Adventures in Switzerland

Adventures in Agriculture: Traversing Through Switzerland

This past fall I booked my plane ticket, shouldered my backpack and jetted off to Europe. My first stop was Switzerland, “a small but very beautiful country,” a Swiss local told me as we landed in Zurich. It truly is. This postcard-perfect region has unmistakeable European flair: from the houses, …

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Prospects for Canadian Dairy Sector

Canada is renowned for the quality of its dairy products, and the sector remains an important part of Canadian agriculture, accounting for a third of production by value. High quality dairy genetics mean that there are also significant exports of dairy embryos and semen. High international milk prices and moderating …

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Canadian Milk is Made to Measure

Canadian Milk is Made to Measure

Milk in the tank means a well-earned cheque in the bank for Canadian dairy farmers. The value of milk—even the smallest drop—is continually on the increase. New technologies can decipher a wealth of information never available before by sampling a dairy cow’s milk, on farm, the moment it’s taken from …

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Needlepoint

Needlepoint Science: Bovine Acupuncture

Dr. Steph Rhebergen is a large animal veterinarian with Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic and practicing animal acupuncturist. She has treated small and large animals, and taken additional, acupuncture specific courses to earn her CVA (Certified Veterinarian Acupuncturist). “The Chi Institute in Reddick [Florida] is where I did my training,” says Dr. …

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Cow-GPS

Cow Positioning Locator

words: Kaitlyn Gisler Nedap has created a way for farmers to keep better track of their cows. Using sensors and a digital map, dairy farmers can now pinpoint the exact location of a specific cow within their barn. Specializing in agricultural innovation for over thirty years, with locations worldwide, Nedap …

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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 …

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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 …

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hock

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 …

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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 …

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Bio

Anaerobic Digesters

Anaerobic Digesters by: Kaitlyn Gisler British Columbia farmers are using their livestock manure and off-farm organic wastes (like your lawn clippings) to produce renewable, clean energy for everyone’s use. This may sound like the idiom ‘making silk out of a sow’s ear,’ and although it’s pretty close, it isn’t the …

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