The AMCP is a producer-led not-for-profit organization governed by an elected Board of patrons from pastures across the province. It was first organized by concerned pasture patrons in Manitoba after the federal government announced it would discontinue operating community pastures (formerly the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration). The transition process is now complete and AMCP is operating 20 community pastures as of 2016.
The AMCP is committed to ensuring that Manitoba’s community pastures continue to provide valuable grazing land for local cattle producers as well as protect some of the last remaining natural prairie ecosystems in the province. These two priorities can be reached at the same time: a well managed grazing rotation system removes woody growth and plant litter, allowing native prairie species to thrive.
The Manitoba Government lent its support by providing transitional funding as well as leasing provincial Crown Lands in community pastures to the AMCP, and, in exchange, the ACMP will manage the lands in accordance with the following objectives: utilize the resource to complement livestock production and to manage a productive, bio-diverse rangeland and promote responsible land use programs.
In partnership with the Manitoba Government, the AMCP has accomplished:
· Complete transition of 20 community pastures throughout Manitoba – two years ahead of schedule;
· Support for hundreds of livestock producers by ensuring healthy rangelands and grazing opportunities as well as animal care for thousands of head of cattle;
· Sustainable management of 350,000 acres of land – the largest contiguous blocks of native prairie remaining in Manitoba; and
· Retention and recruitment of 38 employees in rural areas dedicated to pasture management and maintenance, animal care, and providing quality grazing for patrons.