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Dairy farmers bracing for impact

publisher Oct 5, 2018 - 8:28am

As Dairy Farmers of Ontario braces for the impact of the new Canada-Mexico-United States trade deal, the organization has posted information for consumers who are eager to continue backing the domestic industry.

Q: HOW CAN I SUPPORT CANADIAN DAIRY?

Consumers can support Canadian dairy by simply buying Canadian dairy products at the grocery store. The Canadian dairy system is designed to minimize waste and help support some of the highest milk quality standards in the world. The average dairy farm in Canada is not a factory—it’s a family business with about 75 cows. By purchasing Canadian dairy, Canadians can count on milk made by real farm families dedicated to producing milk of the highest quality.

Q: WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT CANADIAN DAIRY?

The Canadian dairy industry is the backbone of Canada’s rural economy, employs more than 220,000 Canadians, and offers continued and sustainable growth and hundreds of millions of dollars of new farm and processor investments. Canadian dairy is safe and nutritious, and Canadian dairy farmers take pride in producing high-quality 100 per cent Canadian milk, providing top-notch animal care, and committing to environmental sustainability.

Q: HOW DO I ENSURE THE DAIRY PRODUCTS I’M BUYING ARE MADE WITH CANADIAN DAIRY INGREDIENTS?

Consumers looking to purchase Canadian milk and dairy products should look for one of two 100 per cent Canadian milk logos on the packaging as shown below. Please note, not all 100 per cent Canadian dairy products have these logos on their packaging. We encourage you to contact processors directly to inquire about their products. The packaging on Canadian dairy products will usually include the processor name and location.

Q: CAN YOU PUT A RED MAPLE LEAF ON THE PACKAGES OF PRODUCTS MADE WITH CANADIAN DAIRY?

Dairy processors are responsible for food labelling. We encourage processors to identify their dairy products made with Canadian dairy. Some processors have adopted the use of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s label—a blue and white logo featuring a standing cow bearing the Canadian maple leaf—which indicates products made with Canadian dairy. Some products use a circular blue and white cow logo that states 100 per cent Canadian milk. Other packages will state made in Canada. Having simple and easy labels that identify Canadian dairy on products is an industry priority.

Q: DO CANADIAN FARMERS USE GROWTH HORMONES OR RBST?

American dairy farmers are legally allowed to use recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST, a synthetic version of a naturally occurring growth hormone. They use it to increase their herd’s milk production. rBST is banned for use in Canada, and although Health Canada has determined it does not pose a health risk to humans, it has stated it negatively affects cow health.

Q: DO UNITED STATES IMPORTED PRODUCTS HAVE TO FOLLOW CANADIAN STANDARDS?

Under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, each country has agreed to accept the other countries’ standards.

Q: WHO CONTROLS THE PRICE OF DAIRY PRODUCTS?

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) and dairy farmers do not set retail prices. Under Canada’s supply management system, DFO’s role is to market milk to the dairy processing industry on behalf of Ontario dairy farms. In other words, farmers sell their milk to DFO, and then DFO sells milk to processors. Prices paid by processors are based on production costs on efficient farms, and DFO has no control over retail prices, meaning it does not tell grocery stores how much to charge for a product.

'A bad deal for dairy farmers'

publisher Oct 2, 2018 - 11:13am

Dairy Farmers of Canada has posted a Spin and Fact assessment of the new trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Spin Fact
"It's a good day for Canada." This is a bad outcome for dairy farmers and the whole dairy sector. The Government has conceded access to our domestic market to the US, affecting our ability to produce Canadian milk. By doing so, it is slowly bleeding Canada's dairy sector.
 
"We will defend supply management" For the US, this was never about supply management. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said months ago, "It's not our purpose to try to manage or try to get involved in their internal supply management regarding the dairy industry ... I made it very clear that the Class 7 designation we felt was an unfair undercutting of the U.S. industry that grew up south of the U.S.-Canada border."

The Canadian government concessions equate to death by a thousand cuts.
 
"We look forward to ultimately signing a deal as long as it's good for Canada and good for middle-class Canadians"

The 220,000 Canadian families who depend on dairy for their livelihood (on farms, in processing plants and related jobs) feel they were used as a bargaining chip to conclude this agreement.
 
"No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal." This deal not only gives more access to the Canadian dairy market, while limiting our ability to produce and export home-grown dairy products; this deal lets the Americans dictate our dairy policies. Fairer trade is about win-win results. If our government fought for a good deal for Canadian industry, it wasn't dairy.

Quotas safe, farmers assured

publisher Jun 13, 2018 - 11:10am

Dairy farmers have been assured that supply management will not be on the block in the ongoing tense trade talks between Canada and the United States.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his support for milk producers at a meeting with representatives of Dairy Farmers of Canada Tuesday.
DFC president Pierre Lampron had earlier issued a statement that “Canada’s dairy farmers stand with our fellow Canadians in rejecting the US administration’s personal attacks on our Prime Minister.”

“These attacks, whether on Prime Minister Trudeau, or dairy farmers in Canada, are founded more on rhetoric than fact. Canada has a trade deficit of 5:1 with the US on dairy alone; furthermore, 10% of the Canadian dairy market is already open to tariff-free imports – compared to only 3% in the US. US food companies, who have, and continue to, invest in Canada, recognize the value of the dairy system in Canada. The stability of our system, our sustainable production, and the quality of our milk are among the reasons making Canada such an attractive place to invest,” said Mr. Lampron.

“The root of the US problem is that they are producing too much milk in an oversaturated world market. Canada already produces enough milk to fill Canadian demand. As Canada has less population than the state of California, and that Wisconsin alone produces more milk than all Canadian farms combined, clearly, the Canadian market is too small to make a dent in US overproduction. Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home.”