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Updated: June 12, 2019
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Dairy producers featured on Breakfast Television

June 12, 2019

A fourth TV news segment featuring dairy farmers aired on June 7 to wrap up Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) spring marketing campaign.

On Breakfast Television, dairy farmers Emily and Marianne den Haan of Sheldon Creek Dairy gave a tour, demonstrated caring for their cows and showed off their processing area where A2 milk is pasteurized and bottled.

Overall, they provided a full farm-to-table experience. The video clip can be viewed here.


Three other news segments have aired on CP24 and Global News during April and May, featuring DFO chair Murray Sherk, and dairy farmers Julie Eby and John and Heather Werry, which can be viewed here.

Board Member for Region 5 announced

June 7, 2019

The ballot count for the byelection for the Board Member in Region 5 was held in accordance with the procedures detailed in Ontario Regulation 760, as amended, made under the Milk Act, on June 7, 2019.

The candidate receiving the most votes in the byelection in Region 5 is Don Gordon.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) Board, at a meeting held via conference call on June 7, 2019 at 2:15 p.m., declared Don Gordon elected to serve as Board Member for Region 5 for the remainder of the four-year term, which commenced immediately following the adjournment of DFO’s annual general meeting of dairy producers on Jan. 12, 2017.

Statement from Paul Vis, DFO Board Member, Region 9

June 6, 2019

Paul Vis, Region 9 board member for Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), has announced he is retiring from the board, effective Jan. 9, 2020.

His retirement from the board comes one year earlier than the term conclusion. As such, there will be an election in Region 9 in October 2019. This will be a one-year term. After that term is complete, there will be an election in 2020. Producers will receive official notice of the election in July 2019.

After serving for 11 years, nearly completing three terms, Vis feels positive about the contributions he’s been able to make on producers’ behalf. He thanks the many people who have offered their support and good wishes over the past few years.

Vis continues to be fully engaged and committed to work on producers’ behalf at the board.

Ont. dairy producers to celebrate Local Food Week

June 3, 2019

Ontario will be celebrating its sixth annual Local Food Week from June 3 to 9.

Local Food Week was established under the Local Food Act, 2013, to allow Ontario producers, farm organizations, agribusinesses, government partners and consumers to come together to celebrate and promote the food produced throughout the province.

This year, Ontario dairy producers will be contributing to several events taking place during the week:

Food truck event

Farm & Food Care Ontario (FFCO) is planning a unique event called Farmers & Food Trucks. The event will be held on June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Catalyst 137—a technology hub in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

The event will feature food trucks serving local meals, and visitors will have a chance to meet a farmer and take photos to share on social media using the hashtag #loveONTfood.

Spring farm tour

All food writers and bloggers, professional chefs and home economists are welcome to attend FFCO's annual spring farm tour on June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day will begin with a tailgate party, providing participants with a chance to meet local farmers who are passionate about what they do, and learn more about food and farming in Ontario.

Highlights of the tour include a stop at Sheldon Creek Dairy and a Taste of Ontario gourmet lunch, as well as a second stop that’s still to be determined.

For more information, visit FFCO’s website and view the flyer.

Dairy representatives join World Milk Day movement

May 31, 2019

Dairy nutrition, community and animal care are just some of the themes that will be highlighted on social media around the world for World Milk Day (WMD) on June 1. 

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and milk marketing boards across the country are joining the global social media rally on June 1 to celebrate WMD.

Co-ordinated by Global Dairy Platform, the campaign is taking place on social media, with mobilizers, or dairy champions, helping push positive dairy messages across several social media platforms.

This year, Global Dairy Platform started the celebration earlier with an Enjoy Dairy Rally, which took place from May 29 to 31, encouraging dairy mobilizers to champion the industry on social media or hold various events leading up to WMD.

DFC is using the opportunity to join other dairy champions from around the world and promote positive messages about dairy on social media using the hashtags #WorldMilkDay and #EnjoyDairy.

WMD aims to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to:

  • Good food, health and nutrition;
  • Producers caring responsibly for their communities, land and animals;
  • Sustainable dairy practices;
  • The industry’s contribution to economic development and livelihoods.

In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations chose June 1 as the day to celebrate milk every year. For more information, see the official FAO World Milk Day website, with events and photos from around the world.

To join the conversation on social media, follow @GlobalDairyPlatform on Facebook and Instagram, and @worldmilkday on Twitter. You can also view DFC’s statement encouraging everyone to “Raise a glass this World Milk Day!”

Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program

May 31, 2019

To ensure there are new entrants to maintain the organic milk supply, DFO is giving priority access for up to three (3) positions from the 2020 New Entrant Quota Assistance Program to organic applicants.

The Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program (ONEQAP-2020) is for the application period of June 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019. 

Once the selection process is complete, DFO will then open the application period from August 1, 2019, to October 31, 2019 for the unfilled NEQAP positions.

Click here for the Organic NEQAP application.

TV news segments featuring dairy farmers

May 30, 2019

Three television news segments featuring Ontario dairy farmers were aired on Global News and CP24 Breakfast as part of Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) new marketing campaign.

