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“FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL”. “This is the kind of help farmers are getting from the government in 2012?,” MacLaren questioned. “It’s the year of the worst drought since the Depression of the 1930s.” The MPP and former president of the Ontario Landowners Association was referring to a letter sent to 4,500 Ontario farmers demanding they give back $30 million in support money received in 2003 to help them survive the BSE crisis which closed the U.S. border to Canadian beef exports. A beef farmer, MacLaren said Agricorp’s spring letter was the first and only notice from the province that it wanted the money returned. The MPP got one himself, looking for about $400 that he insisted he won’t pay. “It’s not right, it’s not fair, and the farmers aren’t going to give the money back,” he railed, inviting anyone affected who wants to be part of the resistance movement to call his office at 613-599-3000. Those interested are also asked to take part in a survey at m posing the question is it right for the province to go after the cash nine years later. As of Aug. 30, MacLaren assistant Brad McNulty said farmers had begun responding to the MPP’s call, with at least a dozen seeking more information. MacLaren has learned from another MPP’s office that the federal government has to intention of chasing after any part of its 60 percent of BSE support, indicating to him that it’s a solo effort by a cash-starved provincial government. If necessary, he’ll raise the matter in the Ontario legislature at an opportune time. MacLaren noted as have others that the legal statute of limitations terminates collection attempts after

$30-million demanded from 4,500 producers two years. Ottawa agricultural lawyer Don Good has suggested that negligence on the province’s part should result in at least some farmers not being legally required to pay Agricorp. Good is advising several clients to do nothing until they receive adequate proof of overpayment.

A typical Agricorp balance owing statement was received by current OLA president Tom Black who, like MacLaren, is ignoring the demand. It explains that overpayments may have occurred as a result of incomplete program applications, processing errors, changes to farm operations

and “the nature of programs that provide advance payments to farmers in distress.” It also makes it clear why the sudden request was issued to confirm with the provincial agency a plan to repay any balance owing within three years: “In the current fiscal environment, Ontario is focused on eliminating the deficit and protecting vital services.” In the past, Black’s letter states, a waiver of interest

has been granted to Agricorp accounts and that’ll continue until the end of the year. Interest charges will apply to outstanding balances effective Jan. 1, 2013. The letter asks for return of a completed repayment plan option form by June 25. In Renfrew County, beef farmer Peter Tippins said he’s been asked to repay $18,000 in aid money received in 2007. Tippins

said he applied for assistance at the height of the BSE crisis because he couldn’t sell his cows. Struggling through the aftermath of the June and July drought, he said there’s no way of incorporating the new debt in with his operating costs: “You can’t pay what you don’t have.” In 2008, a report indicated that Agricorp was saddled with $24 million in overpayments with no plans to get the money back.


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“We work hard for 10 days a year at the IPM. Along with hard work is fun and friendship across the province,” says Jeff Waldroff, president of the Stormont County Plowmen’s Association and an OPA director. Although he’s never plowed at an IPM, Waldroff has had years with the local plowmen’s association and the Ontario Plowmen’s Association. His wife Jennifer (previously Jennifer Hyland and a former Carleton Queen of the Furrow) has plowed at Queen competitions and as an IPM contestant. Together they run a 180acre farm and milk 34 to 70 purebred Holsteins and Jerseys. “The IPM and Rural Expo is a great thing. People get to see different parts of Ontario every year,” adds Waldroff has been an

OPA director since 1989, when he took over the position from former MP Peter Manley. In 1999, he was elected to the OPA executive when the match was at Listowel in Perth County. He became OPA president in 2005. As an OPA director, he gets to see and participate in matches around the province. He knows first hand how “once county volunteers are brought together for an event, people who don’t know each other make connections for the next event and work together for the community.” He’s been on tented city for numerous matches since 2001, although he was off in 2007, when he was assistant chief steward for the Leeds Grenville IPM plowing competition. And in 2015, he’s tentatively booked again for the tented city when the IPM is will be held in his native Stormont County. Waldroff cites a good rapport with Paul Cook, who is head electrician for past and upcoming matches as a reason for his longevity with the committee. Continued on page 5

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Ayrshire farmers from far and wide Posing at Sunny Country Farm at Hulbert, from left, Ayrshire Ontario president Bernard Daoust of Finch and visitors David Ackerman (New Zealand), Ashley Hardy (Maine), Peter Sinclair (Nova Scotia), and Minna Rönkkö and Juulia Aulholm (both of Finland), James Lawrie (Scotland) and Ayrshire Canada president Henri Hofer, Sunny Country proprietor. See story on page 7 Zandbergen photo

IPM’s Waldroff Historic poster sought Continued from page 3 He has also been on the exhibitors’ gate committee that helps exhibitors set up, chairing this group at the Kingston match in 1998. And when the Ottawa-Carleton IPM was held in Navan in 2001, OPA director Gib Patterson allowed Waldroff to represent Carleton County on the OPA executive. Although he’s never been president of the Junior Farmers of Ontario, he’s been on their provincial executive, learning leadership skills and travelling through Ontario to attend Culturama, Summer and Winter games. His involvement with the Stormont Plowmen’s Association dates back to when he was a young teen. Waldroff says their goal is to put on a match. Although it’s a small group, it does this every year, meets a couple of times, raises donations and hosts a banquet for up to 35 people annually. “We discussed it for years before,” says Waldroff about the Stormont plowmen’s support for an area IPM. “We took it to the local agricultural association. At an annual meeting, when we were thinking about a bid, a member offered 100 acres. It wasn’t selected for tented city because of the close proximity to the water line, but the willingness to participate was there.” And the United Counties unanimously agreed to loan $100,000 for expenses, when their bid for the IPM match was accepted by the OPA this year. In addition to making friends across the province, Waldroff says he’s had the opportunity to see “great improvements since 1994, both in the match and the areas we’ve been.” “It’s phenomenal. It gives people the opportunity to spruce up an area. Roads can get paved and upgraded. It’s quite something to host an event.” Waldroff says that when an IPM is successful, as much as $500,000 can be raised to be divided up across a county or counties. To mention one example of benefits, the 1994 IPM in Renfrew County funded signs and posts for civic addresses for a 911 system throughout the county. “All the politicians come out, including premiers and sometimes the Prime Minister. (Former Prime Minister) Diefenbaker was at the IPM in Crysler in 1958. It’s a great five-day event for people in agriculture or the city to come and see and just enjoy,” he adds. By the way, the committee is looking for a 1958 IPM poster, although it has a 1936 poster of the IPM in Grants Corners. The last time the IPM was in Stormont was in Crysler in 1958 and at the time, it was a Stormont County match, but a previous IPM in 1936 at Grants Corners was a United Counties match, as is the one in 2015. If anyone has this historic 1958 poster, let Waldroff know at 613-346-5472.




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Editorial The unsung crop A tip of the old Tilly to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum and its partners for raising awareness of that often unheralded Eastern Ontario crop, trees, at the fourth annual Wood Fair held at Dunvegan Aug. 25. The fair is a perfect fit for the museum, says key organizer Blair Williams, because wood was so important to early settlers as reflected in the collection of log and frame buildings preserved on the Dunvegan crossroads site. Partners in the fair are the Certified Forest Owners and Boises Est, a francophone group dedicated to sustainable forestry. Custom toolmaker and marketer Ottawa’s Lee Valley came on board this year as a major sponsor along with Scotiabank and several smaller sponsors. The fair spotlights the state of regional forests and their economic, environmental and social importance at a time when forest preservation has gained a higher profile due to clear cutting to meet agricultural and residential expansion demands. So concerned is Finch-based South Nation Conservation that it’s about to issue the “100,000 Tree Challenge”, a bid to persuade its 13 member municipalities to plant 1.3 million trees over the next decade in order to restore some of the lost forest cover. Under perfect skies, some 1,200 visitors to the fair were treated to artisan and exhibitor displays and demonstrations, a conservation tent, the Ottawa Woodworkers Furniture Show, professional tree pruning, portable sawmill, children’s activities, and live bluegrass… along with four Swiss alphorns blown with great gusto. As always, the highlight of the show was the wood auction with 97 lots on the block, each lot averaging 100 board feet; species represented were white pine, sugar maple, red oak, yellow birch, butternut, black cherry, cedar and poplar. The auction proves the demand is there for Eastern Ontario forest products carefully culled and sold at a central location. Continued on page 9

Inanities versus liberties The thing about Glengarry County’s Shawn McRae is that he’s got so much credibility. He’s accomplished much as a farmer – including scooping BASF’s 2012 Innovative Farmer of the Year Award – and has for a long time been at the forefront in Eastern Ontario in the pursuit of agricultural and property rights and freedoms. So when he says something, you’ve got to pay attention. His comments are always direct, well thought out and fearless. The column on the other side of this page describes his stand on the Clean Water Act and implementation of regional Source Protection Plans, but he has some other interesting and timely things to say about most agricultural lobby groups and their general approach to issues awareness and management. His comments are contained in an open letter to the people of Eastern Ontario explaining why he resigned from the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Committee. Too often, he says, these organizations become preoccupied with the “inanities of artificial government support systems for farmers”. Rather, the focus should be on the core issue of an “individual’s security through liberty”. It seems poorly understood in our time, McRae says, that security in property, coupled with fair and impartial adjudication of common law and limited government powers, produces a responsible society comprising productive and self-sufficient individuals. “These were the securities and liberties sought by Canada’s agrarian settlers and defended by Canadian soldiers,” he contends. Instead of achieving these securities and liberties, we’re arrived at a place where “regulatory takings” of private land without compensation and other infringements on individual rights have become commonplace and go routinely unchallenged by most agricultural organizations. Isn’t it time, as McRae intimates, for agricultural groups to get back to the basics of solidifying individual rights with the objective of strengthening the collective piece by piece?

