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February 14, 2023 Business Tools

Plan for growing season with new Pasture 101 program

Alberta Beef Producers and the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) are pleased to announce the launch of Pasture 101, a project initiated by the Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre (ABFGC).

Forage/beef innovation for the next generation

The Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre was a five-year agreement (2015-2020) between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Alberta Beef Producers. It arose from producer interest in bringing together research and extension delivery in beef and forage systems. It was supported with capacity from both governments and an operational budget provided by ABP.

The ABFGC worked on several initiatives over the term of the agreement including multiple researcher projects, the rancher/researcher pilot (later expanded by the applied research and forage associations), tools for evaluating feed test results and evaluating economic value of feeds based on nutrient content, field days and other learning opportunities and, of course, Pasture 101.

The 101 of Pasture 101

Pasture 101 is a handy, online version of a five-pound binder you might be sent home with from a pasture school.

The content is organized into modules, with information ranging from selecting forage species and establishing perennial pastures to extended grazing systems and managing pasture soils. Each module is outfitted with quizzes to increase knowledge retention, and many of the modules feature toolkits with helpful worksheets, calculators and extra resources if you want to dig deeper.


Informed by producer and expert input, Pasture 101 was developed through the ABFGC. Recognizing the close linkages with existing BCRC content, BCRC graciously agreed to host Pasture 101 on behalf of the ABFGC.

As you plan for the growing season ahead, take some time to explore Pasture 101.

Access Pasture 101 here

This article was first published in Volume 3 Issue 1 of ABP Magazine (February 2023). Watch for more digital content from the magazine on ABP Daily.

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Karin Schmid
Karin grew up on a mixed farm near Keoma, AB, raising purebred Simmental cattle and grain, and is still involved in the family operation to a limited extent. She has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta, and her thesis focused on the genetic and metabolic factors affecting feed efficiency in beef cattle. Before joining Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) in 2011, Karin spent just over four years with the Canadian Hereford Association as their Breed Development Coordinator. At ABP, Karin is the Lead, Beef Production and Extension, providing technical support in the areas of cattle health and welfare, research, and production practices.  She works very closely with several industry and government organizations on issues of importance to the industry, and large part of her job is translating science to producers and explaining producer needs to researchers.

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