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B.C. dairy business completing most of its orders, notwithstanding consequence of floods


Key takeaways: 

  • A B.C. dairy farmer states the result of flooding in the region on her business has been less critical than it could have been. 
  • A point she assigns to farmers drawing together as a community.

BC dairy business not affected by the floods in the region: 

Sarah Sache is a cooperative farmer in Chilliwack and the vice-chair of the BC Dairy Association. She reported to the media Vancouver on Saturday that the disastrous flooding in Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie is no longer hindering B.C.’s milk making for commercial consumption.

“The amount that it’s affected the production of milk is not as significant as it could’ve been,” Sache stated. “In terms of the provincial production, I think we’re back to filling all of the food orders that we’re receiving, and then about 80 per cent of industrial orders, so that would be for things like cheese and yoghurt.” Source –

This is notwithstanding the case that farms on Sumas Prairie account for around 14 per cent of all milk making in B.C., according to Sache.

Almost 640,000 animals died in the flooding, rural Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham declared this week. Similarly few of them were cows, but. B.C. farmers lost 628,000 poultry animals, 12,000 hogs and 420 cows, according to Popham. 

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Dairy industry completing most of its orders

Notwithstanding those numbers, the minister shared Friday that 97 per cent of egg-laying chickens and 98 per cent of cows on fields under evacuation orders because of flooding remained. 

In the dairy business, almost 6,000 cows were removed from affected fields to farms outside the flood region, according to Sache.

Those animals are part of the reason the industry has been ready to broadly match the need for its products. Relocated cows are still providing milk in their temporary houses, Sache stated.

“It’s just been amazing to see the community come together and the way that everyone has worked to support each other,” she stated, adding that relocating that various cattle was a hurdle. Source –

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