Farm Facts and Furrows

Cold Stress

Key management factors to limit the effects of cold stress: monitor the weather. Monitor temperature and increase feeding in response to cold weather. Cows in the last trimester require additional grain feeding during periods when the effective temperature falls below the lower critical level. Protect animals from the wind. Wind markedly reduces the effective temperature, increasing cold stress on animals. Bed cows well. Providing adequate dry bedding makes a significant difference in the ability of cattle to withstand cold stress. Keep cows clean and dry. Wet coats have greatly reduced insulating properties and make cows more susceptible to cold stress. Mud-caked coats also reduce the insulating properties of the hair. Provide additional feed. Feed more hay and grain. If wet feeds are fed, make sure they are not frozen. Provide water. Make sure cows have ample water available at all times. Limiting water will limit feed intake and make it more difficult for cows to meet their energy requirements. Frozen troughs and excessively cold water seriously limit water intake.

We can’t control the weather but we can do everything reasonably possible to reduce the effects of cold on cows. This will help reduce costs and improve production efficiency.

Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Applications for the 2015 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence are now being accepted until 5 pm on Friday, April 10, 2015. The application and program guidelines are available on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website

Hire a Guelph student!

A $2,500 award is available for food companies hiring a University of Guelph co-op student. The University of Guelph is offering a hiring incentive program, funded through the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) Legacy Fund. Employers who hire U of G co-op students in food processing, manufacturing and distribution (in Canada) are eligible for a $2,500 award. Ontario-based companies may also claim the Ontario Co-op Tax Credit of up to $3,000 per work term when hiring a co-op student. For more information and details on eligibility criteria contact Co-operative Education and Career Services, or 519-824-4120.