Fairlife milk will now include the 100 per cent Canadian milk logo.

Fairlife Peterborough milk plant now in operation

New Fairlife plant began production after extended pandemic delay

Reading Time: 2 minutes After months of pandemic-induced delays, a new Peterborough-area milk processor is up and running. Fairlife – a division of Coca Cola – first announced plans to construct the facility in June, 2018. Launch day, originally scheduled for this past spring, was delayed when personnel responsible for final construction and operational checks were unable to enter […] Read more

Dairy farmers have been able to evaluate various genetic indicators, but Compass brings in economic effect too.

Software program helps understand breeding return on investment

The Compass software brings together many sources of data to help farmers make decisions

Reading Time: 3 minutes Verifying metrics and making sure data is correct can help dairy farmers get the most out of Compass. The dairy genetics management software, provided by Holstein Canada and Lactanet is focused on breeding and genetic improvement for dairy producers. Why it matters: Breeding is a big component of dairy farm management. Recording accurate data is […] Read more

China targets pork self-sufficiency rate of 95 per cent

Imported beef increasing in market share

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China is aiming to produce 95 per cent of its pork at home, according to a cabinet document outlining plans for its livestock sector, underscoring a goal to quickly rebuild its huge pig herd after a major disease epidemic. The document, released on Sunday, comes amid a heightened focus on food […] Read more

Dairy farmers have taken numerous steps to reduce costs due to COVID-19 uncertainty.

Turning off the milk tap

Dairy farmers are learning to manage larger changes in demand due to COVID-19

Reading Time: 4 minutes Signs that dairy markets may be stabilizing will come as welcome news for the industry. The past three months since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a roller coaster ride for producers, who have worked to match frequent shifts in demand, and changes in how much they get paid for their milk, with […] Read more

Fonterra says China dairy imports jump as lockdowns ease

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters – New Zealand’s Fonterra said recently that China’s global dairy import volumes climbed 10.1 per cent in March after two consecutive months of declines, as the world’s second-largest economy reopens after coronavirus-induced lockdowns. The jump in China dairy imports, however, may not be sustained as inventory levels are rebuilt. New Zealand also reported a […] 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

Some farmers will have to dump milk in order to try to help right the dairy supply chain.

Some Ontario milk not being picked up as market shifts

Closure of restaurants and food service due to COVID-19 has challenged processors

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hundreds of Ontario dairy farmers won’t have their milk picked up and potentially into the future because of gluts of milk at processors due to market changes from COVID-19. Dairy Farmers of Ontario let its farmers know on March 31 that some will have to dump their milk due to huge changes in the milk […] 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