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