Marc Comtois, Kathleen Comtois, France Lemieux, Julie Comtois, Julien Turmel, and Steve Comtois in their new automated milking barn.

Holstein breeder puts focus on milk in new barn

Comestar Holsteins aims to fill 1000 kg of quota from cows in 586 stalls in the automated milking barn

Reading Time: 3 minutes The evolution of elite dairy breeder Comestar Holsteins is a good indicator of the future of Canadian dairy farming, with greater focus on milk production instead of genetics. Comestar, the Victoriaville, Que. dairy farm, has been a prodigious provider of top dairy females and bulls around the world over the past 30 years and recently […] Read more

Farmers are working with nutritionists to figure out alternatives to using palmitic acid supplements.

Dairy sector adjusts to butter debate fallout lessons

Now that the rhetoric around butter hardness has settled down, farmers look to managing without palm fat supplements, while research continues

Reading Time: 5 minutes As the Buttergate social furor and ensuing questions around transparency settles into a dull roar, where does dairy go from here?  “What this conversation is about is – what is the way forward in light of some of the challenges thrown at us over the past few weeks?” said David Wiens, Dairy Farmers of Canada […] Read more

The Hildbrand family, shown in their barn, includes Étienne, left, Celina, André, Samantha and Judith. Missing from the photo is oldest daughter Eveline, who is working as a cheesemaker in Switzerland.

Rosenhill achieves top spot on provincial herd list

St-Albert dairy maintained top-flight status through 2017 transition to robots

Reading Time: 3 minutes André and Judith Hildbrand may view Lactanet’s Herd Performance Index (HPI) as just one tool in operating a successful dairy farm, but the results over the past two decades at their Rosenhill Farm is proof they’ve perfected the use of that tool. Why it matters: Recognizing top performing herds rewards producers and spreads awareness about […] Read more

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Dairy farmers asked to pass on palm byproducts in rations, for now

Seek out other ingredients while hard-butter issue under review, DFC asks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Canadian dairy farmers whose feed rations include supplements made with palm byproducts are being asked to consider other options while consumer complaints over butter are probed more closely. Dairy Farmers of Canada on Thursday asked its farmer members to “consider alternatives to palm supplements” pending the outcome of a review of “issues that have been […] Read more

Higher protein levels suggested for dairy calf starter

Higher protein levels suggested for dairy calf starter

Science Notes: University study looks to find a winning combination

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy producers know early nutrition for young calves has far-reaching impacts, both for the long-term health and productivity of the animals and for farm profitability.  With the goal of increasing not just body weight but also lean tissue gain, a new University of Illinois study finds enhanced milk replacer with high crude-protein dry starter feed […] Read more

“I’m convinced we would never lose a cow to lameness if every lameness case was treated within 24 hours.

Hoof care in dairy barns requires a multi-prong approach

Reducing stand times and quickly addressing inflammation and lameness are key

Reading Time: 4 minutes Improved hoof health, limited standing time and immediate lameness mitigation goes a long way towards increasing dairy cow comfort and profitability. Travis Busman, program director and hoof health consultant for Sure Step Consulting Ltd. told attendees of the Grey Bruce Farmers Week Dairy Day that inflammation, regardless of the cause, is the prelude to lameness. […] Read more

There has been a trend towards minimally processed foods and less fluid milk, with the exception of 2020, and an increased focus on more dairy and more fat. That’s along with a growth in dairy alternatives.

Riding the wave of change in milk products

COVID-19, consumer expectations, buyer standards mean changing directions in dairy

Reading Time: 4 minutes A rise in consumption of fluid milk for the first time in many years is just one example of the changes wrought in the dairy market by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s the first time fluid milk sales has been up in I don’t know how many years… but decades,” said Michael Barrett, president, Gay Lea […] Read more

Kadie, left, and Maddie Pettit hold the newly-unfurled banner for the Mistyglen Creamery on-farm processing facility, inside the family’s Belmont-area dairy barn. The barn was rebuilt following tornado damage in the summer of 2020.

On-farm processing dream perseveres through adversity

Mistyglen revived plans to process milk during the pandemic, and after a tornado wrecked its barn

Reading Time: 3 minutes A venture that had been set aside “indefinitely” by a Belmont-area dairy farm several years ago received a full reconsideration during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result Mistyglen Creamery now aims to sell its first on-farm processed milk and yogurt in late 2021. Why it matters: An increase in interest […] Read more

Sherk re-elected Dairy Farmers chair

Sherk re-elected Dairy Farmers chair

Lactanet appointed as quality assurance validator

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy Farmers of Ontario has signed on Lactanet as the independent validator of the proAction quality assurance program in the province. DFO had been using its own customer service people to validate the program, but there was concern that would be seen as not independent enough for validation of a quality assurance program. Indeed, in […] Read more

Dr. Tim Henshaw with some of his long-time clients: Roger and Janice Spence, Robert and Nadia Spence of Spencroft Holsteins, at Elmvale.

‘Dr. Tim’ to continue advocating for farm causes

Tim Henshaw is known for veterinary work over 40 years, but also his social media presence

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dr. Tim Henshaw worked his final day on the farm on New Year’s Eve, but the EastGen veterinarian will continue contributing to the dairy sector during semi-retirement. The veterinarian for the cattle genetics company says he has examined more than 1.1 million animals and met “a lot of new friends… and a few enemies” in […] Read more