Meagan Murdoch is a vice president with Hill & Knowlton Strategies in Toronto and helped New Zealand’s dairy farmers through their own palm oil controversy.

Lessons learned from public reaction to palm oil in dairy rations

Canadian had front-row seats for both Buttergate and New Zealand controversies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Social media conversations about food can go from benign to trending in a matter of hours or days.  That became painfully obvious to Canadian dairy farmers during the so-called “Buttergate” controversy earlier this year. The same thing happened five years ago to New Zealand dairy farmers during an environmentalist-led campaign against using a palm oil […] Read more

Dairy farms will have to report all births on the farm as part of the traceability module for proAction starting Sept. 1.

Dairy herd ID reporting enforced starting Sept. 1

The change is part of the traceability module for the proAction validation program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compliance with the traceability requirements of the proAction dairy farming validation program should be straightforward if producers continue entering on-farm events in the nationwide database, says the organization in charge of administering the rules.  “(proAction) validators will expect producers to have a traceability report on hand when they visit the farm,” said Melissa Hurst, DairyTrace […] Read more

A Pizza Pizza storefront in Winnipeg in 2013. (File photo by Dave Bedard)

Blue Cow comes to Pizza Pizza

Dairy Farmers of Canada branding to go on display

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pizza Pizza is the latest brand to sport Dairy Farmers of Canada’s “Blue Cow” certification-of-origin mark in its marketing, putting an old fight over the pizza chain’s cheese provenance to rest. DFC and Toronto-based, TSX-traded Pizza Pizza — which as of March 31 included 622 Pizza Pizza and 103 Pizza 73 outlets across eight provinces […] Read more

Farmers are working with nutritionists to figure out alternatives to using palmitic acid supplements.

Dairy sector adjusts to butter debate fallout lessons

Now that the rhetoric around butter hardness has settled down, farmers look to managing without palm fat supplements, while research continues

Reading Time: 5 minutes As the Buttergate social furor and ensuing questions around transparency settles into a dull roar, where does dairy go from here?  “What this conversation is about is – what is the way forward in light of some of the challenges thrown at us over the past few weeks?” said David Wiens, Dairy Farmers of Canada […] Read more

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer walks toward reporters ahead of a meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to discuss talks on modernizing the NAFTA trade deal, in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/David Ljunggren)

U.S. throws down CUSMA challenge on Canada’s dairy import limits

Filing challenges Canadian tariff rate quota reserved for processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Five months and counting since the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement came into force, the U.S. government has launched a CUSMA challenge of how Canada applies tariff exemptions on dairy imports. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday he has served Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng with written notice that the U.S. is “exercising its rights to […] Read more


(GFM staff photo)

Dairy cattle traceability system switched on

Lactanet's DairyTrace program now operational

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […] Read more

Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Reading Time: 3 minutes The federal government is willing to let Canadian dairy producers lose out on millions of dollars as a result of the new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. When MPs in Ottawa listened to testimony from agricultural leaders on the passage of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in February, the bulk of concerns were […] Read more

Fairlife is selling its milk in Canada now, but it is imported.

No special rules for supplying Fairlife

Peterborough milk processor remains on track for mid-2020 completion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Milk currently available to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario from conventional producers, will be delivered to Coca-Cola’s Fairlife processing plant in Peterborough, as soon as it enters the commissioning phase of development. Representatives of DFO and Coca-Cola Canada made those assertions when contacted recently by Farmtario. Why it matters: The plant will employ 35 people […] Read more


Canadian dairy producers were told money has been earmarked but specifics are yet to be announced.

Canada’s dairy sector still waiting for compensation details

Feds had promised to say by end of June how they would compensate supply managed farmers for loss of market

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made a brief stop at Dairy Farmers of Canada annual meeting in Saskatoon recently, where she spoke with Canadian dairy producers and announced an $11.4 million federal contribution to the Canadian dairy research cluster. However, she failed to deliver the information that Canadian dairy farmers have been […] Read more

Long term research has had a significant impact on dairy cattle production and efficiency in Canada.

Dairy research cluster gets continued federal funding

The third round of the funding will help to continue dairy research projects across the country

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s agriculture minister attended the annual meeting of Dairy Farmers of Canada and brought with her a large funding announcement. Marie-Claude Bibeau committed the federal government to funding the third round of the Dairy Research Cluster, which brings together researchers across the country in dairy-farmer-directed research to increase efficiency for dairy farmers and improve the […] Read more