Rotational grazing enhances the natural environment by helping to store water and greenhouse gases in healthy soil
(RED DEER COUNTY) On August 8, ALUS Red Deer County hosted a tour that showcased an ALUS Project, where the rancher is practicing rotational grazing with both cattle and sheep; this method of grazing management incorporates periods of rest for grazed areas to recover and allows plants to regrow.
Over 20 local agricultural producers attended the tour and learned how cows and sheep worked with their rancher to produce environmental services that everyone benefits from practicing rotational grazing; the rancher turns the livestock into a smaller grazing pasture for a shorter period, then, fencing is placed so that the livestock are moved to graze in a new area, as only one portion of pasture is grazed at a time. Agricultural practices like this promote healthy grasslands, improve wetlands, create wildlife habitat and protect species to build landscape resilience.
During the tour, participants learned about the grazing management and the infrastructure (fencing and watering) that was required. Attendees also learned how the ALUS Program can support more farmers and ranchers on implementing rotational grazing, with funding and expertise.
Similar events which will be open to the public, will be held on August 23 and August 24. The events are free to attend and will demonstrate riparian grazing management projects being supported by the ALUS Program in Red Deer County. Attendees will learn: How to determine riparian health along wetlands and creeks; how to manage the grazing that can occur in these sensitive areas so that the natural environment is enhanced; and how to use important riparian grazing management tools like temporary electric fencing.
To learn more about these, contact Ken Lewis, ALUS Red Deer County Coordinator at 403-505-9038 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Deer County is one of many communities across Canada delivering an ALUS Program, in partnership with ALUS (for information, see www.alus.ca) . ALUS supports farmers and ranchers who are adopting agriculture practices that benefit the natural environment. ALUS provides cost-share funding on establishment, and annual management payments to the farmers and ranchers. Since 2013, ALUS Red Deer County has worked with over 140 local farmers and ranchers to improve the natural environment on almost 10,000 acres of land.
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