Northumberland County Beef Farmer Wins 2008 Ontario Pasture Award



    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The sponsors of the Ontario Pasture Award - the
Ontario Cattlemen's Association (OCA), MAPLESEED and the Ontario Forage
Council (OFC) - are pleased to announce that Scott Honey of Loval Farms near
Warkworth, in Northumberland County, is the winner of the 2008 Pasture Award.
The award was presented today at the OCA Annual General Meeting. For his
environmental and pasture improvements and management, Scott will receive a
cash award of $750 and a bag of forage seed.
    Scott Honey is the fifth generation to farm the lands at Loval Farms. The
operation consists of a cow/calf operation of 85 beef cows. About 2000 acres
is cash cropped and consists of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Much of the hay
is exported to the United States for the horse market. In addition to the work
on their own operation, the Honey's are involved in working about another
1500 acres of custom planting and harvesting in the local area.
    As Scott says, "Every time I subdivide a pasture field into more
paddocks, it increases production. The farm has gone through many changes, and
in the past 14 years, we have increased our beef cow numbers from 35 to 85. A
good rotational pasture management system is the key to the success of our
pasturing operation".
    The pastures consist mainly of an alfalfa/orchard grass mix, and are
over-seeded in the spring using a mix of Red Clover, Orchard Grass and Ladino
Clover.
    The livestock are restricted from a woodlot on the property as well as
the springs and swamp areas of the farm. The pasture area is divided into
18 paddocks, which allows an adequate rest period for each paddock after being
grazed.
    "I believe the intensive rotational pasture system, combined with clean
water that is closely accessible at all times, has contributed greatly to
improved herd health and improved daily gain," Scott comments. Scott has also
had a major focus on extending grazing days by using a variety of different
crops to greatly minimize his costs.
    Steve Bent, Sales Manager with MAPLESEED, thinks Scott Honey is an ideal
candidate for this year's award, because of the innovation he has demonstrated
in his farming operation and his willingness to share ideas, for the benefit
of agriculture and the industry in general.
    Ray Robertson, Manager of the Ontario Forage Council, said that as
producers try to cope with challenging times, they will look to practical and
sustainable management practices like these to maximize their net returns.

    
     The deadline for applications for the 2009 Ontario Pasture Award is
                             November 21, 2008.

      For details, call the Ontario Forage Council at 1-877-892-8663 or
            visit either the Ontario Forage Council's Web site at
     www.ontarioforagecouncil.com or the Ontario Cattlemen's Association
             Web site at www.cattle.guelph.on.ca after March 1st.
    





For further information:

For further information: Scott Honey, Loval Farms, (705) 924-3809; Ray
Robertson, Ontario Forage Council, 1-877-892-8663; Steve Bent, MAPLESEED,
1-800-461-7645

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