Saturday, November 18, 2017

Forage Research in Canada

After 10 years of extremely narrow or negative margins, the outlook for Canada’s cow-calf sector has become brighter. Growing market access to an increasing global demand for beef means that feeders and packers are competing aggressively for the calves and fat cattle produced from Canada’s smaller cow herd. Grain prices are also high, so grazers are competing with the grain sector for land. High feed grain prices encourage longer backgrounding and grazing periods prior to feedlot finishing. All of these factors point to the need for scientifically validated tools to increase forage productivity per acre.

At one time, Canada’s forage research was almost solely funded by government. The beef industry focused on animal health, productivity, beef quality and food safety research, and didn’t notice that retiring government forage researchers were not being replaced. This led to a drastic loss in Canada’s forage production and breeding research expertise. Provincial forage councils recognized this problem, but had no check-off system to raise forage research funds.

Canada’s beef industry eventually realized that more productive forages would require a greater check-off investment in forage research. Between 2001 and 2008, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) allocated 10 per cent of its research budget towards forage and grasslands research. Since 2009, this allocation has doubled to 20 per cent.

To read the complete BCRC article, click here.

May 29, 2012


Newly Registered Forage Barley Variety

NEWLY REGISTERED FORAGE BARLEY VARIETY 

Note: This update was provided by Brian Rossnagel, University of Saskatchewan

This is just a quick note on behalf of Aaron Beattie, Bruce Coulman and Brian Rossnagel to advise that they have just registered their newest 2 row forage barley variety named CDC Maverick.

CDC Maverick is essentially a smooth awned version of CDC Cowboy. Like CDC Cowboy, it demonstrates high biomass yield and in Coop testing, out-yielded all checks and other entries by some 10+% in terms of forage dry matter. Forage quality is similar to CDC Cowboy with the exception of course that CDC Maverick has smooth awns, while CDC Cowboy has rough awns.

Pedigreed seed increase and marketing will be handled by SeCan. CDC Maverick was tested in the Western Forage Barley Coop trials as FB205 and in CDC Trials as SB060176.

Side Note from Brian Rossnagel: For those who wonder about the derivation of variety names – CDC Maverick was one smooth cowboy...................................

Saskatchewan's Forage Industry Report Released

The Saskatchewan Forage Council is pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated report entitled “The Value of Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry – A Multi-Level Analysis”.  The first of its kind in the province, the report characterizes this diverse industry and looks at Forage Industry Analysis Final Reportthe value of forages to Saskatchewan’s economy, environment and society as a whole.  Read more...

Download the complete report: Print Version(4.4MB) or Screen Version(2.2MB)

For more information or to request a print copy of the report, contact the Saskatchewan Forage Council at 306.969.2666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted April 15, 2010 


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