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 www.masc.mb.ca 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: https://www.masc.mb.ca/masc.nsf/program_forages.html
- AgriStability, which is a voluntary program for producers offering support following large income losses and is based on a producer’s margins. More information is at www.agr.gc.ca/agristability .
- Western Livestock Price Insurance Program is designed to help farmers protect themselves against unexpected price declines and more information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/price-insurance-program.html.
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. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/drought-watch/livestock-tax-deferral-provision/?id=1463574780220
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:
Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services
MFRNSS provides free and confidential telephone and online counselling to farmers, rural and northern Manitobans.
http://supportline.ca/ or call toll free 1-866-367-3276.