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what it takes to be a farmer
Dairy farming is a job for many Canadians. In 2019, there were 968 700 dairy cows on 10 371 farms. However, dairy farming in Canada is not the same job it was 20 years ago. Robots are found on many farms and cows have started wearing smart trackers.
Find out what it takes to be a dairy farmer today from some young farmers.
It takes creativity
Strong problem-solving skills and creativity are important. Technology lets farmers keep track of a lot of different types of information and data. Farmers use creative thinking to solve problems and come up with solutions to make sure their animals are well cared for and comfortable, and their crops are grown sustainably.
As the collection of new types of data is made possible with technology, there’s a lot more room for applying creativity to farm management solutions. Creative thinking and innovation is important to many things on the farm, from animal care and comfort to sustainable crop management.
Farmers work with nature. They have to be able to keep to a schedule, but also be able to adapt to any unexpected events. They apply creative thinking when machines break down or the weather changes.
Infographic from Statistics Canada: Thank you to Canadian farmers: Insights into their vital role in Canada’s food chain (2020) www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2020037-eng.htm
This video features five Canadian dairy farmers and is in both English and French.
Find out why Canadian dairy farmers work with cow nutritionists and vets to produce high quality milk. Watch these two quick videos.
It takes care
Farmers make sure their cows’ needs are met, like good feed and comfortable bedding. They must also be patient and attentive.
“If you don’t like cows, you won’t get very far,” cautions Ana-Maria Martin from Lorami Farm. That’s because cows that lead a calm and comfortable life naturally produce more milk. Ana-Marie uses good observation skills and a consistent routine to make sure her cows are well looked after.
It takes work
For many farmers, like Marie-Pier Vincent, cows are the number one priority. “They’re what gets me up in the morning. I don’t feel like it’s work when I’m at the farm,” she says. But Marie also admits that she was up at 5 a.m. to milk the cows!