Farmers’ Voice is a blog that gives Canadian dairy farmers a place to share their stories and talk about life on a dairy farm, in their own words. Written by dairy farmers who provide milk that is among the best in the world, Farmers’ Voice offers an insider perspective on subjects that matter to farmers.

With posts by farmers and other farming experts, Farmers’ Voice will carry content that is relevant to Canadian dairy farmers. If you’d like to share your story, or just what’s on your mind, simply contact us. We’re always interested in hearing from Canadian dairy farmers and seeing the photos & videos of their farms at work.

Local Farmers Grow Microdairy Business in Ontario

September 14th, 2012

As Canadians, we want to know more about our food, how it’s produced and to maintain the food security we enjoy here.

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Sustainable Farm Practices at Lakeside Dairy

September 7th, 2012

Our farm uses a lot of new technologies to help us be more efficient.

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The Lessons of History

August 29th, 2012

Last week, Al Mussell, of the George Morris Centre, made clear the consequences of supply/demand imbalances in the dairy industry in a paper called “Canada’s Supply-Managed Dairy Policy: How We Got Here”. When production and demand are not in equilibrium, as was the case in Canada before supply management, farmers face high price volatility.

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Cranston Farms Spring Media Tour

August 28th, 2012

Journalists and home economists tour the Cranston dairy farm in Ancaster, ON

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Milk Pricing: UK vs. Exeter, Ontario

July 31st, 2012

After recently visiting the 2012 Cereals show in London, England, Mervyn Erb makes comparisons regarding retail prices in London, England to those in Exeter, Ontario.

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In support of common sense

July 16th, 2012

In Canada, we have a dairy sector that generates $15.1 billion in economic benefits and $3 billion in tax benefits, provides 215,000 jobs to Canadians, and provides a wide range of innovative, high-quality products such as the 1050 cheeses.

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What do consumers care about?

July 16th, 2012

Several months ago, I took part on a panel during a regional meeting of farmers, discussing consumer expectations. The most frequent questions from consumers involve the perceived risks of milk related to hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. Here is a farmer’s perspective on some common questions.

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Fonterra’s success

July 16th, 2012

Critics of Canada’s supply management system praise New Zealand as a model of free market enterprise in the dairy industry.

But is it?

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The Real Dairy Markets

July 16th, 2012

The dairy and poultry industry’s supply management system has seen its share of criticism over the years, criticism that is based on flawed assumptions, misinformation and misunderstanding.

I really challenge the idea that without supply management, retail prices for dairy products would fall. Retail prices are determined by stores, based on their calculations of what consumers are willing to pay, regardless of what farmers are paid for their milk or other crops. Supply management is in place to give farmers a fair share of the consumer spending. The four largest supermarket chains account for 75% of total Canadian food store sales, and the three largest dairy processors handle close to 80% of the milk produced on Canadian farms.

Would deregulation in Canada have an effect on retail prices? I doubt it!

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