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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Although he’s smiling in this photo, dairy farmer David Wiens says he is deeply worried about the future of the Canadian dairy sector. Many are very pessimistic and some are thinking of exiting the milk business, he said.

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

These cows at Airport Dairy near Fort Macleod — along with all their Canadian cousins — have unexpectedly found their way into the centre of high-stakes NAFTA negotiations.

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