Know your cows

Most people picture a Holstein when they think of a dairy cow. While they're certainly the most common, they are just one of seven common dairy cattle breeds producing milk on Ontario dairy farms.

A day on a dairy farm

Dairy cattle need care and attention to stay healthy, happy and productive. Here's a quick peek into an average day on the farm.

Feeding cows with no antibiotics

A farmer’s day begins with feeding the dairy cows a mixture of forage (pasture, silage or dry hay), barley, corn or soy grains, plus vitamins and mineral supplements. Our cows are not given antibiotics or growth hormones.

See how we care for cows
Cows grazing their feed in a production line.
Cow grazing his feed in the production line.

Sustainability and on-farm cleanliness

To protect cows, every farm is thoroughly regulated to keep bad bacteria out and maintain quality milk standards. Farmers also try to be as sustainable as possible to help protect the environment.

Learn about farm practices
Dairy farmer using a tractor to clean up the inside of a production line.
Veterinary feeling the heartbeat of a dairy cow.

Technology then and now

Dairy farms are constantly evolving as new technology becomes available to complement traditional practices. From the introduction of freestalls to the implementation of milking machines and robots – these advancements have improved resource and time management, and quality of life for our cows on an everyday basis.

Dairy farmer using a milking machine to milk cows.
Dairy farmer using a hose to clean a tractor on the farm.

See how farmers keep the milk fresh while they wait for pick-up

on the move

Discover more about our farms

Group of dairy farmers standing at a fence on the farm.

Who are the farmers behind your dairy?

Meet our farming families