beef exports last year. In 2018, Canadian beef exports to Mainland China were up 19 per cent in volume and 15 per cent in value at 10,300 tonnes valued at $97 million. In the first quarter of 2019, exports to Mainland China were up 445 per cent in volume and 428 per cent in value at 5,300 tonnes valued at $48 million. The CCA encourages the Governments of Canada and China to work together to investigate and amend the situation so that trade can be resumed in a timely manner. The temporary loss of beef access to the Chinese market is unfortunate and may have financial impacts for both the live animal and processing sectors. Canada’s diverse market access within the Asian region through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement provides opportunity to shift this demand to other countries. “It is unfortunate that this disruption of trade has occurred. We are fully confident in our meat production systems in Canada and the safe-guards we have in place”, says Bob Lowe, Vice President of the CCA “We will work closely with the Government of Canada to identify a solution to the suspension from China, while at the same time we will continue to work on expanding other export markets.” The CCA will work closely with the Government of Canada to resume stable trade as quickly as possible.

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COMPETITIVE FEED COSTS TIME TO BOOK YOUR FALL/WINTER PROTEIN NEEDS TRUCKLOAD LOTS (APPROX. 42 MT) Delivered right to your farm HIGH FAT EXPELLER CANOLAMEAL (APPROX. 39 % PROTEIN, 11 % FAT, 5 % MOISTURE — AS FED)

CORN SCREENINGS • Similar nutrient value to whole kernel corn • No grinding or rolling required to feed

OTHER FEED INGREDIENTS ARE AVAILABLE! FOR PRICES DELIVERED TO YOUR AREA, PLEASE CONTACT US

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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Researchers discover bacteria that detoxifies DON • Agricultural plastics not part of federal ban • McDonald’s Switch to Fresh Beef Beefed Up Sales • I’ve Got a Beef • Kay: Cattle futures crush the present • Tips for using risers with electric fencing

MBP working with professor on conservation study Manitoba Beef Producers is collaborating with Dr. Jeremy Pittman from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning (Canada) on a research project about ranchers’ and farmers’ preferences for species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). We seek your insights into what conservation programs are desirable and best suited for your operations. Participation in this study involves completing a 15-minute online survey. In appreciation for your time, you will be given the opportunity to enter into a draw to win one of forty gift cards, which are each valued at $100 CAD. Your odds of winning one of the prizes is based on the number of individuals who participate in the study, but we will be giving away 10 prizes per province. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

Please click on the link or type the link into your web browser to participate in the survey: https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bw7CeipWl5yTg69 If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Pittman at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 31544 or email: jpittman@uwaterloo.ca


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Co-Chairpersons Lois McRae 204-728-3058 Jake Rawluk & Laura Horner 868-5335 Treasurer Rilla Hunter - 838-2019 Secretary Naomi Best - 851-7233 Angus: Wenda Best - 838-2236 Nanette & Nolan Glover - 534-2552 Candace Johnson - 730-3986 Charolais: Jackie Cavers - 242-3467 Megan Kemp - 245-1119 Hereford: Albert, Michelle & Samantha Rimke 855-2534 Limousin: Travis Hunter - 838-2019 Simmental: Andrea Bertholet - 483-0319 Cody Carson - 859-2816 Shorthorn: Trevor & Taylor Carlson - 750-4668 Shailyn Madsen - 851-4543 Geoff Paterson -210-0440 Blair McRae - 728-3058 Monty Thomson - 870-0089 Manitoba Youth Beef Round Up www.mbyouthbeefroundup.weebly.com

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Any young cattle producers under the age of 25 years of age as of January 1, 2019. 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 2nd to 4th, 2019

WHY:

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

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 PM Cattle/Participant Arrival & Registration 3:00-5:00 PM Judging and Oral Reasons Clinic 6:00 PM Supper 7:00 PM Welcome & Ag Challenge SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019 8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast, Cattle in Barns & Interviews for Ambassador 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Pee Wee & Junior Stall Card Comp. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Judging, Public Speaking & Workshops 12:00-1:00 PM Lunch 1:00-2:00 PM Team Grooming 2:00-4:00 PM Team Judging, Stockman’s Quiz & PeeWee Learning Clinic 4:00-5:00 PM Cattle Tie Out & Chores 6:00 PM Cook-Off 7:30-9:00 PM Baseball SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 8:00-9:00 PM Breakfast & Cattle In Barns 10:00AM-12:00PM Showmanship 12:00-1:00 PM Lunch & Group Photo 1:00-5:00 PM Conformation Classes & Parade of Champions 5:00-6:00 PM Supper & Awards Ceremony


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Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives bring you the Manitoba Livestock Tour featuring novel and innovative ideas implemented by successful livestock operations. This tour has been designed to showcase different strategies to help producers increase profits and manage workloads associated with today’s livestock operations. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Southwest of Brandon 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 Northwest of Brandon

Starts at Borderland Agriculture (Brooks & Jen White) (west of Lyleton on MB-251, south on Rd 166W 3.3 km)

Starts at Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives Farm, Brookdale MB

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annuals for grazing winter corn grazing innovation in forage establishment feeding and calving strategies for large herds value added through organic production lunch courtesy of Cargill Animal Nutrition and 2B Land and Cattle

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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using calving cameras without electricity weather station data consumer trends in beef consumption tour of assembly yards feedlot tour creep feeding to extend your pasture using beef cattle to compliment another farm enterprise

lunch courtesy of Manitoba Beef Producers

This will be a tailgate tour where you bring your vehicle and follow along from stop to stop. Producers can elect to choose either day separately or take in both days. Register by July 29, 2019. Cost will be $30 per person, per day. For more information or to register, call 204 622-2007 This tour is presented in part by Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Cargill Animal Nutrition, 2B Land and Cattle, Precision Cam and Trouw Nutrition.


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June 7, 2019

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Info sessions planned for Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel project Province of Manitoba Press Release The Manitoba government will be updating the public on the province’s plans for two new, permanent outlet channels for Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin that will greatly enhance the province’s capacity to manage flooding, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced recently. “The outlet channels are critically important to ensuring the safety of all Manitobans,” said Schuler. “History has shown the costs and consequences of inaction are far too great and we are committed to moving this project forward as soon as possible.” The project consists of building two diversion channels, approximately 23-kilometres long: the Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel will run north from Watchorn Bay on Lake Manitoba to Birch Bay on Lake St. Martin and the Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel will run northeast from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg south of Willow Point. The project also involves building a number of bridges and water control structures, a 24-kilovolt distribution line and adjusting surrounding highway infrastructure. The information sessions are scheduled for: • June 25 in Winnipeg, 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Canad Inns Destination Centre Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy.; and • June 27 in Moosehorn, 2 to 5 p.m. and 6

to 8 p.m., Moosehorn Community Hall, Railway Avenue, Rural Municipality of Grahamdale. The new channels will increase the province’s ability to regulate water levels on Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. The design is for a channel capacity of 7,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the Lake Manitoba outlet and 11,500 cfs for the Lake St. Martin outlet. The current capacity of the Lake St. Martin Emergency Outlet Channel is approximately 4,000 cfs. Excavation of the channels and construction of the associated bridges and control structures will occur once detailed design work, Indigenous consultation and environmental authorizations are complete, Schuler said. Until the new channels are completed, the original emergency channel will remain available for use as required. Once the new channels are completed, the existing emergency channel will then be repurposed for environmental benefits. Last year, the governments of Canada and Manitoba announced an agreement to costshare $540 million in new flood management infrastructure for the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels. Federal funding of $247.5 million will be provided through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. Manitoba will provide matching funds in the amount of $247.5 million, plus an additional $45 million.


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Klassen: Feeder market absorbs double-edged sword • Forage forecast gets some good news • Cattle prices show strength thanks to recent rain • BSE halts Brazilian beef exports to China • Drought becomes top-of-mind issue for farmers • Mental health worth the investment

MBP working with professor on conservation study Manitoba Beef Producers is collaborating with Dr. Jeremy Pittman from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning (Canada) on a research project about ranchers’ and farmers’ preferences for species-at-risk and endangered species conservation programs in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). We seek your insights into what conservation programs are desirable and best suited for your operations. Participation in this study involves completing a 15-minute online survey. In appreciation for your time, you will be given the opportunity to enter into a draw to win one of forty gift cards, which are each valued at $100 CAD. Your odds of winning one of the prizes is based on the number of individuals who participate in the study, but we will be giving away 10 prizes per province. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

Please click on the link or type the link into your web browser to participate in the survey: https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bw7CeipWl5yTg69 If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Pittman at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 31544 or email: jpittman@uwaterloo.ca


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Manitoba Hay & Silage Day Register today Watch infield demonstrations of new equipment from manufacturers and learn more about harvesting high quality feed, costs of production and feeding baled and chopped silage. Date:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time:

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Place:

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Cost is $20 per person. This is a rain or shine event. Call Manitoba Agriculture at 204-622-2007 to register.

Agenda 9:45 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:45 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

The Silage How-to Guide for Livestock Producers Ray Bittner, Manitoba Agriculture Getting a Handle on Feed Costs-Silage vs Hay Cost of Production Ben Hamm, Manitoba Agriculture Managing Silage That Turns Out Less than Ideal John McKinnon, JJM Nutrition, Saskatoon, SK Silage Inoculants: What You Need to Know? Derwyn Hammond, Pioneer Hybrid Lunch-sponsored in part by Pioneer Hybrid Green Gold Alfalfa Monitoring Program - for optimal forage harvesting John McGregor, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association New Silage and Hay Equipment Demonstrations Major Manufacturers


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CCA welcomes funding to support strengthening Canada’s meat industry Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Press Release The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes news of $1 million in AgriMarketing support for Canada’s meat industry, as announced this morning by Member of Parliament Chris Bittle. The funding, allocated to the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), will enable the CMC, CCA and the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) to undertake collaborative and targeted activities to strengthen and pave the way for further diversification of markets for Canadian beef and pork products. Such activities will include strengthening international trade relationships with foreign industry partners, provid-

ing expertise for global trade missions, and inspection visits by international officials to Canadian processing facilities to demonstrate food safety requirements. The CCA thanks the Government of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau for the funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing program. The ability to sell beef and beef by-products into the markets willing to pay the most for them is crucial to maximizing the value of each animal produced in Canada. In 2018, Canada’s beef industry exported $2.75 billion (398,580 tonnes) of beef, representing 38 per cent of domestic slaughter. This is a new re-

cord high in beef export value. Canada exported 597,500 tonnes of beef and cattle valued at $3.7 billion in 2018, representing 44 per cent of beef production (including live slaughter cattle exported). The Canadian beef industry represents the second largest single source of farm cash receipts, with cash receipts from cattle and calves totaling $9.4 billion annually over the last five years (2014-18 average), representing 16 per cent of total farm cash receipts, contributing $18 billion to GDP annually, and generating an estimated 228,000 jobs in Canada, with every job in the sector yielding another 3.56 jobs elsewhere in the economy.


May 27, 2019

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2019 MBP BURSARIES Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2019. 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. “It is our pleasure and privilege to be able to recognize deserving students who are from beef producing families and pursuing further education,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Tom Teichroeb. “Each year these bursaries go to outstanding people, many of whom have returned to rural Manitoba following graduation and made substantial contributions to their communities.” Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2019 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/. The winners are selected by a group of MBP directors. The names of applicants are redacted from the essays to ensure fairness in the selection process. Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by Monday, June 3, 2019. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2019. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.

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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Tapping into animal behaviour while processing calves • Negotiating a workable pasture rental agreement • Cargill moves beyond pilot program for sustainable beef • Prairie dryness concerns to persist • Fewer cattle, softer prices ahead of summer slowdown • Manitoba cattle market at mercy of declining futures • Top Findings About Adoption Of Beneficial Practices On Canadian Cow-Calf Operations


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Manitoba drivers reminded of annual 4-H highway cleanup Province of Manitoba Press Release — Manitoba highways will benefit from an annual clean up led by 4-H members this weekend and the provincial government is asking drivers to take extra caution, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today. “This initiative instils a sense of community and volunteerism among 4-H members while also helping to keep Manitoba’s highways and ditches clean,” said Eichler. “The 4-H commitment to volunteerism makes a difference to every person who enjoys the beauty of our Manitoba landscape this summer.” The provincewide campaign will take place tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Safety is of utmost importance so all participants will be wearing a safety vest and areas being cleaned will be marked with safety signs. Adult volunteers are involved to provide supervision. Manitobans are asked to be alert and use caution when passing 4-H highway clean up crews. “We remind all motorists to be vigilant over the weekend the 4-H crews will be conducting a great service for the community,” said Schuler. “These young people are dedicated and potentially the leaders of tomorrow, and show

this by taking on extra responsibility tomorrow.” The Manitoba government pays 4-H clubs for every kilometre of roadway cleaned. Last year, more than 400 volunteers cleaned 257 kilometres of roadsides and ditches, collecting 883 bags of trash. R ecyclable bottles and cans were also delivered to appropriate locations. Participating clubs earned $6,788 to support their programs. “Through the years, we have heard from parents and members that they will never litter because of this experience,” said Dawn Krinke of the Manitoba 4-H Council. “Highway cleanup is a good opportunity for people to see 4-H helping to improve the community.” In case of rain, the alternate date for the cleanup campaign is June 1. For more information on Manitoba’s agricultural programs and services, follow the Twitter account at www. twitter.com/MBGovAg. For the most recent information on road conditions or highway safety, visit www.manitoba511.ca, call 511 or follow the Twitter account at www. twitter.com/MBGovRoads. To learn more about 4-H in Manitoba, visit www.4h. mb.ca.

