Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SFC Project Completed: Grazing Response Index

The Saskatchewan Forage Council and partners have completed a project which demonstrated the Grazing Response Index, a simple, effective way for livestock producers to evaluate grazing impacts on their land by applying the principles of plant response to defoliation.  This project successfully demonstrated the use of the GRI method on Saskatchewan pastures and that the GRI method can be applied to tame pastures, with some modifications required due to the differences in grazing response of tame forages as compared to native grasslands.

This project was supported by the Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward bi-lateral agreement.

To learn more about the project, visit our Completed Projects page or click here to open a pdf file of the final report.

Posted February 4, 2017


Opportunity: Grassland Songbird Research

Looking for owners or lease holders of native rangelands willing to grant access to their properties for a study on grassland bird habitat requirements. The study will take place over 2-3 days at each property between mid-May and Mid-July and will involve observing bird species/numbers and taking measurements of grassland characteristics (e.g., grass height, percent cover, litter volume, shrub density). It WILL NOT involve any capture or handling of wildlife. Vehicles will not be used in pastures unless specific permission is given for designated trails. Native rangelands must have at greater than 50% cover of native grasses with minimal tree cover. The goal is to randomly select one native rangeland within 75 km of all of the following locations: Val Marie, Consul, Maple Creek/Tompkins, Kyle/Beechy, Kerrobert/Kindersley, and Swanson.

For more information or to indicate interest in granting access to a site, contact: Phil Rose (MSc Candidate, University of Regina) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-730-0855.

Posted February 3, 2017


May the forage be with you & your herd

DUC/CPS forage program offers financial break for grassland conversions

(Jan. 25, 2017—Camrose, Alta.) On land not so far away, farmers across the Canadian prairies will see their herds going to the green side thanks to a forage program available now from Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Crop Production Services (CPS).


Available to agricultural producers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the DUC/CPS forage program provides cash-back incentives on all Proven® Seed forage seed purchases paid at full-retail price when producers convert cultivated land to hay or pastureland. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, producers receive a rebate of $100 per 50 lb. bag of forage seed; in Manitoba, producers receive a rebate of up to $125 for every new forage acre seeded as part of the program.

To learn more, visit the Ducks Unlimited website.

Posted February 3, 2017


 

 

Grass for Generations

By Kristine Tapley, Beef Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada

With cattle markets falling, optimism in the industry can be trying. The beef industry has been struggling to retain and attract new producers while the average age of farmers, at 54, keeps creeping up. The next generation of cattle producers might be looking for something different from their career and potentially for good reason.

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) released the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy this fall. This assessment gathered great detail from the Canadian beef industry from the three sustainability pillars: environment, social and economic. The Canadian beef industry garnered top marks in most categories; however, producer viability was a weak link in the system. According to long-term average margins, a cow herd of 200 head provides a total annual income of $17,559. Statistics Canada states this will not support a family and is below the low income cut-off. This causes 75 per cent to 84 per cent of people in the cow-calf sector to rely on off-farm employment.

How do we ask young people to invest themselves in the cattle industry when they will likely be overworked and underpaid? We need to find ways to bring profitability back into our industry if we want to keep cattle production sustainable.

To read the full article, click here.


 

A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors

 

Gold

new holland

 

Silver

Brett Young

CPS
Speedrite  Union Forage

 

Bronze

Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed Ponderosa
SaskMilk SCIC
SeCan

 

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

SCA