Forestry and Agrifoods
The dairy industry has 39 registered producers and is the largest category of agricultural products in the province. Dairy farmers produced over 48.5 million litres of milk in 2006 valued at $37.8 million. There are 5,600 cows in the province with the average herd size at 144. Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador was established in 1983 and is responsible for managing the production and marketing of milk in the province. Production per cow and the average herd size is steadily increasing while the number of registered producers is decreasing. Newfoundland dairy farmers were in a net export position of fluid milk in 1998 and production continues to grow.
There is a lot of opportunity for the dairy industry in this province. The industry is approximately 85% self-sufficient in forage relative to fluid milk production. The production of grain, alternative forage species, cereal silage and adoption of crop management systems can improve feed self sufficiency. There may be a limited opportunity for milk produced from goats and sheep. In this province, fresh milk consumption per person 65.6L, which is approximately 75% of the national average per capita. The School Milk Program has generated increases in consumption by school children from just under 100,000 litres to over 1,000,000 litres annually. Continued growth is anticipated. There are also opportunities in secondary processing of cheese , butter , yogurt , ice cream , and fresh cream .
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