Pasture is rotationally grazed by the Sickle family’s cows and calves.

TESA winner matches cover crops with cow herd

Steve Sickle rotationally grazes his cows and calves on pasture, but uses cover crops at the end of the season

Steve and Amanda Sickle of Brant County ended up in the beef cow business when they realized a rolling part of a farm they’d turned from pasture to crops was much better suited to pasture. The family had sold their beef cows when Steve’s dad broke his hip. “We brought them back when we realized […] Read more

Multi paddock systems allow for grass regrowth and optimal feed for cows and calves.

Cattle turnout timing a balance of forage growth, nutrition

Maintaining top feed quality should be the goal of any pasture system

Producers anxious to turn cattle out onto pasture after the long winter months could sacrifice pasture yield later in the summer if the cattle are turned out too quickly. Why it matters: Turning cattle out to pastures too early or too late has consequences on the cattle’s health, the forage quality and quantity. Tim Prior […] Read more

Bonnie Wilson and Doug Gray display the Mapleseed Pasture Award they recently won at the Beef Farmers of Ontario annual meeting.

Modified mob grazing makes efficient use of pasture

Piper Creek Farm won the 2019 Mapleseed Pasture Award for its sustainable pasture management

Doug Gray and Bonnie Wilson started Piper Creek Farms in 2002 with five head of Limousin cattle on 40 acres. They started 2019 with good news at the Beef Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting — the Mapleseed Pasture Award from Mapleseed and the Ontario Forage Council. Why it matters: Intensive grazing systems show efficient […] Read more

Manitoba's challenge is to support the beef industry so that enough cattle remain on farms to maintain prairie grasslands.

Editorial: Thinking big to solve agriculture challenges

I was recently in Manitoba on a tour of farms when I came to the new education hall of the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative (MBFI). It’s a simple building located at the MBFI Brookdale Farm north of Brandon, but there, some interesting magic happens that could be a model to provide industry focus on […] Read more

Wildfire-damaged grazing areas up for Saskatchewan aid

Saskatchewan’s provincial disaster assistance program (PDAP) will be opened up to cover southwestern grazing areas damaged by this fall’s wildfires. The province’s government relations minister, Larry Doke, on Wednesday announced producers who incurred wildfire damage on “tame and native lands” intended for grazing may now apply for assistance to get feed for affected livestock. Winds […] Read more

Hay shortage could make for difficult winter

CNS Canada — Many cattle producers looking for local feed this winter might have a difficult time, according to a Saskatchewan provincial forage specialist. However, producers further north in the grey and black soil zones, and those in Alberta producing high-quality feed for export, saw near-record hay production. Terry Kowalchuk of Saskatchewan Agriculture in Regina […] Read more

Saskatchewan offers provincial pasture leases to patron groups

Cattle producers using provincial pastures heading into the final three years of the Saskatchewan Pastures Program (SPP) will get the first chance at leasing them. The province announced in March it would wind down the SPP, kicking off a public consultation process. Based on those consultations, the province confirmed Thursday it will grant the 50 […] Read more

Sask. to open protected grasslands for grazing

Crown-held native prairie and other grasslands held for wildlife conservation in Saskatchewan will be opened up to ranchers needing grazing land for cattle in dry areas. Environment Minister Herb Cox announced Tuesday the province will make about 90,000 acres of Fish and Wildlife Development Fund (FWDF) land available to cattle producers. The same grazing lease […] Read more