Manitoba Ranchers’ Forum

Manitoba Ranchers’ Forum 2012 – focusing on the needs of livestock, forage and grain producers.   (Replacing Manitoba Grazing School)

Small Ruminants – Animal Rights Issues – Grazing Systems – Animal Health – Tax Planning – Legal Liabilities and More!

November 27 & 28, 2012 – Victoria Inn – Brandon, MB

For many years Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives staff and the Manitoba Forage Council along with agribusiness worked diligently at organizing an annual event called the Manitoba Grazing School. The event focused on forage and grazing management and production for many beef producers around the province. The event was well attended by industry, government and most importantly producers around the province.

This year the organizing committee has revamped the conference and its content. The new event, called the Manitoba Ranchers’ Forum promises to encompass a broader range of topics focusing on the needs of livestock, forage and grain producers. Our organizers are committed to ensuring we provide topics and noteworthy speakers that help you with your farm business – no matter what type it is!

There will be a wide range of topics and speakers to entice anyone involved in agriculture to attend. The topics include: Marketing, Animal Rights, Soil and Pasture Cropping Systems, Herd Health, Legal Liability Issues on the Farm, Tax Management, Feedlot topics, Goat and Sheep Production, Social Media Development and much, much more!  There is a topic for everyone involved in agriculture!

Speakers will range from the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives in Manitoba to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Martin Unrau. Other highlights include Brenda Schoepp from Beeflink – a highly regarded national weekly newsletter on marketing, Merle Good – a Taxation specialist from Alberta with extensive experience in taxation and business set-up and an ever popular producer panel on sustainable farming.  Agri-businesses will be in attendance with booth displays and handout materials.

Save $75 by registering as a MFC member (earlybird).

Early bird registration is until November 13, 2012.  REGISTER ONLINE. or call MAFRI at (204) 622-2006

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities? Contact the MAFRI Swan River GO Centre at 204-734-3417 or by e-mail:

(deadline November 2, 2012)
1. MFC member (with member # ) – $150.00
2. Non – MFC member: $225.00
3. Students: $100.00 – first 20 to register
MFC membership is $50.00 – Members will have discounted registration rates for the membership year July 31, 2012 – August 1, 2013.
(after November 13, 2012)
$250.00 pp regardless of MFC membership
Registration includes 2 lunches, banquet, and all

Pamphlet November 2012


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Martin Unrau – President of Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – What We’ve Learned from 28 years in the Feedlot Business – Daryl Busby – Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity – Iowa
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Animal Rights/Animal Welfare – Addressing Concerns – Ryder Lee – Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
BREAKOUTS: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Breakout A – Managing Soil and Water in Range, Pasture and Cropping Systems – Ken Miller – North Dakota
Breakout B – Grazing Systems for Small Rumi-nants – Dr Jodie Pennington – Missouri
Breakout C – Feed Efficiency, RFI and its eco-nomic benefits – John Basarab
Breakout D – Herd Health Management – Dr. Roy Lewis – Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM COFFEE
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM – Repeat of Breakout Sessions
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Dealing with Legal Liability Issues – A How-To Guide for Protecting Yourself and Your Family on the Farm – John Stewart
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – BIXS Topic – MBP Agent (TBA)
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Socializing and Banquet
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Producer Panel –
Yesterday’s Success – Tomorrow’s Promise – Sustainable Farming in the 21st Century!
Myna Cryderman – Boissevain
Charlotte Crawley – Clanwilliam
Don Guilford – Clearwater
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM – Complimentary Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Comparing different business struc tures and options ..what works best for your farm and family? Tax Management not to pay the Tax man. – Merle Good
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – COFFEE
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Livestock Market Outlook – Brenda Schoepp – Beeflink
11:00 AM – 11:30 PM – Manitoba Forage
Council Annual General Meeting
11:30 AM – 12:30 AM – Social Media and You – Rosie Templeton – Lethbridge, AB
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
BREAKOUTS: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Breakout E – Tips to make Dog Training Easier – Martin Penfold
Breakout F – Groomin’ the Rumen! Under-standing Nutrition – Tod Wallace – MAFRI
Breakout G – What do you think you know about Grass-Fed Beef? – Todd Churchill
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Advocating Agriculture, Feeding the World – Challenges and Opportunities – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Ron Kostyshyn