Japan lifts age restriction on Canadian beef, access for OTM beef achieved Canadian Cattlemen’s Association – Expanded access for Canadian beef to the Japanese market has been achieved as Japan has lifted its over 30-month (OTM) age restriction for beef exports, effective immediately. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) appreciates the implementation of this decision to eliminate the rule instated in the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) era and hopes that other markets will follow Japan’s lead. Japan is an important market for Canadian beef under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans- Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Statistics Canada data from three months since the December 30 implementation of the CPTPP (March 2019 YTD) indicates a significant increase

in volume up 100.2 per cent to 9,826 metric tonnes and up 117.4 per cent in value to CDN$68.7 million compared with the same period last year. The CCA expects exports of Canadian beef to increase further still now that expanded access for OTM beef has finally come to fruition, said CCA President David Haywood-Farmer. “The CCA has and will continue to advocate for free and open trade. We were pleased to see the access to Japan attained under CPTPP and are happy to see the market potential grow with new access for OTM,” he said. The CPTPP was implemented on December 30, 2018. On April 1, 2019 the second round of tariff cuts came into effect and tariffs were reduced to 26.6 per cent on both Canadian fresh

and frozen beef and further cuts will continue over the next several years. The initial tariff cut on December 30 lowered the Japanese beef tariff of 38.5 per cent to 27.5 per cent on Canadian fresh beef and to 26.9 per cent on frozen beef. Tariffs were also reduced for a range of offal products. The CCA has been closely monitoring developments regarding the OTM rule in 2019, as Japanese officials moved through their processes towards recommending the elimination of the requirement that imported beef be from cattle under 30 months of age. Canada’s new access became effective on May 17, 2019 and is part of the OTM access Japan announced late last week for the United States and Ireland.


May 10, 2019

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Links between Mental Health and Farm Management explored Farm Management Canada — A University of Guelph study released in 2016 found farmers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental health, reporting higher levels of stress, depression, emotional exhaustion and burnout than the general population. The same study found 40 per cent of agricultural producers would feel uneasy getting professional help due to the stigma that exists around the issue. We know that mental health impacts farm business decision-making, but to what extent? What other management practices are influenced by mental health, and how does farm business management impact mental health? Farm business management practices can help reduce risk, increase certainty and increase confidence. Through the business planning process, farmers create a vision and learn to set realistic goals. They assess the risks and opportunities they may encounter along the way and put measures in place to mitigate and manage what is in, and

outside of their control. Planning solidifies the farm team, creating a support network including family, business partners, and advisors. It is our belief that in this way, farm business management facilitates mental preparedness, reducing stress and the physical, mental, emotional and behavioural consequences thereof. However, farm business management can also be stressful in and of itself, and the thought of improving your business acumen, rather daunting. To help examine this issue further, Farm Management Canada (FMC) is embarking on a research project that is exploring the connection between mental health and farm business management. This will include factors influencing mental health, and how we can support mental health through business management, support business management through mental health, and the critical path forward. We further seek to explore whether demographic differences exist between Canadian regions, production

sectors, gender and age, and steps we can take to meet these individual needs. Since requesting expressions of interest from agricultural stakeholders in February, Farm Management Canada has received incredible support for this project including those keen to help guide the project and provide financial support toward it. Our sincere thanks go to Manitoba Beef Producers for their contribution to the project. With this support, FMC is pleased to announce we will be working with Wilton Consulting Group to research the connection between Mental Health and Farm Business Management. We welcome any interested partners to come forward to ensure diverse representation from across the agricultural sector. Stay tuned for further information on how you can get involved and help us continue to support farmers and their well-being for a sustainable and truly remarkable agricultural industry. For more information about FMC visit: www.fmc-gac.com.

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2019 MBP BURSARIES Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2019. 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. “It is our pleasure and privilege to be able to recognize deserving students who are from beef producing families and pursuing further education,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Tom Teichroeb. “Each year these bursaries go to outstanding people, many of whom have returned to rural Manitoba following graduation and made substantial contributions to their communities.” Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2019 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/. The winners are selected by a group of MBP directors. The names of applicants are redacted from the essays to ensure fairness in the selection process. Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by Monday, June 3, 2019. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2019. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • CCA Report: Focusing on beef export markets and domestic issues • Canadian livestock genetics exporters face delays in export permit renewal to China • Traceability making its mark on food systems • High River Western Feedlots Officially Sold • Virden brothers share cowhand traditions • Keep an eye out for scours

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Province reviews Disaster Financial Assistance program Province of Manitoba News Release — An improved provincial disaster financial assistance (DFA) program will result from recommendations made following an extensive program review done in collaboration with municipalities, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, minister responsible for emergency measures, said today. “When natural disasters strike, DFA helps Manitobans and municipalities recover while eliminating unreasonable financial burdens,” Schuler said. “By working together with municipalities on this review, we are ensuring the DFA program works best for Manitobans when they need it most.” The review was conducted in collaboration with Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) and the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association. The review group conducted direct and meaningful consultations with municipal, federal and industry stakeholders to gain a better understanding of their unique perspective on the DFA program. Recommendations to improve DFA included: • providing more training and information on the DFA program in a variety of formats so that people better understand what is needed when navigating through a DFA claim, • enabling online access to check on submitted

claims and digital methods for submitting documentation, • improving the timeliness of municipal inspections so they occur sooner after a disaster, and • providing clear criteria for when a DFA program is established. “Municipal officials are on the frontlines protecting local communities when responding to natural disasters and extreme weather events,” said Ralph Groening, president, AMM. “The recommendations in this report identify several opportunities to streamline the provincial Disaster Financial Assistance program and make it more responsive to local needs during times of emergency.” When a natural disaster occurs, the Manitoba government may declare the event eligible for DFA. The Manitoba Emergency Measures Act allows the government to provide financial assistance if the event meets the criteria outlined in the act and the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) administers DFA. The Manitoba government will look at the impacts and circumstances of an event to determine if it meets the DFA program requirements. DFA programs are established after evaluation on a per event basis.

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Red River Floodway bridge work, consultations required for Hwy. 59 Province of Manitoba Press Release — The Manitoba government is moving ahead with detailed design work and a public engagement session for a new bridge on PTH 59 North over the Red River Floodway, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced. “The bridge over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59 is a gateway to so many great experiences that Manitoba is known for – from Birds Hill Provincial Park to Grand Beach – and some of the great gems in cottage country,” Schuler said. “We have determined a cost-effective solution to replace the existing bridge and we look forward to consulting with Manitobans on this exciting project.” Construction on the project is slated to begin in the fall of 2020, with completion slated for November 2023, he added. The bridge was built in 1964 and has reached the end of its service life, and was also damaged in a vehicle collision last summer. Manitoba Infrastructure has selected the most cost-efficient replacement design, with no private property acquisition required. No alternatives under

consideration would require the acquisition of any private homes, the minister noted. North and southbound bridges will be built to replace the existing structure and some roadway realignments will take place. The existing bridge will remain open during construction. Detailed design will lead to construction starting in the fall of 2020 with construction work to be completed and the roadway and bridges fully open to traffic by the fall of 2023. Construction will be staged to accommodate the operation of the Red River Floodway. A public information session on the project will be held on May 22 at the East St. Paul Curling Club 260 Hoddinot Rd., East St. Paul. The minister noted the Manitoba government’s responsibilities include water management, drainage and transportation infrastructure management, the construction, maintenance and operation of 19,000 kilometres of all weather roads, 2,200 km of winter roads, and over 21,000 bridges and culverts that keep traffic moving smoothly across the province.

Myles Masson wins first ever Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association Member of The Year Award Submitted Story — Myles Masson was presented with a Member of The Year Award in Steinbach after being selected by his Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association peers at the annual Man-Sask Auctioneer and Cattle Convention. His peers, which consist of 35 auction mart operators, owners and order buyers, selected him based on a variety of new initiatives. The Ste. Rose Auction Mart introduced the “show list” method of selling cattle by auction approximately seven years ago. This new platform in Manitoba allows producers to maintain their represented identity and herd management skills while decreasing length of sale times. With the introduction of tractability, premise ID, and farm to plate awareness, this was a “win-win” for both the seller and the buyer. Ste. Rose Auction Mart maintains a

well-kept, clean market with a large number of feed and water pens, while doing yearly structural changes for improved procedures while maintaining employee safety. Ste. Rose also uses social media to promote their sales and consignors for each upcoming sale. Buyers are sent a full listening of the show list the night prior to the sale, which will be directed to their feedlots or backgrounding lots to Eastern and Western Canada, with all cattle pre-weighed before sale. This gives contacts a headstart on implementing their strategy to purchase load lots. Masson also developed Cattle Connect, an online cattle marketing platform. The network was set up to compete with other electronic marketing companies operating outside Manitoba. His vision was to keep the

revenues from these sales in Manitoba for both the company that lists the cattle and the buyer, by allowing only trusted Manitoba buyers to purchase cattle on their PC or right from their mobile device. While still in its infancy stages compared to other internet sale companies now fully established in Western Canada, it will hopefully have potential to compete on same level in the near future. Although he is very honoured to receive this award, Masson also gives credit to his employees that have accepted the harder work required to implement these changes and initiatives. Ste. Rose Auction Mart is active member in MLMA, Masson has served as President and has competed at both the LMAC and Man/Sask Auctioneering competitions and has also judged at the LMAC level.


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The Government of Manitoba started a consultation process on Feb. 19, on how Manitoba producers can increase protein production across the province. Producers and stakeholders can read the position paper, and offer written comments on the proposal to ensure their perspective is considered. Written submissions will be accepted up to May 15, 2019. You may send your submission by email to: mbproteinadvantage@gov.mb.ca Or mail it to: Manitoba Agriculture, 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg MB R3Y 1V2


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NEWS ALERT: MBP Bursary applications are being accepted. See Page 2 for details. Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services 1 (866) 367-3276

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2019 MBP BURSARIES Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) will again award six $500 bursaries to deserving Manitoba students in 2019. 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. “It is our pleasure and privilege to be able to recognize deserving students who are from beef producing families and pursuing further education,” said Manitoba Beef Producers President Tom Teichroeb. “Each year these bursaries go to outstanding people, many of whom have returned to rural Manitoba following graduation and made substantial contributions to their communities.” Those applying must be at least 17 years old as of Jan. 1, 2019 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/. The winners are selected by a group of MBP directors. The names of applicants are redacted from the essays to ensure fairness in the selection process. Completed applications must be submitted to MBP by Monday, June 3, 2019. All entries will be reviewed by the selection committee and the winners will be notified by July 31, 2019. The winning essays will also be reprinted in the September issue of Cattle Country.


