The Dairy Farmers of Canada are pleased with Ottawa's funding announcement of $333 million over ten years for the dairy sector.

The money is earmarked for research into new products and processing for solids non-fat (SNF).
DFC vice-president David Wiens says in order to have enough milk to supply the butter fat market there will be a surplus of SNF.

"It's been fairly stable for the last few years, but in order for us to continue to grow to service the market demand it is absolutely crucial that there is an expansion in the SNF processing and the kind of products that could come out of this. You know, kind of further innovation in our industry. And of course, the funds will be allocated in such a way that it will benefit all regions of the country."

He says its not only going to open up new opportunities but will enhance the sustainability of the industry going forward.

Another key piece of news for the dairy industry is that the updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle has been released.

The updated Code is now available here.

The new update replaces its predecessor which was developed in 2009.

The new Code of Practice comes into effect April 1, 2024 (unless indicated otherwise in Requirements with a later phase-in date). 

In the meantime, the 2009 dairy cattle Code will remain in effect until March 31, 2024.

To hear Glenda-Lee's conversation with Dairy Farmers of Canada vice president David Wiens click on the link below.