Forage research gets long-awaited boost

Forage research gets long-awaited boost
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Forage research will get a much-needed boost with the creation of a new research position at the University of Saskatchewan.

“A 2012 assessment concluded lack of research and development investment in the Canadian forage industry meant advances in forage had not kept pace with developments in other crops,” the Beef Cattle Research Council said in a release.

Cattle producers have long wanted more forage research, said the chair of the council, which is putting $2.5 million toward the creation of the Beef Industry Integrated Forage Management and Utilization Chair.

“We need the science in order to better manage complex forage systems, implement effective utilization strategies, and understand the associated environmental benefits created through the dynamic soil-plant-animal interface,” said council chair Matt Bowman, a producer from Thornloe, Ont.

His view was echoed by the chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, which is contributing $1 million.

“After years of advocacy it is gratifying to see this position created,” said Arnold Balicki.

It’s expected the job will be filled by the end of the year.

The federal and Saskatchewan governments are putting in $750,000 with another $320,000 coming from the Global Institute for Food Security.

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