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Cattle industry focuses on keeping tags in ears • Does EAT-Lancet Commission Report reflect reality? • Walmart creates Angus beef supply chain, cutting out meat processors • Immune test in the works to fight bovine respiratory disease

Verified Beef Production Plus is initiating a training platform upgrade and we need your help! It has been three years since VBP+ has upgraded it's training and it's time! Whether you have taken the original VBP training or the new VBP+ training, we want your input on what worked, what didn't and how we can make it better. You can help us out by completing the short survey at the attached links. You can take the survey in either English or French. It will take roughly 10 minutes. We will utilize this data to ensure that this training upgrade is what producers want and need. All results remain completely anonymous and confidential. Survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VBPplus_survey Survey in French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/VBPplus_FR-Survey


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10 important safety reminders for Manitoba producers: General tips and legal requirements From Manitoba Farm Safety Program

for loads up to 6.1 metres in width that protrude over the centre line of the highway and are subSpring has finally arrived, and in Manitoba that ject to the following: means there is a small window of time for farmers • One front escort vehicle on a 2 or 4 lane to get seed in the ground. Being prepared before non-divided highway • One rear escort vehicle on a 4 lane divided you begin is critical to avoiding risk and potential highway fines. The Manitoba Farm Safety Program has identified ways you can ensure successful, safe All trailer loads exceeding 6.1 metres in width require one front and one rear escort on all highseason: ways. 1. Train your help The above is a partial summary of the provincial All farms in Manitoba are required by law to proregulation, and does not include information vide, and keep records of safety orientation for all regarding night time travel. For more information workers - paid or unpaid, causal or otherwise. In about permits and escort vehicles, contact the the event of Workplace Safety and Health carrying Manitoba Permit Services Office at 204-945-3961. out a general inspection or investigating a serious injury or fatality on your farm, they can ask to see 3. Create or update descriptions of your farmthese training records. land Keep descriptions of, and directions to all farm2. Know when escort vehicles and permits are land in the house, in the shop, in your equipment required on provincial highways and in farm vehicles. This information should be Permits: easily accessible to family, neighbours and workOverwidth permits are not required for any imple- ers so they know exactly where to send help if ments or farm tractors being operated or towed needed. on a highway for agricultural purposes. However, height and length permits are required if exceed- 4. Restock and buy personal first aid kits ing the following: As per Manitoba safety and health legislation, you • Height: 4.6 metres are responsible for ensuring that anyone working • Length: 35.0 metres alone on your farm have immediate access to a Implements and farm tractors loaded on standard personal first aid kit. It may be helpful to keep trailers must obtain overwidth permits if the load kits and farmland descriptions in the same spot in exceeds 6.1 metres in width. However, specialized your farm equipment. Personal first aid kits must contain the following items: trailers designed specifically to haul that particular implement do not require overwidth permits. a) 10 sterile adhesive dressings, assorted sizes, Height and length permit restrictions still apply. individually packaged; b) 5 10 cm × 10 cm sterile gauze pads, individually Escort vehicles: Escort vehicles are not required for any implepackaged; ments or farm tractors being operated or towed c) a 10 cm × 10 cm sterile compress dressing, with on a highway for agricultural purposes. ties; If loaded on a trailer, an escort vehicle is required

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d) 5 antiseptic cleansing towelettes, individually packaged; e) a cotton triangular bandage; f) a waterproof waste bag; g) a pair of impervious disposable gloves; h) a roll of 2.5 cm adhesive bandage tape. 5. Let other motorists decide when it is safe to pass you on roadways While you may want to be polite and pull over to let cars pass you, it is not always a good idea to wave them around. By allowing motorists to decide for themselves when it is safe to pass, it takes the responsibility off you. 6. Inspect and replace fire extinguishers The following is a guideline for the type of fire extinguisher needed for each location on your farm: Shops • 10 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher • 5 pound dry chemical ABC extinguisher Barns • 10 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher • 2.5 gallon pressurized water extinguisher Farm Vehicles • 5 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher Combines • 10 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher • 2.5 gallon pressurized water extinguisher Balers • 2.5 gallon pressurized water extinguisher Tractors • 10 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher Silos/Bins

• 20 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher • 2.5 gallon pressurized water extinguisher Remember, fight small fires only. Water extinguishers can only be used on crop, straw and grass-type fires. For any fire involving oil, grease or electrical a dry chemical extinguisher must be used. On machinery fire extinguishers should be mounted on the outside if possible. 7. Inspect personal protective equipment Replace any faulty or worn out personal protective equipment. Damaged safety harnesses and lanyards must be cut up prior to being disposed of, so if found, they cannot be used. Things to check for are distorted or broken D-rings, frayed or cut edges in the webbing, bent or rusty buckles and missing rivets. 8. Polish up reflective signs and lights on your equipment Inspect and clean off all lights and signage. Make sure turn signals and flashers work properly and that your safety reflective tape and slow-moving vehicle emblems are fully visible to other motorists. 9. Support hydraulics during maintenance Ensure you are using a second support system on machines that use hydraulics while performing maintenance. Two safety measures should be standard practice. 10. Don’t skip meals Along with sleep, proper meals and getting plenty of water is key to reducing accidents by maintaining energy levels and alertness. Sleep deprivation and malnutrition slows response time, and that is when things can go wrong. Happy seeding!


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COMPETITIVE FEED COSTS TRUCKLOAD LOTS (APPROX. 42 MT) Delivered right to your farm HIGH FAT EXPELLER CANOLAMEAL

(APPROX. 39 % PROTEIN, 11 % FAT, 5 % MOISTURE — AS FED)

CORN SCREENINGS

• Similar nutrient value to whole kernel corn • No grinding or rolling required to feed

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Canadian Beef Grading Agency welcomes executive director The Canadian Beef Grading Agency (CBGA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Bennett as executive director. Bennett will be taking the helm from current CBGA General Manager Cindy Delaloye who will be retiring after 23 years of dedicated service to the agency. Since grading privatization in April 1996, the CBGA has delivered third party impartial grading of beef, veal, and bison. In addition, the CBGA

expanded basic grading to provide value added services to the industry through certification of branded beef programs. These activities will be continued and enhanced under Bennett’s management. Bennett brings extensive knowledge and expertise to the role of executive director. In addition to her most recent role as CBGA’s Alberta and British Columbia Grading Supervisor, Bennett’s background in agriculture and administration is a tremendous asset to the agency.

CBGA President Marty Carpenter is pleased to welcome Bennett to the team. “We are excited to welcome Amanda to the CBGA. Her background and grassroots understanding of Canadian grading provides an excellent basis to continue the strong leadership Cindy has established,” he said. Bennett will be mentoring under Delaloye’s guidance to build a complete understanding of operations and corporate strategy for the agency over the next several months.

Governments invest in food processing centre at Assiniboine Community College BRANDON—As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $300,000 in Assiniboine Community College to support a new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins (FPC), Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced here today. “The growing world demand for protein provides our industry here in Manitoba with tremendous opportunities in new production and processing jobs,” said Eichler. “The new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins will ensure that there is a robust stream of qualified individuals to advance our processing industry for years to come, and will keep our province at the leading edge of the protein sector.” The new training facility, located at the college’s Victoria Avenue East campus in Brandon, will have a specialized focus on animal proteins. The first program scheduled to be delivered in the space is an 11-month Food Processing (Animal Proteins) certificate program. That program, which commences next month, will have students learning protein processing and other necessary skills to gain employment within the industry. Future use of the centre lends itself to customized industry training and applied research. “The Food Processing Centre will allow Assiniboine to be responsive to the workforce development needs of employers, helping us to educate students and prepare them for in-demand jobs within this industry,” said Mark Frison, president of Assiniboine Community College. “We are extremely appreciative of the contributions from industry and govern-

ment to make this space possible.” Other funding partners include Maple Leaf Foods, HyLife, Manitoba Pork, UFCW Local 832, as well as the Brandon Hog and Livestock Show. Combined, $640,000 in funding will contribute to the construction and completion of the facility. “Maple Leaf is very excited to be part of this opportunity with ACC and to stand with our industry partners to see it come to fruition,” said Morgan Curran-Blaney, vice-president manufacturing – pork, Maple Leaf Foods. “Not only will this program provide a stream of skilled talent into our plant, but more importantly, it highlights meat processing as a viable and sustainable career option for students.” The new FPC at Assiniboine will address workforce supply shortages in Manitoba’s meat processing industry. In January 2017, the Canadian Agriculture Human Research Council found that rural meat-processing facilities have an employment vacancy rate of over 9.5 per cent. These vacancies restrict processing capacity and affect future growth. More information about Ag Action Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/agriculture under Canadian Agricultural Partnership, by calling 1-844-769-6224 (toll-free) or emailing agaction@gov.mb.ca. Manitobans can also sign up for a digital newsletter at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/online-resources/signup-for-growing-manitoba-ag.html or follow Manitoba Agriculture’s Twitter channel at www.twitter.com/ MBGovAg for more information about Ag Action Manitoba. For more information on Canadian Agricultural Partnership visit www.canada.ca/Agri-Partnership.


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The Government of Manitoba started a consultation process on Feb. 19, on how Manitoba producers can increase protein production across the province. Producers and stakeholders can read the position paper, and offer written comments on the proposal to ensure their perspective is considered. Written submissions will be accepted up to May 15, 2019. You may send your submission by email to: mbproteinadvantage@gov.mb.ca Or mail it to: Manitoba Agriculture, 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg MB R3Y 1V2


April 12, 2019

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LAST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS MBP is hiring a new General Manager. See Page 2 for job posting. Applications must be sent to patti.mckenzie@scottwolfe.ca by April 15.


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Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), based in Winnipeg, is a non-profit organization that represents approximately 6,500 beef producers across the province. The mission of MBP is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education within the industry and to governments, the public, and others to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future for the beef industry in Manitoba. Currently we are seeking a:

GENERAL MANAGER If you are an energetic and dedicated professional, with a collaborative approach to leadership and significant communication and general management skills, we want to hear from you. As the General Manager, your primary responsibilities will include: ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑

providing vision and leadership, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, for the strategic direction of MBP on behalf of the members it represents; accountability to the Board for the management, operations and administration of MBP; clearly communicating MBP’s vision and programs to its producer members, industry, government and the public; providing a strong and informed voice to ensure MBP’s messages are heard and understood on regulatory and policy issues affecting the Manitoba beef industry at the provincial and national level; providing direction on the development and funding of research programs and project activities that represent the interests of Manitoba beef producers; and, overseeing and monitoring a voluntary check-off program applied to Manitoba’s beef producers.

Qualifications include: ❑ post-secondary education in agriculture, environmental sciences and / or business; MBA or Master’s degree in agriculture considered an asset; ❑ strong leadership, human resources and general management skills, and experience in strategic planning and implementation; ❑ significant collaborator and team player; able to facilitate and share MBP’s vision and ideas; ❑ experience undertaking advocacy activities with government and others, including policy makers is highly desirable; ❑ sound knowledge of livestock production systems and awareness of issues and policies affecting the beef industry a significant asset; ❑ proven experience leading and empowering professional staff to high performance; ❑ strong administrative and financial management experience (budgeting, cost controls, reporting); ❑ experience with producer organizations, and / or proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers; ❑ exceptional skills in developing and maintaining strong relationships; ❑ strong listening, oral and written communication skills; experience communicating to a diverse range of target audiences; ❑ credibility, integrity and good judgement; and, ❑ possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel as required. Salary commensurate with experience, qualifications and ability. Applications must be received by April 15th, 2019. Apply, with resume, to email: patti.mckenzie@scottwolfe.ca Scott Wolfe Management Inc., 5315 Portage Avenue, Headingley, Manitoba, Canada R4H 1J9


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COMPETITIVE FEED COSTS TRUCKLOAD LOTS (APPROX. 42 MT) Delivered right to your farm HIGH FAT EXPELLER CANOLAMEAL

(APPROX. 39 % PROTEIN, 11 % FAT, 5 % MOISTURE — AS FED)

CORN SCREENINGS

• Similar nutrient value to whole kernel corn • No grinding or rolling required to feed

OTHER FEED INGREDIENTS ARE AVAILABLE! FOR PRICES DELIVERED TO YOUR AREA, PLEASE CONTACT US

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Province monitoring weather conditions in U.S. for flood impacts in Manitoba Province of Manitoba Press Release — The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure is monitoring a storm system in the central-northern U.S., which could bring heavy precipitation to Fargo, N.D., and water levels on the Red River in Manitoba. Daily average temperatures within the Red River Valley are staying near 0 C, pushing the forecast date of the peaks further into the future. Depending on the precipitation amounts in the storm system in North Dakota, flood waters could reach 2011 levels or slightly higher. The peak date at Emerson is now expected between April 21 and April 24. Provincial crews are deployed in a number of communities in the Red River Valley preparing for potential ring dike closures. Partial ring dike closures are currently underway at Emerson and St. Jean Baptiste, and the communities will remain accessible by road. Partial ring dike closures are expected at Morris, Letellier, Ste. Agathe, and St. Adolphe. Traffic may be reduced to two lanes for a segment of PTH 75, and PTH 75 is expected to be closed to traffic north of Morris in the latter part of next week. For current highway conditions and road closures, call 511 or visit www.manitoba511. ca. The Red River Floodway is expected to begin operations early next week, but may be delayed until ice is flowing freely at the floodway control structure. Rising water levels at the floodway inlet

may result in some water spilling naturally into the floodway channel prior to operation. The forecast peak flow on the Red River Floodway is estimated to be between 25,000 and 32,000 cubic feet per second, depending on the precipitation amounts in the storm system. PR 204, from the Red River Selkirk Bridge to PR 212, is closed due to flooding. A flood warning continues for the Red River from Emerson to the Red River Floodway channel inlet. A flood watch continues for Roseau River. A flood warning is issued when river or lake levels are exceeding or are expected to exceed flood stage within the next 24 hours, while a flood watch is issued when river or lake levels are approaching flood stage, but likely not within the next 24 hours. A high-water advisory is issued when a heavy storm or high flows are expected and may cause water levels to rise, but not necessarily reach flood stage. A high-water advisory can be an early indicator for conditions that may develop into a flood watch or flood warning. Property owners are reminded to protect wells as high water rolls through the Manitoba portion of the Red River Valley. More information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/health_safety. html and http://www.manitoba.ca/asset_library/ en/spring_outlook/wellwater_safety_factsheet. pdf. Updated forecast information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html.

