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New general manager for Alberta Milk

Freda Molenkamp-Oudman will be the new general manager of Alberta Milk. On Dec. 1, the former assistant deputy minister with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will take over from Mike Southwood, who is retiring after 19 years with the organization. Molenkamp-Oudman has also been the general manager of the Alberta Agriculture Products Marketing Council, the oversight […] Read more

Nominations sought for dairy industry awards

Alberta Milk is accepting nominations for the Dairy Industry Achievement Award and the Recognition of Service Award. The former celebrates individuals or organizations who have made substantial contributions to the leadership and development of Alberta’s dairy industry. The latter honours those who have served producers or the Alberta dairy industry with a high level of […] 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

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


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


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

They came, they saw, they milked

The fourth annual Breakfast on the Dairy Farm event at Yff Dairy near Red Deer on June 18 attracted more than 500 visitors. Along with a free breakfast, visitors were able to ask questions of milk farmers, a milk hauler, and herd veterinarian. They became acquainted with the cows themselves and even tried their hand […] Read more


Nominees sought for Alberta Milk award

Nominations are now open for the Alberta Milk Dairy Industry Achievement Award. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals or organizations to the leadership and development of Alberta’s dairy industry. These include: Volunteer efforts or committee work in service to the dairy industry; Agricultural education and youth activities in the dairy industry; Lobbying or championship […] Read more

Dairy Researcher Receives AFAC Award

Dr. Steve Mason was the recipient of the 2011 Award of Distinction for Innovation presented at the Alberta Farm Animal Care’s (AFAC) annual meeting last month. Dr. Mason, a strong advocate of animal care, has done extensive work for the dairy industry in Alberta. Alberta Milk has produced a guiding document on the transportation of […] Read more