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Dairy producers are getting a new traceability system, and a phase-in period from the old one.

Dairy sector unveils national traceability program

Producers across Canada are being asked to activate their DairyTrace accounts and start phasing out any use of yellow ear tags in calves bound for the beef market

Manitoba dairy producers will be getting used to a new way of doing business when it comes to traceability. On Oct. 5, Lactanet Canada, along with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, announced the launch of DairyTrace, a new program that will take over traceability recording and reporting for the dairy sector nationwide. Why it matters: Dairy producers

Dairy cattle traceability system switched on

Lactanet's DairyTrace program now operational

Lactanet Canada’s centralized national system for management of dairy cattle traceability data has formally been plugged in. Guelph-based dairy herd management service provider Lactanet on Monday launched DairyTrace, which it says will operate alongside the traceability module of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s proAction initiative in providing “state-of-the-art traceback capabilities in the event of an emergency


As domestic demand for milk and some other dairy products drops, so will the number of farms and processing plants.

Comment: Dairy sector faces uncertain future

The dairy industry is slowly being trampled by a wave of consumers who see it as only one of many options

There’s been a lot of talk recently about meat alternatives but dairy alternatives are also becoming more popular. And when it comes to dairy in Canada, given our quotas and high tariffs, the stakes are significantly higher. Dairy alternatives can be seen everywhere from grocery stores to coffee shops. These products are no longer confined

The poultry working group aims to “focus on both mitigation strategies to fully and fairly support farmers and processors...”

No end in sight for supply management working groups

The slow pace of progress is due to the complexity of the issues at hand, say industry insiders

Talks on how supply-managed commodities can adjust to expanded import access to Canada under recent trade deals are proceeding slowly but industry isn’t worried just yet. Back on Oct. 29, the federal government announced Agriculture Canada would create three working groups to help the dairy and poultry sectors. By early February there had been a handful

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens says the silver lining in the recent USMCA is the upswell of public support for Canadian dairy farmers.

USMCA discussions dominate at Dairy Farmers’ AGM

Supply management is the hill we must die on – Alistair Johnston Canadian Dairy Commission

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens minced no words in his address to the organization’s annual general meeting earlier this month. “This has been one of the most dramatic years,” he told the assembled delegates. He was of course mainly referencing the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it has affected the


David Wiens says dairy farmers across the country are now asking ‘what’s their future?’ as they try to access the impact of the trade deal on the farm and processing sectors.

Manitoba dairy producers reeling from USMCA trade deal

Trade deals are starting to add up when it comes to the impact on dairy farms

Manitoba dairy farmers attending annual meetings this month are trying to understand the coming changes as a result of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). There are some serious questions being asked about what the new deal means for the family farm and their future, said David Wiens, a Manitoba dairy farmer and vice-president of

One way Canadian consumer will differentiate Canadian dairy in the marketplace is through the blue cow logo seen here.

Public support largely behind dairy farmers

Canadians are clearly signalling they value dairy farms

Dairy farmers reeling from the uncertainty descending on their farms in light of the new trade deal can take heart in one thing, says Manitoba dairy farmer and Dairy Farmers of Canada vice-president David Wiens. “There’s one thing the government can’t take away from us with this trade deal, and it is the relationship we

Dairy farmer Marie-Pier Vincent feeds her dairy cows at her farm in Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, southeast of Montreal.

Dairy downer

On Canadian dairy farms, fear and frustration as U.S. demands trade concessions

Reuters – Marie-Pier Vincent, a fourth-generation Quebec dairy farmer, worries it will be even harder to make ends meet as Canada allows more tariff-free imports of milk products from the United States under a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement. Vincent, 28, is already looking for a second job to pay back the money she


Since talks began more than a year ago, it was clear Canada and Mexico would have to make concessions in the face of Trump’s threats to tear up NAFTA.

Dairy producers ‘deeply disappointed’

Canadian dairy farmers say Canada’s trade deals are progressively placing more pressures on their industry

Canadian dairy producers say they’ve been thrown under the bus in order for Canada to be part of the new United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. Piere Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, says it’s an especially bitter pill to swallow considering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had repeatedly assured the

Dairy culls require careful management to ensure they don’t suffer when going to slaughter.

Vets call for better management of dairy culls

The sector agrees better guidelines and improved transport conditions are worthy goals

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows. It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers. In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of