Ottawa, Ont. – The federal government is investing almost $1.3 million towards supporting Canadian dairy farmers and the dairy sector.
The funding, announced during the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) annual policy conference in Ottawa, will go in part to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) to help open new markets for exporting dairy genetics.
“These funds help us to grow markets through promotion and the equipping of clients in other countries to profitably manage their investment in Canadian dairy genetics,” says Rick McRonald, executive director of the CLGA. “Whether it is training in embryo transfer, advice on feeding and nutrition or whatever the client needs, the AgriMarketing Program helps us to provide the ‘full package’ Canadian advantage.”
The investment will also allow the DFC to develop niche markets for value-added dairy products, including specialty and artisan cheeses. Currently more than half of Canada’s specialty cheese exports are to the U.S., representing more than $12 million in 2010.