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We’re much more than hay & grass!

Producers know the benefit of quality hay and grass but do you? Properly managed hay and grassland translate into safe, high quality meat and dairy products! We’re a very important first part of the food chain and without it – well, our livestock and our consumers would not be happy campers.

Our producers have long recognized the benefits of pasture rotations (moving animals frequently between pastures) and many have implemented this practice. This process protects and improves the grassland (as the plants are given plenty of time to rest and regrow) and facilitates manure distribution, reducing the possibility of manure runoff into adjacent streams and water ways.
Improved soil health, water and air quality are also the result of well maintained grassland. Alfalfa, a key component of pasture land is a nitrogen fixing plant, providing nutrients in a natural way. Wildlife also benefits from well managed land – creating a welcoming environment and protection from the elements for a range of animals.

As most goods and services provided by grasslands are not paid for directly, they are easily overlooked, but the socio-economic value of grasslands in Manitoba is estimated to be $936 million annually, with a range of $702 million to $2,518 million per year, according to a report in the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment. Read the full article here.

WHAT’S NEW!

BECOME A 2014 GREEN GOLD SPONSOR - Your logo included on twice-weekly reports throughout the province -  Beginning in May, approximately 500 producers and industry people receive reports from numerous regions across the province to decide the best window for cutting their hay. Email John McGregor to become a sponsor or to receive reports.

Stretching Feed Supplies to make it to Grass - Article prepared by MAFRD - Learn about different options for wintering cows when faced with low feed supplies. Follow this link.

Manage Early Spring Grazing - Article prepared by MAFRD - When forced to pasture your cattle early, learn how to reduce the negative impact on pasture and ensure your cattle’s nutritional needs are met. Follow this link.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – 2nd ANNUAL MANITOBA HAY DAY - June 17, 2014 -  Classroom talks, field demos and more! Further details here.

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AAFC
Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation
Manitoba Government
Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
Manitoba Sheep Association
SeCan
Pickseed
The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
MacDon
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Northstar Seed Ltd