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The Maranda Family – Keeping the Dairy Tradition Alive in Quebec

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:40

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Quebec, the Maranda family of the Roémax farm, in Saint-Pierre-de-l’Île d’Orléans, in Quebec.

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.

“Our ancestors settled here in 1666 and it is a testament of their perseverance and ingenuity that today we continue to farm and produce milk in a sustainable manner on this same piece of land,” said Éric Maranda. “Dairy farming has evolved over the last few centuries, but our commitment to protecting the environment and taking care of our animals has not wavered. We want to produce the best quality milk in the most efficient way so future generations can continue the dairy tradition established by the first Marandas of Île d’Orléans.”

Éric Maranda recently took over the farm from his father Roger. Along with his young son, three generations of Marandas today live in the ancestral home built in 1749. Éric credits a profound love of farming, an entrepreneurial spirit and perseverance for the farm’s success over such a long period of time. Today, the Marandas milk 35 to 40 head of cattle on 85 hectares of land.

“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 Maranda family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Maranda family and Roémax farm’s full story, please visit dairyfarmers.ca 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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media Contact:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The Conroy family – Finding New Life on a Historical Farm

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:17

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing New Brunswick, the Conroy family of Dixon Valleyview Farms in Hoyt, New Brunswick.

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.

“We feel fortunate to have this farm, which has been a part of the Hoyt community for 247 years, and to be a part of its history,” said Kevin Conroy. “Every owner has contributed to the sustainability and growth of this farm and we are proud to continue the tradition of producing quality milk for Canadians in New Brunswick.”

Kevin and his wife Diana fulfilled Kevin’s lifelong dream of owning a dairy farm when they purchased the centuries-old Dixon Valleyview Farms, in 2014. Once the farm was theirs, they then faced the challenge of moving halfway across the country with their four children and had to learn to be dairy farmers. Thankfully, they were quick learners and today, Kevin and Diana are implementing their vision for the farm in the hopes of encouraging others to join the industry. They have ploughed fields, planted crops and cleared ditches and creeks to improve their crop land, to one day produce all the feed for their cows themselves.

“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 Conroy family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Conroy family and Dixon Valleyview Farms’ full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca 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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media Contact:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Thank you Canada! Canadians Love Canadian Dairy

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:00

Canadian dairy farmers are thrilled by the overwhelming reaction of our fellow Canadians who took time to provide their words of support online and in person in recent weeks. Thank you for continuing to choose Canadian milk and dairy products!

What follows is reprinted with permission from Abacus. The survey below was not commissioned by DFC nor did we discuss the poll before it was done by the firm and published on April 25, 2017
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By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto:

The large majority of Canadians (92%) are happy with the range and quality of dairy products available in Canada, and two thirds are satisfied with prices. This view that the market is working reasonably well today creates an important context in which the recent statements by President Trump will be received by Canadian voters.

When informed that the US/President Trump has been critical of Canada for not allowing easier access to US dairy products and would like to see Canadian markets open to more imports, Canadians were mostly are unmoved.

By a broad margin (77%) Canadians were inclined to feel that “like the US and other countries, Canada has policies that are designed to support a healthy Canadian dairy farm sector and they work well enough to meet the needs of consumers too”. Only 23% chose the alternative argument that “Canada should change our rules and allow more foreign dairy products to compete in our market because it would mean more products would be available and possibly lower prices for consumers.”

Note – We asked half our sample mentioning President Trump specifically and the other half without attributing the criticism to him specifically. The results were only marginally different – those told that the criticism was leveled by Mr. Trump were four points more likely to say Canada’s policies were fine the way they are.

We then asked people what they felt Canada should do if the US Administration presses Canada on this issue. Almost no one (7%) felt that Canada should simply agree to the changes the US was asking for. Opinion is somewhat divided between those who feel Canada should “stand firm and refuse to make any changes” (43%) and those who say Canada should “negotiate a solution that gets Canada something we would like in exchange for giving the Americans some of what they want in the dairy sector.” (50%)

Respondents who had been informed that it was President Trump who was making the case for opening up our markets were 8 points more likely that other respondents to say that Canada should “stand firm” and 9 points less likely to say we should give something to get something.

In considering the political context for this issue in Canada, it’s important to look at how responses differ by region, political leaning and whether people live in rural or more urban/suburban settings.

  • In every region of the country, and across rural and urban and all major party lines, a majority is satisfied with the range, quality and price of Canadian dairy products.
  • More than 70% in every region, among both genders, all age groups, among all major party supporters and across rural and urban Canada believe Canada’s policies are working well enough. Only 23% of Conservative voters believe Canada should open up markets; 24% among Liberal supporters, and 9% among NDP voters.
  • On the question of what Canada should do if the US presses the matter, no subgroup shows more than 11% interest in simply going along with the US demands. Conservative voters were a bit more inclined to prefer to see a negotiated solution over standing firm (52% to 39%) while Liberals were more drawn to the stand firm (55%) versus a negotiated settlement (38%). NDP voters were evenly split. In Quebec, 55% prefer a “stand firm” position, compared to 37% who favoured negotiation.

