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Updated: February 21, 2020
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Dairy industry survey: Evaluating biosecurity education and training needs (et en français)

February 21, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Canada would like to get thoughts from those in the dairy industry on the topics and tools that would be valuable in helping dairy producers that are seeking guidance on how to improve disease control and biosecurity on their dairy farms. 

If you would like to share your thoughts, please click on the links below to complete the survey.

Watch DFO's video: 2018-19 annual report and year in review video

February 19, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Ontario's 2018-19 annual report highlights and year in review video is now available and can be viewed here:


Click here to view DFO's 2018-19 annual report as a PDF.


Attend Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium on Feb. 20, 2020

February 18, 2020

The Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium (SWODS) is a tradeshow and education event dedicated to dairy producers. The event is planned and sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Ontario through its dairy producer committees in Essex-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Elgin, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Waterloo, Wellington, Brant, Norfolk, Wentworth, Haldimand and Niagara counties, in co-operation with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium (SWODS)

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Woodstock Fairgrounds

Woodstock, Ont.


No advance registration required. Attendance is $20 at the door and includes the speaker program, tradeshow admission and a hot lunch.

The full SWODS program is now available online. Visit the website at for more information and to attend. 

Family Day, Feb. 17, 2020 - DFO’s holiday office hours / Heures d’ouverture pendant les fêtes

February 14, 2020

DFO’s holiday office hours

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) head office will be closed on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Producers requiring DFO services over the holiday period should contact their local field services representative. DFO will be maintaining key services for dairy farmers, transporters and processors during the holiday period. Staff will be available or on-call as needed.



Heures d’ouverture pendant les fêtes

Le siège social de Dairy Farmers of Ontario sera fermé le Fête de la famille, lundi 17 février 2020. Les producteurs ayant besoin des services des DFO au cours de la période des Fêtes doivent communiquer avec leur représentant des services sur le site. Les DFO continueront d’offrir ses services principaux aux producteurs laitiers, aux transporteurs et aux industries de transformation lors de la période des Fêtes.


Attend Eastern Ontario Dairy Days on Feb. 12 and 13

February 11, 2020

The Eastern Ontario Dairy Days event is organized by and for dairy producers. Dairy producer committee members are part of the event committees, and Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is an event sponsor. 

No advance registration is needed—attendance $25, paid at the door, and includes a hot lunch.

Taking place on two days in two locations, the Eastern Ontario Dairy Days is an educational event for dairy producers. Along with DFO, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs also sponsors the event.


Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

St. Isidore Dairy Day

St. Isidore Recreation Centre
20 de L'Arena


Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

Kemptville Dairy Day

North Grenville Municipal Centre
285 County Road #44


Producers are encouraged to attend and join the discussion. 

The program starts at 10 a.m. and adjourns at 3 p.m. each day. The theme this year is Facing challenges. 


Click here to view the full agenda.

Visit the website for more information at

Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa on Feb. 11

February 10, 2020

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, Agriculture More Than Ever is bringing together people involved in Canadian agriculture, food and agribusiness to celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day..

Spend the day with agvocates, industry leaders and youth from across Canada to discuss and share ideas about the future of food. After, enjoy an evening reception that reflects Canada’s diverse industry and celebrates its diverse foods. Tickets are $190 plus taxes.

Day session: “The Future of Food”
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.)
Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, Ont.
Lunch and refreshments included

Evening reception: “Celebrate the Food We Love”
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Sir John A. Macdonald Building
Ottawa, Ont.

Ag More Than Ever encourages Canadian consumers and those in the ag industry to “raise a fork” to Canadian food and the people who produce it by celebrating Ag Day—whether it’s through attending the event, during our everyday lives or digitally.

Ideas include posting a photo or video that celebrates Canadian agriculture, cooking an all-Canadian meal, taking a “forks up” photo to share Ag Day’s tagline and sharing its ready-made Ag Day graphics online and on social media. 

Visit the Ag Day website here for more information and to register for the event. 

DFO partners with Student Nutrition Ontario to offer milk to all Ontario children

February 4, 2020


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Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is proud to announce a new partnership with Student Nutrition Ontario to provide ongoing funding throughout the school year to ensure all Ontario children have equal opportunity to access milk. In 2020, DFO will provide up to $500,000 to Student Nutrition Ontario, giving back a 10 cent donation for every purchased unit of milk.

