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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



Want to become a dairy farmer?

Application deadline for new entrants is March 31

Applications are now being accepted for Alberta Milk’s New Entrant Assistance Program, which offers a quota loan at no cost to successful applicants. The program provides two kilograms of loaned quota for every kilogram bought (previously this was 1:1), up to a maximum of 25 kg/day. The 25-kilogram loan is enough quota to milk 18 […] Read more




College opens state-of-the-art dairy centre

The $9.5-million facility will be used by hundreds of students annually and also offer short continuing education courses

Anew $9.5-million dairy facility at Lakeland College will offer students cutting-edge learning opportunities in areas such as calf management, feed and nutrition, cow comfort, dairy-specific software, and manure management. About 500 people turned out for the recent official opening of the 46,600-square-foot facility at the college’s Vermilion campus. “The Dairy Learning Centre replaces Lakeland’s previous […] Read more


Dairy seminar seeking award candidates

Nominations must be received before Sept. 1

The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar is seeking nominations for the John J. Kennelly Award of Merit. The award, inspired by the contributions of Dr. John Kennelly to the seminar, is given to an individual who has made a superior contribution in the areas of education, training, technology transfer, and extension to the Western Canadian dairy […] Read more