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Alberta Milk’s new-entrant program taking applications

The program, which ‘loans’ quota to new dairy farmers, has helped 17 operations start up

Until March 31, Alberta Milk will be accepting applications to its New Entrant Assistance Program. The program offers a quota loan at no cost to successful applicants who want to be dairy farmers anywhere in the province. Under the program, every kilogram of quota purchased by the new entrant is matched by two kilograms by […] Read more


Innovative dairy group wins sector’s top award

The East of Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club is the recipient of the Alberta dairy industry’s top award. “This year’s recipients are particularly special as they are fellow dairy farmers,” Alberta Milk chair Tom Kootstra said when presenting this year’s Dairy Industry Achievement Award. “This group truly is the essence of what the DIAA is […] Read more



USMCA fallout: Some milk producers looking to exit

Dairy leaders looking for a ‘way forward’ but many are questioning their future in the sector

Dairy farmers in Alberta and across Canada are considering whether there’s a future in their sector — or if they should get out of the business, say farm leaders. Some may do that before the year is out, said David Wiens, vice-president of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Over the next few months as we look […] Read more


Another blow for Canada’s dairy industry

Dairy farmers frustrated and disappointed but other farm sectors welcome the NAFTA replacement

Many Canadians breathed a collective sigh of relief when Canada, the U.S., and Mexico agreed to a new trade agreement at the end of September. But for the country’s dairy industry, this proposed deal is just another in a series of blows that is slowly but surely bleeding the industry dry. “This is definitely death […] Read more



The milk in the middle of the high-stakes NAFTA drama

A new milk category thrust dairy farmers into a political firestorm — so what is Class 7 all about?

It seemed like a win-win — until a new milk category caught the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump and unexpectedly became one of the key sticking points in NAFTA negotiations. It’s called Class 7, which is milk protein isolates (dried milk powders high in protein). It was introduced in 2016 in response to diafiltered […] Read more




Every table had a view

Airport Dairy near Fort Macleod drew a big crowd when it hosted a Breakfast on the Dairy Farm on Aug. 11. The event was created in 2013 by a group of dairy producers in central Alberta with the goal of giving people who have no connection with farming the opportunity to learn about where their […] Read more


There were real cows too!

The first Breakfast on the Dairy Farm event of the season drew more than 700 people to the Van der Gun Dairy on June 23. In addition to a free breakfast, there was a bouncy house, face painting, a petting zoo, and barn tours. There are two more Breakfast on the Dairy Farm events this […] Read more



Alberta Milk offers program to entice new organic producers

There are just six organic milk producers in the province but a new program aims to up that by a third

[UPDATED: July 23, 2018] Growing demand for organic milk not only has the provincial dairy association seeking more production but also more producers — just to make sure it never runs short. “We need more organic and we need to make sure that we don’t only have a few farms taking some of the supply […] Read more


Skim milk blues — Alberta producing more than can be used

Butterfat is where it’s at in the dairy business and investment in plants to process skim milk has lagged

Alberta dairy farmers are watching their product — and their profits — circle the drain. “Some of our skim milk does not have a commercial value, and that compromises our prices,” said Tom Kootstra, Alberta Milk chair. “We do our best to find a use for this skim milk that has no place in the […] Read more