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Agriculture Report

Raw Milk Farm Tour


Michael Schmidt offers tour this weekend.


Its a busy weekend in Grey Bruce, especially in the agricultural area.

Michael Schmidt -- a farmer owner and fresh milk activist -- will be giving a tour of his biodynamic farmstead. Livestock includes the Canadienne dairy herd, red wattle pigs, and Canadian horses. Facilities include complete cow share milk processing facility, as well as meat smoke house and bakery.

The tour goes from 1 PM to 4 PM.

To get to the farm, From Highway 6 Drive East on Edges Side Rd., turn South onto Concession 2 to #393889. 


Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford, has been asked to continue as opposition critic for Agriculture and Food, as well as take on new responsibility for rural affairs by the new leader Tim Hudak.

Hardeman says The McGuinty government has demonstrated that they simply don't understand the agriculture sector and aren't willing to take action to help our farmers.

This appointment recognizes Hardeman's extensive involvement with rural communities and the agriculture industry.

Hardeman has previously served as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister of Municipal Affairs - rural. While Warden of Oxford Hardeman was chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association.

Previous to being elected -- Hardeman owned and operated Hardeman Feed Ltd for almost 30 years.


It's the study that the dairy industry has been waiting for, the one that proves there's a long-term health benefit for children to eat plenty of dairy foods.

Researchers in Australia looked at some 43 hundred UK children involved in a 1930's study and found that, 65 years later, those that followed a diet high in dairy and calcium as children had fewer strokes and other health problems.

The study, reported in the journal Heart found that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy, predominantly from milk, cut mortality by a quarter.

A higher daily intake of calcium, of at least 400mg as found in just over half a pint of milk, cut the chance of dying from stroke by as much as 60 per cent, the article says.

Three servings of dairy foods - for example, a 200ml glass of milk, a pot of yogurt and a small piece of cheese - will provide all the calcium most people need each day.


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