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. The organization exists under the umbrella of the Natural Products Marketing Council of the Department of Agriculture.


Main Activities

Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia provides a regulatory and administrative service 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, administers the production quota system which is a cornerstone of the supply management system, and represents the province's producers on the committees administering the National Milk Marketing Plan and two interprovincial milk pools.

DFNS has approximately 215 members located on farms from Port Morien to Yarmouth. Together, they produce over 195,000,000 litres of high-quality milk each year. This represents revenue at the farm of approximately $145,000,000 per year, and over 600 on-farm jobs.

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


Dairy Industry Act

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