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Pasture Nutrition: tomorrow @ 7pm, please register

Our August Grazing Management Series “Back to the Basics” continues tomorrow.

To learn more about PASTURE NUTRITION  (& to register) click on the link below.

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-pasture-nutrition/

More information on the remaining 2 sessions:

Aug 23rd: Electric Fencing, peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-electrical-fencing/

Aug 30th: Water Systems, peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-watering-systems/

 

A HUGE THANKYOU  to our series sponsor ARC RESOURCES!!!

 

Grazing Rules & Principles: tomorrow @ 7pm, please register

Our August Grazing Management Series “Back to the Basics” kicks off tomorrow.

To learn more about GRAZING RULES & PRINCIPLES  (& to register) click on the link below.

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-grazing-rules-principles/

More information on the remaining 3 sessions:

Aug 16th: Pasture Nutrition, peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-pasture-nutrition/

Aug 23rd: Electric Fencing, peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-electrical-fencing/

Aug 30th: Water Systems, peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-watering-systems/

 

A HUGE THANKYOU  to our series sponsor ARC RESOURCES!!!

 

August Grazing Management Series, starts Aug 9th: REGISTER TODAY

Join us for a series of 4 Tuesdays to learn about Grazing Management with four local ranchers (@ 7-9pm).

Aug 9th: Grazing Rules & Priciples
Aug 16th: Pasture Nutrition
Aug 23rd: Electric Fencing
Aug 30th: Water Systems

 

To REGISTER: Go to our Events page or click on the links below.   See you there!

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-grazing-rules-principles/

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-pasture-nutrition/

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-electrical-fencing/

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-watering-systems/

 

A HUGE THANKYOU  to our series sponsor ARC RESOURCES!!!

 

Back to Basics: Grazing Management Series in August, Tuesdays @7pm

Starting August 9th, join us for a series of 4 Tuesdays to learn about Grazing Management with four local ranchers (@ 7-9pm).

Aug 9th: Grazing Rules & Priciples
Aug 16th: Pasture Nutrition
Aug 23rd: Electric Fencing
Aug 30th: Water Systems

Please bring your questions.

 

To REGISTER: Go to our Events page or click on the links below.   See you there!

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-grazing-rules-principles/

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-pasture-nutrition/

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-electrical-fencing/

peaceforage.bc.ca/event/aug-grazing-series-watering-systems/

 

A HUGE THANKYOU  to our series sponsor ARC RESOURCES!!!

 

Our FIELD DAY was a hit!

Over 50 producers joined us on June 18th to take in our afternoon field day and scrumptous supper with live entertainment.

Here is an article featuring the FIELD DAY from our Summer Newsletter.

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Quarterly Newsletters direct to your mailbox are one of the benefits of becoming a member. If you are interested please check out our memberships online.

FIELD DAY, Sat June 18th @ 1:30pm.

Come join us for a Field Day and lip smacking supper in Rose Prairie (20 min North of Fort St John).

1:30pm Welcome: Coffee & Pie
1:45pm Host farm introduction (Collins Ranch, Aron & Sherri Collins). We will also discuss (a) soils & tissue sampling, (b) field scouting and (c) fertility with Norm Dueck and Brenna Schilds.

5:30pm Transition to the Rose Prairie Hall for a supper (6pm) and evening entertainment (7pm).

The afternoon will start in a marked field 3 minutes from the Rose Prairie Hall (registrants will be emailed directions).

Bathroom facilities for the afternoon are at the Rose Prairie Hall.

Please Come Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with us!

Field event is FREE for members, and supper is $30 or $50/couple.

REGISTER at peaceforage.bc.ca/event/healthy-forages-from-the-ground-up/

PEACE FM features our Podcast at 8am on Saturdays

Tune into 94.5 in Chetwynd or 104.1 in Dawson Creek on Saturday Mornings (8am) to hear our Knowledge For Resilience in the Peace Podcast.

Or you can go to peaceforage.bc.ca/information/podcasts/ to listen to any or all of the first 8 episodes.

