Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Governments Announce $3.8 Million for Livestock and Forage Research

January 21, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.8 million in funding for 30 livestock and forage research projects. Funding is provided through the province's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

Some of the projects to receiving funding include research to improve cow and calf performance through diet, develop new forage lines to extend the spring grazing season and investigate options for recycling baler twine and net wrap. Three projects will look at controlling Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a virus that does not pose a risk to human health or food safety but can cause significant death in pig herds.

Third party support contributes additional funds to many of these ADF projects, with several industry partner organizations committing an amount totalling nearly $1.2 million. Co-funding groups include Western Grains Research Foundation, SaskMilk and Sask Pork, among others.

To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .

February 4, 2015


Investment in Research to Strengthen the Forage Seed Industry

January 22, 2014 – Beaverlodge, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River) today announced an investment of over $923,000 to the Peace Region Forage Seed Association (PRFSA) which will improve seed production and quality, as well as the economic and environmental sustainability of crops within Canada. These improvements will deliver more value to producers and help meet the growing demand for forage seed both domestically and internationally.

Under this project, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers will collaborate with industry on a number of activities to help the sector. Research will be done on how incorporating forage seed production within annual crop rotations can increase value for producers; evaluating the seed yield potential of forage and turf grass varieties in western Canada, and examining ways to increase the quality of grass and legume seed crops in Canada.

Today’s investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2. The Program’s industry-led research and development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based practices, processes, and products.

To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .

February 4, 2015


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  

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