National Dairy Research Strategy - Investing in Our Dairy Future
The process to develop and implement the National Strategy for Dairy Research and Knowledge Transfer will be guided by the following principles:
Founded on a rigorous and credible scientific process
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) believes its strong history of research investments:
enhances farm programs, operations and product value;
drives dairy sector innovation and profitability;
supports continuous improvement in the sustainable production of quality, nutritious dairy products; and,
increases the understanding of the role of dairy products in health.
DFC recognizes the need to strengthen partnerships with its member organizations, governments and stakeholders to build research capacity together for future sector growth.
DFC aims to maximize farmers’ investments at the national and provincial levels through a coordinated and collaborative approach to research in dairy production and nutrition.
Targeted Outcome: Coordination, Collaboration and Communication
A collaborative framework has been developed to coordinate national investments in dairy research and leverage partnerships at all levels (provincial/national) to maximize research results and investments for farmer investors.
Create a DFC Board committee responsible for the ongoing review and evaluation of dairy farmer needs, priorities and investments in dairy production and human nutrition and health research.
Exchange information and deliver new knowledge on pan-Canadian research results to dairy farmers.
Prepare and implement a communications plan to report on research investments that contribute to the sector’s improvement and growth, and add value to Canadian-made dairy products.
New technologies and practices have been developed to optimize farm productivity and longevity of dairy cows.
Best management practices have been developed to minimize the environmental impact of milk production and enable adaptation to climate change.
Best farm management practices have been developed to support on-farm programs (i.e. proAction).
Role of sugar-sweetened milk and yogurt on diet quality and cardiometabolic health including:
Weight and body composition
Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease
Role of dairy products, particularly milk, in musculoskeletal health including:
Muscle and bone quality
Prevention of sarcopenia, osteoporosis, falls and osteoporosis related fractures
Role of dairy products in healthy sustainable diet (including plant-based diets):
Nutrient adequacy and healthy dietary patterns
Connection between nutrition and health with environmental and social aspects
Communications and Knowledge Transfer
Recognizing that communicating our research investment success stories and mobilizing and transferring results is a critical part of the research continuum for sector growth, DFC commits to developing a communications and knowledge transfer framework that will aim to:
Report on our dairy research investments, processes and successful outcomes from farm to table;
Identify and implement effective means of delivering pan-Canadian research results to support dairy farmers to continuously improve their farm businesses; and,
Communicate findings on the role of dairy products in a healthy Canadian diet to the health sector.