Forage and beef producers in Canada and the northern United States now have a source for the latest research information on forage and beef production. “Foragebeef.ca summarizes forage and beef cattle research for farmers and ranchers,” says Ken Ziegler, beef specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “It takes a unique approach to developing and organizing North American research information for the Canadian forage and beef cattle industry.”
Foragebeef.ca is a living library for research and extension information. The website provides three levels of information.
“The top level is ‘cut to the core’ information on a particular topic,” says Ziegler. “This level provides the most important pieces of understanding on that topic. The second level is for the reader who wants more information about that topic. Here, links are provided to the best related information, usually in fact sheet format.”
The third level is for people who want research related information. “It focuses on relevant scientific review papers, research abstracts, research papers, major publications and links to research communities throughout Canada and the world,” says Ziegler.
Foragebeef.ca is updated regularly with the latest fact sheets and research papers. Approximately 200 research papers were added to the website over the past year.
“As an example of what’s available, extending the grazing season is a popular topic at this time of year and foragebeef.ca is well equipped to provide you with various folders addressing possibilities,” says Ziegler. “The grazing season can be extended in different ways such as by using well-established forage regrowth, incorporating swath grazing or by saving carryover forage. Foragebeef.ca has information on these practices, as well as on other strategies such as using brassicas or corn.”
The site features in-depth information on forage production, silage management, forage seed production, beef cow calf management, animal health issues, grazing management, and range management as well as many other topics.