Energrow Inc.

On Farm Presses let Dairy Operations get Better, not Bigger

Ontario Grain Farmer, November 2011
Amy Petherick

HIGH PRICES are a welcome change for grain farmers but a challenge for feed purchasers like dairy farmers.  Although many choose to get bigger to increase profitability, some producers are focusing on feeding cows better.

With the quota cap limiting herd expansion since 2009, many Ontario dairy farmers that are looking to grow their operation have started re-investing in their cropping and feeding practices. One increasingly popular option to investigate is on-farm feed processing with the use of a soybean press. Jasmin Hofer of Energrow, a Newton based company that produces one type of oilseed press, says she has been extremely busy this fall attending shows and trying to keep up with information requests.

“Farmers are telling us that they have been thinking more and more about getting a press for their farms,” says Hofer. “Since dairy producers can't buy quota right now, there is more cash available for other investments.”

Third generation dairy farmers chosen

March 17, 2011

Nova Scotia dairy farmers Geoff and Jennifer Bishop are Atlantic Canada’s 2011 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF). The couple from Round Hill, NS were presented with their award by the Hon. John MacDonell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture at a recent banquet in Moncton, NB.  Also in attendance were the Hon. George Webster, PEI Minister of Agriculture, and the Hon. Michael Olscamp, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, OYF alumni and agri-business representatives.  The Bishop’s will represent Atlantic Canada at the national OYF event later this year in Brandon, MB. 

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