This is a guest post by Alberta Milk, who is pleased to be hosting a booth at the Calgary Stampede Aggie Days on April 12 and 13 at the BMO Center in Calgary. Alberta Milk is a not-for-profit organization that represents Alberta’s dairy producers. They undertake a variety of activities that represent the interests of Alberta’s dairy producers, from marketing and nutrition education, to transportation and policy. They are a proud producer-driven organization, who receives their direction from their elected board of producer directors and delegates.
Alberta Milk is proud to be able to provide dairy education to attendees in a fun and interactive way. This year, our booth will host several activities, including the “race the farmer” game that gives you the chance to try your hand at racing a farmer to see if you can milk a cow faster than he or she can. The display explains the details of dairy farming, and shows the journey of milk, from farm to fridge, for you to enjoy!
Alberta Milk doesn’t only participate in ag events to give you more information about where your milk comes from. We recently launched a new web feature called “Ask a Dairy Farmer.” The premise is simple: Ask a question; get an answer! Through this web feature, we hope to dispel myths and educate the public about dairy farming and milk in Alberta. The range of questions vary from “Are their hormones and antibiotics in my milk?” to “Does pasteurization cause allergies?” Our aim is to be as transparent as possible, which is why we answer almost all of the questions we receive. Now featuring over 70 questions and answers, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity to educate Albertans on where their milk comes from!
Finally, Alberta Milk couldn’t do any of its activities without the help of our milk marketing system, supply management. Supply Management is often misunderstood as it is often portrayed as a very complex system; however, it really isn’t. It simply is about keeping our food local in Canada. Instead of shipping large quantities of dairy products across the world, supply management strives to make sure that our farmers produce what Canadians want. One of the best parts is that supply management means our dairy farmers don’t receive ANY subsidies from our Governments.
Our producers, as well as the provincial and federal governments, support supply management in its current form. We are grateful, because it allows us to produce the highest quality local dairy products for you to enjoy, every day!