What are dairy farmers looking for when they source sawdust bedding for their cows? Some farmers want it fine and others prefer a coarse product, but everybody wants dry sawdust, says Pat Liew, business development director of Ecostrat, which markets the cow bedding to farmers across North America. The company’s been in the paper, plastics… Read More

With everything coming back to life after a long winter, producers are eagerly anticipating putting cattle out to grass and ending the daily feeding required of wintering livestock. With the shift in season often comes question of how early is too early for turnout and what mineral package — if any — needs supplied early… Read More

Last month, the Thrall family announced it had reached an agreement to protect the over 54,000 acres of native grasslands in southern Alberta that make up the historic McIntyre Ranch through a conservation easement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited. This makes the ranch the largest piece of privately-owned grasslands to be… Read More

German livestock-feeding-technology-maker Siloking is based at Tittmoning, Bavaria, but its feed mixers now travel the world with sales in over 50 countries. The ‘Made in Germany’ moniker is a big plus for the company’s products, which range from small single-auger mixers to trailed, self-propelled and electric mixers, says Siloking Canada representative Karl Terpstra. That wide… Read More

By Cam Dahl, general manager for Manitoba Pork It is not your great-granddaddy’s farm anymore. While some may have nostalgia for the old farm with a little red barn that housed a few chickens, a couple of pigs, and a dairy cow, it is better for both the environment and the economy that agriculture has… Read More

Legumes, such as alfalfa, trefoil, and sainfoin, are a great feed source, are excellent for soil health, and play a role in sequestering carbon in the soil. According to emerging research by Dr. Bart Lardner, legumes in the bovine diet also lowers methane emissions, one of the components being measured in an on-going research project… Read More

Dairy farmers looking for consistently short-chopped straw for total mixed rations should take a look at Teagle’s Tomahawk 8250 bale processor. There are lots of machines on the market that will give farmers chopped straw, but Teagle’s North American sales manager Andy Robson, says the Tomahawk “consistently” delivers the short-chopped straw that nutritionists want for… Read More

The advent of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in several dozen U.S. dairy herds in nine states has prompted both U.S. and Canadian regulators to impose testing restrictions on transportation of lactating animals. Dennis Laycraft, executive vice president at the Canadian Cattle Association, says that the virus appears to reproduce in mammary tissue making dairy… Read More

Weaverline says it has electric battery-powered feed carts down to a science. That’s a big statement, but Frank Weaver says his family-owned company has the experience to back up the claim. The Narvon, Pennsylvania-based operation has been building electrified feed carts since 1965. At the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, Ont., Weaver showcased his Series… Read More

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