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WESTERN ONTARIO: Brothers move from tie-stall to robot barn to appeal to seven growing children

Posted on Feb 1st, 2019 by Rebecca Degelder

WESTERN ONTARIO: Brothers move from tie-stall to robot barn to appeal to seven growing children

LISTOWEL - The first few weeks in a new freestall barn have gone much better than anticipated for brothers Dave and Doug Johnston. The Listowel-area farmers are now milking 70 cows with two Lely A5 robots after the cows moved into the new barn on Dec. 17. “We expected to spend a lot of time in the barn and pushing a lot of cows (into the milker),” said Doug. “After two or three days, they were basically on their own. We’re ahead of expectations of where we thought we should be. We’re already producing more milk than we thought.”... 

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Difference between best and worst farmers: $85,000 in profit, study says

Posted on Jan 17th, 2019 by Rebecca Degelder

Difference between best and worst farmers: $85,000 in profit, study says

NORTH GOWER - Amongst the seven habits of highly successful farmers, there is a consistent theme: Take the guesswork out of farming. Farm Management Canada’s Executive Director, Heather Watson, was on-hand at an FCC Ag Knowledge Exchange event at North Gower in early December to break it down for farmers.... 

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New Initiatives for “Healthy Soils”

Posted on Dec 21st, 2018 by Rebecca Degelder

New Initiatives for “Healthy Soils”

December 19, 2018 - The Ontario Soil Network (OSN) is seeking farmers from across Ontario to participate in a program to improve agricultural soil. There was a pilot project last year and now the Rural Ontario Institute will run the province-wide program.... 

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