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Carol Boonstoppel says she’s already seen European cheese displacing Canadian products as loss leaders at supermarkets.

Canadians want their own dairy farmers

Shoppers are seeking out the Blue Cow logo in a show of support

Manitoba’s dairy farmers are beginning to find their footing in a new world that, for the first time in decades, includes significant dairy product imports. That was the message a three-producer panel shared with the Manitoba Co-operator, at the recent Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM) annual convention. A year ago those same producers spoke to


Quebec ag co-op to power up on dairy cattle manure

About a dozen Quebec dairy farms will be getting their collective manure together next year for the province’s first-ever ag co-operative devoted to renewable natural gas. Coop Agri-Energie Warwick, launched Monday, plans to start construction this spring on a $12 million biomethanization plant which will take in slurry and manure from dairy cattle mixed with

Cattle producers get longer phase-in on new transport regs

New federal livestock transport regulations, due to come into force in February, will now roll out on a longer timeline for the beef and dairy cattle sectors. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced a “two-year transition period” for bovines, which is meant to provide “time to gather more data on effective solutions concerning the

Farmers can see cow data, like this, within their line of vision using augmented reality glasses.

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


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

Male dairy calves will require a longer stay on their birth farm before shipping.

Dairy calves, veal sector to see animal transportation changes

Changes to infrastructure and skills needed before regulations come into force, report says

Big changes are coming down the road for the veal sector. This February new transportation regulations are coming and that’s going to change how male dairy calves are marketed and the whole sector will need to talk to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about a phased transition, a new report recommends. Prepared by an

P.E.I. to manage deadstock removal

Prince Edward Island’s latest provincial operating budget calls for its agriculture and land department to directly manage removal of deadstock for dairy and beef cattle producers. Finance Minister Darlene Compton’s 2019-20 operating budget, presented Tuesday, said the province will take over management of the deadstock contract “to reduce the administrative burden placed on the dairy


Dairy culls require careful management to ensure they don’t suffer when going to slaughter.

Vets call for better management of dairy culls

The sector agrees better guidelines and improved transport conditions are worthy goals

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows. It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers. In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of

Straw prices soar, piling pressure on N.Europe livestock farmers

In some areas straw now more expensive than grains

Hamburg | London | Reuters – Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops. The higher bills put further pressure on farmers already facing one of their toughest summers ever; many have had to