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A south-facing hill that is nutrient deprived, and the same hill after a few years of manure from rolling feed out.


The third farm and a new set of challenges to overcome

The goal to quadruple carrying capacity in as many years was achieved, but soil building is ongoing


It was a dry year and the grasshoppers on our new farm were the size of jackknives. The carrying capacity was terribly compromised and the fact that sheep once prevailed was evident in the close-clipped grass. I found it a terrific challenge. Turns out this area north of Rimbey is great for rain and so […] Read more

New forage research papers available online

Three new papers look at tall fescue, barley after perennial forages, and slender wheat grass

The website ForageBeef.ca has added some new research papers to its collection. Yield and nutritive value of irrigated tall fescue compared with orchardgrass: In monocultures or mixed with alfalfa. This work is by Donald Thompson of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Centre and can be read here. Barley yield and nutrient uptake in rotation after […] Read more