Researchers and Farmers are Coming Together to Refine Pasture and Water Management
- In the common aim of improving herd performance through regenerative agriculture; researchers from the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) have questioned Canadian farmers on what technologies and practices are working. The topics ranged from improved watering systems, regular testing of winter feeds, reducing cost during the winter grazing period, and approaches on managing grazing systems.
- Shared information confirms that changes in the pasture watering systems and forage stand improvements, such as rotational grazing and off-site solar-powered watering systems, make a significant difference. The cleaner water means cattle drink more water, produce more milk, and in turn, calves gain more weight.
- Farmers treating pastures with seed and fertilizer blends on a rotational basis, experienced good results with some suggesting forage material increasing by up to 20%. Other regenerative forage methods allowed farmers to double carrying capacity on the same sized land base.
- Increased plant diversity is a strong indicator that these techniques are working. Farmers are seeing grass and native species spread without renewing pasture with seeding and fertilizer doses.