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File photo of Agropur’s fluid milk plant in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Agropur to shut Winnipeg fluid milk plant

Work to be consolidated in B.C., Alberta

Dairy co-operative Agropur will consolidate its fluid milk production for Western Canada further west this fall, as it moves to shut its operation in Winnipeg. The Quebec-based co-operative announced Tuesday it will close its Winnipeg fluid milk plant effective Sept. 24 — affecting 48 jobs — and transfer that work to plants at Edmonton, Victoria […] Read more

A Western blot analysis, used to detect specific proteins in tissue samples, is used to confirm BSE in cattle. (Peggy Greb photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Canada clears step toward ‘negligible risk’ BSE status

OIE delegates to vote in late May, CFIA says

The international committee that reviews countries’ requests for animal health status on specific diseases has called for Canada to level up on its status for BSE. The Scientific Commission of the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), which last met virtually over Feb. 1-12, has recommended to OIE delegates that Canada’s application seeking “negligible risk” […] Read more


The social media chatter and news stories started spreading when the butter stopped being so easy to apply on a slice of bread.

‘Buttergate’ has dairy sector on the defensive

Hard-to-spread butter suddenly becomes an international controversy on what Canadian dairy farmers feed their cows

Reading Time: 2 minutes It started with a few tweets and texts, but escalated into an issue that drew international attention — and a vow from the chair of Alberta Milk “to do better.” It began with people wondering why their butter no longer spread easily at room temperature before suddenly turning into a controversy over what dairy farmers […] Read more

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Dairy farmers asked to pass on palm byproducts in rations, for now

Seek out other ingredients while hard-butter issue under review, DFC asks

Canadian dairy farmers whose feed rations include supplements made with palm byproducts are being asked to consider other options while consumer complaints over butter are probed more closely. Dairy Farmers of Canada on Thursday asked its farmer members to “consider alternatives to palm supplements” pending the outcome of a review of “issues that have been […] Read more


Alberta Milk’s new-entrant program now open

Alberta Milk’s new-entrant program now open

Applications close on March 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Milk is now accepting applications for the New Entrant Assistance Program (NEAP), which offers a quota loan at no cost to qualified new farmers. New this year is the ability for those accepted to use loaned quota as security with financial institutions. To date, 22 farms have started under the program, said Alberta Milk […] Read more

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Canadian feed-grade dairy product class expanded

Buttermilk products now qualify for 4(m) permit price

A dairy product class set up to boost markets for solids non-fat (SNF), by boosting their use in animal feed such as milk replacer, has been expanded to include more products. The Canadian Dairy Commission announced Monday that its 4(m) milk class has been updated to allow dairy processors to get the 4(m) permit price […] Read more


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Dairy farmers must register to get further trade compensation payouts

Expect letters soon explaining process, AgMin says

Dairy farmers wanting to get in on a three-year, $1.405 billion federal compensation program for market share lost to free trade deals must register for the program by March 31 in each of those years. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Tuesday laid out further specifics for the Dairy Direct Payment Program, which is set to […] Read more

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Lactalis to buy Agropur’s yogurt business

Deal to include two processing plants, major yogurt brands

Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur has reached a deal to sell its yogurt processing business and plants to the Canadian arm of French dairy giant Groupe Lactalis. The deal, as announced Thursday, will include Agropur’s plants at Granby, Que. and Delta, B.C. plus the operations at a distribution centre it leases at Longueuil, Que. Financial terms […] Read more


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer walks toward reporters ahead of a meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to discuss talks on modernizing the NAFTA trade deal, in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/David Ljunggren)

U.S. throws down CUSMA challenge on Canada’s dairy import limits

Filing challenges Canadian tariff rate quota reserved for processors

Five months and counting since the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement came into force, the U.S. government has launched a CUSMA challenge of how Canada applies tariff exemptions on dairy imports. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday he has served Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng with written notice that the U.S. is “exercising its rights to […] Read more

Boeve succeeds Kootstra as milk board chair

Boeve succeeds Kootstra as milk board chair

Reading Time: < 1 minute Stuart Boeve is the new chair of Alberta Milk, succeeding Tom Kootstra, who has served as chair since 2016. Boeve, who farms near Taber, had been the organization’s vice-chair. Gert Schrijver is the new vice-chair while Greg Debbink becomes second vice-chair. Kootstra, Martin Van Diemen and Albert Kamps are all leaving the board, and will […] Read more