What are some facts about the dairy farming industry in Canada?


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According to the Canadian Dairy Information Centre, there were 11,962 dairy farms in Canada, yearly milk production was 78.3 million hectoliters and organic milk production was 0.97 million hectoliters, based on statistics from 2014. Another fact about the dairy farming industry in Canada is that families own and operate 98 percent of Canadian dairy farms, while families own and run 95 percent of dairy farms in British Columbia.

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Dairy farms exist in all of the Canadian provinces, with 81 percent located in Quebec and Ontario, 13 percent in the Western Provinces and 6 percent in the Atlantic Provinces. On average, a Canadian dairy farm milks 73 cows.

In Canada, the lobbying organization known as the Dairy Farmers of Canada represents the national dairy industry. The DFC is the voice of Canadian dairy producers and takes responsibility for policy, nutrition, marketing and market research related to Canadian dairy farming and milk production.

The Canadian dairy farming industry maintains high safety and quality standards. All dairy farms must abide by the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, as established by the DFC and the National Farm Animal Care Council. The Canadian dairy farming system operates on a supply management system, and follows planned domestic production, pricing and dairy product import controls.

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