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.
Updated Name, Fresh Look and New Faces at MFGA - For more than 25 years, Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association (MFGA), formerly Manitoba Forage Council, has represented the forage and grassland industry. Our new name reflects our support for both aspects of food production (hay & grassland) for the livestock sector and showcases the advantages of forage and grassland for the environment. Welcome to Wanda McFadyen, our new Executive Director and Duncan Morrison, our new Outreach Coordinator, who will help MFGA move ahead in our expanded role on the agricultural landscape.
ENROL NOW in MASC’s 2014 Forage Insurance Program - MFGA has been working with Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) to develop an insurance program that will provide beef, forage and grassland producers with a better option for protecting their feed source. Learn more about the improved forage insurance package at this direct link. Download the New Forage Insurance Program Fact Sheet.
1st Annual Milk Maker Forage Forage Competition - The Ontario Forage Council (OFC), with the support of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) is pleased to introduce the 1st Annual “Milk Maker” Forage Competition to be showcased at the Canadian Dairy XPO in February 2014. CONTEST DEADLINE – DEC 13, 2013. To register or for more information, click here.
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