AgriGab McRae makes waves Glengarry County farmer Shawn McRae describes himself as a “conservative-minded freeenterprise advocate with a deep commitment to our landscape, the people who own it, and our Canadian values of freedom, justice, and ethical democratic governance.” It’s not that Shawn is particularly cocky. He was asked to put together a blurb for the Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Committee after being appointed to it and that’s part of what he came up with. A few weeks ago, he resigned from that committee after working on it for about five years. He felt he was left with no choice because he failed in his implied goal to protect the freehold interests of farmers and other rural landowners under the proposed Source Protection Plan. Shawn is a dedicated and outspoken rural property rights advocate. To give him his fair due, he tried hard to work within the Source Protection process to implement clear financial protection for farmers and other owners when their land is set aside for the general public good, in this case to ensure water quality. I know his contribution can’t be seriously challenged because I’ve been a member of the same committee from the outset and witnessed his steadfast dedication, both to bumping up water protection standards, and to the compensation cause. Shawn saw the task through to the final proposed Source Protection Plan developed by Raisin-South Nation and released Aug. 15. It’s been submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Environment for final approval and eventual implementation at the municipal level. “I simply cannot approve the document in its current form,” McRae wrote in a letter of resignation to committee chairman Claude Cousineau. Similar in structure, composition and mandate to several other regional committees charged with the same task across the province, Raisin-South Nation encompasses all of Eastern Ontario from rural Ottawa east to the Quebec border. Calling it a collaborative effort, Cousineau said the plan managed to “strike the right balance between practical strategies and results.” “I thank you for your forbearance of my core issue…compensation for injurious affection to private lands and to the rural families who own those lands,” McRae told Cousineau. If the Source Protection process was truly locally driven, McRae believes there would be compensa-

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by Tom VanDusen tion. However, final approval and implementation of the plan is governed by MOE. Compensation is a problem foreseen and denied by the authors and implementers of the Ontario Clean Water Act guiding Source Protection Plans now being finalized across the province, McRae noted. In his letter, Shawn recalled being elected in 2007 to represent farmers on the committee because he spoke of property rights and of the principle that “an individual citizen should never be deprived of his or her use and enjoyment of privately owned real property without fair and timely compensation.” Elected at the same to represent agriculture on the committee were farmers Bill Smirle and Brian Powell, who share McRae’s sentiments; Smirle resigned some time ago over a technicality unrelated to the compensation issue. McRae plans to carry on the campaign for compensation with the Glengarry Landowners Association to which he donated $1,000 reflecting per diems and mileage received during his work with the Source Protection Committee. He expressed respect for Cousineau and his committee and doesn’t blame them for the outcome because they filed in 2008 a request that the Clean Water Act be amended to include the principle of compensation for loss of income resulting from source protection plan policies. No action resulted from that missive. The committee action was taken after McRae submitted a compensation model for land use restrictions that became the subject of a working group assessment. “The fact that our provincial government is intractable and irresponsible on this issue is not the fault of this Source Protection Committee,” McRae concluded. He dismissed the act’s companion Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program as an “inappropriate remedy” since it has no mechanism for measuring near-term or long term impact where a finalized Source Protection Plan might deny the best Continued on page 9

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; TRAVELLED FROM AS FAR AWAY AS NEW ZEALAND AND FINLAND FOR A WEEK-LONG TOUR OF EASTERN ONTARIO OPERATIONS IN LATE JULY. Members of the GrenvilleDundas-Stormont Ayrshire Club host such visitors every three years to enjoy local excursions focused on the red dairy cattle breed. Aimed at individuals 15 to 30 years old, the 2012 edition drew a group mostly in their early 20s, who were billeted at Sunny Country Farm near Hulbert and Cyn Lorr Ayrshires of Finch. Their tour began Mon., July 23 and included stops at a number of Ayrshire producers as well as EastGen in Kemptville, Glengarry Cheese in Lancaster and Beauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All

Natural Brewing Co. in Vankleek Hill. They also visited Threeloos Farms, near Avonmore, to see that operationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barley-sprout fodder feed system. And on the Friday night of their stay, the group caught AC/DC tribute band Great Scott at the Chesterville Fair. In a variety of accents, they were keen to contrast and compare the Ontario dairy industry with what was familiar back home, some of them also remarking on this provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot, continental climate in the summertime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really interesting, a completely different setup from in Scotland,â&#x20AC;? observed James Lawrie, 23, during a July 28 barbecue at Sunny Country. Lawrie said his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scottish operation in Cuthill Towers has a milking herd of 200 kept in a free-stall environment and milked in a herringbone parlour. They do some cross-breed-

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ing of their Ayrshires with red-andwhite Holsteins â&#x20AC;&#x153;mainly for size and milk,â&#x20AC;? he said. At the most recent Royal Highland Show, his parents had the champion Red-andWhite Ayrshire, which also placed as Reserve Champion overall




among the dairy breeds. Lawrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father also happens to be a past president of the Ayrshire Cattle Society of Great Britain and Ireland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; naturally based in Ayr, Scotland. Continued on page 8

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Ayrshires Continued from page 7 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been seeing a lot of different things,â&#x20AC;? remarked Ashley Hardy, 18, of Maine, whose parents operate a 45-head organic Ayrshire dairy, Hardy Farms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been seeing some really good animals,â&#x20AC;? added Hardy, who also enthused about the opportunity to learn about Ayrshire farms â&#x20AC;&#x153;all over the worldâ&#x20AC;? from her fellow travellers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really good seeing different styles of barns and rations,â&#x20AC;? concurred 24-year-old Peter Sinclair of Breckrow Farm in Goshen, Nova Scotia, also vice president of the Ayrshire club in his province. His home farm milks 70 Ayrshires, he said. David Ackerman, 22, of Leeston, New Zealand, came from an operation that milks 380 cows in a double-12 herringbone parlour. Two hundred and sixty of those are pedigreed Ayrshires, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We pasture all year round on grass. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to see something different, to see how things are done over here.â&#x20AC;? Twenty-year-old Juulia Aulholm of northern Finland hailed from a family farm with 60 cows housed in a tie-stall barn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw for the first time corn silage,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding the Canadian trip also gave her a first look at soybean crops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been nice,â&#x20AC;? said Aulholm, who attends school in Helsinki and was staying a little longer in Canada by working on a farm in Quebec. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fantastic,â&#x20AC;? said Minna RĂśnkkĂś, 24, another Finlander studying animal science and agriculture in Helsinki. Her family milks 72 Ayrshires in a town called Kuopio.

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For the first time on record, farmers in the 55and-over age category comprise the highest percentage of total operators, Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 census of agriculture shows. An aging work force in Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farming community has long been a source of concern as the profession struggles to attract young people to the sector. Census results released in late August show the average age of Canadian farmers was 54 years last year, up from age 52 in 2006 and 49.9 in 2001. Average age of Canadian farm operators Universities and colleges have been trying to attract young people to the sector by, in part, trying to lure more immigrants, women and city dwellers into the field. The census highlights just how acute that need is becoming. As of last year, nearly half â&#x20AC;˘ or 48.3 per cent â&#x20AC;˘ of farm operators were 55 or older, compared to 40.7 per cent in 2006. The census of agriculture, released by Statistics Canada, has been tallied since 1871 and taken at five-year intervals since 1956. The total number of farmers is declining rapidly. As of last year, there were 294,000 operators â&#x20AC;˘ a 10.1per-cent slide since 2006, a drop thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occurred in line with the decreasing number of farms. Of the total, 73 per cent of farmers are male and 27 per cent female. Just 8.2 per cent of operators were younger than 35 as of last year. Quebec has the youngest farmers, with an average age of 51. British Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operators had the highest average age at 55.7. A few factors suggest the numbers may not be as dire as they seem, says Lyndon Carlson, Reginabased senior vice-president of marketing at Farm Credit Canada. For one, many farmers are in no rush to retire in their fifties, he said, adding that he is seeing many sons and daughters who want to continue in the family business. With technology gains

and innovation in the sector, fewer farms and farmers doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean less production. And higher commodity prices, particularly for grains, are fuelling optimism in the sector, he said. The census also painted a sweeping picture of agricultural changes in Canada. Here are some of its findings: â&#x20AC;˘ Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agricultural sector has shifted from livestock-based farms to cropbased farms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crop production and beef farming have long been the backbone of Canadian agriculture, but the gap between the two has widened,â&#x20AC;? the census said. By last year, the share of oilseed and grain farms had grown to 30 per cent, while the share of beef farms had dropped to 18.2 per cent. â&#x20AC;˘ The number of farms in Canada tumbled 10.3 per cent last year from 2006, to 205,730 â&#x20AC;˘ The number of farms has been declining steadily since 1941. Between 2006 and 2011, the number fell in every province â&#x20AC;˘ except Nova Scotia, where it rose 2.9 per cent. â&#x20AC;˘ The average size of Canadian farms increased 6.9 per cent between 2006 and 2011, from 728 acres to 778 acres. In Saskatchewan, the average farm size jumped 15.1 per cent to 1,668 acres, the largest increase in the country. â&#x20AC;˘ For every dollar of receipts in 2010, Canadian farmers had an average of 83 cents in expenses. â&#x20AC;˘ Canola has surpassed spring wheat, which lost its position as Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 field crop. It was the fourth straight census in which the acreage of spring wheat fell. â&#x20AC;˘ Organic farms represent 1.8 per cent of all farms in Canada, compared with 1.5 per cent in 2006 and 0.9 per cent in 2001. Universities and colleges have been trying to attract young people to the sector by, in part, trying to lure more immigrants, women and city dwellers into the field. The census highlights just how acute that need is becoming. As of last year, nearly half â&#x20AC;˘ or 48.3 per cent â&#x20AC;˘ of farm operators were 55 or older, compared to 40.7 per cent in 2006. The census of agriculture, released by Statistics Canada, has been tallied since 1871 and taken at five-year intervals since 1956.

The total number of farmers is declining rapidly. As of last year, there were 294,000 operators â&#x20AC;˘ a 10.1per-cent slide since 2006, a drop thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occurred in line with the decreasing number of farms. Of the total, 73 per cent of farmers are male and 27 per cent female. Just 8.2 per cent of operators were younger than 35 as of last year. Quebec has the youngest farmers, with an average age of 51. British Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operators had the highest average age at 55.7. The census also painted a sweeping picture of agricultural changes in Canada. Here are some of its findings: â&#x20AC;˘ Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agricultural sector has shifted from livestock-based farms to cropbased farms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crop production and beef farming have long been the backbone of Canadian agriculture, but the gap between the two has widened,â&#x20AC;? the census said. By last year, the share of oilseed and grain farms had grown to 30 per cent, while the share of beef


farms had dropped to 18.2 per cent. â&#x20AC;˘ The number of farms in Canada tumbled 10.3 per cent last year from 2006, to 205,730 â&#x20AC;˘ The number of farms has been declining steadily since 1941. Between 2006 and 2011, the number fell in every province â&#x20AC;˘ except Nova Scotia, where it rose 2.9 per cent. â&#x20AC;˘ The average size of Canadian farms increased 6.9 per cent between 2006 and 2011, from 728 acres to 778 acres. In Saskatchewan, the average farm size jumped 15.1 per cent to 1,668 acres, the largest increase in the country. â&#x20AC;˘ For every dollar of receipts in 2010, Canadian farmers had an average of 83 cents in expenses. â&#x20AC;˘ Canola has surpassed spring wheat, which lost its position as Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 field crop. It was the fourth straight census in which the acreage of spring wheat fell. â&#x20AC;˘ Organic farms represent 1.8 per cent of all farms in Canada, compared with 1.5 per cent in 2006 and 0.9 per cent in 2001.





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AgriGab Coninued from page 6 â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the fair has matured it has gotten bigger and better and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working to continue that trend,â&#x20AC;? Williams says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has become one of the marquee events at the museum.â&#x20AC;? A long-time museum volunteer, Williams says the wood fair gives the museum â&#x20AC;&#x153;a measure of depth and diversityâ&#x20AC;? seen as crucial to its mandate of creating awareness of heritage artifacts and practices. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no stopping agricultural and residential development and most reasonable conservationists understand that fact. And why should it be stopped? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the rural economy. But the Glengarry Wood Fair accentuates the need to showcase the value of trees and give them the respect they deserve when those development decisions are made. Retired Berwick dairyman Floyd Dingwall is somebody who understands and he feels that increasing numbers of farmers realize that clear cutting isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the way to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You even breathe better with trees around you,â&#x20AC;? Floyd states.

