Craven Family Beef and Cash Crop Farm – 5 videos

Welcome to the Craven Family Farm.  Farmer Neal gives you an overview of his combined cash crop and livestock operation, highlighting the skills and knowledge that are required to successfully manage the farm. (3.21)
Farmer Neal describes the technology on the planting machine used to sow corn.  Discover what “refuge” corn seeds are, why they use a helicopter on the farm, and how the harvested corn ends up in car gas tanks. (10.04)
Soil health will feed our family and feed your family”.  Discover the farming practices used on the Craven Family Farm to conserve soil and keep it healthy. (6.47)
Farmer Neal credits the modern technology on his planter for consistent crop yields.  He describes this technology that allow seeds to be planted evenly and at the optimal depth, and explains what data is collected as he plants. (05.44)
“I’d like to leave this to my grandkids in better shape than I received it”.  Farmer Neal explains how different materials are recycled on the farm, and other methods they use to reduce waste and increase efficiency. (6.40)

Forbesvue Dairy Farm – 7 videos

Owner Kevin Forbes, a third-generation farmer, introduces you to his family and shows you around the Forbesvue Dairy Farm located in the city of Sarnia.  Their farm is home to 300 cows and produces approximately 7000 liters of milk per day. In addition to the dairy operation, the family farms 1000 acres of land, producing various crops including those used in feed for their cattle. (5.16)
NOTE:  A cow and newborn calf appear at time marker 04:50. The clip shows afterbirth.
See what happens in the modern milking parlour.  The cows at Forbesvue are milked twice a day, 365 days a year. (2.50)
Farmer Kevin describes the safeguards in place that ensure the milk you consume is both a high-quality product and is safe to drink. (4.05)
Approximately 300 calves are born each year at Forbesvue.  Farmer Kevin explains the life cycle of a dairy cow. (4.10)
NOTE:  A cow and newborn calf appear at time marker 00:51. The clip shows afterbirth.  A live birth is shown between time marker 1:01 to 1:24.
Find out why having a Vet Room and a Freestyle Barn contribute to healthier and more comfortable cows.  (4.43)
What’s on the menu for the Forbes dairy herd?  Find out how cow feed is produced on-farm, what goes into the mixture, how often and when cows are fed, and how a cow’s digestive system differs from that of a human.  (5:00)
Cow collars are like a fitness tracker humans might use.  Discover what data is collected, what this tells Farmer Kevin, and how the information is used to make decisions about treating sick animals and breeding cows. (3.12)

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The LKAITC Committee is grateful for funding for this video library project from Libro Credit Union and Seaway Kiwanis Club of Sarnia.