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32 BC HOLSTEIN NEWS ❁ SPRING 2021 Industry Updates
Familiar Face Joins Dairy-Crop
James Robinson is no stranger to BC’s dairy industry with more than eight years previous work experience before joining the team at Dairy-Crop in March. Growing up on his family’s beef/grain farm in Kildare, Ireland, James completed his Animal Science degree in Dublin in 2010 and worked in the UK, Australia, France, and the USA before working for WestGen and Alltech in BC.
As BC sales manager for Alltech, James was responsible for creating the local on-farm support program, which mainly consisted of troubleshooting forage quality related issues in cows.
James enjoys working with producers and will look forward to continuing to assist them with the latest technological advances, whether raising healthy calves or a desire to increase their milk produced per acre.
Bob Reck - Back in the DHI Family
Lactanet is pleased to announce the return of Bob Reck to the Lactanet family.
Producers in the Prairies will know Bob from his time as a Customer Service Rep and DairyComp Support Specialist with CanWest DHI for 16 years. As the new Regional Sales and Services Manager for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Bob will manage the Lactanet Field Staff team and the delivery of Lactanet services to more than 550
customers in the Prairies. Raised on his family’s Rimbey dairy, Bob has accumulated more than 30 years dairy career experience, including 15 years in the dairy nutrition field most recently. “I’m excited to be back in DHI – I like the opportunity to affect change and measure the outcomes,” he shares enthusiastically. He respects the 365-day commitment of producers and knows it’s a rewarding community to be part of. “I believe in the industry and I want to make it better.”
Gord Vande Burgt
    Returns to BC New MS Schippers BC Sales Rep
Gord grew up on Vandeburgt Farms Ltd. in Dewdney and received his B.A. Agri-Business from Dordt University. His past career experiences have been many and varied – initially working in the dairy ET industry in both the domestic and international markets. Gord moved into the dairy milking equipment industry, with roles at GEA as well as DeLaval in California.
Returning to BC, Gord entered the banking industry as Manager Agriculture for BMO before moving on to finance roles in Alberta.
From 2019-2020, Gord took on hands-on work
experience at a family dairy farm with multiple robotic milking stations that also included a newer single milking robot in an Israeli-style loose housing barn.
MS Schippers welcomes Gord Vande Burgt as a valuable, knowledgeable team member! A wonderful homecoming to BC!
Robotic Green Chopping
Lely believes that the farms of the future will become completely robotized. The Exos brings that one step closer – the electric powered harvester uses GPS to travel to fields, chopping grass and returning to feed in the barn autonomously. It is said to have low weight for soil-friendly harvesting over a long season and can operate 24 hours
a day. The first prototypes have begun operating on test farms.
With the coming Summer season, farm roads will be sending great clouds of dust flying with every truck and tractor that passes. The dust settles over houses, barns, gardens, crops and more. Custom Tank Services offers a unique spray-on dust suppressant that pulls moisture from the air and holds it in the ground for long-lasting, effective dust control. Fine dust particles are bound to keep the roads stabilized and dust is eliminated. The special formulation is environmentally friendly, even being used to control ice on roads. Beyond being a nuisance, road dust can create visibility and air quality issues. You don’t have to live with dust settling on the siding and windows this summer – see how Custom Tank Services can keep road dust on the road! See their ad on page 18.
      Introducing Custom Tank Services
 Outstanding Dairy
The BC Dairy Historical Society seeks nominations of producers, processors, BC Dairy Pioneers, supporters of the BC Dairy industry, writers or other individuals who have made outstanding contributions
to the BC Dairy Industry. To nominate a worthy individual, submit a short summary of your nominee’s contributions to the industry.
 Nominate someone who has c c o o n n t t r r i i b b u u t t e e d d t t o o B B C C ’ ’s s Dairy Industry in Major Ways!
Nominations are to be submitted online at under the awards tab.
Nominations close October 3, 2021.
The award will be presented at the 2021 BC Dairy Conference.
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Industry Updates for the next issue of BC Holstein News
BC Holstein News is pleased to consider introducing your new business or staff to BC’s dairy community. Announcements will be considered on a space available basis. Please e-mail your business announcement to [email protected] by May 14, 2021 for inclusion in the Summer 2021 issue of BC Holstein News that will go into the mail on June 15.
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