It all started with the ‘Gift of God’
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