Ensure the well-being and productivity of your animals by focusing on the key practices of animal health management, proper nutrition, animal welfare, and record keeping.
This training is intended to challenge readers to critically evaluate their farm resources, map their farming operation in order to better visualize the farm as a system including the many connections, and strengthen their adaptive learning capacity.
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Pivot and Grow
Karen Klassen demos the new Manitoba Grazing Exchange platform which matches livestock producers and grain farmers interested in grazing both annual cover crops and perennials. Afterward, organic farmers, Kevin Beach and Donna Bryck-Beach, share their experience with fodder systems to supplement feed.
There’s lot of emphasis on increasing your stocking rate these days, but how do you know what your land can support for grazing? How do you calculate it? Learn more about how carrying capacity and your stocking rate are related and how to determine them for individual pastures, and how having the appropriate stocking rate and grazing strategies add drought resilience to your operation.
Farmers for Climate Solutions
Western Canadian top cover crop expert, Kevin Elmy, gives the lowdown on the economics of using cover crops in grain cropping systems and integrating livestock.
This article from Kris Nichols, PhD., discusses regenerative agriculture as an innovative, integrated, and dynamic systems approach to agriculture which utilizes primarily biologically based management practices and tools to regenerate soils.
Growing forage crops is a vital part of livestock production for two specific purposes: grazing by livestock or to help make up seasonal shortfalls between feed demand and supply.
After four dry years and decreased yields, Kevin Beach and Donna Bryck-Beach adopted a Fodder System to help feed their livestock. Learn how in a year where they had a shortage of feed, this was a great solution to supplement their feed crops.
Are you a grain or livestock producer? Check out this resource to develop grazing arrangements in your area! The map displays markers representing contract grazers with herds for hire, as well as locations available for grazing.
Gateway Research Organization
Meet Ward Middleton and Delton Jubinville. These two decided to combine (pun intended) organic crop farming, custom grazing cattle and bale grazing. This year Ward is feeding Delton’s cattle by bale grazing on 35 acres of organic crop land. Watch to find out more!