Lactanet brings together herd management and genetics organizations from across the country into one partnership.

Dairy partnership finalized, called Lactanet

Partnership brings together CanWest DHI, Valacta and Canadian Dairy Network

Canada’s new dairy information organization has a name and will be in effect as of June 3. Lactanet was formed out of a partnership that includes CanWest DHI and Valacta – which provide herd management and milk testing services, and the Canadian Dairy Network, the national repository of genetic data for the major dairy breeds. […] Read more

Editorial: Healthy farm households

Statistics Canada says that farm households are doing much better than they did a generation or two ago. And that’s something to celebrate. Our cover story in our Feb. 11 issue of Farmtario looks at the broader societal trends around the dramatic increase in farm household income over the past 50 years. Median farm income […] Read more

Norm and Mike McNaughton are almost finished their new dairy barn near London.

Implications for the USMCA trade deal

The new deal hurts supply management but helps other farm sectors

Norm McNaughton and his son Mike are almost ready to move cows into their new barn north of London, Ont. They’re committed to the future of the dairy industry through an investment that includes a robotic milking system. The McNaughtons are typical of an Ontario dairy sector that has been building and expanding rapidly. Canadians […] Read more

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement allows 3.6 per cent more American access to the Canadian dairy market.

DFC hits back at politicians over dairy losses in trade deal

The Dairy Farmers of Canada is expressing angry discontent at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is expressing its strong disappointment in the concessions given to the U.S. in the new USMCA trade agreement. “The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA deal demonstrates once again that the Canadian government is willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a […] Read more

Report pegs U.S. dairy support levels

U.S. dairy farmers continue to benefit from broad agriculture supports, a study shows. Dairy Farmers of Canada has had Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates regularly study the effect of U.S. government policy on dairy farms in that country. The latest version of the project was released at the Dairy Farmers of Canada policy conference held […] Read more


Don Mayo gestures during his presentation about the promotion of Canadian milk.  Photo: John Greig

Milk ad awareness beating top brands

Dairy Farmers of Canada has been pushed to better measure the effectiveness its farmer-funded milk promotion

Dairy Farmers of Canada continues to build its ability to measure the success of its marketing campaigns and return on investment after Dairy Farmers of Ontario pulled its promotion funding due to a lack of such information. Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) recent policy conference included a presentation by Don Mayo, global managing partner for […] Read more

Milk ad awareness beating top brands

Dairy Farmers of Canada is trying harder to track how well its marketing efforts boost milk sales, after Ontario members pulled promotion funding over a lack of information. Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) policy conference this week in Ottawa included a presentation by Don Mayo, global managing partner for IMI, an organization that measures media […] Read more

Ontario’s dairy farmers ramp up own marketing

Dairy Farmers of Ontario is starting to build its own consumer marketing department, now that it’s retaining marketing funds collected from farmers and no longer sending tens of millions of dollars to Dairy Farmers of Canada. What does it mean? Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s withdrawal from national marketing of milk has meant upheaval at Dairy […] Read more


National dairy group loses executive director

Caroline Emond has resigned as executive director of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) after two and half years in the position. Emond will be stepping down effective July 4, DFC announced Wednesday. Emond has dealt with some significant files and changes to dairy marketing since she replaced long-time retiring executive director Richard Doyle. She has […] Read more

Dairy protection sought ahead of NAFTA talks

CNS Canada — The head of Canada’s dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market, as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier in the year he was considering pulling the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but later shifted […] Read more