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.