“Dairy Farmers of Ontario is deeply committed to supporting youth in local communities where we live and work,” says Sean Bredt, DFO Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer. “It is through school milk programs like these we are able to give back and make milk accessible to all students across the province and support them living a healthy and happy life.”

Through this program, DFO will help children access 5,000,000 servings of milk in schools across the province this school year. The launch follows a recent study in the Canadian Journal of Public Health that found only 22 per cent of Grade 5 students consume “high-quality” diets with optimal levels of protein, calcium and other vital nutrients milk offers in abundance.1

“We are very grateful to Dairy Farmers of Ontario for its commitment to support our children,” says Catherine Parsonage, Student Nutrition Ontario Chair. “Many nutrition programs simply can’t afford to serve milk each day and yet we all know this is an important nutrient-dense food.  “Ontario dairy farmers supporting Ontario’s children—what could be better.”

Student Nutrition Ontario is made up of representatives from 14 lead agencies, which administer provincial grants. These funds help develop and implement healthy breakfasts, snacks and, at times, lunch programs across the province.

For information about other DFO school milk programs, visit

DFO published an article with more information about the Student Nutrition Ontario partnership and the successful pilot project in its December 2019 Milk Producer magazine. Click here to read the article. 


References: 1. Bukambu E, Lieffers JRL, Ekwaru JP, Veugelers PJ, Ohinmaa A. The association between the cost and quality of diets of children in Canada. Can J Public Health. 2019. 



DFO launches new Hands marketing campaign

January 28, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) marketing division is excited to announce the launch of DFO’s new Hands campaign, another meaningful and emotionally compelling campaign, which celebrates farmer values and features Ontario dairy farmers and their families.

The Hands campaign is part of a larger strategy on DFO’s brand equity, which encompasses several elements that tie into its Dairy Done Right tagline.

The commercial premiered during the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, kicking off the campaign’s first phase. Through the perspective of a dairy farmer’s “hands,” DFO is showing how Ontario dairy farmers’ pride, humanity and compassion are in all aspects of their day-to-day lives. It will play in rotation alongside DFO’s commercial from last spring, "The Letter," for two weeks on and two weeks off until April 26. The second phase begins on March 2, where consumers will start to see “Hands” in other ad formats, including on billboard signs and online.


Watch the new "Hands" TV commercials below:




Click here or above video player to watch the 30-second commercial:



Watch the 15-second commercial:


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DFO's 2020 board executive and officers elected

January 16, 2020


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Today, Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) Board held a special meeting to elect the Board Executive for 2020.

  • Murray Sherk, Board Member Region 8, was re-elected as Chair;
  • Nick Thurler, Board Member Region 2 was elected as Vice-Chair;
  • Mark Hamel, Board Member Region 11, was elected as 2nd Vice-Chair;
  • Arlene Minott was re-appointed as Secretary to the Board;
  • Rey Moisan was re-appointed as Treasurer to the Board.

As confirmed by DFO’s Board on November 12, 2019, new Board Members Adam Petherick (Region 4) began his four-year term and Vicky Morrison (Region 9) continued the remainder of the four-year term from 2017, effective today.

The DFO Board, executive management team and staff congratulate outgoing Board Directors Sid Atkinson (Region 4) and Paul Vis (Region 9) on their retirement, and thank them for their many contributions during their time on the Board.

The following comments were offered to agricultural media:

“Coming out of a successful Dairy Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting this week, the Board held its annual executive board election,” said DFO Board Chair Murray Sherk. “I am pleased to confirm that Nick Thurler has been voted Vice Chair and Mark Hamel has been voted 2nd Vice Chair.
“Nick is a seasoned and well-respected dairy farmer, and since joining the Board last year, Mark has proven himself a thoughtful and credible leader. Both Nick and Mark are well aware of the issues facing our industry, and have been integral in helping us transition into a more strategic organization.
“I look forward to working closely with both of them in their capacities on DFO’s Board Executive.”

DFO's 2018-19 annual report available

January 15, 2020

DFO's annual report is an annual overview of the operations of DFO including milk quality, transportation, advertising programs and complete financial statements. 


View the 2018-19 annual report on DFO's new consumer site



“Building strong relationships with partners and seizing collaborative opportunities will be key ingredients to our collective success. It is an industry effort that keeps the dairy engine running.”

Cheryl Smith, CEO.




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