Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives is located north of Brandon, MB on Hwy 10 and was selected for the research-history and capacity of the MBFI Brookdale Farm (located on the site formerly occupied by the Zero-Till Management Research Farm).
2) Canart Family Farm
Located in the upper valley of the Assiniboine River near Miniota, the farm of Ryan Canart employs intensified rotational grazing. The study field has been put to rotational grazing for 15 years, following conversion from annual crops in 2004.
3) Preston Family Farm
East of Miniota at Hamiota, the farm of Allan Preston uses balanced fertility. The study hay field is 30 ac. The field is an older stand of grasses and legumes. Applied fertilizer ac-1 in 2018 was 110 lb N, 35 lb P, and 10 lb S. No fertilizer was applied in 2019.
4) Robins Family Farm
Between Brandon and the approach to Riding Mountain National Park, the farm of Clayton Robins uses annual crop integration. Two fields are being studied, with annual crops added from 2011 and 2018, respectively to rest perennials in the critical acclimation period. The cereal or cereal-fababean crop is undersown to a late-season forage mix, with grazing in strips across the field from September. The crop is baled, with feeding at the site formed.
5) Van Steelandt Family Farm
At the south-west of the province, the farm of Matt Van Steelandt near Melita is utilizing adaptive multi-paddock grazing and extensive livestock wintering to build soil health. Various historic bale grazing events are evident across the site. Bale grazing is from December to April. Two selected event sites are from January 2015 and January 2017.
6) Bouw Family Farm
Directly east of Winnipeg, the farm of Jonathan Bouw near Anola utilizes intensive rotational grazing and bale grazing. Bale grazing proceeds from November to May. Animals for bale grazing are heifers and steers at 1.5 years of age at the start of bale grazing. Outside of the bale grazing period, rotational grazing is for 60 developing bulls on 3 ac for 2-3 days. Using the January date, paddocks to be studied correspond to bale grazing in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Samples are to be taken on-bale and off-bale.