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The Friesen family (l to r) Jocelyn, Justin and Alyssa Sawatsky, Kathy, Ed, Loralie, and Janelle are the Red River Exhibition’s 2015 Farm Family of the Year.

Red River Ex selects Farm Family of the Year

The Friesen family has welcomed many visitors to help bring public awareness of dairy farming

The Red River Exhibition Association (RREA) has officially named the Friesen family of Kleefeld, Manitoba, owner/operators of Friecrest Holsteins, as the 2015 Farm Family of the Year. Ed and Kathy Friesen along with their four daughters Alyssa, Loralie, Janelle and Jocelyn have joined a distinguished list of 49 other families who have been honoured with



Amalgamation talks put on hold

Holstein Canada has pulled out of amalgamation talks with the Canadian Dairy Network, officials told the annual meeting here recently. Following a series of cross-country meetings with the breed association’s members, the organization decided there wasn’t enough overall support within its membership to proceed with the amalgamation. “The members have spoken and the organization will


Superstud Jocko the bull: Gone, but not forgotten

Reuters / Dairy cows across the world are mourning the loss of “Jocko,” ranked as the world’s third-most potent breeding bull, who has died of natural causes leaving behind as many as 400,000 offspring. Jocko Besne had an industrious 17-year career donating some 1.7 million sperm straws that were used in France and abroad to


China imports dairy cows

China is importing more dairy cows to try and beef up its transition to larger-scale farms, as the industry attempts to boost production and quality following a deadly scandal. China plans to nearly double milk production to 64 million tonnes by 2020, as part of a long-term plan by the Ministry of Agriculture to improve


More Milk From Fewer Cows

How do you get more from less? Ask the Canadian dairy industry. Since 2005, the number of dairy farms in Canada has fallen by 15 per cent. The number of cows is down 3.7 per cent. But the annual volume of milk produced has increased 3.6 per cent over the past five years, according to



Glen Nicoll – for Mar. 5, 2009

Glen Nicoll is unable to cover livestock markets from his regular perch in the auction mart bleachers these days, but last week was able to take in the Ashern Auction Mart sale over the Internet. U. S. beef cow inventory as of the beginning of 2009 is down a million from the year earlier at