Manitoba groups launch grazing and feed exchange web portal

Grazing cover crops in Ontario, autumn 2021 (C.B. Moore)

Two Manitoba groups have launched an initiative to connect livestock producers and grain producers through the Manitoba Grazing Exchange (MGE).

The Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) and Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) says the grazing exchange website is designed to make it easier for livestock producers to connect with grain producers who have available grazing pasture or cover crop fields.

Support for this project has been provided by the Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

“Integrating livestock onto cropland and proper grassland management is key to improving soil health and is becoming increasingly adopted by climate-friendly farmers who are building their soil health and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions,” says Lawrence Knockaert, MFGA chair. “After the recent summers we have just experienced with dry conditions here in Manitoba, the connections via this website stand to become even more important as possible feed sources for livestock in times of drought.”

The web portal is part of a larger plan of improving soil stewardship on Manitoba organic farms.

The Manitoba Grazing Exchange platform is based off the South Dakota Grazing Exchange developed by the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition.

View the website portal here.