THE UPSHOT

According to Abacus Chairman Bruce Anderson:

“The Trudeau government is not alone in facing important challenges in our trading relationship with the US. These results show that most Canadians want Ottawa to show a combination of firmness and pragmatism in dealing with trade irritants, an instinct that probably would extend to other trade challenges beyond dairy as well.

For Canada’s dairy producers the results show that Canadian opinion is more instinctively aligned with them than not – but in a qualified manner. Canadians will consider the overall shape of the relationship with the US and expect their government to mount a strategic defense of Canada’s interests.

That means defending dairy policy if necessary, but not necessarily protecting dairy rules if other strategic interests outweigh that consideration.”

METHODOLOGY

Our survey was conducted online with 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and over from April 21 to 24, 2017. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a large representative panel of over 500,000 Canadians.

The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association policy limits statements about margins of sampling error for most online surveys. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of 1,500 is +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.

The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

ABACUS DATA INC.

We offer global research capacity with a strong focus on customer service, attention to detail and value-added insight. Our team combines the experience of our Chairman Bruce Anderson, one of Canada’s leading research executives for two decades, with the energy, creativity and research expertise of CEO David Coletto, Ph.D.

- See more at: http://abacusdata.ca/trade-trump-milk-how-canadians-react-to-tough-talk/

Thank you Canada!

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:38

Canadians Love Canadian Dairy

Canadian dairy farmers are thrilled by the overwhelming reaction of our fellow Canadians who took time to provide their words of support online and in person in recent weeks. Thank you for continuing to choose Canadian milk and dairy products!

What follows is reprinted with permission from Abacus. The survey below was not commissioned by DFC nor did we discuss the poll before it was done by the firm and published on April 25, 2017
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By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto:

The large majority of Canadians (92%) are happy with the range and quality of dairy products available in Canada, and two thirds are satisfied with prices. This view that the market is working reasonably well today creates an important context in which the recent statements by President Trump will be received by Canadian voters.

When informed that the US/President Trump has been critical of Canada for not allowing easier access to US dairy products and would like to see Canadian markets open to more imports, Canadians were mostly are unmoved.

By a broad margin (77%) Canadians were inclined to feel that “like the US and other countries, Canada has policies that are designed to support a healthy Canadian dairy farm sector and they work well enough to meet the needs of consumers too”. Only 23% chose the alternative argument that “Canada should change our rules and allow more foreign dairy products to compete in our market because it would mean more products would be available and possibly lower prices for consumers.”

Note – We asked half our sample mentioning President Trump specifically and the other half without attributing the criticism to him specifically. The results were only marginally different – those told that the criticism was leveled by Mr. Trump were four points more likely to say Canada’s policies were fine the way they are.

We then asked people what they felt Canada should do if the US Administration presses Canada on this issue. Almost no one (7%) felt that Canada should simply agree to the changes the US was asking for. Opinion is somewhat divided between those who feel Canada should “stand firm and refuse to make any changes” (43%) and those who say Canada should “negotiate a solution that gets Canada something we would like in exchange for giving the Americans some of what they want in the dairy sector.” (50%)

Respondents who had been informed that it was President Trump who was making the case for opening up our markets were 8 points more likely that other respondents to say that Canada should “stand firm” and 9 points less likely to say we should give something to get something.

In considering the political context for this issue in Canada, it’s important to look at how responses differ by region, political leaning and whether people live in rural or more urban/suburban settings.

  • In every region of the country, and across rural and urban and all major party lines, a majority is satisfied with the range, quality and price of Canadian dairy products.
  • More than 70% in every region, among both genders, all age groups, among all major party supporters and across rural and urban Canada believe Canada’s policies are working well enough. Only 23% of Conservative voters believe Canada should open up markets; 24% among Liberal supporters, and 9% among NDP voters.
  • On the question of what Canada should do if the US presses the matter, no subgroup shows more than 11% interest in simply going along with the US demands. Conservative voters were a bit more inclined to prefer to see a negotiated solution over standing firm (52% to 39%) while Liberals were more drawn to the stand firm (55%) versus a negotiated settlement (38%). NDP voters were evenly split. In Quebec, 55% prefer a “stand firm” position, compared to 37% who favoured negotiation.

THE UPSHOT

According to Abacus Chairman Bruce Anderson:

“The Trudeau government is not alone in facing important challenges in our trading relationship with the US. These results show that most Canadians want Ottawa to show a combination of firmness and pragmatism in dealing with trade irritants, an instinct that probably would extend to other trade challenges beyond dairy as well.

