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Technology brings augmented reality to your dairy barn

Company overlaying data and reality in new system to help information management

Imagine looking over your barn full of dairy cows and being able to tell instantly which ones were in heat and which ones are up and down in feed consumption or milk. There are ways to do this now, with a phone or a tablet computer feeding information to the farmer as they move through the barn. However, Nedap […] Read more


Local dairy farm fire draws national attention

The fire at a Steinbach-area farm claimed four barns and 800 cattle

A devastating fire that claimed four dairy barns and about 800 dairy cows near Steinbach has drawn attention and criticism across Canada. The fire at Pennwood Dairy was reported in the Globe and Mail, as well as several Winnipeg news outlets. Animal advocacy organizations have since called for change to industry regulations. Steinbach fire Chief […] Read more



Opinion: With friends like this

Canada's dairy farmers getting a bad image

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer was back in the headlines recently after a visit to an agricultural fair in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, clearly intended to brand himself as a friend of Canada’s dairy farmers. This friendship may not be helpful. Scheer’s visit follows his widely reported comments to a Dairy Farmers of Canada meeting in […] Read more


Dairy producers’ carbon footprint keeps shrinking

The improvements are the result of the ready adoption of new practices by the sector, according to a recent study

Canadian dairy farmers are getting smaller when it comes to their impact on the environment, says a study done for Dairy Farmers of Canada by Groupe AGECO. The Canadian dairy sector has achieved one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world and every litre of milk it produces creates one-third of the greenhouse gas […] Read more



USMCA discussions dominate at Dairy Farmers’ AGM

Supply management is the hill we must die on – Alistair Johnston Canadian Dairy Commission

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens minced no words in his address to the organization’s annual general meeting earlier this month. “This has been one of the most dramatic years,” he told the assembled delegates. He was of course mainly referencing the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it has affected the […] Read more


Spilled milk: Manitoba dairy producers worry for future

The immediate crisis is past but the long-term trends are worrying

Manitoba dairy producers who sat down with the Co-operator at the recent Manitoba Dairy Conference don’t look like bargaining chips — but lately that’s exactly what they’ve become. In successive rounds of trade deals they’ve repeatedly lost market share to imports from other jurisdictions, most recently in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). While they weren’t […] Read more



Federal government under pressure on supply management compensation

Plan should be in place before USMCA receives final approval, say opposition senators and MPs

The federal government is still facing political pressure to deliver on compensation plans for dairy and poultry producers. And those calling for action say it needs to happen in advance of signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Before starting Parliament’s week-long Thanksgiving break, MPs from all parties backed a motion calling for a financial compensation […] Read more


Manitoba dairy producers reeling from USMCA trade deal

Trade deals are starting to add up when it comes to the impact on dairy farms

Manitoba dairy farmers attending annual meetings this month are trying to understand the coming changes as a result of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). There are some serious questions being asked about what the new deal means for the family farm and their future, said David Wiens, a Manitoba dairy farmer and vice-president of […] Read more



Public support largely behind dairy farmers

Canadians are clearly signalling they value dairy farms

Dairy farmers reeling from the uncertainty descending on their farms in light of the new trade deal can take heart in one thing, says Manitoba dairy farmer and Dairy Farmers of Canada vice-president David Wiens. “There’s one thing the government can’t take away from us with this trade deal, and it is the relationship we […] Read more


Dairy and poultry farm groups discuss USMCA compensation

It could take more than money to settle the ruffled feathers of supply management groups, who say they were pawns in the negotiations

Within hours of announcing a new free trade deal with the United States and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were promising compensation for dairy and poultry farmers. While Trudeau and Freeland talked as if the compensation discussions had already started, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has just begun to arrange […] Read more