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The event is called FarmAid and already announced for the event are names like Paul Brandt, Michelle Wright, Emerson Drive, Jason Blane, Gail Gavan and Ambush with more still to be announced. Mark McDonell, from Ambush, is excited to be part of the event. “We were approached by the Ottawa stadium owners and a local agent, Ron Sparling. “We thought it was a great cause and really wanted to do it. I think it is great because it is really highlighting Canadian county music.”

Organizing the event is the Ottawa Stadium Group and its chair Don Foley. “I have known Don for a while,” explained McDonell. “When his group originally took over the stadium he had planned to do some concerts. This could be a potential launching point for them.” Foley is also a cash crop farmer in Carp who additionally owns a couple hundred head of beef cattle. He explained his inspiration for the event: “I was driving through the country and saw the state of the crops. I had the venue for something like this so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’” Organizers are optimistic that if they can attract 5,000 people, they could raise close to $100,000 for area farmers. Foley says that the proceeds will go to the Ontario Farmers Association who, in

conjunction with Mennonite Relief Disaster, will bring in hay to farmers in Eastern Ontario from the west. A survey was done to see who in Eastern Ontario needed the most relief and the results will help dictate where relief specifically goes. Foley says that it will cover an area from Kingston all the way up to Ottawa and out east to the Quebec border. The concert comes just weeks after the city’s massive music festival Capital Hoedown was supposed to take place, Aug. 10-12, but was cancelled because of financial and zoning problems. Preparations are well underway and tickets have already begun to sell. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Ottawa Stadium Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Page 12 The AgriNews September, 2012 as the harvesting of hemp is a relatively new venture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been doing Continued from page 4 this for 7 or 8 years, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have young chil- people ask what is going on dren, the lunch box is getwith our project,â&#x20AC;? said ting complicated because of Bercier, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We only have one allergies,â&#x20AC;? said Bercier, and crop per year and we have hemp can solve some of to learn. We have modified those issues. Hemp also does not require herbicides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sooner or later, we need to give our land a break from herbicides,â&#x20AC;? said Chambers. With a good crop rotation, growing hemp can provide that break. Bercier said that hemp has a tendency to the crop to adapt to our choke out other plants like conditions and then the next ragweed. The roots of the big step is the new comhemp plant take over the bine.â&#x20AC;? Bercier said that roots of the other plants, in while they know how to essence weeding itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own harvest the crop, they still field. need to develop a combine Another reason for to do it. growing hemp is the conâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We have many quesvenient harvest time. Seeds tions and we are working are planted later than soynow to get the answers,â&#x20AC;? beans, and the hemp harsaid Bercier, adding that vest occurs at a time falling there was still a lot of between cereal crop and potential for hemp growers. soybean harvests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market is there, we Still, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slow process have a chocolate bar to put


on the market, but before we invest in a whole processing plant, we need to secure production,â&#x20AC;? said Bercier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the farmer is not able to have success and make money, there is no way to develop that market.â&#x20AC;? Bercier said they had

onvenient and hardy, hemp fits into crop rotation, planting and harvest schedules.


developed a bar made from hemp that was comparable to any granola bar on the market. Another advantage of hemp is that every part of the plant can be used. The skin on the stalks is turned into fiber, and the heart of the stalk makes a great bedding material as it can absorb 12 times itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight. It also takes less hemp to make paper than it does wood. Hemp also does not

require a lot of water like most other crops. Bercier said hemp only needs about an inch of rain to thrive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you check the consumption of water compared to the biomasses, hemp is the best crop,â&#x20AC;? he said. Chambers has planted 40 acres which should be ready to harvest in early September. He is expecting a yield of between 1,400 and 1,500 pounds per acre and should see a revenue from that of 75 cents per pound. Bercier said that this new crop still has a way to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The grain commission doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to consider this a grain crop,â&#x20AC;? said Bercier, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered a nut crop,â&#x20AC;? which, as he pointed out, was not

Over 2,000 stories archived at and people want to know necessarily a bad thing as about it. But they are interthe cost of nuts is about ested in the nut, mostly for three times that of grains. Bercier said they need to cooking. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met anybody that wanted to do anyget a grading system in thing else with it. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re place as well, and of just going to show up by course, there still is the themselves, not likely to issue of harvesting. But Bercier said it will all come knock on my door.â&#x20AC;? In addition, police have been about in time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did we have good com- notified of where the hemp fields are. bines to harvest? No, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s If anyone tried to sneak why we are patient. It takes time. If we hurry, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in a few marijuana plants, have enough data, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they would end up being quite disappointed. The have the grower, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hemp would cross pollinate have the supply,â&#x20AC;? he said. with the plants thus lowerWith itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close reseming THC levels. With blance to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more potent cloning, an average maricousin, marijuana, juana plant produces about Chambers was asked if he was concerned about poten- 40 per cent THC while tial problems with the crop. hemp only produces .03 per â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not really. I was at the cent. Bercier said that you beginning, but not anycould not grow good marimore,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had juana for about a five mile people stop and look at it, radius from a hemp field.


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Good quality, lower yields anticipated By Nelson Zandbergen AgriNews Staff Writer ASTERN ONTARIO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; EXCEPT FOR SOME PARTICULARLY DROUGHT-





Based on his visit of corn fields in Prescott, Stormont and Dundas counties during the final week of August, Quesnel estimated that yields appear to be headed for 145 to 150 bushels per acre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; slightly below the historical average and down a bit from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average mark of 153. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s substantially less than the record 178 bushels per acre notched only two years ago, the high-point of a trend of better-than-average yields over a five-year period, according to Quesnel.

In that context, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projected yield â&#x20AC;&#x153;a significant drop,â&#x20AC;? he acknowledges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is significant because a lot of farms probably had [recent] averages around 160 or 170 bushels per acres, and now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be looking at barely 150, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fair drop.â&#x20AC;? He expects a number of growers will be a claim position on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corn crop, based on higher yields experienced in the last several years, particularly if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve insured against more than a 20 per cent loss. The corn and soybean crops are two weeks ahead of normal maturation, he says, with the corn already beginning to dry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and lose some its green colour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; earlier than usual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means the corn is typically drying down in a drier period period of the year. And that bodes well for quality.â&#x20AC;? Quesnel cautioned that while corn and soybean quality generally goes up when Eastern Ontario experiences a dry summer, in concert with lower yields, much of September remains ahead to influence the picture. Moisture and humidity this

month â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a big determining factor there. But right now, quality-wise, things look very good.â&#x20AC;? However, in places that lacked even a quarter inch of rain at the crucial time, corn pollination took a hit and seriously shortened the cobs, he said, mentioning northern Renfrew County area around Douglas,west of Ottawa, as well as a pocket around Cumberland, east of the city, as trouble spots. Eastern Ontario corn and soybean crops have otherwise experienced â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonableâ&#x20AC;? fillout of their cobs and pods, after the mid-summer precipitation, according to Quesnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had those rains â&#x20AC;Ś grain-fill and pod-fill wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been severely impacted.â&#x20AC;? The rain wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely adequate, though, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing that the corn is drying down from the top and bottom of the plant. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sign the plant is having to feed on itself.â&#x20AC;? By robbing the resources in the stalk, corn plants become more susceptible to stalk rot and lodging, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Standability will be affected in some fields.â&#x20AC;?

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Current conditions, he added, also mean that corn silage fields are rapidly drying down and ready for harvest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now at the half-milkline stage in many cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of fields are pretty much into that corn silage window. And if it stays dry, that window could be fairly short, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good week and a half earlier than average.â&#x20AC;? Insects and bugs The OMAFRA staffer also cautions producers planning multi-year corn plantations to prepare for rootworm, as both the western and northern varieties of the adult beetle abound this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing a lot more rootworm damage this year than in the last few years,â&#x20AC;? he said, attributing that to increased corn-on-corn rotations. He advises planting bt corn or spraying as countermeasures against this pest.

Another interesting twist of the insect world saw a huge infestation of potato leaf hoppers in alfalfa fields this summer. According to Quesnel, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost totally to blame for the stunted, yellow hayfields in July â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not the drought. When feeding on the juices of an alfalfa plant, the insect injects a toxin, stunting its growth. Their numbers were 50 times above average â&#x20AC;&#x201D; higher than heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever seen before â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before the population of hoppers crashed. But not before many farmers lost the opportunity for a second cut in July. The infestation was so bad, he said, that every alfalfa field in Eastern Ontario would have required a dose of pesticide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though only 10 per cent of growers took this route. The hayfields have since bounced back, with many producers taking a cut in August and perhaps now more likely to attempt another in October because of the lost opportunity in July. Some spraying of spider mites in soybean fields also occurred, he said, because of evidence of damage from that pest. And while some producers

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may have worried about the huge number of ugly caterpillars in their soybeans, these offspring of the Painted Lady butterfly actually did little damage. Larvae of the Painted Lady otherwise feed on thistles and burdocks, but they will make their home in soybean plants as well. The caterpillars curl up the leaves with silk and feed on the plants, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not nearly as bad as it looks, according to Quesnel, noting the plants easily handle the speciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; modest defoliation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They only make the crop look rough.â&#x20AC;? Swarms of the large, orangey butterflies later emerged, joining an already large population of adult Painted Ladies that flew in earlier this year from the Gulf coast. They were massing for a return migration south â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a trip this butterfly only makes when its numbers are high, said Glenn Richardson, Toronto Entomologistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another year, you might not see that.â&#x20AC;? In the process, they made colourful carnage on the windshields and grills of motorists travelling the rural routes of Eastern Ontario last month.

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What a summer… By: Mario Mongeon Livestock Specialist - OMAFRA


hat a strange summer. So far, it’s been warm, it’s been dry and forages were not growing all that well. Pastures were also suffering as the lack of precipitation delayed and impeded regrowth. In many cases, harvested forages needed to be offered to cows in order to maintain production. Although not over yet, we can say that it has been a strange summer. In the days to come, taking the time to assess the inventory of forages on hand will help you define the next steps. Having a plan to address issues is always a good way to reduce the level of stress. If it is felt that the farm’s forage inventory may not be adequate this year, sourcing and securing supplemental forages should be the priority of the next few weeks. Taking care of this matter in a timely fashion will not only allow one to benefit from a better choice but will also reduce the amount of stress associated with the uncertainties. Another option to minimize forage shortfall might be to plan for a late season cut to increase forage supplies. The shorter days ahead will also impact pasture growth. The progressive decline of forage dry matter coming from the pasture will mean that the amount of harvested forages offered to the cows will increase. Furthermore, the concentrate type and amount fed might need to be revised. You may want to discuss this aspect of your feeding program with your nutritionist. This year, the laboratory testing of forages and other feed will be very important. Because of the potential variability of the crops and the unusual weather patterns, the analysis of your forages might be quite different compared to a ‘normal’ year. A good habit is to sample forages as soon as possible, throughout the summer so that when the time to use them comes, you will have all the information on hand to make a wise decision. Once you have the complete picture of the amount and quality of feed available to build the ration, one needs to consider which forages will be offered to each group of animals. Obviously, some forage systems will allow a lot more flexibility when it comes to choosing the right forages. Round bales for example can easily be marked individually with a number that will indicate their field of origin and date of cut. Generally, the best forages available on the dairy farm should be used to prepare the ration for lactating animals. This is true for silage as well as for hay. The best quality forages should be set aside for the cows in early lactation since their nutrient requirements are the greatest. Even if the dairy herd is small, grouping cows according to their milk production and stage of lactation could help optimize the nutrient allocation in the herd. Having a complete analysis of the hay and silage which cows are eating will also help to identify the best protein and energy concentrate to match the requirements of the ration. A word of caution if your ration includes corn silage: dry weather stressed corn that receives rain shortly before harvest may contain elevated levels of nitrates that can be toxic to ruminants. Although the fermentation process will reduce the amount of nitrates present, the residual levels may still be a problem. For this reason, the silage fermentation should be completed before testing for nitrates. It could be worthwhile this fall to identify and source ingredients that could be used to stretch forage and fibre levels in the ration. Now would be a good time to start shopping!