Knowledge For Resilience in the Peace is a cross-commodity podcast series that shares knowledge to Peace agriculture producers from researchers, experts and peers; affording more producers the opportunity to adopt production practices they may not otherwise have implemented.

Two New Episodes with Podcast Knowledge for Resilience in the Peace

Check out the latest two episodes in the podcast series Knowledge for Resilience in the Peace.

Episode 7: Can Direct Marketing make your Farm more $$, with Darwin Lindford and Michelle Schaeffer

Two Peace Region producers, Darwin Lindford from RC Rafter Holdings and Michell Schaeffer from Whiskey Creek Ranch share some of their successes and challenges with direct marketing. Both operations use regenerative agriculture principles in their land and livestock management, run a range of livestock and are also members of the Small Scale Meat Producer Association.

Episode 8: Unlocking your Soil’s Potential Without Breaking the Bank, with Norm Dueck

Norm has been involved in agriculture in the BC Central Interior, Bulkley Valley, Cariboo, Robson Valley and the BC and AB Peace region since 1999 as a Certified Crop Advisor and consultant for beef, dairy and grain farmers.  Over the years he has gained valuable knowledge working with lime, pulp mill sludge, wood ash and biosolids in on-farm applications as part of an in-depth fertility program. Norm currently lives in the Nechako Valley of Central BC, where he owns 150 acres of land which allows him the opportunity to put into practice some of the things he preaches.

 

Save the Date: June 18th, Healthy Forages from the Ground Up

The Peace River Forage Association is celebrating 30 years!  Please come join us for an in-person field visit, supper and evening entertainment near Rose Prairie (20 min North of Fort St John).  Bathroom facilities for the day will be at the Rose Prairie Hall.

The afternoon will begin at a marked field of Aron and Sherri Collins’ (3 minutes from the Rose Prairie hall, @ 1:30pm).

We will discuss (a) soils & tissue sampling, (b) field scouting and (c) fertility with Norm Dueck and Brenna Schilds and learn about the Collins Ranch with Aron & Sherri.

At 5:30pm we will transition over to the Rose Prairie Hall for a supper (6pm) and evening entertainment (7pm).

Please REGISTER at peaceforage.bc.ca/event/healthy-forages-from-the-ground-up/

Cattle Market WEBINAR VIDEO and Herd rebuilding PODCAST

In case you missed our CATTLE MARKET UPDATE: RIDING OUT UNCERTAINTY webinar with Anne Wasko, the webinar recording is on our website and available for members to view for a SHORT TIME (until May4th).
If you are a member, please go to our website and login (by clicking Login at the top of the home page or the blue Member sign-in button).  Then click on the webinars button on the right side of the homepage or go to peaceforage.bc.ca/information/webinars/.

Also, check out our latest podcast with Brenna Grant from Canfax who shares insights on different herd rebuilding strategies following drought.

If you want to become a member go to https://peaceforage.bc.ca/information/membership/ and purchase an Enhanced Membership.  Within a few months only Enhanced and Friends of Forage Members will have access to our Webinar video library.

   

Anne Wasko Cattle Market Update Webinar (April 20th @7pm) – Please WATCH LIVE

REGISTER for the webinar at peaceforage.bc.ca/event/cattle-market-update-webinar/

Please try to WATCH the webinar LIVE.
The webinar recording will only be available for TWO weeks  after final editing to PRFA of BC members (due to the time sensitive nature of the information).

FREE for members of PRFA of BC and SP Stockmens and $20 for non-members.

Anne has been a cattle industry market analyst for 30 years and a regular contributor on www.realagriculture.com/

A HUGE THANK-YOU to our webinar sponsor Farm Credit Canada.

   

 

 

 

 

TIME is RUNNING OUT: Register NOW for Cattle Market Update with Anne Wasko (April 20th at 7pm PT)

Cattle Market Update – Riding out Uncertainty with Anne Wasko, a market analyst for over 30 years with the Canadian cattle and beef industry.
Please register at peaceforage.bc.ca/event/cattle-market-update-webinar/.
FREE for members of the PRFA of BC  and the SP Stockmens Association and $20 for non-members.

