Take bull health by the horns
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by Roy Lewis
4h ago
Herd bulls can be forgotten at times but attention turns to them just before the breeding season. Bulls can be hard to handle, but there are good facilities for examining and treating them. Bulls should be vaccinated for most things you give to cows, with the exception of scours vaccines. Deworming and lice control should always be considered, since bulls get the highest load of flies in summer. When handling bulls, get the best bang for your effort. Do as many procedures at once as you can, that your veterinarian recommends. Have the bulls semen tested to remove infertile ones and identify ma ..read more
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Grain storage decisions more complex than pure economics
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by Ed White
16h ago
When it comes to farmers storing grain, there are the “market-responsive” people, the “store-and-ignore” types, the “cash-poor crowd” and the “tax-avoiding gang.” That’s according to a recent paper by a team of University of Illinois and University of Missouri economists, which makes it clear that not all farmers manage their stored grain according to strict economic theory. Why it matters: Researchers examined what factors influence the decision to store or sell grain. The paper, titled “Commodity Storage and the Cost of Capital: Evidence from Illinois Grain Farms,” says higher capital costs ..read more
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Senate proposes third-party Commission to address systemic TFW issues
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by Diana Martin
1d ago
An independent agency is needed to coordinate temporary and migrant labour policy, says a Senate committee report released today. The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology offers six recommendations to the federal government in its Act Now: Solutions for Temporary and Migrant Labour in Canada report. The committee set out to study issues faced by both workers and employers in November 2022. Why it matters: Finding farm labour is a challenge and so temporary foreign workers have become an important part of doing farm work, from horticulture to the dairy and swine s ..read more
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Honey bee health gets funding boost
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by Farmtario Staff
1d ago
Ontario’s Honey Bee Health Initiative is getting a funding increase of up to $1 million to help improve the resiliency and competitiveness of beekeeper operations in the province. The additional funding comes from the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP). The Honey Bee Health Initiative initially opened on September 15, 2023 with a budget of over $1.3 million. To date, 218 projects have been approved. The additional funding will help more Ontario beekeepers better protect their colonies over the winter and protect against invasive pests such as varroa mites which pos ..read more
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Large tractor sales gain ground in March
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by Don Norman
1d ago
The large tractor business is picking up on both sides of the border, according to new data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. In Canada, unit sales of 100+ horsepower tractors grew 2.7 per cent in March compared to the same month last year. In the U.S., unit sales of the same machinery class jumped for the second straight month. American large tractor sales grew 3.2 per cent in March compared to year-ago numbers, following February’s increase of 2.8 per cent. For smaller two-wheel-drive tractors, the news wasn’t as positive. Sales of tractors under 40 hp were down 18.4 per cent ..read more
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Marketing classes can rescue ugly produce from the landfill
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by Aron Darmody, Leighann C. Neilson, Narmin Tartila Banu
1d ago
Much of the food we grow never reaches tables. It is rejected based on irregularities in weight, size or shape. This takes a significant environmental toll. An estimated eight to 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are tied to unconsumed food. Some companies, such as Misfits Market in the U.S., have taken strides to counter food waste. They buy misshapen and ugly produce and resell it at discount prices in subscription boxes, and they’ve grown into a billion-dollar business since launching in 2018. Closer to home, Loblaw Companies’ “naturally imperfect” line offers visually unappeal ..read more
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Shorter dry periods make sense, with caveats
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by John Greig
2d ago
Dairy farmers have given their cows 50 to 60 days off each lactation, but research suggests that a shorter period could make sense – for farmers and the cows. Barry Bradford, a dairy management and nutrition professor at Michigan State University, says that in some circumstances, cows will perform well down to 40 to 50 days of dry period. More important, says Bradford, is the days of gestation. Cows that carry a calf to full term can handle a shorter dry period, but cows that calve early with a short dry period can have significant challenges performing up to the levels of the colleagues in th ..read more
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Ontario Beef on the menu at Lone Star Texas Grills
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by Kristy Nudds
2d ago
Lone Star Texas Grill is partnering with Ontario beef farmers to bring locally produced Ontario Corn Fed Beef to its 23 locations across the province. The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) said in a release the partnership has a significant impact on the Ontario cattle and beef sector. “First off, it demonstrates the confidence the market has in high quality Ontario beef. That confidence continues to drive demand for Ontario cattle, which benefits many agriculture sectors in the province including, but not limited to, cattle farmers, crop farmers, vet services and feed mill/animal nutritionists an ..read more
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Canadian pork sector receives $9.6 million to prepare for African swine fever
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by Kristy Nudds
5d ago
The federal government has earmarked more than $9.6 million to help the Canadian pork sector prevent and prepare for African swine fever (ASF). Francis Drouin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said in a release 29 African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program (ASFIPP) projects across the country will receive funding. Provincial projects include improving biosecurity measures, wild pig management activities, retrofits of existing abattoirs, regional preparation for the welfare depopulation and disposal of healthy hogs, and sector analysis, engagement and ..read more
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Winter wheat crops quickly advance, alfalfa weevil seen active
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by OMAFRA Field Crop Team
6d ago
Ontario’s crop season continues to be advanced of normal, which is especially evident in perennial and over-winter crop development. Crop heat units (CHU) and growing degree days (GDD) are significantly above the 10-year average, especially in southern Ontario. Progress for field work, particularly on heavier-textured soils has been limited due to frequent patchy rain, cool nights and overcast conditions. Manure application, fertilizer application, burn-down herbicide applications and tillage ahead of planting has occurred on well-drained fields as conditions allow. Cereals Winter wheat crops ..read more
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