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24 Hours: B.C. cows being potty trained

Potty training for cows — the benefits are many, but with many farmers assuming dairy cows pee and poop where they stand with little thought to hygiene, the practice hasn’t really taken off.

University of B.C. postdoctoral researcher Alison Vaughan believes most people underestimate cows. Really, she said on Monday, they just haven’t given the bovines enough of a chance to value cleanliness in their living space.

Agassiz-Harrison Observer: UBC Dairy centre finalist for national award

The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre was nominated for a Dairy Farm Sustainability Award for 2015.

The award recognizes Canadian dairy farmers that have proactively adopted on-farm management practices that extend beyond the basic requirements, and demonstrate continuous improvement in various aspects of sustainable dairy farming, according to the award criteria listed on the Dairy Farmers of Canada website.

UBC Dairy Centre named 2015 Dairy Farm Sustainability Award Finalist

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) have named the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre as one of three finalists of the 2015 Dairy Farm Sustainability Award, recognizing Canadian dairy farmers who proactively adopt on-farm management practices that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable, socially beneficial, and can be replicated on other farms.

Dairy Herd Managment: Canadian 2015 Sustainability Finalist

The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre (Dairy Centre) is tackling issues such as animal welfare, food safety and sustainable farm practices with state-of-the-art research. This self-sustaining dairy farm that is home to one of North America’s largest dairy cattle research and education facilities. It houses 500 Holsteins, including 250 lactating cows.

Agassiz-Harrison Observer: How to float a cow

Cows that can’t stand up for whatever reason, often referred to as downed or downer cows, are not a unique problem for dairy farmers. But a unique method of treatment is sailing across the Fraser Valley and it’s giving farmers an alternative choice for cows that fall and can’t get back up.

The Aqua Cow Rise System is just what it sounds like: a giant bathtub for cows, using the buoyancy in water to alleviate the majority of a cow’s weight.

Cdn Cattlemen: Scoring newborn calf vitality

Producers have all sorts of ways of assessing calf vigour, yet subjective evaluations can be inconsistent and some signs of distress or trauma from hard births may not be obvious.

Dairy Herd Management: Advantages of automated calf feeders

For those thinking about adding auto calf feeder technology, you have to ask, “What are the risks of moving away from individual pens to group housing?” One who has the units in place noted, “Once you fine-tuned the technology, the calves were as healthy as any we have ever raised.”

Vancouver Sun: B.C.’s dairy farmers milk genomics to thin the herd

Genomic analysis could allow B.C. dairies to predict which calves will become elite milkers, with the promise of huge savings for farmers who don’t have to raise inferior cows that will ultimately be made into hamburgers and bologna.Using cells recovered from hair samples taken from young heifers, veterinarian Martin Darrow and University of B.C. animal reproduction biologist Ronaldo Cerri can examine 12,000 genetic markers in each animal’s DNA to determine which are most likely to be elite milk producers.

Agri-View: Pair house calves for increased social interaction, learning ability

Cattle are social creatures. They thrive best around others and numerous other species perform better due to interaction and competition. So why do we continue to individually house calves until post-weaning? Would they be better off with a buddy?

The Globe and Mail: Bovines with buddies learn better, UBC research shows

New research out of the University of British Columbia found Holstein dairy calves learned better in pairs.

The first of two studies found calves that lived with another calf became familiar with and learned to ignore a red-plastic bin placed in their pen, while individual calves on their own continued to react to each exposure of the red-plastic bin as if it was a first.

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