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April 24, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 7
Articles In This Issue
Successful Forage Crop Establishment
Multi-Species Grazing
Spotlight on Our Sponsors: Selecting the Right Alfalfa - BrettYoung
Register Soon for the Saskatchewan Pasture School
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Dear Leanne

AntelopeThe grass is starting to green up, the birds are singing and hopefully all of your dugouts are full!  While most forage and livestock producers welcomed the extra moisture from the  larger than normal snowfall, it has taken a long time to disappear and the spring work schedule is now a bit behind.  If you are planning to seed forage crops this spring, you will find some last minute advice on successful seeding and establishment in this issue of the Forage and Livestock eNews as well as information about some upcoming events and information on hybrid alfalfa varieties available in Saskatchewan.          
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Successful Forage Crop Establishment: A Valuable Resource for Forage Producers
Alfalfa mix fieldEstablishing forage crops can certainly be a challenge.  Careful planning and attention to detail are necessary to ensure your seeding is a success.  Land managers looking for tips and suggestions on seeding forages will find the fact sheet Successful Forage Crop Establishment provides valuable technical information on the seeding and establishment of these perennial crops.  The Saskatchewan Forage Council was pleased to work with a number of partners to develop this practical resource tool that is available both in print and online at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102558671336&s=256&e=001x0oKWu0yMRAuAzWYQm_ZjIkztJds-Spjo4IrxANwjzhiZbx5Xc13gggnqmuzUGL-EqheHfV3ZEgW3AovKduqd36Nri5TVPAd2OWtNFpLDznxKVqGGNsbGA==.
Successful Forage Crop Establishment highlights issues related to successful forage seeding including species and cultivar selection, seedbed preparation, weed control, cover crops, seed quality, seeding rates, seeding equipment and evaluation of stand establishment.  
The fact sheet has received favourable reviews from producers who find the information practical and user friendly.  Anyone planning on seeding forage crops this spring will find useful tips in this publication to help make their seeding a success!
Funding for this project was provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Greencover Canada Program. Project partners included Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
To order a print copy of this publication please contact:
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Phone (306) 966-2148 or
Multi-Species Grazing: Profitable for your Land, Profitable for You! 
Submitted by: Charlotte Ward - Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Producers are invited to a multi-species grazing seminar in Moose Jaw on June 3-4.
This seminar will explore the economics and science of diversifying the beef herd with the addition of sheep.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Dean Anderson, Research Animal Scientist at the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. 
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Agriculture and the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board, the seminar will include a variety of speakers who will introduce tools and resources needed to help producers make sound production and economic decisions related to multi-species grazing.
Speakers will address the impact of multi-species grazing on forage production and pasture health.  Sessions will include market outlooks for sheep and cattle, multi-species production economics, livestock behavior, predation behavior and management, and nutrient considerations for managing multi-species herds. 
Participants will also have the opportunity to tour a multi-species grazing operation.
Cost of the seminar is $100 per individual or $175 per couple.  Please pre-register by May 26 by phoning the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board at (306) 933-5200.  A block of rooms has been set aside at the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw.  To receive the special rate, book before May 3.
For more information
         Phone Jessica Podhordeski, Livestock Development Specialist, Livestock Branch, Saskatchewan Agriculture, Saskatoon, (306) 933-5099; or
         Phone Charlotte Ward, Regional Forage Specialist, Regional Services Branch, Saskatchewan Agriculture, Outlook, (306) 867-5559.
Spotlight on Our Sponsors:
Selecting the Right Alfalfa - BrettYoung
As a frequent feature in the Forage and Livestock eNews, "Spotlight on Our Sponsors" will highlight information provided by a Saskatchewan Forage Council sponsor.  The Saskatchewan Forage Council acknowledges the support of our sponsors, without whom publications such as this e-newsletter, would not be possible!
Selecting the right alfalfa variety is an important part of a grower's decision making process when establishing a new stand for forage production.  It is important to find a hardy variety that fits your production requirements. Alfalfa varieties can differ in a few significant characteristics.  BrettYoung offers a number of variety types to accommodate Western Canadian grower's needs.  We have a group of regional account representatives and dealers who are very pleased to help you make the right decision. 
One of the important developments that we have embraced in the past few years is the use of hybrid technology in alfalfa.  Dairyland seeds developed the world's first hybrid alfalfa Hybriforce 400 and it is sold in Canada by BrettYoung.  It provides hybrid vigor for great establishment results as well as increased yield and regrowth that is a must for most alfalfa production situations.
Alfalfa varieties rely heavily on a healthy crown and root structure for regrowth and productivity.  Alfalfa varieties can be characterized as being tap rooted like Hybriforce 400 for hay and pasture production and branched rooted types for production under high water table situations. Sunken crown types are recommended for pasture production under heavy traffic situations. Creeping rooted types are for hay and pasture production under moisture deficient situations. 
For more information contact:
Rene Mabon, Product Manager
1 800 665 5015

The picture below shows the establishment vigor of a hybrid alfalfa (right side of picture) relative to a standard synthetic variety (left side of picture).

Hybrid Alfalfa

Register Soon for the 2009 Saskatchewan Pasture School!
The sixth annual Saskatchewan Pasture School will take place June 17 and 18, 2009 in Saskatoon.
Tame Pasture TourThis two-day event provides a forum for grazing managers to gain practical knowledge and expand their management skills through seminars, producer panels, hands-on exercises and pasture tours. 
Agenda highlights include sessions on grass growth, grazing management principles, calculating stocking rates, using profitability calculators and grazing from a business perspective.  Producer Panel discussions will be conducted on grazing management practices and "tricks of the trade" for grassing yearlings. 
Participating organizations include Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada-PFRA, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Saskatchewan Forage Council, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and Western Beef Development Centre. 
Attendance at the School is limited to 50 participants.  Demand for participation in the Saskatchewan Pasture School has been high in the past.  Organizers anticipate a full school this year, so anyone wanting to attend should register early to avoid disappointment.  
Registration forms and the full agenda are available on the Saskatchewan Forage Council website http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102558671336&s=256&e=001x0oKWu0yMRAuAzWYQm_ZjIkztJds-Spjo4IrxANwjzhiZbx5Xc13gggnqmuzUGL-EqheHfV3ZEgW3AovKduqd36Nri5TVPAd2OWtNFpLDznxKVqGGNsbGA==.
For more information, contact: 
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Phone: (306) 966-2148
e-mail: office@saskforage.ca   
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Leanne Thompson - Editor
Forage and Livestock eNews
Forage and Livestock eNews is published by the Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC).  Opinions
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