Case Study: Donia Farms (Milking Fuel Efficiencies)

One of the ten largest dairy operations in BC, Donia Farms has supplied milk to the province since 1953. With 700 cows to care for, on 800 acres of farmland with 35 machines to maintain, it’s no easy task to keep on top of fuel utilization. During the spring, tractors …


Seeing is believing: Using ultrasounds on the farm

Kaitlin Gisler Dr. Lisa McCrea has been using ultrasounds during her on-farm herd health since she graduated from veterinary school. She brought the technology with her when she made the move to the West Coast in 2007 and became a partner of Agwest Veterinary Group, a large animal practice in …


Research in BC: Preventing Hock Injuries

Housing systems that cause disease or injuries to animals are clearly undesirable. Injury and disease compromise dairy cow welfare and can reduce longevity and production. Lameness, mastitis and transition cow diseases are now widely recognized as serious animal welfare and production issues in the dairy industry. Skin injuries on dairy …


When dairy cows text

Kaitlin Gisler Cows are keeping up with on-farm technology by sending a text message (SMS) to the farmer when they’re close to calving. This means the farmer’s phone contacts have just quadrupled. Medria Elevage Monitoring Solutions, located in France and launched in 2004, has created the Vel’ Phone, which is …


Transferring your business to the next generation: Do you have a plan?

Binny Bhinder, CA Have you thought about transferring your business ownership and management to future generations? If so, you need to consider issues such as timing, retaining control after the transfer and tax consequences. Timing and control are important considerations, as you may want to continue to be involved in …


Questioning quota

Ronda Payne If the change goes forward, what will it mean to growers? December marked the announcement of pending changes to Chicken Farmers of Canada allocations. Expected to be rolled out in the fall of 2014, these new changes will see specialty birds – the Asian birds of Taiwanese and …


Why European Agriculture Developed Faster than South America’s (Pt. 2)

Jagmeet Khabra Beginning of Agriculture and Domestication People started domesticating plants and animals roughly 10,000 years ago as an attempt to sustain the fast growing population. Domestication is the process by which human beings adapt wild plants and animals for their own use. A plant or animal is domesticated when …


Why European Agriculture Developed Faster than South America’s (Pt. 1)

Jagmeet Khabra Introduction Historians and scholars have long been asking themselves whether or not Europe won the agricultural revolution and if so, how and why that happened. Before answering that question, though, it is important to explore why Europe became so much more advanced than South America. In the late …


Chicken Squad!

Cate Pedersen Starring real BC chicken farmers An action-packed, Hollywood blockbuster-style trailer starring British Columbia chicken farmers is coming soon to a small screen near you! The countdown to the trailer’s world-wide online premier on May 12 and the clips of the “making-of” can be viewed now. The hope is …


To cage or not to cage?

Ronda Payne Issues surrounding laying chicken environments Comfortable chickens are productive chickens, as every egg producer knows, but environments must be balanced with efficiencies, profits and resources. And just what is the ideal environment for a laying hen? In the absence of poultry mind reading, discussions over caged and free-run …