DLS Car Tour
October 20, 2017

On Thursday Dec 14, take the day to join us for this exciting car tour with 6 of our customers! The car tour features farms with ranging herd sizes, and both retrofit and new-build projects that were completed in 2013 – 2017.  Each of the six farms will be open between 10am-4pm and can be toured through in the order of your convenience.  Below is a description of each farm along with the addresses.  Also here is a google maps link to the addresses, Coffee and treats will be served at each location!

Braithland Farms, The Galbraith Family (2017)
5300 Olde Dr. Appin ON N0L 1A0
Milks: 100 cows 2x Bedding: Mats with shavings
This past summer the Galbraith family expanded their existing parlour building in width to accommodate a new DLS GEA D-10 vertical lift parallel parlour with individual indexing.  The existing facility previously housed a D-6 herringbone parlour.  Milking in the new parlour started in September 2017.  The cow exit return lanes were widened to improved cow flow and 17 Jourdain free stalls were added in place of a previous pack area.  Alley scraper drive units were extended to accommodate the wider return area and new free stall area.

Dairi-Acres, The Bryant Family (2016)
5939 Calvert Dr. Strathroy ON N7G 3H5
Milks: 185 cows 2x Bedding: Deep bedded with sand
In 2016 the Bryant family added an addition onto their existing free stall dairy barn with a breezeway that connects to a new parlour building and milking parlour.  They started milking in the new DLS GEA D-10 vertical lift parallel parlour with individual indexing in August 2016.  There is enough room to expand the parlour in the future to a D-15.  The parlour area is cleaned with the Daritech Biolynk flush system.  In the barn addition a pack area was added with Jourdain headlocks and DLS rollover gates for dry and special need cows.

Thomadale Farms, The Thoma Family (2013)
1281 Napperton Dr. Kerwood ON N0M 2B0
Milks: 140 cows 3x Bedding: Deep bedded with sand
In 2013 the Thoma family went from a tie stall operation to a new free stall and milking parlour facility with a DLS GEA D-10 vertical lift parallel parlour.   The parlour area is cleaned with the Daritech Biolynk flush system.  The barn features a gravity flow manure system, panel fans, Jourdain headlocks, 230 free stalls and a pack area.  The existing tie stall facility was converted into a calf barn which features North America’s first Forster Technik automated calf rail feeding system.

Gordon Roxburgh Farms, The Gordon Family (2015-2017)
7780 Gordon Rd. Thedford ON N0M 2N0
Milks: 300 cows Bedding: Rubber Mats with recycled cardboard
The barn was originally constructed in 2007.  During the winter of 2015 – 2016 5 GEA MIONE milking robots were installed in the existing free stall and parlour barn.  Also in 2015, the barn was converted from a naturally ventilated barn to tunnel ventilation with 32 ACME 60″ DXP60K Tunnel Fans.  In 2016 a calf barn was also built that features an automated calf feeder in group penning.  In the spring of 2017 a 6th GEA MIONE milking robot was added to the barn to accommodate for an increase of quota and cows.

Van Engelen Dairy Farms, The Van Engelen Family (2017)
7911 Gordon Rd. Thedford ON N0M 2N0
Milks: 400 cows 3x Bedding: Deep bedded with sand
The new 480’ dairy barn was built in the fall of 2016 and the cows entered the barn in January 2017.  The cows went from a matted barn with Big Ass fans to a deep bedded sand facility with ACME 54” 6 blade panel fans.  The barn features GEA Houle Alley Scrapers, Futuro piston pump, Jourdain headlocks, 290 free stalls and a pack area with DLS rollover gates.  In the existing parlour, the cow exit return lanes were widened to improve cow flow.

Four Clover Dairy Inc., The Van Wieren Family (2017)
8157 Jericho Rd. Thedford ON N0M 2N0
Milks: 160 cows Bedding: Deep bedded with sand
A 4 robot perimeter feed barn was built in the fall of 2016, and the cows entered the barn in January 2017.  The cows were previously milking with 3 robots in old barn (since Feb 2013), and before that a D-10 parallel.  The new barn features include 4 used milking robots, GEA Houle Alley Scrapers, Futuro piston pump, Jourdain headlocks, 240 free stalls, DLS Rollover gates and pack area.  The previous dairy barn constructed in 2000 was renovated for heifer and dry cow housing.

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Milk Matters Day Rally on Parliament Hill
June 27, 2016


On June 2, 2016 milk producers from across Canada participated in the Milk Matters Day Rally on Parliament Hill to showcase the importance of Canadian milk and celebrate International Milk Day.  The event, hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada, had the goal to encourage politicians, staffers and consumers to engage with farmers on the importance of supply management and Canadian milk. About 3,000 farmers, mostly from Ontario and Quebec, attended the event. Shadow events were also held across the country with hundreds of farmers participating.

