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Livestock Predation Pilot Project
Predation is a significant concern for livestock producers in Manitoba, and for some, predators such as coyotes, wolves, or black bears can cause devastating financial losses. In 2020, a three-year, industry-led Livestock Predation Prevention Pilot Project was launched with the aim of reducing wildlife predation of cattle and sheep in Manitoba.
The multi disciplinary committee responsible for planning and delivery of the project, has representation from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (MARD), Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, commodity groups including Manitoba Beef Producers and the Manitoba Sheep Association, as well as the Manitoba Trapper’s Association.
The project will help producers most affected by predation to develop individual risk management plans, while also supporting broader industry-wide efforts to test a variety of risk management approaches and share knowledge and best practices to reduce losses.
The working group has identified a group of Risk Mitigation Practices (RMPs) which will be analyzed to determine their effectiveness in reducing the potential for negative interactions between livestock and producers. A RMP is something a producer can do to lessen the likelihood of a predator attack. The RMPs being tested aim to reduce predators’ access to possible food sources to scavenge, as well as to reduce their ability to access areas with cattle and sheep present, and over all deter interactions with them.
For information contact Raymond Bittner, Livestock Predation Lead, at email@example.com or 204-768-0010.
The RMPs include:
Flood Information for Producers
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 floodwater and the impacts and to keep all receipts and records on hand. Retaining these records and photos is important.
Producers who need to transport livestock to an alternate area are encouraged to book a transport company immediately to ensure service.
Manitoba Beef Producers participated in the Animal Health Emergency Management Project which saw the development of a number of resources to help producers in various sectors prepare for a potential emergency, with a focus on an animal-disease outbreak. For more information on the producer handbook, visit: https://animalhealth.ca/ahem/resources/
Codes of Practice & Assurance Programs
Follow the link below to learn about compliance-related topics like the Beef Cattle Code of Practice, Verified Beef Production Plus, producer and industry benefits, research and biosecurity.
There are various tools and risk management practices that beef producers can apply to keep livestock healthy.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), along with consultation from provincial beef organizations and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), developed a biosecurity standard which outlines the general practices and guidelines to implement biosecurity to control and reduce the risk and impacts of diseases in herds.
The beef biosecurity standard is voluntary, cost effective, and designed for on-farm application in operations of all types and sizes across Canada. The basics of the biosecurity standard are found in the producer guidebook developed by Manitoba Beef Producers.
If any producers are interested in biosecurity signage for their land, or for land they rent or lease such as Crown lands, MBP has created a template that producers can print off themselves or send to a sign company to have signs created. Please click the link below for the template and then save the PDF file.
From time to time MBP hosts free workshops of interest to beef producers. Due to the ongoing restrictions regarding in-person gatherings and group size limits brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, MBP will deliver these workshops in a virtual setting. Stay tuned to the Events page on our website for upcoming dates and topics.
Manitoba Beef Producers is pleased to make available six $500 scholarships annually for MBP members or their children attending a university, college, other post-secondary institution or pursuing trades training. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a field of study related to agriculture or to those acquiring a skilled trade or pursuing a career that would be beneficial to the rural economy.
***Due to ongoing disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic (and the related impacts on high schools and post-secondary institutions) MBP has pushed the application deadline for its 2021 scholarship competition into November instead of the usual June intake deadline. This application intake process is for students who will be undertaking post-secondary studies in the 2021-22 academic year.
Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2021. A selection committee will review the submissions. Winners will be notified by December 14, 2021.
The scholarship eligibility criteria is as follows:
• Must be at least 17 years of age as of January 1, 2021.
• Must be an active Manitoba beef producer or the child of an active Manitoba beef producer. Note: This can include beef producers returning to school after a period of time in the workforce.
• Post-secondary program or trades training must be a minimum of one year in duration.
Items You Are Required to Submit:
• Completed application form;
• A typed 600-word (maximum) essay discussing “What the beef industry means to my family, my community and Manitoba.” Also include the reasons you enjoy being involved in agriculture.*;
• A copy of your transcript (either high school, or a recognized college, university or trade school);
• Proof of enrolment in a recognized institution (current transcript, or your acceptance letter, or a letter of intent indicating your intended institution and field of study).
• A list of community involvement (e.g. 4-H, community clubs, volunteer work, etc.); and,
• The names of two references, including their addresses and telephone numbers.
Submissions and ALL documentation must be sent no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021 to:
Manitoba Beef Producers
220 – 530 Century Street
Winnipeg MB R3H 0Y4
Fax: (204) 774-3264
For more information, please contact Manitoba Beef Producers at 1-800-772-0458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The 2020 scholarship winners’ essays are available in the February 2021 issue of Cattle Country. The 2021 recipients will have their essays published in Cattle Country in February 2022.
Manitoba Beef Producers’ Report to Members features a look at the issues affecting beef producers’ operations, details on MBP committees and the work they are doing, and reports from MBP’s national organizations.
Much of Manitoba Beef Producers’ work involves providing feedback on government policies, as well as proposed legislative and regulatory changes that could affect our beef industry.
MBP provides input on a broad range of issues including: the environment, animal care, business risk management programs, land and water management, disaster financial assistance, workplace safety and health, trade, competitiveness, and many, many more.
As well, MBP develops policies and conducts advocacy work based on the resolutions coming from members at our district meetings and debated at our Annual General Meeting. View a list of resolutions passed at the most recent MBP AGM on the Resolutions page.
Stay Involved. Get Active!
MBP encourages all beef producers and stakeholders to stay involved and provide feedback on issues that are important to the beef industry.