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Portage La Prairie Central Plains Herald Leader (Newspaper) - July 29, 2006, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Central Plains of David w. By Faurschou w la Portage a Prairie constituency Canad inns Portage la Prairie 857-9267 having a Hoot Portage so love of owls leads to growing collection of mementos Page 11 Portage la Prairie news saturday july 29, 2006water worries Central Plains Farmers doling out Cash to keep Fields from drying out 2 grazing Coop inks 10-year Deal with Lakeview us sports local athletes do something special Wiebe Beggs collect several medals with Johnston s help 25 Portage la Prairie 5 Oakville Elie 6 Gladstone 7,8 Macgregor Austin 9,10 by Leighton Klassen Central Plains Herald Leader Langruth a they wanted a contract and that s exactly what members of big grass grazers Coop received on july 25 during a Celebration of the organization s first season of operation. Twenty eight producers Are part of the largest privately operated custom grazing co operative in pasture includes 2,100 cow calf pairs occupying 6,800 hectares of land just South of Langruth. The Coop was formed this Spring after contract negotiations Between Rural municipality of Lakeview and Prairie farm rehabilitation administration Para a a sector of the Federal government which managed the land a could t be reached. The pm decided to sign a Short term contract with the Coop which took Over managing the land from Para. Quot the patrons feared losing the pasture so we were Able to Hammer out a one year agreement with the pm and now we be negotiated a 10-year agreement so we be got Security now Quot said big grass grazers Coop president 3y Mcconnell on july 25. Lakeview coun. Wayne Gar diner said the contract with Para was last signed in 1997. The Rural municipality has been trying to negotiate a Deal that would allow the pm to Benefit from land farm ers were leasing. Through Para the pm Only received tax Revenue a no Revenue from rent. Quot As Council we Felt we wanted More of a return for our ratepayers Quot Gardiner explained. Quot when we could t reach an agreement with Para this was the As a result the Coop now manages the land and the pm takes in the lease Money. Quot it s a reasonable return. Now we re getting rent instead of just taxes Quot Gardiner said adding the pm received about $35,000 per year in taxes and will now receive about $70,000 in rent. He said the added Revenue will go into the general Revenue department of the pm. The Price per cow calf is $80 per season a about $2 More than what the producers paid under Para. For Bruce Gardiner Wayne s brother who sits on the Coop s Board of directors the Coop and specifically the new contract Means producers will have a pasture for a longtime. Quot it s Security a they re going to have a pasture next season and it also Means we re in control of what happens Quot Bruce Gardiner said. The Coop has a five member Board of directors and a Small staff of eight including a manager and full time rider for the summer As Well As two part time riders for Winter. M see 2 aug frn 200jlp my year 18 no. 5 Lason Krausert Central Plains Herald leaders looking the sheaves Sig Puahi of Winkler works up a sweat during a Hay stocking Competition at Manitoba Thresher men s reunion and Stampede on wednesday. The reunion wraps up today at Austin s Manitoba agric Turai museum. / 2006 Tacoma 4x4 available in Access amp double cabs. 4.ol Doc 236 he v6. Great performance and fuel Economy. Smooth ride amp handling. Our Best selection Everi going 2006 Tundra Aluffi it a 4x4 d cab la Aiyana impressive performance. Industry leading ride amp quiet Ness very Roomy rear seating 5 spa. Automatic trans., offload package. 6 year 200,000 warranty Portage Toyota Highway 1a West a 857-7874 of 1-888481 9915 c dealer #0561 open 8 to 6 weekdays 8 saturday from 9 to 5 Toyota email sales Pottage he w�iiwwe#4s
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