Former farmer

Manitoba man draws attention to the plight of Canadian catttle farmers.

Since the BSE crisis broke, Mr. Arksey and his wife, Sharron, have lost over $200,000. And that doesn’t include the $200,000 hit they’ve taken on the value of their property, over 1,000 acres of Langruth, Man., ranchland that’s been in Mr. Arksey’s family since 1901.

His 18-year-old son has no interest in the family business. “He’s too smart for that,” Mr. Arksey said. “He’s in university taking classics.”

Four years ago, his nephew, Tim Wilson, had expressed interest in quitting the Canadian Forces and taking over the ranch. Mr. Arksey told him to wait a few years.

Master Corporal Tim Wilson was the 10th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan.

“He’s why I’m here doing this,” said Mr. Arksey, wearing a Tim Horton’s ball-cap from the coffee chain’s Kandahar location. “Somebody has to stand up and fight, just like he did over there.”

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