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 2021 AGM Agenda here.

Please pre-register using one of the following options:

  1. through website events page: peaceforage.bc.ca/events
  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).