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Cow Comfort at Calving

Anyone who works in the dairy industry will be aware that there is tremendous variation in maternity pen design. Part of the reason for this variability is a lack of research on what types of environments are best for the cow while she is giving birth. Research at UBC has …

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Ravens Brewing Company: Building a Better Brew

Locals combine forces to make beer a truly Fraser Valley experience Ronda Payne The last high volume harvest of BC hops occurred close to 20 years ago. Hops production in the Fraser Valley effectively ended at that point and may have stayed dormant if it weren’t for the growth of …

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Robot Dairy

Mechanical Milkers: The cream of the crop By Jörg M. Unger There is neither shouting nor calling in the barn. Just one of the waiting cows is mooing and some muted music can be heard from a radio in the distance. Calmness and silence have priority in the cow house. …

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Out, Spot, Out! Arctic apple and non-browning potato

by Ronda Payne More than aesthetics, science is breeding new, non-browning produce with additional benefits. Manipulating genetics of produce comes up against its share of critics, but the science behind the new non-browning Arctic apples and Innate potatoes is designed to do more than improve the look of food—it’s intended …

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From Glass to Table: Rice Production in the Fraser Valley

By Lynda Grace Philippsen Though Canada doesn’t have a rice-farming culture, yet, Masa Shiroki reminds people that at one time no one considered Canada suitable for wine production—and now we are winning international awards for it. So, why not experiment with rice and rice wine too? Shiroki is the first …

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The Science of Wine: The Quest for the Perfect Grape

By Cate Pedersen The senses unravel the mysteries of a fine wine—a vintner can read the subtlety in colour, clarity, weight, density, smell, and taste; with eyes, nose and tongue telling the story of the journey from vine to glass. This part is really the dénouement of the winemaking tale. …

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Homegrown and Keepin’ it Real:

High Valley’s journey from farm to famedom Cate Pedersen Winner of “Group of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association award show, High Valley are floating on cloud 9! The Rempel brothers recently performed a hometown show for their fans and shared their story with Modern Agriculture Magazine. Brad …

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The Journey to Organic Dairy Farming

The Path to Organic: One dairy farmer’s transition journey

Julaine Treur Since announcing our plans to transition to organic farming nearly three years ago, my husband and I have heard many assumptions about this type of farming. When talking about our plans, it wasn’t uncommon to hear these types of responses: “The only difference between conventional and organic farming …

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Blackberries: How to tame the Berry Beast

Here in the Fraser Valley, blackberries are part of our lives, like it or not. They are an emblem of the indomitable spirit . . . digging in and surviving against all odds, whether wanted or not. Getting rid of blackberries can be a challenge, as all gardeners and farmers …

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"Hogging off" might be one solution

The Uncertain Future of the BC Hog Industry

Paul Pryce Asia has a ravenous appetite for pork—South Koreans reportedly consumed 1.08 million tons of pork in 2012 while Japan consumed roughly 2.53 million tons the same year. For its part, China eats 53 million tons of pork annually, accounting for approximately half of the world’s annual pork consumption. …

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