Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

June 16, 2008 15:00 ET

Ducks Unlimited Canada: Habitat Helps

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Many areas of Saskatchewan are experiencing well below average precipitation this spring, raising concerns about whether or not producers will have enough pasture and feed stocks to get their herds through this summer.

Coupled with the lack of rain, prolonged cool conditions have delayed the emergence of grass and forage stands and pushed pasture turnout dates further into spring than normal. As a result, some cattle producers have fed their herds for longer than anticipated and are now facing the possibility of a shortage of pasture and hay resources this summer.

One organization that is pitching in to help these cattleman is Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). Each year, agriculture plays an important role in managing habitat lands owned by DUC. Periodic grazing or haying of these lands helps to keep them healthy and productive which is vital to achieving one of their important purposes, providing critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

"We know we're not going to solve the pasture and feed shortage," admits Brent Kennedy, DUC's Manager of Provincial Operations, "but we are glad to help where we can. Ducks Unlimited Canada is aiming to make close to 40,000 acres available for hay or grazing in 2008."

Kennedy, a cattleman himself, understands the situation. "As a partner on the landscape, DUC recognizes the beef industry's stewardship and contribution to waterfowl and other wildlife habitat. At Ducks Unlimited we have worked with the livestock industry for decades to support a healthy landscape that includes perennial cover and wetlands."

Tenders for grazing and haying will be accepted until noon on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. A complete list of available lands and full program details can be found at http://yourland.ducks.ca or by calling 1-866-252-DUCK (3825) or your local DUC office.

Contact Information

  • For more information or photos, contact:
    Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Lori Gasper
    Marketing & Communications Specialist
    (306) 665-7356
    Email: l_gasper@ducks.ca