PDO is running an eastern bus trip in August

The August 20-23 tour will visit eight herds and two businesses

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The Ontario Progressive Dairy Operators (PDO) has organized a bus trip to eastern Ontario and western Quebec to visit leading dairy farms, plus new businesses of interest, from August 20 to 23.

Eight herds will be visited, with four different brands of milking robots, including one operation with robots operating in a tie-stall herd.

There are four milking parlour operations on the tour, including the top 2018 Canadian herd for management score, plus another being the top in Ontario this past year.

Two of these parlour herds, one milking 650 and the other 700 cows, have undergone a transition to the next generation, which will be discussed.

Calf raising will also be a focus, with moveable floor pens being featured in Quebec. Other operations have renovated their old barns into calf housing, or have installed urban calf feeders.

The latest technology in temperature monitoring in the barns will also be on display on a number of these operations.

Some operations also employ foreign workers.

The two non-farm stops will be at the Tweed Cannabis Growing Plant in Smith Falls and the Vodcow Distillery in Almonte, which manufactures vodka from whey permeate.

The cost is only $500, plus 10 per cent for non-PDO members, for everything on the four-day trip.

Those wishing to register by the July 8 deadline, or look for more details, can either visit the Ontario Progressive Dairy Operators website, or contact Nicole Perkins at admin@pdo-ontario.ca

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