“We are moving cars in record numbers this fall. Battle River Rail has a solid reputation in moving quality grain and we are getting the cars that our members need this fall,” said Battle River Railway manager Matt Enright.
There is a record crop on the Prairies and farmers and railways are planning the most efficient way to get this crop to port. BRR is positioned to source the grain that is needed in the marketplace and get that grain loaded on time and transported to the delivery point.
“Our marketing plan starts at harvest. We have people in the country sampling grain right off the combine” Enright said. “Two days later, we know the grade and protein in that field.
“Secondly, our farmers have become expert samplers. They know the importance of an accurate, representative sample and they are diligent in taking good samples and keeping reliable records of the contents of each bin.”
When the cars are ordered and arrive, there is no guess work. Grain of the desired quality is trucked to the rail line and loaded for transport to market. BRR even has its own locomotives, so that the delivery and pick up of producer cars runs smoothly.
“BRR prices are the best in the region.” said Galahad producer Howard Vincett. “We are getting the cars and we are getting the prices. I have been able to move carloads of edible peas, canola, CWB-pooled wheat and wheat designated to a domestic flour mill already this fall. This is great for local farmers and for the rural community.”
“Shipping with BRR reduces the element of surprise about final grade and price,” said Daysland farmer Nathan Eshpeter. “For instance, with BRR’s composite blending program for CWB wheat, I know my grade before I load and sell.
“No disappointments and no arguing about grade or dockage. It works really well and gives me peace of mind knowing I am getting maximum value for my wheat without the stress of working out my own blends for every load.”
Submitted by Battle River Railway