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How to Produce and Use Sweet Forages: Webinar March 4

Update: Missed the webinar? Find the recording and check for future webinars on our Webinars page


Sugars, also known as non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), are an important source of readily available energy in forages. Increasing forage NSC has been shown to improve feed intake, milk yield, and nitrogen use efficiency in beef and dairy cows, and other ruminants. Scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Université Laval carried out various studies looking at increasing NSC in forages, including taking advantage of diurnal variations in NSC.

Join this free webinar, co-hosted by the BCRC, the Dairy Research Cluster and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to learn how to produce and use high NSC forages.


Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm MST

  • 6:00pm in BC
  • 7:00pm in AB
  • 8:00pm in SK and MB
  • 9:00pm in ON and QC
  • 10:00pm in NS, NB and PEI


Approximately 1 hour.


BCRC webinars are available and free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster.

Interested but aren’t available that evening?

Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too.


Gilles Bélanger aafc

Gilles Bélanger, Ph.D. is Research Scientist in crop agronomy and physiology at the Soils and Crops Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City. Dr. Bélanger received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from Laval University in 1982, his M.Sc. in Crop Science from the University of Guelph in 1984, and his D.Sc. in Plant Ecology from the Université de Paris XI in 1990. His research activities focus on the growth and nutritive value of forage crops, nutrient management, winter survival of perennial crops, impact of climate change, and biomass production from perennial crops. Dr. Bélanger is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agronomy and an adjunct professor at Laval University.

G Tremblay

Gaëtan Tremblay, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in nutritive value of feedstuffs at the Soils and Crops Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City since 1987. M. Tremblay received his B.Sc.A. in Agriculture from Université Laval in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Animal nutrition from Université Laval in 1988. In 1992, M. Tremblay accepted a transfer of work for a year at the US Dairy and Forage Research Center at Madison, WI. His research activities mainly focus on improving the nutritive value of ruminant feed to maximize the use of forages and reduce production costs and environmental impacts. M. Tremblay is an adjunct professor at the departments of plant science and animal science at Université Laval.


Robert Berthiaume, Ph.D. obtained his B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Laval University, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Guelph. From 1989 to 2012, Robert was a member of the nutrition team at the Dairy & Swine research centre (AAC) in Lennoxville. In July 2012, Robert joined the R&D department at Valacta as dairy production expert in forage systems.

What is a webinar?

Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required.

All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar.

Don’t have high-speed internet?

Consider calling a neighbor that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing of the live event or the recording is possible.

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