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Critically dry pasture in the Manitoba RM of Fisher shows little growth in July after only three weeks of grazing.

Feed fears come into focus after poor first cut, flagging pasture

Livestock producers are facing yet another year of both poor first-cut yields and ongoing pasture concerns

Glacier FarmMedia – Producers are seeing their fears realized with light hay cuts and pasture supplies once again running thin. With the exception of very localized patches of the southeast, which are seeing almost normal growth, most producers harvested 50 to 70 per cent of their normal forage in the first cut, according to John […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Saskatchewan ranchers backed for runoff control

Funding on offer for earth-moving work

Cow-calf producers in Saskatchewan may be able to get cost-shared funds from the federal/provincial Farm Stewardship Program to build ponds, ditches, dikes or berms to collect or manage runoff. The province and federal government on Tuesday announced such work now qualifies as a beneficial management practice (BMP) covered under the program. Eligible beef cow-calf producers […] 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

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Klassen: Drier conditions will influence feeder market

The feeder market was hard to define this week. The quality of yearlings was quite variable. Fleshier types were heavily discounted while quality packages were unchanged from seven days earlier. Calf prices were mostly unchanged; however, values were down $4-$6 in drier pockets of southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. Southern Alberta barley prices were quoted […] Read more


Supplementing minerals on pasture — a necessary evil!

Supplementing minerals on pasture — a necessary evil!

Nutrition with John McKinnon

Hopefully, as you read this article, “spring has sprung” and pastures across the country are showing signs of early growth. For cow-calf operators, the arrival of spring signifies the transition from winter feeding to a new grazing season. Spring pasture growth is considered an excellent forage source for meeting the nutritional requirements of lactating cows, […] Read more

Percentage of average precipitation in Western Canada for the 90 days ending April 5, 2021. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada map)

Manitoba forage, grassland growers burned by drought

MarketsFarm — An ongoing lack of precipitation, which is showing no signs of letting up in the coming months according to weather forecasts, is already causing problems for Manitoba’s forage and grasslands. Growers in the province have had to deal with three straight years with lower-than-normal precipitation. In 2019, multiple rural municipalities in Manitoba’s Parkland […] 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

Steve Kenyon has five principles he follows that make up his regenerative grazing strategy.

Regenerating grain land

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I am not a grain farmer, and as many of you know, I do not like monocultures. I also don’t like tillage, or the use of synthetic fertilizer, or the overuse of chemicals. Some say that I am against grain farming. I would like to set the record straight. Our mission statement at Greener Pastures […] Read more


Burnt-out countryside north of Tumbarumba, New South Wales.

Reflections on resilience in Australia

As she joined the rebuilding effort on burnt-out farms in Australia, this BlazeAid volunteer found inspiration in people’s resolve to carry on

He hails from Snowy River,   up by Kosciusko’s side, Where the hills are twice as steep   and twice as rough… — A.B. “Banjo” Patterson, The Man From Snowy River We are a small band of BlazeAid volunteers gathered after dinner for a special rendition of Patterson’s epic poem, belted out by a hid- […] Read more