Changes to the wildlife compensation program came into effect on February 1, 2019

Outline of changes effective February 1, 2019

Ontario has updated the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to ensure the program works as it is intended to support farmers who lose livestock, poultry, or bees to predators.

Updates include:

  • More ways to provide sufficient evidence
  • A more independent and transparent appeals process
  • Training for municipal investigators to assess predation
  • Standardized pricing and premiums to better reflect market prices

Announcement of program updates effective February 1, 2019

coyote in grass

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Farm Fencing Systems

A variety of farm fencing systems for confining or excluding various kinds and sizes of livestock is available today. Although most fencing types have many applications on the farm, there is often one type best adapted to a specific function. Read the OMAFRA factsheet Farm Fencing Systems that discusses the fencing systems available, their application and approximate costs.

beef cattle on pasture with fence in front

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Timing Spring Turn-out

Timing Spring Turn-out

Spring is in the air, and cattle and farmers alike are eager to start the grazing season. Timing that delightful move is critical, as spring grazing management sets up both yield potential of the pasture and the amount of gain achievable for calves and yearlings.

How early is too early?

Livestock should go out on pasture when grasses have fully developed three to four new leaves. Turning out earlier than this is very stressful on the plants. Perennial forages rely on carbohydrates stored in their root systems to fuel regrowth when they break dormancy (Figure 1). The plants do not refill those carbohydrate stores until they have enough leaf area to produce more sugar than they need to grow. By waiting until grasses have three to four fully developed new leaves, those plants are given a chance to put energy back into the roots. The plants will draw on those reserves again to recover from grazing. If cattle go out to pasture too early, the plants have not been able to refill their root reserves and there is no energy to draw on when grazing takes their leaves away. This early spring stress will reduce pasture yields for the rest of the grazing season. If livestock are turned out too early year after year, weeds that begin their growth later in spring than grasses may be able to out-compete the forage plants.

Read more in the OMAFRA article Timing Spring Turn-Out. 

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Vegetable Crop Report – May 23, 2019

Reblogged from ONvegetables Blog 

The VCR (vegetable crop report) is a weekly update which includes crop updates, weather and growing degree summaries for various vegetable growing regions across Ontario.

Read the full post at: VCR – Vegetable Crop Report – May 23, 2019

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Windbreaks Provide Shelter for Cattle

Cattle on pasture don’t always need housing, but they do need shelter from the elements. Windbreaks, either natural or constructed can provide that shelter. Read about natural and manmade windbreaks in Windbreaks Provide Shelter for Cattle.


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2019 Swine Budgets Now Available

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Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) Intake Dates Announced

The next CAP intake for producers, processors and other agri-businesses is March 22 through May 6.

The CAP intake for Sector Organizations and Collaborations is from March 4 to April 5, 2019.

More information will be available on the websites of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Canadian Agricultural Partnership

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