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Limiting the amount of time a cow is in headlocks so it can spend time lying or eating has an effect on milk production and cow health.

Just let cows be cows, say leading behaviour experts

The understanding of cow comfort has grown considerably and now focuses on natural behaviours

Less time standing on concrete, less time in headlock gates, less stress and more time expressing natural instincts are the modern-day keys to what is an evolving understanding of cow comfort for dairy cattle. “Let them eat without stress, let them rest without stress, and let them calve without stress,” said world-recognized cow behaviour specialist Dr.

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Dairy farmers asked to pass on palm byproducts in rations, for now

Seek out other ingredients while hard-butter issue under review, DFC asks

Canadian dairy farmers whose feed rations include supplements made with palm byproducts are being asked to consider other options while consumer complaints over butter are probed more closely. Dairy Farmers of Canada on Thursday asked its farmer members to “consider alternatives to palm supplements” pending the outcome of a review of “issues that have been


Dairy farmers have a marketing budget exceeding $130 million a year. It is a monster of an organization, and very few Canadians can appreciate this.

Comment: Santa Claus loves milk, especially Canadian milk

Trade compensation given quickly with few strings attached will be an expensive and wasteful exit strategy

In haste, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau chose a Saturday, hours before a long-awaited economic update, to offer more non-COVID-related compensations to supply-managed farmers. Compensations were expected, but how it was done was a little strange. Few in the industry knew what was going on before the announcement. When giving money away, governments would want as much

Dairy producers are getting a new traceability system, and a phase-in period from the old one.

Dairy sector unveils national traceability program

Producers across Canada are being asked to activate their DairyTrace accounts and start phasing out any use of yellow ear tags in calves bound for the beef market

Manitoba dairy producers will be getting used to a new way of doing business when it comes to traceability. On Oct. 5, Lactanet Canada, along with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, announced the launch of DairyTrace, a new program that will take over traceability recording and reporting for the dairy sector nationwide. Why it matters: Dairy producers

Clanman cows munch on feed made of an 11-variety polycrop, including turnips and a few different types of clover.

Regenerate renegades

Faces of Ag: Bucking trends and seeking new ideas led Clanman Jerseys to regenerative agriculture

Not long ago, Sean Smith was in an Alberta lab learning to identify soil micro-organisms. He’s not a scientist. He’s a dairy farmer with a penchant for learning and experimentation — an inherited trait at Clanman Jerseys. “I think that’s probably one of the biggest things about our farm. We’re not afraid to do something


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COVID-19 aid ‘falls short,’ farm groups warn

Aid package includes AgriRecovery for cattle, hog sectors

Ottawa — Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying more money will be provided if needed, the agriculture sector continues to criticize Ottawa’s $252 million in COVID-19-related financial aid offered to producers and processors. “If we have to add more, we will,” said Trudeau, after announcing new funding and programming. The federal government is offering an

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Beef Farmers of Ontario ask for curb on cull sales

BFO concerned over processing 'backlogs'

Updated, April 15 — Ontario’s cattle producer organization is asking members to consider delaying sales of cull cows until market conditions “normalize.” Beef Farmers of Ontario’s board on Thursday published a memo to beef and dairy cattle producers, asking them to help “prevent a further surge in cull cows in the market” — especially of

A small room off the milkhouse, encompassing the front of the tank, helps to limit contact with the milk truck driver at the Herrema farm at Uxbridge, northeast of Toronto. (Gerrit Herrema photo)

Dairy sector shuts down most visits from off-farm providers

In agriculture, dairy farms are among those most called-on by outside services

New additions to Gerrit Herrema’s dairy barn have made it easier for his family to abide by recent directions to avoid contact with milk truck drivers to reduce COVID-19’s spread. “We have boot washes and other biosecurity measures in the barn. We need to take these measures in order to minimize the damage,” said Herrema,



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