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Pasture Transitions in the News

2 Nov

With a new party in the decision-making seat, groups are calling on the federal government to delay the pasture transition.

Saskatchewan Pasture Transfers Should be Delayed: Conservation Groups

“What we want is an assurance of protection for the grasslands,” said Ignatiuk.

“Right now, the transfer agreements are divesting to the province and the patrons associations (will eventually) take them over … but there’s really no long-term assurance that those lands will be protected.”

Ignatiuk said his group has no objection to grazing, a practice that’s compatible with the Nature Saskatchewan’s conservation objectives.

Patrons Making News

24 Mar

Two recent articles about the pasture patrons:

– Star-Phoenix coverage of the Brant Kirychuk talk advertised in a previous post: Patrons key to pasture transfers, says Ag manager

“This is a huge, complex undertaking,” said Brant Kirychuk of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, who gave an update on the pastures during a recent talk at the University of Saskatchewan, as part of the Native Prairie Speaker Series. Kirychuk said patrons are key to the transition.

“They are the ones most affected. They are the ones that have to put the work in to develop the business model that works for them.” The first 10 pastures are being leased to patron organizations.

Kirychuk heard from a number of citizens concerned about how the organizations will be able to afford managing the land and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.


– Portage Online claims that Sask Pasture Patrons Envy Manitoba Community Pasture Setup

SCPPA [sic] Chair Ian McCreary says based on Manitoba’s program, Saskatchewan cattle producers are at a disadvantage.

“Patrons in Manitoba will be coming in with grazing costs around 85 cents a day and they won’t have to put money up front. They’ll have service similar to what they’ve experienced in the past and they’re pretty much ready to go,” he says. “That’s pretty attractive for our members and we feel some of those components that could be drawn out for Saskatchewan.”

Community Pasture Patrons Have New Website

7 Aug

The Community Pastures Patrons Association of Saskatchewan (CPPAS), which has the support of committees from the majority of the federal community pastures being transferred to Saskatchewan, has put together a website.

It has photos, their mission statement, membership information, links and news, including coverage of their recent media release, where they asked for another year to work out the details of the pastures transition. Please check out their site, share it with others, and see how you can support their work.

News Roundup

22 Jul

This issue isn’t going away. The news items continue.

A video and article from Global: Farmers say government not forthcoming about community pastures.

A letter from Lyle Stewart in the Star-Phoenix: Patrons priority.

And from the Southwest Booster: Pasture patrons in an “untenable position” as deadline looms, calling for a one-year delay.

Coverage of the Saskatoon PPPI Forum

5 Mar

From the Star-Phoenix: Pasture patron says provincial package is just too costly.

“McCreary said the Community Pasture Patrons Association of Saskatchewan is “going out meeting pasture by pasture.” They have spoken with 27 of the 60 pastures with 25 of those joining the association. The speakers all said the community pastures serve the entire province preserving important grassland ecosystems and endangered species.

McCreary said there needs to be more consultation and analysis before any pastures are sold or leased.

‘It is really important to slow this down and to have discussions and make sure we know that change is for a purpose,’ he said.”

From Planet S Magazine: Public Grasslands Could Soon Be Private.

““The ship is sailing and there’s no direction,” said Ian McCreary of the Community Pasture Patron’s Association at a recent public forum in Saskatoon, which was organized by Public Pastures – Public Interest, a non-profit group that wants to conserve public grasslands.”

A Pasture Patron Writes…

10 Jan

The following article was sent to us from a Swift Current pasture patron.

The federal government is in the process of washing their hands of PFRA community pastures.  The ideals that structured community pastures for ranchers, conservationists and the public are being ignored because of political ideology rather than the needs of the cattle INDUSTRY.  I can understand the federal government’s view as it is evident they have no intent of sustaining the current family farm operation in western Canada.  However it is time for the Saskatchewan Party government to stand on their own two feet and stick up for the cattle, ranching and grazing INDUSTRY.  Agriculture is and will remain the basic INDUSTRY in Saskatchewan as the majority of the population in Saskatchewan  is directly or indirectly affected by the sustainability of this INDUSTRY Agriculture – after all we all eat.

Let us not dismantle the structure of the PFRA community pasture system for the sake of ideology.  The majority (we must not forget we live in a Democracy) of patrons, conservationists and those affected by these fragile lands realize the benefits, production and profitability of the present structure, now and into future generations.  This is an opportunity for this provincial government to step up and keep the lands under one umbrella;  it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel.   Forming new individual identities for each pasture will only cost patrons more money which they cannot afford and is needless, for less benefits and a significant loss to environmentalists, hunters and wild life and the Agriculture INDUSTRY.

The domain of the PFRA system in many instances was brought into the fold because of the fragile structure of the land.  These lands have been successfully brought into production and maintained viable by the proficient stewardship of trained and accomplished managers – stewards of the land and extremely important citizens contributing financially, socially and structurally to our communities.  The existing system has given many young producers an opportunity to grow their livestock operations in a positive direction, allowing them a valuable start into the Agriculture INDUSTRY.  Patrons cannot afford to purchase lands and assets which they have already contributed to and in most cases already paid for with pasture grazing fees.

It is time for patrons to come together and let our provincial government grasp the benefits of an existing system for the sustainability of our Agriculture cattle INDUSTRY.

–       Bryce Burnett – community pasture patron – Swift Current