U.S. to move BLM headquarters to Colorado

Reuters — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will move its headquarters to Colorado from Washington, officials said on Tuesday, sparking ire from conservationists who said the decision would weaken the agency dedicated to managing the country’s vast public lands. The Department of Interior, which oversees BLM, announced the move in letters to key congressional […] Read more

Alberta to lengthen public leases for ‘exemplary’ ranching

Ranchers who display “exemplary” stewardship as tenants on Alberta’s public lands could soon be eligible for double the term of the usual lease. The province announced Tuesday it expects the new policy to come into effect in late autumn this year and “in the coming months” will release new guidelines on what would be considered […] Read more

Manitoba to open up Crown lands for grazing, haying

Some Manitoba Crown lands not generally used for grazing or haying will be made available for temporary lease to producers this summer and fall. Citing “dry conditions in parts of the province,” the Manitoba government announced Monday that livestock producers “will temporarily be allowed to cut hay and allow animals to graze on Crown land […] Read more

Saskatchewan extends greenfeed seeding deadline

Saskatchewan farmers who still want to put in cereal crops for greenfeed with crop insurance coverage will get an extra couple of weeks to do so. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance on Wednesday announced an extension on the June 30 deadline for seeding crops for greenfeed, to July 15. Producers who have crop insurance will now be […] Read more

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