Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Forage Crops

The Sasgift basketkatchewan Advisory Council on Forage Crops (SACFC) is a long standing, voluntary committee made up of representatives from  government, industry, producer groups, and researchers. Each year, this group of people come together to share information on forage research projects, current or newly developing forage industry issues and research needs. This year the meeting was held on November 7 & 8 in Saskatoon. I would like to extend a thank you to the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation for their continued support of this meeting. I would also like to extend my sincere appreciate to Tim Oleksyn of South Ranch at Shellbrook, SK for his donation of a beautiful gift basket given out as a door prize. Tim’s long-term, continued support for forage research is truly appreciated!   Sarah Sommerfeld PAg, SACFC Chair      SCIC logo

Posted November 26, 2016   


Green Jobs Eligible for Wage Subsidy

The Career Focus Green Jobs program is offering wage subsidies to help employers with an environmental focus hire new graduates. The program targets small and medium sized businesses to help reduce the cost barriers of hiring new graduates by subsidizing their salary by 50 per cent to a maximum of $13,500 per year. Its purpose is to help employers hire the talent they need and help recent graduates initiate a career.

Posted Nov 24, 2016

Beef Drive Calls on Ranchers to Help Food Banks

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association is launching a Beef Drive to help out Saskatchewan’s food banks. Members can help by contributing an animal, or by donating cash to defray the cost of processing. Saskatchewan’s ranchers are legendary for their willingness to help out a neighbour,” said SSGA President Shane Jahnke. “We hope this Beef Drive can help people put good nutritious food on the table.”

Posted November 12, 2016

Saskatchewan Forage Harvest Challenge

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Central Testing Laboratories, , Ducks Unlimited, the Saskatchewan Forage Council and Saskatchewan Peavey Mart locations are working together to promote the Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of growing and harvesting good quality forage and the importance of feed testing.   Hay Bale

Haying season approaches, and the challenge to put up good-quality hay with minimal field losses exists. Regardless of harvest management and weather conditions, the nutrient content of forage is highly variable. Matching the nutrients supplied by the forage with livestock nutrient requirements is only possible if the nutrient content of the forage is known. 

Growing and harvesting good quality forage is the first step in meeting the nutritional requirements of livestock. To keep track of the quality of their forage, many livestock and forage producers keep a field record book.

The Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge provides producers with a pocket-sized field book to record hay field conditions and harvest operations across their forage acres. In taking the Hay Harvest Challenge, producers are encouraged to submit forage samples for feed testing. The field record book provides an entry form to fill in after the feed test analysis is returned. Not only is the field book for record-keeping, it is also full of forage production and harvest management information - great for a quick reference to often-asked forage questions!

Prizes for the Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge include eight $250 vouchers for feed testing analysis sponsored by Central Testing Laboratories and a $1,000 voucher for an in-store merchandise purchase from a Saskatchewan Peavey Mart location. Entry forms are found in the official field record book. The official challenge kick-off date is May 24, 2016 and all entries must be received by January 27, 2017. For more information or to obtain an official field record book contact your local Regional Forage Specialist, call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or contact the SFC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted June 4, 2016

A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors



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Brett Young

Speedrite  Union Forage



Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed Ponderosa
SaskMilk SCIC


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