Important flood information contact numbers and email addresses Manitoba Government Inquiry 204-945-3744 1-866-626-4862 (toll free) Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca Flood Information Line 204-945-1165 1-855-415-4530 (toll free)

Hydro Emergency Contact 204-480-5900 1-888-624-9376 (toll-free) Emergency Measures Organization - EMO 204-945-4772 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: emo@gov.mb.ca

Disaster Financial Assistance - EMO 204-945-3050 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: dfa@gov.mb.ca


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SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING APRIL 25, 2019

AGENDA

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites 1800 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg MB. 7:00-8:00 am

Registration & Coffee

8:00-9:30 am

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 1. Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Committee 2. Scientific Advisory Committee

9:30 am

NUTRITION & NETWORKING BREAK

10:00-11:30 am

Communications and Marketing Committee Meeting

LUNCH 12:30-2:00 pm

CRSB Semi-Annual Members' Meeting - CRSB and partner updates - Discussions on CRSB's Business Strategy

2:00-3:00 pm

Council Meeting

3:00 pm

NUTRITION & NETWORKING BREAK

3:30-5:30 pm

Council Meeting (cont'd)

6:00 pm

COCKTAILS (CASH BAR)

6:30-8:30 pm

BANQUET DINNER


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The Government of Manitoba started a consultation process on Feb. 19, on how Manitoba producers can increase protein production across the province. Producers and stakeholders can read the position paper, and offer written comments on the proposal to ensure their perspective is considered. Written submissions will be accepted up to May 15, 2019. You may send your submission by email to: mbproteinadvantage@gov.mb.ca Or mail it to: Manitoba Agriculture, 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg MB R3Y 1V2


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Be Prepared for flood events Flooding can have a serious impact on your operation and the health and safety of your cattle. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) reminds producers about the measures to put in place in the event that flood water threatens their area. As part of being prepared, beef producers can assess the risks, make a plan, and safeguard their animals and property. It is important for all workers and family members on the farm to discuss emergency situations ahead of time so everyone is aware of the plan. In a flood situation, it is important for producers to keep detailed records on all additional flood-related expenses. Producers should document changes to their operation, damage to property and other losses. Producers are encouraged to take photos of flood water and the impacts, and to keep all receipts and records on hand. Retaining these records and photos for a period of time is important because flood programs may not be announced immediately. For information about how to

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prepare your operation for potential flooding go to the following Government of Manitoba website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/ preparations.html It contains information such as: an evacuation checklist; which level of government to contact with your questions; insurance and emergency situations; securing hazardous materials, propane and petroleum, etc. As well, there is a document targeted at helping beef operations prepare for flood conditions. See: https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/preparing_beef_farm.pdf Producers who need to transport livestock to an alternate area are encouraged to book a transport company immediately to ensure service. Producers can check road conditions by calling 511 or going to the Manitoba Infrastructure website https://www.manitoba511.ca/en/ The Hydrologic Forecast Centre (HFC) contains a wide range of information related to current conditions, such as daily flood reports, flood outlooks, specific river forecasts and flows, advisories,

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river and lake levels, wind effect maps for the major lakes and much more. See: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html Information about returning to your operation following a flood is available at these two websites: https://www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/flood_recovery.html https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/returning_home_livestock.pdf Information about Disaster Financial Assistance can be found at the following two websites or by calling toll free: 1-888-267-8298 (outside Winnipeg): https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/disaster_ financial_assistance.pdf https://www.gov.mb.ca/emo/recover/home/dfaapplication.html Additional information on flood preparedness, is available online at www.gov.mb.ca/emo and www. gov.mb.ca/flooding . Link to the 2019 Manitoba municipal officials’ directory (includes detailed contact information for all of Manitoba’s 137 municipalities): https://www.gov.mb.ca/mr/contactus/pubs/mod_2019.pdf

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April 1, 2019

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

NEWS ALERT: MBP hiring a new General Manager: See Page 2 for job posting Last day at the Fair

The Manitoba Beef Producers' booth was a busy place to be on Saturday, the final day of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon. We will be back in the commmunity for the Red River Exhibition in June.


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Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), based in Winnipeg, is a non-profit organization that represents approximately 6,500 beef producers across the province. The mission of MBP is to represent all beef producers through communication, advocacy, research, and education within the industry and to governments, the public, and others to improve prosperity and ensure a sustainable future for the beef industry in Manitoba. Currently we are seeking a:

GENERAL MANAGER If you are an energetic and dedicated professional, with a collaborative approach to leadership and significant communication and general management skills, we want to hear from you. As the General Manager, your primary responsibilities will include: ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑

providing vision and leadership, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, for the strategic direction of MBP on behalf of the members it represents; accountability to the Board for the management, operations and administration of MBP; clearly communicating MBP’s vision and programs to its producer members, industry, government and the public; providing a strong and informed voice to ensure MBP’s messages are heard and understood on regulatory and policy issues affecting the Manitoba beef industry at the provincial and national level; providing direction on the development and funding of research programs and project activities that represent the interests of Manitoba beef producers; and, overseeing and monitoring a voluntary check-off program applied to Manitoba’s beef producers.

Qualifications include: ❑ post-secondary education in agriculture, environmental sciences and / or business; MBA or Master’s degree in agriculture considered an asset; ❑ strong leadership, human resources and general management skills, and experience in strategic planning and implementation; ❑ significant collaborator and team player; able to facilitate and share MBP’s vision and ideas; ❑ experience undertaking advocacy activities with government and others, including policy makers is highly desirable; ❑ sound knowledge of livestock production systems and awareness of issues and policies affecting the beef industry a significant asset; ❑ proven experience leading and empowering professional staff to high performance; ❑ strong administrative and financial management experience (budgeting, cost controls, reporting); ❑ experience with producer organizations, and / or proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers; ❑ exceptional skills in developing and maintaining strong relationships; ❑ strong listening, oral and written communication skills; experience communicating to a diverse range of target audiences; ❑ credibility, integrity and good judgement; and, ❑ possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel as required. Salary commensurate with experience, qualifications and ability. Applications must be received by April 15th, 2019. Apply, with resume, to email: patti.mckenzie@scottwolfe.ca Scott Wolfe Management Inc., 5315 Portage Avenue, Headingley, Manitoba, Canada R4H 1J9


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Saskatchewan cow gives birth to live quadruplets • Not using minerals will cost you in the long run • ‘Destined to fail’: A look at the new Canadian livestock transport regulations • Lice increase in prevalence across Western Canada • Cattle with parasites graze less efficiently

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Be Prepared for flood events Flooding can have a serious impact on your operation and the health and safety of your cattle. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) reminds producers about the measures to put in place in the event that flood water threatens their area. As part of being prepared, beef producers can assess the risks, make a plan, and safeguard their animals and property. It is important for all workers and family members on the farm to discuss emergency situations ahead of time so everyone is aware of the plan. In a flood situation, it is important for producers to keep detailed records on all additional flood-related expenses. Producers should document changes to their operation, damage to property and other losses. Producers are encouraged to take photos of flood water and the impacts, and to keep all receipts and records on hand. Retaining these records and photos for a period of time is important because flood programs may not be announced immediately. For information about how to prepare your operation for potential flooding go to the following Government of Manitoba website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/ preparations.html It contains information such as: an evacuation checklist; which level of government to contact with your questions; insurance and emergency situations; securing hazardous materials, propane and petroleum, etc. As well, there is a document targeted at helping

beef operations prepare for flood conditions. See: https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/preparing_beef_farm.pdf Producers who need to transport livestock to an alternate area are encouraged to book a transport company immediately to ensure service. Producers can check road conditions by calling 511 or going to the Manitoba Infrastructure website https://www.manitoba511.ca/en/ The Hydrologic Forecast Centre (HFC) contains a wide range of information related to current conditions, such as daily flood reports, flood outlooks, specific river forecasts and flows, advisories, river and lake levels, wind effect maps for the major lakes and much more. See: www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html Information about returning to your operation following a flood is available at these two websites: https://www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/flood_recovery.html https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/returning_home_livestock.pdf Information about Disaster Financial Assistance can be found at the following two websites or by calling toll free: 1-888-267-8298 (outside Winnipeg): https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/disaster_ financial_assistance.pdf https://www.gov.mb.ca/emo/recover/home/dfaapplication.html Additional information on flood preparedness, is available online at

www.gov.mb.ca/emo and www. gov.mb.ca/flooding .

Important contact numbers and email addresses: Manitoba Government Inquiry 204-945-3744 1-866-626-4862 (toll free) Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca Flood Information Line 204-945-1165 1-855-415-4530 (toll free) Hydro Emergency Contact 204-480-5900 1-888-624-9376 (toll-free) Emergency Measures Organization - EMO 204-945-4772 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: emo@gov.mb.ca Disaster Financial Assistance - EMO 204-945-3050 1-888-267-8298 (toll free) Email: dfa@gov.mb.ca Link to the 2019 Manitoba municipal officials’ directory (includes detailed contact information for all of Manitoba’s 137 municipalities): https://www.gov.mb.ca/mr/ contactus/pubs/mod_2019.pdf


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SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING APRIL 25, 2019

AGENDA

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites 1800 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg MB. 7:00-8:00 am

Registration & Coffee

8:00-9:30 am

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 1. Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Committee 2. Scientific Advisory Committee

9:30 am

NUTRITION & NETWORKING BREAK

10:00-11:30 am

Communications and Marketing Committee Meeting

LUNCH 12:30-2:00 pm

CRSB Semi-Annual Members' Meeting - CRSB and partner updates - Discussions on CRSB's Business Strategy

2:00-3:00 pm

Council Meeting

3:00 pm

NUTRITION & NETWORKING BREAK

3:30-5:30 pm

Council Meeting (cont'd)

6:00 pm

COCKTAILS (CASH BAR)

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Young Farmer Rebate Increases on MASC Direct Loans MASC News Release — The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) has announced an increase to the maximum eligible Young Farmer Rebate (YFR) amount. As part of the Bridging Generations Initiative, the YFR helps young and beginning farmers (under the age of 40) by providing an interest reduction on their MASC loan(s). As of April 1, 2019, the maximum loan amount eligible for the YFR increases from $150,000 to $200,000, with the lifetime maximum rebate also increasing from $15,000 to $20,000. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made this announcement in Brandon on March 25, 2019, citing that increasing the number of young people in the agriculture industry is one of the government’s main focuses. The YFR is available to Manitoba residents, aged 18 to 39 years of

age, who personally operate the farm to which the loan applies. As an eligible young farmer, the YFR gives you an annual interest reduction of up to 2% on the first $200,000 of your total loan principal and is calculated annually on the first five years of the loan. With a lifetime maximum rebate per individual of $20,000, any unused YFR portion can be applied to subsequent loans (up to a total $200,000 principal). One of MASC’s key objectives is to develop and enhance its lending and insurance programs to respond to the unique needs of young and beginning farmers. As farms consolidate and barriers to entry increase, MASC is targeting 75% of new loan approvals to be for young farmers in 2019/20. In 2018/19, MASC estimates $119 million in Direct Loans will be approved to farmers under the age of 40, which will provide roughly $1.3

million in interest reductions. Other programs geared to young farmers are MASC’s flexible financing options, which offer 90 per cent financing or five years of interest-only payments and provide the flexibility of a reduced initial down payment or reduced cashflow requirements in the start-up phase. About $48 million in loans was approved in 2018/19 under these two options. In addition, MASC offers the Young Farmer Crop Plan Credit, a one-time credit of $300 towards AgriInsurance premiums when an individual enrols in AgriInsurance for the first time and prepares an acceptable crop plan. In 2017-18, 55 young farmers qualified for credits totalling $16,500. For more information on MASC’s programs and services, visit masc. mb.ca or stop by one of our local offices.

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Province announces mandatory entrylevel training for commercial truck drivers Province of Manitoba Press Release — As part of the Manitoba government’s commitment to public safety, mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers will be implemented Sept. 1, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today. Requirements will include 121.5 hours of training, which is consistent with other provinces including Alberta and Saskatchewan. “Our government is focused on public safety on our roads and highways in this province, and mandatory training for new truck drivers will make Manitoba safer,” Schuler said. “Commercial truck drivers play an important role in moving our economy forward, and we are focused on ensuring they have the necessary skills and qualifications to do their job in a way that ensures everyone is safe on the road.”

In addition, there will be a one-year deferral of new training requirements for the agriculture sector to allow for additional consultations with the industry, in order to determine an appropriate phase-in strategy that mitigates impacts on the start of the 2019 farming season. Currently, a person can obtain a Class 1 truck driving license by successfully completing a knowledge-based written test and a practical road test. There is no mandatory training required prior to testing taking place. Earlier this year, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) began work on an implementation plan, focused on addressing all policy and operational requirements including addressing licensing policy issues and Class 1 driver testing considerations. MPI

will continue to work on this plan and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. “With these new requirements coming into effect, we are working with Manitoba Public Insurance to ensure that Class 1 testing is implemented in a timely manner and that disruptions are managed for the industry,” Crown Services Minister Colleen Mayer said. “MPI is an important partner in ensuring public safety on Manitoba’s roads and highways.” Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Public Insurance, and Manitoba Education and Training consulted with over 100 stakeholders including industry associations, agricultural sector agencies, Indigenous organizations, established sector councils, educational providers, municipal stakeholders and small-scale commercial carriers.

