West-Central Forage Association

Cattle Management

Triticale Swath Grazing Kidd Bros. Part 1

West-Central Forage Association, with funding from AB Beef Producers and AB Ag & Food Council, interview Kidd Bros. regarding their experience with swath grazing triticale in west-central Alberta over the last four years.



Triticale Swath Grazing Kidd Bros. Part 2

West-Central Forage Association, with funding from AB Beef Producers and AB Ag & Food Council, interview Kidd Bros. regarding their experience with swath grazing triticale in west-central Alberta over the last four years.



Triticale Swath Grazing Porter Ranches Part 1

West-Central Forage Association, with funding from AB Beef Producers and AB Ag & Food Council, interviews Kevin Porter of Porter Ranches regarding his experience with swath grazing triticale in west-central Alberta over the last three years.



Triticale Swath Grazing Porter Ranches Part 2

West-Central Forage Association, with funding from AB Beef Producers and AB Ag & Food Council, interviews Kevin Porter of Porter Ranches regarding his experience with swath grazing triticale in west-central Alberta over the last three years



Pasture Management

Managing Risk in Winter Grazing Systems

This video is an introduction to the Alberta Ranchers Winter Grazing Cattle video series. This series of 47 videos shares the personal perspectives and practices of ranchers across Alberta and how they have implemented management practices to reduce risk in winter grazing systems. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Winter Watering

In northern climates it is critical to provide a water source to livestock in winter months. In this video producers talk about their experiences on water sources and cattle licking snow. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Coexisting with Wildlife

Wildlife enhance the biological diversity of a ranch, but can offer a unique set of challenges to ranchers that are winter grazing cattle. In this video ranchers will share how they have managed to co-exist with wildlife on their landscape. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Bartering

Relationships are a resource that often gets overlooked on the ranch. In this video, ranchers share how they work with others to implement winter grazing systems.



Managing Costs

Reducing operational costs is an important aspect to implementing winter grazing systems in cattle operations. In this video, ranchers explain management practices they have implemented to reduce overall costs on their ranches. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Improving Soil Health

Winter grazing practices are an effective tool in which to improve soil health. In this video ranchers explain how they have used winter grazing systems in cattle operations to manage nutrients on the landscape. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Backup Plans

Weather conditions can be very unpredictable in winter months. In this video ranchers explain how they have built backup plans to mitigate risk in their winter grazing systems.



Flexibility with Multiple Feed Systems

In this video ranchers talk about how they have managed their winter grazing systems to be flexible and reflective of animal type, environmental conditions and potential profit margins.



Minimize Equipment

In this video ranchers state how they have kept equipment and overhead costs down in their winter grazing systems to increase margins within their cattle operations. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Know Your Costs

It is important to know the production costs of your ranch as every operation is different. Once you know your costs, you can make effective management decisions in regards to winter feeding systems. In this video ranchers share their stories as to how they have calculated costs to make decisions.



Net Wrap & Twine

Dealing with net wrap or twine in bale grazing can be challenging and ranchers have different experiences with which works better for them. In this video ranchers share how they manage net wrap and twine in bale grazing systems.



Feed Allocations in Bale Grazing

In this video ranchers discuss how they calculate feed requirements, adjust feed intake to account for changing weather conditions, and time fence moves in bale grazing systems. For more information see the Wintering Site Assessment and Design Tool: A Guide to Selecting and Managing a Wintering Site in Western Canada Agdex #420/580-3



Corn Grazing and Supplementation

In this video ranchers explain their different perspectives regarding feed supplementation for cattle when winter grazing on standing corn.



Managing for Acidosis

In this video ranchers share their perspectives regarding managing for acidosis in cattle while swath grazing and grazing standing corn.



Fencing Options

When winter grazing, fencing is one of the top priorities of cattle ranchers. This video explains management practices that ranchers have implemented for permanent and temporary fence lines, back up fences and more.



Electric Fencing

Electric fencing is a cost effective tool that makes winter grazing possible, but the options are endless. In this video ranchers share their perspectives on types of wire, dealing with posts in frozen ground, and tumble wheels.



Powering Fencing Systems

Electric fencing works as a psychological barrier for containing cattle when winter grazing. In this video, ranchers speak to their preferences in electric fencing units and the importance of training the cattle prior to winter.



Grounding Fencing Systems

Using electric fencing systems in the winter can offer its challenges to cattle producers. In this video ranchers share their expertise on grounding electric fencing in frozen ground conditions.