MBFI Working To Support Researchers During COVID-19

Apr 06, 2020

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A number of reseach projects and trials set to take place through the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives have had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

"At MBFI we're going to do everything we can to follow the lead and support researchers as much as we can," said general manager, Mary-Jane Orr.

One study out of the University of Manitoba looking at grazing on early emerging pastures was set to begin any day, but Orr says that has been put on hold in conjunction will all activities at the university.

"And so we're working to accomodate the project in any way that we can and hopefully we can reschedule activities for the fall, but that's all going to be up in the air with a lot of moving parts to try to accomodate. (We have to) figure out how we'll fit it in to the next grazing session, and how the master's students on the project has the data that she needs and is able to graduate as well," explained Orr.

She noted some flexibility remains on the farm so staff is able to continue looking after the facility and the on-farm demonstrations and trials that are already underway.

"We are able to accomodate all of the social distancing measures between our two farm stations and the learning centre. Our full time staff is able to have independent work spaces, and we are able to make sure the animals are well cared for."


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