MYMP Does Nutrition – March 13, 2019

Join us as Brittney Schurmann from Ritchie Smith Feeds and Steve Saccomano from RBC discuss what affects butter fat levels and the benefits of investing in heifers from the perspective of a feed nutritionist and a banker.

The event is at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford. Doors open at 7:00 PM for a social with pizza bites and other light refreshments. Presentations start at 7:30.

Winter Gala and AGM – December 11, 2018

MYMP’s Winter Gala and AGM was another great sold out event with close to 200 young producers and dairy suppliers attending the festive event at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford. Tars Cheema from BC
Holstein News was the emcee and kept the evening moving and everyone engaged. He told some entertaining stories about his life in dairy and running a dairy newspaper.

MYMP directors rounded out the formal part of the evening with reports on MYMP’s events over the past year and on attending Dairy Farmers’ of Canada meetings. One MYMP director attended the DFC Policy Session in Ottawa and two directors attended DFC’s AGM in Quebec City.

One of the highlights of the evening continues to be the incredible door prizes donated by dairy suppliers. The door prizes included a wide range of gift cards, Vancouver Canuck hockey tickets, Vancouver Giants’ tickets, toy tractors, and bags of corporate swag. There was a record number this year and MYMP thanks all our corporate supporters for
their great donations.

Elections were held for four director positions. Aaron Neels and Carla Soutar were re-elected and Lorna Hamming and Peter Gouwenberg were elected for the first time to the MYMP board. Two directors stepped down from the MYMP board this year: Brittney Schurmann and Mike Duncan. MYMP would like to thank them for all their great work as MYMP directors.

MYMP would like to thank all our Winter Gala and AGM sponsors. Anser Power that provided a free drink ticket to all the attendees. Other sponsors included PrarieCoast, FCC, Clearbrook Grain & Milling, BCDA, Goosen Construction, J & D Dairy Service, JR Legacy Hoof Trimming, and Agri-Trans. MYMP would not be able to hold the Winter Gala without their generous support.

Harvest Party – November 3, 2018

The Harvest Party was once again held at the Chilliwack Corn Maze, but this year it was about 20 degrees warmer than last year. Guests were pleased to be able to mingle and dance instead of huddling around the heaters and the fire pit.

The great buffet featuring a fabulous array of appetizers provided by Culinary Touch Catering was even better than last year. Next year bigger plates!

A huge thanks to Diane and John Bruinsma for letting us use their barn; they were fabulous hosts and really helped make the event a success.

MYMP would like to thank our sponsors: Kloot Construction, West Coast Robotics, Voltage Solutions, Trouw Nutrition, Mid Valley, ScotiaBank. MYMP would not be able to hold our events without the generous support of our sponsors.

Mainland Young Milk Producers’ Evening with the Milk Board – October 17, 2018

Mainland Young Milk Producers’ Evening with the Milk Board was a great success. Young dairy farmers packed the room to hear about the Milk Board and to ask some tough questions on the New Entrant Program (NEP), the recent USMCA, and the future of dairy farming.

The event was held on October 17, 2018 at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford. This year there was a panel from the Milk Board consisting of the Chair Ben Janzen; directors Tom Hoogendoorn, Gerd Andres, and Cornelis Hertgers; and the General Manager Rob Delage. Ben took the lead in giving the presentation and the entire panel took turns answering questions. It was a great opportunity for young dairy producers to ask any and all questions about milk pricing, the new entrant program, and the impacts of the USMCA on dairy farmers.

 

MYMP would like to thank the two event sponsors – TD and MNP. MYMP would not be able to hold events like this without the generous support of sponsors.

MYMP would also like to thank Ben, Tom, Cornelis, Gerd, and Rob for attending the event. Thanks to all the young dairy producers that attended and made the evening a great success.

MYMP hopes to see everyone at their Winter Gala and AGM on December 11 at the Quality Hotel.

