Dave Taylor, a 3rd generation dairy farmer will provide a historical and current perspective on dairy farming in B.C. His focus will be to outline the discouragement that dairy farmers and the dairy industry have faced with recent trade deals including the decisions surrounding USMCA. He will also discuss why it is important that Canadians are aware of the impacts even if they are not directly impacted by these trade deals.
Dave Taylor, Chairman, BC Dairy Association, Director, Dairy Farmers of Canada: Dave Taylor is a passionate advocate for the B.C. and national dairy industry. He and his brother operate Viewfield Farm in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, although the success of their farm also lies with those in supportive roles, and that involves three generations of Taylors at this time. The Taylors boast the Top Quality Milk award for Vancouver Island for 8 of the last 10 years and have been in the top 5 herds for milk quality in the province each of the past 5 years. In 2008, Dave and his wife Lisa represented their farm in competition in B.C., and then nationally in Calgary, where they were awarded the Canadian Outstanding Young Farmers Award for 2008. The Taylors have been dairy farming since Dave’s grandfather bought his first farm in 1946 in Saanichton, just outside of Victoria, B.C. They milk 130 cows and have a total inventory of over 300 registered Holsteins.
Location: Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 36035 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2C6
Cost: CAFA members – $35 | Non-members – $45 | Table of – $210 - lunch included