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Beat costs And boost yields with bale grazing

It can help reduce feeding costs and improve pasture quality

Editor’s Note: The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) posts great information on a wide range of beef production and management topics. Earlier in October they ran a two part column on the pros and cons and economics of bale grazing. So here is Part One that sorts sets the stage and then check out the […] Read more

Baled corn stalks – really?

Corn stalks are pretty low on the feed nutrition scale, but where there is a will there is a way

By Lee Hart I don’t think I have ever heard of anyone feeding baled corn stalks to cattle in winter. Grazing standing corn, yes. Turning cattle into clean up standing corn stover after cobs have been harvested, yes. But actually cutting and baling stover after the combine has gone through, that is new one to […] Read more


Thursday evenings with regenerative ag topics

Manitoba producers offer their forage and grazing conference on-line

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) is inviting all to tune into their Regenerative Agriculture Conference, for free, every Thursday night through November. Starting Nov. 5 and then every Thursday afterward for two hours from 7 to 9 p.m. participants will be able to go online to connect with some excellent presentations on various […] Read more

Banff events – register for Cereal Summit and Pork Seminar

Grains meeting will be a live, in-person event, hog producers will meet virtually

Register for “live” Prairie Cereal Summit Registration is now open for this year’s Prairie Cereals Summit (PCS) to be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, December 9 -10, 2020. Hosted by the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, the two-day event will be held in person in full compliance with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines […] Read more


Pencil out preconditoning economics with BCRC calculator

Spoiler alert — lean toward 45 and 60 days programs

By Lee Hart Does preconditoning calves at weaning make economic sense? Most articles and arguments I’ve seen over the years usually point toward “Yes”, but the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) recently posted a report with a preconditioning calculator. Don’t just wonder if weaning, feeding, vaccinating calves for a few weeks or months before they […] Read more

Have meal, will travel

A modified version of Farmer Appreciation night in southeast Sask.

The Weyburn Chamber of Commerce in southeast Saskatchewan didn’t let a little pandemic completely interrupt their plans to host an annual Farmer Appreciation Night this year. Rather than host a nice sit-down dinner in town that would draw farm families from surrounding Rural Municipalities, they did the next best thing under COVID-19 protocols and brought […] Read more


Ag Excellence Conference all about farm management

Time to fine tune those management skills, be exposed to new ideas

And save the dates Dec. 8 to 10, 2020 for a great line up of speakers with all kinds of good farm management advice as part of the Ag Excellence Conference that will be going virtual this year. Organized by Farm Management Canada (FMC), the three day conference features speakers on a variety of topics […] Read more

What’s planned for farm shows and conferences this fall and winter

Several events have just shut down for the year, others have gone on-line

Well seven months into this pandemic thing and if you were expecting that life would be getting back to normal by now, well it isn’t — not completely anyway. I think the world and certainly Canadians are getting a bit more comfortable with COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements, which is a good thing because […] Read more


Charges dropped against young Alberta farmers

Still a few important legal issues to be sorted out

It was good to read news reports this week, that some flimsy but serious charges against two Calgary area brothers involving their tractor and the sheriffs at a highway check stop have been dropped. The Alberta Crown has withdrawn charges against Jeremia Leussink, 19, who was driving his tractor to do some haying in a […] Read more

More hay and feed listing services

I was reminded there may be other hay, straw and feed listing services available to farmers looking to buy or sell products this fall. Do a search and check them out on-line. Steve from the TownPost (launched in 2010) based in Barrhead, AB says their family-owned business offers free on-line classifieds to rural Albertans. Along with […] Read more