Thursday, October 17, 2019

Saskatchewan Forage Harvest Challenge

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.   Hay Bale

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!

Prizes for the Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge include eight $250 vouchers for feed testing analysis sponsored by Central Testing Laboratories and a $1,000 voucher for an in-store merchandise purchase from a Saskatchewan Peavey Mart location. Entry forms are found in the official field record book. The official challenge kick-off date is May 24, 2016 and all entries must be received by January 27, 2017. For more information or to obtain an official field record book contact your local Regional Forage Specialist, call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or contact the SFC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted June 4, 2016


Harvest Showdown Forage Show

forage test imageIt’s that time of year again!  The Harvest Showdown Commercial Forage Show is coming up on November 2 to 5, 2016.  We would like to invite you to enter by October 14, 2016.  The entry fee is only $20.00 per sample to help cover the cost of the feed test.  This is an excellent opportunity to inexpensively obtain a detailed forage analysis as it normally costs twice as much.  Assistance is available to interpret the results and design a winter ration for your cattle from Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.  A forage test can be a valuable tool not only to determine what your livestock feed requirements and costs will be for the winter but also as a selling feature if you are marketing your forage. Click here to enter your sample.

Posted October 5, 2016


Saskatchewan Pasture Tour Links

The Saskatchewan Forage Council, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, University of Saskatchewan, Water Security Agency, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Eagle Creek Watershed worked together to put on another successful pasture tour in August near Harris, SK.  Below you'll find some useful links relating to some of the many topics covered on the tour:

Handouts from Tour Hosts:

Range Health Assessment:

Sod Seeding:

Rotational and Intensive Grazing

Pasture Pipeline:

Perse Cover Cropping:

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! 

Posted Sept 12, 2016


Forage Testing Program Takes Shape In Saskatchewan

Brian Cross, The Western Producer, August 18, 2016

Plans to introduce a new province-wide forage testing program in Saskatchewan are proceeding as planned, according to government officials who attended a recent forage industry field day near Saskatoon.

Terry Kowalchuk, provincial forage specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said work is continuing in hopes that demonstration sites will be established and plots seeded by next spring.If that happens, the first data from the testing program would likely be available in 2018.

“It’s really about allowing producers to understand what the performance of commercially available forage varieties is in their region,” said Kowalchuk, who is spearheading efforts to get the testing program off the ground. “I think this is very important information for the forage sector.… Forage is the foundation of the beef industry and the livestock industry in this province so understanding what varieties and what species to put in is very important for producers … and for the province.”

Discussions about setting up a province-wide testing program started a few years ago. In 2014, the Saskatchewan Advisory Council of Forage Crops identified the lack of a co-ordinated testing program as a critical gap in provincial programming.

To read the full article, click here.

Posted August 21, 2016


A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors

 

Gold

NH Agr 3D

 

Silver

BrettYoung logo NEW

Union Forage  
Abbey Resources Corp
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Boehringer logo

 

Bronze

Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed SeCan
Ponderosa Ag Sales SCIC
 FCC smaller  

 

The SFC also gratefully acknowledges funding for…
Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan’ project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF)

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