Clayton Robins Recounts His Nuffield Experience and the Potential for Energy-Dense Forages

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Being selected as a 2013 Nuffield Scholar led Clayton Robins, a rancher from Rivers, Manitoba, around the world. It was a journey that began by shining a light on grasses with high concentrations of water soluble carbohydrates, and eventually, meant turning up the house lights…

“It branched into everything from looking at rumen physiology, ruminant nutrition all the way through to building soil, regenerating soil and energetics and genomics,” Robins told us in an interview (included below) at the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Conference in Saskatoon.

Clayton Robins, in conversation with RealAgriculture’s Debra Murphy at the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association conference in Saskatoon, SK.

Eventually, Robins’ work led him to categorizing some forages — those with “very improved profile for compounds like lipids, digestible fibre, and…sugars” — as “energy-dense.”

Though Robins’ Nuffield Scholar disclaimer warns that his work is no scientific study, it sure begs the question: is it time to change how we manage our grazing systems in western Canada?

Robins’ Full ReportEnergy-dense forages: An Opportunity for the Canadian Beef Production Model

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