Category: World Dairy Expo

Dairy Quality Wins Top Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Award

Dairy Quality Inc. and its mobile milk testing device was the big winner at Ontario’s 10th annual Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Premier Kathleen Wynne presented the Premier’s award – the province’s highest honour for outstanding contributions in innovation to the agri-food sector – to the Newmarket-based company. Its mobile testing device helps dairy farmers… Read more »

Mobile Microscope Tests Dairy Somatic Cell Count

A new mobile app from Newmarket, Ontario-based Dairy Quality Inc. is turning iPhones and iPods into microscopes for dairy farmers. The company’s new Dairy Health Check device includes milk sampling slides that plug directly into the phone. This, combined with somatic cells count (SCC) and ketosis testing apps that analyze the samples, turn the phone… Read more »

4-H Lessons Lead to World Dairy Expo

Mossley, Ontario’s Laura DeKlein wasn’t raised on a dairy farm but she sure has a great eye for cows. DeKlein is a member of Ontario’s 4-H team that competed in this month’s National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Along with teammates Brett Stockdale, Collin Allardyce, and Josh… Read more »

Who Will Milk Our Cows?

Dairy farmers across North America are facing a labour crunch. Finding labourers willing to work in agriculture is nothing new. For years, many labour-intensive sectors of agriculture have relied on migrant workers seeking work that average Americans and Canadians are no longer willing to do. But this phenomenon is relatively new in the dairy sector… Read more »

‘Lasagna’ Makes World Dairy Expo Trip a Winner

Ontario 4-H members are always winners when they travel to the World Dairy Expo. There’s a lot to learn and experience at the annual dairy show and for 20-year-old Woodstock, Ontario, dairy farmer Josh Karn, it’s always more fun and rewarding when ‘Lasagna’ is along for the ride. At this year’s World Dairy Expo, Karn… Read more »

Fast Food & Feeling Good — How America is Marketing Milk

It wasn’t so long ago that U.S. magazines and television were littered with milk moustache advertising touting the benefits of drinking milk poured from those handy gallon jugs. But the days of generic advertising for the commodity have now been replaced by a combination of partnerships, innovation, and building public trust, explains Tom Gallagher, CEO… Read more »

Technology, Trade and Emerging Entrepreneurs Shaping U.S. Dairy Industry

For a peek at the future of the U.S. dairy industry and the potential impact of the November presidential election, who better to ask than Orion Samuelson? The dean of U.S. farm broadcasting, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, has been on the air at Chicago’s WGN Radio since 1960 and offers a… Read more »

Ontario 4-H Team Makes an Impressive Showing at World Dairy Expo

There’s always a strong Canadian presence down in Madison, Wisconsin at the World Dairy Expo, including a team of Ontario 4-H members competing in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. This year, Team Ontario finished 5th out of 29 teams, one of the best results they’ve seen in 27 years attending the prestigious contest. “We’ve had… Read more »

World Dairy Expo’s Shavings Are Solid Gold

Each year, much planning and prep goes into putting on a show of the World Dairy Expo‘s calibre. Held the first week of October at Madison, WI, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the show, and to honour this golden anniversary, expo organizers went all out. In this quick video below, World Dairy Expo’s… Read more »

Dairy Robots — 25 Years Later

North America’s first dairy milk robot was installed in 1999, less than 50 kilometres from Jack Rodenburg’s Woodstock, Ontario office. The long-time OMAFRA dairy specialist was sceptical at first, but he quickly realized that robot technology could revolutionize Canadian dairy farms. He says early models had their issues, but he quickly realized the potential for… Read more »

Dairy Feed Refusals — Waste or the Cost of Doing Business?

Every year in the US, feed left in the bunk costs dairy producers $2 billion. That’s about eight percent of all the feed placed in front of dairy cows, says J. W. Schroeder. The North Dakota State Extension Dairy Specialist told a packed presentation room last month at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin,… Read more »

Making Milk at the Robot Academy

Are you getting the most out of your robot milkers? The recipe for success includes a combination of technical savvy and good herd management skills. Earlier this month at the World Dairy Expo, RealAgriculture talked with DeLaval Robot Academy instructors Ryan Weis and Lizzy French. The Academy, based in Madison, Wisconsin, offers a two-and-a-half day… Read more »

4-H Mentor Has Seen It All at World Dairy Expo

Elora, Ontario’s Bert Stewart made his first trip to the World Dairy Expo (WDE) in 1969. He hasn’t missed one since. He’s been connected with some of the best female cattle to ever show at the annual dairy event and, since 1990, has mentored countless Ontario 4-H members who have competed in the National 4-H… Read more »

TWORA — TPP, the Ag Leaders Debate & the World Dairy Expo — Oct. 1

It’s not every week cows and tractors make an appearance at Parliament Hill. From the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and protests to the federal ag leaders debate to the World Dairy Expo, there’s lots to catch up on in this week’s ag news podcast: Subscribe to one of our Awesome E-newsletters Mentioned:  Yield or Protein? What’s… Read more »

US Dairy Farmers Push For Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

In 2014 when RealAgriculture visited the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, there were smiles all around from US dairy farmers. But one year later, US$25 per hundredweight milk prices are but a memory. One of the possible remedies to low prices could be greater access to the Canadian market. If there’s truth to reports… Read more »