On Wednesday, March 4th, AAFC, the BCRC and the Dairy Research Cluster will hold a one-hour webinar on the Production and Use of Sweet Forages with three Canadian experts. The webinar will be held from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST and there is no cost to participating. You can register online now.
The March webinar is in English only and a French version is set for April 29th (registration details to follow in early March).
What is the webinar about?
Sugars, also known as non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), are an important source of readily available energy in forages. Increasing forage NSC has been shown to improve feed intake, milk yield, and nitrogen use efficiency in dairy cows and other ruminants. Scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Université Laval carried out various studies looking at increasing NSC in forages, including taking advantage of diurnal variations in NSC. Join this webinar to learn how to produce and use high NSC forages.
Gaëtan Tremblay, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in nutritive value of feedstuffs at the Soils and Crops Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City since 1987. His research activities mainly focus on improving the nutritive value of ruminant feed to maximize the use of forages and reduce production costs and environmental impacts.
Robert Berthiaume obtained his B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Laval University, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Guelph. From 1989 to 2012, Robert was a member of the nutrition team at the Dairy & Swine research centre (AAC) in Lennoxville. In July 2012, Robert joined the R&D department at Valacta as dairy production expert in forage systems.
Dr. Gilles Bélanger is Research Scientist in crop agronomy and physiology at the Soils and Crops Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City. His research activities focus on the growth and nutritive value of forage crops, nutrient management, winter survival of perennial crops, impact of climate change, and biomass production from perennial crops. Dr. Bélanger is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agronomy and an adjunct professor at Laval University.