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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

New guide for transporting cull cows

New guide for transporting cull cows

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Milk has a new guide for assessing if a cull cow can be shipped. “Regardless of whose care the animal may pass through, it is ultimately the producer who is held accountable should one of their animals be deemed to have been transported inappropriately,” the organization said in its most recent monthly newsletter. One […] 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

Call to pay dairy farmers to quit misses the mark, says Alberta Milk

Call to pay dairy farmers to quit misses the mark, says Alberta Milk

Report predicts half of dairy farms will go out of business in a decade without sweeping changes in the sector

Report predicts half of dairy farms will go out of business in a decade without sweeping changes in sector

Reading Time: 5 minutes CORRECTED, Nov. 19 — Alberta’s milk sector faces challenges — but a call to pay farmers to quit the business and to overhaul the entire system is off base, say industry officials here. A recent report from the Agri-Food Analytics Lab says that without major changes, Canada could lose half of its dairy farms in […] Read more


Alberta Milk is scrambling to find processors — from Victoria to Winnipeg — that can take its producers’ milk.

Unprecedented demand swings forcing milk to be dumped

Alberta Milk has temporarily reduced quota amounts to deal with oversupply caused by pandemic

Reading Time: 3 minutes No one likes to see milk being dumped, but it’s been an unfortunate part of the COVID-19 story. Dairy farms across North America have been dumping milk — and making headlines because of it. It’s a consequence of unprecedented swings in demand, said Karlee Conway, a spokesperson for Alberta Milk. “We’re just finding that consumer […] Read more

New dairy-processing plant to be built in Alberta

New dairy-processing plant to be built in Alberta

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Western Milk Pool, which represents dairy producers in Western Canada, will build a new dairy concentration facility. Construction of the Dairy Innovation West plant will begin in April and is expected to be completed by March 2021. The facility will be located near Lacombe and Red Deer. The state-of-the-art facility, the first of its […] Read more


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New general manager for Alberta Milk

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Nominations sought for dairy industry awards

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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


On barn tours, like this one at Glen Park Holsteins near Leduc last August, 
visitors can learn about things such as what cows are fed.

Breakfast on the Dairy Farm serves up another helping

Three more farms are hosting the popular event this year, which remains driven by volunteers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The idea was born — fittingly enough — around a kitchen table. And seven years on, the popularity of Breakfast on the Dairy Farm just keeps on growing. The first edition of the event, an idea hatched by some members of East Olds Dairy Farmers group during a kitchen conversation in 2012, attracted 348 people. […] Read more

Alberta Milk’s new-entrant program taking applications

Alberta Milk’s new-entrant program taking applications

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


Reading Time: < 1 minute 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