Registered participants will receive an email with the webinar zoom link 2 days before the webinar and another 2 hours before the webinar.  If you don’t notice these emails in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

After final editing, the webinar recording will be available to PRFA of BC members on our website peaceforage.bc.ca/information/webinars/ for TWO weeks only (due to the time sensitive nature of the information).

A HUGE THANK-YOU to our webinar sponsor Farm Credit Canada.

Vermicompost WEBINAR VIDEO and Vermicompost PODCAST

In case you missed our VERMICOMPOST at FARM SCALE webinar on Wednesday, the video recording is now on our website and available for members to view.
If you are a member, please go to our website and login (by clicking Login at the top of the home page or the blue Member sign-in button).  Then click on the webinars button on the right side of the homepage or go to peaceforage.bc.ca/information/webinars/.

Check out our latest podcast about a local success story of making outdoor vermicomposting work even with -40 degrees Celsius winter weather! peaceforage.bc.ca/information/podcasts/

If you want to become a member go to https://peaceforage.bc.ca/information/membership/ and purchase an Enhanced Membership.
Within a few months only Enhanced and Friends of Forage Members will have access to our Webinar video library.

     

TIME is RUNNING OUT: Register NOW for Vermicompost at a Farm Scale (April 13th at noon)

Vermicompost at a Farm Scale with Rhonda Sherman, an Extension Solid Waste Specialist in the Horticultural Science Department at NC State University.
Please register at peaceforage.bc.ca/event/vermicompost-webinar/.
FREE for members of the PRFA of BC and $10 for non-members.
Check out more information on Composting & Vermicomposting.

The Profitable Mindset Podcast for Farmers

The Profitable Mindset is a podcast helping farmers get the mindset they need to build a profitable farm business.

Charlotte Smith is a Marketing and Mindset Coach for Farmers.   She gives farmers strategies they need to have a farm and life they love.

Checkout episode #102: How this California Farmer Doubled Her Sales to 200K in 2021, or #109: Do This if You’re Afraid Customers Will Leave After a Price Increase

Checkout GOOD GRAZING MAKES CENT$

If you graze livestock this group has something for you (especially if you graze rangelands).

GOOD GRAZING MAKES CENT$ was launched February 2022, and aims to provide practical, applicable and economically feasible range management practices which can ultimately improve productivity of the land and the bottom dollar of the ranch through conservation and collaboration between range scientists and ranchers.

They have a Youtube channel.  One video introduces the group and another helps you meet some of the ranchers and range scientists that are involved.

 

Knowledge for Resilience Podcast, check out episodes 1-4

The cross-commodity podcast series shares access to knowledge from researchers, experts and peers, affording more producers the opportunity to adopt production practices they may not otherwise have implemented.  In the first four episodes listen to conversations on (1) Adaptive Grazing Management and Portable Fencing, (2) Mighty Microbes, (3) Common Misconceptions in Agriculture and (4) Key Pest Monitoring in the Peace.

 

Upcoming Webinar with Anne Wasko: Cattle Market Update – Riding out Uncertainty

SAVE THE DATE: April 20th at 7pm.
Anne Wasko has been a market analyst for over 30 years focusing on the Canadian cattle and beef industry. She is currently the market analyst for Gateway Livestock Exchange,  and a regular contributor to RealAgriculture.com and RealAg radio on Sirius.  Anne was also the Senior Market Analyst for Canfax for 21 years.
Please register at peaceforage.bc.ca/event/cattle-market-update-webinar/.
FREE for members of the SP Stockmens & PRFA of BC and $20 for non-members.

A HUGE thank you to our webinar sponsor.

Did you miss our FEEDING DURING THE FREEZE Webinar?

If you missed our FEEDING DURING THE FREEZE webinar last night, the video recording is now on our website and available for members to view.