MYMP Does Nutrition – September 19, 2018

On September 19, 2018 MYMP directors and other young dairy farmers gathered for a social evening and an opportunity to learn about the nutritional side of dairy farming. This year the focus was on butter fat and heifer nutrition. The event was held at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford and started with a make your own ice-cream sundae bar. The evening was sponsored by RBC.

Brittney Schurmann from Trouw Nutrition started the evening off her presentation on milk fat and heifer nutrition. Brittney focused on four main topic areas: milk fat and factors affecting production; example scenarios of pro-milk fat and anti-milk fat; heifer nutrition goals and growth monitoring; and heifer nutritional requirements and goals. She discussed the factors that affect milk fat production; including both non-feed related factors like genetics and feed related topics such as feed management, nutrition, and management. She provided eight strategies to maximize milk fat. Her take home messages for heifer nutrition were: what you feed and how you care for your heifers from birth to calving will affect future production and health; if you “cheap out” now, you will “pay” later; set heifer goals; monitor growth; test forages; and finally provide a nutritionally balanced ration.

Steve Saccomano from RBC was the second speaker. He focused on heifer raising and butter fat economics. His main discussion areas were: butter fat history lesson; current butter fat pricing; optimising butter fat and CDQ; cost of heifer raising; home versus custom raising; and heifers versus purchasing replacement. He answered the question whether it pays dairy farmers to raise the butter fat kilos. He reviewed the costs, advantages and disadvantages of raising your own heifers, raising heifers off-site, and purchasing replacements. He also looked at raising heifers in Alberta.

Over all, a great evening on the nutritional side of dairy farming. An interesting look at both the nutrition and economic aspects of increasing butter fat and raising heifers.

MYMP would like to thank RBC and Trouw Nutrition for their generous sponsorship of this event. MYMP would not be able to hold these events without such support.

Winter Gala and AGM – November 29, 2017

The Winter Gala and AGM was a sold out event with 160 young producers and dairy suppliers attending the festive event at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford. Steve Saccomano from Ritchie Smith Feeds was the emcee and kept the evening moving and everyone entertained. MYMP directors gave reports on the year’s past events.

The highlight of the evening continues to be the incredible door prizes donated by dairy suppliers. The door prizes included a wide range of gift cards, Vancouver Canuck hockey tickets, Vancouver Giants’ tickets, toy tractors, and bags of corporate swag. The children’s toy tractors are always very popular.

Three directors stepped down from the MYMP board this year: Lorene Barnum, Kevin Mammel and Ryan Thibaudier. MYMP would like to thank the three for all their great work as MYMP directors.

Elections were held for four director positions. Nick Janssens was re-elected and Greg Hessels, Shawn Arends, and Bryce Tuytel were elected to the MYMP board.

MYMP would like to thank all our Winter Gala and AGM sponsors. Anser Power that provided a free drink ticket to all the attendees. Other sponsors included PrarieCoast, FCC, Clearbrook Grain & Milling, BCDA, Goosen Construction, J & D Dairy Service, and JR Legacy Hoof Trimming. MYMP would not be able to hold our events without their generous support.

Executive elections were held on January 17 and executive positions are: Aaron Neels Chair, Brittney Schurmann Vice-Chair, Greg Hessels Secretary, and Carla Soutar Treasurer.

Harvest Party – November 4, 2017

After a five year absence the Harvest Party was once again held at the Chilliwack Corn Maze. While it was great to be back at the Corn Maze; everyone wished that it wasn’t the coldest November 2nd in 25 years. Heaters kept the barn area warmish and a big bon fire outside under the almost full moon was enjoyed by many of the attendees.

 

A great buffet featuring a fabulous array of appetizers helped to keep everyone warm. MYMP will definitely be using Culinary Touch Catering at our future events.

 

A huge thanks to Diane and John Bruinsma for letting us use their barn and outdoor fire pits. They were fabulous hosts and really helped make the event a success.

 

MYMP would like to thank our sponsors: Kloot Construction, West Coast Robotics, Voltage Solutions, Hi-Pro Feeds, Mid Valley, ScotiaBank. MYMP would not be able to hold our events without the generous support of our sponsors.