Launched on April 22, the eight-week campaign includes commercials on TV (click here to watch) and radio, billboard and outdoor signage, as well as ads in theatres, online and on social media.


Two Global News video segments aired on May 28 and May 29. The first features Murray Sherk, DFO board chair and interim general manager, on his farm. Sherk gives an overview of the industry and a tour of his farm, and shows how he and his daughter work together in the barn. The video clip can be viewed here.

The second Global News video segment features Julie Eby and her three young daughters on their notably female-run farm. Eby explains her unique experience running her farm, her fifth-generation farming history and passion for dairy farming. The video clip can be viewed here.

The CP24 Breakfast segment aired on April 26, featuring John and Heather Werry's farm. In giving a tour of their barn and showing off their cows, the eighth-generation Werry family demonstrated the care they put into working on their farm, and their pride in producing local Ontario dairy. CP24 Breakfast also posted an Instagram video of the Werrys' farm, which can be viewed here.

Another TV news segment will run for the tail end of the campaign in June. Stay tuned for more details.

Incentive day announcement – organic

May 28, 2019

In order to respond to Ontario’s organic milk requirements, Ontario organic producers will be issued the following incentive days: four (4) days from August to November 2019, then drop to three (3) incentive days from December 2019 to July 2020.

The incentive days will be reviewed again in the fall of 2019 and further adjustments will be made if required.

The table provides a summary of organic incentive days:

Month/Mois Organic/Biologique
August/août 2019 4
September/septembre 2019 4
October/octobre 2019 4
November/novembre 2019 4
December/décembre 2019 3
January/janvier 2020 3
February/février 2020 3
March/mars 2020 3
April/avril 2020 3
May/mai 2020 3
June/juin 2020 3
July/juillet 2020 3


Annonce de la journée d’incitation – biologique

Afin de répondre aux besoins de l'Ontario en matière de lait biologique, les producteurs biologique de l'Ontario se verront attribuer les jours d'incitation suivants: Quatre (4) jours d'août à novembre 2019, puis de trois (3) jours d'incitation de décembre 2019 à juillet 2020.

Les jours d'incitation seront réexaminés dans l’automne 2019 et d’autres ajustements seront apportés si nécessaire.

Le tableau fournit un résumé des jours d'incitation biologique:

Mois Biologique
Août 2019 4
Septembre 2019 4
Octobre 2019 4
Novembre 2019 4
Décembre 2019 3
Janvier 2020 3
Février 2020 3
Mars 2020 3
Avril 2020 3
Mai 2020 3
Juin 2020 3
Juillet 2020 3

New mental health resource page

May 15, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario has launched a mental health awareness page on its website, available at, which is geared toward Ontario dairy farmers and their families.

The new page features articles, links to organizations offering mental health support, a calendar of events listing mental health-related courses and training, important phone numbers, as well as related information on mental health research in Ontario and Canada.

Dairy farmers are encouraged to check the page regularly for updates since new information and resources will be uploaded as they become available.

P5 quota message

April 27, 2019

Upon recommendation of the P5 Quota Committee, the P5 Boards have agreed that Ontario will modify its monthly credit day limitation from 2 days to 1 day per month and implement an over-quota penalty of $20/hl, from May 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.

These measures are added to the collective efforts deployed at the P5 level, to help address short term challenges to processing capacity.

Effective August 1st 2019, Ontario will remove the credit day limitation measure and their over quota penalty will be $0/hl.

The P5 producer quota will be modified as of November 1, 2019 in order to achieve quota issuance harmonization. Any existing quota issuance differences at that time will be eliminated either by a quota issuance increase in Quebec and the Maritime provinces and (or) a decrease in Ontario according to the situation of production and market.

The P5 Quota Committee will continue to monitor market demand and production trend and determine if further production signals including the issuance of Fall incentive days are required.


Message du Comité des quotas du P5

Suivant une recommandation du Comité des quotas du P5, l’Ontario modifiera sa mesure de limitation de tolérance mensuelle qui passera de 2 jours à 1 jour pour la période du 1er mai au 31 juillet 2019.

D’autre part, une pénalité hors quota de 20$ par hectolitre sera également en vigueur durant la même période. Ces mesures s’ajoutent aux efforts collectifs déployés au niveau du P5, afin de faire face à un défi à court terme en termes de capacité de transformation.

Le 1er août 2019, l’Ontario enlèvera la limitation de tolérance mensuelle et la pénalité de hors quota 20$/hL sera également réduite à 0$/hL.

Le droit de produire des Producteurs de P5 sera modifié le 1er novembre 2019 afin  d’harmoniser l’émission de quota. La différence d’émission de quota entre les provinces de P5 sera éliminée soit par une hausse de quota au Québec et dans les provinces maritimes et (ou) par une diminution de quota en Ontario selon la situation de la production et du marché.

Le Comité des quotas du P5 va continuer à surveiller l’évolution du marché et la production de lait et déterminera si d’autres mesures de production incluant l’émission d’incitatifs automnaux seront requises.

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