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Former federal and provincial community pastures operated for decades in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, many of them on ecologically sensitive lands. These pastures held habitat for wildlife and provided grazing allocations to area farmers. Starting in 2013, the pastures transitioned to patron operation.

Pastures hold on to ecological benefits through transition

Pasture managers and patrons are working with conservation groups to preserve these islands of Prairie habitat

The following is the final in a three-part series exploring how community pastures shifted from government to producer operation. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration’s (PFRA) community pasture program began in the 1930s as a quest to stop drifting soil and provide stable grazing for the […] Read more

Dean and Catherine Manning of Falmouth, Nova Scotia are the Maritime Beef Council 2021 nominee for the Canadian Cattleman's Association Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA).

TESA 25: Nova Scotia’s Manning family receives national award

Update: Since this story was posted, Dean and Catherine Manning were named national winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Congratulations to the Mannings as well as the other nominees, and thank you for all your good work. This story was originally published by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and […] Read more


ALUS Canada works with producers on projects ranging from riparian area improvement to pollinator habitat.

Producer-driven conservation pays off

Two case studies illustrate the value of putting producers in the driver’s seat of conservation projects

Updated June 1, 2021 In the sweeping, ancient prairie of southern Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, local ranchers are helping to ensure at-risk species continue to call this land home. In 2018, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) partnered with Parks Canada to establish a grass bank pilot project in the park’s East Block, which hadn’t […] Read more

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef sees carbon-sequestering potential in grasslands, positioning the industry to be part of the climate change solution.

A wider vision for grassland conservation

A new collaborative effort across North America is focusing efforts to protect the fast-disappearing Prairie ecosystem

For many who call the Canadian Prairies home, it would be impossible to imagine springtime without the cheerful song of the western meadowlark. That distinct, flute-like call, along with the other songs of grassland birds returning north, is a defining part of this landscape. But as grasslands across North America continue to disappear, the meadowlark’s […] Read more


Kirkella Community Pasture watered, scrubbed and ready to shine

Kirkella Community Pasture watered, scrubbed and ready to shine

RM of Wallace-Woodworth & Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association wrap up two-year Conservation Trust pasture enhancement project

The 3,280 acre Kirkella Community Pasture is ready to shine brightly as a nature-based jewel following a series of pasture-enhancement actions – including a major scrubbing of woody pasture species that can be the bane of healthy, productive pastures and drought relief via three major dugout installations – through funding provided by The Conservation Trust, a Manitoba […] Read more

Woodjam Ranch is located next to the Horsefly River, in the Cariboo region of British Columbia.

B.C. ranchers honoured for protecting watersheds

The Seelhof family works hard to protect the river and tributaries that run through their ranch, as well as manage invasive species and rotate grazing and feeding grounds

In a truly strange set of circumstances, when Chad Seelhof heard about the BSE announcement, he was in a cattle liner about to relocate from Paradise Hill, Sask., with his parents Louis and Ellie, to the Cariboo region of British Columbia. Chad recalls hearing the report on a radio broadcast. “I really wondered what the […] Read more


Greater sage grouse.

Saskatchewan organizations piloting new conservation agreements

Environment: News Roundup from the June 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and South of the Divide Conservation Action Program have secured funding to pilot new results-based conservation agreements with beef producers. “The whole idea behind these agreements is that we’re not being prescriptive in our management. We’re letting the producers do the decision-making that supports species-at-risk habitat,” said Tom Harrison, executive […] Read more

SODCAP provides an annual payment if the habitat targets for specific species are met.

Ranchers rewarded for preserving species at risk on native range

Sask. producers find balance between beef production and nature

Beef producers in southwestern Sask­atchewan are being rewarded for ensuring that species at risk have a home on native pastures. Tom Harrison is a rancher and executive director of the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP), an organization founded in 2014 to create and maintain habitat for species at risk on native […] Read more


Clerical error threatened water rights of southern Alberta ranchers

Environment: News Roundup from the April 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Historic water rights became a source of contention for ranchers relying on the Milk River watershed this winter, due to what provincial officials are now calling a bureaucratic error. Last December several ranchers in the Milk River basin received letters from Alberta Environment and Parks (AE&P) cancelling their traditional water rights applications, which were submitted […] Read more

Trade lawyer Peter Clark has studied the level of subsidies available to U.S. dairy farmers. (John Greig photo)

Report pegs U.S. dairy support levels

U.S. dairy farmers continue to benefit from broad agriculture supports, a study shows. Dairy Farmers of Canada has had Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates regularly study the effect of U.S. government policy on dairy farms in that country. The latest version of the project was released at the Dairy Farmers of Canada policy conference held […] Read more