Enhanced Grazing Practices

Grazing Forward

A&W Canada and Cargill have collaborated to create Grazing Forward, to support ALUS and expand its New Acre™ Project, which helps farmers and ranchers accelerate agricultural practices to promote healthy grasslands, improve wetlands, create wildlife habitat and protect species to build landscape resilience. 

 

What Is Enhanced Grazing?

Enhanced grazing with ALUS is a suite of management tools used to catalyze accelerated grass growth and ultimately build rich, healthy soils that sequester carbon and provide many other ecological and agricultural benefits. Multiple ranching practice options exist to meet the realities and needs of each operation.

 

Enhanced grazing practices include:

  • Subdividing pastures into paddocks and grazing for shorter periods
  • Providing a long rest and recovery time between grazes
  • Balancing stocking rate with forage production
  • Grassland improvement and seeding
  • Providing upland drinking water away from streams and waterbodies
  • Providing upland salt and minerals away from streams and waterbodies
  • Permanent and/or temporary fencing to keep cattle out of waterbodies
  • Controlling weeds
  • Leaving grazing residual
Success with ALUS Enhanced Grazing Projects - ALUS Guidebook.

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Success with ALUS Enhanced Grazing Projects - ALUS Guidebook.

Download the guidebook

What Is Enhanced Grazing?

Enhanced grazing with ALUS is a suite of management tools used to catalyze accelerated grass growth and ultimately build rich, healthy soils that sequester carbon and provide many other ecological and agricultural benefits. Multiple ranching practice options exist to meet the realities and needs of each operation.

 

Enhanced grazing practices include:

  • Subdividing pastures into paddocks and grazing for shorter periods
  • Providing a long rest and recovery time between grazes
  • Balancing stocking rate with forage production
  • Grassland improvement and seeding
  • Providing upland drinking water away from streams and waterbodies
  • Providing upland salt and minerals away from streams and waterbodies
  • Permanent and/or temporary fencing to keep cattle out of waterbodies
  • Controlling weeds
  • Leaving grazing residual

What Are the Benefits of Enhanced Grazing?

CARBON SEQUESTRATION

Enhanced grazing results in a deeper topsoil layer enriched with organic matter and increased leaf litter on the surface. The enhanced biomass above and below ground plays a key role in storing soil organic carbon.

CLEANER WATER

The improved vegetation biomass and leaf litter also increase water infiltration into the soil. Healthy soils work as a filter, reducing nutrient flows from the agricultural landscape into the water cycle, and provide a buffer against flood and drought conditions.

CLIMATE RESILIENCE

Managing soil biodiversity and health improves water infiltration and retention, providing a barrier to both floods and drought.

WILDLIFE HABITAT

Enhanced grazing maintains habitats for numerous grassland species, including mammals, birds and pollinators. Building healthy soils supports a robust population of insects and soil microbes

Grazing Forward at a Glance

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Grazing Stories

Meet Leslie and Valerie Litke, ALUS Trailblazers

Meet Leslie and Valerie Litke, ALUS Trailblazers

Through the ALUS program, the Litke’s have found delight in the changes on the land generated by their projects. Alberta trailblazers Leslie and Valerie Litke participate in the ALUS Lac Ste. Anne program, a partnership between Lac Ste. Anne County and ALUS. Leslie...

Meet Doug and Susan Clark, ALUS Trailblazers

Meet Doug and Susan Clark, ALUS Trailblazers

Wheatland County has been home to JC Ranch for over 125 years. Doug and Susan Clark, with their son, Wes, run a cow-calf operation over 2000 acres in the Crowfoot Creek Watershed and became ALUS participants in 2020.

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