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Pasture Day at 1st Street Pasture June 22, 2017

POSTED: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 1:43 pm

When the busy seeding season subsides and summer starts to come around, producer-aimed events take centre stage at the three Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiatives (MBFI) research sites near Brandon.

Researchers at MBFI’s 1st Street Pasture will kick off the summer season on June 22 by hosting Pasture Tour at the site.

“We have an interesting day planned for producers to learn more about our grazing cattle research and how they might apply our findings into their operations now or in the future,” said Jane Thornton, Manitoba Agriculture Forage and Rangeland Specialist and one of the speakers of the day.

Thornton says attendees from the public are always welcome to join the producers at the event and learn more about what’s going on around cattle and grass at the MBFI site.

“Besides helping producers make informed decisions for their farm operations, we want people to learn more about MBFI and agricultural practices,” says Thornton. “At the Pasture Tour, attendees will be able to learn about our research pasture such as battling the invasive weed leafy spurge with insects and cattle and implementing a rotational grazing plan on class 4, 5 land among other topics and demonstrations.”

Registration and coffee are on at 9:30, there is a registration fee of $10 due at the gate. To get there from the corner of Hwy #10 and Hwy #1, head south on  1st Street, go east on Lori Rd (by Value Village) to the traffic circle and stay eastbound for another  1/8 mile. The pasture is on the north side of the road and signage will be on site. Park on the road.  To register, call (204) 724-8719 or email Sunil.Kawathekar@gov.mb.ca. Bring cash or cheque to the event.

Low Stress V4 with agenda

Creating Connections Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshops

POSTED: Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 11:19 AM

Creating Connections Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshops scheduled at MBFI October gatherings at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives’Brookdale site focus on handling cattle Winnipeg, MB - Low stress livestock handling will be the focus of two cattle producer workshops this month at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives’ (MBFI) Brookdale Research Farm this month. The Women’s Cattle Producer Workshop will be held on October 19 and the Cattle Producer Workshop will be held October 27.  Both workshops will include an introduction to the Creating Connections Program and classroom ...more
Summer Pasture Tour Agenda

Brookdale Summer Pasture Tour August 30

POSTED: Friday, August 11, 2017 | 3:41 PM

The public is invited to attend the Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives Summer Pasture Tour August 30 at the Brookdale Research Farm. Learn how MBFI's research can be applied to your farm: Graze Anatomy: Improve profitability, animal performance and pastures; Learn about the power of perennials to capture water byobserving simulated rainfall travel over and through soil; Learn how to make your soil work for your farm and your livestock and Setting up for the BMPs ahead, learn how to manage shelterbelts,eco-buffers, riparian areas and more ...more

Sign up for the MBFI Mailing List

POSTED: Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 3:26 PM

Keep up to date on Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives news and upcoming events by signing up for the MBFI mailing list.

Once you sign up by sending an email to mbfiinfo@gmail.com you will receive notifications on events at our three research farms and information on research that can be applied to your operation. 

Soil Workshop Poster

Soil Health Workshop July 27

POSTED: Friday, July 21, 2017 | 3:44 PM

Join Us For A Hands-On Soil HealthWorkshop for Producers Get your hands dirty and learn about assessing soil health from some of Manitoba’s experts. • Learn how to reduce variability in soil testing and how to interpret soil testresults.• Participants will receive soil testing supplies for home use, along with an invitation to a follow-up workshop to review their results.Get insight about soilaggregate stability, soil organic matter and more.• The workshop is limited to 25 participants. A possible workshop on July 28may be considered to accommodate demand. Cost is $25 (must reg ...more

Grasslands and Croplands Have Different Microbial Biomass Carbon Levels per Unit of Soil Organic Carbon

POSTED: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 2:37 PM

Congratulations to Terence P. McGonigle and William G. Turner, both of Brandon University, on having their paper Grasslands and Croplands Have Different Microbial Biomass Carbon Levels per Unit of Soil Organic Carbon published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives is proud to have provided financial support for the study. The results of this study provided guidance on the design and implementation of further research on the MBFI farm.  To read the full report please ...more
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