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Canadian dairy farmers sign on to international sustainability agreement

The Rotterdam Declaration calls on dairy farmers to promote sustainable practices and combat climate change

Dairy farmers from across the country witnessed the signing of an international declaration at the recent Dairy Farmers of Canada annual general meeting. “Last October, we did make commitments as a billion-strong community, in terms of what we would do to push dairy forward, to listen to and help deliver those sustainable development goals,” said […] Read more


Don’t worry about NAFTA talks, dairy farmers told

The free trade deal is being renegotiated but Ottawa is vowing to resist any move to undercut supply management

Don’t worry, we have your back. That was the message delivered behind closed doors to the nation’s dairy leaders at the recent annual general meeting of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. The AGM was held just as Washington was releasing its negotiating objectives on talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, which will […] Read more



Alberta dairy producers concerned but calm over threats, says farm leader

Alberta Milk takes attacks from U.S. president seriously but its members aren’t panicking, says group’s chair

Alberta dairy producers take President Donald Trump’s threats against Canadian dairy seriously, but they aren’t in a panic, says the chair of Alberta Milk. “I think we need to take this threat seriously because what we’re seeing from the U.S. administration is an administration that is unpredictable,” said Tom Kootstra, who farms near Ponoka. The […] Read more


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Alberta Milk supports lunch and snack programs

Alberta Milk is donating $60,000 for lunch and snack programs for Alberta children. “We are farmers, but we are families first. Most of us have children and know that if they get the proper nutrition they need, they have the best chance at learning,” Tom Kootstra, Alberta Milk chair and farms in central Alberta, said […] Read more



Want to be a dairy farmer?

Alberta Milk is accepting applications to its New Entrant Assistance Program until March 31. The program matches the quota purchased by the new entrant with a loan of quota from Alberta Milk up to 25 kilograms per day (about 20 to 25 cows) at no cost. New entrants can expand up to 70 kg/day of […] Read more


Drilling down on dairy costs

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is once again offering the Dairy Cost Study program to Alberta producers. The study is similar to the Agri-Profits program but offers business analysis for just the dairying aspect of the farm. This includes total costs, costs per cow, and costs per hectolitre sold. Data is used to create provincial averages, […] Read more



Bocock Brothers receive top dairy award

John and Bill Bocock are the 2016 recipients of the Alberta Milk’s Dairy Industry Achievement Award. The brothers are trendsetters whose dairy careers have spanned decades, and among their contributions to the industry is a donation of 777 acres to the University of Alberta to create the St. Albert Research Station. The station is used […] Read more


Watch to see if cattle eating cobs when grazing standing corn

There’s a high incidence of mouldy corn this year and if cattle aren’t eating the cobs, they need supplemental feeding

Providing supplemental protein and grain is one option if cattle are grazing mouldy standing corn. “Some corn crops left for late-season grazing have been damaged by the fall weather,” said provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “High humidity, frequent rainfall, and frosts have created ideal conditions for moulds to form. Saprophytic moulds that cause […] Read more



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New leaders at Alberta Barley, Alberta Milk, and Grain Growers of Canada

New Year brings new faces on the boards and executives of farm groups

With a new year dawning, a host of producers are assuming farm leadership roles or taking on new ones. At Alberta Barley, Jason Lenz has stepped up to chair (from vice-chair) after Sylvan Lake producer and past chair Mike Ammeter “termed out” after serving on the board of directors for the last six years. “It’s […] Read more


Got milk? Not so much these days

Sales of chocolate milk, yogurt, and cream up, but milk consumption way down

While fluid milk sales are decreasing in Canada, consumption of cream, flavoured milk, cheese and yogurt is on the rise. “According to Statistics Canada, per capita consumption of fluid milk decreased 21.5 per cent from 1996 to 2015,” said provincial consumer market analyst Jeewani Fernando. “However, flavoured milk and cream consumption has increased significantly during […] Read more