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COMPETITIVE FEED COSTS TRUCKLOAD LOTS (APPROX. 42 MT) Delivered right to your farm HIGH FAT EXPELLER CANOLAMEAL

(APPROX. 39 % PROTEIN, 11 % FAT, 5 % MOISTURE — AS FED)

CORN SCREENINGS

• Similar nutrient value to whole kernel corn • No grinding or rolling required to feed

OTHER FEED INGREDIENTS ARE AVAILABLE! FOR PRICES DELIVERED TO YOUR AREA, PLEASE CONTACT US

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Red River Valley Prepares as Flooding Expected to Reach 2009 Levels, Closing Ring Dikes and PTH 75: Schuler Province of Manitoba Press Release — The province’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre (HFC) forecasts a flood in the Red River Valley at or marginally above 2009 levels with normal to unfavorable weather, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said today. There also remains a moderate risk of flooding along the Assiniboine River. “Manitoba Infrastructure continues to make preparations for high water and is working with municipalities to ensure they have the information and support needed for a flood of this magnitude,” said Schuler. “The Red River will once again carry a significant amount of water north, requiring the operation of the Red River Floodway and additional measures taken in partnership with local municipalities.” In its second 2019 spring flood outlook, the HFC notes that with favourable weather, slightly less than 2009 flood levels on the Red River can be expected. With the use of the floodway, water levels at James Avenue in Winnipeg could reach 20.5 feet with unfavourable weather. At this time, the peak at Emerson is expected be-

tween April 12 and 23 depending on the rate of the snowmelt and water movement, along with temperatures on both sides of the border. Flood water levels will still be influenced by the rate of snowmelt and future snow and rain accumulation. Flooding on the Assiniboine and Souris rivers is expected to be moderate with low-lying areas and agricultural lands inundated, but levels will be below the top of community dikes. The Portage Diversion will likely be operated. “The provincial government is also working with federal officials to ensure the safety of Indigenous communities and preparing to support municipal evacuations if needed,” said Schuler. “We are also working with the agricultural producers to ensure livestock is moved out of the impacted areas.” Community ring dikes and the majority of individual flood protection works in the Red River Valley are at 1997 flood plus two feet (61 centimetres) levels. Since the 1997 flood, $800 million in permanent

flood-proofing measures have been put in place including $630 million of completed improvements and expansion on the Red River Floodway ‎and west dike enhancing. The minister noted Manitoba Infrastructure is undertaking procurement related to flood preparation, response and recovery through transparent, competitive processes to ensure value for money. These open tenders include the purchasing of sand bags, aggregate material, equipment and support for community dike closures if necessary, and engineering services for flood response advice. Outline agreements and standing offers will be used in these situations to ensure that no procurement is undertaken unless and until required, he added. Updated flood material will be available as forecasts further develop. Updated flood info can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index. html. More information about flooding and how to prepare for an emergency situation is available at www.gov. mb.ca/flooding.

DON'T MISS OUT Applications for 2019 CYL program ARE DUE NOW Applications for the 2019 term of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program (CYL) are now being accepted online. CYL is one of the most sought-after mentorship and leadership programs in Canadian agriculture. To apply and/or to learn more about the Canadian beef industry and the unparalleled mentorship and travel opportunities available through the CYL program, please visit the website at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2019.


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The Government of Manitoba started a consultation process on Feb. 19, on how Manitoba producers can increase protein production across the province. Producers and stakeholders can read the position paper, and offer written comments on the proposal to ensure their perspective is considered. Written submissions will be accepted up to May 15, 2019. You may send your submission by email to: mbproteinadvantage@gov.mb.ca Or mail it to: Manitoba Agriculture, 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg MB R3Y 1V2


March 15, 2019

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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Fuel at card locks may face tax

• U.S.- China trade war provides opportunities for Canada

• Latest snowstorms in North Dakota could impact Manitoba flood • Producers report more itchy cattle situation complaints this winter • Larger carcasses ring alarm for beef industry

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Spring Road Restrictions begin next week with new climate zones added Government of Manitoba Press Release — Manitoba Infrastructure advises the climate zones for road restrictions will be updated in the Swan River area to maximize benefits to local industry. Effective immediately, zone one will be broken into two sub-zones (1A and 1B) while zones two and three remain the same. Swan River will move from climate zone 1 to climate zone 1B, which is expected to give the area nine more days under the winter seasonal weight program and five less days under the spring road restriction program, weather permitting. Logging trucks will have, on average, 14 more days of hauling at higher than normal summer weights or at full summer weights. This will reduce hauling costs, as-

sisting job retention and improving commodity prices. It will also help make the local logging industry more competitive with other jurisdictions, reduce fuel consumption, reduce emissions and decrease environmental pollution. Climate zones are based on weather patterns and affect the start and end dates of the spring road restriction and winter season-

al weight programs. Spring road restrictions are expected to begin next week in some parts of the province, dependent upon weather. For more information about spring road restrictions, visit www. gov.mb.ca/mit/srr/index.html. A map and additional details about climate zones are available at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/srr/zones. html.

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SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING APRIL 25, 2019

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 1. Certified Sustainable Beef Framework Committee 2. Scientific Advisory Committee

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Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act introduced Province of Manitoba Press Release — The Manitoba government has introduced proposed legislation that would reduce red tape, strengthen penalties for serious workplace infractions and improve the efficiency of services by modernizing The Workplace Safety and Health Act, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “These amendments will help to ensure our province remains a safe and healthy place to work, as well as a competitive and attractive place to do business,” said Pedersen. “Maintaining the health and safety of workers in Manitoba is a priority for all of us, and this legislation supports our efforts to achieve this goal.” The changes proposed in The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act stem from the legislated five-year review of the act and would include: • strengthening deterrents for the most serious workplace infractions by doubling maximum penalties for offences under the act to $500,000 (first offence) and $1,000,000 (second/subsequent); • helping the Manitoba Labour Board efficiently administer its responsibilities by preventing frivolous or vexatious complaints and appeals from being forwarded to the board; • reducing duplication by transferring the remaining re-

sponsibilities of the chief prevention officer (CPO) position to SAFE Work Manitoba, which has the mandate to provide oversight of injury and illness prevention activities, and eliminating the duplicate CPO position within the department; and • making a number of administrative improvements. Pedersen noted raising the maximum fines would better align Manitoba’s penalties for workplace infractions with those in other jurisdictions including the Western provinces. “This announcement follows recent direction that the mandate and function of the CPO positon be fulfilled by SAFE Work Manitoba – the prevention division of the Workers Compensation Board (WCB),” said Winston Maharaj, president and CEO, WCB. “Over the last five years, as part of the WCB’s prevention mandate, we have worked to develop a robust workplace injury and illness prevention system in the province that consults with stakeholders, establishes strategic priorities and measures and reports on progress. SAFE Work Manitoba is well positioned to accept the responsibilities of the CPO position as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent workplace injury and illness in Manitoba.” The proposed bill would come into force upon royal assent.

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Voluntary Survey re: Agricultural Plastics Recycling — Your Feedback is Needed Manitoba Beef Producers Notice — An important consultation project is underway in Manitoba, regarding agricultural plastics recycling (including twine, bale and silage wrap). A voluntary survey of Manitoba producers is part of this consultation process. The survey is being conducted to help determine the portion of farmers who generate various types of agricultural plastic waste and how they currently dispose of each type. As well, the survey will measure awareness of some pilot recycling programs that have been running in the province and provide feedback on how a more permanent program could roll out. Manitoba Beef Producers considers it important that our members’ voices are represented in

the survey results. The results will help inform policy decisions that have a direct impact on producers. As noted, this is a voluntary survey, and we would be most appreciative if you would participate. It is an online survey, which will take you about 10 to 12 minutes to complete. Simply click on the link below, or copy the url into your browser. https://survey.us.confirmit.com/ wix/p3090119991.aspx Your responses will be held in complete confidence by a third party market research company, and used only for research purposes. You do not have to provide your name or any contact information. Results will be grouped for analysis, and no identifying information will be attached to any responses. If you are interested, please

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Trade statistics indicate early positive gains in Japan import volumes Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Action News — The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) came into effect on December 30, 2018. The CCA has been monitoring the uptake of Canadian beef in Japan since the first scheduled tariff cut on December 30, which reduced the high Japanese beef tariff of 38.5 per cent to 27.5 per cent on Canadian fresh beef and to 26.9 per cent on frozen beef. The CCA has now received the very first Japanese import statistics since the tariff dropped and they show early positive volume gains in imports of Canadian beef. The

volume for January 2019 was 3,545 MT, more than triple the volume of December 2018 at 1,282 MT, and nearly that again compared with January 2018 at 1,007 MT. The January 2019 volume is also higher (57.6 per cent) than the average per month shipment in 2018. Before CPTPP, Japanese importers had to carefully manage their purchases so as not to exceed safeguard triggers which would cause the tariff to increase to 50 per cent. This concern no longer exists under CPTPP. The CCA will continue to monitor the volumes over the next several months for indications of longer-term trends.

On April 1, 2019 Canada will enjoy a second cut in Japan down to 26.6 per cent on both fresh and frozen and further reductions over several years that will eventually lower tariffs to nine per cent. Canada is among the initial six CPTPP signatories of Japan, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, for whom the agreement came into force on Dec. 30. On January 14, 2019, Vietnam implemented the CPTPP, making it the latest member country to do so. The CCA expects the remaining four member countries to continue their own processes so that the CPTPP will be in force amongst all 11 signatories sometime in 2019.

Local producer groups take reins of guest instructor opportunity at Assiniboine Community College voluntary basis. From Canadian Cattlemen — Students studying for“MFGA takes a lot of pride (in) the way our producers age and pasture management at Assiniboine Community farm, especially around forages, pastures and livestock as College in Brandon, Man., are getting a little more mud on their boots and some real-life experiences rolled into their they all manage their farms with systems that reward them economically while respecting the soil, water and agricourse curriculum this winter session. cultural lands they work on,” said Manitoba Forage and Grassland Duncan Morrison, MFGA executive Association (MFGA) and Manitoba We believe when it comes to director, in a release. Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) “We believe when it comes to have designed a guest-instructor livestock, grass, water, and livestock, grass, water, and soil schedule from the excellent producsoil knowedge and farming knowledge and farming practices er expertise among their ranks to practices that we have that we have some of the best of help Assiniboine deliver the course to more than 60 students twice a some of the best of the best in Manitoba.” Morrison added that they’ve week, a release states. the best in Manitoba. approached Manitoba Agriculture, In early December the college put Manitoba Beef Producers and Ducks out a call for instructors in response — Duncan Morrison, Unlimited Canada to help round out to a long-time faculty member going MFGA the guest instructor roster, “and so on a short sabbatical. MFGA and far, everyone seems really enthused MBFI answered the call. Mary-Jane to bring their valuable expertise to the students.” Orr, general manager of MBFI, has a research background The course will provide technical understanding and and has taught at Purdue University. Orr worked with hands-on learning in forage and livestock production. Assiniboine staff and faculty to smooth the transition and Students will tour MBFI and the Boyd family’s Glanton make sure they were meeting course requirements. Farms north of Brandon as part of the guest instructor Meanwhile MFGA looked to their board members and sessions. partners to fill in the required instructor sessions on a


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The Government of Manitoba will start a consultation process on Feb. 19, on how Manitoba producers can increase protein production across the province. Producers and stakeholders can read the position paper, and offer written comments on the proposal to ensure their perspective is considered. Written submissions will be accepted up to May 15, 2019. You may send your submission by email to: mbproteinadvantage@gov.mb.ca Or mail it to: Manitoba Agriculture, 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg MB R3Y 1V2

Applications for 2019 CYL program being accepted Applications for the 2019 term of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program (CYL) are now being accepted online. CYL is one of the most sought-after mentorship and leadership programs in Canadian agriculture. To apply and/or to learn more about the Canadian beef industry and the unparalleled mentorship and travel opportunities available through the CYL program, please visit the website at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

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March 1, 2019

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Manitobans may need to keep an eye on nearby waterways this flood season, especially in the Red River Valley. (File Photo)

First 2019 flood outlook released Province of Manitoba Press Release — The risk of major spring flooding in the Red River Valley in 2019 is high, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said today. “Early forecasting data shows that we expect to see major flooding along the Red River, with both the Red River Floodway and the Portage Diversion pressed into service,” Schuler said. “Manitoba Infrastructure continues to gather data and work with counterparts in the United States and Saskatchewan to ensure timely information is available.” With normal weather conditions, levels on the Red River south of the floodway are expected to be near 2011 levels. Unfavourable weather conditions, including late season snow, spring rains and a more rapid snowmelt, would bring Red River levels comparable to the 2009 levels, which saw extended road closures of PTH 75 and other roads, and evacuations in some areas.

