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Grass guys developing a forage carbon offset protocol

Forages: News Roundup from the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cedric MacLeod considers carbon sequestration through forages and grasslands and the soils they grow in as a long overdue, up-until-now-grossly-underplayed chit that Canada’s grass and forage producers can finally throw down and claim proper ownership on. “Our members grow forage, many run livestock and most plant annual crops too,” says MacLeod, executive director of the […] Read more

The economics behind bale grazing

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

I started bale grazing in 1999 and have had many producers over the years thank me for sharing my bale grazing information with them. The usual comment is that they will never go back to the traditional method of feeding cattle. For me, bale grazing was a no-brainer once I looked at the cost savings. […] Read more


 Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is currently developing a grassland protocol as part of its Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Program

Environmental goods and services offer more questions than answers

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

The beef industry takes pride in how forage, grazing and beef production benefit the environment. These environmental goods and services (EG&S) include carbon sequestration, plant and wildlife habitat, reduced soil erosion, watershed recharging, scenery, etc. While consumers pay for beef, the EG&S are free. For instance, many ducks need grasslands and wetlands to nest and […] Read more

Overgrazing is a matter of timing

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

Overgrazing. It is a very misunderstood term. Let me clear this up right at the start. It does not matter how many head of livestock. It does not matter how many acres. Everyone wants to know, “How big do I make my paddocks? How many animals should I have on my pasture?” Two ranchers can […] Read more


SARPAL spreads to Manitoba

Sustainability: News Roundup from the April 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef producers in southwestern Manitoba are front and centre in a project exploring ways to preserve or create important habitat for bird species at risk. The $750,000 SARPAL (species at risk partnerships on agricultural lands) initiative administered by Manitoba Beef Producers couples producers’ knowledge of the land and cattle with conservation specialists’ scientific knowledge of […] Read more

The same principles that apply to corn and soybeans must also apply to forages, including even emergence and good early-season weed management.

The challenges of growing quality forages

There are many reasons why production and quality may be less than ideal

Perception that forages are too weather-dependent or that producers plant one year and leave them alone for three must be challenged. The name varies from farm to farm and from one region of the country to another. Some refer to it under the blanket term “forage” while others attempt to be more specific — hay, […] Read more


A sampler of ranchers’ views on 2017

As might be expected, their plans range from expansion to standing pat and retirement

Rebuilding and expanding herds, or staying about the same — that seems to be what western Canadian ranchers have in mind as they head into 2017. Despite a sharp downturn in the cattle markets in 2016, only one member of this Ranchers’ Panel was talking about downsizing, with retirement in mind. The 2016 fall market […] 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


Dr. Edward Bork, 
Mattheis Chair, 
Rangeland Ecology.

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

Cattlemen’s foundation expands its reach

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

Beef producers now have a way to donate directly to the construction of new beef research centres in Saskatchewan and Ontario through the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation. The registered charity was established last year as the old Legacy Fund was drying up to give producers an opportunity to help maintain the work of the Cattlemen’s Young […] Read more