The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce our upcoming annual Profitable Pastures 2019.  This years’ theme is:  Pasture Management Above and Below the Ground.  The conference will be held in Mount Forest, at the Mount Forest Community Centre, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  Additionally, remote locations will be added.  Please watch our website for news on these remote locations.  Presentations are CEU accredited.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Carole Lafreniere. Carole has worked in the public sector with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Beef Research Farm in Kapuskasing for 30 years until its closure in 2013. At the Experimental Farm, she worked as a Forage Production and Conservation Research Scientist. Afterwards, she worked at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) as a professor. She developed a forage education program and continued research on pasture and silage conservation for five years. She is presently a retired professor from UQAT, but continues to have interest in northern agricultural development.  

In addition to our keynote speaker, Christine O’Reilly, OMAFRA Forage and Grazier Specialist will kick off the day with Grazing Cover Crops.  Ken Mitchell, a beef producer from Annan, will share his tips on grazing cover crops. Attendees will be treated to the firsthand grazing knowledge from an experienced producer, the 2019 Mapleseed Beef Pasture Award recipient.  Cedric McLeod, Executive Director of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA), will make a special visit from New Brunswick, to Give the Scoop on CFGA’s Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program (AGGP).  And finally, also joining us from OMAFRA, Jake Monroe, the Soil Fertility Specialist, will discuss      4 R Stewardship for Forages. 

The cost of this year’s conference is $50, and includes a hot lunch.  Registration deadline is March 18th, 2019.  Registrations will be accepted at the door, but may not include the hot lunch.  Registration is available by phone, or email.  Visa and Mastercard accepted by phone.  Please make cheques payable to the Ontario Forage Council.

 

2019 Speaker Agenda

2019 Sponsor/Exhibitor Form

 

Thank you to our 2018 Partners and Sponsors

OMAFRA BFO website
BC Beef Farmers circle logo

BFO website

Wentworth Beef Farmers

Lunch Sponsors  
FCC  Cangrow
Remote Lunch Sponsors  

BFO website

Earlton Lunch Sponsor

ProRich

Thunder bay Lunch Sponsor

Green Tactors

Location Sponsor

OSCIA

Location Sponsor

 

 

2017 Presentations: 

Northern Cow Herd Expansion Update - Rob Lipsett

Upper Midwest Grass Finishing - Jason Rowntree

The Profitablility of Grazing Beef Cows Vs. Cash Cropping in Southern ON - DougYungblut

Pasture Management on My Farm - Vince Stutzki

Grazing Management to Increase Production and Lower Cost - Jason Rowntree

2017 Mapleseed Pasture Award Recipient - Paul DeJong

2017 Brochure

 


 

2015 Presentations - Click on link below to listen/view

 

 


 

Please contact the Ontario Forage Council to be added to the notification list for next year! 

E-mail: support@ontarioforagecouncil.com

Phone: 519 986-1484 or 1-877-892-8663

  

Presentations from past conferences: 

Made In Manitoba - A Manitoba Perspective

Strategic Parasite Control for Grazing Animals

Gastrointestinal Parasites

McKinlay Presentation

Cedardale Charolais

The Ontario Forage Council is proud to announce Profitable Pastures 2015!  This year’s event will take place in Elmwood, ON at the Elmwood Community Centre.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Joshua Dukart-Certified Educator of Holistic Management.  He will be speaking to attendees regarding “Grazing With Purpose”- focuses on our grazing management, not just haphazardly grazing, as well as “Tapping into Biological Horsepower – Year-round”- focuses on enhancing the health of the plant-animal-profit complex.  Supporting speakers will include: Jack Kyle, Grazier Specialist-OMAFRA, Andy MacDonald, Producer and the Ontario Pasture Award winner, Peter Kotzeff.  Don’t miss this exciting day of pasture management expertise!