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Province Opens Up Crown Lands To Livestock Producers

Livestock producers in Manitoba will temporarily be allowed to cut hay and allow animals to graze on Crown lands not normally designated for agricultural use, announced Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Friday.
According to the Government of Manitoba, Crown lands can be made available for agricultural use under certain circumstance. Friday's announcement comes on the heels of persistant dry conditions in parts of the province over the past few years.
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 Oct. 31 and baled hay must be removed by Nov. 15.
If producers with AgriInsurance contracts intend to put their crop to alternate use (i.e. for feed), they are required to contact Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation to arrange for a field appraisal before harvesting the crop. Crop producers should also consider making crop residue available to livestock producers.
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