The Saskatchewan 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
Posted November 26, 2016
The SBIC scholarship recognizes students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources in the 3rd or 4th year of their degree or students in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with an interest in beef cattle and/or forage production. For the 2017 competition, SBIC has committed one scholarship, valued at $2,000.00. The recipient will also receive a free registration to the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference. To learn more about eligibility restrictions and selection criteria, click here.
Posted November 26, 2016
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.
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!
Posted June 4, 2016