Water levels will be below the flood protection levels of community and individual dikes. However, partial closure of some community dikes may be required to maintain local access. Flows on the Assiniboine and Souris rivers are also expected to be high. However, peak water levels will be below flood protection levels. Flows may produce some flooding of farmland and low-lying areas. The Shellmouth Dam will be operated to store a portion of the spring run-off, thereby reducing downstream river flows. Manitoba’s major lakes are expected to remain within their respective operating ranges. There is a low risk of overland flooding in the Interlake, upper Assiniboine and Whiteshell lakes areas. The Saskatchewan River and Carrot River in northern Manitoba are at moderate risk of overland flooding. Continued on next page


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Ellice-Archie and Spy Hill • Info for beef producers Community Pastures named an exporting to the European Union: important Bird and Biodiversity Area Management: News Roundup from the February 2019 issue of Canadian • Why calving season is different this Cattlemen year • Conservationists should support • Getting bulls ready for the beef sector breeding season: Take steps to make sure bulls stay healthy in the off • Mini-shuffle includes new federal season as well agriculture minister • Rumen microbes are powerful force

• How much water does it take to produce a pound of beef anyway?

• Why won’t consumers listen?

March weather to be a significant factor in 2019 flood prospects From front page Based on long-term weather forecasts, below-normal temperatures are expected in March and April, further delaying snowmelt, with the risk of spring rains occurring at the same time. Manitoba Infrastructure is collecting ice thickness samples across Manitoba basins. Ice is expected to be thicker than normal, which would increase the risk of ice-jam flooding. “March remains a crucial month in terms of snowmelt and weather conditions, and how that will affect

the flood forecast going forward,” Schuler added. “We expect to update Manitobans with more information as updated forecast data becomes available.” The province will also be providing more detailed information to municipal officials. Further outlooks will be issued as updated forecast data becomes available. More information about flooding and how to prepare for an emergency situation is available at www.gov. mb.ca/flooding.


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New transport regulations in effect Government of Canada Press Release — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) understands the importance of the health and wellbeing of animals to Canadians and the Canadian economy. Today marks an important achievement with the publication of amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII) on animal transportation. The amendments are the product of extensive consultations with farm groups, transporters, members of the public and interested groups, which resulted in an unprecedented number of responses to the CFIA’s proposals. They also take into account the latest research on animal transportation and international standards. By establishing clear and science-informed requirements, the regulations better reflect the needs of animals and improve overall animal welfare in Canada. These new, stronger regulations include both prescriptive and outcome-based requirements that emphasize and improve the health and wellbeing of the animals during the entire transportation process. The amendments will also increase consumer confidence, strengthen Canada’s international trade status and facilitate market access. The overall objective is that animals arrive at their destination safely, and are suitably fed, hydrated and rested. These amendments go beyond transport journey times to cover the full time an animal is prepared for transit to the time they are installed in their new location. The new regulations are more detailed with respect to the different needs of different types of animals and specify intervals for transporters to provide food, water and rest. Everyone involved in the transportation of animals in Canada must comply with the Health of Animals Act and the amended regulations. The CFIA will be providing guidance to industry to help them comply

with the new regulations. If non-compliance is found, the CFIA will use a range of enforcement and compliance tools available to take action. The new regulations will come into effect in February 2020. This one-year transition will allow the animal transport industry to prepare for the amended regulations before they are enforced. Quotes “As a veterinarian, I am happy to say that Canada has improved the well-being of animals during the entire transportation process. The changes to the humane transport regulations better align Canada’s requirements with international partners (for example the United States, Australia and the European Union), as well as the OIE’s animal welfare standards for animals transported by land, air and sea.” - Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer Quick facts • Over 51,000 comments (from over 11,000 respondents) were received during extensive consultations with the public, producers, veterinarians, industry and international organizations, animal advocacy groups, transporters, researches, law groups and others. • The CFIA verifies compliance with humane transportation requirements at various locations, including auction markets and other assembly points, slaughter facilities, border crossings into Canada and roadside inspections. • Approximately 98% of shipments are already in compliance with the new food, water and rest requirements. • The CFIA releases a publicly available quarterly report of the number of non-compliance infractions and the administrative monetary penalties that were issued.

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Transport Regulations will undermine cattle welfare rather than enhance it Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Press Release — Proper cattle care and welfare are paramount in the Canadian beef industry. The cattle industry’s objective is for animals under transport to arrive successfully at their destination in good health and condition, without injury and while minimizing stress. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research shows that 99.95 per cent of cattle on long-haul journeys reach their destination in good condition. While the intent of the revised Health of Animals – Transport Regulations published today is presumably to seek improvements in the remaining 0.05 per cent, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) anticipates the revisions will likely increase stress to cattle and opportunity for injury. This is mostly due to the changes in regulations requiring more loading and unloading for rest stops. The CCA questions why the revised regulations ignore the Government of Canada’s own research and why they were released prior to the completion of ongoing re-

search that would inform a decision on how to change the regulations to ensure the best outcomes for animal care. This research, funded in part by AAFC, will collect data through 2021 and is being conducted using commercial cattle, transport trailers, and drivers under typical commercial distances and conditions in Canada, as it is important to base regulations on directly relatable conditions and scenarios. This research will inform science-based industry best practices to ensure animal welfare is safeguarded during transport. Further, the regulations have disregarded recommendations made by cattle producers drawing from years of practical hands-on expertise in handling and minimizing stress on their animals. These and other recommendations were included in the CCA’s extensive comments, questions and recommendations submitted during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) review process and to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. The CCA has continuously

demonstrated leadership in animal welfare, particularly when it comes to understanding the effects transportation has on cattle, and will continue to do so. The CCA will be analyzing the revised regulations document in full and will continue to engage the Government of Canada on our concerns about the animal welfare implications of these regulations before they come into effect next year. We believe the revised regulations are premature and incomplete. To ensure proper process, specific proposals need to be researched to understand how they affect the wellbeing of the animal. Without fully evaluating unknowns such as the stress of unloading and reloading versus the stress of completing the journey, the effects of temperature, trailer design, loading densities as well as whether rest stops do, in fact, relieve stress, the Government is taking a risky approach with the revised regulations that we anticipate will move industry’s good record away from, rather than closer to, 100 per cent.

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BU mental health researchers asking men to share their experiences Brandon University Press Release — Researchers at Brandon University (BU) have launched a new project to study the stress experienced by men in the Westman region. The two-year case study, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, seeks to address growing mental health concerns in the Prairie provinces. Rates of completed suicide on the Prairies are the highest in Canada outside the Territorial North and are higher among men than women. “We have seen significant efforts to increase awareness of men’s health issues in Canada,” said project lead Rachel Herron. “Initiatives such as the recent Let’s Talk campaign and Movember have helped to bring mental health and wellness into the public eye, but we also need to understand the challenges and stress men face in the region to provide better support to them and their families. We need to know what is getting in the way of their health.” The research team is looking for men across the Westman region to participate in small group discussions or share their story one-on-one. Anyone interested in participating in the project can

contact Herron at 204-727-9771 or at HerronR@ BrandonU.ca. Herron, who is the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health and a member of BU’s Department of Geography, is joined on the research team by Jonathan Allan (Gender and Women’s Studies, BU), Candice Waddell (Department of Psychiatric Nursing, BU) and Kerstin Roger (Department of Community Health Science, University of Manitoba). They are working with a wide group of community partners to reach a diverse group of participants and expand current understandings of men’s mental health in the region. They hope the information collected will help to improve policy and programs in the area. Across Canada, men report lower levels of stress and depression and yet they have much higher rates of suicide than women. In general, men are less likely to talk about, and seek support for, their mental health needs than women and this is particularly the case in rural Canada. Addressing this issue requires a better understanding of how and where men experience stress, how they cope, and how they can express their mental health challenges.

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Applications for 2019 CYL program being accepted Applications for the 2019 term of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program (CYL) are now being accepted online. CYL is one of the most sought-after mentorship and leadership programs in Canadian agriculture. To apply and/or to learn more about the Canadian beef industry and the unparalleled mentorship and travel opportunities available through the CYL program, please visit the website at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

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Voluntary Survey re: Agricultural Plastics Recycling — Your Feedback is Needed Manitoba Beef Producers Notice — An important consultation project is underway in Manitoba, regarding agricultural plastics recycling (including twine, bale and silage wrap). A voluntary survey of Manitoba producers is part of this consultation process. The survey is being conducted to help determine the portion of farmers who generate various types of agricultural plastic waste and how they currently dispose of each type. As well, the survey will measure awareness of some pilot recycling programs that have been running in the province and provide feedback on how a more permanent program could roll out. Manitoba Beef Producers considers it important that our members’ voices are represented in

the survey results. The results will help inform policy decisions that have a direct impact on producers. As noted, this is a voluntary survey, and we would be most appreciative if you would participate. It is an online survey, which will take you about 10 to 12 minutes to complete. Simply click on the link below, or copy the url into your browser. https://survey.us.confirmit.com/ wix/p3090119991.aspx Your responses will be held in complete confidence by a third party market research company, and used only for research purposes. You do not have to provide your name or any contact information. Results will be grouped for analysis, and no identifying information will be attached to any responses. If you are interested, please

complete the survey by March 22, 2019. If you feel you have already participated in this survey (you may have received a phone call and an emailed link to the online survey), thank you very much and please disregard this notification. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Manitoba Beef Producers


February 15, 2019

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Producers have their say at AGM

Producers and stakeholders gathered in Brandon from Feb. 7-8 at the Manitoba Beef Producers' 40th Annual General Meeting and President's Banquet. Aside from voting on a number of resolutions relating to policy development, the gathered crowd also heard from a wide variety of speakers and panels discussing trends in the beef cattle sector. For a full account of what took place at the Annual General Meeting, please pick up the March edition of Cattle Country, which will be available in early March. (Staff photo illustration)


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Your work culture matters in agriculture • When feeding bulls, the main thing is to assess your goals for those animals, says Dr. Bart Lardner • Dealing with frostbite in calves • Cattlemen demanding Fisheries Act clarity • ‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in mood for love • Klassen: Feeder cattle succumb to negative margins

• Ag Action Manitoba adds to fundable farm projects: Farmers have until Feb. 22 to apply for 2019-20 beneficial management practice funding • Do cows have superpowers? • Charlebois finds fault with Food Guide • Republicans urge Donald Trump not to terminate NAFTA • Canadian and American ranchers anxiously await USMCA ratification — can we push it forward?

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Governments invest in VBP+ Province of Manitoba Press Release — The Canadian and Manitoba governments are providing $350,000 over five years to the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) to deliver the Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program, Federal Minister of Agriculture andlyAgri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced recently. “Our government is proud to support the Manitoba Beef Producers in their efforts to meet the highest industry standards and adopt responsible and sustainable practices,” said MacAulay. “This investment will help the beef sector continue to meet consumer demands for high-quality food while maintaining trust and confidence in Canada’s world-class production standards.” The VBP program is a national program that helps producers meet industry standards for food safety. In 2016, VBP expanded to include modules for animal care, biosecurity and environmental stewardship and is now called

VBP+. “More and more companies are making commitments to purchasing beef from sustainable sources,” said Eichler. “The VBP+ program will ensure that processors and consumers who demand a high-quality product can be confident in the product they are purchasing.” The VBP+ program includes a full suite of resources and training designed to establish a common platform to help producers meet marketplace and societal expectations. The Manitoba Beef Producers will deliver VBP+ workshops to train beef producers about the program, coordinate the required on farm audits and transition producers from VBP to VBP+. “Verified Beef Production Plus is a transparent and comprehensive way to show consumers that our producers care about how we treat the environment, how we treat our livestock and that we take care to produce the highest-quality of beef,” said Tom Teichroeb, president, Manitoba Beef Producers. “Public trust is

important to beef producers and we are happy to have both the federal and provincial government as partners as we encourage more of our producers to have their good practices recognized by this program.” More information about Ag Action Manitoba is available at www. manitoba.ca/agriculture under Canadian Agricultural Partnership, by calling 1-844-769-6224 (toll-free) or emailing agaction@gov.mb.ca. Manitobans can also sign up for a digital newsletter at www. gov.mb.ca/agriculture/online-resources/signup-for-growing-manitoba-ag.html or follow Manitoba Agriculture’s Twitter channel at www.twitter.com/MBGovAg for more information about Ag Action Manitoba. The five-year, $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services. For more information, visit www. canada.ca/Agri-Partnership.

Mycotoxins can cause major problems for feed and producers By Beef Cattle Research Council Mycotoxins are often hidden hazards – a group of harmful toxins produced by certain types of fungi including mould. They can create a variety of problems for beef cattle including reduced health and productivity. It’s important for beef producers to understand the threat represented by mycotoxins and to adopt appropriate prevention measures. By minimizing risk producers can safeguard the health of their animals and ensure productivity is not derailed. Everyone doing their part can reduce the risk for Canada’s beef industry as a whole, helping to uphold high standards of quality, safety, animal care and animal health. For an overview of what mycotoxins are, the threat they represent for Canadian beef production and how to implement best practices to protect beef cattle, click on this link.


