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Manitoba to open more Crown lands to haying, grazing

Province now taking requests for permits

Manitoba livestock producers up against dry conditions can now apply for temporary passes to get onto Crown land not normally designated for grazing or haying. The province announced Friday it will make such lands available this year for agricultural use “under certain circumstances.” Permits and land uses will be handled through the Agricultural Crown Lands […] Read more

Alberta to lift residency rule for public grazing lands

The Alberta government plans to remove a restriction on non-Albertans’ use of public lands for grazing, in a bid to smooth out paths for interprovincial trade. The province on Saturday announced it will do away with eight of its declared exceptions under the interprovincial Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). Of the eight, three deal with […] Read more


Adverse weather has prompted producers to reduce herds again this year.

Feed Watch: September 16, 2019

Adverse weather has taken its toll on Canada’s cow herd, knocking down the numbers in the national herd yet again. There were 10.36 million head in Canada as of July 1, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey. That’s down from last year, and 30 per cent below the peak of 2005. And as Alexis Kienlen […] 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


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

Adverse weather has prompted producers to reduce herds again this year.

Nitrate toxicity poses risk to cattle

Dry and cool conditions can cause issues when using annual crops as forage and fodder

Haying and grazing season is underway and due to dry conditions more of the forage supply is consisting of small grains and cover crops. Although these crops offer flexibility in cropping systems and a great source of livestock feed, they could pose a risk of nitrate toxicity, according to Janna Block, livestock systems specialist at […] Read more