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Extended lactation could make better cheese

Danish researchers show that despite fears the practice could harm milk quality it may actually be better

Extending dairy cow lactation periods by up to six months not only can lower the environmental impact of the industry — it just might make better cheese too. That’s according to some recent research by Danish scientists who decided to put long-standing concerns over the practice to an empirical test. They found an expected decrease […] Read more


Gay Lea opens doors to Manitoba producers

Manitoba producer named to Gay Lea Foods board as co-operative expands into Manitoba

Manitoba dairy farmers are now able to join the Ontario-based Gay Lea Foods Co-operative. The decision was formally made at the co-op’s annual general meeting in Mississauga last week, but has been expected since Gay Lea Foods announced it was partnering with Vitalus Nutrition to expand milk-processing capacity in Manitoba last October. A refurbishment of […] Read more



Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?

Trump may be the catalyst necessary for a much-needed revamp of the Canadian dairy industry

The great Canadian dairy crisis is about to experience a new and interesting twist. As Donald trump assumes the role of the 45th president of the United States, some wonder whether he could bring about the end of Canada’s infatuation with dairy marketing boards. Both during his campaign and after the election, Trump took aim […] Read more


Jennifer Hayes named dairy commissioner

Outspoken supply management advocate latest member of industry body

Jennifer Hayes, a Shigwake, Que. dairy producer, is now commissioner of the Canadian Dairy Commission. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the three-year term Jan. 3. The CDC is a Crown corporation established in 1966 to co-ordinate federal and provincial dairy policies and create a control mechanism for milk production aimed to avoid shortages and surpluses, […] Read more



Creating a natural rhythm

Lighting experts suggest the correct light intensity and duration can have 
positive effects on the health, fertility, welfare and productivity of dairy cattle

The lighting in your barn may be having more of an effect than you realize. “The livestock’s biological clock is regulated by light striking the pituitary gland in the middle of the brain. A lack of light depresses metabolism and causes increased melatonin output. We see this effect in the shorter days of winter,” said […] Read more


New quality milk logo given prominence

Dairy Farmers of Canada have simplified their marketing to 
generate a greater impact on consumers

What’s blue and white, but will soon be read all over? The new Dairy Farmers of Canada logo. First revealed in Ottawa last month, Manitoba milk producers got an in-depth look at what’s behind the updated logo — and streamlined marketing program it ushers in — at the annual Manitoba Dairy Conference in Winnipeg earlier […] Read more



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Calves can safely consume more milk than thought

Feeding young calves more milk can cut down on antibiotic use and have other benefits

Feeding dairy calves more milk early in life might not be a cheap proposition in the short term, but with a longer view the benefits are clear. It’s also a safe practice, according to one dairy researcher who spoke at the recent annual general meeting of the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. “Based on the research […] Read more


Dairy producers OK closed-door sessions

Producers seek more one-on-one time with DFM board to talk about sensitive issues

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba will add producer-only sessions to its spring and fall district meetings. The decision was made at the organization’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week, following a resolution put forward by Brent Oswald and Thomas Reutter. “We have a multimillion dollar industry where we are relying on nine people to run […] Read more



Specialty cheese maker exemplifies robust organic sector in Quebec

The farm is also one of the few to maintain the Quebec tradition of producing cheese from raw milk

During the summer, Daniel Gosselin’s and Suzanne Dufresne’s cows graze on pastures seeded to more than a dozen carefully chosen flowering plants. In winter, they move back indoors to a warm, spacious barn and switch over to a diet of dried fodder. The cows’ seasonal diet is the secret ingredient imparting the distinctive flavours of […] Read more


Portion of Cheddar (detailed close-up shot) on vintage wooden background

Cheese maker chases non-GMO specialty market

It’s a case of giving consumers what they want, rather than creating 
a differentiation as a marketing ploy, says Bothwell

A Manitoba cheese maker will become the first in Canada to produce a verified non-GMO product. Bothwell Cheese has been awarded the voluntary label by the Non-GMO Project, a U.S.-based non-profit, for a new cheddar product line due out in 2017. Mike Raftis, Bothwell’s vice-president of marketing, sales and communications, says the move comes in […] Read more