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2018 Saskatchewan Pasture Tour

By Lorraine Beaudette, Executive Director, SFC, August 20, 2018

The 2018 Saskatchewan Pasture Tour saw approximately 75 producers, industry reps and other stakeholders take part in a full day of information sharing and interaction on Wednesday August 8. This annual event takes place in different locations around the province and highlights new and upcoming trends in forage production, pasture and livestock management. The 2018 tour was based out of Macklin.

The first stop was the farmyard of Michelle and Byron Clarke. This progressive young farm family calve out 540 cows and use various grazing systems including corn grazing. They expect to get about 200-250 grazing days per acre and shared their experiences with exposing their herd to corn grazing over the last three years. The Clarkes also spoke of a positive experience with immigrant labour on their farm, but pointed out the challenging paperwork and difficulties in dealing with language barriers. The tour checked out the Clarkes’ alfalfa pasture, learning about the daily rotations they are using and the natural rejuvenation on the land with intensive grazing management.

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A list of useful links relating to the stops at the 2018 Pasture Tour has been compiled. Click here to view the pdf document, which includes links and information about the Pasture Tour sponsors and organizing committee.  Thank you to all who participated in this event!

Posted August 23, 2018


SCA Industry Development Fund

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF) is to be used for research, development and promotion of the beef cattle industry in Saskatchewan.

The next research proposal intake deadline is September 28th, 2018 for the SCAIDF Call for Research Proposals.

To learn about research priorities, funding obligations, how to apply, and to view details on past SCAIDF research projects, visit

Posted August 22, 2018


Ag Action Manitoba funding available

Beef Cattle Research Council Blog Post, July 27, 2018

Attention researchers: Ag Action Manitoba Program funding available

The Ag Action Manitoba Program provides grant funding for researcher and industry-led projects that contribute to the development of agricult ural knowledge and skills and improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Manitoba’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-product sectors.

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018. Applicants do not need to reside in Manitoba, as long as the activities related to the application occur in Manitoba or have a positive outcome for Manitoba.

More information can be found on the Manitoba Agriculture website.

Read the full post here.

Posted July 30, 2018


Saskatchewan Forage Council AGM and Forage Award Recipient

Saskatchewan Forage Council News Release
For immediate release, July 2, 2018

The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) recently held their annual general meeting in Swift Current, SK on June 28, 2017. Participants had an opportunity to learn about ongoing re-search at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Research and Development Centre.Dr Biligetu received award

The tour, hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada featured several forage projects including: establishment of saline forages, re-introduction of sainfoin to alfalfa and grass pastures, perennial mixtures study, and time of grazing native deferred pastures, annual forage polycultures, forage Galega and more.       

The tour was followed by the annual general meeting at which the SFC named Dr. Bill Biligetu as the 2018 recipient of the Forage Industry Innovation Award.

Read the full news release here.                                                                                                               

Image: Terry Kowalchuk, Provincial Forage Specialist and Dr. Bill Biligetu (right)                   

Posted July 2, 2018


A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors



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