Wet weather and flood conditions have packed a punch this year in Manitoba. While the effect on cropland has been tremendous, the effect on cattle producers has been widespread as well. This is the time of year when producers move cattle to pasture, but this year, a great deal of pastureland is underwater or soaked to the point of being unusable, increasing the financial burden on producers. Where pen conditions are available, farmers continue to feed those cattle longer than normal, and where they aren’t, farmers are struggling to find space that isn’t flooded out.
Recently, the Manitoba government offered to help producers affected by flood conditions like those in the inter lake region. Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives has offered to help find pastureland for those producers affected as well as to help arrange emergency transport of cattle out of directly affected areas.
Lionel Kaskiw works as a Farm Production Advisor for MAFRI in Souris, Manitoba. I spoke to him recently about the situation producers in his area are facing.
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