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New Book On Managing Prairie Rangeland

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released an updated publication calledManagement of Canadian Prairie Rangeland.The book was written by Arthur Bailey, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, Duane McCartney former forage and beef systems specialist at AAFC’s Lacombe Research Centre, and Michael Schellenberg, forage and range plant ecologist at AAFC’s Semiarid Agricultural Research Centre in Swift Current.

The new publication focuses on management and conservation of natural grasslands on the Canadian Prairies.

Six chapters discuss topics related to conservation of endangered ecosystems – including individual plant and animal species, health issues of ecosystems and animals, biodiversity, ecosystem services and the effects of recreation, oil and gas exploration, military training, re-establishment/ reclamation of native grasslands and livestock production on Prairie rangeland.

The new publication was made possible through financial support of AAFC’s Research Branch, Agri-Environment Services Branch and Greencover Canada Program, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Alberta Beef Producers and Grey Wooded Forage Association (Rocky Mountain House, Alberta).

For a print copy, contact your local office of AAFC’s Agri- Environment Services Branch, your provincial forage association or your provincial forage and beef cattle specialists.

Checkoff delivers producer benefit

Astudy has shown the national checkoff program for Canadian beef cattle has generated positive economic news for Canadian producers thanks to domestic and international marketing activities, according to a release from the Canada Beef Export Federation (CBEF).

The study showed that from the 2005-06 fiscal year until the end of 2008, every checkoff dollar invested in international marketing procedures increased producer benefits by $16.

Gib Drury, board chair for the CBEF, said the study shows that the organization’s international marketing efforts are valid, providing support to Canada’s beef producers.

Drury also said the international markets are the key to the success of Canada’s beef industry, as the value of trade with the U.S. has been declining.

The 2009 Ipsos Reid survey found that over 93 per cent of federation members said CBEF helped inform international customers of the advantages of using Canadian beef; and increased the amount of Canadian beef their organization exports to international markets, the release said.

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