Canadian dairy farmers have ambitious targets of high standards of food production and quality, and have a deep commitment to the environment and care of farm animals. This is a snapshot of our objectives in 2016, and the progress we are making in reaching our measurable, and verifiable sustainability objectives.
Canadian dairy farmers work together with stakeholders to adhere to high standards of quality.
All dairy farmers are licensed and inspected every second year
100% of dairy farms are licensed by provincial authorities
95% of dairy farms were inspected in the last 2 years
Milk is always fresh
99.9% of all milk is picked up at the farm every second day
Milk from all Canadian farms is inspected, and sampled before pick up of milk at the farm
Dairy farmers monitor bacteria level, fat, protein, and other quality criteria every day
All milk truck drivers are trained experts in grading milk. They inspect, measure, and take sanitary samples of milk before loading it on the truck
100% of farm milk tanks & milk trucks are sampled for milk quality
Dairy farmers respect the Canadian regulatory limit for somatic cell count, which is the same as some of the best world standards (400,000 SCC).
Actual results show dairy farmers perform better than the standard
In February 2016, the provincial average SCC results ranged from 180,575 to 221,000