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Public Expectations of a Dairy Farm - UBC Dairy Centre Report (2016)

50 people in the survey were asked how confident they were that dairy cows have a good life. Before visiting the dairy farm a little less than half of the participants said that they were confident that dairy cows had a good life . After visiting the farm less that 25% responded that they were confident, with the remainder either unsure or were not confident in the quality of life of dairy cows. Both studies illustrate the importance that members of the public put on an animal’s freedom to move and their ability to fulfill natural and highly motivated behaviors like grazing on pasture. Thus participants, who became acquainted with the practices of early cow-calf separation and lack of access to pasture, tended to lose confidence in dairy farming. Both studies also illustrated the importance that respondents placed on the actions and attitudes of the people responsible for the care of cattle on dairy farms.

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PEST ALERT!! Western Corn Rootworm in B.C. (Jan 2017)

Western Corn Rootworm (WCRW), Diabrotica virgifera, Family: Chrysomelidae, a major corn pest, was confirmed in the central and eastern Fraser Valley in August 2016. Surveying in August and September revealed varying levels of infestation in fields, in both silage corn and sweet corn. WCRW has also been confirmed in a dahlia crop adjacent to corn fields.

western corn root worm adult beetle

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Western Corn Rootworm in British Columbia - presentation November 2016

by Tracy Hueppelsheuser and Susan Smith, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture
November 2016

Western Corn Rootworm is a major corn pest in the midwest and eastern North America

It causes significant damage by:

  • Larvae feed on roots (spring and early summer) causing lodging and limits growth and tonnage.
  • Adults feed on silks (July-Sept) which limits pollination and cob development
  • Adults fly and search for pollen—will damage flower crops (i.e. dahlias)

First detection in B.C. was confirmed August 10, 2016 in Sumas Prairie.

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Applied Sustainable Ranching Program Starts January 23, 2017

Do you want to work in a beautiful landscape to learn about carbon nerutral ranching and land management practices with a focus on innovation, reducing stress on livestock, and financial & environmental sustainability? Apply to Thompson Rivers University.

Students use technology based learning to study from their home ranches or mentor ranches and only drive to campus once a week reducing fuel consumption and carbon footprint. Learning from upwards of 30 farms and ranches in our region allows us to understand the common thread of resilience that runs through the community.

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Grassland Environmental Contributions (2016)

“This is really a one-of-a-kind comprehensive study looking at how grazing affects carbon stores and grassland biodiversity across up to six different agro climatic zones,” he said. “We are really aiming, with our research, to get a provincial-scale assessment of how land use and livestock grazing affect plant communities and how that subsequently affects carbon storage. And then, how can we assign some monetary value to that or some incentive for ranchers and those of you who are out there doing the work to protect these ecological goods and services.”

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AAFC creates new forage research position

Forages and pastures have sometimes been seen as just a subordinate realm of beef cattle production or as a minor crop sector for hay producers.
 However, research in recent decades has revealed the pivotal roles pasture and forage systems can play in protecting vulnerable soil, storing carbon and making farming systems more sustainable.
 They provide a multibillion-dollar Canadian farm industry, but forages and grasslands get little respect.
 That’s an agricultural attitude that committed farmers and researchers vow to change.
 After years of stagnation, Agriculture Canada said the recent hiring will give pasture and forage research a much-needed boost.

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