Dairy farmers in Canada will have access to new animal health and feed efficiency traits.

Dairy resiliency index to encompass several traits

New traits are expected to be available for farmer use in 2023 or 2024

Reading Time: 4 minutes A program that has worked to create an elusive feed efficiency genetic index for dairy cattle has new funding to add more traits. The Resilient Dairy Genome Project (RDGP), to be co-led by University of Guelph-based Canada Research Chair in Livestock Genomics Dr. Christine Baes, is funded through Genome Canada, and directly involves researchers in Guelph, […] Read more

Just rotating pyramids of Bt traits won’t help as most of them are similar, say OMAFRA experts.

Lessons learned from U.S. struggle against corn rootworm resistance

Producers growing corn-on-corn encouraged to find new sources of feed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Specialists from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs recently urged the province’s corn-growing livestock producers to take the issue of corn rootworm resistance to Bt traits seriously. They said efforts in the United States to slow the growth of resistance in corn rootworm to Bt-based control traits have not been effective. Why […] Read more

Ryegrasses can be “rocket fuel for ruminants,” with high digestibility.

Silage options to rotate away from corn

Ryegrass, triticale, sorghum species all have potential to help avoid corn-on-corn rotations

Reading Time: 2 minutes In Europe, it’s ryegrass. On the Prairies, it’s barley. In areas where either climate or pesticide resistance makes it impractical to grow corn, livestock producers nonetheless achieve good gains or high milk production. And, during a recent session hosted by OMAFRA, crop and livestock specialists encouraged Ontario’s livestock producers to consider rotating away from corn […] Read more

Rothsay increases deadstock pickup fees

Reading Time: < 1 minute Rothsay, one of the largest deadstock pickup services in the province, increased its prices Dec. 14. A letter from Rothsay to regular customers explained that, effective Dec. 14, on-farm pickup on weekdays would increase to $50 per stop, and $65 per stop for calls on Fridays. Previously, prices were closer to $20 per pickup and […] Read more

Mike Swidersky grazed weaned sheep on a clover cover crop which was underseeded in wheat.

Relationships crucial for farm-to-farm cover crop grazing

Neighboring farmers find mutual benefit in livestock grazing, farming arrangement

Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s opportunity for the grazing of cover crops, whether it’s livestock farmers using their own cropland and animals, or offering services to cash-cropping neighbours. That was the overarching message delivered over three successive Tuesday evening Zoom meetings, hosted through November by the Cover Crop Grazing Committee — a collaboration between OMAFRA, Beef Farmers of Ontario, […] Read more


Calves housed in groups compete in a social manner and consume more feed.

Group housing gives insight into tailored calf diets

Partnered calves had greater dry matter consumption than singles

Reading Time: 3 minutes Group housing may be the most cost-effective option for tailoring calf nutrition to stage of growth. Why it matters: The veal and dairy industries continue to weigh the pros and cons of individual versus group calf housing, and studies could tip the scales toward group housing. Attendees at the virtual edition of the Healthy Calf […] Read more

Equipment dealers raise concerns over European imports

There are risks to buying imported equipment including a lack of warranty

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario farm equipment dealers are warning farmers to do their homework before buying equipment that has been imported from Europe because any savings on the purchase price could evaporate as soon as it needs repair. Licensed retail dealers, represented through the Canada East Equipment Dealers Association (CEEDA), however, believe there are strong reasons for farmers […] Read more

Ottawa research farm focuses on technology

Invest Ottawa aims to link agriculture with national capital tech sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new innovation cluster on a former research farm in Nepean, Ont., is expected to boost artificial intelligence (AI) and remote-sensing technology to Canada’s farmers. “I’m not even a farmer, and I’m really excited about it,” said Michael Tremblay, chief executive officer of Invest Ottawa. Why it matters: Having access to made-in-Canada offerings of data […] Read more


The major traits which will be seen as composites include mammary system, feet and legs, dairy strength and rump.

Major dairy breeds moving to composites for bull proofs

Use of genetic scores makes new model more responsive to changes in the dairy population

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lactanet Canada will move to composite indexes for major genetic traits as early as April, 2021 as it aims for a more responsive system for classifying dairy cattle. The change will affect breeders of Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey cattle, while other dairy breeds will continue to be scored using the existing formula for combining descriptive […] Read more

The ability of dairy cows to move well in free stall barns means their mobility is important to cow health and farm success.

Dairy trait feet and legs will be split in two

New traits foot and mobility to be added to dairy classification

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian dairy farmers will soon see a new, first in the world, change to the way cow feet and legs are classified. The feet and legs category, which has been in used since 1927, will become foot and mobility. Stakeholders in the dairy breeding sector were advised of the pending change in April and the […] Read more