Reduced beef production in Ontario has resulted in less land planted to hay.

Ontario producers told to make way for hay

More forage in a crop rotation helps improve soil health

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Ontario farmers are being told they need to get back into hay production. “We want farmers to consider hay production as a complement to row crop and cash crop production to renew soil,” said Fritz Trauttmansdorff, a farmer and founding member of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative. Why it matters: Soil […] Read more

What the bottom of a normal bovine foot looks like.

Research project hopes EPDs can catch lameness in cattle early

Members of the Canadian Angus Association are asked to score cows when they come in this fall for pregnancy checks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Lameness in cattle is a painful condition that affects their welfare and overall performance. Why it matters: Lameness is an important animal welfare issue that also affects producer profitability. Good feet and legs are primary considerations when selecting animals that can move easily year after year. The Canadian Angus Association received nearly […] Read more

Yield, quality and stand persistence are the most important things about forage, an agronomist says.

A good forage stand requires agronomic base

Keys to success include planting at right time, proper seed bed, seed placement, quality seed and weed control

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers seeking to build a strong forage stand need to use proper crop rotations, fertility and water development, a forage agronomist told a recent Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association conference in Moncton, N.B. Peter Ballerstedt, with the seed company Barenbrug USA, said producers must pay attention to agronomy and make amendments before […] Read more

A well-designed trailer provides maximum clearance, adequate ventilation, reasonable loading angles, rounded corners and non-slip floors.

Improved trailers good for livestock welfare

There’s a lot of innovation happening in livestock trailers and they make for healthier animals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Livestock transportation is a heavily regulated industry and new technology should make life easier for haulers and animals. Innovative designs are becoming more available in North America, especially for trailers designed to haul pigs and chickens, said Jeff Hill, animal welfare specialist with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. Why it matters: Animal […] Read more

Those who manage biosecure livestock barns are careful to have visitors suit up properly, but statistics show employees might not be as careful when entering and leaving barns.

Food safety starts with biosecurity

A University of Montreal study of poultry farms showed biosecurity mistakes can lead to contamination throughout a barn

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Many food safety issues could be resolved at the farm if people changed their behaviour, a veterinarian told those attending a recent meat conference in Toronto. “Some food safety risks could be better controlled early in the food production chain,” said Manon Racicot. The spread of campylobacter, for example, could be curbed […] Read more

Getting ready for disease challenges requires national planning.

Co-ordinated animal disease response sought

The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council is working with government and industry representatives

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The catastrophic consequences of a potential foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Canada terrify the livestock industry. Different sectors have already experienced the impact of foreign animal diseases like BSE, avian influenza, porcine epidemic diarrhea and bovine tuberculosis, said veterinarian Megan Bergman, head of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council. Why it […] Read more

The box can hold up to 50 chicks and is designed to prevent dead-on-arrivals.

4-H youth solves problem of chick death with “Safer Chick-ments”

A 14-year-old Canadian created a new design for the boxes in which chicks are shipped and applied for a patent

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It all started with a 4-H project for 14-year-old Mac Dykeman. A member of a 4-H poultry club at Langley, B.C., she was often dismayed when her orders from the United States arrived with dead birds in the shipment. “I would receive them and open the box and many times find them […] Read more

Brett Schuyler checks new apples that are just starting to appear in the orchards.

Sheep complement fruit production on Ontario farm

The Schuylers raise sheep, maintain apple and cherry orchards and grow corn, soybeans and wheat

Reading Time: 4 minutes When farmers are told they have a good story to tell, a prime example may be found at Simcoe, Ont. Schuyler Farms is a diversified livestock, crop and fruit farm owned by brothers Marshall and Drew Schuyler, and Marshall’s sons Brett and Ryan. They grow about 3,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, maintain 1,200 […] Read more

Bovine respiratory disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in newly received feedlot calves.

Preconditioning gives calves better start when entering feedlots

Calves that are properly vaccinated, given protein-rich feed and taught to use a waterer before leaving home tend to better manage feedlot stress

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bovine respiratory disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in newly received feedlot calves. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for these youngsters that may be immuno-compromised after weaning and transportation. “When you look at the entire North American feedlot industry this disease alone and the losses associated with […] Read more

Eddie Gibson and his wife, Marcy, own Ed-Mar Dairy in Walton, Ky. With fewer than 60 cows on 130 acres of land, 
they are diversifying to deal with low milk prices.

U.S. dairy farm branches out to make ends meet

Smaller U.S. dairy farms have to diversity in order to stay in business during the long-term price slump

Reading Time: 4 minutes Eddie Gibson is unsure how many generations of his family have farmed at Walton, Kentucky, but he fears he may be the last. He and his wife, Marcy, own Ed-Mar Dairy where they milk fewer than 60 cows on 130 acres of land. Even with diversification into cheese making and agri-tourism small farms like theirs […] Read more