About DFNS

Brief History

The Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia organization was created through legislation enacted in 2001, and replaces the former Nova Scotia Dairy Commission. DFNS exists under the delegated authority and supervision of the Natural Products Marketing Council.


Main Activities

Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia is a producer-funded and elected board which provides regulatory and administrative services to Nova Scotia's dairy producers.

Working in cooperation with Natural Products Marketing Council, DFNS licenses producers and milk transporters, sets the farm price for milk, and administers the production quota system, which is a cornerstone of the supply management system. DFNS Directors represent the province's producers on Dairy Farmers of Canada and committees administering the National Milk Marketing Plan and two interprovincial milk pools.

DFNS currently has 203 members located on farms from Port Morien to Yarmouth. Together, they produce over 206 million litres of high-quality milk each year. This represents revenue at the farm of approximately $165 million per year, and over 600 on-farm jobs.

The majority of milk is processed in the province, and the province's six processors and two producer/processors make fluid milk and cream, yogurt, ice cream, a variety of cheeses, and skim milk powder.


Dairy Industry Act

Visit the list of regulations filed under the Dairy Industry Act.