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Updated: January 12, 2018
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P5 Quota Announcement

January 12, 2018

The P5 Quota Committee met on January 11 and 12 2018. Long term market requirements were discussed. There is insufficient information at this time to make a recommendation on additional producer quota issuance.

The P5 Quota Committee will continue to monitor milk production and market demand and consider if an adjustment in quota issuance  is required for this spring.

2018 Board executive elected

January 12, 2018

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s board elected its 2018 board executive at a special meeting held Jan. 11.

Ralph Dietrich, board member Region 11, was re-elected as chair. Murray Sherk, board member Region 8, was re-elected as vice-chair. Bart Rijke, board member Region 1, was elected as second vice-chair.

Ryan Mills was re-appointed as secretary to the board. Sharon Hutchinson was re-appointed as treasurer to the board on an interim basis until such time the director of finance position is replaced.

Jacques Lefebvre joins Dairy Farmers of Canada as Chief Executive Officer

January 8, 2018

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques Lefebvre as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 8, 2018. With over 25 years of experience across multiple sectors, Mr. Lefebvre is a strong leader that brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to DFC. Additionally, in his former role at the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) as President and Chief Executive Officer, he has an in-depth understanding of Canada’s dairy sector, and the importance of Canadian dairy producers to our economy, and to the health and well-being of Canadians.

“It is my great pleasure to announce that Jacques Lefebvre will be joining DFC as our new CEO. He is a proven leader and is deeply committed to our dairy sector,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “Jacques understand all of the challenges that we are facing, and will be a champion for us. I look forward to working closely with Jacques.”

Mr. Lefebvre has held senior executive positions with national member organizations, both in the business and not-for-profit sectors.

“I am very excited to be joining DFC and for the opportunity to work closely with our Board of Directors, members, staff, and stakeholders, on behalf of Canadian dairy farmers,” said Jacques Lefebvre, DFC’s CEO. “I welcome the opportunity to use my past experience, inside and outside of the dairy sector, to bring our industry together as we face tremendous pressure on trade and government relations issues. It is more important than ever that we work collectively to defend and promote the industry.”

Media contact
Ashlee Smith
Dairy Farmers of Canada
613-240-3881/Ashlee.Smith@DFC-PLC.ca

Placing bids and offers on January quota exchange

December 20, 2017

Bids and offers on the January quota exchange will be accepted through Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s website (www.milk.org) from Dec. 20, 2017 to Jan.1, 2018.

Producers who prefer more personal service will be able to call a customer service representative toll-free at 1-866-518-2525, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following business days: Dec. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.

Holiday office hours

December 20, 2017

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) head office will be closed between Dec. 25, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018. 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.

2018 Eco Farm Days in Cornwall

December 19, 2017

On February 24-25, 2018, the Canadian Organic Growers is hosting Eco Farm Days in Cornwall, Ontario.

The organic shippers on the Organic Producer Advisory Committee are sponsoring one of the guest speakers, Dr. Hubert Karreman, who will provide information on non-antibiotic treatment of dairy cattle, grazing, grass-fed milk and breeding strategies.

Dr. Karreman is a world renowned veterinarian and has published two books, “The Art and Science of Grazing” and “ The Barn Guide to Treating Dairy Cows Naturally”.

Please click on the following link for further information on the 2018 Eco Farm Days, https://cog.ca/ottawa/eco-farm-day/ .

Proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 761 are now posted for comment

November 16, 2017

In July 2016, DFO requested changes to Ontario Regulation 761 to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, in order to implement the P5 harmonized penalty programs for Somatic Cell Count, Bacteria and Abnormal Freezing Point. DFO’s request also included the addition of new animal care and welfare provisions.

The proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 761 were posted for comment on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry on November 14, 2017. The comment period will close December 29, 2017.

Please click here to review the proposed changes and submit comments

New board member elected for Region 6

November 15, 2017

The ballot count for the 2017 Election for Board Member in Region 6 was held in accordance with the procedures detailed in Ontario Regulation 760, as amended, made under the Milk Act, on Nov. 14, 2017.

