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June 2022 | Québec Edition


The Joy of Working Together

At Ferme Belgarde, a sustainable operation means animal comfort and happy workers. The farm ranked 22nd in Canada according to its 2021 HPI. Stéphane and Jean Vincent tell us about the success factors of their business in the Québec Progress Report.

Read the complete profile (French)

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Sustainable Farm
Longevity and Culling

The Secret to A Sustainable and Profitable Dairy

Are innovative animal comfort and welfare practices the secret to a sustainable and profitable dairy?

Learn what top producers do

How can I view my Sustainability Index?

  1. Install the IBM Cognos Active Report Viewer application to view the report on your computer or mobile device:
  1. Log in to MySite, click on the "Reports" menu, then type "Sustainability" in the search tool.
  2. Download your report and view it from the application you just downloaded.
Feeding and Production

SNF Ratio, Why and How?

As of August 1, 2022, the maximum SNF ratio will drop from 2.30 to 2.25. This is an unsurprising development, given that the market needs a ratio of around 2.0. We will focus here on the fat content since it has the most influence in the SNF ratio calculation equation.

Read our LPLQ June article

Are Your Cows Reaching Their Full Potential?

If you’re wondering how cow comfort and the environment can impact the genetic potential of your herd’s productivity, make sure you check out our Management Index.

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Expert Tips

Did you know that the critical time to monitor a calf’s life is within the first 72 hours? In fact, a good follow-up program starts at dry-off. Here are eight tips for excellent calf care for a profitable and sustainable herd.

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Did you know...

The dairy industry continues to see a rise in the use of sexed semen and beef sire semen. In fact, between 2017 and 2021, the use of beef sire semen to breed Holsteins increased from 9% to 23% in Canada.

Learn more about this trend


How to Have a Successful Transition Period?

Without an optimal transition period, it is possible to have metabolic disorders after calving. In fact, a case of mastitis can cost up to $662/case for vet fees, milk loss and extra labor.

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Can My On-Farm Software Report Traceability Events?

Certain on-farm herd management software tools have created a traceability module. This module, within the software, allows a direct connection to DairyTrace* for reporting (*SimpliTRACE in QC). Reach out to your software rep about solutions that support traceability requirements.

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Productive Life

We know that quality milk brings a bigger milk cheque and can help you get a better pulse on your herd to improve your bottom line.

  • Boost performance and measure progress
  • Manage treatment plans
  • Practice Selective Dry Cow Therapy (sDCT)
  • Understand profit values
  • Achieve greater control and predictability
  • Enable benchmarking
  • Provide information to advisors

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Environmental Sustainability Seen By DFC

Canadians are increasingly making purchase decisions based on their values, and one of the most influential factors is environmental sustainability. Consumers want to be assured that the brands they support share their values and are dedicated to causes that resonate with them. For dairy farmers, this is an opportunity to promote and celebrate an ongoing commitment to environmental

stewardship, and it is in this spirit that Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) recent commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farm-level dairy production by 2050.

DFC’s net-zero 2050 goal is being supported by a creative advertising campaign that will show Canadians that our dairy farmers are prioritizing people and the planet – something they’ve been doing for years. The campaign is called “I’m In” and it will remind consumers that they can trust Canadian dairy farmers to honour their unique bond with the land, as they demonstrate real sustainable farming practices that are in place today as we all strive for a sustainable tomorrow.

Learn more about on-farm sustainable practices