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A lower loonie means lucky farmer

A lower loonie means lucky farmer

As farmers we place an enormous amount of focus on crop conditions as a decision-making criteria for our marketing. But the biggest single variable in grain prices for Canadian farmers this winter is the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar. It has created a really nice up-swing in cash values for c... Read more

I believe in climate change but not in a crisis

I believe in climate change but not in a crisis

We now have a provincial Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and a federal department of the same name. Climate change must be a big deal. The Ontario government website explains. “The world is warming faster than ever and weather patterns are changing because of human activities.... Read more

STEVE KELL: Holding all of your corn is gambling

STEVE KELL: Holding all of your corn is gambling

  As harvest wraps up and the final bushels of the 2015 grain crop come in the from the field, many of Ontario’s grain producers are putting the final touches on their 2015 crop marketing plan, and sorting out which crops to store and for how long. One of the most interesting (and for sellers,... Read more

Farmers make lousy patients

By  Eastern Ontario dairy farmer Angela Dorie Just over a year ago, our Number One farmer broke his kneecap completely in two. “Like cracking an egg!” observed an ER nurse after seeing the X-rays. But “how?” “It was a stupid old man thing!” our Number One farmer s... Read more

Disease prevention in calves will boost your bottom line

By Dr. Rob Tremblay An international farm animal welfare conference was held in Ontario a few weeks ago to focus on the welfare and well-being of dairy and beef calves and included veterinarians from 11 countries. With the ProAction initiative from the Dairy Farmers of Canada, interest in dairy calf... Read more

OPINION: Premier is uninterested and out-of-touch

OPINION: Premier is uninterested and out-of-touch

By Patrick Meagher It was back in 2002 when the U.S. Farm Bill passed that required retailers to attach country of origin labels (COOL) to perishable agriculture products. That’s right: 13 years ago. Premier Kathleen Wynne was a school trustee, not even an MPP candidate. The year began with Premier... Read more

Opinion: Ag policy by survey or science?

Opinion: Ag policy by survey or science?

By Patrick Meagher I recently received, from a very personable and sincere beekeeper, a 10-page list of about 400 studies on the harmful effects of neonicotinoid-insecticides on honeybees. It was an impressive, long list. It looked exhaustive and unanswerable, a veritable slam dunk: Neonics are evil... Read more

OPINION: Half-truths about bees

Ontario Beekeepers’ Association is eco-activist and wrong,                   says Alberta beekeepers   By Lee Townsend Last month, a new website called Bees Matter was launched and included an open letter to Ontarians titled “Getting the facts straight on honeybees.” The site was develop... Read more

No such thing as hormone-free beef

By Maynard van der Galien I don’t like it when I see beef advertised as “hormone-free beef” because there is no such thing as hormone-free beef. Occasionally I see such a sign at a farmers’ market and I will go over and tell the vendor that it’s giving a wrong message to consumers. Hormo... Read more

Ontario declares war on crop farmers

Ontario declares war on crop farmers

  By Patrick Meagher Is your government looking out for you? How has it handled the issue of neonicotinoids? These are insecticide-treated seeds that are on almost every corn and soybean seed in the province, used by the vast majority of Ontario’s farmers. The province is right on top of it – micro-... Read more

Is a government-forced pension plan a good one?

Is a government-forced pension plan a good one?

  By Gord Hawley The Ontario government under the leadership of Kathleen Wynne made good on its promise to create a new provincial pension plan for all Ontario residents who do not work for an employer who already has a structured pension plan for employees. The pension plan will be mandatory and is... Read more

Raw milk? Not for calves

Raw milk? Not for calves

 Pasteurized colostrum is better for the calf,                   researchers say Raw milk? Not for calves   By Robert Tremblay At the risk of offending readers by writing about colostrum again, I want to bring dairy farmers’ attention to some recent research on a method of pasteurizing colostru... Read more

Mysterious case of missing sheep and the heavy-handed CFIA

Mysterious case of missing sheep and the heavy-handed CFIA

  By Ian Cumming During the last two weeks of February, in an Ontario courtroom, lawyers prosecuting charges brought by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) hope to persuade a judge that there is enough evidence to go to trial. A farmer could present the evidence in a day, but these are govern... Read more

Milk board gets competitive

Milk board gets competitive

 Canada’s farm gate milk price drops 1 % as Europe ends quota                   system, increases milk supply   By Sylvain Charlebois For the first time in 22 years, the Canadian Dairy Commission has decided to reduce the price of milk at the farm gate by 1 per […] Read more

We can do better than superficial

  By Patrick Meagher What are the things about people we really like? We could say it’s their good jokes or their good looks. It could be their charisma, or maybe it’s just that they’re fun to be with. We know that’s superficial but a quick look back on 2014 and it appears that we’re […] Read more

How to weather-proof hay

How to weather-proof hay

  By Maynard van der Galien Waste and carelessness don’t seem to bother some people. Every winter I see sparkling new, riding lawn mowers parked by the house. It’s fairly common to see motorized equipment just sitting out in all kinds of weather — not covered. I frown when I see farm machinery like... Read more

My dad, MacNaughton Cumming, the common sense dairy farmer

  By Ian Cumming Dad, farmer that he was, died just as he got up at milking time early on Tuesday morning Dec. 16. There wasn’t his usual alarm clock beeping and feet instantly on the floor, but rather the ringing of a bell, summoning my sister managing his at-home care, during these last weeks [... Read more

Tax tips: Know your credits, advice is worth paying for

  By Gord Hawley The Big Bang. That was the door slamming shut on 2014. Did you have a successful year? A profitable year? Did you reduce your debts? Did you increase your assets and net worth? This is the time of year to review last year’s results and make plans for 2015. Yes, I […] Read more

Up to 40 bacteria types can cause mastitis

  By Robert Tremblay Staphylococcus aureus (SA, for short) is a well-known cause of contagious mastitis in cows. SA is difficult to diagnose because milk samples from cows infected with SA are often negative when the milk is sent for culture. Not only is SA infection difficult to diagnose, it is dif... Read more

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