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A livestock extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture says it’s important that cattle consume the feed in front of them, especially when considering body condition score over winter.

Beef and forage issues series aims to boost innovation

Forages: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has published a series of six articles covering a pilot project that brought together farmers, ranchers, scientists and experts to improve technology and innovation adoption. For the pilot, participants toured east-central Alberta farms and discussed several topics. One topic was smooth versus rough awns. Many cattle feeders have voiced concerns about […] Read more

Nominations are now open for the CFGA Leadership Award.
Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Nominations open for CFGA leadership award

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is seeking nominations for its leadership award. The award “recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that exemplify or enhance the goals of the CFGA and whose leadership in the forage and grassland sector has impact of national and/or international significance,” states a release from the association. Nominations are open […] Read more


Hay shortage in Manitoba Interlake reaches tipping point

MarketsFarm — A state of agricultural emergency has been declared in 12 municipalities, mostly in Manitoba’s Interlake region, due to chronically low hay yields. Drought and grasshoppers have hindered crops to the point that hay production is about 25 to 30 per cent of average. “We’ve moved cows out of pastures because the grasshoppers ate […] Read more

Conditions vary across the Prairies, but some producers are struggling with drought, particularly in Manitoba's Interlake.

Feed Watch: September 2, 2019

A lack of carryover of feed from 2018, combined with another summer of drought, has taken its toll in Manitoba’s Interlake region this year, triggering a declaration of agricultural disaster in 12 municipalities. The RMs of Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake and Woodlands announced the motion in […] Read more


While some producers have seen below-average yields due to dry weather, others are struggling to finish haying in wet conditions. Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Feed Watch: August 19, 2019

As the end of the growing season nears, some producers in Alberta are struggling to finish haying given wet conditions. Meanwhile, producers in other parts of the Prairies would have gladly traded some sunshine for rain this year. Feed Watch will be on hiatus next week, but we’ll be back after the long weekend in […] Read more

Pasture near Hanley, Sask., which was grazed once this year. Rain is needed to replenish topsoil moisture in the region.

Feed Watch: August 12, 2019

Winter is coming and feed is going to be tight for many beef producers. Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers urge Manitoba farmers to list any available hay, straw and alternative feeds they can sell. “Many beef producers have been hard hit by back-to-back dry conditions that have led to diminished pasture and forage […] Read more


Haying is underway in Western Canada.

Feed Watch: August 5, 2019

Many parts of the Prairies were hammered by drought this year, and poor hay yields are reflecting that lack of rain. Saskatchewan producers have given up hope for a second cut, but regrowth has raised expectations for a second cut in some parts of Manitoba. Meanwhile, parts of Alberta and Ontario have seen too much […] Read more

Crop reports stoke hay shortage concerns

MarketsFarm – Rainfall varied across the Prairie provinces during week ended August 2, as concerns of a hay shortage continue. Approximately 39 per cent of the hay crop in Saskatchewan is now baled or stored. While hay quality is 55 per cent good-to-excellent, yields have been well below normal across the province. According to the […] Read more


Pea straw has higher protein levels than oat, barley or triticale straw.

What to consider when choosing alternate cattle feed sources

Anything from pea straw to cull potatoes can help producers plug the feed gap

With a hay shortage looming across much of the Prairies, many cattle producers will need to look further afield for feed. There are numerous options for alternate feeds, such as salvaging hail-damaged or stressed crops. Nitrate toxicity is a concern if the crop was highly fertilized with nitrogen, but Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist […] Read more

A producer in northwest Sask. bales ahead of forecasted rain in July.

Feed Watch: July 29, 2019

While rain has boosted pasture growth in recent weeks, it didn’t come early enough for a second cut of hay in Saskatchewan. First cut hay yields are well below normal in Manitoba as well, although there is still some hope for a better second cut. Still, the most recent crop reports reaffirm that most parts […] Read more