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Best management practices for the re-introduction of sainfoin into existing alfalfa and grass pastures for western Canada

KARIN SCHMID

ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS

2015 - 2018

Audience(s): Cow-Calf   Project Type(s): Demonstration

Forage is a major input and a key cost of wintering cows. Forage yield and quality have implications on greenhouse gas emissions with better quality feed (e.g. legumes) reducing emissions from cattle during digestion and higher yields reducing emissions from feed production.

  • Determine the ability to rejuvenate existing alfalfa/sainfoin and crested wheatgrass stands by re-introducing sainfoin through different management and seeding strategies.
  • Determine sainfoin establishment success into existing alfalfa/sainfoin and crested wheatgrass stands.
  • Determine changes in pasture forage quality with the introduction of sainfoin when harvesting at grazing/haying and for use in stockpiling, and relate forage production and quality to animal performance and productivity.
  • Conduct an economic cost/benefit analysis to determine best management practices to rejuvenate existing alfalfa/sainfoin and crested wheatgrass stands.
Goals:

Goal #9:Increase the financial viability of beef production in Canada

Goal #2: Reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of Canadian beef per unit of product produced

Indicators Addressed:
  • Grasslands, tame pastures and native ecosystems shall be monitored, managed, and a balanced approach to exotic and invasive plants shall be achieved.
  • Practices that support carbon sequestration and minimize emissions are understood and/or employed
Communication Tools:

Alberta Beef Producers

Tagged as: Economic