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The proper forage fibre is an important factor in minimizing effects of acidosis.

Signs of acidosis aren’t always clear

Dairy Corner: Correcting fibre in the diet can get milk production back on track

In my experience, only a handful of producers fail to notice the few cases of mild sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) which pop up on occasion. In most barn walks that I have conducted, producers accept SARA as routine, yet know it can adversely affect cows’ health, reproduction and milk/milkfat yield. In some of these cases, […] Read more

Eastern dairy farmers get big quota increase

The eastern Canadian provinces have approved a five per cent dairy quota increase — their largest one-time quota increase since the daily quota system was implemented in 1998. It will also be implemented quickly, on July 1. The five provinces — Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario — create quota policy […] Read more


TPP deal to pressure Canadian dairy farmers, Saputo says

Reuters — Canadian farmers will get squeezed between new trade deals that allow more dairy imports to enter the country and slow-growing domestic consumption, Saputo’s CEO said on Thursday. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is expected to open access for New Zealand, the U.S. and other countries to 3.5 per cent of the Canadian market, […] Read more

In any breed there are basic features to look for in a replacement female.

Tips on selecting female replacement cattle

In reality, bulls are more dispensable than good cows

Beef producers place a lot of emphasis on finding a suitable herd sire as no one can dismiss the importance of bull power in the herd. As the overworked but entirely accurate phrase aptly illustrates, “your bull is half the herd.” However the “other” half merits significant consideration for the single largest livestock investment is […] Read more



Push up a diet of stable DMI for optimum milk production

Before making any substantial changes, be particularly aware of the natural laws of general feed consumption

For years, getting lactating dairy cows to eat as much dry matter intake (DMI) as possible has been a common goal among dairy specialists aimed at getting cows to produce more milk. Some of these specialists took note of the more extensive university and extension dairy trials, which report that maximum feed intake is still […] Read more


Jason and Amanda O’Connell with daughter Margaret and one of the up and coming dairy calves on their farm near Carelton Place, Ontario. The newest family member, Mackenzie, born in early October, had not yet arrived when this photo was taken.

Production efficiency improves dairy cattle operation

Ontario: New technology means more milk, fewer cows


Producing more milk with fewer cows has been the management focus of Eastern Ontario dairy farmers Jason and Amanda O’Connell, over the past few years. When they returned to farming in 2006 and began working with Amanda’s father on the family dairy farm at Carleton Place, west of Ottawa they were milking about 115 head […] Read more