For Canada’s dairy producers the results show that Canadian opinion is more instinctively aligned with them than not – but in a qualified manner. Canadians will consider the overall shape of the relationship with the US and expect their government to mount a strategic defense of Canada’s interests.

That means defending dairy policy if necessary, but not necessarily protecting dairy rules if other strategic interests outweigh that consideration.”

METHODOLOGY

Our survey was conducted online with 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and over from April 21 to 24, 2017. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a large representative panel of over 500,000 Canadians.

The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association policy limits statements about margins of sampling error for most online surveys. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of 1,500 is +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.

The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

ABACUS DATA INC.

We offer global research capacity with a strong focus on customer service, attention to detail and value-added insight. Our team combines the experience of our Chairman Bruce Anderson, one of Canada’s leading research executives for two decades, with the energy, creativity and research expertise of CEO David Coletto, Ph.D.

- See more at: http://abacusdata.ca/trade-trump-milk-how-canadians-react-to-tough-talk/

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

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:27

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 www.dairyfarmers.ca 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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media Contact

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The MacInnis Family-Dairy Farming on Prince Edward Island for Centuries

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:19

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Prince Edward Island, the MacInnis family, who have been farming on the Island for over 200 hundred years.

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.

“The continued fertility of our land, which we have farmed on for over two centuries, speaks to our commitment to producing milk in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Ronnie MacInnis. “Dairy farming has changed since our ancestors first came here, but one thing that has stayed the same is our passion for our animals, the environment, and our community. I am excited for the future of dairy farming, and proud of our past.”

The fifth generation MacInnis Brothers Farm is owned by Ronnie and his wife Karen, and is run with the help of one of their four sons. Tragedy, war, and technology, coupled with determination and perseverance, has shaped the farm’s rich history. Today, they MacInnises milk 50 cows in picturesque St. Peter’s Bay.

“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 MacInnis family, whose story exemplifies what it means to be a dairy farmer-dedicated, hard-working, a great love for the environment and for animals, and a sense of pride in feeding Canadians.”

To read the MacInnis family and MacInnis Brothers Farm’s full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca 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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media Contact

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s dairy history

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:45

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Newfoundland and Labrador, the Walsh family of Glenview Farms in Kilbride, NL.

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.

“Our family has been proudly producing milk for our neighbours and fellow Newfoundlanders for more than 150 years because we have a passion for farming and for our community,” said Robert Walsh. “We are so happy to have had the opportunity to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in this project, and hope that all Canadians will enjoy not only our family’s history, but the history and evolution of dairy in our beautiful province.”

Robert, Denise and David Walsh own Glenview Farms, which has been passed down from generation to generation since John Walsh bought 30 acres of land between 1830 and 1850. Today, the farm is home to 450 cows, on 560 acres of land. Uniquely located in a developed neighbourhood, the Walsh family continually reaches out to their neighbours and views the proximity to members of their community as an opportunity to talk about food production and educate consumers about dairy farming.

“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 Walsh family, whose story shows a great love for the environment and for animals, and a sense of pride in feeding Canadians.”

To read the Walsh family and Glenview Farms’ full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca 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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media Contact

Ashlee Smith

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada have reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in support of underprivileged children

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:15

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to announce that Pierre Lampron, representing all Canadian dairy farmers, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds in support of the more than 20,000 underprivileged children and youth who benefit from Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF).

Pierre, a dairy farmer and member of DFC’s Board of Directors, took on the THCF Kilimanjaro Summit Climb on behalf of DFC and reached the summit on February 24, along with 25 other Canadian climbers, who have together raised $595,000 for THCF.

"I was honoured to participate in the Kilimanjaro Summit Climb in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation on behalf of all Canadian dairy farmers," said Pierre Lampron. "As dairy farmers, we are always looking to give back to our communities, and this was a great opportunity to do so. By completing this challenge, we are giving children and youth the opportunity to have a brighter future, and for that I could not be more proud."

Founded in 1974, the THCF has served over 250,000 children and youth from low-income families across North America, where one in six youth live in poverty. A Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp experience is designed to provide underprivileged youth with the opportunity to build lasting strengths and life skills, which allow them to thrive at school, succeed in their future workplaces, and become positive, contributing members of their communities.

"We are proud to partner with the THCF, which gives Canadian youth an extraordinary experience that will stay with them all their life," said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. "On behalf of our organization, I want to thank Pierre for representing us and taking on this enormous challenge. I want to congratulate Pierre and the climbers for their achievement and commend all of them on their dedication to our youth."
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest peak in Africa and one of the largest volcanoes in the world. The climbers started their adventure in the rainforests of Lemosho Glades on February 18 and climbed 2,800 meters on the first day. They trekked through five different eco-systems on their way to the 5895 meters high summit. Pierre is now back in Canada and he is looking forward to sharing stories of his adventure.

