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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!

Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award – MFGA would like to encourage nominations for Manitoba forage and grasslands producers who have shown leadership in conservation efforts. Nominations are open until July 24, 2015 Download the Nomination Form (English)

2015 Green Gold Program Reports available now – Green Gold Reports help predict the date when pure alfalfa stands are at optimum quality (150 RFV) and are posted here. To receive these reports direct by email, contact John McGregor, program coordinator, john@mfga.net.

Central Testing GGNIR test package $20 – Get an NIR test of your field to see how you compare with your area. Samples must be fresh and shipped immediately to the lab. Samples should be taken at normal cutting height and most importantly they must not contain any other material than alfalfa if you are wanting to compare your fields with the results in the Green Gold reports.

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Friends of Forage & Grasslands:

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
Pickseed
Manitoba Government
Ducks Unlimited Canada
AAFC
Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation
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