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My Soybeans Are Wilting By: Albert Tenuta Crop Specialist - OMAFRA


n Ontario there are many root/stem diseases which cause wilting symptoms in soybeans. With the hot, dry conditions this year over much of the province some of these diseases such as stem canker, Fusarium wilt, charcoal rot have taken advantaged of the additional stress. Fusarium wilt or blight of soybeans can affect soybeans at any stage of development and is very apparent in southwest. It is caused by the very common soil-borne fungus, Fusarium oxysporum which is different to Fusarium virguliforme which is responsible for Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). Fusarium oxysporum causes a wilting of the soybean plant and is often misdiagnosed as Phytophthora root rot or stem canker as well. Affected plants have a wilting of the stem tips and the upper leaves are scorched. The middle and lower leaves can turn yellow or have pale (dull) yellow spots. In severe cases the leaves will dry up and drop prematurely leaving the petiole behind. The leaf symptoms are different from SDS or brown stem rot where distinct yellow speckling or spotting between the veins (interveinal chlorosis) occurs and as the disease progresses these areas become larger and in severe cases the entire area between the veins becomes brown (necrotic) and dry. Unlike Phytopthora there also is no evidence of a stem lesion or external decay that goes above the soil line. Cutting the roots and stems lengthwise will reveal a browning of the vascular tissue and pith. This may be confused with early-season brown stem rot. Fusarium infested roots often have red, orange or white mycelium visible. Stem Canker symptoms are often described as a general yellowing of the top leaves of the plant with dark reddish-brown sunken cankers at the nodes. The lesion may extend several inches, often on one side but does not usually extend down as far as the soil line (different then Phythophthora wilt). In severe cases however the lesion may cover the entire length of the stem but in most cases there will be a green section of stem remaining at the soil line. A cross section of the stem will reveal a slight browning at the nodes at first followed by complete disintegration of the stem in severely infected plants. The sudden wilting of the plants and the stem canker can be confused with Phytophthora root rot as well as Fusarium wilt.

Figure 1. Stem canker lesion. Note lesion can girdge stem or be found on one side. Besides the yellowing of the leaves and stem lesion, stem canker can cause a “top dieback” especially later in the season. In this case, the upper four to six internodes or

branches of the plant become dark brown and as the name implies the top dies (wilts). Soybean plants may become more susceptible as the plants go through physiological changes due to flowering.07cpo12a1 The fungus responsible for northern stem canker (Diaporthe phaseolorum var. caulivora) survives in crop residues and is therefore, influenced by not only rotation but tillage management practices. It is suspected the reemergence of stem canker in the northern U.S. and Ontario is due not only to more soybeans and less tillage but possibly an increase in susceptible varieties being grown. Charcoal rot is one disease which you may not be aware of since it only really shows up when the weather is very hot and dry and occurs predominantly in southwestern Ontario. Although the fungus responsible for charcoal rot (Macrophomina phaseolina) infects early it is not usually until late July or August for symptoms to become obvious but with an early start this year symptoms started early.

Figure 2. Grey discoloration and black streaking of stems is typical of charcoal rot infection (Photo by XB Yang) Look for tiny, round black structures (microsclerotia) produced inside and on the surface of the taproot and lower stems which often have a grayish appearance. If you split the lower stem/root, you will find black/dark streaks or staining of the tap root. Infected plants will wilt and are often stunted with yellow leaves which can be confused with drought or other wilt diseases. Why this year? The wilt and other root rot diseases are most problematic when soybeans are under water, heat and root stress. In addition, soybean cyst nematode can further stress an already compromised plant and allow easy access for many soil-borne root pathogens. Stress can interfere with the normal activity of the plant’s root system and therefore, will affect growth and potentially increase root diseases. Stunting, overall poor growth and wilting are all symptoms of root stress. Root stress will also often resemble nutrient deficiencies.

Figure 3. Wilt symptoms of soybeans in field can be caused by a number of different pathogens. It is important to remember every field is different and • Continued on Page 16

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Bill S. 3239 or the “Egg Bill” was introduced to the Senate on May 25 by Senator Dianne Feinstein from California, which would require producers to phase out conventional cages and transition to enriched colony cages. Currently, conventional cages in the U.S. are approximately 67 square inches, the same as in Canada, after the United Egg Producers of America (UEP) made it a require-

ment in order to be certified in 2003. Some producers who sell eggs to companies as ingredients, however, are still using 48-54 square inch cages. The enriched colony cages would approximately double the space for chickens and would include perches and nest boxes. Craig Hunter, representative for zone nine, Napanee to Cornwall to Ottawa including northern Ontario, and director on the Ontario Egg board, believes the bill is the right direction for the U.S. because of their situation. “Their problem is referendums, in 24 states anything can be added onto an election and voted on. If it becomes majority it can be made into a law. The enriched cages would be a good compro-

mise for them because they are under such heavy pressure from animal rights groups.” But if something like this were to pass, it would have effects on Canadians. “We are watching the developments closely because even if something like this passes with no scientific basis, we may need to follow suit in Canada because our producers supply American companies. We may not have to follow it to a tee, but we may have to go there.” There are concerns that requirements like this could severely hurt the industry or produce high costs to consumers. The United Kingdom passed a similar law in 1998 requiring the end of conventional cages by 2012. What they did not do was implement a phasein process, which has

resulted in the price of eggs quadrupling. The U.S. has a plan to gradually phase this in, if passed, by the year 2029. “Europe didn’t take input from scientists and farmers and didn’t have a decent phase-in process. The U.S. is very specific and has new levels every three years.” Still, Hunter knows that if such a requirement comes into effect, some producers may get out of the industry. “The producers who don’t want to adapt may just sell off quota. Some might just end up being fed up with animal activists, who do not know the industry, and dictate regulations.” The problem that egg producers have is that there is little scientific backing to this requirement. John Beking, a producer just outside of Ottawa in Oxford

The AgriNews Station, has already made the switch to a cage free barn. While it has worked for him, Beking can see how it may not be popular with other producers. “It is a good system for us but switching to a cage-free system or to enriched colony cages results in doubling housing and equipment costs.” Beking, much like Hunter, questions where the proponents of the U.S. Bill are getting their numbers. “There is no real science. Cages could be made three times as big but is that based on fact or human emotion?” Even if the bill is not passed, Hunter can see it becoming a voluntary program of the UEP. A lot of it has to do with customer demands that companies are taking into consideration. Many fast food chains

September, 2012 Page 15 have put forth new policies on the products they receive. Burger King announced in April that it will commit to purchasing 100 per cent of its eggs from cage-free producers by 2017 in the US. When asked about Canada, a representative said, “There are no plans announced for Canada at this time.” Some commitments have been made in Canada, including by Tim Hortons who announced that 10 percent of their eggs will come from enriched colony cages by the end of this year. But at this point, Hunter says the Canadian egg industry has only seen minor impacts. Still, there is no doubt that many egg producers will be closely monitoring this Bill as it progresses through the U.S. Senate for its potential effects on the Canadian industry.

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Page 16 The AgriNews September, 2012 • Continued from Page 14 many of these diseases can occur in the same field. For example Dr. Terry Anderson (retired AAFC Pant Pathologist in Harrow) who has been graciously helping with a new GFO and CAAP funded seedling disease project found the following breakdown of fungi from two fields showing wilt symptoms in Essex county. The percentage of plants infected in field one was – Fusarium (93%) and charcoal rot (36%) and in field two Terry found Fusarium (25%), charcoal rot (25%), Phytophthora (25%), stem canker (8%) and Pythium 8%. It is important for producers to scout their fields and identify problem fields now and to harvest. This will assist in the selection of resistant varieties if available as well as other management options. Fungicide seed treatments have been shown to reduce early infections but will not help with later season infections. Foliar fungicides may be effective for stem canker if applied before disease develops but again results have been inconsistent and they won’t help with charcoal rot or Fusarium wilt. Crop rotation with non hosts such as corn and wheat (small grains) can reduce these wilt pathogens but only to a degree since some can infect other crops and weeds as well. Reducing the amount of infested soybean residue on the soil surface is another management tool to consider. We can’t change the weather but we can minimize risk of these and other diseases from occurring in the future.

Summer Seeding Oats for Extra Forage By: Joel BaggForage Specialist - OMAFRA


eeding oats in late July or early August following wheat for an early-October harvest can be a useful low-cost option for extending forage supplies. Oats can make good feed when harvested at the correct stage of maturity and made into "oatlage" or baleage. Oats are more frost tolerant in the fall than sorghums and can continue growth after some frost. The challenges can sometimes be lack of adequate moisture in August, and having dry enough weather in October for adequate wilting. Oats can also be pastured if fence is available.


Oats normally require about 60 days of growth following germination to reach the boot-stage. However, summer seeded oats tend to mature more slowly as days shorten in the fall so may require an additional 10 days or so. Oats seeded on August 1st would typically be ready to harvest in early October. Many prefer to no-till drill oats into wheat stubble to save time and moisture. Volunteer wheat will also provide forage, although winter wheat will not form a stem in the fall to provide significant growth. Alternative seeding methods are to broadcast the oats and then incorporate them with a light disc or cultivator, or to seed into a prepared seedbed using a conventional drill. Summer seeded oats are commonly seeded at about 112 kg/ha (100 lbs per acre) or 3 bu/ac.


There are oat varieties specifically marketed as "forage" varieties. They tend to be higher yielding, later maturing, and with less disease resistance. However, Ontario does not have a third-party forage oat variety testing program to evaluate variety performance and seed company claims. Many producers use double-cleaned or weed-free bin-run oats to minimize costs.

Forage Quality

Stage of maturity for optimum forage quality is at the "boot-stage" (head beginning to emerge from leaf whirl). Harvested at the boot-stage, fall grown oats are highly digestible and palatable. With cooler temperatures and shorter days, fall grown oats often have higher digestible energy than spring seeded oats. Boot-stage oatlage is excellent feed for dairy heifers and beef cows, but may not be adequate to include in high producing dairy cow rations. At the boot-stage, cereals are typically about 16.5% crude protein and 54% Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF) with good fibre digestibility. Once headed, nutritional quality declines rapidly. Harvesting at the headed or early-milk stages will provide more yield, but will have much lower digestible energy and protein. Wet chemistry rather than near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) laboratory analysis of cereal forage is recommended.

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Drying oats to the desired harvest moisture during October weather can be challenging. Days are cool and short, dews are heavy, and "rain delays" while lying in a swath can be significant.

