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Updated: August 15, 2018
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Justin Trudeau reiterates industry support

August 15, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will 'absolutely not' give up on supply management

By Kevin Yarr

August 13, 2018

CBC News

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Canadian Dairy Commission price announcement

August 3, 2018

Following the July 11 consultations with industry stakeholders relative to a potential adjustment of the butter support price, the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) will increase the support price for butter, effective Sept. 1, 2018. The impact of the price adjustment is expected to be $2.60 per hectolitre for P5 producers.

As a result of this decision, there will not be a price adjustment in February 2019. Producers can read CDC’s full pricing announcement in English and French by logging in to the producer dashboard on Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s website.

DFC signs contract with Holstein Canada

July 30, 2018

In July 2018, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and Holstein Canada signed a four-year contract for the provision of proAction cattle assessment services, which takes effect Oct. 15, 2018. This was the result of careful consideration by provincial boards across Canada and DFC.

Contract highlights

Under the new contract, cattle assessments will cost $7 per cow assessed, plus a $125 herd visit fee, which is the same herd visit fee from Holstein Canada for classification services. This fee structure will apply to all producers whether they are Holstein Canada’s classification clients or not. If the assessment is conducted during a classification visit, the $125 farm visit fee is credited back to the producer. This cost includes Holstein Canada’s overhead costs, such as assessor training, administration and information technology infrastructure.

In regards to the scheduling process, Holstein Canada will send a letter to producers three weeks prior to the timeframe an assessor is expected to arrive in their area, advising them of their upcoming cattle assessment. Once in the area, the Holstein Canada assessor will contact producers directly to set up an appointment. It is very important producers respond to the assessors’ attempts to contact them in order to avoid additional fees resulting from a cattle assessment having to be completed outside of the window they were originally scheduled for.

In order to provide advance notice, Dairy Farmers of Ontario will send written communication to Ontario producers about three months prior to the timeframe their cattle assessment has been scheduled. In addition, DFO’s website will include a link to Holstein Canada’s schedule so producers can monitor when assessors will be in their area.

Status of current contract with Holstein Canada

Holstein Canada anticipates completing the remaining first-round assessments by the end of December 2018. Even though the new contract starts in October 2018, Holstein Canada will honour the current contract pricing for first-round assessments for existing producers. For classification clients whose assessments are conducted during a classification visit, Holstein Canada currently performs the cattle assessment at no extra charge. For non-clients, the cost is $6 per cow plus $100 herd visit fee.

Arrangements for Bettina Schuurmans

July 20, 2018

Visitation and Funeral details for Bettina Schuurmans



Monday, July 23, 2018 – Milky Wave Farm 3-7pm

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 – Milky Wave Farm 1-5 pm


Wednesday, July 25
11:00 am – Woodside Bible Chapel

Burial to follow at Floradale Mennonite Church

Reception to follow – Milky Wave Farm


Milky Wave Farm

1088 Jesse Place

Elmira, Ontario


Woodside Bible Chapel

200 Barnswallow Dr,

Elmira, ON

Donations - Christian children's fund of Canada - livestock gift

DFO partners with Senators and MLSE

July 16, 2018

DFO announces partnerships with Ottawa Senators and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is assuming leadership of and relaunching the Recharge With Milk campaign, and has entered into multi-year partnerships with the Ottawa Senators and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). DFO will invest more than $1.5 million to increase youth access to hockey, basketball and soccer in communities across Ontario.

Milk will become the official rehydration and recovery drink of the Ottawa Senators as part of a partnership to promote and support youth sports across Ontario, and DFO and MLSE will work together to develop new sports events and opportunities for youth in Ontario. The Recharge with Milk campaign includes both pro and grassroots elements. Dairy producer committees (DPC) are invited to participate in the grassroots program, and it is our hope DPC members and volunteers will help make sponsorships memorable for the young athletes.

As well, today DFO is launching the new website.

Read the press release here

Message from Ralph Dietrich

July 10, 2018

Yesterday we learned of the tragic accident involving Henk and Bettina Schuurmans, two Ontario dairy producers, who set out in late June from their Elmira, Ont., area dairy farm to drive across Canada. Henk and Bettina were passionate about Canadian dairy and their goal was to promote the Canadian dairy system and supply management, and what it means for the families that produce Canada's milk.

On behalf of the board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario, we want to express our most sincere sympathies to the family at this most sad time. There has been naturally an outpouring of grief and support across Canada. We await the opportunity to discuss with the family how DFO can best support them in their time of loss.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with them.


Ralph Dietrich

Canadian system ensures supply meets demand

June 28, 2018

Abandoning the Canadian dairy supply management system would create more problems than solutions

By Armine Yalnizyan

June 27, 2018

The Globe and Mail

Read more. 

The Story of the Canadian Cow.

June 27, 2018

Through a system of price, production and import controls, supply management ensures Canadian consumers of dairy, egg and poultry are supplied by local, sustainable Canadian family farms without one penny of taxpayer subsidy.

By Wendy Holm

June 26, 2018

Vancouver Sun


Why Supply Management Works.

June 26, 2018

Why supply management works:


In the news

June 26, 2018

US as dairy protectionist- new Independent Agri-Food Policy Note - 

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