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MBFI, Real Industries announce exciting partnership

POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 8:26 am

Local Firm’s Generous Donation Will Bolster Ag Research Farm’s Innovative Efforts

BRANDON — Moving cattle around for innovative research at Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives (MBFI) is getting a real boost thanks to a generous partnership with Real Industries.

“Real Industries Ltd. is based south central Manitoba and works across Western Canada with many of the industry leaders and audiences that are vitally important for both of our interests,” says Ramona Blyth, MBFI chair. “Our direct interactions and relationships with the agricultural community provided a great foundation for this partnership. We are very pleased to have Real Industries on board with our MBFI efforts.”

The agreement with Real Industries will allow MBFI to be fully equipped with handling and transportation equipment necessary to conduct the day-to-day management of the herd, handle cattle for research studies, and for extension and demonstration purposes. According to Jamie Rea, Real Industries saw a great fit for their business on the MBFI farms and in support of the ongoing MBFI research. Rea says the win-win scenario was a key reason for Real Industries to step forward with MBFI.

“Real Industries Ltd. has been in business since 1977, providing a range of manufactured livestock handling equipment to farmers across Western Canada and North Central United States,” says Rea. “From panels and cattle feeders to squeeze chutes, alleyway, crowding tubs and portable systems, our products have been developed for use in the harsh and varied climates of Canada, and attention has been paid to durability and reliability. We are proud to help MBFI conduct leading livestock research and exemplary animal care and comfort with our products.”

MBFI will officially announce the agreement at the Manitoba Beef Producers Annual General Meeting on February 2, 2017. As soon as the weather warms up, MBFI will be showcasing the Real Industries equipment in various on-farm demonstrations as well as on the MBFI website and via social media.

Pasture Day at 1st Street Pasture June 22, 2017

POSTED: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 1:43 PM

When the busy seeding season subsides and summer starts to come around, producer-aimed events take centre stage at the three Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) research sites near Brandon. Researchers at MBFI’s 1st Street Pasture will kick off the summer season on June 22 by hosting Pasture Tour at the site. “We have an interesting day planned for producers to learn more about our grazing cattle research and how they might apply our findings into their operations now or in the future,” said Jane Thornton, Manitoba Agriculture Forage and Rangeland Specialist and one of the ...more
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MBFI Supported By Co-op Community Spaces

POSTED: Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 9:47 AM

  Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) is a 2017 Co-op Community Spaces Recipient and will receive $125,000 in funding provided by Co-op Community Spaces. “This is just wonderful news,” says Ramona Blyth, MBFI chair. “MBFI is a centre of agricultural innovation engaging in science-based research to benefit valuable ecosystems, improve producer profitability and build social awareness around the beef and forage industry.” Blyth says that the four core partners of the MBFI: Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Manitoba Forage ...more

MBFI 2017-18 board roster announced

POSTED: Friday, June 9, 2017 | 11:08 AM

Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives Inc. (MBFI) Annual Update Meeting, saw the election of the new and expanded 2017-18 MBFI Board of Directors.  Ramona Blyth of MacGregor will return to the role as MBFI chair for the next two years while Killarney’s Dave Koslowsky will flank Blyth as the MBFI vice-chair over the next year. (The full 2017-18 MBFI board roster is included on page 2 of this media release). Blyth says the MBFI board is now expanded from five to seven members and provides a vote at the board table for each of three other core partners of the MBFI while m ...more
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MBFI June 22 Pasture Day, First Street 9:30am

POSTED: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 11:06 AM

Come one, come all. Don't miss out on MBFI's upcoming 1st Street Pasture Tour June 22, 2017!

Putting spurge on the menu for research - and cattle

POSTED: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 1:10 PM

Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives is ramping up for 2017. Preparations are underway for a long list of projects at the collaborative's three test farms outside of Brandon.

To read the complete article from Alexis Stockford of the Manitoba Co-operator click here.

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