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Updated: July 2, 2019
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PDO Ontario and Quebec farm tour

July 2, 2019

Date: August 20 to 23, 2019

Starting location: Woodstock, Ont.

Registration deadline: Monday, July 8, 2019

Producers and agribusiness personnel are encouraged to join the Progressive Dairy Operators (PDO) on its eastern Ontario and western Quebec farm tour from Aug. 20 to 23.

The event includes four days of touring by coach bus. Meals and accommodations are $500 for PDO members, and $550 for non-members.

The bus tour departs from Woodstock, Ont. Stops along the way include:

  • Tweed Cannabis Plant;
  • Dairy Distillery, Vodkow producer;
  • A resort hotel in Lac Carling, Que.;
  • Several farms in Ontario and Quebec with various technology, including automated feeding systems, an anaerobic digester, alternative bedding mixtures, tiestall robots, a moving floor in the calf barn and a 50-stall rotary milking parlour.

Visit to view the full itinerary, register for the tour or become a PDO member.

The registration closes on July 8, 2019.

For questions or more information, contact Nicole Perkins at or 519-515-9956.

Mental health news now available as an RSS feed

June 28, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario has updated the mental health news box on the Mental Health page.

It is now an RSS news feed, similar to the “Industry News” RSS feed and on DFO's home page.

By subscribing to the RSS feed, you will automatically receive news items (by push notifications) to your computer, tablet or cell phone through a feed reader.

If you don’t use feed readers, there will be no change: when you check the Mental Health web page for updates, news items will continue showing up at the top as before.


Click here for the mental health RSS feed link to subscribe by adding it your feed reader.

Click here for instructions on using a feed reader for DFO news.

DFC’s annual meeting in Saskatoon

June 20, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Canada's annual general meeting is coming soon.

Join industry peers in Saskatoon, Sask., to discuss issues affecting the future of the dairy industry, identify opportunities to continue to move forward and celebrate the industry’s successes.

Date: July 14 to 17, 2019

Location: Saskatoon, Sask.

Host hotel: Delta Bessborough

Click here to access the conference agenda.

For more conference details, to register or book your hotel room, please visit

Questions? Please email or call the SaskMilk office at (306) 949-6999.




L’assemblée générale annuelle des PLC dans Saskatoon

L’assemblée générale annuelle des Producteurs laitiers du Canada est à nos portes.

Joignez-vous à vos pairs dans Saskatoon, en Saskatchewan. Ensemble, nous aborderons comment nous pouvons nous attaquer collectivement aux enjeux qui ont une incidence sur l’avenir de l’industrie laitière, nous ciblerons des occasions de poursuivre la progression de notre secteur et nous célébrerons nos succès.

Date : Du 14 au 17 juillet 2019

Emplacement : Saskatoon, Sask.

Hôtel hôte : Delta Bessborough

Cliquez ici pour accéder au programme de l’assemblée.

Pour plus d’information sur l’assemblée, pour vous inscrire ou encore pour réserver votre chambre d’hôtel, visitez le

Des questions? Veuillez écrire à ou appeler au bureau de SaskMilk au 306-949-6999.

New partnership with The Amazing Race Canada television series

June 19, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario is excited to announce a new partnership with CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada TV series, a reality show where participants compete in teams to race across Canada and the world and compete in challenges along the way.

This season, the grand prize winners will receive $250,000 in cash, two new Chevrolet Blazer RS vehicles and a trip around the world.

Season 7 begins airing on July 2, 2019. More information on The Amazing Race Canada is here.

Click here to view the press release on their partnerships including DFO.

Stay tuned for more details.

P5 quota announcement: Fall incentive days conventional

June 18, 2019

P5 boards have reviewed milk production, market trends and processing capacity, and announced the following incentive days to be issued on a non-cumulative basis: two (2) days for September, two (2) days for October, and one (1) day for November 2019.

The P5 quota committee will continue to monitor milk production and market demand, and determine if additional incentive days are required. The committee remains committed to quota issuance harmonization, effective Nov. 1, 2019.

As previously announced, effective Aug. 1 2019, Ontario will remove the credit day limitation measure, and its over-quota penalty will be $0 per hectolitre.

The table below summarizes all incentive days:

Month Conventional Organic
July 2019 0 4
August 2019 0 4
September 2019 2 4
October 2019 2 4
November 2019 1 4


Journée additionnelle conventionnel pour l’automne

Les offices de P5 ont analysé la production laitière, la tendance du marché ainsi que la capacité de transformation. Il y aura une émission  d’incitatifs à  raison de 2 jours additionnels pour les mois de septembre et octobre  et 1 jour additionnnel en novembre 2019 sur une base non cumulative.

Le comité sur le quota du P5 va continuer de surveiller les tendances de marché et la production, et déterminera si des journées additionnelles supplémentaires seront requises.

Le Comité de quota demeure engagé à harmoniser l’émission de quota le 1er novembre 2019.

Selon l'annonce précédente, 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 tableau suivant résume l’émission d’incitatifs:

Mois Conventionnel Biologique
juillet 2019 0 4
août 2019 0 4
septembre 2019 2 4
octobre 2019 2 4
novembre 2019 1 4

Training has begun for proAction biosecurity requirements and key animal care issues

June 18, 2019

Canadian dairy producers have started implementing biosecurity requirements as part of the proAction program, which will become mandatory in September 2019.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) developed a training program that includes biosecurity requirements and other key animal care issues. One hundred and twenty-four veterinarians across Ontario were trained by DFO as proAction advisers to deliver classroom and on-farm producer training.

The proAction program is an efficient and co-ordinated national program that reinforces the dairy industry’s leadership and encourages continuous improvement toward producing high-quality milk and raising healthy cows. For more information about the program, click here.

This project was funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of the partnership in Ontario.

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.

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