Tag: Harry Siemens

Manitoba Tackles Tuberculosis Issue with New Coordinator

The threat of bovine tuberculosis from wild populations of animals in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park area has weighed heavily on cattle producers in the region for some time. The region has seen a steady decline in cattle and ranchers in part due to this threat. As a plan of attack, Manitoba recently announced the… Read more »

Farmer Fallout From Puratone Bankruptcy in the Hundreds of Thousands: Harry Siemens

The hog industry in Western Canada has been knocked to its knees in recent months by high feed prices and negative margins. A large hog breeder, producer and feed company — Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation — is in the process of being bought by Maple Leaf Foods, the company’s largest hog buyer. Amidst the fall out… Read more »

Puratone Files for Creditor Protection

Niverville, Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation is the second major hog producer in as many weeks to hit the skids, Harry Siemens reports . Puratone filed for creditor protection today, after the board of directors agreed it was the only viable alternatives given the present financial state of the company. Puratone is a major hog supplier to Maple… Read more »

The Pork Industry In Western Canada Is Disappearing Rapidly – Harry Siemens

Pork producers in Canada continue to take a beating as what looked like a period of profitable production was turned on its head by high corn prices. Some producers who didn’t lock in some kind of a contract price are getting out while they can, selling their stock at a loss to avoid even greater… Read more »

WTO Decision on COOL Good For Canadian Livestock Producers

With the recent ruling by the World Trade Organization declaring elements of the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling program to be unfair, Canadian livestock producers feel that the first steps have been made in restoring exports lost when the program began. While Canadian producers applaud the move, there is an underlying skepticism that this decision… Read more »

Does Another Manitoba NDP Government Impact Manitoba Agriculture?

It’s the fourth consecutive NDP government for Manitoba with voters electing Greg Selinger for the provinces top job last Tuesday. So what does that mean for agriculture in the province? Does the election signal the go ahead for the government to stay the course when it comes to ag policy? If that’s how the NDP… Read more »

Seeding Intentions & Timing in Manitoba

There is no doubt that this year farmers in the Red River Valley region of Manitoba will be watching water levels closely. An above average amount of snow this winter as well as runoff from upstream could mean trouble for anyone caught in the flood plains. A slow melt so far has helped brighten the… Read more »

Is the Hog Business Drowning in Canada – Harry Siemens

I have never owned a hog or participated in the business at all but from the outside it does appear to be a very tough financial business. I have had several chats with producers that have been in the business for a long time and the concerns are real for the long term sustainability of… Read more »

Manitoba Harvest Update – Harry Siemens, Siemenssays.com

Harry Siemens discusses the Manitoba harvest with me. Every province really has a different story to tell this year and Manitoba is no different. The crop went in quick but the bite of an early fall is providing challenges to many farmers.  In the spring Manitoba farmers were able to get the crop in fas… Read more »

Crops in Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba are Affected by Rain

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays.com provides this pictoral commentary of the wet situation in Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota. On the weekend certain areas had 3 more inches of rain which is causing great difficulties for the land that did get planted. Harry points out that the land with the best drainage is showing the best… Read more »