Flooding slows livestock transportation

Flooding is causing problems for Manitoba hog, cattle and chicken farmers, who face washed-out roads, submerged highways and overland flooding. |


By Ed White, The Western Producer (Canada)

May 12, 2022


Regardless of the weather, livestock sometimes must move.


That reality is causing problems for Manitoba hog and cattle farmers, who face washed-out roads, submerged highways and overland flooding.


“We’re seeing some farms isolated,” said Cam Dahl, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council.


That’s a challenge for hog operations that need to move animals on a tight schedule, such as weanling producers.


“It’s made difficult situations much worse,” said Dahl.


“We are on a just-in-time system. Pigs keep growing. There needs to be space in the barn.”


Much of Manitoba’s weanling production heads down to Minnesota and Iowa farms, so having Highway 75 cut off is a major problem, on top of any problems on the secondary highways, municipal roads and farm laneways that have been washed out or submerged by the recent storms.


However, it has not created a crisis because many of the affected farms are in areas that suffer occasional flooding, especially the Red River valley.


“Farmers have been through this rodeo before, so there has been some planning,” said Dahl.


For cattle, the transportation problems are less market-related and more management related. As outdoor animals that need to move between pastures and facilities, having roads submerged or washed out can isolate herds.


“Roads are being washed out and you need to move your animals,” said Carson Callum, general manager of Manitoba Beef Producers...


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