Dairy: CQM certification starts to make its presence felt on Ontario dairy farms

The first dairy farm in the province has completed Canadian Quality Milk certification and 4,000 others are expected to follow in the next four years


In early August, Ian and Janet Harrop completed the first Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) certification in Ontario. The program is expected to be rolled out to about 4,000 dairy farms across the province in the next four years and other producers can learn from the couple’s experience.

The Harrops milk 100 cows in a freestall flush barn at Harrcroft Acres Ltd. north of Fergus in Wellington County. Harrcroft Acres is a partnership of brothers Ian and Roger Harrop and their families. Ian is a director of Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO).

Better Farming - December 2008