Manitoba Grazing Clubs

Manitoba Grazing Clubs are a Ducks Unlimited Canada funded program, promoted in partnership with the Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association.

A Manitoba Grazing Club is a community of rotational graziers who work together to improve the management of their pastures. Initiated by Ducks Unlimited Canada in 1999, the first Grazing Club Program was established in Minnedosa, Manitoba.

Clubs hold informal meetings to acquire information on local grazing issues from expert speakers and researchers. Pasture tours are utilized to provide hands-on exposure to new forages, livestock watering systems, and pasture management techniques. Clubs may also provide members with financial incentives to establish forage and develop livestock watering systems.

For Manitoba Grazing Club workshops in your area, visit our current events page.

Benefits to Manitoba Grazing Club Members

Your local Manitoba Grazing Club can assist with:
• Grazing management options;
• Pasture design;
• Tame pasture forage mix selection; and
• Water system development;
• Cover crop – variety selection and management;
• Soil health – Solvita test, improvement; and
• Mob Grazing – pasture design considerations.

Through Grazing Clubs, financial support may be available to:
• Organize grazing events and workshops;
• Establish grazing demonstrations;
• Convert cropland to tame pasture;
• Develop livestock watering systems; and
• Convert cropland to tame pasture.

Club members have the opportunity to:
• Visit with local cattle producers and tour their pasture systems;
• Explore innovative pasture management techniques;
• Hear the latest from experts and specialists concerning pasture management;
• Discuss local issues and find solutions;
• Attend pasture management courses and conferences; and
• Access grazing library (books, video, audio).

Manitoba Grazing Club Coordinator

Contact:
Michael Thiele
cell: (204) 365-6334
email: mthiele@mymts.net