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CDN Website Tips & Tricks: The Inbreeding Calculator
Lindsay Beavers & Brian Van Doormaal

This is the third article in a three part series for users to learn how to maximize benefits from the various features of the CDN web site.

COWS Ice Cream: A Family Tradition

COWS Ice Cream has been a family tradition on Prince Edward Island (PEI) since 1983. Founded by Scott Linkletter, who still owns the business today, the ice cream business had a humble beginning but has grown tremendously over the past

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Give a child a heifer
Rebekah Powers Headings

If you give a child a heifer, she will need a halter for her calf. And then she will want a bucket and a feed pan. Before you know it, she will be comparing all of the best heifer rations

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Let’s mooove some milk with the #10GallonChallenge

Those of us that choose to be in the dairy industry know the work, love and passion that goes into ensuring our cows are treated with the upmost care.

A Glass of Milk with Wally Smith

Wally Smith is no stranger to the landscape of the dairy industry in Canada. An active leader in the industry, Wally became a full-time dairy producer on Vancouver Island in 1985.

Guest Post: I live because you farm.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I need your help. Five times in the last week I’ve received messages about farmers taking their lives. It is getting way too close to home for me now.

Autism: How a Few Small Voices made a Giant Roar in Ontario

Autism is a neurological disorder that impacts brain development. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is estimated that 1 in 66 children suffer from autism in Canada.

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks: A great little stop on Vancouver Island

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is located on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia and is home to the Gourlay Family – Clarke and Nancy, along with their 3 sons Raymond, John and Kevin. The Gourlays have opened the doors of their

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The Farmer Wants a Wife: An Exclusive Matchmaking Service provided by Table for Six

Table for Six launched in Ireland in 2017, the brainchild of “Dating Specialist and Matchmaker” Mairead Loughman, and has quickly become one of the Ireland’s most popular dating events. One of its main services, “The Farmer Wants a Wife” is

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CDCB August Evaluation Changes

The CDCB has released information on August Evaluation Changes. Net Merit and other indexes are revised for August 2018 to incorporate the new CDCB disease resistance traits and to update economic values in calculations.

A Glass of Milk With Tom Byers

I have had the privilege of knowing Tom Byers for the better part of 10 years. Whether it be classifying cows at my family’s farm, listening to him speak about the classification system at a seminar or sharing a beverage

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A Glass of Milk with Marilyn Hershey

The first time I heard of Marilyn Hershey was just after she was recognized as the “Dairy Women of the Year” by World Dairy Expo, the 44th recipient of the honor. Not long after, I watched a video put together

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Three Western Canadian Dairy Boys Take Their Sports Careers to the Next Level

Over the last couple weeks, three young men have made decisions to take their sports careers to the next level. Matthew Brandsma, Nils Haeni and Jonas Haeni have all grown up in the dairy business, participated in their local 4-H

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Lifetime Performance Index (LPI) Formula

Where the relative emphasis placed on each of the three main components in each breed is presented in the following table along with the multiplicative factors for each component.

Canadian Dairy Network Base Change Summary

Each year, the genetic base used to express genetic evaluations in Canada is updated in conjunction with the first official release.  The definition of each genetic base used is therefore as follows:


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