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Status of Alberta dairy hoof health and how footbaths can help us improve it by: Dr. Karin Orsel, Emilie Belage

The University of Calgary Lameness Research Team has been hard at work studying the use and effectiveness of footbaths on Alberta dairies. While there is progress to be made in proper usage, the good news is results indicate footbaths are an effective tool in decreasing the prevalence of digital dermatitis (DD). The Alberta Dairy Hoof

Genomics and Feed Efficiency: Local research with global implications By Emilie Belage

By Emilie Belage, University of Guelph in collaboration with Dr. Filippo Miglior, Canadian Dairy Network and co-PI on the project entitled, Increasing feed efficiency and reducing methane emissions through genomics: A new promising goal for the Canadian dairy industry. The field of genomics has the potential to not only improve the dairy industry at the

En Route to the Second Round of NAFTA Negotiations by: Pierre Lampron

On August 16, I landed in Washington for the first round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. You could feel the anticipation in the air as politicians remained vague yet optimistic in their comments, while journalists attempted to read between the lines and predict any possible changes for NAFTA 2.0. In headlines

“Milk does not grow in containers on the shelves of your local grocery store. Milk is produced by farmers…” by: Real Dirt Blog

What does the circle of life, eggnog and a passion for farming have in common? Quick answer: Joe Kleinsasser Joe started working in a hog barn when he was a kid. “We don’t have hogs anymore but I love the circle of life, it’s the eternal cycle of renewal, raising the young animals, that somehow

Yes, There’s an App for Farm Animal Care By: Kristen Kelderman

The days of carrying a notepad around the farm still exist, but there’s a new kid in the barn and field that carries a lot more functionality than a farmer’s well-worn pad of paper. Farmers love technology and have embraced it willingly, from GPS-equipped tractors, to radio frequency eartags, to robotic milking machines. Maybe some generations have

Animal Care Specialists Focus on Care in Transport by: Jennifer Woods, animal care specialist

Over the past 10 years, the agriculture industry, along with government, has invested significant time, brain-power, and research dollars into improving livestock transport. From environmental management and protection, to welfare indicators, to ideal time in transit, to handling and finally trailer design, all aspects of animal transport have been reviewed in our quest for constant improvement of animal

Milking NAFTA – Why supply management may finally be doomed by: Sylvain Charlebois

Source: Ottawa Citizen Some have claimed that supply management was established as a social contract between farmers and consumers. Our heavily criticized quota regime to support the dairy, egg and poultry industries in Canada was set up decades ago to protect strategic agricultural sectors by implementing high tariffs on imports. Farmers produce what we need

Automatic milking systems: how lameness may be affecting milk production in the herd and what you can do about it by: Meagan King and Emilie Belage

Automatic milking systems (AMS) use has increased in the dairy industry in the last few years. Seven percent of all Canadian dairy farms were using some type of AMS in 2015 according to Statistics Canada. But like all new systems, there are benefits and challenges. A research project investigating lameness in AMS farms (funded by

Farm outreach with a global perspective By Christine Wilkinson

It’s been a long and winding road to get to where I am now. I grew up on a farm in Milton, Ontario.  Yes, Milton – a Greater Toronto-Area city that had a population of 25,000 people when I was a kid, and now has over 100,000 residents.  Right out of high school, I had

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.

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