In the Bulkley Valley, not many farmers can say that their cows milk themselves. But in the case of Dan, Rudy and Nathan Vandenberg, their cows do just that. This past September, the farm’s milking system switched to artificial intelligence (AI), becoming the first in northern B.C. Before, all milking was done in-person, a time-consuming activity that meant the cows had to be rounded up and herded to the barn before they could be milked. As Dan Vandenberg says, under this system, the farmers “pretty much lived there.” That is no longer the case.
Canada is home to the greatest number of endangered whale species – pacific blues, greys, orcas and the most endangered of them all, the right whale. Although we work to protect whales from endangerment, we are not part of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) – a group of 89 countries that monitor the conservation of whales.
The winners of Christian Courier’s Short Story Contest – Junior Division (Grades 4-9) will be announced in the August issue. One of the entries, “The Secret Door” written by Jennifer Boone of Smithers, B.C., was chosen as ‘most intriguing entry’ as the ending was left unfinished. The editors have decided to print it here and continue the contest by inviting you to read the story and submit your own ending to us! Each submission will be entered into a draw for a one-year subscription and the winning submission will receive a $25 gift card to Chapters. The top three endings will be printed in an upcoming issue of Christian Courier.
Junior Division – First Place