January 23, 2017
Having heard concerns about declining reproductive performance in some beef herds in Western Canada, the BCRC convened an informal meeting at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference (SBIC) in January 2014 to discuss the issue. That meeting of producers, researchers and other industry experts discussed possible causes of reproductive failure. The knowledge and ideas shared at that meeting helped to inform research and extension initiatives aimed at better understanding and remedying the problem. Three years have passed. It’s time to reconvene to discuss what’s been learned since, and whether reproductive rates are changing for better or worse.
Producers, veterinarians, researchers, industry organization affiliates and all SBIC delegates are welcome and encouraged to join this discussion. No registration or RSVP is required. Event will take place at Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina.
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Posted January 18, 2017
The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) has received a $200,000 grant from the Washington, DC-based National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for grasslands conservation projects.
The SSGA is collaborating with the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP) on the projects.
“We’re enlisting the help of producers in the southwest,” said SSGA President Shane Jahnke. “We want to preserve the grasslands we have, and expand habitat onto some land that is no longer in its original state.”
Participating producers will implement grazing management strategies, control invasive species, prepare seeding beds, control weeds, and seed and establish native feedstock plants.
The SSGA will develop and implement four Habitat Management Areas and four Habitat Restoration Areas on 4,000 acres of native grasslands; reduce invasive species on 100 acres of native grasslands; and restore habitat on 500 acres of previously disturbed grasslands.
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Posted January 18, 2017
Saskatchewan Forage Council Media Release
December 15, 2016
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) has released information gathered from their Fall Forage Market Price Survey. This comprehensive price survey is unique in the province and compiles forage price information from producers across Saskatchewan and nearby areas. Agricultural extension personnel, forage consultants, processors and other professionals are also interviewed and data is compiled on values, types, and volumes of forage crops trading during the fall period. Prices are tracked throughout the fall and winter and a follow-up report will be completed in the winter to reflect any seasonal price changes.
The full report, as well as a two-page infographic, can be accessed online on the SFC’s newly developed website. The website was recently relaunched and features information on resources, updated projects, upcoming events, and also incorporates information on the Saskatchewan Forage Network. The website project was supported by the Government of Saskatchewan Industry Organization Development Fund (IODF) initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement.
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Posted December 16, 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