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Manitoba Beef Producers and MNP presented the 2019 TESA to the Hodgins Family of Lenore, Man., during MBP's President's Banquet in Brandon on Feb. 7. Also pictured from Left is MNP’s Pam Miller and MBP Director Jade Delaurier. For further coverage of this award and to learn more of the Hodgins' story, look in the March edition of Cattle Country. Thanks to award sponsor MNP for its support. (Photo by Keith Borkowsky)

Watch for deer on the roads around Dauphin Province of Manitoba Press Release — Manitoba Infrastructure is warning drivers to be alert for an increase in the number of deer crossing PTH 10, south of the junction with PTH 5 where close to 20 animals have been hit recently. The deer have developed a clearly defined path and have been crossing the road just south of the intersection, near the Dauphin airport. This is creating an increased road safety hazard. There is a permanent deer crossing sign in place near this junction. However, regional staff will be posting additional temporary deer crossing signs this week alerting drivers of the increased deer crossing activity on both sides of the highway. The signs will remain in place until spring. Manitoba Infrastructure is collaborating with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) on an animal collision strategy and will update the deer collision hot spot maps located on MPI’s website at https://www. mpi.mb.ca/en/PDFs/MBwildlifeMAP.pdf.


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Manitoba Beef Producers Thank all sponsors of the 40th Annual General Meeting EVENT FUNDING PROVIDED BY DIAMOND SPONSORS

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The Government of Manitoba will start a consultation process on Feb. 19, on how Manitoba producers can increase protein production across the province. Producers and stakeholders can read the position paper, and offer written comments on the proposal to ensure their perspective is considered. Written submissions will be accepted up to May 15, 2019. You may send your submission by email to: mbproteinadvantage@gov.mb.ca Or mail it to: Manitoba Agriculture, 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg MB R3Y 1V2

Applications for 2019 CYL program being accepted Applications for the 2019 term of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program (CYL) are now being accepted online. CYL is one of the most sought-after mentorship and leadership programs in Canadian agriculture. To apply and/or to learn more about the Canadian beef industry and the unparalleled mentorship and travel opportunities available through the CYL program, please visit the website at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

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From Left, Manitoba Beef Producers President Tom Teichroeb, MBP event representative Melissa Atchison, and MBP District 2 Director Nancy Howatt engage with the public at Ag Days in Brandon this week. (Supplied photo)


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40th Annual General Meeting Feb. 7-8 in Brandon Victoria Inn

Banquet Speaker: Hon. Gerry Ritz, former federal agriculture minister

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DRAFT AGM AGENDA Theme: Proud Past, Promising Future Day One − Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:00 Registration Begins and Trade Show Opens 10:00 – 12:00 Industry Knowledge Sessions 10:00 – 11:00 Topic: Food and food policies: where are we at and where are we headed? • Where does meat fit on people’s plates? Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University • Where are food policies taking us? Don Buckingham, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute 11:00 −12:00 Topic: Where does Canadian beef fit in the protein market? • Mike Kennedy, Vice President Canada Sales at Cargill • Carl Dean, Cactus Club Restaurants 12:00 – 12:55 Lunch for registered AGM delegates 12:00 – 1:30 Young producer luncheon and forum re: How both your farm and family can survive (*targeted at producers under 39) • Robert Johnston, lawyer, TDS Brandon Annual General Meeting Convenes 1:00 – 1:05 MBP General Manager Brian Lemon calls meeting to order 1:05 – 1:35 Movement reporting update – Anne Brunet-Burgess, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency 1:35 – 1:45 Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba update – Sue Clayton, Executive Director 1:45 – 2:30 Business Portion of AGM • Approval of Agenda • Approval of Minutes from 2018 39th AGM • Report from the President • Report from the General Manager • Report from the Finance Chair • Review of MBP’s audited financial statement • Appointment of MBP auditor for the u pcoming fiscal year • Introduction and ratification of MBP Directors 2:30 – 3:10 VBP+ and the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot – Shannon Argent, Verified Beef Production Plus Program Business Manager

3:10– 3:40 3:40 – 5:00 5:30 6:30 8:30

Coffee Break Resolutions Debate Cocktail Hour MBP President’s Banquet A. Opening Remarks from the MBP President B. Greetings from the Hon. Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture C. Dinner and dessert D. Presentation of Manitoba’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) – Tere Stykalo, MNP E. Presentation of MBP’s Lifetime Achievement Award F. Recognition of three retiring MBP directors Guest Speaker • The Hon. Gerry Ritz, former feder al agriculture minister under the Harper government

Day Two − Friday, February 8, 2018 8:00 – 8:30 Coffee service, trade show opens 8:30 – 9:55 Panel Discussion: Beef belongs: We have a good story to tell • Moderator: Myrna Grahn, past national manager of Canada’s Public Trust Steering Committee • Dr. Christian Artuso (Bird Studies Canada) re: the environmental benefits of beef production • Carol Harrison (dietician), The Yummy Lunch Club re: nutritional attributes of eating beef • Toban Dyck (Financial Post columnist) re: public trust and how to convey the positive messages about agriculture 9:55 – 10:20 Coffee Break 10:20 – 10:50 Risk Management Tools and Programs for the Beef Sector – Kevin Craig, Vice President, Client Service, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation 10:50 – 11:50 Reports from National Beef Organizations • Beef Cattle Research Council – Andrea Brocklebank • Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef – Kristine Tapley 11:50 MBP President’s Closing Remarks


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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Mycotoxins and beef cattle • Manitoba’s cattle auctions off to slow start in 2019 • Register now for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association Annual General Meeting

• Manitoba vets worried over funding cut to college of veterinary medicine • Develop a Calving Season Protocol • Farmers worry over light snow cover • Producers must ensure calves suckle quickly after birth

• Beef Cattle Research Council hires new extension co-ordinator

• Proper ID helps treat calf disease

• Cleaning and reusing medical equipment for cattle

• Manitoba teenager kicks career up a notch at cattle show

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Government shutdown in U.S. holds up trade deal From the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Canada, the U.S., and Mexico signed the Canada-U.S.-Mexico-Agreement (CUSMA) on November 30, 2018, to modernize and replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) once each country ratifies the new agreement through their respective legislative processes. But last week, the U.S. government partial shutdown earned the distinction of becoming the longest such shutdown in U.S. history. The many practical issues resulting from the shutdown will impact progress on the ratification of the agreement, both directly and indirectly, in the U.S. where it is called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For example, the International Trade Commission, which must complete an economic analysis of the impact of the USMCA on the U.S. economy before implementing legislation is introduced, is shut

down, as is the office of the United States Trade Representative, which is charged with drafting that legislation. In addition, the change in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives from Republican to Democrat in last November’s election further complicates passage, as the democrats are in no mood to give President Donald Trump a win, at least not without exacting some concessions. In truth, anyone predicting when passage is likely is simply guessing. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that he does not want to present the text of the agreement to Parliament prior to the U.S. proceeding with their procedures, given the changes which may be made in the U.S., the timing in Canada is complicated as well. There may not be sufficient time for Parliament to pass the legislation before it rises in June and Par-

liament will not resume sitting until after the October 2019 election. Despite all the uncertainty in the U.S., the CUSMA is still anticipated to come into force eventually. Thus, earlier this month, CCA attended meetings in the U.S. to discuss with key U.S. industry allies and partners implementation and other trade issues, as well as areas for further regulatory cooperation within the North American market. CCA also participated in American Farm Bureau Federation meetings in New Orleans, LA, the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, and later this month will take in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual convention, also in New Orleans. The CCA is scheduled to travel to Washington, DC, again later this month to discuss regulatory cooperation on matters including re-inspection of meat at I-Houses and the timelines for getting live cattle across borders.

Applications for 2019 CYL program being accepted Applications for the 2019 term of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program (CYL) are now being accepted online. CYL is one of the most sought-after mentorship and leadership programs in Canadian agriculture. To apply and/or to learn more about the Canadian beef industry and the unparalleled mentorship and travel opportunities available through the CYL program, please visit the website at www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

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Manitoba’s Forages and Grasslands Well-Positioned in Province’s Protein Plan By Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association Manitoba’s forage and grassland industry appears to be getting some well- deserved sunshine within the Manitoba government’s first-of-its-kind sustainable protein strategy announced by Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon today. “With world demand continuing to grow for high-quality protein, Manitoba producers have an exciting opportunity to feature their products in an increased global market,” said Eichler in a media release. “Our strategy will seek to grow livestock herds for animal protein and new acres for plant protein, while ensuring our province remains a strong environment for investment and that our government is attuned to the needs of producers.” While consultation on the plan was clearly identified as the next step ahead, several key priorities of the announced strategy merge easily into Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) vision of vibrant grasslands and prosperous forage crops on Manitoba’s agricultural lands such as increasing the beef-breeding herd, continuing to develop the sheep industry, new investments in new plant protein extraction, and positioning Manitoba as a leading research and development centre in North America for plant protein extraction technology. MFGA leaders were keen to learn more as to how MFGA can help shape the plan and then take the plan forward to MFGA’s producers, networks and partners. “MFGA works towards and promotes the economic prosperity and environmental benefits of forages, grasslands, cover crops and healthy soils,” said Darren Chapman, MFGA Chair. “These healthy and prosperous lands will benefit forage and grassland producers, local

communities and society as a whole. They also seem to have a strong fit with and align seamlessly with some of the key components of the Minister’s announcement.” The strategy will also maintain the Manitoba government’s focus on creating an environment for and attracting investment while supporting research and innovation “On a national scale, Manitoba is a forage and grassland powerhouse and clearly the Minister’s plan involves our industry in our province,” said Darren Chapman, MFGA Chair. “Any high level strategy like the Minister’s announcement today always has an upside for the industry it supports. We were are very interested in learning more on the strategy and how we can help.” According to Chapman, the provincial focus on grasslands and forages is super timely and welcomed. He sees improved range management, improved water quality via landscape and nutrient management and the retention of fragile lands that are better left for livestock production as immediate players in discussions ahead around the strategy. “It is clear that the Minister and Manitoba Agriculture leaders clearly understand the importance of the grasslands and forage industry as a livestock food source and also as great providers of benefits to society around water management, air quality and soil health,” said Chapman. “This plan could support a push for on-farm producer-focused research, extension efforts and resulting communications around grassland benefits provided by grassland and forage producers would encourage stronger management, a bigger network and cohesive efforts of forage production and grasslands retention. We are very keen to be part of the future conversations and programs. We are 100 per cent onboard.”

Grazing Club Workshops scheduled in February Tuesday February 12 - MBFI Learning Center Wednesday February 13 Miniota Community Hall Thursday February 14 - TBD All run from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call (text) or email Michael Thiele to RSVP (204) 365-6334 mthiele@mymts.net

Dr. Jason Rowntree of Michigan State University studies how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon, increasing profitability and providing other ecosystem services. As an affiliate of the Center for Regional Food Systems, he strives to increase local food systems that strengthen local communities. He is former chair of the Grassfed Exchange, a leading U.S. grass-fed beef educational organization and is an accredited Holistic Management Educator. Agenda: 1) Cow Calf Management at Lake City Research Center 2) Grass Finishing Industry (production and nutritional data) 3) Livestock and Carbon Sequestration 4) International Work in Africa

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards Government of Manitoba Press Release — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards “The Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize individuals, organizations, communities and businesses that are enhancing sustainability in our province,” Squires said. “These awards showcase great success stories and demonstrate that all Manitobans can make a difference.” This program complements many of the idea set out in the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and

Green Plan and helps encourage everyone to take steps to protect the environment while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy, the minister added. Any individual, business, organization or community group in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated for one award in the following categories: • action on climate change, air quality and energy efficiency; • sustainability in water and natural area stewardship; • sustainability in pollution prevention and product stewardship; • education for sustainability;

FDC celebrates 40 years Province of Manitoba Press Release PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE—The Food Development Centre is being recognized for assisting Manitoba’s agri-food industry in the development and commercialization of food products for 40 years, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced. “For 40 years, the Food Development Centre has helped Manitoba’s food and beverage industry grow, and be competitive on the international stage,” said Eichler. “Manitoba has an exciting future in this field and we’re fortunate to have a facility like the Food Development Centre to work with industry to develop new and innovative products.” The Food Development Centre (FDC) was established in 1978 as a joint venture of the federal and provincial governments, and in 1999, became a Special Operating Agency under the Department of Manitoba Agriculture. The centre works with food companies of all sizes from start up entrepreneurs to multinational corporations. During its 40-year tenure, the Food Development Centre has helped thousands of businesses develop new products to give them a competitive edge and to access new markets. The FDC is an important link in the public and private research infrastructure supporting economic development in Manitoba. The facility is a focal point for food industry research, professional services and technology, both provincially and globally. For more information on the Food Development Centre, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/food-and-ag-processing/food-commercialization/ food-development-centre/index.html.

