In early June, the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) unveiled its Range and Pasture Health Assessment Workbook. | Screencap via mfga.net/range-pasture-workbook

How good is your pasture? There’s a tool for that

Farmers, like most humans, like to keep score. They pay close attention to crop yields, the weight of their calves and the number of eggs per hen. Measuring the productivity and ecological benefits of grasslands is trickier than keeping track of canola yields, but Manitoba producers now have a tool for assessing range and pasture […] Read more

A new program from Ducks Unlimited and Crop Production Services offers producers in Saskatchewan and Alberta a $100 rebate on every 50 pound bag of forage seed.  |  File photo

Ducks Unlimited to convert 40,000 acres to forage

Prairie producers who plan to convert cultivated farmland to forages this year might end up with unexpected cash in their pockets, thanks to a program from Ducks Unlimited Canada and Crop Production Services. The two organizations have launched a forage program that provides monetary incentives to growers who are considering converting annual cropland to forage […] Read more

The North Okanagan Livestock Association is working on pilot projects with foresters to rebuild ranges and ensure there is enough water in a balanced ecosystem.  |  File photo

B.C. livestock group works to balance forests with forage

Forage inventory needed Ranchers say they play second fiddle to forest industry, pasture forage needs often overlooked by government

VERNON, B.C. — The competition for resources is a common theme on the diverse landscape of British Columbia. Ninety-four percent of the province is crown owned land, and ranchers depend on one-third of that for grazing. These days, they compete against wildlife as well as recreation, mining, forestry and urbanization. Ranchers sometimes feel they are […] Read more


Properly managed pasture grass can be more profitable than cereal and grain crops when net returns are averaged over 10 years.  |  Barb Glen photo

Producers squeeze greater profits from pasture

Farmers can make higher net profits from grass than from canola. Legal grass, that is. That statement contradicts evidence presented by the sea of yellow seen across the Prairies in recent years, but comparative figures bear it out. Arnold Mattson, grassland stewardship co-ordinator for Agriculture Canada, used to believe there was more money in cereals […] Read more

Overgrazed pastures are all too common on the Prairies, so it’s important to calculate the carrying capacity of a field before turning out cattle or horses.
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Do the math for proper pasture populations

Carrying capacity is the average number of animals a pasture can sustain over time. Stocking rate is the number of animal unit months (AUM) supplied by one acre of land.

It’s time to take stock when your pasture looks like a pool table. Or rather, it’s time to take stock off. Overgrazed pastures are all too common on the Prairies, so it’s important to calculate the carrying capacity of a field before turning out cattle or horses. Barry Yaremcio, a beef and forage specialist with […] Read more