The winners of the Hay Harvest Challenge were recently announced! Congratulations to the following producers who each won a $250 gift certificate to Central Testing Laboratory:
• Val and Rod Petrie, Tessier, SK
• Ray Rintoul, Simpson, SK
• Glenn Goodsman, Stalwart, SK
• Leonard Benfield, Springside, SK
Winner of the $1000 Peavey Mart gift certificate was Meggan Laidler, Frenchman Butte, SK!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge emphasizing the importance of growing and harvesting high quality forage and the importance of feed testing. For more information about having your forages tested and interpreting feed test results, contact your Saskatchewan Agriculture Regional Forage Specialist or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
Dr. Richard Teague, Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M Agrilife Research is requesting assistance from producers participants in the Prairie Provinces that practice “Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing” (aka Mob Grazing, Management Intensive Grazing, Holistic Management, High-Stock Density, Short-Rotation Grazing, etc.) on their farms and ranches. This Grazing Research Project is being coordinated and conducted with the University of Alberta in Edmonton and a research team of grazing experts, ecological scientists, and soil health experts.
If you are interested in participating or have more questions please click on the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3306200/Grazing-Research-Survey-Canada
Please complete the survey by March 10, 2017
Posted March 6, 2017
The Saskatchewan Forage Council and partners have completed a project which demonstrated the Grazing Response Index, a simple, effective way for livestock producers to evaluate grazing impacts on their land by applying the principles of plant response to defoliation. This project successfully demonstrated the use of the GRI method on Saskatchewan pastures and that the GRI method can be applied to tame pastures, with some modifications required due to the differences in grazing response of tame forages as compared to native grasslands.
This project was supported by the Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward bi-lateral agreement.
To learn more about the project, visit our Completed Projects page or click here to open a pdf file of the final report.
Posted February 4, 2017
Looking for owners or lease holders of native rangelands willing to grant access to their properties for a study on grassland bird habitat requirements. The study will take place over 2-3 days at each property between mid-May and Mid-July and will involve observing bird species/numbers and taking measurements of grassland characteristics (e.g., grass height, percent cover, litter volume, shrub density). It WILL NOT involve any capture or handling of wildlife. Vehicles will not be used in pastures unless specific permission is given for designated trails. Native rangelands must have at greater than 50% cover of native grasses with minimal tree cover. The goal is to randomly select one native rangeland within 75 km of all of the following locations: Val Marie, Consul, Maple Creek/Tompkins, Kyle/Beechy, Kerrobert/Kindersley, and Swanson.
Posted February 3, 2017