MFGA eBulletin - October, 2016
Hay Situation & Price Update for October
Each month, John McGregor, MFGA Hay Expert, surveys Manitoba Agriculture Forage Specialists and forage industry people to provide a brief update of hay prices and the hay situation. Read the full update.

The 7th Annual CFGA Conference will highlight how the Canadian forage and grassland sector is a critical foundation for sustainable growth and development throughout the Canadian agriculture industry.
KEY TOPICS INCLUDE: Economics of forage production, environmental benefits of grass on the landscape, export industry development, The role of cover crops in annual production systems, and soil nutrient management and conservation. This year's exciting line-up includes: 
- PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR (optional) : SG&R FARMS, a 2,000-acre grain and 300-head cow-calf operation and  MBFI RESEARCH FARM  is a centre of agricultural innovation. Sign up by Nov 7.
- THE CONFERENCE: An exhibition, a full line-up of speakers several virtual farm tours, and the CFGA awards banquet.
Reserve Exhibit Space - view exhibitor benefits for either the $750 or $1,150 option
Sponsorship Opportunities - an opportunity to be seen as an industry leader
Call for Student Poster Abstracts -  300 word abstract, deadline extended to Oct 14
Reserve at Fairmont Winnipeg - by Oct 13 at a reduced rate of $159/night, quote CFGA
View the preliminary program - for speakers, registration, sponsorship & more
Feeding Mouldy Hay
2016 will likely go down as a wet summer for Manitoba, in my opinion, because of the untimely rains during the haying season from June to September. Looking at the weather summaries across the Province some areas received 125-145% more rain than normal while other areas are closer to 100% of normal. Looking at the positives, the pastures grew wildly, and the hay fields were lush with new grass to cut. The big negative was that our cut hay often got rained on or we had to bale it before it was sufficiently dry because more rain was on the way. The likely result of this weather can be mouldy hay. Read on.
Forage Management for Sheep
One of the management practices that all livestock/forage producers need to focus on is Forage Management. For sheep producers the first thing to do is set annual goals for their forage and pasture grazing system. Under most farm circumstances a forage grazing plan will require several years to implement selected goals. One of these goals should be to use as much forage as practical to meet the nutritional needs of the sheep, helping to reduce costs for purchased and stored feeds. Grazers should optimize pasture yield, quality and persistence of the forage and this can be done with the development of a managed grazing program.  
Read the full article.
We got that number - thank you!
Thanks to all 73 of you who took time away from your 75,000 acres of forages and grasses to tell us about the area of your farms! Manitoba producers play a vital role in Canada's $5 billion dollar forage industry.  Congrats to Bragi Simundsson of Arborg, Manitoba for winning our draw.

Pay close attention to field traffic

It's important to get bales off the field as quickly as possible after baling and to pay close attention to limit the amount of traffic over the field. When wheel traffic damages alfalfa plants, they have to begin growing again from the tip of the shoots at the ground. Therefore, minimizing stubble damage is one of the keys to overall productivity.
Industry Events
Carbon Pricing: Making it work for MB farmers  - Conf Call - Tues, Oct 4 @ 8am
To address climate change, the Canadian government is going to put a price on carbon emissions. A badly designed carbon price could increase farmers' costs without providing paths to solutions. Join the KAP CONFERENCE CALL and help Keystone Ag Producers tell the government what Manitoba farmers need. 204-990-7326 or email.
HM Intro to Whole Farm/Ranch Planning - ONLINE -  Wednesdays, starting Oct 5 
In this course you will learn how to effectively manage your farm or ranch through the principles and practices of Holistic Management - a nationally recognized whole farm/ranch planning process.
2016 Grazing School & Trail Ride - Wednesday, Oct 5
The Lower Souris Watershed Committee invites families to this fun educational trail ride, leaves at 12:30pm. Topics include Building Health Soils, How Water Quality Affects Livestock Performance, Cover Crops, Cross fencing and more.
HM Holistic Financial Planning -  ONLINE -  Wednesdays, starting Oct 12 
You will develop a financial plan and identify ways to implement and monitor that plan. You'll learn the key economic analysis tools for improved financial decisions for both annual budgets and for long-term investment. More info.
Manitoba Agriculture Fall 2016 Series -  ONLINE -  Thursdays, starting Oct 13 
The free live webinars on building organizational capacity within the agriculture sector are scheduled from 12 noon to 1 pm, with a 30 to 40 minute presentation, then an opportunity for questions. The webinars will be taped, and then made available on the Manitoba Agriculture webcast site.
HM Marketing/Business Planning -  ONLINE -  Tuesdays, starting Oct 18 
This course provides key marketing and business principles that will help you determine the right price for the products you sell. Learn how to use your production and financial information to determine the best markets and the right price as well as prioritize key investments in your business. More info.
Best Practices in E-coli Prevention Friday, Oct 21 in Brandon, MB
Hosted by Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies (MAAS) and held at the  Victoria Inn, Brandon. Registraiont just $20 and includes a binder of information and lunch. Registration deadline:  Friday Oct 7.  Register here.
ARBI 2016 Conference  -  Wednesday, Nov 9 
Our 2016 conference theme is Fitting the Pieces Together: Cooperative water management across the landscape and held at the south end of the basin at Riverside Holiday Inn, Minot, North Dakota. Conference will include the review of our frame work plan, Aquanty Hydrogeospheric modeling of the basin and keynote, Dr. Bob Sandford. Questions: Wanda McFadyen at (204) 795-6672 or
7th Annual CFGA Conference -  Nov 15-17 in Winnipeg, MB
Held at the Hotel Fairmont, the overall theme for the conference is Grass and Green in 2016 to recognize the important role of Canadian forage and grassland managers in providing significant environmental and economic benefits to Canadians from coast to coast. For more information, contact the Conference Coordinator.
Beef & Forage Week - NEW DATES! -  Nov 28 to Dec 2 across Manitoba
Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association are hosting beef and forage seminars in your local community. Agenda topics include: beef market outlook, multi-paddock grazing, new online farm management tools and Ask the Vet. Dates and locations, go here.
Prairie Livestock Expo -  Dec 17 in Winnipeg, MB
Held at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, this will be your chance to connect with livestock producers!

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