Thursday, January 17, 2019

Grazing Response Index (GRI) Factsheet

The Saskatchewan Forage Council in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are currently undertaking an ADOPT (Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies), which will demonstrate the use of the grazing response index on Saskatchewan pastures. 

 

The Grazing Response Index (GRI) is a relatively new, easy-to-use pasture monitoring tool designed to assist pasture managers to understand how plants and their native rangelands respond to grazing.  AAFC’s 4-page factsheet discusses the strengths of GRI and explains in detail how to use the tool and interpret the results for optimized grazing management. An additional 2-page insert walks the reader through a GRI assessment and includes a blank GRI assessment worksheet.

The ADOPT project demonstration site is located at the Ducks Unlimited Torchwood Hills Conservation Ranch near Lestock,SK. More information resulting from this demonstration will be available at field days at the Ranch, posted on the SFC website and in the final report. 
 
To view the factsheet, click here.  
 
 Posted December 17, 2014

Saskatchewan Pasture Tour Resources

Listed below are links to useful resources related to the topics being covered on the Saskatchewan Pasture Tour on August 7, 2014. Click the links to navigate to the page you are interested in viewing. 
 
Annual Forages
 
Forage Rejuvenation
 
 
Fertilizing Forages

 

Fertilizing Seeded Forages in Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Ministy of Agriculture)

Stockpiled Forages 

 

Bale Grazing 

 

Seeding into Terminated Forage Stands 

 

 

Grazing High Percentage Alfalfa Stands

Livestock Watering Systems

 

 

Livestock Watering Systems in Saskatchewan (this file is over 7MB in size so may be slow to load)

Invasive Weed Control 

 

 
General Knowledge
 
Posted August 6, 2014  

Trace Minerals in Saskatchewan Pastures

The Saskatchewan Forage Council and partners have completed a project funded by the ADF (Agriculture Development Fund) which sampled tame and native forage species in Saskatchewan pastures for trace mineral content. Forages were sampled and forage quality was analyzed in both the spring and fall of 2012 and 2013 from four soil zones within the province. 

Although only required in less than 100 parts per million (ppm), when deficient, these minerals can have severe impacts on animal health which can have a significant economic impact for livestock producers. 

Factsheetfactsheet images have been developed as a resource to share the results of this project and are available by soil zone.  To view:

Trace Minerals Black Soil Zone Factsheet click here.  

Trace Minerals Gray Soil Zone Factsheet click here .  

Trace Minerals Dark Brown Soil Zone Factsheet click here.  

Trace Minerals Brown Soil Zone Factsheet click here.   

Print copies of all Trace Minerals Factsheets are available by contacting the SFC at 306.969.2666 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

To view the Final Report for this project, click here.

Funding for this project was provided by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward bi-lateral agreement.

Project Partners: Western Beef Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Posted July 23, 2014


Invasive Plant Species Management Strategies

-EXTENSIVE THREE YEAR PROJECT COMPLETED-

BMPs for Invasives Factsheets Series

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) and industry partners have completed the CAAP (Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program) project, "Invasive Plant Species Management Strategies: Capacity Building for Saskatchewan's Forage & Livestock Industry."

Invasive plant species are present in Saskatchewan and are often found established within forage acres. These invasive plant species pose a very real and significant threat. This extensive three year project provided the resources to path find and pilot solution for the forage and livestock industry to deal with this ever-growing threat of invasive plant species. A proactive approach was taken to develop the capacity and tools to respond to the issue and pilot practical measures across the wider industry. Project objectives included increasing Saskatchewan producers’ awareness of invasive plant species and also assessed existing weed-free forage certification programs and the potential for these to be adapted for Saskatchewan use.

The project was very successful in meeting its original objectives. Awareness of the threat of invasive plant species was increased and an in depth assessment of existing weed-free forage certification programs and opportunities for a provincial program were fully evaluated. Clearly, there is much work left to be done but this project fulfilled its role to initiate the conversation, bring industry partners together on this critical issue, and identify next steps.

To view the Project Final Report, click here. To view the Strategic Assessment Report, click here. To view the Facilitated Focus Group Report, click here. To view the Project Summary, click here.

The education and awareness component of this project involved the creation of a series of five Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) factsheets focusing on the prevention and control of invasive plant species within various sectors of the forage industry including FORAGE SEED, GRAZING, RIPARIAN, HAY, and TRANSPORTATIONSK Invasive Plant Species ID Guide. It also involved the creation of the SASKATCHEWAN INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES IDENTIFICATION GUIDE. The ID Guide focuses on the many invasive plant species that are pertinent to SK and provides plant characteristics and information about each species.

To view or download online versions of the Factsheets, click here.

To view or download an online version of the ID Guide, click here.

Print copies of all the Factsheets and the ID Guides are available by contacting the SFC at 306.969.2666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Saskatchewan, this program is delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan. A project steering committee participated in the project’s activities, design and delivery and included representatives from the following organizations/agencies: Saskatchewan Forage Council, Frenchman-Wood River Weed Management Area, Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Additional support (financial and in-kind) for this project was provided by Crossing the Medicine Line Network, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, True North Specialty Products, ConocoPhillips, Dow AgroSciences and Canada North Environmental Services.

Posted November 4, 2013

 

 
 

A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors

 

Gold

NH Agr 3D

 

Silver

BrettYoung logo NEW

Union Forage  
Abbey Resources Corp
ProvenSeed 2Colour small
Boehringer logo

 

Bronze

Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed SeCan
Ponderosa Ag Sales SCIC
   

 

The SFC also gratefully acknowledges funding for…
Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan’ project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF)

SCA