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In 2007 a group of us (producers, processors, butchers, retailers, chefs and restaurant owners) launched the Manitoba Grass-Fed Beef Association (MGFBA) to develop a value chain for grass-fed beef. We continue to work with chefs & the food processing industry to develop new recipes for our beef and source more avenues for distribution. We recognize the need for high, consistent quality so we have established a production protocol.
Today we market our premium cuts such as steaks, roasts, etc. and ground beef directly to consumers, retailers, restaurants and at some farmer markets in summer. We also sell our value added products which include Saskatoon berry and wine sausage, pate, dill sausage, hot dogs, and meat pies.

MGFBA Vision: Our vision is for all consumers to have access to 100% Manitoba grass-fed beef.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide high quality 100% grass-fed beef to consumers through the development of successful value-chains that include producers, processors, and retailers.


MGFBA Values:
1. Environmentally friendly production
2. Animal welfare
3. Traceability and food safety
4. Transparency of production
5. Locally produced
6. Family farm sustainability
7. Building relationships

Beef Production Protocol


Established Protocols

A production protocol is frequently used by those in a value chain to ensure that the quality of the product meets market specifications. This protocol was developed by members of the MGFBA and with some external stakeholder consultation and is representative of some of the regulations currently being used in the industry. Each animal has an affidavit that includes:

  • individual animal identification (microchip, animal tag)
  • birth date
  • weaning date
  • record of sire and dam
  • breed
  • movement history
  • veterinary interventions
  • feeding records

Ultrasound testing is not required for participation in the MGFBA.
It is recommended that animals are weighed every 90 days to manage herd genetics. The diet of each animal must be recorded.

Diet

Animal diets must be 100% forage from weaning to slaughter; this may be any combination of grass and legumes from pasture during the growing season or stored forage during the feed period (winter). The animal (including calves) cannot be fed energy in the form of starch (e.g. cereal grains, potato waste, etc).

  • Weaned calves cannot be fed energy in the form of starch and/or other milk or milk products.
  • Cereal crops are to be harvested prior to milk-stage (to ensure no starch).
  • All feed must be non-GMO (including all annual and perennial crops).
  • Oil seeds and oil seed by-products (e.g. meal, oil) are acceptable feed types.
  • Cereal grain supplementation, including corn silage, dry distiller’s grain or other high starch feeds are not permitted.
  • The use of animal by-products in feed is not permitted.
  • The use of antibiotics are not permitted from conception to slaughter in the animals sold under the MGFBA brand, including the mother cows after breeding.

Veterinarian Treatment

The Association encourages maintaining herd health to Canadian standards. Antibiotics are not permitted as a part of the daily feed mix for animals of any age. Animals receiving antibiotic injections at anytime from their conception to slaughter are not permitted in meat products sold under the MGFBA brand.Treated animals must be removed from the MGFBA finishing program.

  • Cattle are to be treated in a humane way according to Canadian standards.
  • Animals are in good health at delivery.
  • Farms must be inspected by an independent, third party verifier during the production period with the producer certifying the management practices being used. Currently, the Canadian Verified Beef Program provides these certification services.

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Our Producers


Jim & Carolyn Lintott
Box 11 Grp 2
RR#2 Dugald, MB
R0E 0K0
Phone: (204) 444-2514
E-mail

Wayne McDonald 
Cartwright, MB
R0K 0L0
Phone: (204) 529-2633
E-mail
Website:
www.mcdonaldfarm.ca
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Bragi Simundsson
Box 26 Arborg, MB.
R0C 0A0
Phone: (204) 376-2369
E-mail
Website:
www.prairiegrassfed.com

Doug Turnbull
Grip-Fast Farms
Binscarth
Phone: (204) 532-2178
Fax: (204) 532-2401
Cell: (204)773-6237
E-mail
Website:
www.gripfastfarms.com
 
Carla & Randy Radford
Box 765
Roblin, MB
R0L 1P0
Phone: (204) 937-4785
Cell: (204) 937-0611
E-mail:
http://www.radfordranch.com/

Joyce & Cal Von Bargen
Box 41
Sifton, MB
R0L 1X0
Phone: (204) 655-3320
E-mail:

Stefan & Kendra Bouw
(Jaxon & Mikaya)
Herman & Marilyn Bouw
Anola, MB
Winnipeg Local ph#: (204) 471-4696
Email:
Web:
www.ediecreekangus.com

Gene, Cynthia, Shane & Arron Nerbas and Families
Shellmouth, MB
Phone: (204) 564-2540
Email:
Website:
www.nerbasbrosangus.com

Randy & Carla Tkachyk
Box 70
Sundown, MB
R0A 2C0
Phone: (204) 425-3631
E-mail:
http://www.radfordranch.com/

Ian and Linda Grossart
Howpark Farms
RR#4 Brandon, MB
Phone: (204) 725-1006 / (204) 573-8550
Email
Website: 
www.howpark.ca

Dean and Tiina Hildebrand
Thousand Hills Ranch
RR2 Box 225
Morden, MB R6M 2A1
E-mail:
deanhild@sdnet.ca
Phone: (204) 822-3005
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