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Agriculture Report

Dairy Day at Farmers Week

By Kevin Bernard

Dairy Day at the Farmer's Week will include a panel on bedding options and speech from Doctor Trevor DeVries.

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The cold and snowy weather is not having an impact on the 49th annual Grey Bruce Farmers Week.

Officials say the weather was great to open the conference yesterday with Beef Day.

Today is Dairy Day -- and co-organizer Lorie Smith says they have a special panel discussion at 2:30 this afternoon about bedding options.

The guest speaker is Doctor Trevor DeVries from the University of Guelph.

He will discuss how farmers can use technology to monitor the behaviour and identify illness in dairy cattle.

Ralph Dietrich of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario will also provide an industry update.

There is also a presentation from the New Livestock Research Innovation Centre.

And of course, the trade show continues all day for the second of seven days for the festival.

Friday is Goat Day, Saturday is Sheep Day and Sunday is Horse Day at Grey Bruce Farmers Week.


A light marketing week last week in Ontario for both fed and replacement cattle.

The Beef Farmers of Ontario says only 38 fed steers and heifers were sold through auction markets on the week.

The group says that volume was too light to establish a market trend.

255 replacement cattle were sold.


The U-S Federal Aviation Administration has issued permits to use drones to monitor crops.

The move marks the first time permission has been granted to companies involving agriculture to use the pilotless vehicles.

A company called Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to use fixed-wing eBee drones to make photographic measurements of farm fields, determine the health of crops and look for pests.

The aim is to save farmers time walking through fields.



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