By Lorraine Beaudette, Executive Director, SFC, August 20, 2018
The 2018 Saskatchewan Pasture Tour saw approximately 75 producers, industry reps and other stakeholders take part in a full day of information sharing and interaction on Wednesday August 8. This annual event takes place in different locations around the province and highlights new and upcoming trends in forage production, pasture and livestock management. The 2018 tour was based out of Macklin.
The first stop was the farmyard of Michelle and Byron Clarke. This progressive young farm family calve out 540 cows and use various grazing systems including corn grazing. They expect to get about 200-250 grazing days per acre and shared their experiences with exposing their herd to corn grazing over the last three years. The Clarkes also spoke of a positive experience with immigrant labour on their farm, but pointed out the challenging paperwork and difficulties in dealing with language barriers. The tour checked out the Clarkes’ alfalfa pasture, learning about the daily rotations they are using and the natural rejuvenation on the land with intensive grazing management.
A list of useful links relating to the stops at the 2018 Pasture Tour has been compiled. Click here to view the pdf document, which includes links and information about the Pasture Tour sponsors and organizing committee. Thank you to all who participated in this event!
Posted August 23, 2018