If you are a member, please go to our website and login (by clicking Login at the top of the home page or the blue Member sign-in button).  Navigate back to the home page and then click on the webinars button on the right side of the homepage.  Alternatively, you can click on Information on the top toolbar and then click on Webinars in the drop down menu.

If you want to become a member go to https://peaceforage.bc.ca/information/membership/ and purchase an Enhanced Membership.
Within a few months only Enhanced and Friends of Forage Members will have access to our Webinar video library.

Feeding cows this winter? Check out our WEBINAR on Nutritional Changes in Later Gestation

If you are feeding momma cows check out Barry Yaremcio’s webinar regarding Nutritional Changes in Later Gestation.  This webinar is available to members on our website https://peaceforage.bc.ca.

Members can login (by clicking Login at the top of the home page or the blue Member sign-in button) and then click on the webinars button on the right side of the homepage.  If you want to become a member go to https://peaceforage.bc.ca/product/basic-membership-2022/

Barry also has a couple podcasts on Optimal Cattle Nutrition, which are available for everyone to listen to at https://peaceforage.bc.ca/information/podcasts/

Have you heard of the BC Peace Agri Weather Network?

The BC Peace has 21 automated weather stations.  Information regarding current conditions, forecasts and past weather can be found on the website http://www.bcpeaceweather.com/

Check-out this 3 minute video regarding features of the website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhfCCAzlPAE&list=PLQCxhsFC64y2opkGpEm7dDF9dOtsL8IlD&index=1

Check-out this 3 minute video regarding forecasts for the BC Peace weather stations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GRfUiwZRK8

Check-out this 4 minute video regarding historical weather data for the BC Peace weather stations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AgKt8wCFCM

Check out these webinars on YouTube from Climate & Agriculture Initiative BC

The 2021 fall webinar series Tools and Approaches for Adapting to Climate Change, featured four sessions.

  1. Managing changing pest pressures. Watch the pests webinar now
  2. Monitoring and supporting pollinator populations.  Watch the pollinator webinar now
  3. Investigating crop suitability.  Watch the crop suitability webinar now
  4. Agricultural water management.  Watch the water webinar now

For more information check out their website:

 

New Board of Directors for PRFA of BC

At this year’s AGM the Peace River Forage Association of BC (PRFA) welcomed 3 new directors.  Chris Moat, Jody Watson and Brian Gilbert joined the board, and Josh Stobbe returned for another term.  The remaining directors include Kristina Schweitzer, Neil Ward and Shellie English.  Look forward to learning a bit about our new directors in the upcoming Winter Newsletter, which will arrive in member’s mailboxes early February 2022.

Thank you so much to parting directors Bess Legault, Shaun Grant and Jackie Thiessen for your dedication to the association, your efforts to support forage in the Peace and your flexibility in adapting to virtual meetings over the last couple years.

If you are not a member and would like receive our quarterly newsletter, please purchase a Basic Membership and check our website for other benefits to becoming a member.

Forage AGM Notice

Peace River Forage Association: Virtual Annual General Meeting

December 1, 2021

6:30 p.m. Peace Living Lab Information Session 

By Monika Benoit &/or Talon Gauthier, Contractor Peace Region Forage Seed Association

 8:00 p.m. AGM Business led by President Neil Ward

For more information please click on the PRFA 2021 AGM Notice-Agenda.

Please pre-register using one of the following options:

  1. through website: peaceforage.bc.ca/event/agm-for-the-prfa/
  2. by emailing us at: prfaevent@gmail.com
  3. by phoning or leaving a message: Heather or Sandra at 250 789 6885

Members Feedback Report

Early this year a Members Feedback Report was published in to 2021 Winter Newsletter.  This report summarized the thoughts of over 100 members regarding how the association has been doing and where the association should focus in the future.  It is a goldmine of information.  Please click here to check out what our members had to say.

Livestock & Feed Planning During Drought

The drought conditions and limited forage growth this past growing season are presenting some challenging times for livestock producers.
Tips on page 7 of our 2021 Fall Newsletter may help producers use feeds wisely.
Please also refer to an insert in the newsletter called BCRC Drought Related Resources or find the information on the BCRC website.

