Valu­ing our dairy farm­ers: ‘agri­cul­ture is our fu­ture’

Valley Journal Advertiser - - OPINION -

At 8 a.m., when the milk­ing of 110 cows was com­plete, I helped Jean­nie van Dyk feed her calves and give them clean bed­ding. Jean­nie has zero calf loss, due to ex­cel­lent biose­cu­rity and their hous­ing and feed­ing regimes.

All the calves at Lella­van Farms in Noel Shore, Nova Sco­tia, are fed warm wa­ter. The calf hutches are mod­u­lar, which al­lows them to be taken down for clean­ing. The space is be­ing moved to a pos­i­tive air­pres­sure sys­tem to en­sure pro­tec­tion from dis­ease. The calves are fed milk twice daily, more if they are pre­ma­ture or twins. They start solid food at around three weeks.

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