In 2006 the New Brunswick Dairy Industry Council commissioned a study titled "The New Brunswick Dairy Industry: Economic and Strategic Cluster Study". The report made several recommendations including the formation of "MILK 2020 as the Network for Dairy Innovation and Expertise". As a result of this recommendation MILK 2020 was formed in March 2009.
MILK 2020 is a not for profit organization incorporated March 16, 2009. It is owned by the dairy producers and processors of New Brunswick. It is funded under a unique arrangement where dairy processors and dairy farmers contribute for each hectoliter they produce of process. The New Brunswick Dept of Agriculture and Aquaculture has strongly supported MILK 2020 with both funding and administrative assistance.
MILK 2020 was established to provide innovative solutions to problems in the dairy industry. Leadership for MILK 2020 is provided by an executive and a board consisting of 5 farmer directors, 2 processor directors and 5 ex officio directors one appointed from each of the provincial and federal governments.
MILK 2020 does not have research staff or facilities but will partner with universities, public or private organizations to fund and coordinate research that attempts to provide solutions to problems in the dairy industry.
Ex officio members:
Brian MacDonald - NBDAAF
David Dykstra - NBDAAF
Dr. Marc Verschoor DVM - NBDAAF
Jason Wells - NBDAAF
Jean Lambert - AAFC
MILK 2020's mission is to develop and enhance knowledge and innovation, through its leadership and its actions, with a view to encouraging the sustainable growth of New Brunswick's dairy industry.
MILK 2020 will be an open organization that looks beyond New Brunswick, Partners with groups with similar goals in neighboring provinces and across Canada, Leads Innovative research and development of new products resulting in market growth and uses technology and knowledge to create efficiencies for the industry to be low cost producers and innovative processors.
Evaluation of Grain Corn Grown in New Brunswick Fed to Dairy Cattle
- Research initiated by Milk 2020 & Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute
Researching Quality Livestock Bedding Products for NB Dairy Farmers
- Funding Organization: Embracing Agricultural Research and Innovation Program (EARI)
Comparison of Nutritional Quality of Local Corn to Imported Corn to Local High Moisture Kernel Corn to Snaplage Fed to Lactating Dairy Cows
- Funding Organizations: Embracing Agricultural Research and Innovation Program (EARI)
Promotion of New Brunswick Dairy Products
- Funding Organization: Agri-Food Market Development Program
New Brunswick Dairy Milking System Comparison Guide (Published by Milk 2020 - March 2014)