By: Sarah Sommerfeld, PAg, Regional Forage Specialist
As winter moves along and the calendar creeps closer to spring, producers focus their attention to preparing for calving, if it has not already begun, and the upcoming 2017 growing season. Plans may include development of a new water source or increasing the forage production on a hay stand or pasture. There may also be questions regarding funding programs available to complete on-farm projects. Making the decision to carry out on-farm improvements often gives rise to questions and the need for seeking out technical advice.
The upcoming Celebrating Rural Ranching Women event in Maple Creek will address these questions and others. Saskatchewan Agriculture has partnered with the Society for Range Management to host the 2nd Annual Celebrating Rural Ranching Women event in Maple Creek on March 2 and 3. This event is held during the month of March in recognition of Rural Women’s Month, to acknowledge rural women for their contributions to Saskatchewan rural communities and the agriculture sector. Rural Women’s Month is celebrated each March in Saskatchewan.
This content-rich event offers rural women an opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship, management and marketing choices associated with farming and ranching.
The event kicks off Thursday evening with guest speaker Cynthia Beck, Health in Healing, as she will share thoughts on health and well-being for rural women. Friday’s agenda will feature Kathy Larson, beef economist with the Western Beef Development Centre, and the importance of knowing cost of production in the cow/calf sector. Three producers will share their farming and family successes and challenges through the We are (not) all perfect people Producer Panel. Anne Wasko with Gateway Livestock will provide her thoughts on the cattle market outlook and livestock marketing.
Saskatchewan Agriculture livestock specialists will focus on the importance of meeting cow nutritional requirements, livestock water quality concerns and trace mineral supplementation. Regional forage specialists will help address questions on improving forage management on the farm. Including plant and weed identification, forage rejuvenation options and grazing management strategies to benefit forage production.
Cost to attend this day and a half event is $50. Space is limited. Register early! For more information and to register, contact your local Regional Forage Specialist or the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.