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February 27, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 4
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Province Announces $71 Million for Cattle and Hog Producers
Spotlight on Our Sponsors: Proven Seed/Viterra
Research Focus: DDGS and Low Quality Forages for Beef Cows
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Dear Leanne

Winter Bale StackMore snow is a good thing right? But does it really need to be -30 again?  Hopefully the announcement from the provincial government this week takes some of the edge off winter at your operation.  In this issue you will find information on this program financed by the Saskatchewan Government in support of cow/calf and hog producers, details on a forage seeding program from one of our sponsors and preliminary results from a research project looking at low quality forages supplemented with distiller's grain by-products.     
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Province Announces $71 Million for Cattle and Hog Producers 
The Government of Saskatchewan released information on a support program for cattle and hog producers on Thursday, February 26, 2009.  The Saskatchewan Forage Council applauds this support for the livestock sector and is encouraged by this announcement, recognizing the important benefits and support for the forage industry as well.
The following is a press release from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - February 26, 2009:
Today, Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud announced a $71 million Saskatchewan Cattle and Hog Support Program.

Saskatchewan cattle producers will be eligible for a $40 per head payment for all beef breeding cows and bred beef heifers owned as of January 1, 2009. Hog Producers will be eligible for $20 per market hog sold and $10 per head for all iso-weanlings, weanlings and feeder hogs produced between July 1, 2008, and January 31, 2009.

"The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes the challenges cattle and hog producers continue to face," Bjornerud said. "This program will help producers retain their breeding herds and address immediate cash flow needs."

Cattle and hog producers continue to cope with low prices, high feed costs and limited market access. The provincial government has made repeated requests for a national livestock assistance program and changes to the AgriStability program. Despite these requests, the recent federal budget lacked significant support for the livestock sector and no additional federal assistance has been committed to date.

"In the absence of a national solution, we had to take action to help our producers," Bjornerud said. "We will continue to work with our federal counterparts toward a national solution. In the meantime, we urge the federal government to come to the table and top-up this program with their 60 per cent share, or provide some other form of meaningful support."

Application forms for the Saskatchewan Cattle and Hog Support Program are available from local RM offices, any Ministry of Agriculture Regional Office, by visiting http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102476468556&e=00168GEnYSGYFQsIeAWsi2nfVE5x3eZ2AqHLr3hRqot-89rL9D98ry5B9joTMGrKmIlV8TigePKvhWjzmwZMj8f11TzURctghWjR2hTJ8uedVZbBRy_qaKBZ0h0q6tcUlZ-, by email at chspinquiry@gov.sk.ca or by calling toll-free 1-866-947-9113. The program application deadline is June 15, 2009. 

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Spotlight on Our Sponsors: Proven/Seed Viterra
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!
Proven Seed/Viterra offers a full line of high quality tame grass and legume seeds as well as a number of Ecovar native grasses.  Viterra also employs forage agronomists who can help you with all of your forage seeding decisions.  For a full listing of available forage seeds, contact your local Viterra representative.
Viterra offers the best forage warranty in the industry! Sign up for the 50% forage re-plant guarantee by March 31, 2009 and seed your forage stand with confidence.  Mother Nature's Guarantee!!  No purchase required to sign-up.  Be sure to ask about available discounts on forage seed bookings as well. 
For more information on the forage re-plant guarantee or on Viterra's forage seed line, please contact:

Shawn Keyowski, Technical Forage Marketing Representative
Research Focus - Effects of Supplementing Beef Cows Grazing Low Quality Roughages with Wheat Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS)
Amanda Van De Kerckhove, Graduate Student, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Bart Lardner, Senior Scientist, Western Beef Development
Efforts to lower production costs have lead to the increased use of low quality forages in beef cow diets. These types of forages, which are characterized by high fibre and low protein content, require supplementation in order to meet cow requirements, especially during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. With expansion in the North American ethanol industry, there is an increasing supply of the distiller's co-products. Dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), the most common co-product, has potential as a supplement for beef cows consuming low quality forages. DDGS are nutritionally dense and high in crude protein.  DDGS are also considered high in energy due to their highly digestible fibre and high fat content.
To compare DDGS to traditional protein and energy supplements, two experiments took place at the Western Beef Development Centre's Termuende Research Ranch.  Experiment 1 managed the cows on stockpiled crested wheatgrass pasture in the fall, while experiment 2 managed the cows in an extensive barley straw-chaff wintering system.  In addition to the field work, metabolic trials at the University of Saskatchewan's Livestock Research Barn looked at the effects on forage intake and digestibility as a result of DDGS supplementation.
Results from the first year of both experiments are in.  In experiment 1, while body weight change and condition score were not significantly different, cows supplemented with DDGS or a commercial range pellet gained 34 lbs and 26 lbs respectively, versus unsupplemented cows who gained only 12 lbs over a 35 day period grazing stockpiled crested wheatgrass.  Experiment 2 looked at cows wintering on barley straw-chaff piles.  Cow supplemented with DDGS or DDGS and rolled barley gained 26 lbs and 17 lbs respectively over a 46 day period.  Cow supplemented with only rolled barley, lost 5 lbs over the same period. 
These preliminary results suggest that there are no adverse effects on animal performance when wheat DDGS are used as a supplement for beef cows grazing low quality roughages and depending on the cost of this by-product, may be a viable alternative supplement for beef cows. 

For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Bart Lardner at the Western Beef Developemnt Centre (306) 682-3139 or blardner.wbdc@pami.ca
Leanne Thompson - Editor
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