Category Archives: beef farming

A community for clean water

Farmers, rural residents work together to reduce phosphorous levels

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By Jeanine Moyer for AgInnovation Ontario

Tobermory – A community group in the Bruce Peninsula knows poop just doesn’t run downhill, it flows downstream too.

That’s why local farmers have been working alongside the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) to provide new watering systems for cattle on pastures, removing the animals from drinking and walking in waterways.

With the goal to improve water quality for themselves and their neighbours downstream, the BPBA’s Six Streams Initiative focuses on addressing three sources of water pollution in their area – cattle drinking in waterways, soil erosion, and under-performing septic systems. Continue reading

Locally produced algae cleans waste water, feeds livestock

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Dr. Andressa Lacerda

By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Peterborough – Local researchers have developed several strains of algae that can clean waste water as well as serve as a potential livestock superfood.

Nobletech Inc.’s Noble Purification division is currently piloting its algae-based clean water technology, and Noble Biotech has developed sustainable animal feed that is high in protein and omega fatty acids. The company is part of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.

“Our core technology for both of these applications is the algae product itself,” explains Dr. Andressa Lacerda, a recent Ph.D. graduate of Trent’s environmental and life sciences program. “We’re algae farmers, and we grow algae with different purposes.” Continue reading

Innovation alliance promotes northern Ontario food and farming

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By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

New Liskeard – The Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) has just launched a new tool to help expand the growing agriculture sector in the province’s North.

Its new website, FarmNorth, is a one-stop-shop for food and farming in the region and is designed to provide information for farmers and others in the agri-food sector looking to relocate to Northern Ontario.

“The cost of land in other parts of Ontario means people are interested in moving to Northern Ontario but many don’t know where to start,” explains NOFIA’s administrator Steph Vanthof of NOFIA. “We have many diverse districts within our area, and we want to give an accurate view of agriculture in the different areas of northern Ontario.” Continue reading

Improvements make livestock management software “Range Ready”

image002Improvements to a made-in-Ontario record keeping system for livestock mean farmers can now work with their herd records even when they’re not connected to the Internet. All they need is their phone.

The bioTrack software, developed by producer-owned co-operative BIO, lets beef, sheep and goat farmers easily capture and use pedigree, performance, health, movement and economic data on-farm.

Recent improvements have made it “range ready” which means the software is compatible with any Internet-ready smart device and will keep functioning even when that phone or tablet is offline. Continue reading

A whole-farm approach to beef and the environment

Buis BeefMike and Joanne Buis knew they had to make some big changes if their family’s beef farm near Chatham was going to survive.

Thanks to an innovative management approach and leading-edge technology, they have grown beyond their feedlot business to include a retail store that sells their own brand of Buis Beef.

 

To read the rest of this story by Blair Andrews, visit the Today’s Farmer website.

This article is one in a series produced by Farm & Food Care Ontario. The stories highlight innovative initiatives in the areas of animal welfare and environmental stewardship in Ontario agriculture.