Winter Grazing Through Extreme Cold and Deep Snow

One of the biggest challenges farmers and ranchers face is feeding their livestock through winter. It can be costly and time consuming. But as the seventeen ranchers in this video series demonstrate, bale, swath or corn grazing on pasture is a way to make the winter more profitable while freeing up a lot of time. Grant Lastiwka, Forage and Livestock Business Specialist for Alberta Canada Agriculture and Forestry, says the goal of "Managing Risk in Winter Grazing Systems" was to help new winter graziers learn from the experience of old hands at the practice. If you've got a question, it's answered by one of the 47 short videos. You'll find information about different feeding options like swath, bale, straw/chaff bunch, corn grazing and stockpiled forages. Ranchers talk about winter fencing, from the kinds of fencing the use to how to power and ground your fence in snowy conditions, how to water animals, and how they figure how much forage animals need. There are videos on feed quality, weather challenges, water accessibility, management practices, managing for animal type and wildlife issues. The longest video in the series is 5 minutes, though most are in the 3 to 4 minute range. That means you can learn a lot during a coffee break. This video, "Dealing With Extreme Snow and Cold"  gives you an idea just how serious these ranchers are about w

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One thought on “Winter Grazing Through Extreme Cold and Deep Snow

  1. A great testimony to the grazers and the cattle’s ability to manage winter grazing. I would hope the both the ecologists and the animal rights people would learn the positives of it.

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