By Tom Collins
KEMPTVILLE — Most cows in the Kemptville College dairy herd have been shipped to the University of Guelph’s new Elora Dairy Research Facility, north of Guelph.
As of Sept. 1, all 43 heifers and calves — plus three dry cows — were gone, said the university’s ag college dean Rob Gordon. The 23 milking cows will be moved later in September.
A few cows could be sold at a public auction and money raised would go to Elora for research.
For now, the Lely robotic milker, owned by the University of Guelph but purchased through fundraising in Eastern Ontario, will stay at Kemptville College in hopes a group will re-start an agricultural education program.
The college’s 66.19 kilograms of quota will go back to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) if there is no plan for it to be used for research and education at Kemptville, said DFO communications director Graham Lloyd.