Resources for Producers facing dry conditions

Posted August 28, 2018

Information for Beef Producers Dealing With Dry Conditions

The following list of resources may be useful to Manitoba beef producers dealing with the effects of dry conditions on their operations.

Sourcing Feed and Alternative Feeds:

Manitoba Hay Listing Service

Manitoba Alternative Feeds Listing

Pasture for Rent and Pasture Wanted

List of tools and resources for producers to help manage the impact of lower forage supplies

Utilizing High Nitrate Feeds Safely


Contact Information for Manitoba Agriculture offices


Business Risk Management Programs:

According to the Government of Manitoba, producers with AgriInsurance contracts who intend to put their crop to alternate use are required to contact the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation for a field appraisal prior to harvesting the crop.  Crop producers managing crop residue should consider making crop residue available to livestock producers as an alternative to burning this residue.

Manitoba also provides risk management programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that help producers to manage production and price risk.  These include:

  • Forage insurance under the AgriInsurance program, which insures hay and pasture production and establishment against potential losses. Producers can check their coverage and learn more at or by calling their local MASC office. For a complete listing of MASC offices go to:

For detailed information on forage insurance, including basic and select hay insurance, the hay disaster benefit, etc. see:

Government of Canada’s Livestock Tax Deferral Provision:
The Livestock Tax Deferral provision allows farmers who sell part of their breeding herd due to drought or flooding in prescribed drought or flood regions to defer a portion of sale proceeds to the following year. When prescribed regions are identified, the list is announced publicly and posted to this web page.


General Production Information/Conditions:

Manitoba Crop Report

Manitoba Crop Weather Report

Manitoba Drought Monitor


Manitoba Wildfire Program


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Drought Watch

Drought Watch provides timely information on weather and climate relevant to the agricultural sector in Canada. Find current and historic weather and climate conditions, view impacts to agriculture, find information on livestock tax deferrals and learn about ways to help manage your farm during drought conditions.


Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers:
The Ag Action Manitoba program offers activities for farmers that support the growth and sustainability of primary agriculture in Manitoba.

Eligible farmers, including young and beginning farmers, can apply to these program activities: training and consultation; distribution and marketing alliances, assurance initiatives; research and innovation. Review the website for program intake deadlines and eligibility requirements. See:


Other Resources:

Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services

MFRNSS provides free and confidential telephone and online counselling to farmers, rural and northern Manitobans. or call toll free 1-866-367-3276.