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MBFI Supported By Co-op Community Spaces

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

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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 and Grasslands Association were extremely pleased by the generous funding.

“MBFI supports a community of stakeholders, collaborating for the advancement of agriculture’s future, and connecting with the next generation around food production and public trust at our three research sites in the Brandon, MB area,” says Blyth. “We are really looking forward to working with the great people at Co-op Community Spaces and celebrating this great news in much more detail in the very near future.”

For more on the Co-op Community Spaces Program click here.

Low Stress V4 with agenda

Creating Connections Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshops

POSTED: Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 11:19 AM

Creating Connections Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshops scheduled at MBFI October gatherings at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives’Brookdale site focus on handling cattle Winnipeg, MB - Low stress livestock handling will be the focus of two cattle producer workshops this month at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives’ (MBFI) Brookdale Research Farm this month. The Women’s Cattle Producer Workshop will be held on October 19 and the Cattle Producer Workshop will be held October 27.  Both workshops will include an introduction to the Creating Connections Program and classroom ...more
Summer Pasture Tour Agenda

Brookdale Summer Pasture Tour August 30

POSTED: Friday, August 11, 2017 | 3:41 PM

The public is invited to attend the Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives Summer Pasture Tour August 30 at the Brookdale Research Farm. Learn how MBFI's research can be applied to your farm: Graze Anatomy: Improve profitability, animal performance and pastures; Learn about the power of perennials to capture water byobserving simulated rainfall travel over and through soil; Learn how to make your soil work for your farm and your livestock and Setting up for the BMPs ahead, learn how to manage shelterbelts,eco-buffers, riparian areas and more ...more

Sign up for the MBFI Mailing List

POSTED: Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 3:26 PM

Keep up to date on Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives news and upcoming events by signing up for the MBFI mailing list.

Once you sign up by sending an email to mbfiinfo@gmail.com you will receive notifications on events at our three research farms and information on research that can be applied to your operation. 

Soil Workshop Poster

Soil Health Workshop July 27

POSTED: Friday, July 21, 2017 | 3:44 PM

Join Us For A Hands-On Soil HealthWorkshop for Producers Get your hands dirty and learn about assessing soil health from some of Manitoba’s experts. • Learn how to reduce variability in soil testing and how to interpret soil testresults.• Participants will receive soil testing supplies for home use, along with an invitation to a follow-up workshop to review their results.Get insight about soilaggregate stability, soil organic matter and more.• The workshop is limited to 25 participants. A possible workshop on July 28may be considered to accommodate demand. Cost is $25 (must reg ...more

Grasslands and Croplands Have Different Microbial Biomass Carbon Levels per Unit of Soil Organic Carbon

POSTED: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 2:37 PM

Congratulations to Terence P. McGonigle and William G. Turner, both of Brandon University, on having their paper Grasslands and Croplands Have Different Microbial Biomass Carbon Levels per Unit of Soil Organic Carbon published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives is proud to have provided financial support for the study. The results of this study provided guidance on the design and implementation of further research on the MBFI farm.  To read the full report please ...more
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