Cow-calf producers in Western Canada have widely adopted extended fall and/winter grazing practices using both annual and perennial forages. However, competition with high value annual crops has resulted in higher land prices and decreased land base for forage production in many beef producing areas. Therefore, having expertise in integration of land, plant and animal management is critical to increasing the productivity of both the forage land base and cow herd.
Work funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster is supporting the establishment of a permanent Western Canada Forage Industry Chair at the University of Manitoba. The project will also provide leadership and technology transfer for several projects focused on the evaluation and utilization of novel annual and perennial forages for late season and overwinter grazing.
To learn more, see the BCRC fact sheet: http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/creating-a-forage-industry-chair-to-maintain-research-expertise-153
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