Ducks Unlimited Manitoba has reached out a helping hand to livestock farmers as they face a shortage of forage due to the dry conditions.
The challenge faced by livestock and forage producers became evident in the spring. By June, conditions across southwest Manitoba ranged from abnormally dry to severe drought, which dropped forage yields. And those conditions continued into July.
In response, DUC has made available almost 15,000 acres of forage and grazing land to producers.
This includes opening up DUC lands for haying (6,000 acres) and grazing (4,000 acres) and increasing the forage incentive program acreage to over 4,000 acres.
The forage program offsets the cost of planting perennial forages for producers in DUC target areas.