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Pilot program seeking dairy farmers

Barriers to employment can be as straightforward as lacking access to transportation or childcare

A new partnership hopes to make it easier for Manitoba milk producers to hire locally. Keystone Agricultural Producers is working with Workplace Education Manitoba and Industry Training and Employment Services to create a pilot program that would see interested participants trained to work on dairy farms in southeastern parts of the province. Read more: New dairy […] Read more


There’s a simple solution to the increase of clostridial cases

Beef 911: Vaccines for the clostridial diseases are the cheapest on the market, but often aren’t given

There has definitely been a trend upwards of the various forms of clostridial disease seen primarily inside housed dairy cattle. This article will explore how it is possible for these cases to occur and how there are still an alarming number of dairy and beef producers who don’t vaccinate, vaccinate sporadically, or forget about booster […] Read more



Stick of butter, cut, isolated on white.

New dairy plant will churn out butter, other products

As demand for butter fat continues to grow, Western Milk Pool to eliminate SNF/BF ratio

Manitoba dairy producers will no longer have to ship milk across provincial borders, thanks to an increased processing capacity at home. The $100-million MDI dairy-processing plant is up and running in Winnipeg’s South End, increasing Manitoba’s dairy-processing capacity by about 40 per cent. The 80,000-square-foot retrofitted egg-processing facility will now process 180 million litres of […] Read more


Dairy farmers watch NAFTA closely

Negotiations have featured ‘exotic demands’ from the U.S. and dairy doesn’t feel singled out

Canadian dairy producers are watching NAFTA renegotiations like a hawk, but predicting what demands U.S. negotiators will make of Canada and Mexico remains somewhere between ‘difficult’ and ‘impossible.’ “Through Dairy Farmers of Canada, we follow those trade talks very closely and we are on the ground at every round,” David Wiens, chair of Dairy Farmers […] Read more



Otterburne dairy is Manitoba’s largest solar-powered farm

The off-grid option has upfront costs but locks in energy costs for the foreseeable future


A southern Manitoba dairy is just days away from flipping the switch on the largest solar-powered farm in Manitoba. Optimist Holsteins Ltd. near Otterburne is in final stages of setting up a newly installed 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system. When operational it will begin producing enough power to meet all the farm’s electrical needs while […] Read more


Are days numbered for supply management?

If they are it will be because of NAFTA 2.0 and Donald Trump

Canada’s supply management system is a textbook case for food sovereignty. But the social contract the system represents may need to be redrafted as we head toward North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Supply management is a social contract between farmers and consumers. Canada’s heavily criticized quota regime for the dairy, egg and poultry […] Read more



Canada’s supply management system for dairy is no longer defensible

It’s unfair to consumers and has significant hidden costs when it comes to making trade deals

U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear: Dairy is high on the U.S. agenda for NAFTA. And Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has also made it clear that this government is committed to protecting supply management. Three of the top-six milk-producing states in the United States — Wis­consin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — helped […] Read more


Protect supply management

Dairy and poultry products are subsidized in some way or another the world over

With negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) presently underway, it is appropriate for Canadians to ask: Whither supply management? Supply management ensures that producers receive a reasonable return on their investment, and that consumers have access to a steady supply of safe and healthy dairy, chicken, turkey and egg products, at […] Read more



Mechanization focus of new dairy research

Dairy research facilities to get update at 
Glenlea Research Station

Dairy research in Manitoba has got a $1.4-million boost. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement at the University of Manitoba last week, indicating the cash will be used to retrofit an existing hog barn for dairy research at the Glenlea Research Station, just south of Winnipeg. “It’s […] Read more


Dairy issue to be contentious

As the first round of NAFTA talks wraps up, government reaffirms commitment to supply management

Canada’s minister of agriculture says concessions in non-supply-managed commodities will not be offered up to U.S. negotiators as a way to ensure the security of Canada’s dairy industry during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. “I’ve never heard that said except in the media,” said Minister Lawrence MacAulay, following an announcement at […] Read more