Previous News and Events
August 23, 2016 - Visite d'entreprises bovines innovantes de l'Outaouais
(MAPAQ de l'Estrie)
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Farm Tour: July 10, 2016 at 11 AM to 4 PM
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February 4, 2015
Moins de ciment, plus de nature (less cement, more nature)!
Kornel is giving a presentation in french on pasture production and many other "non-conventional" approaches to produce milk with grass.Schedule (French)
After having been in contact with Kathrin Lincke since fall of 2013, we decided that it was best to have her visiting our operation. Ms. Lincke spent many days on our farm, analyzing the complete milking setup, from slopes, to noise, to settings and the whole milking procedure. It was very impressive to see an INDEPENDENT consultant at work, with experience all over Europe, and tools that measure to the milliseconds. Ms. Lincke has a lot of experience with all types of milking equipment and also has contacts to world leaders in the field of milking. Because we earn our living with milking cows, it is most important that the process of harvesting the milk is done to the best of our knowledge. Ms. Lincke has given us that expertise. Thank you Kathrin Lincke!!!
Fall - Winter 2013/2014
We had a great grazing season! The paddocks have shown their capacity of producing cheap and wholesome milk all summer long. The calving window has been narrowed down to 5 months (May 1st until September 30th). 2014 will be 4 months. The last calving is planned for August 31st, 2014. We are becoming a grass farm. The grass mixtures and genetics seam to hold up well, and produce good quality forage all season long. Our most important change was, eliminating any type of fescue, and also timothy grass. In my opinion, anybody who has the equipment to seed high quality grasses should not use any timothy in the mix. Improving stands can also bring setbacks. We had a major bloat incident and are therefore considering protecting the whole herd with anti-bloat in the drinking water. A big Thank You to my wife and all her helpers for setting up and hosting the party for the 20th anniversary of Ferme R�veuse! It was heartwarming to meet all the guests. Great motivation!
2013 Breading Season
After having done our final heard health check for the 2013 breeding season, we are more than pleased with the results. More than 90% of animals are confirmed pregnant. ALL FIRST CALF HEIFERS within that group are confirmed pregnant. Average days open for the herd is 87 days. Our calving dates are getting more concentrated around May. These results have been achieved with 4 bulls roaming the herd for 4 months only. NO hormones or any other fertility treatment has been used. Cows had access to great pasture, plus 2 kg of grain per day. Only two heard health appointments were made with the veterinarian during the whole year.
According to a presentation in Victoriaville QC, from Ph.D. Bradley Heins from the University of Minnesota, crossbreeding makes very much sense, and the Montbelliarde is a good choice to do so!
Spring & Summer 2013
With 63 cows calved in the last 60 days, times were busy to say the least. A perfect spring for a grass farm. Frequent rain, not too hot, and good growth in the pastures. The perennial rye grass has well survived the winter. The cows and I are happy. Cows produce about 4 to 5 liters more milk per day on perennial rye grass, compared to any other well managed pasture stand. We have almost completed the second rotation through all our paddocks. Grazed paddocks are clipped with a rotary cutter to get rid of headed out forage (done only once per year, per paddock).
With the purchase of the feed reader from farmworks, it is now possible to measure pasture and hayfield dry matter by just driving an ATV over each paddock. The minimum speed to take measurements is 8 km/hr and the maximum speed is 20 km/hr. Measurements are wirelessly sent home to a desktop computer. With the collected data, I can better plan for changes in inventory, and make seasonal adjustments. Corn and grain yields are always heavily discussed after the crops are in. Who wants to discuss forage dry matter yields with me (and back it up with data)?
The drought of 2012 has certainly had a negative effect on production levels during the grazing season. We have long since transitioned into a winter ration. Because we feed more dry hay to the milking herd than any other winter, we have decided to feed 2 kg of grain per cow per day to the milking herd. We hope this is a temporary fix.
We will concentrate even more on high quality forage for 2013, and hope that sufficient rain will make for the quantity. Our 7 bulls have left the farm on January 2, 2013. We will welcome them back on August 1, 2013.
October 23, 2012
Pasture Day: Darrell Emmick, former New York State Dairy Grazing specialist will give a talk entitled "Behaviour Based Grazing Management: Factors that Influence Dry Matter Intake".
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August 29, 2012
The Swiss alumni of agricultural students will visit our farm during their tour of Canada.
Cows are consuming less than 1 kg of concentrates, grains, and minerals in total for their winter ration (ratio of 19 kg of milk for 1 kg of grain). Calving will begin on May 1st 2012 with about 60 animals due in a period of 50 days. Peak production will get in line with peak forage growth. Our goal is zero grain, all grass-fed milk for healthy animal, healthy soil and wholesome food!
March 29, 2012
Kornel will be presenting a talk on pasture management and "low cost" production systems at the Quebec Farmer's Association's Farm Food Forum. This event is broadcasted to 8 different sites throughout the province of Quebec. Kornel will be speaking at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue,QC.