About the Program

There are a wide variety of grazing management systems and supporting management practices that can support carbon sequestration.  This entry-level program is designed as a learning framework to support the adoption of the following techniques within the Canadian forage industry

  • Advanced Grazing Systems to help improve production, profitability, carbon sequestration, drought resilience, biodiversity and soil health.  
  • Extended grazing techniques to manage for a longer grazing season and a shorter feeding period.  
  • Paddock layout and design to help improve overall grazing management.  

The CFGA is a member of the Farmers for Climate Solutions coalition who are supporting and leading training mentors in the three areas of cover crops, nitrogen management and rotational grazing.  

The Advanced Grazing Systems Curriculum is comprised of 6 modules.  Mentor’s training also includes a mentorship module not included in the general program.

Module 1 - Grazing Goals

Module 2 - Grazing Concepts

Module 3 - Grazing Plans

Module 4 - Extended Grazing

Module 5 - Record Keeping

Module 6 - Margins (Economics of Grazing)

Module 7 - Mentorship (Mentors training only)

Atlantic Canada - New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association - stimulates innovation, research and leadership for the advancement of the agricultural industry in New Brunswick.

British Columbia - British Columbia Forage Council - the purpose of the society is to promote the growth and development of a viable forage industry for domestic and export markets. It was established to provide a unified voice for forage crop producers, representing all sectors of the industry.

Manitoba - Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives - to advance Manitoba beef and forage industry by engaging stakeholders, evaluating on-farm innovation, and extension for sustainability of farmers, the public, and the environment

Ontario - Ontario Forage Council - The Ontario Forage Council is a non-profit organization devoted specifically to forages. It is comprised of producer associations, commercial companies and other agribusiness interests which share common goals—gathering and disseminating ideas and information, supporting research and development in forages and sponsoring consolidation of forage projects to provide a focus for the efforts of a multitude of personnel.

Quebec - Conseil Québécois des plantes fourragères - Sa mission est de promouvoir et de représenter l’industrie des plantes fourragères, englobant les secteurs de la production, de la récolte, de la conservation, de la transformation et de la commercialisation des plantes fourragères et des produits fourragers. En 2017, le CQPF a réalisé la Planification stratégique 2018-2022 pour le compte de tout le secteur.

Sasktachewan - The Saskatchewan Cattleman’s Association - The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association was established in 2009 with the mandate to provide a united voice for the province’s beef industry, with representation from all industry sectors and across all regions of the province. 

Upcoming Events

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives is hosting three days of Grazing Plan workshops April 12, April 13, and April 14 in various locations around Manitoba.  These workshops are intended for farmers but if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact MBFI to get more details on their program. 

On April 19th and 22nd, the Advanced Grazing Systems program will host its first national mentorship training online via zoom.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor and attending the training contact your provincial partner or Carlene at [email protected].

Mentorship

Created in partnership with Farmers for Climate Solutions and Greener Pastures Ranching this mentorship program was developed to ensure that knowledge and know-how on rotational grazing can easily be found across Canada.  Mentors are generally someone who is already well versed in rotational grazing and interested in helping 10-20 farmers develop their own grazing plans. 

This national program supports mentors with training two four-hour training sessions with continued support that covers the basics of rotational grazing and the mentorship process.  This program will continue to support mentors with both regular peer-to-peer support sessions and on-demand resource materials. The mentors work through provincial partners who support mentors with extension support and delivering the training. 

Contact us if you have any questions or would like to register to take the mentorship training.