Category: Canadian Dairy Xpo ’15

Full Length Presentations from the 2015 Canadian Dairy Xpo Maizex Classroom

Holstein x Fleckvieh Offers Improved Strength, Fertility and Productive Life

Introducing Fleckvieh genetics into holstein operations can significantly improve the strength, fertility and productive life of dairy animals, says John Popp of Big Bear Genetics. As one of the exhibitors at this year’s Canadian Dairy Xpo, Popp showcased the results of a few Fleckvieh/Holstein crosses, ranging from 50% – 87.5% Fleckvieh, as well as one calf with… Read more »

Assessing Dairy Cow Body Condition Score Remotely — And Why it Matters

How often do you assess a dairy cow’s body condition score? Sure, you’re looking at your cows everyday, but changes like weight loss can go unnoticed exactly because you see them every day — the change may be too subtle to pick up on. Why would you want to be assessing and recording body condition… Read more »

Which Dairy Breed is the Most Profitable?

It’s an age-old question — which is the best dairy breed? Like most farming questions, the answer is rarely a simple A or B and is more likely to be a qualified “it depends,” but Elliot Currie, with the University of Guelph, headed up a project recently to try and answer the question of which… Read more »

Canadian Milk Brand Based on Each Producer’s Commitment to Quality — Donald Cooper

Millions of dollars can be spent on marketing, but to build a strong brand, you still need a good product. Having a high-quality product is what helped the Cooper sports equipment brand reach a 70 percent market share in hockey globally and a 30 percent market share in Major League Baseball, explains Donald Cooper, who now… Read more »

CowSignals: What Bessy’s Body Language Can Tell You

Cattle will give you signals as to their health and well-being, says director-owner of CowSignals Training Company, Joep Driessen. Driessen was one of this year’s Canadian Dairy Xpo speakers, where he hosted a Robot Feeding Signals workshop. In it, and in an interview with Bernard Tobin, he emphasized the importance of good food and rest by comparing dairy… Read more »

The Canadian Dairy Xpo Wrap Up — What’s New and What’s Next

Ontario’s dairy farmers — and those from across Canada — descended on the storied town of Stratford, Ontario, last week to take in the third annual Canadian Dairy Xpo. Bernard Tobin, our Ontario field editor, caught up with show president Jordan Underhill for a recap of what was new and exciting at the show this… Read more »

Corn School: Selecting Hybrids for Silage Production

In the cattle industry, interest in new corn varieties stems from a desire to increase efficiency and production, whether utilized as a grain source, ensiled or left standing for winter grazing. Ensiled, corn offers high energy, a key to high milk production. And, although much of a silage’s quality is determined by in-field management, harvest… Read more »

What’s the Future of Extension in Ontario? A Media Scrum with Ag Minister Jeff Leal

This week marks the third annual Canadian Dairy Xpo at Stratford, Ont., and both Shaun Haney and Bernard Tobin are there capturing the latest in dairy production information. (Watch the site in the next few days as we’ll be posting coverage of the keynote speakers!) Yesterday, Ontario’s minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, Jeff… Read more »