Visit www.thcfkiliclimb.com to learn more about the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Kilimanjaro Summit Climb.

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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

Media Contact
Ashlee Smith
Dairy Farmers of Canada
613-240-3881
ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Support of Underprivileged Children

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:08

Farmers of Canada (DFC) has partnered with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF) to present the THCF Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, to raise funds in support of the more than 20,000 children and youth who benefit from THCF programs every year.

Pierre Lampron, member of DFC’s Board of Directors, will embark on the grueling task of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, beginning February 16, 2017. Pierre will be joined by twenty-five climbers from five provinces across Canada who are participating in the Summit Climb and to date, together they have raised more than $500,000.

‘’I am honoured to represent Canadian dairy farmers at the Kilimanjaro Summit Climb with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation,‘’ said Pierre Lampron. ‘’As a dairy farmer, tackling new challenges is something that goes with the job, and I am very pleased to take this on to help underprivileged Canadian youth. Dairy farmers are always looking for ways to help improve the quality of life for Canadians, and the work done by THCF gives Canada’s children and youth something vitally important-the opportunity to develop life skills so they can grow into accomplished adults.’’

Founded in 1974, the THCF has served over 250,000 children and youth from low-income families across North America, where one in six youth live in poverty. A Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp experience is designed to provide underprivileged youth with the opportunity to build lasting strengths and life skills, which allow them to thrive at school, succeed in their future workplaces, and become positive, contributing members of their communities. As active members of their communities, Canadian dairy farmers are honored to be part of such an initiative.

“We are proud to partner with the THCF, which gives Canadian youth an extraordinary experience that will stay with them all their life,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “On behalf of our organization, I want to thank Pierre for representing us and taking on this enormous challenge. I want to wish all the climbers the very best, and commend all of them on their dedication to our youth.”

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest peak in Africa and one of the largest volcanoes in the world. Starting in the rainforests of Lemosho Glades, climbers will trek through five different eco-systems on their way to the 5895 meters high summit.

Visit thcfkiliclimb.com to learn more about the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Kilamanjaro Summit Climb, presented by The Dairy Farmers of Canada, and to support Pierre Lampron’s climb.

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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

Media Contact
Ashlee Smith
Dairy Farmers of Canada
613-240-3881
ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada partners with the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:39

To support and promote youth in sports as part of a healthy lifestyle, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to announce its sponsorship as a national partner and signature sponsor of the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Through this sponsorship, DFC is the proud presenting sponsor of athletics, which includes track and field sports such as long jump, hurdles, shotput, short and long distance running, as well as many others.

“The health and well-being of Canadians is one of the reasons dairy farmers are so passionate about what they do, which is producing safe, nutritious, Canadian quality milk for consumers,” said Wally Smith, President of DFC. “We are so proud to partner with the Canada Games, which gives our youth an extraordinary experience that will stay with them all their life. As a dairy farmer, I look forward to seeing the athletes work and compete together, as teamwork is a value that all dairy farmers share with the Game’s participants.”

The Games will take place from July 28 to August 13, 2017 in Winnipeg, with approximately 4,000 athletes and coaches, and some 20,000 anticipated visitors. On average, 40% of Team Canada’s roster at the Olympics comprises of Canada Games alumni. DFC is also looking forward to working closely with Dairy Farmers of Manitoba during the Games to support the young competitors and highlight the benefits of Canadian quality milk.

“We are very excited to be part of the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg through DFC’s sponsorship, and I know that all of those who attend, whether as an athlete, coach, volunteer, or visitor, will have a wonderful time in Manitoba this summer,” said David Wiens, Chair of the Board of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and member of DFC’s Board of Directors. “Dairy farmers all across the country are proud of the positive contributions we make to the Canadian economy, and to the overall emotional and physical health of Canadians. We believe in the power of dairy to give Canadians a healthy future, especially for our young athletes.”

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada, a recognized brand that aligns well with our objectives of promoting health and sport in Canada,” said Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. “Dairy Famers of Canada’s passion towards promoting the benefits of milk to youth and athletes and the Canada Games’ passion towards developing our next generation of national, International and Olympic champions certainly go hand-in-hand. We look forward to seeing this dynamic partnership grow as we continue the promotion of healthy living across Canada.”

The announcement of DFC’s sponsorship of the Games comes just after DFC’s annual Lobby Day, which saw hundreds of dairy farmers from across the country come to Ottawa to meet with Parliamentarians. Additionally, the Games’ mascot Niibin attended the Lobby Day reception to the delight of Members of Parliament, farmers and stakeholders who attended.

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 dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

About the Canada Games
Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up-and-coming Canadian athletes.

The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg are the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and will be held from July 28th to August 13th, 2017. The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer will be held from February 15th to March 3rd, 2019.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

Media Contact:
Ashlee Smith
Dairy Farmers of Canada
613-240-3881
ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca