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.
The Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Needs Your Support! – For just $50/year, receive notices/discounts on conferences and events, monthly eBulletins, access to current industry research, invitations to attend forage & livestock research demonstrations around the province, the opportunity to express views on forage and livestock policy and have the council lobby on your behalf, and more! Become a member by following this link.
Forage a huge, underappreciated part of agriculture – view the full Winnipeg Free Press article here.