|Harcroft Dairy Farm north of Fergus, Ontario on Oct. 24, 2013.|
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If the dairy quota in Canada were to drop as it has in Europe, Canada's small dairy farmers would face many of the same financial and psychological repercussions. The challenges faced by these producers could result in the complete loss of their business.
Dairy Farm Families
By Dairy Farmers of Canada
The dairy farmers of Quebec spend numerous hours tending to their animals and the land they cultivate to feed these animals, to produce the milk and meals that contain milk which all other individuals find on their tables. Dairy Farmers work 365 days a year and are proud of their work, their businesses even if it is a demanding field to work in. However the possible drop of the dairy quotas in Canada would threaten the lifestyle, form of income and challenge their family values. The government has been protecting the farmers throughout history with provincial marketing acts, enabling the farms to keep going and for them to pass down their family values to the next generation taking over. Now days this protection can be seen through implementing quotas and price floors, which are a form of protectionism, also ensuring quality control over the products produced.
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“Only drugs or products approved for administration to dairy animals under the Food and Drugs Act (Canada, the Feeds Act (Canada), the Pest Control Products Act (Canada), the Canada Agricultural Products Act and any applicable provincial legislation, may be administered to a dairy animal. Medications, drugs and products must be administered as prescribed by a veterinarian or if the medication is authorized for sale without a prescription, it must be administered as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions on the label.” (p.14)
From these two rules it is apparent that the quality control of the milk products in Canada is considered to be very important and strictly watched. This demonstrates another reason why it is important for the quotas to not drop in Canada. If they were the milk that would be imported to Canada would not be of the same quality of the milk products consumers are receiving now. Consumers pay higher for the milk products in Canada than those in other countries but the can be reassured because of the quality control that the bacteria count in the milk is much lower, that there is no antibiotics or hormones in the milk as the cows in Canada must be removed from the pipeline if they receive medication to ensure it does not end up in the milk.
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