By Jenay Werle, PAg, Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist, Yorkton
The Saskatchewan Ranch Management Forum is an annual event highlighting topics of interest for Saskatchewan ranchers. In 2021, the forum will be held virtually, with no registration fee, making it accessible to everyone throughout the province. Held over the course of two weeks, livestock producers can register and watch sessions live, or later as recordings, selecting which topics are of interest to them. Week one will focus on forage-related topics and runs from Jan. 11 to 15, 2021. Week two will run from Jan. 18 to 22, 2021, featuring animal health, nutrition and beef genetics presentations designed to improve your herd.
Forage - Week 1
This week’s sessions will take place live from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Please register for each session you are interested in attending.
Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 – The Basics of Perennial Forage: A Producer Perspective
This session will cover important practices producers should consider when establishing and maintaining a perennial forage crop; this includes blend selection, seeding rates and depths, spring versus fall seeding, factors in fertility, management in dry conditions, information on relevant forage program funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and more.
Register for The Basics of Perennial Forage
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 – Rejuvenating a Perennial Forage Stand
Producers need to make the most of every acre, and fertilizing perennial forage stands can help improve yields. This webinar explores options for fertilizing perennial forage stands, and discusses the results of a demonstration project exploring the effects of different fertilizer products on an established hay stand.
Register for Rejuvenating a Perennial Forage Stand
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 – Forage Varieties to Try in 2021
Interested in new varieties for perennial and annual forages this year? Join a panel of a seed company representatives to learn about their top new varieties and which new variety might be a fit for your farm.
Register for Forage Varieties to Try in 2021
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 – Poly Crops
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) presents a producer panel on cocktail crops. Join us to hear about producer experiences with using cocktail crops on farm. There will also be an update on the SSGA and Water Security Agency water infiltration project taking place at the Ag In Motion Discovery Farm; learn how poly crops play a part in improving water infiltration of the soil.
Register for Poly Crops
Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 – Corn for Cows
Corn as silage or grazing is a popular option for producers looking to maximize their forage production per acre, but it also comes with higher costs when compared to other forage crops. This session will provide participants with practical recommendations on variety selection, fertility, weed suppression and more to get the most out of your next corn crop.
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Improving Your Herd - Week 2
This week’s sessions take place live from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please register for each session you are interested in attending.
Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 – Selecting the Right Bull For Your Herd
An interactive session on understanding Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), and how to use them when selecting bulls for your operation. Participants will have the opportunity to use their bull EPD numbers in an evaluation tool.
Register for Selecting the Right Bull For Your Herd
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 – Maintaining Your Herd Bulls
Bulls have an important job to do in your operation, but their nutrition and development are often overlooked. This session will discuss feeding and management strategies to preserve the longevity of your bulls.
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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 – Understanding the Impact of Johne’s Disease
What is Johne’s Disease, and what does it mean for your herd if you have it? Learn about the Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program and available funding for detection of the disease.
Register for Understanding the Impact of Johne’s Disease
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 –Mineral Programs and Extensive Winter Feeding Systems
Winter feeding makes up the majority of annual feed costs on the average ranch. The use of extensive feeding systems is one way to help reduce feed costs. This session will look at the feed options available for extensive winter feeding along with an in-depth look at mineral supplementation. Learn about the differences in mineral products and how to select the products that are the right for your operation, animals and feeding program.
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Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 – Parasitic Drug Resistance and Dealing with Common Cattle Pests
The presentation will examine current issues pertaining to drug resistant parasites, impacts of parasites on cattle as well as current control and treatment methods in western Canada. We will also dive into the problem of lice. Choosing a treatment product can be made easier by identifying and distinguishing different kinds of lice, where and how to look for lice and to not assume an animal has lice just because they scratch.
Register for Parasitic Drug Resistance and Dealing with Common Cattle Pests