It all started with the ‘Gift of God’

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Dairy farm­ers have been a part of our na­tion’s rich his­tory for over 150 years, notes Dairy Farm­ers of Canada in a book­let cel­e­brat­ing the in­dus­try’s roots.

“By feed­ing the coun­try in a sus­tain­able way, dairy farm­ers have with­stood the test of time, from even be­fore Con­fed­er­a­tion, to pro­duce Cana­dian qual­ity milk,” the DFC says.

Canada is vast and dairy farm­ers across the coun­try are as dif­fer­ent and unique as the re­gions in which they re­side. While dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try may shape the way in which each dairy farmer pro­duces milk, there are also many ways in which every dairy farmer, re­gard­less of where they live and farm, are sim­i­lar. They share nu- mer­ous val­ues and face many of the same chal­lenges.

Sus­tain­ing a na­tion

Cen­turies be­fore the found­ing of Canada, two pas­sen­gers who would pro­foundly shape the emerg­ing na­tion ar­rived in a small port that would be­come Québec City. The ship Don de Dieu car­ried Sa­muel de Cham­plain cred­ited to­day as the founder of Québec. Also aboard the ves­sel, known in English as Gift of God, was a largely un­her- alded trail­blazer – the first do­mes­tic dairy cow to ar­rive in New France. Her de­scen­dants sur­vive to this day and the aptly named Cana­di­enne is Canada’s only na­tive breed.

150 YEARS: Don de Dieu. The Dairy Farm­ers of Canada book­let cel­e­brates the past, in­clud­ing the ar­rival of

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