Local businesses out in full force at Canadian Dairy Xpo in Stratford April 6-7

Handing out scrambled eggs, pancakes and peameal bacon for a complimentary breakfast Tuesday morning were, respectively, from left, former Stratford Agricultural Society board member Bill Shivas, Perth–Wellington MP John Nater and Perth–Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece.

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Pictured, from left, are Sebringville-based Nuhn Industries co-owners Dennis and Ian Nuhn. They were showing off their lagoon crawler, pictured, of which they have now produced over 150, currently operational around the world, in such countries as Russia, China and the USA. The crawlers have also recently been gaining in popularity locally and around Canada, Ian said.

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Avonbank Ag Solutions Ltd. President Jerry Martens was on hand at the company’s Hall 1 booth this week, showing off such products as the robotic Lely feed pusher.

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St. Marys area native and DCVI grad Mark Ross, left, was on hand at the booth for Guelph-based Elanco Animal Health, where Ross works as a dairy sales associate. He and dairy brand manager Alison West were at the Xpo to promote the launch of Imrestor, which West described as “the first immune restorative for dairy cows” which is neither a vaccine, antibiotic or hormone and is capable of reducing mastitis by almost a third.

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Of course, there were also a few dairy cows present at the Xpo, including Richford Conrad Illinois, pictured here relaxing in the new WeCover Cow Coliseum. This one-year-old milking shorthorn owned and bred by Don and Karen Richardson of St. Marys won first in her class and was an Honourable Mention for Junior Champion at the 2015 National Show in Lindsay. She was also recently shown at the TD 4-H Dairy Classic at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

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