The 2018 Alberta Milk Dairy Conference was held in Calgary on November 21st and the East of Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club was recognized with the Dairy Industry Achievement Award (DIAA). According to Alberta Milk, the award seeks to convey the respect that Alberta's dairy farmers hold for the people and organizations that go above and beyond to help sustain and grow the dairy industry.
The Dairy Industry Achievement Award was recently presented to the East Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club.
Secretary Miranda Verhoef says they are a group of dairy producers that started the Club about 15 years ago.
They meet around the kitchen table to discuss various topics with about 20 farms involved.
Verhoef says one of their big initiatives is Breakfast on the Dairy Farm which started 5 years ago.
About 300 people came out to the inaugural event at Huntcliff Dairy near Olds in 2012, now other dairy farmers around the province have hosted their own breakfast on the farm. You can visit Breakfast on the Dairy Farm on Facebook for more information.
Verhoef says it is great to be supported by fellow producers.
The East Olds Dairy Farmer Study Club involves about 20 farms. Verhoef is a dairy farmer from near Bowden.
According to Alberta Milk, the group inspires other farmers and closes the gap between farmers and consumers.