Ongoing dry conditions across Manitoba has prompted the province to allow livestock producers to temporarily cut hay and allow animals to graze on Crown land.
“Pastures and forage crops in parts of Manitoba have been greatly affected by low levels of rain and dry soils this summer,” said Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler.
“By providing producers with additional options, such as access to Crown land, we are easing the burden on farmers who are seeing low yields on forage crops.”
The Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing program will administer the use of available land and provide necessary permits. Livestock must be removed when the naturally existing forage is exhausted or by October 31, 2018. Baled hay must be removed by November 15, 2018.
Manitoba Agriculture affected by dry conditions can find additional resources on the province’s website.