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The eye in the sky is watching your cows

In the mid-’70s, as a research scientist at the Melfort Research Station, I helped Saskatchewan Agriculture evaluate the first button-type electronic ear tags on our cows at the Pathlow pasture research project. At the time, I also had a big satellite remote sensing project to monitor pasture productivity. I would tell my colleagues that our […] Read more

Ranchers tell their story

Sustainability: News Roundup from the October 3, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Scott Parker, with the National Film Board, is telling the good news story about grazing through nine short films on how ranchers on the Canadian Prairie are managing their grazing lands to sustain a healthy ecosystem. Called the “Grasslands Project,” the films tell important prairie stories from the southern end of Alberta and Saskatchewan about […] Read more

Points to remember when seeding forages

There are a few common mistakes made that limit the success of new forage establishments” says Joel Bagg, a former forage specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and now with Quality Seeds. “One of the biggest problems is not seeding new forage stands often enough. Many alfalfa-based stands are simply too […] Read more

A drought-damaged corn stand.

Do you have enough cattle feed this winter?

You may have more than you think

We will always have to face drought. It’s inevitable. This past year is no exception. The biggest question you need to ask yourself as a cow-calf operator is, “DO I HAVE ENOUGH FEED TO GET THROUGH THE WINTER?” You need to take an inventory of your stored feed and then calculate backwards to see how […] Read more

Don’t waste your expensive feed

This will be a difficult winter for drought-stricken cow-calf producers. It will be essential to make the best use of available feed stocks and look at ways of reducing wastage of this valuable resource. Cows can be very wasteful creatures especially if forages are fed free choice be it dried hay or bale grazing. In […] Read more

New hybrids have expanded corn production but weather is still a limiting factor in the West.

What’s all the fuss about corn on the Prairies?

What’s the potential for silage and grain corn in Western Canada? That’s the question federal researchers Vern Baron in Lacombe and Karen Beauchemin in Lethbridge are trying to answer with the financial backing of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Beef Cattle Research Council’s Beef Research Cluster. “It is estimated that there is a potential […] Read more

'High-intensity/low-frequency grazing produced the most forage and fewer thistles.' – Dr. Ed Bork, University of Alberta

To rejuvenate a pasture focus on legumes and weeds

High-intensity/low-frequency grazing was the most effective system for the grasses to remain competitive

Graeme Finn and his wife Heather rent 3,200 acres of pasture on long-term lease to graze 1,000 yearlings and their beef cow herd year round near Madden, Alta. They rely on intensive rotational grazing of high-legume and annual crop pastures so you can understand why each pasture was assessed for potential productivity before it was […] Read more