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Building for the Future
June 8, 2016

May Milk Producer Cover Story by Sharon Laidlaw (page 26 – 30)

Dairy barns have come a long way in the past 40 to 50 years.What was once dominated by tie stall operations has grown toencompass variations of freestall, loose housing, and heifer

and calf barns. Features such as rollover curtains, moving panels, robotic designs and computerization have become commonplace. There are many factors to consider when designing a new barn construction or renovating an existing one. Some of these are location, herd size,constraints and components of the barn,both inside and out, management decisions, and cow comfort, among others. Benefits to renovating or retrofitting an old barn are making a more pleasant environment for both cow and worker, and increasing profitability. Comfortable and healthy cows will

produce more milk and be more efficient with their feed, and may sleep better. A well-constructed barn may also help.

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Overproduction Credits In Excess of Ten Days

DFO – May 18, 2016

Effective August 1, 2009, DFO harmonized its overproduction credit maximum to a maximum of 10 days to align with other P5 provinces. The overproduction credit maximum in Ontario prior to this change was 20 days. Producers who had borrowed more than the equivalent of 10 days of overproduction credits at the end of January 2010 were able to maintain or decrease but not increase the number of overproduction credits owing under a declining overproduction credit policy.

Effective June 1, 2016, based on a recent Board Decision, DFO will cancel the declining overproduction credit day policy and apply the overproduction credit maximum at 10 days for all active licensed Ontario dairy farmers.

As a result of this decision, all overproduction credit days greater than 10 days will be reduced to a maximum of daily quota multiplied by 10 days at no cost to producers owing in excess of 10 days overproduction credit days. The reduction of overproduction credit days owing to a maximum of 10 days will be applied on the payment for June 2016 milk. A producer example follows:

  1. Daily Quota = 100 kg, overproduction credits owing as at May 31 = 1,200 kg (equivalent to 12 days)
  2. Maximum borrowed overproduction credits allowed are 100 kg x 10 days = 1,000 kg
  3. Effective June 1, 2016, overproduction credits owing will be reduced to 1,000 kg, a reduction of 200 kg, at no cost to producers greater than 10 days.

If you have any questions, please contact your Field Services Representative or Carol Mascaro at 905-817-2162 or

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Free Monthly Give-Away November 2015 – January 2016!
November 9, 2015

Invoice Monthly Giveaway - Social Media Pic

Mention us on Facebook or Twitter and include #DLSdairyman for your chance to win a free give-away! The details are in the picture, and there will be one winner per month for the next three months: November, December and January!

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Andrew Campbell cultivates social opportunity with #farm365
May 29, 2015

Andrew Campbell has created quite a stir on twitter with his #farm365 initiative. He set out to educate people on agriculture and provide positive messages concerning the agriculture industry. Even when his # was hacked by animal rights activists, and used for anti-agricultural content, Andrew, and other farmers rallied together to keep the #farm365 moving forward in a positive way. Be sure to follow Andrew on twitter, produce your own positive #farm365 tweets and check out the full Canadian Progressive Dairyman article on Andrew Campbell and #farm365 at:

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The Milkle-Down Effect Delivers Benefits across Canada
May 28, 2015

The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) started the Milkle-Down Effect campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to demonstrate the impact Canadian dairy farms have on their local communities. It is about promoting the consumption of dairy products to support farmers, local businesses, taxpayers and Canadians in general. Read the full article on the Dairy Farmers of Canada website at:

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Study Highlights the Growth, Impact and Importance of the Canadian Dairy Sector
May 6, 2015

The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) recently released a very detailed report on The Economic Impacts of the Dairy Industry in 2013. A few of the main highlights include:

  • In 2013, the Canadian dairy industry contributed $3.6B in local, provincial and federal taxes.
  • The sectors Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution has increased from $15.2 B in 2009 to $18.9 B in 2013.
  • Jobs have changed, decreasing at the farm level and increasing in value-added processing level, resulting approximately 215,000 in 2013.
  • Canadas 12,234 dairy farms sold more milk in 2013 than in 2009.

Read the full article and download the complete report from the Dairy Farmers of Canada website at:

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Farmland values increase not as steep in 2014
May 4, 2015

The latest FCC report shows that Canadian farmland values increase in 2014, however the rate dropped compared to 2013. In 2013 farmland values increased by 22.1%, while 2014 dropped to 14.3% increase. With today’s low interest rates encouraging buying land, this article encourages farmers to take caution and to analyze and evaluate their revenues and expenses with different scenarios in mind before purchasing additional land. Read the full Canadian Progressive Dairyman article at:

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Branding dairy for todays consumer
April 30, 2015

In today’s time branding is everything. It is more important than ever for dairy producers and those involved in the dairy industry to work together to secure the Canadian Dairy brand. In this article the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) promotes a 3 point strategy in promoting the dairy brand. This covers the expansion of the wellness sector, promotion of dairy farmers and industry image, and creating strategic partnerships. Read the full Canadian Progressive Dairyman article at:

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Jourdain Expands Facility with this All New State of the Art Logistics Centre
December 16, 2015

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Jourdain Cowflex Free Stall
August 14, 2015


