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Most of what cows in Canada eat is grown on their home farm or locally.

Comment: ‘Buttergate’ debunked: No hard evidence on palm supplements for cows

Consider the difference in value between replying to a social media post and conducting a formal survey of a representative sample of people

The recent controversies over the properties of butter and how dairy cows are fed have become a case study in media attention and the weight of evidence behind it. Anecdotal comments about the consistency of butter snowballed into sometimes overheated discussion of dairy cows’ diets. To paraphrase the Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift, sensationalism flies and

Opinion: Dairy producers should be more transparent

Opinion: Dairy producers should be more transparent

A closed-doors annual meeting sends the wrong message at a crucial time

Canada’s dairy industry continues to receive financial and moral support from taxpayers and consumers; but producers should recognize the role transparency plays in ensuring that relationship remains healthy. The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), set to receive billions of dollars in direct payments from Canadian taxpayers, recently held its 2021 annual policy meeting behind closed


“You need demand. You need stimulus. You need a sector to redefine consumer consumption. Farmers can’t do that. Processors can.” – Sylvain Charlebois.

Dairy policy needs supply chain focus: report

Growth and innovation in dairy will come from a focus on processors, not farmers, author says

Revitalizing a stagnating Canadian dairy sector will take a shift away from farm gate thinking and increased focus on processing innovation, says a new report from Dalhousie University. “Production is not going to grow on its own. You need demand. You need stimulus. You need a sector to redefine consumer consumption. Farmers can’t do that. Processors can,”

Many chickens around feeder

Comment: Costco and Walmart want you in their ‘chain’

Two recent moves into Big Ag by Big Retail bear close watching. In mid-2018 Walmart began bottling milk in a newly built facility near Ft. Wayne, Ind., for 500 of its stores. In doing so, this newcomer shoved an industry veteran, Dean Foods, its former bottler, out the door and with Dean went 100 or

Comment: How the supply management lobby influences politics

Comment: How the supply management lobby influences politics

My unsuccessful federal leadership campaign is proof the sector has outsized political influence — for now

The following is a lightly edited excerpt of a chapter on supply management from a political memoir penned by Maxime Bernier that he chose to publish online. Polls indicate that the vast majority of Canadians have little to no idea what supply management is really about. According to a survey done in the summer of


Are days numbered for supply management?

Are days numbered for supply management?

If they are it will be because of NAFTA 2.0 and Donald Trump

Canada’s supply management system is a textbook case for food sovereignty. But the social contract the system represents may need to be redrafted as we head toward North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. Supply management is a social contract between farmers and consumers. Canada’s heavily criticized quota regime for the dairy, egg and poultry

This barn at the Glenlea Research Station will be retrofitted for dairy research.

Mechanization focus of new dairy research

Dairy research facilities to get update at 
Glenlea Research Station

Dairy research in Manitoba has got a $1.4-million boost. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement at the University of Manitoba last week, indicating the cash will be used to retrofit an existing hog barn for dairy research at the Glenlea Research Station, just south of Winnipeg. “It’s

New vision for supply management

New vision for supply management

Supply management has proven robust in important respects. Regulating production, restricting imports and offering stable returns to producers at a favourable level are the foundational pillars for supply management. The Canadian dairy industry has avoided drastic drops in milk prices, followed by prolonged low milk price periods and associated financial stress that has repeatedly occurred