The Western Producer producer.com 08 Jun, 2021 16:45 am

Water assistance available for Manitoba ranchers

Water assistance available for Manitoba ranchers
Manitoba livestock producers coping with depleted or empty dugouts can now get help. Manitoba and the federal government today announced an enhanced

Manitoba and the federal government today announced an enhanced program so ranchers can dig new wells, expand dugouts and install new watering systems.They “may require additional components (fencing of the dugout, alternative watering systems)… to meet the BMP criteria,” the province said.“Our summer has been dry, and we recognize that many of our producers may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable water supply for their livestock,” said Manitoba agriculture minister Blaine Pedersen.In a normal year, the dugout would supply water to cattle until August.

We have trouble…along with thousands of farmers and ranchers in Manitoba, we are running out of water for livestock due to drought.“Even if we get an inch or two inches (of rain) it’s not going to address the livestock water issue, which is preventing us from using much of the pasture that we have,” Fulton said.

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