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If you’re ever driving just outside of Surrey, British Columbia, and you spy a field of Holstein cows grazing next to the road, you just might be at Nicomekl Farms Ltd., which is known to the locals as the “farm that has the cows outside all of the time,” says farm owner David Janssens.

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The Portena family emigrated from Holland in 1988 and set up a dairy business in the Monkton, Ontario, area.

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On May 19, a unique collaboration was announced at one of Canada’s dairy universities. The new cross-campus research group called “Dairy at Guelph” will unite researchers from across the University of Guelph system.

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In July 2015, Poly-C Farms put the first group of calves in their new calf barn. Since then, their calves have been less stressed, healthier and have grown better than they did in the hutches.

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When Cor and Cathy Haagsma, owners of Poly-C Farms in Ponoka, Alberta, built their calf barn in 2015, they strongly considered installing automated feeders. However, they and their employees decided they would miss out on visual contact and inspection too much during feeding calves to make the switch from buckets to auto-feeders.

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When Anton Borst’s parents first moved to Halarda Farms in 1984, they had 100 cows, 400 acres and five children. Today, Anton and his wife, Cheryl, own and run the 800-cow, 4,500-acre and 80-head angus/angus-cross operation in Elm Creek, Manitoba, with their nine children.

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