File photo of Agropur’s fluid milk plant in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Agropur to shut Winnipeg fluid milk plant

Work to be consolidated in B.C., Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy co-operative Agropur will consolidate its fluid milk production for Western Canada further west this fall, as it moves to shut its operation in Winnipeg. The Quebec-based co-operative announced Tuesday it will close its Winnipeg fluid milk plant effective Sept. 24 — affecting 48 jobs — and transfer that work to plants at Edmonton, Victoria […] Read more

There has been a trend towards minimally processed foods and less fluid milk, with the exception of 2020, and an increased focus on more dairy and more fat. That’s along with a growth in dairy alternatives.

Riding the wave of change in milk products

COVID-19, consumer expectations, buyer standards mean changing directions in dairy

Reading Time: 4 minutes A rise in consumption of fluid milk for the first time in many years is just one example of the changes wrought in the dairy market by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s the first time fluid milk sales has been up in I don’t know how many years… but decades,” said Michael Barrett, president, Gay Lea […] Read more

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Canadian feed-grade dairy product class expanded

Buttermilk products now qualify for 4(m) permit price

Reading Time: < 1 minute A dairy product class set up to boost markets for solids non-fat (SNF), by boosting their use in animal feed such as milk replacer, has been expanded to include more products. The Canadian Dairy Commission announced Monday that its 4(m) milk class has been updated to allow dairy processors to get the 4(m) permit price […] Read more

Kadie, left, and Maddie Pettit hold the newly-unfurled banner for the Mistyglen Creamery on-farm processing facility, inside the family’s Belmont-area dairy barn. The barn was rebuilt following tornado damage in the summer of 2020.

On-farm processing dream perseveres through adversity

Mistyglen revived plans to process milk during the pandemic, and after a tornado wrecked its barn

Reading Time: 3 minutes A venture that had been set aside “indefinitely” by a Belmont-area dairy farm several years ago received a full reconsideration during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result Mistyglen Creamery now aims to sell its first on-farm processed milk and yogurt in late 2021. Why it matters: An increase in interest […] Read more

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Simplifying dairy logistics with Canadian start-up technology

Milk Moovement tracks shipments and gets information quickly to farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes A powerful tool that streamlines dairy supply chain logistics has landed an Atlantic Canada start-up coveted spots in a couple of big-name agriculture technology accelerators. Milk Moovement is the only Canadian company that is part of the current cohort of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in Minneapolis, and one of only two Canadian start-ups […] Read more

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Pandemic spurs farm gate milk price hike

Dairy Commission to lift price effective Feb. 1 next year

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the Canadian Dairy Commission has set aside its usual milk price adjustment formula and will instead increase the price based on its own review. The CDC on Monday announced the farm gate price of milk will increase by $1.46 per hectolitre (100 litres) effective Feb. 1, 2021, pending approval […] Read more

A new report is calling for reforms to Canada’s dairy industry to make it more responsive to consumer and market demands and create a path to the growing global market for its products.

Report pushes changes within supply management

System needs to better respond to consumer demand and create a long-term plan, report says

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new report from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph paints a way forward for the dairy sector within supply management. The report, called Supply Management 2.0, calls for four areas of reform of the system that sets production level for farmers in return for guaranteed pricing for milk. Why it matters: Milk is […] Read more

Fairlife milk will now include the 100 per cent Canadian milk logo.

Fairlife Peterborough milk plant now in operation

New Fairlife plant began production after extended pandemic delay

Reading Time: 2 minutes After months of pandemic-induced delays, a new Peterborough-area milk processor is up and running. Fairlife – a division of Coca Cola – first announced plans to construct the facility in June, 2018. Launch day, originally scheduled for this past spring, was delayed when personnel responsible for final construction and operational checks were unable to enter […] Read more

Dairy farmers have been able to evaluate various genetic indicators, but Compass brings in economic effect too.

Software program helps understand breeding return on investment

The Compass software brings together many sources of data to help farmers make decisions

Reading Time: 3 minutes Verifying metrics and making sure data is correct can help dairy farmers get the most out of Compass. The dairy genetics management software, provided by Holstein Canada and Lactanet is focused on breeding and genetic improvement for dairy producers. Why it matters: Breeding is a big component of dairy farm management. Recording accurate data is […] Read more

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China targets pork self-sufficiency rate of 95 per cent

Imported beef increasing in market share

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China is aiming to produce 95 per cent of its pork at home, according to a cabinet document outlining plans for its livestock sector, underscoring a goal to quickly rebuild its huge pig herd after a major disease epidemic. The document, released on Sunday, comes amid a heightened focus on food […] Read more