Category: Dairy

Dairy Farmers of Canada hires new CEO

Dairy Farmers of Canada has found its new chief executive officer, and he comes with an understanding of the processing side of the dairy business in Canada. Jacques Lefebvre’s first official day in DFC’s Ottawa office is January 8th, as he replaces Caroline Emond, who departed in July 2017. He comes to DFC from his… Read more »

How sensors and cloud technology are improving milk quality and safety

Sensors and internet cloud technology — a combination sometimes described as the “Internet of Things” — are increasingly being used by farmers to maximize the quality and food safety of their production. The reduced cost of sensors and the ability to connect them to the internet (and users’ smartphones) is enabling new uses for this technology,… Read more »

Determining where to cut antimicrobial use for dairy calves

All livestock producers have been urged to cut unnecessary antibiotic use, to try to prevent resistant bacteria from developing in their herds and flocks. But on the farm, the question is where, and how? Consider dairy calves, for example. More than half of the deaths of dairy calves are from diarrhea. Producers often treat that… Read more »

Ontario providing $24 million to Kingston baby formula facility

The Ontario government is investing $24 million in a baby formula production facility being built by a Chinese company in Kingston. Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Feihe International — the owners of Canada Royal Milk — on November 25th in Beijing, China. Slated to open by 2020, the $225 million plant will be the Chinese… Read more »

Canadian farmers, we are better together

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted by Jeff Nonay in response to a column written by Shaun Haney that was published on Nov. 13th. Nonay and his wife Coralee own and operate Lakeside Dairy, a diversified farming operation near Edmonton, Alberta bringing to market milk, beef, grain and seed potatoes. In your recent post “Hey dairy,… Read more »

Hey dairy, what about the rest of us?

It really seems that NAFTA is on thin ice, and this proverbial frozen trade pond seems to be full of cracks. North American agriculture is holding its breath before it’s plunged into the cold water under that ice, except, there is one agriculture group that has nothing to lose. They’re standing on land, by themselves:… Read more »

Declining milk powder prices have dramatically affected the U.S. dairy market

No matter where you run a dairy farm, the key is to get the milk out of the cow. Canadian and American dairies live under different marketing schemes, but there are many more similarities than differences. At the MILK Business Conference in Las Vegas, Mike Opperman, editor of MILK Magazine, chatted with Shaun Haney about… Read more »

Dairy School: Limiting mould and mycotoxin problems in your herd

Mycotoxin and mould growth in dairy feed can lead to lower milk production, poor animal health and reduced profits. This impact on production is not a new discovery for dairy producers, but there certainly is a growing awareness of the problem, says North Carolina State University professor emeritus Dr. Lon Whitlow. “A large part of it… Read more »

Saputo buys largest U.S. goat cheese manufacturer

Montreal-based dairy company Saputo has announced another international acquisition — the largest goat cheese manufacturer in the U.S. Saputo says it has entered an agreement to acquire Betin, Inc., which operates mainly under the Montchevre brand, and employs 319 people at its manufacturing facility in Belmont, Wisconsin. Montchevre generated C$150 million in revenues in the… Read more »

Saputo to buy largest Australia milk processor

Montreal-based Canadian dairy company Saputo has reached a deal to buy Murray Goulburn Co-operative — Australia’s largest milk processor — in a deal worth $1.3 billion, including the Australian company’s debt. Debt aside, the deal is reportedly worth around $488 million. Murray Goulburn produces a full range of dairy products, including milk, milk powder, cheese,… Read more »

Why U.S. dairy has more to lose than gain in NAFTA negotiations

Since the U.S. opened the NAFTA talks, and even before that, U.S. Dairy Export Council President Tom Vilsack has been pushing hard for more dairy access in the Canadian market. He has stressed the need for increased competition in North America, saying the consumer will ultimately win. I’ve heard him speak several times and the… Read more »

Canada rejecting aggressive demands, while refusing to walk away from NAFTA talks

The tone surrounding NAFTA negotiations certainly turned during the fourth round of talks, which wrapped up Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia. Pessimistic or gloomy would be appropriate descriptors, definitely out of tune, even if you’re optimistic. After three rounds with little progress, U.S. negotiators came out swinging, tabling multiple ‘non-starters’ in the eyes of Canada and… Read more »

Putting data in the hands of dairy operators

A new software platform from Valley Agricultural Software (VAS) gives dairy producers real-time access to critical data and reporting from anywhere with an internet or cellular connection. The California-based software company unveiled its new VAS Platform at the recent World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. In this video, senior software developer James Moger explains that… Read more »

UFO with udder delivers milk to children — only in Japan

It can sometimes be difficult to figure out the meaning of a commercial. But not this Japanese milk commercial that was showcased on The Ellen Show. In North America, we’ve had milk moustaches, blue cows and spilled milk — our own approaches to and views on marketing milk — but you have to watch this Japanese… Read more »

U.S. dairy industry seeking export demand relief

While margins have been “okay” for most of 2017 thanks to lower feed costs, large milk supplies continue to weigh on U.S. dairy prices and the outlook for the dairy market. “We’re so full in terms of capacity for processing, everybody’s looking at where export markets are going to go and how that’s going to… Read more »