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About DFO - Operations

Last Updated: March 25, 2013
 

The Operations Division is concerned with all matters that affect individual producers and milk production on the farm, as well as has responsibility for milk allocation, plant supply quotas, transportation, metering and sampling and bulk tank calibration.

Responsibilities include administering DFO's producer quota policies and the Quota Exchange, and providing field services, including 14 Field Services Representatives who work with producers and committees at the local level.

The Field Services Representatives also are the main element in administering Ontario's Raw Milk Quality Program. The provincial government operated the program until 1998 when legislative changes transferred that responsibility to DFO. The program emphasizes producing the highest quality milk and features regular farm inspections. The goal is prevention and early assistance to avoid quality problems.

The Division also involves itself in ongoing programs to improve milk production. Staff maintain a close working relationship with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Work centres on feed analysis and sampling and milk recording.

Marketing personnel ensure milk is transported from the farms to the province's 17 fluid plants and 49 industrial plants (2011 figures).

In 2011-2012, the Division arranged regular milk pickup from about 4,000 dairy farms in the province.

To accomplish this transfer of more than 2.5 billion litres of milk from farms to plants, the Division maintains strategically placed Marketing Offices throughout the province to supervise milk haulage, following the schedules worked out by DFO to ensure continuous service on a least-cost basis.

The Operations Division underlines DFO's belief that it has the responsibility to ensure that programs are in place to help producers reduce their costs and maximize their net incomes.

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