To view the entire 2021 Fall Newsletter members can check their mailboxes or click here.  If you are not a member, please JOIN US and click here to become a member.  Once a member you will receive our quarterly newsletters in the mail and have access to our most recent newsletters online.

Considering Frost Seeding?

It’s the time of year when questions come up about winter or spring frost seeding on rejuvenation sites. Julie Robinson compiled a flow chart to assist you in considering 3 key items. Read about it in the recently published in the Forage First Fall 2021 newsletter or try the link here:  Forage_First_88_2021Oct_pg 8 flowchart

This information can also be found on this website under the R & D Project Page, Interseeding to Improve Forage Quality & Quantity at the link here: https://peaceforage.bc.ca/rd-project/interseeding-to-improve-forage-quality-quantity/    Look under Factsheets and Documents.

‘FIESTY FORAGES’ Fall Field Workshop

On October 5th/2021 the PRFA of BC will be showcasing ON-FARM CLIMATE RESILIENCE.
Featuring: The Linford Farm, The Iddy Biddy Farm, Shellie English, Sandra Burton, Jay Woosaree, and many cool forages!

Please call/text Nadia 250-263-8802 to register for this this fun field workshop. $20/person.  Register by Oct 2 (spots are limited).
Click here for more information.

 

Podcast Episodes 1-11 are Available to Members

Please checkout the recently broadcasted episodes (1-11) of our podcast series “May the Forage Be With You.”

Featuring topics on forage varieties, cattle marketing, healthy soils & healthy farmers, cattle nutrition, pesky parasites and forages in equine nutrition.

May the Forage Be With You

The PRFA of BC proudly presents May the Forage be With You: a weekly podcast series with engaging forage, livestock, soil health and pasture management topics.

Check out our first episode: a chat about ‘Forage Breeding and Forage Varieties’ with Dr. Bill Biligetu.  Dr. Biligetu is a forage breeder and Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program Chair in Forage Crop Breeding. Find out more about the latest forage varieties in the works and the five basic questions to consider when you think about establishing a new forage stand.

Our next episode: discusses the How-Tos of Cattle Marketing (Part 1) with Brian Perillat, Manager of Canfax.  Although looking at cattle marketing charts can feel overwhelming, Brian can help you narrow down the key indicators to analyze, depending on the market you are interested in. Like anything, practice makes perfect, and Brian offers some easy first steps that you as a producer can take to get more comfortable with cattle marketing to ultimately capture more profits for your operation.

Please listen once a week, maybe while you eat lunch or cook supper.  You can click on the link and hear the episode on your morning commute. Or you can install the FREE Podbean App (Podcast App & Podcast Player – Podbean) to your phone or tablet, and download the episode ahead of time.  Search for the podcast series “May the Forage be With You” for our episodes. 

It’s going to be interesting, enlightening and fun too! Please come along for the ride.

Website Redesign

The PRFA is currently undergoing a redesign of our website with New Harvest Media. While the website may seem static or unchanged for this spring, it is still running and functional while a lot is going on behind the scenes for the redesign. Once transferring all of the existing pages to a new host and testing of the new site is completed, the new website (with its new look) will be live for members. We will of course let you know when our redesigned website is up and running.

Thank you to our Events Coordinator Samantha Dilworth

Thank you to our Events Coordinator Samantha Dilworth for her dedication, resilience and creativity in finding ways to provide events and extension during these Covid times.  Even though the Forage Extension and Mentionship Community Outreach Project is finished we hope there will be an opportunity to work together with Samantha in the future.

A summary of the 2021 Winter webinars are included in the spring 2021 newsletter (Forage First, 86th edition).

Other courses and pasture walks were covered in the winter 2021 and fall 2021 newsletter (Forage First, 85th and 84th editions.

If you don’t get a copy of our newsletter in the mail please join and become a member (click on the blue “Join” button on the home page for details).