Publications, fact sheets, videos, and our Forage Fed Beef Model are listed below.
These fact sheets have included involvement from Manitoba Forage Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Brandon Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Greencover Canada Program, Covering New Ground, University of Manitoba, and the Brandon Research Centre.
View our complete list of Fact Sheets here.
These how-to videos are provided through Real Agriculture and cover topics such as Evaluating Alfalfa Stands for Winterkill and Establishing Alfalfa: The Pros and Cons of a Nurse Crop.
View the How-to Videos here.
Forage and Rangeland Restoration Reference Guide
Forage Fed Beef Model (Generate your profit/loss statement)
This interactive model will help you determine the costs and return for the production of grass fed beef. Using this excel spreadsheet you can input the details specific to your operation and generate a value that is meaningful to you. This model was developed using 2008 data.
Microsoft Excel is required to run this program.
Technology Transfer Mission – Argentina Forage Finished Beef
This 36-page booklet provides feeding strategies for a forage finished beef product that are transferable to the Canadian climate. It also includes information on the global consumption of beef, export opportunies and state-of-the-art processing facilities.
Argentina Forage Finished Beef
This 6-page brochure is a summary of the Technology Transfer Mission – Argentina Forage Finished Beef.
Sod Seeding (Seeding forages into existing stands with minimal tillage)
A new 39-page guide for sod seeding has just been published. Contact MFC @ (204) 475-2241 for your free copy or download the pdf.
Producing Forage Finished Beef in Manitoba
This 28-page booklet has been produced by the Manitoba Forage Council for those producers interested in delving into this niche market. The document provides a detailed description of the elements required to produce high quality beef on a forage-only diet.
Thank you to our supporters: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Technical Assistance Component, Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.
Forage Finished Beef Factsheet
This 6-page Fact Sheet developed in December 2008 provides an overview of the steps needed to manage a forage finished beef operation.
Pasture Planner – A guide for developing your grazing system
The 44-page Pasture Planner was developed to assist with the development and/or modification of the exisiting grazing system. This publication contains information on stocking, watering, animal control, fencing, facilities, pasture assessment and more.
The worksheets are also available in Excel so you can input your own figures and have the calculations done for you.
Manitoba Pasture Rejuvenation Methods
The strategies needed to rejuvenate, renovate and establish your pasture can vary according to your soil type. In the spring of 2007, the Manitoba Forage Council interviewed producers in areas across Manitoba to see what methods they were using and their rate of success.
The following reports showcase their methodology and may provide a guide for your application.
Co-existence Strategies for GM & Non-GM Alfalfa
This 6-page report has been prepared by Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan and Rene C. Van Acker, University of Manitoba/University of Guelph, regarding the Feral Nature of Alfalfa and Implications for The Co-Existence of Genetically Modified (GM) and Non-GM Alfalfa.
Decision Support Materials for Comparison for Productive, Economical & Environmental Efficiencies of Beef Production Systems in Manitoba
These materials can assist beef producers in making informed decisions related to different aspects of cow-calf operations by allowing them to evaluate the potential outcomes of alternative beef production systems.
Final Report – Decision support materials for comparison of productive, economic and environmental efficiencies of beef production systems in Manitoba
Technical Bulletin #1 - Economic performance of various summer pasture and winter feeding strategies for cow-calf production
Technical Bulletin #2 – Energy-use of various summer pasture and winter feeding strategies for cow-calf production
Q & A’s on Roundup Ready Alfalfa
There is lots of controvery about Roundup Ready Alfalfa. This paper written by Dr. Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin and Dr. Dan Putnam, University of California provides their point of view on many issues.