Category: World Dairy Expo

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 »

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 »

From the show ring to the tax file

What does the show ring at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin and Liberal tax proposals have in common? Depending on the day and the country, you’ll find 22-year-old Dennis Catt in the middle of both. Last week, Catt and his Ontario 4-H judging teammates eyeballed udders and contemplated cow confirmation as they competed… 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 »

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 »