By Matt Villeneuve
Ag Minister announces an additional $1.75 million in the dairy research cluster.
For the first time, dairy herds across Canada have been ranked with a managemnt score.
Placing third out of 85 hundred herds is Ian and Mark Gamble, Gamblelane Farms of Chatsworth.
The management score focusses on six different areas.
Canwest DHI and Valacta are the milk recording organizations involved.
The federal government has announced more money for the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says they are investing an additional 1.75 million dollars in the dairy research cluster.
He says the goal is to further increase milk production and improve the understanding of the health effects of dairy fat.
The funding is under the Growing Forward 2 agricultural framework.
It allows the Dairy Farmers to tap into research conducted by department scientists, bringing the total investment under the research cluster to 13.75 million.
The cluster, launched in 2013, brings together scientific expertise in key areas such as sustainable milk production, dairy genetics and genomics, and the nutrition of milk products.
The Canadian Canola Growers is throwing its support behind the Trans Pacific Partnership.
President Brett Halstead says it's an important trade deal for farmers that brings many potential benefits.
He adds there will be a five-year phase-out of tariffs on canola once the deal is ratified.
The federal government has already signed the deal -- but it still must be approved in parliament.