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Processors-Programs and Procedures

Last Updated: March 13, 2018

The following links provide information on processor and plant guidelines and policies.

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Plant Milk Receiving Guidelines (145 KB PDF)

Truck Tank Sealing Program (245 KB PDF)

Inhibitor Pre-Screening Program (170 KB PDF)

High Temperature Load Procedures (260 KB PDF)

Milk Classification Table

Bulk Tank Milk Grader Certification Program

Milk Utilization and Audit Record Keeping Requirements (34 KB PDF)

Milk Utilization Audit Standards (662 KB PDF)

DFO Credit Program Policy (Schedule A) (4.24 MB PDF)

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

Dairy Business Start up Bootcamp

Business and Product Development Program (BPDP)

  • Application Form
  • Seven Steps to Becoming an On-farm Processor
    This overview will provide information on how to get an idea (product) to market.
  • On-Farm Processing Handbook
    This handbook provides insight into the process of how to get started, names of organizations or individuals you may want to contact and where to go to get specific information. 
  • Dairy Operating Costs Worksheet
    This worksheet will help you to understand the items that need to be factored in when building a processing facility.  We have included some sample costs, but through the business planning process, these will need to be verified with a professional engineer.
  • Dairy Processing Yields Worksheet
    This worksheet provides an estimate of the amount of product you can expect in processing milk, cheese or butter.
  • Milk Allocation Policies
    This book provides a set of procedures and guidelines for the marketing of on-demand milk for utilization in Classes 1 and 2, the Domestic Innovation Program and growth in Class 3a and the marketing of the residual milk based on a system of plant supply quotas for milk utilized by industrial milk plants.
  • Quota and Milk Transportation Policies
    This book provides information regarding DFO’s policies on quota and milk transportation, including farm yards and lanes.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Guidelines for On-Farm Dairy Processing Plants.


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