The Ontario Forage Council is a non-profit organization devoted specifically to forages. It is comprised of producer associations, commercial companies and other agribusiness interests which share common goals—gathering and disseminating ideas and information, supporting research and development in forages and sponsoring consolidation of forage projects to provide a focus for the efforts of a multitude of personnel.
The purpose of the Forage Focus conference is to bring fresh ideas and new research results to Ontario forage producers across the ruminant, livestock, and commercial hay sectors. This is an annual conference, held online over three days near the end of each year.
This event hosts two locations, one in eastern, and one in western Ontario. It is co-coordinated by the Ontario Forage Council, OMAFRA, and Regional Soil and Crop Districts across Ontario. This event brings together a wide array of field demonstrations and activities related to the forage industry.
The purpose of the Profitable Pastures conference is to bring fresh ideas and new research results to Ontario grazing managers across the ruminant livestock sectors. These conferences have a major focus on pasture management. Our primary focus is Beef and Sheep producers; however, members of the Dairy and Horse commodities also find the information useful.
This is an excellent opportunity to recognize individual producers who are doing an outstanding job of pasture management. The Mapleseed Pasture Awards are also a way of encouraging producers to implement pasture management strategies that maximize production per acre.