Oats, Barley, Triticale, Peas?

Many find that oat forage is the most palatable of the cereals. Some producers avoid barley and triticale because of concerns about feeding the awns. Oats tend to out-yield barley when establishment conditions are poor. Triticale seed is expensive and hard to source. At the same stage of maturity, oats, barley and triticale are very similar in feed quality. Cereal-pea mixtures are popular as a spring seeded companion crop. Peas added to cereals improve forage quality but do not necessarily increase yields. Summer seeded peas dislike hot, dry conditions even more than cereals. Pea growth is often quite variable depending on moisture. Peas are more succulent and higher in moisture than oats, and can be very difficult to wilt in the fall. Pea mixtures may lie in the swath for an extended period of time with the risk of being rained on. Lush cereal-pea mixtures can be difficult to cut. Seed is more expensive. Despite these concerns, peas improve forage quality where meeting high nutritional requirements is a priority, such as for high producing dairy cows. If a cereal-pea mixture is sown to improve feed quality, at least 50% should be peas, with a total seeding rate of about 120-135 kg/ha (110-120 lbs/ac). This will typically increase crude protein by 2 4% and decrease NDF by 2 - 4.5% over straight cereals.

Fertilizer, Insects and Disease?

Nitrogen (N) is essential for reasonable forage yields. Manure or fertilizer can supply N, but growth without nitrogen will be very disappointing. Apply 50 lbs/acre of actual N for adequate growth before tillering (3 weeks after germination). Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) will be removed in the forage, but it is not essential to replace or add any P or K during the growth of the emergency forage crop. Crown rust is a potential problem in summer seeded oats. Crown rust can defoliate the oat crop and decimate yields if infection is severe. Monitor and apply a fungicide if disease levels warrant. Refer to OMAFRA Publication 812, Field Crop Protection Guide, Summer seeded cereals are more susceptible to aphids, which in turn vector the disease Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV). BYDV can severely stunt the crop, and dramatically reduce forage yields. Use a neonicitinoid seed treatment that offers early-growth control of aphids.

Fall Rye, Winter Wheat or Winter Triticale?

If forage is needed next spring rather than this fall, winter cereals are an option. These winter-annual crops will out-yield summer seeded annual cereals harvested in the fall. Fall rye grown for silage can provide a significant amount of feed, but must be harvested at the correct stage of maturity for forage quality (flag-leaf to boot-stage). This will typically occur in early May, and then another crop can be planted. Little research data exists for winter triticale grown as a forage in Ontario. Some New York research by Tom Kilcer suggests winter triticale yields can be higher than rye or wheat. Refer to Fall Rye for Silage (

Other Forage Options?

Do not ignore wheat fields that have red clover underseeded. Red clover makes excellent feed for high producing dairy cows. Refer to Red Clover Haylage on the OMAFRA wesite at Other species, such as annual ryegrass or sorghumsudan grass, have not had good success under Ontario conditions when planted after wheat harvest.

Yields Highly Variable

Winterkill, frost damage, insect damage and dry weather have all taken the toll on forage production in 2012. Forage yields are expected to be significantly reduced, and many farmers are concerned about having adequate forage supplies to meet the needs of their livestock. Yields of summer seeded cereals are highly variable, but under good conditions dry matter yields are typically in the 1 - 1.75

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tonne/acre range or more. In years of tight forage supplies, every bit counts. Cereals can be a good low-cost emergency forage option if timely rainfall is received for germination and growth. Of the cereals, oats are the most readily available, and give the best yields and returns for the dollars invested. Peas can be added where higher forage quality is required. Also refer to OMAFRA Factsheet Forage Production From Spring Cereals and Cereal-Pea Mixtures, Order No. 98-041 (

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Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference – November 22nd, in Kemptville


he second edition of the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference will be held at the W.B. George Centre, Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph on November 22nd, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Collaborating For Success”, and it will be focused on collaborative entrepreneurship models in general and value chain development in particular. Simultaneous translation and breakout sessions in both English and French will be offered. This is the most inclusive, in-depth conference on local food in Eastern Ontario. The event is a collaborative partnership between The Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation, the local OMAFRA offices, the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus, and a number of community and industry sponsors and supporters. The morning session will consist of a keynote address by Terry Ackerman, whose talk will be called: “Collaborating For Success – The Value Chain Model And Profitability”. The keynote will be a practical guide to creating and building profitable value chains based on real life examples and successful value chains in Canada. The plenary session will include a panel with presentations on Eastern Ontario news and success stories in local food. The afternoon session will consist of twelve break-out sessions on subjects including: profiling successful business models in agriculture and food; consumer cooperatives; significant regional or provincial initiatives; technical content (finance, marketing, production, management, planning, regulatory) that will benefit the sector. There has also been a special time set aside during the afternoon session for those who wish to “network”. The event will wind up with closing remarks in the main hall. For more information, please contact: Katie Nolan at 613.258.8371; Bruce Moore at 613.283.7002 ext. 107 or Michel Moisan at 613.679.0937.

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Collectors keep pioneering brand alive


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Ivan Grant of Thorn Maple Tree Farms in Williamstown is the current owner of seven of the vintage tractors. “I’ve always been interested in the Cockshutt 20. I’ve had seven or eight of them over the years,” said Grant. It’s no wonder that he has had this interest for a long time as the tractors hold a sentimental value for him as well. Grant said his family has had Cockshutt tractors since 1957. “I can remember everyone else had Internationals and John Deeres,” he said, “They (Cockshutts) were kind of a joke back then, but now all of a sudden, there’s enough interest in them so they’re not so much of a joke anymore.” Grant remembers using the tractors himself when he took over the operation of the family farm after his father passed away when he was just 16. The tractors are a true Canadian legacy. Not only were they built in Brantford, Ontario, but the live-power take-off (PTO) was invented by Ivan MacRae, from north of Maxville, according to Grant. He was honoured posthumously for his contribution at the 2011 Williamstown Fair with a plaque. The PTO was first featured on the Cockshutt 30 in 1945 and is now a standard feature on today’s modern tractors. “It was the difference between making it easy and making it hard,” said Grant. The brand went international when back in the 1950s Cockshutt Plowing Company bought the Ohio Cultivator Company and turned it into a distribuation centre for Cockshutt tractors. “This made a centre in Ohio for collectors of the Cockshutt,” said Grant. Eventually the International Cockshutt Club was formed adding members from all over North America. Each year, members meet in different cities to get together to show off their tractors. Grant was pleased to announce that next year, the meeting will be held in Athens. Continued on page 40

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The Antique Wheels in Motion organization revved up vintage machinery for its 17th annual Harvest Days event, Aug. 18-19, outside Domville. Above, Tom Quinnell of Huntingdon, Que., poses with his wood-fired 1911 Case Model 45 steam engine, attached by a large belt drive to a Case model 2237 threshing machine in the background. Zandbergen photo

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Queen of the Furrow Ontario Queen of the Furrow Courtney Connors of Vankleek Hill, left, presents Brianna Dracup with her sash as Hastings County Queen of the Furrow for 2012-2013. Dracup was named Queen of the Furrow Aug. 23 at the Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match on the Donnandale Farm near Stirling. This is Dracup’s second straight term as Hastings Queen of he Furrow and she will go on later this month to compete for the provincial title at the IPM. Below, Dracup beams while wearing both her sash and tiara as Hastings Queen. Courtesy photos

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2012 CROPPING YEAR. The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) provides cost-share funding for farmers to implement best management practices that help protect essential habitats of species at risk that are located on-farm. SARFIP will be delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) under an agreement with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) which represents the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition. The range of possible activities applies to croplands, grasslands, riparian areas, wetlands and woodlands. “We are pleased to have this funding available that can help farmers with costs associated with protecting species at risk”, says Joan McKinlay, President of OSCIA. “About 190 of Ontario’s wildlife species are currently in decline and with a wide variety of their habitats found on agricultural lands, farmers can play an important role in protecting our province’s biodiversity.” In order to qualify for cost-share funding of approved project costs, eligible Ontario farm businesses must have a peer-reviewed third edition Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), and completed and filed a Growing Forward program enrollment form with OSCIA. They must also have selected at least one of the eligible best management practices (BMP) from the SARFIP list that relates directly to an action identified in the farm’s EFP action plan. Farmers with livestock or poultry as their primary commodity must have a Premises Identification Number for the parcel of land where the SARFIP project is proposed. Five specific BMP categories are eligible for cost-share funding under this initiative: Upland and Riparian Area Habitat Management (10), Erosion Control Structures (Riparian) (11), Improved Pest Management (16), Shelterbelt and Native Vegetation Establishment (19) and Resource Planning (24). The eligible invoice date for all projects is April 1, 2012 and the claim submission deadline is December 15, 2012. For more details, farmers are encouraged to contact their local OSCIA Program Representative or visit “The popularity of SARFIP in previous years clearly demonstrates the willingness of farmers to use practices that benefit both the farm and species at risk,” says OFA President, Mark Wales. “Ontario’s farmers have long been leaders in environmental stewardship and our ongoing conservation efforts provide benefit to all Ontarians.” SARFIP is funded by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) through the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund and the Government of Canada through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. SARFIP is linked to the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP), which is funded through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE

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Gillette sale Continued from page 20 Of course, neither 10year-old 2nd Wind nor 16year-old Smurf — full name Gillette Emperor Smurf — will go under the gavel of auctioneer Pierre Boulet on the 21st. These accomplished Gillette cows are only for the looking — and the marvelling. (Patenaude even suggests the more elderly Smurf — whose image now adorns the sign outside the 120-head tie-stall barn housing the best of Gillette’s 600 milking cows — is destined to be buried in a prominent spot on the farm one day. This month, he adds, her record production of seven-plus tanker truckloads’ worth of milk will be officially published in Guinness’s 2013 edition.) Sale animals will represent the highest quality Holsteins available anywhere, right up to the very crème de la crème of blackand-whites. If not Ferme Gillette’s own stock, the cows will otherwise hail from some of the most

respected breeders around the country on consignment. “We wanted to take in some consignments from people who have bought from us in the past, and have believed in us. And some of these consignments are top-notch, some of the best genetics in Canada.” A brief sampling of consignors comes up with such recognizable Ontario and Quebec names as Sunnylodge of Chesterville, Midlee of Osgoode, Knonaudale of Crylser, Greenlane, Misty Spring of Little Britain, Comstar of Victoriaville, Brabantdale of Navan, GenerVations of Campbellville and Group Génibeq. “It’s the right place for someone to find themselves a bull mother, a show cow, a 4-H heifer or an allaround milking cow,” says Patenaude of the coming event. “Some could sell for over $100,000, and some could sell for $5,000,” he adds. The last Gillette Visions event in 1997 auctioned 168 animals and grossed

Free internet farm classifieds at over $1.3-million. “We don’t do it that often because it’s a lot of work. But this one has come together really well, so maybe in the future we can do it more often,” he says, raising the possibility of reprising the sale every five years or so going forward. They’ve brought in sale co-managers to assist the 2012 edition, with Mark Smith and Yvon Chabot jointly managing in cooperation with Louis Patenaude, another Ferme Gillette partner. The sale will also offer two “first choice” calves that have yet to be born — an increasingly popular sale technique, according to Eric Patenaude. In one lot, bidders will vie for first pick of four current pregnancies, while the other lot represents first pick out of eight calves now in utero. It’s a good time to offer high-quality dairy cows for sale, he says. “For that type of genetics, the market is great.” Potential buyers will be flying in from the U.S., France, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, he says. Bidders who participate in person will watch the

proceedings from seats set up inside a converted machine shed personally refurbished by 82-year-old Gilles Patenaude, a dentist who steered the family farm — founded in 1878 by his grandfather — into the realm of purebred Holsteins a little more than 50 years ago. In a first for a Ferme

Gillette auction, this one take place online, too, through the services of, linked to the sale website at Preview videos have been posted to the site. A public breakfast kicks off the morning of the sale, 8-10 a.m., sponsored by Embrun Co-op, inside the

sprawling shed at 1623 St. André Rd. The sale itself begins at 10:30 a.m. Sponsors for the day also include CIBC Embrun, Semex, Jason Donnan Hoof Trimming.Sunnylodge Holsteins has this handsome animal in the Gillette Visions 2012 sale — twoyear-old Misty Springs Mom Satin.