Speaker Profiles:

DARYL BUSBY – Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Manager – Iowa – Native of NW Kansas received BS and MS from Kansas State University. From July 1980 to January 2010, Iowa State University Extension Livestock/Beef Specialist for SW Iowa. Assisted livestock producers in evaluating new technologies to improve profitability. Assisted with development of the ISU Feedlot Monitoring Program and enterprise records to evaluate both economic and production factors. Helped start the 4-State Beef Conference which has completed 28 years and the SW Iowa Feedlot Short course which is a hands-on training program for feedlot managers and employees. In 1981, assisted 3 county cattleman’s associations in developing the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF). Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity is a retained ownership program developed by SW Iowa beef producers to improve profits. In the last 11 years, individual feedlot and carcass data has been collected and analyzed on more than 83,000 hd from cow-calf producers from 23 states and Manitoba. Since retiring from ISU Extension, currently manage the TCSCF Cooperative. Certified Angus Beef in 2009 recognized TCSCF as the Progressive Partner of the Year. Received the ISU Extension R.K. Bliss Award in 1999 and the ISU Extension Meritorious Service Award in 1992.

RYDER LEE – Manager of Federal Provincial Relations (Ottawa) as CCA’s staff representative on the CCA’s Board committee’s for Domestic Ag Policy and Regulations Committee as well as the Animal Health Committee. Ryder ensures CCA’s voice is heard at the federal government level on issues surrounding the Canadian beef industry.

MARTIN UNRAU – Martin Unrau has been with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) since 2007. Unrau operates Bar 88 Ranch near MacGregor, Manitoba, along with his wife Roxie and son Garett, one of the couple’s four children. The Unraus calve 550 cows and background some calves, and grow grain crops including corn, canola and barley.
Unrau has undertaken a variety of roles during his time with the CCA, most recently as vice president (2010-2012) and member of the executive committee. He has served as chair of the Foreign Trade Committee, co-chair of the Animal Health Committee, and as a member the Animal Care Committee and the Domestic Agriculture and Policy Regulation committee.
Unrau came to the CCA through his involvement in the former Manitoba Cattle Producers Association. He first became involved with his provincial association in 2004 after being involved to help the industry during the early days of the BSE crisis. He became a director in 2005 and worked his way up to vice president of the provincial association (2006) fol-lowed by a two-year term as president. He chaired numerous committees and served on the Production Management, Finance, Animal Health and Executive committees. In 2007 he became a director of the CCA. Unrau was elected to the position of CCA Vice President in March 2010.

MERLE GOOD – Merle Good graduated from the University of Alberta in 1977 with a B.S.C. degree in Agriculture Economics. His expertise has been in the area of Taxation and Business Arrangements and has been over his career the Provincial Tax Specialist for the Agriculture Ministry. In this capacity, Merle identifies and adapts unique business structures and tax-related strategies to meet the ever-evolving needs of Alberta’s Agricultural Industry. Merle is married to Peggy and has one daughter Annessa and operates a small mixed farming operation at Cremona.

BRENDA SCHOEPP – Brenda has lived and loved the beef cattle industry for over 30 years. She owns and publishes, BEEFLINK TM, a highly regarded national weekly news-letter on the strategies of beef and beef cattle marketing. Her column “Straight from the Hip” is featured in national and provincial newspapers and magazines. Brenda has co-authored beef cattle marketing and feedlot production manuals in Alberta and Saskatchewan. She is an advisory to individuals and companies on marketing and grazing management and has written several private sector manuals. Her consulting company furnishes strategic documents for government and corporate clients. For her passion and vision Brenda was named by Alberta Venture Business Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta in 2006. A professional speaker, she has traveled extensively to bring agriculture into everyone’s life! Brenda is the founder of Women in Search of Excellence (WISE), mentoring, training and facilitating for the needs of Canadian women in agriculture. She is a strong supporter of the rural economy and a master of ceremonies for charity events.