Category: Dairy

Study Suggests Canola as Feed Bumps Milk Production

The Canola Council of Canada recently announced the findings from an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada-funded Chinese study that suggests dairy cattle fed canola meal significantly increased their total milk production. The study shows that when used in dry rations, meal from Canadian canola can increase daily milk production by .6 kilograms per cow, according to… Read more »

Beef Research School: Make the Most of Manure Applications

There are two things you’re always going to have with livestock — deadstock and manure. Both byproducts, if you will,  present their own type of challenges. And then there are rules and regulations to contend with. Unlike some other byproducts of beef production, however, manure is a truly valuable resource if handled, stored and used… Read more »

Thumbs Up,Thumbs Down: Government Blame & Backing Down, Plus Monsanto’s Rough Week

In this episode of Thumbs up, Thumbs down, RealAgriculture.com’s fearless leaders Shaun Haney and Lyndsey Smith talk government retaliation measures, or rather the lack thereof, in the COOL fiasco, Lyndsey suggests a statute of limitations on blaming previous governments for today’s problems and Shaun professes his love of wrestling. Also in this audio-only version of… Read more »

New Mycotoxin Discoveries Underline Need for Research Support

Editor’s note: This is Owen Roberts’ Real Talk, Real Action column. Each week, Owen will offer his insight into how farmers and the agricultural industry can participate in the rural- and ag-related discussions going on around them. Contact Owen at [email protected] or on Twitter at @TheUrbanCowboy. So you’ve done your homework, tested your feed for mold… Read more »

The Lely Juno 100: A Dairy Farmer’s Faithful Sidekick

There are some jobs on the farm (and at home for that matter, but we won’t get into that now) that are worthwhile, important jobs, but really leave you feeling like the time could be better spent somewhere else. Those jobs are exactly the niche jobs robotics were designed to fill. In years past, the… Read more »

The Perception & Reality Clash of Consumers’ Opinions on Food

The agriculture industry has historically taken the tact of “Science is on our side” in many debates over food production. But, as Charlie Arnott, with the Centre for Food Integrity, explains, perception trumps science when it comes to how consumers shape their opinions about food and their food choices. “Science tells us if we can… Read more »

Reproductive Health Closely Tied to Soundness of Dairy Cows

A cow who is uncomfortable or, worse, in pain, won’t just produce less milk, she’s also less likely to get back in calf. It may seem simplistic, but solid research shows a definite and measurable link between foot and leg health and reproductive health. Dr. Renaldo Cerri, with the University of British Columbia, spoke recently… Read more »

Social Media & the Modern Farmer — Connecting with Consumers

There are some big shifts in technology that happen that force you to move into the future. Look at television. The shift to digital forced a lot of old stalwarts to take a drive into town and look at some options or risk missing Hockey Night in Canada. Being content with rabbit ears was no… Read more »

How Does the Dairy Industry Boost Milk Consumption?

How do you view milk in your household? Do you lump it together with other beverages like juice, soda, coffee, tea? When do you drink it? Why do you drink it? What informs those decisions in your home? That’s a relatively small set of questions, but important ones as the dairy industry looks at how… Read more »

Lely Vector Robotic Cart Mixes, Serves Up Frequent Meals for Cows

Don’t let the rather diminutive size of the Lely Vector TMR fool you. This rather compact unit is designed to deliver frequent, precise dairy rations tirelessly for herds of between 220 and 300 cows, depending on the ration mix. The Vector unit works on its own as a robotic system completed by the Lely feed… Read more »

Tailoring Mastitis Management for High or Low SCC Herds

The risk of mastitis is highest just after calving and even higher in first-calf heifers. There are several strategies to avoiding the incidence and spread of this udder infection, and some key management decisions to make prior to treatment of the disease. Dr. Herman Barkema, DVM and professor of animal health at the University of… Read more »

Johne’s Disease — Getting a Handle on This Silent Profit Robber

Johne’s disease, a bacterial disease of ruminant animals, can be incredibly difficult to manage, as there is no treatment and production losses can occur even without clinical signs being present. What’s more, few animals actually exhibit the wasting and diarrhea associated with infection, unless under stress. It means that for every visibly sick animal you… Read more »

Modern Dairying: Local vs. Global Markets & the Move to Specialty Products

Milk, in North America at least, is very much a commodity. There is little distinction between brands or types — a 4 litre jug is a 4 litre jug and not many have a preference as to what label it carries. This is changing, however, as family size shrinks and food trends increase the push… Read more »

Support GM Alfalfa? You’ll Have to Let Someone Know

On Tuesday, April 9th, a widespread day of protest will be held against – of all things troubling our country – GM alfalfa. Activists will be gathering at about 20 locales, including 12 in Ontario, to show their opposition to its pending arrival. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, a relatively benign group with agricultural ties… Read more »

Supply Management, the TPP & the Potential for Dairy Exports: Muirhead

What does Canada’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership really mean to supply management? Will Canada give up some or all of the supply management pillars in the face of trade opportunities for other agricultural products? While there are no clear cut answers as of yet, TPP negotiations are most certainly a topic of interest… Read more »