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OMAFRA Connects Continued from page 16 Agricultural Workshop Day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2012 JournĂŠe dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Atelier Agricole Date: September 27, 2012 Location: Campus dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alfred, University of Guelph

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in collaboration with UniversitĂŠ de Guelph-Campus dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alfred is organizing the first edition of the 2012Agricultural Workshop Day. This bilingual event is organized for agricultural producers in Eastern Ontario. This day is schedule to be held on Thursday, September 27th on the farm of Campus dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Alfred. All presentations and workshops will be presented in French and/or English with simultaneous translation.

Program agenda includes: Exhibition Space

Exhibition space and presentation hall will allow participants to meet and discuss with takeholders and agricultural suppliers from Eastern Ontario. Exhibitors are invited to present their new product lines. Outdoor exhibition space will also be made available.


Dr. Tom Wright (OMAFRA) will speak about those challenges facing dairy producers caused by the dry climatic conditions experienced during the summer. Dr. Trevor DeVries (University of Guelph) will present information on new

concepts in heifer management. Dr. Elsa Vasseur (University of Guelph) will discuss the Canadian Code of Practice and a recent study related to dairy cow comfort.


A BBQ lunch will be served. This meal will include hamburgers, salads, desserts and refreshments.

Practical Workshops

In addition to the above, a series of practical workshops will be held during the course of the day on the farm of the University of Guelph â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alfred Campus. These workshops will include: â&#x20AC;˘ Tips and Tricks to reduce somatic cell counts (Guy Seguin, DFO); â&#x20AC;˘ Pasture Management: Why and How? (Jack Kyle, OMAFRA); â&#x20AC;˘ Dairy manure analysis for ration adjustment (RenĂŠe Bergeron, University of Guelph and Mario Mongeon, OMAFRA); â&#x20AC;˘ Milkhouse Waste Water Treatment Solutions (Anna Crolla and Chris Kingsley, University of Guelph); â&#x20AC;˘ Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New in Dairy Heifer Management (Viviane Bielman, University of Guelph).

Research Project Summaries

During the course of the day, participants will have to opportunity to meet with dairy researchers and learn about their work. They will also have the chance to ask questions on the latest research in dairy production. Participants stand to benefit from the most recent research results and have information which they may be able to apply on their farms:

â&#x20AC;˘ Therapeutic pasturing â&#x20AC;˘ Milkhouse washwaters treatment â&#x20AC;˘ Winter outdoor access of dairy cows â&#x20AC;˘ Anaerobic digestion of poultry manure â&#x20AC;˘ Pest flies control at pasture â&#x20AC;˘ Domestic wastewater treatment â&#x20AC;˘ Feeding management practices related to milk production â&#x20AC;˘ Milking and feed delivery related to feeding behaviour â&#x20AC;˘ Early management in calves â&#x20AC;˘ Risks for elevated somatic cell count in dairy cows

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he USDA recently released the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regional Food Hub Resource Guideâ&#x20AC;? to help and provide information to small and mid-size producers looking for additional marketing opportunities. The guide provides information, resources and tools needed to establish or participate in a regional food hub. The guide is available on the USDA website.


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OMAFRA Connects Continued from page 30 As early and mid-season vegetable crops are harvested take the opportunity to build your soil through planting cover crops. You may be wondering about trying a new cover crop. Now there is a new on-line tool available to help you decide. Ontario has worked with the Midwest Cover Crop Council (MCCC) to develop a Cover Crop Decision Tool. The tool allows you to select a cover crop based on what’s important to you (county, soil type, objective –building soil organic matter, alleviating compaction, minimizing wind or water erosion, forage, etc.) and provides your top cover crop species. Each cover crop has a profile, specific to Ontario, that outlines how to grow the cover crop and its’ potential benefits and limitations, so you can make informed decisions. The tool was developed by an Ontario team of cover crop experts including farmers, university researchers, OMAFRA staff, crop advisors, and seed suppliers to provide options for your growing region. The tool is avail-

able at . It’s quick and easy to use, so next time you are surfing the net, check it out. And if you have any suggestions or for more information, please email either Anne Verhallen ( ) or Laura Van Eerd ( ).

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rants Ontario, launched in January 2012, is an online tool that allows access to grant information in the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport. Individuals can locate and submit grant applications, check their application status and manage reports.


Ontario is making it faster and easier for new and small businesses to get

the services and information they need to start, operate and grow. To date, more than 10,000 businesses have registered for the Province's ONe-Source for Business service. The online portal provides quick and easy access to over 5,000 services and information from all levels of government, allowing small business owners to focus on creating jobs and competing in the global economy. ONe-Source for Business helps business owners: • find information about funding and grant programs • create a virtual briefcase to securely access saved information at later date • complete and submit forms online, eliminating the need to mail them in • find customized information about the permits and licences they need. Making it easier for businesses to succeed with faster, more streamlined services is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create a vibrant economy. A strong economy creates jobs for

Ontarians and protects the services that matter most to Ontarians - health and education.

The Most Profitable Acre Challenge


any reward programs exist for production, yield or quality of crops. Agricultural fairs across the province judge and rank farmers based on these same qualities. However, there is currently not a program that rewards or recognizes farmers who have the most profitable acre. The Most Profitable Acre challenge will look at the costs of inputs, production practices and yield, marketing tactics, business management best practises and more, to determine the most profitable acre in both corn and soybean. The top corn and soybean managers will be graded against each other to determine the grand prize winner, with the top three runners up receiving prizes as well. The

grand prize winner will receive the opportunity to attend the 2013 International Farm Management Association congress next July in Poland. More details will be available in early June at, but to be notified when full contest details become available, email

Factsheets and Publications

The following OMAFRA Publications and Factsheets are now available from 2-029: Understanding and Reducing Noise Nuisance from Stationary Farm Equipment, Agdex 700; replaces 96-033: Noise Control on Farms, which

should be recycled. 12-033: Growing Medicinal Herbs in Ontario, Agdex 263; New. 12-035: Feeder Management in the Grower-Finisher Barn, Agdex 444/54; New. 12-018: Loi de 2002 sur la gestion des éléments nutritifs, Déterminer les categories d’odeur des matières de source non agricole (MSNA); Agdex 720/538; New. 12-022: Choisir des races pour produire des agneaux de marché rentables, Agdex 430/30; New. 12-024: Sélection génomique chez les vaches laitières, Agdex 410/31; New. 12-026: Loi de 2002 sur la gestion des éléments nutritifs, Systèmes de transfert d’éléments nutritifs liquides à la ferme, Agdex 720/538; New. 12-028: Les pratiques agricoles et la loi, Agdex 700; replaces 04-072, which should be replaced.

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armers and commercial buyers share buyer expectations and tips for establishing and maintain successful buyer/seller relationships. The Selling Food To Ontario video series is ideal for farmers and small scale processors who wish to sell through these various market channels. Videos are available on the OMAFRA website a/english/busdev/facts/sellingfood.htm .



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For a complete listing of OMAFRA products, please see our online catalogue at html To order OMAFRA publications and factsheets: • Visit any OMAFRA Resource Centre / Northern Ontario Regional Office or Service Ontario location • Visit the Service Ontario website at: or call 1-800-6689938 • Visit the OMAFRA

website at: or contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre by calling: 1-877-424-1300

Phone Lines and Websites • OMAFRA Website:, Agricultural Information Contact Centre: 1-877-4241300 or e-mail • Nutrient Management Line: 1-866-242-4460 or email • Growing Forward Information Line: 1-888479-3931 or e-mail • The Farm Line: 1-888451-2903 - A confidential telephone emotional support and referral service provided to farmers and farm families in Ontario


September 11 – 13 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Canada’s Outdoor Park, Woodstock, ON. Watch for details on the 2012 show at http://www.outdoor-







&$//7+20$6$725 September 18 – 22 International Plowing Match, Waterloo Region, “Cultivate Country Celebrate Community”. Check for regular updates at September 25 OMAFRA’s “Good Agriculture Practices” Webinar Series: Hygiene and Sanitation, 12:00 noon. Learn how to develop and implement a worker hygiene program for both the pack house and field as well as a building and equipment sanitation program. Webinar details and registration online at a/english/food/foodsafety/pr oducers/webinars.htm September 27 – Agricultural Workshop Day – Journée d’Atelier Agricole, held on the Alfred Campus of the University of Guelph. First edition of this bilingual event organized for agricultural producers in Eastern Ontario. For more information on this event, please

contact Mario Mongeon at 613.679.4288 or via email at October 12 – 13 – CanBio Annual National Conference and Trade Show, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, please visit October 25 OMAFRA’s “Good Agriculture Practices” Webinar Series: Preparing for an OnFarm Food Safety Audit, 12:00 noon. Interpret what to expect from an audit, the general requirements of a food safety program, and applying the tools needed for a successful audit. Webinar details and registration online at a/english/food/foodsafety/pr oducers/webinars.htm November 2 – 11 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Details at

November 22 – Bilingual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference, at the W.B. George Centre, Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph. This is the most inclusive, indepth technical conference on local food in Eastern Ontario. For more information, contact Katie Nolan at 613.258.8371, Bruce Moore at 613.283.7002 ext 107 or Michel Moisan at 613.679.0937. January 3-4 – 20th Annual Southwest Agricultural Conference, at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph. For further information, please visit the website at January 31 – February 3 – 32nd Annual Guelph Organic Conference, “Organics … What’s The Buzz?, at the University of Guelph. For further information, please visit the website at:

