Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Reading Time: 3 minutes The federal government is willing to let Canadian dairy producers lose out on millions of dollars as a result of the new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. When MPs in Ottawa listened to testimony from agricultural leaders on the passage of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in February, the bulk of concerns were […] Read more

Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector

"We have to have less hogs somehow"

Reading Time: 5 minutes Chicago | Reuters — With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation. The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant […] Read more

EU sets out COVID-19 support for farmers

Moves meant to stabilize markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission proposed measures on Wednesday to support farmers hit by the coronavirus restrictions, including aid to store surplus dairy and meat products. Under the proposals, the Commission will grant aid for private storage of milk powder, butter and cheese as well as beef, sheep and goat meat for a […] Read more

U.S. announces coronavirus aid for farmers, food buys for poor

Direct payments, mass purchases planned

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — President Donald Trump on Friday announced a $19 billion relief program to help U.S. farmers cope with the impact of the coronavirus, including $16 billion in direct payments to producers and mass purchases of meat, dairy, vegetables and other products (all figures US$). The U.S. Agriculture Department is partnering with regional […] Read more

Trump administration aims to buy milk, meat to help farmers, Perdue says

Homeland Security to ease visa rules for ag workers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — The U.S. government plans to buy milk and meat from farmers as part of an initial US$15.5 billion effort to help them weather the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday. The decision comes amid rising pressure from the U.S. farm lobby for government purchases as growers and […] Read more


The 40,000-litre tower now in use at Grootendorst Farms near Maryhill sits atop a 12-foot by 12-foot concrete pad.

Test period underway for vertical milk storage in Ontario

Approved sampling protocols must be expanded for towers to come into use

Reading Time: 4 minutes A test period has begun on a 600-cow dairy farm near Maryhill for the use of a 40,000-litre vertical milk tank. It isn’t currently legal for use on-farm to cool and store milk in Ontario because milk truck drivers can’t see, smell and sample the milk as prescribed under the Milk Act. Why it matters: […] Read more

Pandemic planning leads to staff cuts at Agropur

Dairy co-operative enters 'business continuity' mode

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy co-operative Agropur’s “business continuity” plan against the COVID-19 pandemic calls for job cuts and layoffs for about three per cent of its total workforce. Longueuil, Que.-based Agropur announced Thursday it will eliminate 60 positions and temporarily lay off another 200 employees, all from its Canadian operations. In the “unprecedented context” of COVID-19, Agropur said […] Read more

Dairy sector shuts down most visits from off-farm providers

In agriculture, dairy farms are among those most called-on by outside services

Reading Time: 3 minutes New additions to Gerrit Herrema’s dairy barn have made it easier for his family to abide by recent directions to avoid contact with milk truck drivers to reduce COVID-19’s spread. “We have boot washes and other biosecurity measures in the barn. We need to take these measures in order to minimize the damage,” said Herrema, […] Read more


Cows develop problems with ketosis most soon after calving.

Study looks at once-per-day milking of ketotic cows

Economic analysis remains to be done on the idea that shows promise in treating ketotic cows

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two weeks of once-per-day milking can clear up a high proportion of ketosis cases —although researchers are holding off on recommending the strategy pending further analysis of the financial drawbacks. Dr. Stephen LeBlanc of the University of Guelph’s Dairy at Guelph research cluster provided an update about ongoing research at the recent South Western Ontario […] Read more

The challenge with fluid milk

Processors struggle with fluid milk profitability while dairy farmers work hard to rebuild the market

Reading Time: 3 minutes The profit and loss for fluid milk in Ontario is “already bust,” says a dairy processing company executive. Mark Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Lactalis Canada, the parent company of Parmalat, told the annual meeting of Dairy Farmers of Ontario that fluid milk consumption had a large drop in 2013 and has stagnated […] Read more