“Ninety to 95 per cent of eggs are laid in a nest. It takes a pretty bad nest for them not to use it. There has to be something very aversive about the nest for the birds to lay in a cage or on the floor.” – Dr. Mike Petrik.

Poultry housing changes could increase risk of disease

Barn management can decrease risks of bird illness

Reading Time: 3 minutes New housing changes in the poultry industry may increase the risk of disease if the birds are not properly managed in their new environments, said a laying hen veterinarian with McKinley Hatchery. Dr. Mike Petrik spoke at the Poultry Industry Council’s Poultry Innovations Conference held in November in London. Why it matters: Producers will have […] Read more

Opportunities exist to increase profits at the feed bunk

Feed bunk costs can vary by 10 per cent based on gross revenue

Reading Time: 4 minutes The cost of feed for lactating and dry cows ranges by approximately 10 per cent of gross milk revenue. This provides opportunity for dairy farmers to increase profitability at the feed bunk. “The balance we found was a range of 25 to 35 per cent of gross milk revenue being used to feed our lactating […] Read more

Ontario research has found that use of antimicrobial medications has decreased significantly over five years on a per pig basis.

Hog farmers continue to reduce antimicrobial use

Five-year study shows 57 per cent of participating farms decreased their antimicrobial use

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ontario Pork Industry Council benchmarking study demonstrates that Ontario pork producers continue to lower antimicrobial use. The project, funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program, has been ongoing for five years, with surveys in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Why it matters: Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance have become greater societal concerns, so being able […] Read more

Farms across the country have been hit by multiple pieces of negative news in 2019.

Farm business optimism continues to be low

Business group calls on federal and provincial minister to address barriers to farm financial health

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) found in its latest monthly Agriculture Business Barometer that optimism in the agriculture sector is being weighed down by recent trade disputes, difficult harvest conditions in many parts of the country and costly carbon taxes. In fact, CFIB’s agriculture index finished the month of November at 51.1 – […] Read more

Cattle and pasture help to sequester carbon.

Taking the sustainability discussion to the city

An event in Toronto’s centre emphasized the complexity of farm ecosystems

Reading Time: 4 minutes Farm and Food Care has taken urban dieticians and food influencers out to farms across the province with its annual bus tours. The organization recently went the other direction to the centre of the city, hosting an agriculture sustainability discussion at the Royal Ontario Museum that challenged conventional urban wisdom about beef production. Why it […] Read more

Calves at Hogendoorn dairy enter individual housing with a rail feeder at about one week of age.

Lots of options for automated calf feeding

Calves on two farms started differently before moving to individual rail feeding

Reading Time: 3 minutes Producers have options when it comes to managing calves while using automated feeders, whether the animals are in group housing or individual housing. Why it matters: There are many different ways to manage calves through the same feeding system – what’s important is the calves are healthy and growing well. At Hogendoorn Dairy and Markvale […] Read more

Engineers, left, and Little Tuggers teams pulling on Nov. 13, at the annual Tractor Tug for Tots fundraiser at the University of Guelph. The event raised $13,000.

Ag college students give back in Tractor Tug event

Ontario Agricultural College effort raised record funds at annual event to be donated back to children’s food group

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tractor Tug for Tots, an Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) organization, raised $13,000 at its annual pull held on Nov. 13 on campus. The money will be going towards Food4Kids, a Guelph volunteer organization dedicated to fighting child hunger in Ontario. The organization provides healthy food for elementary school students with limited or no access to […] Read more

Layne Chantler from Alliston, Ont. with her 2019 show heifer PM Saving Grace 137’18.

Royal Winter Fair draws first generation to cattle shows

Helping the next generation and learning about cattle keep these two young women interested in showing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Showing cattle isn’t a family tradition for two young Ontario women — it’s something they began to do on their own. Maddie Heard from Peterborough County has been showing dairy cattle for four years, while Layne Chantler from South Simcoe has been showing beef cattle for five years. Why it matters: Showing livestock is a […] Read more

Shown at the recent Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer awards in New Brunswick are Carl Marquis, COYF past president, Komie Hossini of Bayer, winners Justin and Laura Rogers from the Atlantic Region, Bruce Rutherford with CIBC, winners Myléne Bourque and Simon Michaud from the Quebec Region, Jenny Ose of John Deere, Isabelle Bériau of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Sébastien Léveillé of Sollio Agriculture.

Quebec and Atlantic region farmers chosen as 2019 Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Dairy and beef farmers take home titles for risk management and ability to turn challenges into successes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Justin and Laura Rogers of Brae, Prince Edward Island, along with Simon Michaud and Myléne Bourque of Kamouraska, Que. were chosen as 2019 Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF). The individuals were named winners during the program’s national event held Dec. 5-8 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Justin and Laura Rogers are seventh generation farmers operating Picturesque […] Read more

Bovine respiratory disease scoring system for pre-weaned dairy calves.

Respiratory diseases in young livestock have lasting effects

Prevention starts with living environment and vaccinations

Reading Time: 3 minutes Respiratory diseases are most common in calves during the post-wean period and they can have long-term effects. Why it matters: Respiratory diseases are extremely common on dairy farms, although they are simple to prevent. They can have lasting effects on cattle up to their first lactation. Dr. Dave Renaud presented ways to prevent respiratory diseases […] Read more