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September 7 to 9 Picton Fair 375 Main St. East, Hwy #49, Picton, ON For more information contact 613-476-6154, email or visit September 8 Prince Edward Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Steer Show & Sale (Part of Picton Fair) September 11 to 13 Canada's Outdoor Farm Show For more information visit September 12 Northumberland Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Monthly Meeting Warkworth Heritage Centre, Warkworth, ON 8 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Contact Bonnie Wilson, Secretary, email September 13 Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture Meeting O.P.P. Office Boardroom, County Rd. 1, (Schoharie Road), Picton, ON 7:30 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Welcome! Contact Patti Stacey at 613-476-3842 / September 14 to 16 Madoc Fair Corner of Hwy. 7 and Cty Rd. 36, Madoc, ON For more information contact 613-473-2175 or email September 18-22 International Plowing Match Waterloo Region For more information visit September 25 Lennox & Addington Federation of Agriculture Meeting Selby Sales Barn 8 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Contact Stephanie Gaffney / September 29 to 30 Roseneath Fair 9109 Cty Rd. 45, Roseneath, ON For more information contact 613-905-352-3778 or email or visit October 4 Hastings Federation of Agriculture Monthly Meeting Thurlow Community Centre, 516 Harmony Road, Thurlow, ON 8:00 pm - Contact Judy Hagerman 613-473-4444 / . October 10 Northumberland Soil and Crop Improvement Association Directors Meeting Boardroom, Warkworth Farm Supply 7:30 pm October 10 Northumberland Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Monthly Meeting Warkworth Heritage Centre, Warkworth, ON 8 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Contact Bonnie Wilson, Secretary, email October 11 Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture Meeting O.P.P. Office Boardroom, County Rd. 1, (Schoharie Road), Picton, ON 7:30 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; All Welcome! Contact


Patti Stacey at 613-476-3842 / October 11 & 18 Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) 2 day Workshop Hastings County, Tweed, ON This workshop will give you an opportunity to asses your farm operation from an environmental view, identify opportunities for actions, and qualify you for cost-share opportunities for on-farm projects. For more details and to register contact Stan Meeks 613-478-5472 / or visit October 12 Hastings Federation of Agriculture Annual General Meeting & Dinner Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall, Ivanhoe, ON Doors open at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; catered by BBQ On Wheels. Guest Speaker, Mark Wales, OFA President. Ticket $15. Contact Judy 613-473-4444

Haliburton & Kawartha Lakes First Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monthly Kawartha Junior Farmers Meeting Lindsay Fairgrounds at 7:30pm Membership is open for anyone aged 15-29. For more information visit Third Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monthly Victoria County Sheep Producers Meeting Sunderland Co-op Boardroom, Oakwood location, 7:30pm. For more information contact Doug Walden 705-324-7478. Lindsay Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Victoria and Kent St. (Downtown Lindsay) every Saturday 7am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm starting May 5 to Oct. 31 For more information email or call 705878-1392

Bobcaygeon Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market Bobcaygeon Fair Grounds every Saturday 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm starting May 19th to Oct. 6 For more information contact Maicey Benjamin at 705-7389426 Kinmount Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Austin Sawmill Heritage Park every Saturday 9am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2pm starting May 22 to Oct 9 For more information visit or call 705-488-2612 Dunsford Station Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Hwy 36 at Cedar Glen Road, Dunsford, every Saturday 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1pm starting May 19 to Oct. 27 Omemee Farmers Market Behind the Royal Canadian Legion, every Friday 1pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm starting May 11 to Oct 5 For more information call 705-799- 5059 Haliburton County Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Carnarvon, Friday afternoons 1:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00pm There is a year- round phone to contact the Market 705-457-0991 or visit September 10 The City of Kawartha Lakes 100 Mile Dinner Olympia Restaurant, Lindsay. Enjoy the traditional local fare produced by local farms in a warm friendly atmosphere. Funds will be raised from this dinner for United Way of Kawartha Lakes and Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh. More details and ticket availability will be announced soon. For more information contact Kelly Maloney 705-3249411 Ext 1208 September 15 Haliburton County Farmers Association â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Be a Bee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beekeeping Workshop S.G.Nesbitt Memorial Centre , Minden 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12pm (noon) Dave Moffat of Otona Bee Apiary (Indian River) will be guest speaker at this workshop and will speak on the overall process of beekeeping. He will also have a pictorial display with him. Cost $5.00 per adult. For more information contact Andrea Coysh 705286-6753 or visit â&#x20AC;˘ Continued on Page 32

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County Dateline • Continued from Page 31 September 18 Kawartha Young Professionals Network (KYPN) Meeting – Improving On-line Presence – Brenda Stonehouse TBC Olympia Restaurant & Banquet Room, 106 Kent St .W. Lindsay-5:30pm – 7:30pm For more information email or call 705324-9411 ext. 1283 September 19 – 23 Lindsay Central Exhibition For more information call 705324-5551 or email September 27 – 29 Bobcaygeon Fair For more information call 705-738-3445 or email September 29 10th Annual Kawartha Farmfest – Sites Open: 10am – 4pm Kawartha Farmfest is a self guided driving tour of farm attractions throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. Your admission includes a map and guide to all of the Farmfest sites. Adult Admission Stickers are $5. and Kids are Free. Admission Buttons are available : In Advance – at all City of Kawartha Lakes Municipal Service Centre’s and most Libraries, the Lindsay & Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce, the Lindsay, Kinmount, Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Farmers’ Markets and Kawartha Dairy Stores in Bobcaygeon & Lindsay. During Farmfest – At All host Sites. For more information call City of Kawartha Lakes 705-324-9411 ext 1208 or 1-866-397-6673 October 3 Peterborough Victoria Cattleman’s Stocker Sale Yearlings and Calves - Woodville Sales Arena For more information contact Wayne Telford 705-292-9531 or Dave Fell 705877-5670 October 6 to 8 Lindsay Farmers’ Market – Thanksgiving Weekend Victoria and Kent St. (Downtown Lindsay) For more information contact 705-878-1392 or Lindsay Farmers’ Market: www.lindsayfarmersmarket,ca October 16 Kawartha Young Professionals Network (KYPN) Meeting – How to Get More Young People to the Community – TBA Olympia Restaurant & Banquet Room, 106 Kent St. W., Lindsay 5:30pm – 7:30pm For more information email or call 705-324-9411 ext. 1283 October 16 & 23 Environmental Farm Plan – Workshop OMAFRA Office – Lower Boardroom - 322 Kent St. W. Lindsay. 10:00am – 3:00pm. For more information contact Robin Brown 705-374-4975 or email

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September 12 Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee – 10th Annual Farm Tour – Innovation and Technology on the Farm Parbro Farms,935 Scugog Line 9 (west of Highway 7/12), Scugog. 12pm (noon) - 4pm. A bus will be taking participants to and from Durham Regional Headquarters, west entrance, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby, departing at 11:15 am sharp to the farm. Please indicate when you RSVP whether or not you will be taking the bus. Dress appropriately. There will be a tour of a state-of-the-art dairy barn, farm machinery demonstrations and crop displays. Registration: Noon. Lunch and speakers: 12:30 pm. Agricultural demonstrations: 1:45 pm. RSVP by August 17, 2012 by contacting: Durham Region Planning Division, 905-668-4113 ext. 2551 or email

September 12 to 23 Savour the Season in Durham Region Come Savour the Season at participating restaurants in Durham Region. Exclusive fixed-price menus showcase mouth-watering dishes created using fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. Join us as we celebrate the harvest, and experience a taste of fresh, local food in Durham Region. Make your reservations today! To be entered to win a weekend for two, enter promo code “OMAFRA” at For more information contact Sharon Wilcken, Accolades Events 905-831-4984 September 14 to 16 Beaverton Fair For more information call 705-426-456 or email • Continued on Page 33

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Farmer’s Market, 7am- 1pm. Located on the corner of Lansdowne St and Roger Neilson Way at Morrow Park, Peterborough. For more information call 705-932-3166 or visit Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market Louis Street Parking Lot (Downtown Peterborough) every Wednesday 8:30am – 2pm. May – October For more infor-

mation email Buckhorn Farmers & Craft Market Cody Inn parking lot on Lakehurst Rd, every Tuesday 8am – 1pm, starting May – Sept 8 For more information call 705-738-3800 October 6 to 8 Norwood Fair For more information call 705-639-5283 or email

farmers’ salsa competition, chef demonstrations and tastings, ugliest tomato contests, childrens’ activities and interactive art exhibits. For more information visit September 13 to 16 – Richmond Fair 6121 Perth St., Richmond, ON For more information call 613838-3420 / email or visit September 16 - Feast of Fields 2012 - A Spectacular Gourmet Organic Fall Harvest Festival Canada Agriculture Museum 12 to 4 pm - Early bird tickets are on sale NOW–only a limited number! For complete details and to pur-

DateLine Ottawa Fridays - until October 5 – Orléans Market Centrum Plaza, Ottawa, ON 11 am to 6 pm - For more information visit Saturdays – until October 27 – Carp Farmers’ Market Carp Fairgrounds 8 am to 1 pm - For more information visit Saturdays - until October 27 – NEW - Vars Farmers’ Market St. Andrews Anglican Church (corner Rockdale & Devine Roads) 8:00 a.m. until noon – visit rs-farmers-market-on-hold/ Sundays - until October 28 – Ottawa Farmers’ Market Brewer Park,

Ottawa, ON 8 am to 3 pm – For more information visit Saturdays – until October 6 – Preston Farmers’ Market Corner of Preston and Louisa 9 am to 2 pm Saturdays - starting August 18 to October 27 – NEW – Westboro Farmers’ Market Byron Park at Richmond Road and Golden Avenue 9:30 am to 3 pm – For more information contact 613-715-3654 September 9 – Annual Tomato Festival Ottawa Farmers’ Market, Brewer Park, Ottawa, ON 8 am to 3 pm – We’re celebrating the wolf peach, love apple, tomato, to-mah-to with a

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DateLine September 20 to 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carp Fair 3790 Carp Road, Carp, ON For more information call 613-839-2172 / email or visit

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry 1st Wednesday of the

month - Dundas Federation of Agriculture regular monthly meetings Nelson Laprade Centre, Chesterville, ON. 8 pm Please contact Mary Dillabough 13-448-2655 or email or visit website m for meeting date confirmation. September 11 & 18Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) 2 day Workshop Winchester Community Centre, Winchester, ON. This two-day workshop will give you the tools to assess where you are now and where you could be in the future and enable you and your management team to start the journey towards managing and planning your farm business success. For more details and to register contact Shelley McPhail 613-256-4011 / or visit htm October 18 & 25 Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) 2 day Workshop Winchester/Chesterville, ON. This workshop will give you an opportunity to asses your farm operation from an environmental

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month - Frontenac County Federation of Agriculture regular monthly meetings Glenburnie Church Hall, Glenburnie, ON 7:30 pm Please Contact Eileen Sleeth 613-353-2475 or email for meeting date confirmation. September 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Eastern Ontario Holstein â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frontenac County Show Kingston Fairgrounds 6:30 to 11 pm - For more information visit px or email Kris MacLeod October 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sharbot Lake Farmers Market & â&#x20AC;&#x153;End of Seasonâ&#x20AC;? Event 9 am to 1 pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taste Fest. A very popular event last year, to show our appreciation to our customers. Many samples are available throughout the season, but for Taste Fest, every vendor goes all out to provide samples of their wares and end the season with a festive flair. Contact Mary de Bassecourt 613-375-6576 /

