R&D Project:

Healthy & Vigorous Forage Stands Project

Overview

Status: Completed

Project Timeline: April 2013 – March 2016

Objectives

  1. Identify more effective and economic ways to maintain or improve pasture and hayfield health.
  2. Demonstrate economic and effective methods of rejuvenating pasture and hayfields that are infiltrated with undesirable species such as invasive plants, willow and aspen.
  3. Share information about new chemicals, appropriate species selection, value of appropriate clean seed, and other new and/or innovative rejuvenation methods.

Progress

  • Sites throughout the South & North Peace focussing on & demonstrating weed control, fertility, species selection and grazing management.
  • Development of the Peace Forage Seeding Tool to enable farmers/ranchers, agricultural professionals, reclamation/environmental consultants, foresters and range agrologists to select forage species for their specific situations an management needs. Tool launched May 2014 and Seed Supplier Add-on launched February 2015.
  • Showcased at Society of Range Management & PRFA of BC Annual Summer Tour (June 2013).
  • Presentation at PRRD Invasive Plant Council Meeting (November 2013).
  • Dog Handler’s Clinic, Pouce Coupe, BC (May 2-4, 2014).
  • Cowbytes Cattle Nutrition Sessions – North & South Peace (Fall 2013, 2014 & 2015).
  • Project showcased at PRFA AGMs (2013, 2014 & 2015).
  • Numerous articles in the Forage First newsletter.

Project Cooperators

  • Ducks Unlimited
    Doe River, BC, Canada
  • Bill Wilson
    Bonanza, AB, Canada
  • Bruce Kutschker
    Tomslake, BC, Canada
  • Josh & Jackie Thiessen
    Buick, BC, Canada
  • Michael Nimitz
    Sunrise Valley, BC, Canada
  • Chuck & Pat Sutherland
    Groundbirch, BC, Canada
  • Glenn Hogberg
    Groundbirch, BC, Canada
  • Gordon & Brenda Lazinchuk
    Bessborough, BC, Canada

Project Contacts

  • Talon Gauthier
  • Sandra Burton
  • Glenn Hogberg
  • Julie Robinson

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