Monday, October 22, 2018

Help Maintain Strychnine for RGS Control in Agriculture

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, September 25, 2018

Health Canada wants to end the use of products containing strychnine for ground squirrel control following a re-evaluation by its Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) which had environmental concerns about the potential poisoning of non-target animals. Health Canada had opened a 90-day public consultation that concludes on September 27. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) is concerned because there is currently no adequate alternative to strychnine for controlling the overpopulation and infestation of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels (RGS), which can cause significant damage to agricultural operations in Saskatchewan. The SSGA is also disappointed that this consultation period took place during the peak of agricultural activity.

If you want to share your concern about the loss of strychnine as a useful tool in agriculture to manage the RGS population and about the timing of the consultation period, add your name to a petition going to Health Canada.

Click here to navigate to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers website and to participate in the petition.

Posted October 1, 2018


 

Johne's Surveillance Program Renewed

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Media Release, September 10, 2018

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) is pleased to announce that the Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program has been renewed for another five years. The SSGA is the administrator for the Johne’s program and funding is provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program.

“It’s been a popular program among both purebred and commercial beef producers. The renewal of this program will go a long way to help producers be vigilant about controlling Johne’s Disease,” stated SSGA President Bill Huber.

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Posted September 11, 2018


 

New Sask VBP+ Workshops this Fall

Sask VBP Fixes to Deliver a NEW Type of VBP+ Workshop
with the Help of Merck this Fall

September 1, 2018 (Beechy, SK) – Saskatchewan Verified Beef Production Inc. (Sask VBP) is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to provide hands-on cattle handling demos at their fall VBP+ Workshops, along with the fundamentals of the VBP+ training in a practical environment. According to Brooks Whitney, Sask VBP Chair, they have delivered VBP+ Workshops across the province for several years, training thousands of beef producers. This fall, however, they plan to deliver a new version of the VBP+ Workshop.

“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with Sask VBP and provide beef producers in Saskatchewan with some practical, hands-on cattle handling techniques through our ‘Creating Connections’ program,” stated Lee Sinclair with Merck Animal Health.

The line-up of VBP+ Workshops slated for the fall of 2018 include:
• Ag In Motion (Langham) – Oct 1st
• Perrin Ranching (Beechy) – Oct 24th
• Wasilow Ranch (Maple Creek) – Oct 29th
• Buffalo Plains Cattle Co. (Bethune) – Oct 10th
• Chopper K Auction Market (Alameda) – Nov 5th
• Northern Livestock Sales (Prince Albert) – Nov 8th

To learn more about the Sask VBP program, and funding available to producers, visit: http://verifiedbeefproductionplus.ca/

Posted September 5, 2018


 

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


 

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