DPAC Supports Sustainable Dairy

July 2017

The Dairy Processors Association of Canada and the Dairy Farmers of Canada joined colleagues in the international dairy community in signing the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam on July 18, 2017.

Launched at the 2016 International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit, the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam is a joint venture between the IDF and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Recognizing the role that dairy plays in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, signatories agree to take an integrated approach to promoting the sustainability of dairy systems in order to feed the world with safe, sustainable products.

The 10th nation to sign, Canada joins countries like: China, Israel, Denmark and Zimbabwe in making this commitment to support and enable sustainable practices in the dairy sector.

For more information about the Dairy Declaration, visit the IDF website.

DPAC position re: Incidents of Animal Abuse/Cruelty

October 2016

DPAC and its members view any mistreatment of animals as unacceptable.

In the event of an alleged animal abuse/cruelty situation from a credible source, it is the expectation of DPAC and its members that:

  • provincial authorities will suspend a producer’s license and hence milk pickup from the implicated farm,
  • provincial authorities will notify processors immediately of such a circumstance and provide processors with all relevant information,
  • milk from an implicated farm will not be shipped to dairy processors until such time as assurance is provided by a third-party veterinary animal welfare auditor (i.e. a veterinarian with no association to the implicated farm who is trained in conducting animal welfare audits) that there is compliance with the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, and, the farm is cleared by the provincial authorities to ship milk.

DPAC policy re: Incidents of Animal Abuse/Cruelty

October 2016

In response to an alleged animal abuse/cruelty situation from a credible source, DPAC members will not accept milk from an implicated farm until such time as:

  • a third-party veterinary animal welfare audit has validated compliance with the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, and,
  • the farm is cleared by the provincial authorities to ship milk.

Management of Animal Welfare Issues

DPAC Letter to Provincial Milk Marketing Boards, June 25, 2014