At the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s annual policy conference last month, the federal government announced it would invest up to $10 million in dairy research and food safety initiatives.
Together with a contribution from the dairy producers, a total of $11.7 million will be invested in research into the health and nutritional benefits of dairy products and their sustainable production.
That includes a life cycle assessment of dairy products and improving systems for dairy cattle health and welfare.
An additional $995,000 will be invested in dairy producers’ Canadian Quality Milk program for on-farm food safety practices.
Under this research cluster, Dairy Farmers of Canada will bring together the best scientific and technological expertise available in universities and research institutions across Canada.
It will complement work undertaken in producer-led initiatives like the Canadian Quality Milk Program and the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, industry standards set for the care of dairy animals.
Dairy genetics investment
Earlier this year, the feds also announced they would invest $1.22 million to increase sales of Canadian dairy genetics in international markets through the AgriMarketing program.
The investment will help the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association to fund a variety of targeted international market development initiatives to increase the volume and the value of dairy cattle, embryo and semen exports, and raise awareness around the world of Canadian genetic programs.