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Who will breed the next generation?

Forages aren’t only suffering from a shortage of research dollars, but a shortage of researchers to do the work if the money were available

See if you can answer these two skill-testing agricultural questions. What is the largest crop in Canada? Which crop has one of the poorest records for funding research and breeding programs? If you answered “forages” to both, you’re right. You’ve also put your finger on a chronic problem in Canada’s forage industry. Statistics show the […] Read more


Have you herd? You have to move it

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

herd | noun – a large group of animals that live, feed, or migrate together or are kept together verb – (with reference to a large group of people or animals) move in a particular direction When you read the above definitions, you may think of a herd of livestock grazing out on a hillside. […] Read more



Get the most from weathered feed

Feed: News Roundup from the November 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weather cut a harsh swath through winter feed supplies all across the country last month causing headaches for cattle producers who were scrambling to salvage what they could from the leavings. In Alberta early snow covered many acres of annual crops grown for greenfeed, raising concerns that it may not dry before it had to […] Read more


Cut cereal crops later, feed more cows

Support for cutting barley, oat crops at the hard-dough stage grows

The recommendation to cut barley crops at the early-dough stage and oat crops at the late-milk stage for silage has by default been the standing recommendation for stage of maturity to cut these cereals for greenfeed and swath grazing as well. Findings by a University of Saskatchewan team of researchers with the animal science and […] Read more



Beating back burdock

Invasive weed species can affect both pasture and profit

Burdock is an invasive plant that causes problems for livestock and crops, and is generally considered a noxious weed. The tall burdock plant, a native of Eurasia, is a biennial, which means it lives for two growing seasons. The first year, it merely grows leaves and accumulates food reserves in its roots, like a carrot. […] Read more


The case for carbon storage

Alberta grasslands study to help develop policies

Good-news stories for beef producers are beginning to flow out from a massive dataset collected during a three-year carbon benchmarking study done to evaluate the effects of long-term grazing on native grasslands of Alberta. Some of the findings won’t surprise beef producers who see the positive effects first hand, but this is the first time […] Read more



Back to bale grazing

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

A gross margin analysis will tell you the profitability of your different profit centres on your farm. My decision to choose one production practice over another is largely decided by the margin I calculate. It is, however, very important to include current market values in your calculations. Last year’s hay prices in my area are […] Read more


Direct marketing grass-fed beef is a family business

Family farm in Alberta made the decision to go certified organic in the 1990s

After Tim Hoven and his wife Lori took over the management of his family farm at Eckville, Alta., in 1998 they made the decision to go certified organic. It seemed like a natural next step to him. His parents had become involved with holistic management in the late 1980s after taking a course with Don […] Read more



Forage advocates gather in Saskatchewan

Forage: News Roundup from the September 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dave Kerr, a beef producer from Lashburn, is the new president of the Saskatchewan Forage Council, with past-president Kelly Williamson of Pambrun and Sarah Sommerfeld of Outlook as finance chair. The vice-president position was yet to be filled coming out of the annual general meeting following the field day with the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development […] Read more


When to move cattle

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

If you’re just starting out or have been rotationally grazing for a while, one of the main challenges you face during the grazing season is when to move the livestock. I have to make the same decisions with my herds. Each year is different and my grazing has to adjust with it. No matter how much you […] Read more