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The Burrows family - A love for dairy farming and for their Nova Scotia community

April 18, 2017 - Green Oak, NS

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Nova Scotia, the Burrows family of Clover Crest Farm in Green Oak, Nova Scotia.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“Family dairy farms are integral to feeding Canadians, and are vitally important to the thread and fabric of Canada as a whole,” said Jim Burrows. “Our family has been a part of the Green Oak community for generations, and we are very happy that this will continue with our son Alexander, and farmhand Jason. I’m so proud of the work our family has done to produce milk sustainably over the years, and I am excited to see how our farm will continue to evolve to produce Canadian quality milk.”

Jim and his wife Leslie own Clover Crest Farm, which was established in 1765. The family milks 90 cows, and they are in the process of transitioning the farm to the next generation. Son Alexander, a veterinarian and the farm’s resident cow expert, and Jason Nelson, the farmhand who will become a co-owner with Alexander when the time comes, have gradually started to take on more and more responsibility as they look to the future. Still, Jim continues to work tirelessly to ensure that his cows are happy and well looked after, such as ensuring the best diet possible for the cows through working with crop and cow nutritionists.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. I am honoured to introduce the Burrows family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Burrows family and Clover Crest Farm’s full story, please visit for a PDF version of the book.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit for more information.


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