The candidate receiving the most votes in the election in Region 6 was Bonnie den Haan. DFO’s Board, at a meeting held via conference call on Nov. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m., declared Bonnie den Haan elected to serve as Board Member for Region 6, for a four-year term commencing immediately following the adjournment of the DFO Annual General Meeting of dairy producers, on Jan. 11, 2018.

Ontario dairy farmers donate $150,000 to celebrate Canada 150

November 9, 2017

Mississauga, Nov. 9, 2017 – In celebration of Canada 150, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is pleased to announce the DFO Board, on behalf of Ontario’s dairy farmers, is donating $150,000 to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) for the purchase of milk and dairy products for Ontario families in need. To maximize its donation, DFO has partnered with Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd (Gay Lea Foods), who will provide products to the OAFB at cost for the next five years.

Individual Ontario dairy farmers already collectively donate, with the support of the Ontario Dairy Council and Ontario Milk Transport Association, almost one million litres of milk to the OAFB annually.  "Canada's 150th year is the perfect time to reflect on the wonderful country we live and work in,” says DFO board chair Ralph Dietrich. “Dairy farmers across Ontario are very fortunate to be able to produce some of the highest quality milk in the world and to do so in our great country. The dairy industry is an important contributor to the Canadian economy and to the health of Canadians. The DFO Board wants to give back to communities in need across Ontario. I believe it is important to ensure every Canadian has access to high-quality Canadian milk, and that is why I’m proud to announce this special donation to the OAFB.”

"There are no words to describe how grateful we are to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario for their incredibly generous $150,000 donation in honour of Canada 150. This gift will go a long way in helping us provide families in need with highly nutritious dairy products and fresh milk throughout the next five years," says executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks Carolyn Stewart. "We would also like to thank Gay Lea Foods for their generous partnership, which will ensure that each donated dollar makes the greatest possible impact across the province."

Gay Lea Foods is the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario, with members on more than 1,300 dairy farms and more than 4,000 members in total. The co-operative is a longtime supporter of Ontario’s  annual milk donation program and a proud sponsor of the OAFB’s 2017 Capacity Building Program, which provides food banks in Ontario with funding to grow their capacity to accept, store and distribute fresh food.

“Gay Lea Foods is exceptionally pleased to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Food Banks to provide nutritious Ontario milk and dairy products to the OAFB at cost for the next five years,” says the co-operative’s chair, Steve Dolson. “This partnership will expand the purchasing power of the OAFB and significantly leverage the positive impact of the generous donation from DFO, collectively allowing us to reach more adults and children living with hunger in Ontario than any one of us could alone. As a co-operative, this type of collaboration is close to our hearts and we are proud to belong to an industry that prioritizes supporting the communities where our families live, work and play.”

By the Numbers

$150,000
Donated by Ontario’s Dairy Farmers to the OAFB in celebration of Canada 150

FIVE YEARS
of at-cost pricing for the OAFB provided by Gay Lea Foods

~ 1 MILLION LITRES
of raw milk already provided by Ontario’s dairy farmers
of milk transported by Ontario milk transporters
of milk processed by Ontario food processors
…for Ontario food banks each year

335,000
Ontarians in need served each month by the OAFB

QUALITY. COMMUNITY.

About DFO
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Contact

Laural Adams, Communications Manager
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Laural.Adams@milk.org
Mobile: 647-462-5559

Robin Redstone, Communications Manager
Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd
rredstone@gayleafoods.com
Mobile: 905-399-0403

Premier's Statement on U.S. NAFTA Supply Management Demands

October 18, 2017

On Oct 17, Premier Wynne issued a statement affirming the government's steadfast support of Supply Management. Dairy Farmers of Ontario thanks both the federal and provincial government for their continued support, and appreciates the public announcements.

The Canadian dairy system is extremely important to our economy and continues to be a driver of economic growth worth billions of dollars in GDP.

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