On March 19, 2019 the Ontario Forage Council was proud to provide our annual Profitable Pastures 2019.  This years’ theme was:  Pasture Management Above and Below the Ground.  The conference was held in Mount Forest, at the Mount Forest Community Centre.  Additionally, please see the list of remote locations below that received the information through a webinar.  Please watch our website for news on next year's event.

This year’s keynote speaker was 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 kicked off the day with Grazing Cover Crops.  Ken Mitchell, a beef producer from Annan, shared his tips on grazing cover crops. Attendees were also treated to the firsthand grazing knowledge from an experienced producer, the 2019 Mapleseed Beef Pasture Award recipient, Doug Gray.  Cedric McLeod, Executive Director of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA), made 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 Munroe, the Soil Fertility Specialist, provided excellent information on 4 R Stewardship for Forages. 


2019 Speaker Agenda



Remote Locations - Contact our office

Earlton - Green Tractors – Thank you Barry Potter

Emo – Thank you Kim-Jo Bliss

Powassan – Thank you Pierrette Desrochers

Thunder Bay – Thank you Jon Hollway


Presentations (slide decks only):

Carole Lafrenière - Forage mixtures part 1

Carole Lafrenière - Forage mixtures part 2



Thank you to our 2019 Partners and Sponsors

OMAFRA BFO website

BFO website          

Wentworth Beef Farmers


Grey County Beef Farmers Association

Grey County Beef Farmer's Association 

Conference Sponsors


Dinner Sponsor Minto Ag 
Breakfast Sponsor DLF Pickseed with tagline

Location Sponsor

Green Tactors




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!