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Cattle farmers not worried about feed supplies

12.02.2018 11:16
By: Cam Hallas

Province in better shape than some neighbours


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - With the region battling extreme temps the last few weeks, Manitoba Beef Producers says one group that's not worried is local cattle farmers.

Temperatures can affect feed prices, and according to General Manager with MBP Brian Lemon, Southern Manitoba is in good shape.

"This is not something new, it's not something that's unexpected in Manitoba. Producers have been doing this for a long time. Certainly having more feed stock on hand over the winter is an important piece of cattle production in this province."

Unlike some other North American farmers, Lemon said feed stock in Manitoba is more than adequate.

"I think we're much better off than some of our friends further west in Saskatchewan and Alberta or even further south into the States where they certainly had some challenges getting feed put up this past growing season."

Lemon said right now, producers are ramping and getting ready for calving season. Depending on their specific operation, some may have already started.

"Unless there's something specific on a specific farm, talking in generalities of course, there's no concerns about feed availability in Manitoba for our cattle herd."