The dairy industry is losing a lot of the war over cheese, as a growing number of producers are finding it harder to compete.
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Read moreFrom the CBC to the CBC and beyond, the Dairy Association of Canada says the cheese war has had a “significant impact” on the sector.
It’s now the biggest issue in Canada.
“We’re losing money on our cheese production, and we’re losing a significant amount of revenue,” said the association’s president, Craig Macdonald.
“This is not the time to be playing the blame game.”
Cattle ranchers in the north of the country have taken to the internet to express their displeasure with the lack of competition, and a growing amount of online chatter is accusing the industry of having a “cattle fetish” and that farmers have been unfairly treated.
The Dairy Association has said it has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of complaints it receives from farmers since January, when it launched a website to help them get their cows out of the cheese pen.
But while the group has received more complaints, the group is not seeing the rise in production.
“It’s just one of the challenges we have,” said Macdonald, who said it would take years to fully understand the true impact of the dairy wars.
The growing conflict comes after a decade of negotiations that have seen Canada’s top cheese producer, Molson Coors, move to the U.S. to get the industry more market share.
That deal, known as the Molson Partnership, also led to a major expansion in Canada and the United States.
The deal has seen some Canadian dairy farmers grow their herds to a third of the size of what they were in 1990, according to a 2014 report by the Agriculture Department.
The dairy industry says it is losing about $200 million annually.
It says that number includes money spent on cheese production and is only one of many issues, like the low prices and lack of new milk production.
While some are calling for a ban on cheese in all its forms, the association says it has found that the industry has taken steps to reduce production costs and reduce their impact on the environment.
“This is one of those cases where there’s no real solution to the problem,” said Bob McLean, president of the association.
“It’s a little bit of both sides.”
There is also a growing awareness in the industry that the dairy industry has become too large and too profitable, leading to the growing price war.
The dairy trade group the Canadian Cheese Council says the dairy sector has a “problem” of having too many people competing for supply and that there are more and more producers that are losing money.
It’s not just in the U, where farmers are losing jobs.
The association says the number is rising in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“The supply is getting more expensive and the price is getting lower.
There’s a trend towards being a little more competitive with dairy products,” said McLean.”
There’s been a decline in profitability and the cost of dairy products, and that’s causing some concern among the dairy farmers.”
McLean says it’s time for a real solution.
“If we’re going to have a real dialogue with the dairy and we can actually talk about what we can do to bring the price down, then we’re better off having a discussion,” he said.
The government has not said what its plans are for reducing the price of cheese.