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In Canadian dairy herds, the average stillbirth rate is 8 percent, but this varies between 0 and 17 percent across herds; the best 25 percent of these herds could be used as home-grown producer benchmarks for the industry.

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Breezy Holsteins’ new freestall barn allowed Roger and Karen Haag to bring two herds together under one roof and use the vacated tiestall barn for newborns and weaned calves. They also constructed a small barn with automatic feeders for pre-weaned calves.

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In taking over the farm his parents started when they moved from Switzerland in 1990, Roger Haag and his wife, Karen, consolidated two separate farms and looked to automation to reduce labour needs.

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After analyzing corn, spring wheat, barley and triticale samples from across Canada as part of the 2016 Alltech Canada harvest analysis, the results indicated a high risk for the presence of mycotoxins in total mixed rations (TMR), distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and silage.

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There’s no doubt about it, winter weather can wreak havoc on the day-to-day operations of the farm. Ice and snow can make the simple task of walking 5 feet a treacherous one.

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