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Chair on the Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle by: Dr. Elsa Vasseur of McGill University

Source: Dairy Research Blog Dr. Elsa Vasseur of McGill University has held the Chair on the Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle at McGill University for over a year. Novalait has produced a new video providing an overview of the work underway on behalf of Canada’s dairy farmers! Click on the link to watch it now: Dr.

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Update, July 17th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •The USDA released its latest WASDE report. Scott notes that beef production estimates were increased by 270 million pounds for 2017. That lowered their fed steer price by a $1 for 2017 average. Barrow and gilt estimates were raised $2, driven mostly by continued strong demand

Automatic milk feeders: how stall design may be affecting your calves’ transition to feeding By: Emilie Belage, MSc., University of Guelph and Tanya Wilson, a Master of Science student in the Department of Population Medicine at University of Guelph

Group housing of dairy calves is becoming more popular, and so are automatic milk feeders (AMF). Some of the reasons producers choose to use this new technology include: addressing calf health and welfare concerns; and reducing labour while still providing calves with enough milk to reach their growth potential. Automatic milk feeders also offer producers

About forages: What are the best strategies? by: Daniel Fournier

Source: Shur-Gain High quality forages are the key to successfully reducing feed costs. This can be accomplished by harvesting and storing high-yielding, excellent quality forages. When a crop is cut at the right time and harvested quickly under good weather conditions, the protein and energy levels will be at optimal levels to support high levels

Supply Management: A win-win opportunity for reform By: Martha Hall Findlay and Eric Dalke

Source: Canada West Foundation Today, the Canada West Foundation released Supply Management: A win-win opportunity for reform / La gestion de l’offre : Une opportunité de réforme qui ne ferait que des gagnants Report co-author Eric Dalke discusses the report, its findings and the way forward for Canada’s dairy industry. The overwhelming evidence, from all quarters, means

Automatic milking systems: factors affecting health, productivity and welfare By: Shannon L. Tracey, Ph.D.

The adoption of automatic milking systems (AMS) is increasing year after year across Canada. According to Dr. Ed Pajor, Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Calgary, “Canadian dairy producers want to know in advance what to expect if they make the transition to AMS.”

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Update, June 19th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market Recap: All values through Thursday’s close. Cash hogs, were up $2.50 for the week. Pork cutout value up $3 and it’s the highest weekly average since around November of 2014. Values continue to see a lot of support from pork bellies. Cash cattle trade has

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Update, June 12th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs ended the week $2 higher. Pork cut-out was flat. More strength in pork bellies, up $3 on the week and 28 percent higher than year ago levels. Feeder cattle were steady to $8 higher for the week with good demand for feedlots looking to

Stephanie Vickers Farm and Food Care Ontario, My working world – so far

By Stephanie Vickers It’s officially been a year since I made my way from university to the working world. While my school career may be over, however, one thing is certain – my first “adult” job has showed me there’s still plenty to learn. My first job out of school was (and still is) with Farm

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Update, June 3rd 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •A strong week for cattle. Fed cattle ended the week $5.00 higher. Feeder calves were $1 to $4 higher, feeder cattle $3 to $13 higher with a lot of strength at the end of the week. Choice beef was down $1 for the week, rib prices

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