A grazing response index, which was developed in the United States, is being tested to see whether it can effectively evaluate Canadian pastures.  |  File photo

Producers could have new grazing tool

Grazing response index | The index was designed for native pasture in the U.S., but Canadian researchers take it for a spin

Officials are confident that an American pasture health assessment tool can assist prairie ranchers in Canada. However, the grazing response index created by Colorado State University researchers has never been tested in tame pastures, such as those commonly found in eastern Saskatchewan. “In the parkland (region) we don’t have a lot of native pasture left,” […] Read more

Manitoba to take control of five community pastures next year

Manitoba will assume control of five community pastures next fall as part of the federal government’s plan to get out the community pasture business. As of November 2013, Agriculture Canada will no longer administer the community pastures of Westbourne, Lakeview, Gardenton, Pansy and Sylvan Dale. “This transfer is a great opportunity for those with a […] Read more

Cattle producers upset over short notice of pasture closures

It could be weeks before Saskatchewan and Manitoba cattle producers who use federal pastures know which five will transfer to each province next year. Those affected won’t have much time to make alternative grazing arrangements for 2013, acknowledged the federal bureaucrat in charge of the divestiture. “Time is getting short in terms of identifying pastures,” […] Read more