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Phil Mlsna expects his teat washing robot to be cost effective for most dairy farms.

Dairy parlours, feed monitoring and genetic indices see innovations

The latest dairy technologies launched at World Dairy Expo

Robotic teat washing coming for parlours Automations continue to arrive in milking parlours. First there was data recording and automatic shutoffs, then teat spray robots. There have been some attempts at full robotic milking, but adoption has been slow. The next step in the parlour milking process that begs automation is teat washing. There have […] Read more

Sugar beets are grown on more than 300 farms across Canada.

Some sweetness found in bitter USMCA deal?

Western sugar beet growers get more access to U.S. market

Flying under the radar in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade is a small change in Canada’s access to the American sugar markets — something that the United States has historically guarded with protectionist policies. In a news release expressing disappointment with many of the concessions granted during trade talks, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture […] Read more

One of the new silos that have been erected at Gay Lea’s Teewater plant is hoisted. Processors made significant investments in dairy processing that could be put at risk with the new USMCA trade deal.

Dairy processors concerned about USMCA trade deal

Processors want compensation to be distributed differently than under CETA

The organization representing dairy processors says it is resolutely against the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal. The CEO of the lobby organization representing processors told Farmtario in early October that he “anxiously awaits the Canadian text to be published” containing the deal’s precise details. “Canada’s dairy processing industry is deeply disappointed […] Read more

Canada not a solution for U.S. dairy price woes

Americans more concerned with securing access to Mexican market than Canada

Madison, Wisconsin – The price of milk in the United States is stuck at an unprofitable place, and U.S. farmers at the World Dairy Expo did not expect any trade deal with Canada to change that situation. Most of them had yet to look over the fine details of the new trade deal — the […] Read more

Norm and Mike McNaughton are almost finished their new dairy barn near London.

Implications for the USMCA trade deal

The new deal hurts supply management but helps other farm sectors

Norm McNaughton and his son Mike are almost ready to move cows into their new barn north of London, Ont. They’re committed to the future of the dairy industry through an investment that includes a robotic milking system. The McNaughtons are typical of an Ontario dairy sector that has been building and expanding rapidly. Canadians […] Read more


Concern about farmers’ mental health has been on the rise within farm groups for months.

Opinion: Why political committees matter

Capital Letters: Canadian farmers share their stories about struggles with mental health

Most people think that the most important part of Parliament Hill is the House of Commons. After all, Question Period is broadcast daily. Clips of ministers and members of Parliament in the House of Commons foyer are regularly aired on television. For journalists on Parliament Hill, the daily scrums are a regular part the day. […] Read more

The USMCA deal is only the first in what should be several steps by the Americans to smooth out the bombs they dropped in the form of tariffs into the global trading system.

Editorial: A trade deal that needed to be done

Canada’s supply management system will go on, despite some cursory efforts by Americans to get rid of it during the recent North American trade talks. This should be the last trade agreement that Canadian supply managed sectors need to worry about. After Europe, Asia and Oceania and the United States, there aren’t many other dairy […] Read more

There are lots of regulations to meet in order to ship Ontario beef to China.

Beef trade interest blossoms into packing plant

Ontario woman decided to purchase a federally inspected plant when an opportunity arose to sell beef to China

Nancy Kingsley-Hu likes to think outside the meat box. Once a trader of beer, ice wine and honey to China, she came into the beef business by chance. “Some of my buyers in China were bothering me about pork and beef,” she said from her office at Mount Forest, where her meat processing company, Golden […] Read more


Andrea De Groot is the Ontario Pork Industry Council’s managing director.

Attention to details helps foreign worker application process

Producers must be aware of the myriad regulations they must comply with to be eligible to seek foreign labour

Three small-group meetings are planned in November for pork producers in southwestern Ontario to learn about applying to hire staff under the federally regulated Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Why it matters: Recruiting and maintaining good-quality staff has been an ongoing challenge in the hog sector. The TFWP is commonly used to help meet this […] Read more

A horse team pull a plow along with its operator as they toil through the soil at International Plowing Match and Rural Expo which ran Sept. 18-22, 2018.

PHOTOS: International Plowing Match

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo was held this year at Pain Court. It saw the usual large number of visitors, many displays of rural life and services, an influx of provincial politicians and lots of plowing competitions.