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Veterinarian Dr. Collin Lawrence, would like to know what producers would like to hear about at the 2024 AGA conference.

Dairy Update

The industry has rebounded post-COVID, with Ontario emerging as the leading producer boasting a substantial milk powder plant that efficiently absorbs excess milk. Consequently, this has alleviated pressure on cheese prices and temporarily eradicated surplus milk in Ontario.

In the western region, we are experiencing positive growth, grappling with the perennial challenge of excess production. While producers aspire to expand, the market may not always align with these ambitions.

In Alberta, processing is managed by us (alongside Rock Ridge Dairy and Crystal Springs) and Tiras Dairy. There are a total of seven major milk producers, evenly distributed between central and southern Alberta.

British Columbia sees our presence along with smaller on-farm producers. Alberta leads in western production, with no commercial producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Market stability has been a consistent trend, although historical patterns reveal the looming threat of overproduction. To avert this, we are currently refraining from accepting new farmers.

The cheese market, saturated and challenging to penetrate at scale, still offers opportunities for smaller on-farm producers, especially through farmers' markets.

The fluid goat milk market faces intense competition from plant-based alternatives, supported by substantial marketing budgets. Despite our inability to match their cost-effectiveness, there's a glimmer of hope as the decline in the fluid goat milk market halted last year, showing slow growth in British Columbia, but not yet in Alberta.

Drought relief support for livestock producers

The governments of Alberta and Canada are providing $165 million to support livestock producers affected by drought and extreme growing conditions. Applications for the 2023 Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance initiative close midnight January 15, 2024.

To be eligible for the initiative, livestock producers must:

  • Be located (livestock or residence) in specified municipalities

  • Have altered their usual grazing practices due to drought conditions for more than 21 days in 2023

  • Have incurred losses to manage and maintain female breeding animals such as cattle, bison, horses, elk, sheep, goats, alpacas, yak, musk ox, deer, water buffalo and llamas. A minimum of 15 animals per type of livestock are required to qualify.

Benefits will be based on a feed-need calculation for feed costs incurred resulting from lost grazing days for eligible breeding animals on hand as of December 31, 2023. Eligible producers could access up to $150 per head to help maintain the breeding herd in drought regions. 

https://afsc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/2023-Canada-Alberta-Drought-Livestock-Assistance-Terms-and-Conditions.pdf

https://afsc.ca/income-stabilization/agrirecovery/

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Visitors to our website planning to purchase goats for the first time or to increase current numbers, would greatly benefit from a membership in this Association.  We are dedicated to educating and supporting our Membership with guidance in goat health and hygiene, transportation, sales and purchases.  We do not offer veterinary or legal advice but strive to educate people on some simple “do's” and “don'ts” basics to any business transaction.

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