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.
Identification and traceability are key in tracing back in a timely fashion the origin of problems such as contamination or risk for animal health that may arise.
Milk is traceable from farm to processing plant
All milk is sampled at the farm to allow industry to trace back any potential issue that may arise after milk leaves the farm
Animals are traceable
All cattle have been systematically tagged since the federal regulations came into force in 2001
97% of dairy farms have a premises identification number
Dairy animal births on the farm are recorded
100% of births on Quebec farms are recorded
Holsteins Canada members (68% of Canadian dairy farms) record all dairy births
All animal movements, including death, are recorded
100% of Quebec dairy farms have an animal movement system in place
Dairy Farmers of Canada is planning to implement a national recording system in 2016