Leeds 3rd Thursday of the

month - Leeds Federation of Agriculture regular monthly meetings Delta

Agricultural Fair Society Boardroom, Delta, ON 8 pm - Please contact Eleanor Renaud 613-275-2981 or email for meeting date confirmation. 2nd Wednesday of the month - Grenville Federation of Agriculture regular monthly meetings Spencerville Council Chambers, Spencerville, ON 8 pm - Please contact Carol Wynands 613-9262579 or email for meeting date confirmation. Every Sunday from May 27 to October 7, 2012 Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers Market Riverside Park, Reuben Cresent, Kemptville, ON 2 to 4 pm. For more information call 1-855-225-9001, email or visit , September 6 to 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spencerville Fair 22 Ryan Street, Spencerville, ON For more information call 613-925-4385 / (fair office) 613-658-3333 or visit September 25 & October 2 - Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) 2 day Workshop North Grenville Municipal Centre, Kemptville, ON This two-day workshop will give you the tools to assess where you are now and where you could be in the future and enable you and your management team to start the journey towards managing and planning your farm business success. For more details and to register contact Shelley McPhail 613-256-4011 / shelley.mcphail@ontar- or visit http://www.ontariosoilcrop.o rg/workshops/default.htm

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month - Lanark County Federation of Agriculture regular monthly meetings. Beckwith Township Council Chambers, Blacks Corners - 8 pm 3rd Wednesday of the month - The National Farmers Union Lanark, Local 310. For information contact Hilary Moore 613259-5757 August 25 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Maberly Fair. RR #1, Maberly, ON. â&#x20AC;˘ Continued on Page 35


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DateLine For more information call 613-268-2543 / email secretary@maberlyagsociety.c a or visit August 31 to September 3 – Perth Fair. 50 Arthur Street, Perth, ON. For more information call 613-2674104 / email or visit September 7 – Eastern Ontario Holstein – Lanark County Show, Almonte Fairgrounds, 6 to 11 pm For more information visit px or email Kris MacLeod September 15 – Middleville Fair, County Road 16, West of Almonte, 4189 Wolf Grove Road. For more information call 613257-5050 / email September 15 & 22 Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) 2 day Workshop, Lanark County - Location to be determined. 10 am to 3 pm - This workshop will give you an opportunity to asses your farm operation from an environmental view, identify opportunities for actions, and qualify you for cost-share opportunities for on-farm projects. Program details available at To register contact Shirley Munro (613) 2676362 / October 11 & 18 Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) 2 day Workshop Lanark County – Location to be determined. This twoday workshop will give you the tools to assess where

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you are now and where you could be in the future and enable you and your management team to start the journey towards managing and planning your farm business success. For more details and to register contact Shelley McPhail 613256-4011 / or visit htm October 11 & 18 Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) 2 day Workshop Lanark County - Location to be determined 10 am to 3 pm - This workshop will give you an opportunity to asses your farm operation from an environmental view, identify opportunities for actions, and qualify you for cost-share opportunities for on-farm projects. Program details available at To register contact Shirley Munro (613) 2676362 /

Prescott September 6 to 9 –

Russell Fair 1076 Concession Street, Russell, ON. For more information call 613-445-2155 / (fair office) 613-445-2829 / email or visit September 27 to 30 – Metcalfe Fair. 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe, ON For more information call 613-821-0591 / email or visit


2nd Monday of each month - Arnprior Region Federation of Agriculture Meetings Galetta Community Hall 8 pm Contact Ernie Smith, President, 613-623-3439. 4th Monday of each month - Renfrew County Federation of Agriculture Meetings Cobden Agricultural Hall, Cobden, ON 7:30 pm - Contact Chris Bucholtz, President 613-735-9164 or Donna Campbell, Sec/Trea 613432-5568 / 3rd Thursday of each month - Renfrew County Cattlemen Association Meetings Cobden Agricultural Hall, Cobden, ON 7:30 pm - Contact David McGonegal 613582-7031 or Donna Campbell 613-432-5568. 3rd Wednesday of each month - Renfrew County Plowmen’s Association Meetings Cobden Agricultural Hall, Cobden, ON 7:30 pm - Contact Donna Campbell 613-4325568. Every Wednesday & Saturdays - Pembroke Farmers’ Market Corner of Lake & Victoria Street, Pembroke, ON 8:30 am to 1 pm – For more information visit Every Saturday – Renfrew Farmer’s Market Renfrew Fairgrounds - 7 am to 12 pm Every Friday – Eganville Farmer’s Market Curling Club/Rotary Club Grounds – 3 to 7 pm September 5 to 9 – Renfrew Fair 115 Veterans • Continued on Page 36


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DateLine Memorial Blvd., Renfrew, ON For more information call 613-432-5331 / email or visit September 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Renfrew County Plowmens Association â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Plowing Match Farm of Derrick and Catherine Smith, 462 Marjorie Road, Whitewater Township If anyone is interested in volunteering or becoming a member, please call Allan Lance 613-582-3547 or 613-6338276 September 27 & October 4 - Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) 2 day Workshop Admaston/Bromley Community Centre, Barr Line Workshop Facilitator, Shelley McPhail. This twoday workshop will give you the tools to assess where you are now and where you could be in the future and enable you and your management team to start the journey towards managing and planning your farm business success. For more details and to register contact Shelley McPhail 613256-4011 / or visit htm

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Junior herd Jersey show This class of Jersey Yearlings was the second of the Jersey show on Sept. 1 at the Stormont County Fair. This class was won by Gleneil Farms with Gleneil Grand Prix Viper. The grand champion of the show was won by Finchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Payneside Farmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Payneside Socrates Crunchie. Matte Photo

Cockshutt Continued from page 17 Last year, the meeting was in Williamstown to coincide with the fair and featured over 100 of the cream and red tractors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The highlight of my life time,â&#x20AC;? said Grant, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met Bill Cockshutt and I shook his hand.â&#x20AC;?

The gathering seemed to spark a lot of interest in Cockshutt tractors in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it (the interest) to die so this year I spoke with the people at the fair and they agreed to put the tractors in the centre of the antique tractor,â&#x20AC;? said Grant. This year there were 29 tractors

at the fair, mostly from around here. Grant has been showing his tractors at the Williamstown Fair for the past five years, and will continue to do so as long as there is interest. And of course he is planning on putting on a show for the International Plowing Match in Finch in 2015.

The County Holstein Show took centre stage on Sept. 1 at the Stormont Count Fair in Newington. Here the Junior breed is announced with the winners being the entry from Huybregts Farms Ltd. of Crysler. The junior champion of the show came from Wolfensberger/Guyview with Guyview Lauthority Lizanne. Knonaudale Farms swept the milking class with the Grand Champion, Knonaudale India (also Best Udder), Knonaudale Ignite and Knonaudale Isha rounding out the top three. Knonaudale Farms also captured the breeders herd, Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards. Matte Photo Having the Cockshutts around brings back fond memories for Grant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, I think why you collect them is to try to relive your youth a little bit,â&#x20AC;? he joked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say that about old cars, and I think its the same with tractors.â&#x20AC;? Of the seven Grant

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Signature puts another stamp on Tri-County Show By Darren Matte AgriNews Staff Writer PENCERVILLEâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; JuSt aS LaSt yEaR, aNImaLS aSSoCIatEd wIth thE FaRLINgER FaRm aNd SIgNatuRE NamE, IN moRRISbuRg, domINatEd thE RESuLtS oF thE 2012 LEEdSgRENVILLE-duNdaS tRI-CouNty hoLStEINS Show, hELd IN SPENCERVILLE oN aug. 16. maPLE hoLmE b F CINdERELLa FRom SIgNatuRE & gLENhoLmE hoLStEINS, ShowN by mIChaEL FaRLINgER, took homE thE gRaNd ChamPIoN tItLE, aLoNg wIth wINNINg thE matuRE Cow CLaSS aNd RESERVE ChamPIoN IN thE bESt uddER CatEgoRy. bESIdE FaRLINgER, waS hIS


daughtER Emma who waS ShowINg mERLhoLmE goLdwyN maRy JaNE, SIgNatuRE & SEaVaLLEy hoLStEINS, thE RESERVE gRaNd ChamPIoN, bESt uddER wINNER aNd wINNER oF thE FIVEyEaR-oLd dIVISIoN. EaRNINg thE hoNouRabLE mENtIoN at thE Show waS CoRy dICkSoN wIth haRmoNy VIEw RyaNNa, wINNER oF thE JuNIoR thREEyEaR-oLd CLaSS, FRom haRmoNy VIEw FaRmS & REd tag gENEtICS. In addition to their results with individual Holsteins, Signature Holsteins took home top honours in the Breederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herd, second went to Harmony View Farms and third to Maple-ain Holsteins. Signature also finished

second for the Premier Breeder banner behind Maple-ain Holsteins. Maple-ain won the Premier Exhibitor banner, Signature and Montdale Mountain Echo tied for second. The Farlingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominance extended into the junior division. Emma Farlinger was handed the Junior Champion banner for Signature Fevered Pitch, who took the Senior Calf class and was named 4-H Champion. Penny Lane Holsteins won Reserve Champion with Crovalley Lauthority Andorra, shown by Coleen Halpenny, also the Reserve 4-H Champion. Hounourable Mention went to Snowdame Sanchez Roseann, shown by Mary Ann Jans. Junior winners The Junior Calf class was won by Mountain Ridge Farm with Cherrycrest Lavanguard Roz, shown by Caitlin Jampen. Rhe Intermediate Calf Class went to Winright

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The Grand Champion at the Leeds-Grenville-Dundas Tri-County Show went to Mike Farlinger, right, with Signature & Glenholme Holsteinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Maple Holme B F Cinderella, from the Mature Cow Class. His daughter, Emma, middle, won Reserve Grand Champion and best utter with Merlholme Goldwyn Mary Jane, from Signature & Seavalley Holsteins and Cory Dickson, left, took honourable mention with his Holstein from Signature & Seavalley Holsteins. Matte photos

Show Continued from page 41 with Winright Sid Elegance; the top Summer Yearling was Montdale Demolish Kelly, from Montdale and Mountain Echo; the Junior Yearling also went to Montdale and Mountain Echo with Montdale Jet Jem Red. Winright took the Intermediate Yearling class

with Winright Jasper Baby Doll and Signature won the Senior Yearling with Signature Gold Keyna. Senior Winners The Junior Two-Year-Old went to Montdale and Mountain Echo with Montdale Linjet Dreamy. Senior Two-Year-Old winner was Almarlea Electric Dazzle from Almarlea Holsteins. Signature Jasper Kat, from Signature Todd Edwards Glennholme won the Senior

Signature Holsteins won the Breederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herd at the Leeds-GrenvilleDundas Tri-County Show, Aug. 16. From left, Emma Farlinger, Todd Edwards and Mike Farlinger show off some of their Holsteins while being presented with the Breederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herd Banner by Allan Earle, Convenor of the show. Harmony View Farms was second and Maple-ain Holsteins third.

Three-Year-Old class; Polestar Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Polestar Spirte Lila won the FourYear-Old class; and the Long Time Production winner went to Maple-ain Linjet Blythe from Maple-ain Holsteins.

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Photo right:â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Emma Farlinger, right, was the Junior Grand Champion, with Signature Fever Pitch a senior calf owned by Signature Holsteins from Morrisburg. Reserve Champion went to Coleen Halpenny, middle, with Crovalley Lauthority Andorra from Penny Lane Holsteins, Merrickville. Honourable mention went to Mary Ann Jans, left, from Winright Holsteins in Winchester with Winright Jasper Baby Doll.

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