The plight of Canadian beef producers with ranches around Lake Manitoba and other lakes this spring is shown in the following photos. Too much rain has caused flooding from lakes to pastures, leading to cattle evacuations the past few weeks.

In response, the Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is asking Canadian landowners with available pasture to hold cattle moved from around Lake Manitoba, LGD of Alonsa, RM’s of Lakeview, Westbourne, Portage La Prairie, Woodlands, St. Laurent, Coldwell, Eriksdale and Siglunes.

Anyone who can help is urged to contact the Teulon GO Centre at 204-886‐2696 or the Manitoba Beef Producers office at 204-772‐4542 or 800‐772‐0458. The association asks producers providing assistance to estimate how many pairs and yearlings they can hold and for how long, what feed would be available, whether they'll be willing to care for the cattle or not, and their contact information.

Affected producers can reach the emergency Command Centre set up to deal with any animal welfare issues, the moving of cattle and the need for feed at 204-9458000. Or visit the Manitoba Hay Listing Site or Hay or Straw Wanted Site.

The following photos are courtesy of Michelle Teichroeb of Langruth, MB. She and her husband, Tom, who is herding cattle in a few of the pictures, have been evacuating the 375 cow-calf pairs, plus yearlings, that they manage. For more on the Teichroebs, see the May 24 issue of eHay Weekly.