• innovation and research for sustainability; • champion for sustainability; • sustainable community; and • outstanding achievement in sustainability. The awards will be presented in spring 2019. The deadline for nominations and applications is noon, Feb. 1, 2019. Information about the awards program and how to apply can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/ sd/susresmb/mrtsd/mesa/index. html or by calling 204-794-2686 in Winnipeg or 1-800-282-8069 (toll-free), or e-mailing MESA@gov. mb.ca. You saw us at the Red River Exhibition. You saw us at Ag in the Classroom. You saw us at Ag Days.

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Record coverage for 2019 AgriInsurance program Province of Manitoba Press Release Manitoba farmers will see enhancements to coverage through AgriInsurance in the upcoming year, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced here today. “Our government understands the importance of stability and proactively managing risks that threaten the viability of the farm,” said MacAulay. “These enhancements to AgriInsurance offer Manitoba farmers greater options to help them protect their operations against the financial impact of crop losses.” The ministers noted total AgriInsurance coverage for 2019 is expected to exceed $2.8 billion on 9.5 million acres in Manitoba, the highest level of coverage on record. With premium rates down by an average of more than seven per cent compared to last year, and dollar values up slightly, producers will receive more coverage for less premium in 2019. “Flexible and affordable insurance for our farmers is critical to combat potential financial losses,” said Eichler. “These enhancements to AgriInsurance were made directly in response to our industry and producers’ needs.” Program changes for the 2019 growing season include: • introduction of separate yield coverage for hybrid and open pollinated fall rye, which will ensure producers have coverage that is more reflective of the productive capacity of their fall rye crop; • a higher dollar value for seed potatoes

to account for the higher cost of production and higher market value; • the list of crops eligible for organic insurance will be expanded to include barley, field peas and hemp grain; • dollar values for organic crops will increase due to an update in how the dollar values are determined; and • livestock and forage producers will benefit from a change in the way poor quality forages are adjusted for claim purposes, which will result in payments that better reflect actual losses due to low quality. More than 8,000 farms are enrolled in AgriInsurance. Manitoba has the highest level of AgriInsurance participation in Canada with over 90 per cent of annual crop acres enrolled. The total governments’ share of AgriInsurance premium for 2019-20 is expected to be $125.07 million. AgriInsurance is provided for over 70 different annual crops and forages during establishment and production, as well as the inability to seed land in the spring due to wet conditions. 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. AgriInsurance is a risk management program administered by the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). For more information about it and other programs, visit a MASC office or www.masc.mb.ca.

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E-Newsletter An update from Manitoba Beef Producers

MASC Hay Disaster Benefit triggered for 2018 claims (Province of Manitoba Press Release) — Manitoba Agriculture advises that Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) is notifying producers the Hay Disaster Benefit has been triggered and associated payments will begin shortly. The estimated payout for 2018 is $3.2 million on approximately 1,000 claims. The Hay Disaster Benefit (HDB) is a complimentary feature of the AgriInsurance program that compensates insured forage producers for the increased cost of hay and transportation when there is a severe provincial

forage shortfall. The HDB was first introduced in 2014 as part of a revamped forage insurance offering and 2018 marks the first year that it has been triggered. Producers enrolled in Select Hay Insurance and Basic Hay Insurance are automatically enrolled in HDB. All insured hay types (alfalfa, alfalfa grass mixtures, grasses, sweet clover and coarse hay) are eligible. To trigger a HDB payment, at least 20 per cent of producers with Select Hay or Basic Hay Insurance must harvest less than 50 per cent of their long-term

average hay yield. For 2018, producers will receive an additional $40 for each tonne below their Select Hay or Basic Hay Insurance coverage. There is no cost to producers for this benefit. Premiums are cost shared 60 per cent by the Government of Canada and 40 per cent by the Province of Manitoba. For more information on forage insurance in Manitoba, please contact a MASC office or visit: www.masc.mb.ca/masc. nsf/program_forages.html. The deadline to sign-up for 2019 forage insurance is April 1.

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Former MBP director recognized for forage sector leadership By Alexis Stockford just wrapped up a public outreach with its project, and the Manitoba Co-Operator newly launched platform was open to the public until Dec. Killarney’s Dave Koslowsky has been recognized with a 1. national award for leadership in the forage sector. A forage story The nod from the Canadian Forage and Grassland AssoKoslowsky’s management, and the path that led him ciation (CFGA) ties off his time with the Manitoba Forage towards the CFGA Leadership Award, dates back almost a and Grassland Association where he was chair. decade. The farmer decided to start intensifying manageWhy it matters: A Manitoba couple is helping to lead ment in the hope of putting more animals on the land and the way on forage, according to the CFGA. reaping the increased forage benefits. His fellow producers The CFGA named Koslowsky this year’s Leadership Award who had moved to a similar system were already touting winner in November, due in large part to his work with the this effect. provincial forage organization. A mixed farmer, Koslowsky runs 120 head of cattle, plus “When I first joined it was struggling,” he said. “Strugforage to support his herd, on his 1,720-acre farm near gling for members and struggling for Killarney. finances.” “We grow enough feed for our own The CFGA gives the award every year use — not a whole lot for sale,” he said. to groups or individuals who highlight “Most of the time we keep it for the association’s goals and, “whose ourselves, carry it over, just trying to be leadership has impact of national and/or self-sustaining and self-insuring.” international significance.” Pastures on the parcel are rotationA longtime member of the Manitoally grazed, although most intensely on ba Forage and Grassland association, his home pasture and Koslowsky has Koslowsky headed the board during a plans to increase the practice as he gets major overhaul of the group’s vision the opportunity to set up more fencstatement, governance and bylaws. It ing. Drainage, likewise, takes a starring came at a time when the province as a role. The mixed farm includes grassed whole was beginning to pay more attenrunways for drainage, areas that take tion to the importance of forage crops. the brunt of any high-water events and “This set the foundation for MFGA to slow water to fight erosion, and are later become a more relevant organization hayed for the benefit of his herd. to the point now where MFGA’s board Koslowsky’s introduction to rotational is comprised of the most diverse and grazing happened almost by accident, Dave Koslowsky well-rounded board of forage leaders he now recalls. The producer wanted from all walks of the industry,” the Canato calve on grass and moved the herd dian Forage and Grassland Association said in a release. to one end of his home pasture to make them easier to The group has since drawn new members to its roster, check. including many young producers who have since taken a “We just wanted to have more cattle out on grass, so seat on the executive. more cows mean more calves which, at the end of the day, Today, the MFGA vision statement leans on many of the mean more dollars in our pocket,” he said. same practices touted during holistic management and Later, he said, the farm began noting increased benefits regenerative agriculture events, making specific mention of soil health. Grass improved, he said, allowing them to of things like cover crops and soil health. house yet more cattle on the same land base. “These healthy and prosperous lands will benefit forage Stepping back and grassland producers, local communities and society as Koslowsky’s time on livestock boards ended this year, a whole,” the association website states. when he stepped down as one of the directors of the The organization has also embarked on large-scale MFGA, as well as his post as a director with the Manitoba projects in an effort to promote its mission to society at Beef Producers. large. Most recently, the MFGA spearheaded the almost Koslowsky is far from done with his own forage improve$2-million Aquanty project, a hydrological modelling proments, however. The farm recently excavated an additional gram pitched to governments as a flood mitigation tool, dugout and has slated the addition for an incoming remote but that the MFGA hopes may also help gauge impact of watering system, something the farmer says he would like practices like increased riparian areas. The organization to pursue more intently, along with more fencing.

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In the News A look at the news and articles of interest to Manitoba’s beef industry • Canadian beef yield grade standards change in January • CPTPP could boost Canadian beef sales to Japan • New era begins for conservation districts in 2019

Have you registered for the MBP AGM yet? There will be lots of great speakers and a chance to get innovative information about the industry.

• USMCA frictions continue • Maybe younger generation does want to learn more about farming • High beef supply, but will demand match it?

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Free Beef Cattle Research Council Webinar Get veterinary insights from across Canada Here’s your chance to ask burning vet-related questions! A panel of veterinarians from across Canada will discuss some of the most common issues they see in their region, including pink eye, foot rot, reproductive issues and more!

January 15, 2019 6 p.m. Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pqUKMh7_TwGUDR4AKw9z7w


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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards Government of Manitoba Press Release — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards “The Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize individuals, organizations, communities and businesses that are enhancing sustainability in our province,” Squires said. “These awards showcase great success stories and demonstrate that all Manitobans can make a difference.” This program complements many of the idea set out in the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and

Green Plan and helps encourage everyone to take steps to protect the environment while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy, the minister added. Any individual, business, organization or community group in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated for one award in the following categories: • action on climate change, air quality and energy efficiency; • sustainability in water and natural area stewardship; • sustainability in pollution prevention and product stewardship; • education for sustainability;

• innovation and research for sustainability; • champion for sustainability; • sustainable community; and • outstanding achievement in sustainability. The awards will be presented in spring 2019. The deadline for nominations and applications is noon, Feb. 1, 2019. Information about the awards program and how to apply can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/ sd/susresmb/mrtsd/mesa/index. html or by calling 204-794-2686 in Winnipeg or 1-800-282-8069 (toll-free), or e-mailing MESA@gov. mb.ca.

You don't want to miss this Former federal agriculture minister Hon. Gerry Ritz has agreed to attend our 40th AGM in Brandon, Feb. 7-8. He will be our highlight Banquet speaker. YOU CAN NOW REGISTER ONLINE www.mbbeef.ca


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Winnipeg February 19-21, 2019 A forum to discuss the latest issues, information, research and trends in the conservation of prairie landscapes, species, and species at risk

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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 _________________________________________________________________________

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Dec. 19, 2018

Nominations Open for Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award WINNIPEG, MB – Nominations are now open for a Manitoba Beef Producers’ (MBP) award highlighting an outstanding beef producer in the province. “The Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes local beef producers who have made significant contributions to the beef industry and their commitment to excellence, exemplifying leadership and involvement in their community and province,” said Brian Lemon, MBP general manager. “It is awarded every five years to a deserving recipient. We are excited to be presenting this award during our President’s Banquet at our 40th Annual General Meeting in Brandon on February 7, 2019,” added Lemon. Individuals and families are eligible for the award. Nominations will be judged by a selection committee and the recipient will receive an award with the honour and their name inscribed on it. The recipient’s name will be added to a Manitoba Beef Producers Lifetime Achievement Award plaque at MBP’s office. Nominees for MBP’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be considered in the following areas: • Must be a current or past member of MBP or the Manitoba Cattle Producers Association; • Beef advocacy activities with a genuine interest in the beef industry; • Achievements and lasting benefit of their contribution to the beef industry; • Excellence in being involved in the beef industry as a leader, mentor, volunteer; • Their use of innovation and strategies for successful business. Nominations are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019. Nomination forms are available from the MBP office by calling 1-800-772-0458 or online at www.mbbeef.ca. -30Manitoba Beef Producers is the exclusive voice of the beef industry in Manitoba. Our role and mission is to represent our beef producers through communication, research, advocacy and education. MBP represents 6,500 beef producers across the province.

Download the nomination forms at http://www.mbbeef.ca

For more information, please contact: Brian Lemon, General Manager Office: 204-772-4542


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Province seeking public input on proposed Water Rights regulations Consultations continue until January 19 with citizen input helping refine the upcoming rules By Lorraine Stevenson Manitoba Co-Operator The biggest changes to Manitoba’s water rights regulations since the late 1980s are expected to be finalized and implemented later this spring, with public consultations on what’s proposed ongoing until January 19. Manitoba Sustainable Development is proposing Water Rights Regulation that would support a new streamlined approach to drainage and water retention approvals, plus a ‘no net loss of wetland benefits’ approach. The changes would see certain types of routine works to be registered with the department through a simplified process, with protection seasonal, semi-permanent and permanent wetlands enhanced through new requirements that landowners pay compensation for

wetland drainage. The move would enable provincial staff to focus more attention on reviewing high-risk, higher impact projects, with fees adjusted review project applications from a current $25 to $100 for a registration process and $500 for a licensing process. Other proposals include having all tile drainage installations done by licensed installers. There are also changes in requirements for notifying downstream landowners proposed. The government wants as much feedback as possible on what’s being proposed, said provincial staff. The public consultations began November 29. “The more comments we get, the better we can amend that piece of legislation to better reflect what Manitobans want,” said

Andrea McLean, senior watershed planner with Manitoba Sustainable Development who went over the details during the Manitoba Conservation Districts Association (MCDA) convention in Brandon just before Christmas. A plain language consultation document is posted online at the Manitoba government website. Additional materials including the proposed Water Rights Regulation can be accessed at the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal. The province says citizens’s thoughts and suggestions will help refine Manitoba’s proposed Water Rights Regulation. Questions or comments can be provided by by emailing: drainage@gov.mb.ca or mailing Drainage Consultation Box 16, 200 Saulteaux Crescent Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3.

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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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