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RECIPE for Chevre

Chevre is the common name for fresh spreadable goat cheese. It is just as versatile as any other spreadable cheese and can be blended with herbs, spices or fruit for variety. INGREDIENTS 4 quarts goat milk ¼ tsp mesophilic culture 1 drop liquid rennet Sterilize all equipment. In a large …

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Cows Like to go Round & Round   By Ronda Payne For some reason, cows enjoy rotating milkers. No one really knows why, but cows are just more relaxed going round and round. Taking the concept of the rotating milker a step further, a relatively new product has come to …

Hydroponically-grown forage grass that delivers more nutrients in less space and time.

The Grass is Greener

New System Delivers More Nutrients By Ronda Payne Bakerview Dairy in Abbotsford is perhaps one of the best known dairies in the community because of the constant innovation that goes into the operation. Of course, the Bakerview EcoDairy (a non-profit society that works in tandem with Science World to welcome …

Cheesecrafters long table dinners attract locals and restaurateurs


Local Food in the Great Outdoors By Ronda Payne Clear blue skies and a grassy field complemented local gourmet food and wines from the South Okanagan region at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters’ sixth annual long table dinner on July 15. The event raises funds for the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation while …

Centrifuges tested on Fraser Valley farms for nutrient management

Centrifuges a Good Option for Dairy Manure Nutrient Management

Some dairy farms in BC produce more manure phosphorus than is required by their crops resulting in the gradual buildup of surplus phosphorus in their soils. The reason for this buildup is that phosphorus is imported onto BC dairy farms in the form of feedstuffs and fertilizers, while a smaller …

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A Water Buffalo Love Affair

Ronda Payne Water Buffalo Pioneers There isn’t a Canadian water buffalo herd any further west than Coleman Meadows Farm in Port Alberni. Given that the herd travelled all the way from Ontario in 2011, the animals have quite the background, and their owners Jennifer and Russell Dyson are glad they …

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Ronda Payne Canada’s Food Guide, established by Health Canada, is undergoing changes—for the first time in a decade—but the process thus far has many thinking dairy will be eliminated as a category. When the potential was revealed in the guiding principles and recommendations for the revision to the food guide, …

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Modern Dairy Vet Tech

Proactive Dairy Veterinary Medicine Ronda Payne Who better to take on dairy veterinary medicine than someone who has lived on a dairy farm? Often, it’s that love of the herd that leads skilled veterinarians to explore new tools and techniques for ways to keep cows living longer and healthier lives …


Handling Heat Stress: Dairy herd signs & symptoms

With temperatures expected to soar in the Fraser Valley in the coming days, we turn to an article from two years ago, written by Kaitlyn Gisler which contains advice from local vets at Agwest Veterinary Group. Agwest Veterinary Group, a large animal clinic situated in Matsqui and serving farmers in …

The Cheese Doesn't Stand Alone

The Cheese Doesn’t Stand Alone

By Ronda Payne Farm-gate cheese shops are growing in popularity due to local food movements and a dedication to great taste. Cheese is a favourite item for snacking, as part of a plowman’s lunch and as an ingredient in many hot and cold dishes. While the love of cheese remains …