Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID 19 case numbers and health restrictions, the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar (WCDS) advisory committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 WCDS. Based on feedback from producers and industry regarding “virtual fatigue” the committee has also decided not to hold a virtual event in 2022. The committee… Read More

Early in 2021, #buttergate caused a media frenzy when a foodie from western Canada suggested that butter seemed firmer at room temperature than before. Some suggested a link between farmers feeding palm oil and too-firm butter, but there was no readily available science to prove or disprove the theory. A year later, a working group… Read More

Producers, consumers, and members of industry have until January 27, 2022, to submit their comments on a draft version of the Dairy Code of Practice. The comment period has been open since late November. The Code of Practice is extensive, covering all aspects of dairy cattle care, from housing and bedding, to pain management for routine… Read More

The Dairy Direct Payment Program is set to begin sending out a total of $469 million to dairy producers across Canada. The program is a $1.75 billion compensation package for dairy producers for market access concessions made under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific… Read More

Software company Milk Moovement has received $1.5 million in additional funding through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). Milk Moovement previously accessed SDTC’s Seed Fund for early-stage entrepreneurs to support the development of its cloud-based software to improve the efficiency of the dairy supply chain through features like transport monitoring, production tracking, quality monitoring, and route optimization, thereby reducing… Read More

Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has announced $110,291 towards CBS Bio Platforms’ development of enhanced, sustainable feed. RDAR funding will drive research led by CBS Bio Platforms, a leading international feed technology company headquartered in Calgary, to develop processes that release previously inaccessible plant components and make them usable in poultry and swine diets. The… Read More

The B.C. Dairy Association has set up a fund to help farmers impacted by the extreme flooding events of the past week. B.C. Dairy Association is not a registered charity; however, in response to interest from the public it has set up an emergency recovery fund. The association says all funds raised will be used to provide… Read More

Editor’s note: Updated story and headline on Nov 21, with comments from a spokesperson for B.C. Dairy. British Columbia’s milk supply chain is facing significant disruptions and challenges, as flood waters continue to flow over the Sumas Prairie and other parts of the Fraser Valley. Accounting for more than 75 per cent of milk production,… Read More

Updated to include comments from B.C.’s minister of agriculture. The Fraser Valley of B.C. accounts for over 75 per cent of dairy production in the province, and the area has been hard hit by the “atmospheric river” earlier this week. There are several hundred dairy farms in and around the flooded Sumas Prairie area outside… Read More

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has announced new partnerships with Tree Canada, Cleanfarms, and Ducks Unlimited Canada. “DFC and our farmers are committed to finding innovative new ways to foster sustainability in dairy farming,” says Pierre Lampron, president of DFC. “We are excited to work with these exceptional organizations to improve farming productivity, reduce waste, plant trees… Read More

 

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