The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair cancelled its annual steer sale Thursday hours before it was set to take place.
The reason behind the last-minute change can be attributed to high feed prices and the uncertainty created by COVID-19, according to organizers.
The looming threat of COVID-19 public health measures potentially cancelling the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair before it got undeway this week, along with expensive feed created the perfect storm for producers, said Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba chair Dallas Johnston. The risks proved to be too high for many producers and the cattle sale saw limited opt-in from farmers, leading to its cancellation.
“Coming out of COVID it’s going to take some time to build some things, but we will get there,” Johnston said. “You can’t blame people when we didn’t know for sure if we were going to be able to proceed. These calves would have had to be on feed from November or December to be ready.”
When one hears about horse-centred learning, riding often comes to mind.
What instructor Kim Richardson teaches isn’t a riding program. She offers an equine assisted learning program at Lucky Break Ranch and Tack, where everyone is on the ground and on the same level with the horses.
And the purpose of this program is to teach what Richardson calls “armour of skills.” Among them: resiliency, confidence, focus, leadership, communication, choice, empathy, teamwork, problem solving and boundaries.
Animals have been vital to therapy programs for their calming effects and teaching people about empathy, teamwork and healing trauma, Richardson said. In this case, it’s trained horses.
Health-care workers are being honoured by the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for all their hard work and sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and Prairie Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Retailers across the province plan to honour medical professionals from Prairie Mountain Health during the 2022 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.
As a thank-you for all their work, 500 individuals will receive complimentary tickets to the event, which will be held from March 28 through April 2 at Brandon’s Keystone Centre. As well, the Provincial Exhibition has dubbed April 1 as “Health-Care Workers Day” at the Winter Fair, which returns this year after having been cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.
For two years, health-care workers across the world have continued to deliver essential services in the most difficult of circumstances. They managed to set aside their own fears and fatigue, working long and challenging hours in hospitals, personal-care homes, vaccine clinics and more.