Lactalis Canada and Canadian milk replacer manufacturer Mapleview Agri are making a joint donation of 24,500 kilograms of calf nutrition or “formula” to help support dairy farms as they recover from the devastation caused by severe flooding in British Columbia late last year.
In collaboration with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Summit Calf Solutions and Abbotsford (B.C.)-based Ritchie-Smith Feeds, 1,225 bags of donated premium milk replacer will be delivered to in-need B.C. dairy farms mid-January, providing nourishment for approximately 500 calves for over two months.
“Dairy farms and farmers in British Columbia have been incredibly hard hit by the severe flooding that occurred late last year and the subsequent effects of this devastating event, including supply chain disruption impacting food availability for animals,” said Mark Taylor, president & CEO, Lactalis Canada. “While many B.C. dairy farmers continue the difficult road to rebuild, Lactalis Canada is pleased to join forces with Mapleview Agri, the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Summit Calf Solutions and Ritchie-Smith Feeds to offer some relief to impacted B.C. dairy farmers through this partnership.”
“Mapleview Agri Ltd. is proud to support the dairy farmers of B.C. who have been impacted by the recent flooding,” said Aaron Keunen, vice-president, Mapleview Agri. “We are grateful to Lactalis Canada for providing the Canadian skim milk powder used in the manufacturing of this milk replacer, Dairy Farmers of Canada for assisting with the transportation costs as well as Summit Calf Solutions, and Ritchie-Smith Feeds for handling the distribution of the product to affected farmers. We are encouraged by the resiliency of B.C. dairy farmers throughout these challenging times and hope this collaborative donation can assist with the recovery and restoration of their livelihoods.”