Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence holds field day

More than 200 producers and industry representatives will be at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) near Clavet or its first annual summer field day on June 18 to learn about advancements in livestock and forage production.

The day-long event will take place at the two research and teaching units south of Clavet, about a half-hour drive from Saskatoon. Farmers and cattle producers will have a chance to experience the state-of-the-art facilities and speak with industry experts. Faculty and graduate students from the University of Saskatchewan will present more than a dozen research projects, ranging from forage systems to improving cattle health through pain management. Other activities include a trade show, the pens, plots, and paddocks tour and a complimentary beef-on-a-bun lunch.

“Essentially field days are our open house,” said director Kris Ringwall. “It gives producers a chance to come and see where the work is done — and most importantly it brings people together to talk about agriculture research.”

There is nothing quite like the LFCE anywhere in the world. The centre, which opened its doors in October 2018, is a unique complex of science and field laboratories that model all aspects of cattle production on the Canadian Prairies. The LFCE brings together industry members, researchers, and producers under one roof to collaborate in research, teaching, and technology in beef cattle production.

The centre focuses on three key areas: cow-calf production, beef cattle management, and forage production, grazing and pasture management. The LFCE has strong relationships with industry professionals and is a leader in research, teaching and technology transfer. The innovations of the LFCE provide more effective tools and techniques to the livestock and forage industries of Saskatchewan and Canada, advancing the health and sustainability of the industries.

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and a trade show. The programming will commence at 10 a.m. and the event will finish between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. To learn more about the event, go to Directions to LFCE (Clavet units) are on Google Maps.

“Even if you’re not in the industry, come on out to our field day and see what happens in agriculture,” said Ringwall.