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What We’re Reading | Bale grazing and pasture rejuvenation

By Duane McCartney, for Canadian Cattlemen Magazine

Forage extension veteran Grant Lastiwka shares his winter-feeding strategy and explains how it fits into his year-round grazing system

Grant Lastiwka eats, sleeps and dreams forages. As one of Canada’s most enthusiastic forage extension specialists, Lastiwka is the go-to man for information on year-round grazing management.

Past winner of the Alberta Forage Industry Network (AFIN) Leadership Award and former livestock and forage business specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Lastiwka has had an illustrious career promoting the use of forages in Canada. Over the years, he has been a driving force for the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association as well as Alberta’s AFIN. Lastiwka and his wife Della live on their farm just east of Innisfail in central Alberta where they have been bale grazing their beef herd for 26 years. Over the years, Lastiwka has learned a thing or two about this low-cost wintering method as part of his year-round grazing system.

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What We’re Reading‘ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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