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Dairy Expansion Interest Remains Strong

Interest in new dairy barn construction and herd expansion is stronger than it has been in recent years, according to Jack Rodenburg, OMAFRA Dairy Production Systems Program Lead. Declining quota prices, extra quota days and open borders are all reasons for optimism. But according to Rodenburg, it is not only the dairy economy that is strong and with a tight job market and high labour costs, dairy producers need to continue to seek ways to increase their productivity and labour efficiency. New facilities that eliminate bottle necks, improve cow health through better comfort, and allow for implementation of new labour saving technology are all factors driving the many expansion and renovation projects planned for next summer. OMAFRA staff Jack Rodenburg, Harold House and Dr. Neil Anderson have organized freestall design seminars around the province each winter for the last 14 years and enrolments are expected to be high across the province for this years courses. Freestall seminars are planned for Woodstock January 30 and 31, Listowel February 6 and 7 and Kemptville February 27 and 28. Single day tiestall seminars will be held at the same locations the day prior to the start of the freestall programs. The courses are intended for dairy producers with plans to do major construction or renovation projects in the next 2 or 3 years and also for the contractors, engineers and equipment suppliers who work with them. For more information or to register for one of these programs, call 1-877-424-1300.

 
 

 
 


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