Increasing Cow Comfort in the Jourdain Free Stalls

Jourdain is the number one stabling manufacturer in the world and we ve been partnered with them for over 15 years now. They ve consistently put out a high quality, durable product that meets the application needs of todays farmers. The Jourdain free stall loop that we have been installing for years is in itself geared towards cow comfort. Between the shape of the loop and the measurements at which we install the stalls, our customers cows lay straight and comfortable (see picture).Cows in stalls

In recent years there has been a buzz about green stalls, and while the idea behind them is excellent, in our experience and opinion the green stalls are not built to last like Jourdain. In light of this, Jourdain recognizes the desire to improve and provide an additional level of cow comfort. They have designed a stall of their own that is still made with steel for strength and durability, but also contains PEHD material in just the right place for the cows comfort. They have further designed a neck rail strap that is installed ahead of the neck rail to keep cows from bumping their heads and shoulders on the neck rail. If you are looking for a free stall that will hold up and last for years, but still has certain flexible components to promote cow comfort, youre going to want to see our new Jourdain Cowflex free stall.

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Rethinking tomorrow’s dairy farming (GEA Farm Technologies)
June 1, 2015

GEA Farm Technologies is not only one of our key suppliers, but a valued partner that is constantly doing R&D to create a better product for the customer. On their website they have a well written article on the farm of the future and what GEA is doing to improve upon todays farming practices. Be sure to check out their article at:

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JOZ Moov Feed Pusher
March 12, 2015

JOZ announced for their market introduction of the Moov that everyone in the first three months that purchased a Moov would be entered into a draw and one person would win a full refund of the Moov price. JOZ recently announced the winner of the free Moov: the Sacher family from Switzerland!

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Housing Young Calves
December 1, 2014

Our partner and supplier, La Buvette is the most popular water trough manufacturer in Europe. Through DLS La Buvette has entered the North American market. The December 2014 newsletter provides beneficial information on housing young calves.

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Watering Point Location Critical to the Herd’s Performance
June 1, 2014

Our partner and supplier, La Buvette is the most popular water trough manufacturer in Europe. Through DLS La Buvette has entered the North American market. The June 2014 company newsletter is quite informative and discusses the link between waterer placement and the herds performance.

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New Sand Separator Equals Lighter Footprint for the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
May 6, 2014

We have now installed a Daritech One Shot Sand Recovery System and a Daritech Sand Canon system. In British Columbia, the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre has recently installed a Sand Canon and they share some of the results they are seeing. Read this article on the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre website to see how it has been progressing for them:

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Milking, Manure, & Cow Health

Holstein Canada Hoof Care Video Series
July 11, 2016

With all the industry buzz revolving ProAction, animal welfare has been a hot topic in the news and on farms. Specifically, cow lameness has been targeted as one of the key elements of animal welfare that needs improving.
The Canadian Dairy Information Centre reported cow lameness as the number three reason for culling, with over 20,000 cows culled due to foot and leg problems in 2014. Cow lameness is also associated with lower pregnancy rates, disease and a decrease in milk production.

In an effort to educate producers on hoof care to ultimately improve animal welfare and cow lameness, Jersey Canada, Holstein Canada, Semex and Dairy Farmers of Canada cooperatively supported a video series on proper foot care that can be viewed on the Holstein Canada YouTube site.



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Heifer-rearing goals: Adequate size, calving at reasonable age
May 29, 2015

The focus of this article is on raising heifers to be an adequate size prior to calving. Its best to have a heifer that calves post 24 months that is well-grown than an undersized heifer that calves by the 24 month mark. Read the full Canadian Progressive Dairyman article at:

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The importance of record-keeping in mastitis control
May 28, 2015

Mastitis at times can be a never ending problem for dairy farmers. There is many tools, equipment, bedding options, milking practices etc. that can help decrease the mastitis rate on your farm. One key practice that is often overlooked with the busy schedule of the dairy farmer is record keeping. Read the full Canadian Progressive Dairyman article on The Importance of Record Keeping in Mastitis Control at:

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5 secrets to keeping teats healthy in winter
October 30, 2014

Keith Engel, a Dairy Farm Hygiene and Supplies Specialist for GEA Farm Technologies wrote an article on keeping the cows teats healthy during the long winter months. The five steps covered in the article are preconditioning, winter teat-dip plan, maintain equipment and optimize automation, precise milking procedures and prime housing environment. Be sure to check out the full Canadian Progressive Dairyman article at:

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Manure management: 10 questions before you invest
August 29, 2014

Looking at investing in manure equipment to better manage and utilize your manure Field Manager and Manure Specialist, Jeramy Sanford presents 10 key questions to ask yourself prior to investing. If you are building a new facility or renovating be sure to check out this article to help you start thinking about what type of manure equipment will work best for you and your application:

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What can we learn from low-activity monitoring
August 31, 2013

Activity monitoring is widely used to detect estrous behaviour, this article presents another significant use for activity monitoring. Just as activity monitors can detect high levels of activity, they can also determine which cows have lower than normal activity. Typically a cow with lower than normal activity is heading towards sickness. By utilizing low activity monitoring farmers can identify this and use preventative management to get these cows back on the upslope. Check out this insightful Canadian Progressive Dairyman article at:

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