Evening with the Milk Board – October 25, 2017

Mainland Young Milk Producers’ Evening with the Milk was a great success with close to 60 young dairy farmers attending to hear about the Milk Board and to ask some tough questions milk prices and QTAR.

The event was held on October 25 at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford. This year there was a different format; the Chair of the BC Milk Marketing Board, Ben Janzen attended along with directors Tom Hoogendoorn and Cornelis Hertgers and General Manager Rob Delage. Ben provided an overview of the Milk Board and the entire panel took turns answering questions. It was a great opportunity for young dairy producers to ask any and all questions about milk pricing, milk regulations, and the Milk Board.

MYMP would like to thank the two event sponsors – TD Canada Trust and MNP. MYMP would not be able to hold events like this without the generous support of sponsors.

MYMP would also like to thank Ben, Tom Corny and Rob for attending the event.

Thanks to all the young dairy producers that attended and made the evening a great success.

MYMP Does Nutrition – September 7, 2017

On September 7, 2017 MYMP directors and other young dairy farmers gathered for a social evening and an opportunity to learn about the nutritional side of dairy farming. The event was held at the Quality Hotel in Abbotsford and started with a make your own ice-cream sundae bar sponsored by TNT Hay and Cattle Sales. A great way to really sweeten things up!

 

Karen Taylor from TD Canada Trust spoke about the financial side of nutrition. She focused on three main financial areas in her presentation; feed costs, interest rates, and financial ratios. She randomly selected twelve dairy farms to analyze their feed costs. The average quota production was 300 kg. On average, feed costs for those farms were 28.3% of milk sales and the average feed cost per kg of production quota was $5.57. She then looked at the impacts of increased interest rates have on farm debt and loan repayments. For an average sized farm of 140 milking cows and 160 kg of DCQ with five million dollars of debt a one percent change in interest from 2.6% to 3.6% would result in an increase of loan payments of $2,600 per month. She finished her presentation with a look at ratios and their implications on the financial strength of a dairy farm. She closed with encouraging producers to talk to their bankers and to remember that your banker is your partner.

 

The second speaker was Brittney Schurmann from Hi-Pro Feeds. Brittney focused on nutrition for lactating dairy cows. She covered six main topic areas: an overview of feed ingredients, farm goals,
example rations and feed cost analyses, 2017 forage challenges, RFV versus RFQ, and feeding management and nutritional strategies to increase milk fat. Feed ingredients include both home grown and purchased feed and essential and optional components. She explained that farm goals will affect feed choices. This was followed by detailed examples of rations for both parlour and robotic systems including both ration specs, herd stats and economics. She acknowledged that 2017 was a tough forage year due to the weather and the western corn rootworm and army worm. She recommended producers talk to their crop specialists to maximize forage quality and land use. She finished with tips on how to maximize milk fat. Similar to Karen’s final comments, and like bankers, Brittney reminded the crowd that feed experts are your partners.

Over all, a great evening on the nutritional side of dairy farming. An interesting look into the economic and technical aspects of feed and how feed and nutrition are important to the long term health of the herd and the farm.

The MYMP would like to thank TNT Hay and Cattle Sales, TD Canada Trust and Hi-Pro Feeds for their generous sponsorship of this event. MYMP would not be able to hold these events without their support.

MYMP Spring Social – June 21, 2017

About 60 young dairy producers met at Vale-Side Farms (host Aaron Neels and family) for the annual MYMP Spring Social on June 21, 2017. It was a perfect summer evening to unwind after a busy day on the farm with other young farmers.

MYMP directors served up barbequed sausages and assorted summer snacks. Agri-Foods were on hand to give out some of their tasty products.

The theme this year was adventures in agronomy and Gerry DeGroot from Dairy-Crop Solutions lead a great discussion on forage crops, bunker management, and equipment.

MYMP would like to thank Dairy-Crop Solutions for their support and sponsorship of the event.