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Farmers-Programs and Policies

Last Updated: June 26, 2017

The following links provide information on Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s farm policies, programs and procedures.

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Grass-Fed Milk
 

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s Interim Grass-Fed Milk Standard

Cattle Health and Veterinary Medicine Use Declaration

Effective May 1, 2013, dairy farmers licensed to produce and market milk in Ontario are required to complete the Cattle Health and Veterinary Medicine Use Declaration form annually. 

Ontario Regulation 761 (the Milk Act) has been amended to require dairy farmers and their herd veterinarian attest that animal health is satisfactory, veterinary drugs are used appropriately and that a Vet-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) exists.  The regulatory change was required to ensure dairy products and food products containing dairy ingredients could continue to be exported from Ontario herds.

The fulfillment of the requirement will be administered as part of the Grade A inspection process.
The regulation amendment, the Cattle Health Risk Assessment and the Declaration follow. 

To ensure the regulatory requirement is satisfied, it is recommended that you and your veterinarian examine the herd and complete the Cattle Health Risk Assessment prior to you and the veterinarian signing the Declaration.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario Scholarships
 

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has an annual scholarship program which offers up to four $3,000 scholarships to students entering a degree or diploma program in agriculture. Learn more…

New Producer Program
 

The Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) New Producer Program allows one new producer applicant per month who
has provided a non-refundable deposit to be eligible to participate on the quota exchange and be exempt from the quota exchange proration exemption for a minimum of 10 kg and a maximum of 35 kg of quota.

More information and application forms are available here.

New Entrant Quota Assistance Program
 

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) New Entrant Quota Assistance Program is designed to assist those with an interest in dairy farming who may not have the financial means to get started in the industry. Learn more....

Ontario Raw Milk Quality Program

Find resources and information to help you improve your raw milk quality and avoid paying quality penalties. Includes information about somatic cell counts, Bactoscan, inhibitors, freezing point estimates,Grade A farm inspections and a DFO Field Services Representative Contact Listing.

Learn more...

Johne's Education and Management Assistance Program
 

The Johne's Education and Management Assistance Program is a four-year program designed to provide Ontario dairy producers with management solutions to Johne's. Learn more...

Quota Policies
 

Check here for updated information on DFO Quota Policies

Production Incentives
 

To encourage increased production in the fall months, all producers may be given additional fall incentive credits based on their daily quota allotment. The level of fall incentive credits is announced each year prior to the fall period. In addition, incentive days may also be used to encourage milk production in response to market conditions. Learn more...

DFO and OSPCA agree to co-ordinate resources

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has an agreement with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to work together when investigating complaints about animal welfare on dairy farms.

This arrangement addresses both DFO’s and OSPCA’s responsibilities regarding animal welfare.

For more information, click here.

Twice-Per-Month Payment Program

Dairy farmers receive an interim payment on the first of the month and final payment on the 15th of the month for the previous month’s milk shipments. More information

proAction


For information on the proAction initiative, including latest updates, frequently asked questions and reference documents, click here.

 

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