Ferme Val Chaudière
Back: Sabrina Rhéaume, Dominique Faucher and Alexi Hototte In middle: Élena, Justin, Josianne, Mégane, Gabriel Faucher and Nancy Lacasse. Front: Joannie and Britany. Val Chaudière Farm bought their first milking robot in 2006. Today, they own three robots. Their objectives for robotic milking were to optimize their daily tasks and to increase their cows’ longevity. [...] Read More
Ferme Geranik
Christian and Jasmin Benoit In 2018, the Benoît family installed milking robots. Since then, the dairy farm, established 43 years ago, has welcomed this investment which allows everyone to have more time to perform other tasks on the farm, such as reproduction, field management and maintenance of the machinery and buildings. However, transitioning to robotic [...] Read More
Marc Comtois, France Lemieux, Julien Turmel, Julie and Steve Comtois. Comestar farm is world-renowned for its genetics and its sires, for which the semen has been sold in over 57 countries. On October 13, 2020, Comestar Farm started using a robotic milking system for part of its herd. However, their adventure started long before that. [...] Read More
Ferme Lagacé
On the picture : Mathieu and Richard Lagacé Established in 1938 by Mr. Jean-Paul Lagacé, Ferme Lagacé et Fils is currently managed by the fourth generation, with Richard and his son Mathieu Lagacé at the helm of the company. At the Lagacé farm, business growth plays an important role. Always on the look out for [...] Read More
Working for the success of local producers
Anne-Marie Raîche, Technical Services Supervisor, East How can we meet your needs? As a supplier and partner in animal nutrition, we want to make sure that we work for your success. Our highest priority is to offer you effective and appropriate solutions that meet your needs. That’s why we work so hard, day after day, [...] Read More
Charles Hill & Sons Limited
Just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia, bordering the Cobequid Bay, stands a new state of the art dairy facility known as Charles Hill & Sons Limited. Charles Hill and Sons is a fifth generation family farm, currently run by Tara Hill-MacMillan and husband Al, alongside Tara’s father, Geordie Hill. The farm currently milks between 150-160 [...] Read More
Solutions for lameness in robot herds
John A. Metcalf, PhD, Ruminant Portfolio Manager, Trouw Nutrition Canada Lameness is recognised as one of the biggest health issues on dairy farms, resulting in lower milk production and higher culling rates. Research in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2017 showed that lameness costs $235 – $423 per cow. Lameness is accentuated in robotic [...] Read More
More than nutrition… the Dairy Nutrition Advisor (DNA) approach
For every dairy farm enterprise to be successful and profitable there are many details the farm owner and/or manager and employees must take into consideration. Optimizing forage quality, cow comfort, transition cow health and time budgets are factors which should always be taken into account. This is the foundation for our Dairy Nutrition Advisor (DNA) [...] Read More
Wilkridge Farm
Keep going foward Our second article is about Peggy and Ken Wilkes, a husband and wife business duo who knows how to dare. This couple is the fifth generation of Wilkes to work on this Eastern Ontario farm. Their three children are currently pursuing careers off the farm. Peggy and Ken Wilkes have completely changed [...] Read More
Ferme Beljie
Dare to Embark on a Journey with a Conscious Awareness We went to the region of Yamachiche to meet with Jean-Luc Bellemare, Marc Bellemare, Éric Bellemare and Louise St-Yves, the owners of Beljie Farm. 4 years ago, this company “dared to” when they decided to install two milking robots in an entirely new building. With [...] Read More