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Chapter 15: Industry/Manufacturing

15.8: Duck Farm in Cornwallis, Southeast of Brandon

“Industry in Brandon is tied to its agricultural base, both servicing and being serviced by its hinterland.”[i] An example of the latter situation is shown here. A large duck farm with ten sheds 1 is located in 6, 10,18WI directly south of the Koch Fertilizer Plant 2. A three-celled lagoon that accommodates waste from the farm is seen to the south 3. Although this was a duck farm at the date the photo was taken, this area is now Southview Industrial Park catering to light industries; probably its location close to an eastern access road around Brandon—constructed since the photo was taken—contributed to its creation. Treatment of animal waste from plants such as this, and more recently large hog processing plants, is becoming a contentious issue in Agro-Manitoba.

Also of interest on the photo are some gravel pits not seen on previous photos. These pits that are usually light-toned 4 are depressed areas and should not be confused with other light-toned elevated areas 5. The latter result from rain splash erosion of soils; usually they have less well-defined boundaries than gravel pits.

Aside from these features it is worth noting the irregular section line between sections 6 and 7, township 10, range 18 6. Another somewhat unusual feature in this part of Manitoba are the tree/shrub-lined boundaries between fields south of the poultry farm 7.

Figure 15.8: Duck Farm in Cornwallis, Southeast of Brandon

Figure 15.8: Duck Farm in Cornwallis, Southeast of Brandon

Figure 15.8

Vertical air photograph: A25397-107

Flight height: 9,700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.034 mm

Scale: 1:16,700 (approx.)

Date: June 9, 1980

Location: Township 10, Range 18W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/13 Brandon

                    1:25,000 62G/13d Brandon


[i] Curtis, P. J. “Brandon’s Manufacturing: The Agricultural Connection” in Welsted, Everitt and Stadel op. cit. 1996, 264.