Lakeland Forage Association

An association with a long history

The LFA was formed in 1972 to promote the management and use of forage crops, and to identify the research needs of Northeastern Alberta. The LFA provides forage demonstrations, extension activities and coordination of forage research. The governing board of directors currently has 12 members who are elected for staggered three year terms at the LFA annual general meeting. They are responsible for the management of the Olympic Lake Grazing Lease. 

The Olympic Lake Lease, obtained by LFA in 1985, has grown to 2000 acres and has been used for two main LFA projects: the Northern Range Enhancement Project (NREP) and the Olympic Lake Heifer Project.

Under the NREP, this lease was used as a demonstration for turning boreal forest land into an enhanced sustainable rangeland. Range improvements have included clearing and breaking land, windrowing, spraying and burning. This pasture has been rotationally grazing for over 20 years (currently there are 12 paddocks) and so fencing was also involved in range improvement. Grazing capacity has almost doubled in the past 20 years. Now that the pasture has been developed, the focus has changed from development to increasing pasture longevity and rejuvenating old pastures. Projects with this goal have included yearly rotation of fertilizer application, spraying weeds (Grazon, Remedy and Restore) and introducing legumes.

Figure 1. Olympic Lake Grazing Lease.

 

In addition, the LFA board and its members acts as a forage and livestock advisory board for the Lakeland Agricultural Research Association.

The LFA's current board of directors are: Jay Cory (Chair), Jason Cherniwchan (Vice-Chair), Laurence Kwiatkowski (Secretary/Treasurer), Nathan Gamache, Amanda Hawthorn, Shawn Robinson, Coral Robinson, Gerald Mathior, Jennifer O'Reilly, Ernie Melnychuk and Neil Cory.

See below for more information on the two main projects carried out at the Olympic Lake Grazing Lease.

Pasture Rejuvenation

In 2009, rejuvenation of the west end dug-out started. Heifers were denied access to the dug-out when pastured at the west-end where the LARA portable watering system was used. The watering system was used into 2011. However, during the second ...

Heifer Project

The Heifer Project has been tracing the effect of body weight and body condition on heifer fertility for over ten years. Approximately 336 heifers are monitored each year with the animals being weighed at the beginning and the end of ...

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