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See us at these coming events:

May 27-28, 2015, Montreal, Quebec

Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network

Annual Scientific Meeting

May 28, 2015, Elora, Ontario

Livestock Research and Innovation Centre – Elora Dairy Facility Open House

June 1-2, 2015, Quebec City, Quebec

STELA Symposium 2015

June 23-24, Edmonton, Alberta


July 13-15, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dairy Farmers of Canada Annual General Meeting

Happy 20th CDN!

Happy 20th CDN!

Congratulations to the Canadian Dairy Network on providing 20 years of genetic evaluation systems and services to the Canadian dairy industry. Dairy Farmers of Canada has been a proud supporter of the organization since its inception. Two decades of continued investments and excellence in genetics research and outcomes have positioned Canadian dairy genetics among the best in the world and demand for Canadian dairy stock is on the rise. Since 1988, the total value of Canadian dairy genetic exports, including dairy cattle, embryos and semen rose from almost $68 million to over $158 million in 2014. We wish you continued success for the future!

Read the full CDN story here!

Saturated Fat and Cardiovascular Disease: Where Are We?

Saturated Fat and Cardiovascular Disease: Where Are We?

Less consumption of saturated fat has in the past been associated with better cardiovascular health. However, there is significant and mounting evidence showing that saturated fat is NOT associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, some studies have shown that the origin of the saturated fat is very important, especially when it comes to dairy, which may have no or even a positive benefit for cardiovascular health. For the fat facts on this story, click here.

Better HOOF Health: Taking a United Approach to Battle Costly Problems in Canadian Barns

Better HOOF Health: Taking a United Approach to Battle Costly Problems in Canadian Barns

Major initiatives to use research results to improve hoof health in Canadian dairy farms are underway across Canada.

What’s our hoof health status?

b21-150x150The Alberta Hoof Health project, which ended in 2012, measured the hoof lesions in 578 herds in 3 provinces (BC, Alberta and Ontario) from trim records for 80,533 individual cows along with dairy production data.  The Hoof Supervisor ® hoof lesion recording system was used by provincial groups of trimmers to collect hoof data.


A preliminary picture of the situation – 30-60% of cows have at least one hoof lesion:


The province of New Brunswick is collecting hoof health data until the end of 2015 in 210 dairy herds and the province of Quebec will be collecting data from 24 hoof trimmers over a two-year period.

Current research: A national network approach

b23-150x150.jpgA national project supported under the Dairy Research Cluster (2104-2018) is focusing on improving hoof health in Canadian dairy herds using genetics and management tools. They are standardizing data collection across the country to provide a routine flow of information to the Canadian Dairy Herd Improvement databank. From there, an analysis of the genetic traits that are associated to hoof health will be done and an index developed to allow farmers to select animals on the basis of hoof health, among other indicators. A system will be developed to provide reports to farmers for management decision-making.

Knowledge and resources for farmers on hoof health

There is a wealth of information available for Canadian dairy farmers on hoof health issues including Digital Dermatitis (DD), footbaths, claw trimming and much more on the Blog developed by Dr. Steve Mason of Alberta.


For instance, the blog has the latest information on ZINPRO’s new Digital Dermatitis application and an interview with Roger Blowey on cattle lameness and recent thinking on the causes and control of DD.

Researchers and industry work together on the best ways to deliver environmental BMPs on the farm

Researchers and industry work together on the best ways to deliver environmental BMPs on the farm

Some of Canada’s best environmental research scientists and dairy specialists gathered in Ottawa in April to discuss the results of projects supported under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agriculture and Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). The results from the project investments in the AGGP carried out in the last five years will lead to the development of best management practices (BMPs) that will continue to support dairy farmers in meeting their sustainability goals.

The group focused on three areas where research results have emerged and that can form the basis to develop new BMPs: feeding strategies, manure management and cropping systems management. It is the aim of project partners, DFC, Alberta Milk and OMAFRA, to work with the scientists to develop strategies to communicate new BMPs to farmers as effectively as possible.

Scientists working on projects for carbon soil sequestration, feeding and manure management in the Dairy Research Cluster shared their preliminary results to contribute to an action plan going forward. Groupe AGÉCO (formerly Quantis) presented a draft version of Canadian dairy farmers’ new carbon footprinter (in development), which will be available in 2016.


Visit our new environment page in the Producer Resources section of to see dairy farmers’ roadmap to sustainability and more…

For the GHG project results visit:

Key Findings:

Developing and Validating Dairy Livestock Feeding Strategies BMPs to Reduce GHG Emissions

Developing and Validating Dairy Livestock Manure Management BMPs to Reduce GHG Emissions

GHG emissions from cropping systems management

Manure Storage:

Managing Manure for Fewer Emissions