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Hay disaster benefit kicks in for Manitoba growers

Eligible Manitoba forage growers can expect to share in a $5 million hay disaster benefit (HDB) for the 2019 crop year. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC), the provincial crop insurance agency, announced Friday that the HDB has been activated and benefit payments to eligible forage producers on about 1,500 claims will begin “shortly.” The HDB, […] Read more

Using feed bunks ensures cattle consume the highest-quality portions of the plants.

Running the numbers on bale processors

Research shows that bale processors can increase digestibility and cut feed waste, especially if used in the right system

When I was growing up, if someone had mentioned the words “bale processor,” I would have assumed they were describing my twice-daily task of manually transporting heavy square bales from the stack through herds of playful cattle intent on destroying them before they reached their destination. The processing part was snapping the sisal twine and […] Read more


The Blood Tribe grows and processes timothy and alfalfa for export.

Blood Tribe expanding forage business

The Blood Tribe is expanding its on-reserve forage processing and export business, thanks in part to a growth equity investment from Indigena Capital, LP. Kanai Forage, the Blood Tribe’s forage business, was established in 1997. Kanai Forage grows and processes timothy hay and alfalfa in southern Alberta. The forage is exported to international markets such […] Read more

Adverse weather has prompted producers to reduce herds again this year.

Feed Watch: September 16, 2019

Adverse weather has taken its toll on Canada’s cow herd, knocking down the numbers in the national herd yet again. There were 10.36 million head in Canada as of July 1, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey. That’s down from last year, and 30 per cent below the peak of 2005. And as Alexis Kienlen […] Read more


Hay shortage in Manitoba Interlake reaches tipping point

MarketsFarm — A state of agricultural emergency has been declared in 12 municipalities, mostly in Manitoba’s Interlake region, due to chronically low hay yields. Drought and grasshoppers have hindered crops to the point that hay production is about 25 to 30 per cent of average. “We’ve moved cows out of pastures because the grasshoppers ate […] Read more

Conditions vary across the Prairies, but some producers are struggling with drought, particularly in Manitoba's Interlake.

Feed Watch: September 2, 2019

A lack of carryover of feed from 2018, combined with another summer of drought, has taken its toll in Manitoba’s Interlake region this year, triggering a declaration of agricultural disaster in 12 municipalities. The RMs of Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake and Woodlands announced the motion in […] Read more


While some producers have seen below-average yields due to dry weather, others are struggling to finish haying in wet conditions. Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Feed Watch: August 19, 2019

As the end of the growing season nears, some producers in Alberta are struggling to finish haying given wet conditions. Meanwhile, producers in other parts of the Prairies would have gladly traded some sunshine for rain this year. Feed Watch will be on hiatus next week, but we’ll be back after the long weekend in […] Read more

Pasture near Hanley, Sask., which was grazed once this year. Rain is needed to replenish topsoil moisture in the region.

Feed Watch: August 12, 2019

Winter is coming and feed is going to be tight for many beef producers. Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers urge Manitoba farmers to list any available hay, straw and alternative feeds they can sell. “Many beef producers have been hard hit by back-to-back dry conditions that have led to diminished pasture and forage […] Read more


Haying is underway in Western Canada.

Feed Watch: August 5, 2019

Many parts of the Prairies were hammered by drought this year, and poor hay yields are reflecting that lack of rain. Saskatchewan producers have given up hope for a second cut, but regrowth has raised expectations for a second cut in some parts of Manitoba. Meanwhile, parts of Alberta and Ontario have seen too much […] Read more

Crop reports stoke hay shortage concerns

MarketsFarm – Rainfall varied across the Prairie provinces during week ended August 2, as concerns of a hay shortage continue. Approximately 39 per cent of the hay crop in Saskatchewan is now baled or stored. While hay quality is 55 per cent good-to-excellent, yields have been well below normal across the province. According to the […] Read more