Beef Producers Worried of Excess Flooding in Manitoba

By Brian Schultz

Red River Floodway
The view from the Red River Floodway control structure on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Flooding in the province has Manitoba Beef Producers calling for short and long-term strategies to deal with the effects of the flooding and excess moisture.

MBP says producers in flood-affected areas need regular updates on flow volumes, predicted levels, inundation zones and the projected duration of excess water.

On Friday, the Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency due to flooding.

“Water-related issues are continuing to evolve and a variety of strategies are needed to help producers face these challenges,” said Heinz Reimer, MBP president. “First, MBP is strongly stressing the importance of timely information sharing so beef producers can make informed management decisions as this large volume of water moves through the province. It is critical to have the information and management tools readily available; that is a key lesson coming from the recent floods.”

Reimer adds that depending on the severity of flooding expected, it may also be necessary to pursue alternative transportation for hay and straw, and to move cattle.