DFC National Standard for the Production of Milk from Grass-fed Cows

The DFC National Standard for the Production of Milk from Grass-Fed Cows is a voluntary program for the certification of milk produced from grass-fed cows in Canada.

The main difference between grass-fed and conventional milk is related to the level of forage in the diets the cows are fed. Under the Dairy Farmers of Canada standard, at least 75% of the total dry matter intake (DMI) of the lactating herd must consist of forage throughout the year. The remaining 25% of the diet is made up of grains and supplements, including corn silage, which ensures a balanced diet in terms of energy and nutrient requirements for optimal health and milk production. 

Dairy Farmers of Canada is piloting this national standard and certification process for grass-fed milk.  The results of the pilot will inform DFC of any areas for improvement including diet, efficacy of the biomarker testing and other program elements.

Information for Producers

Producers: How the program works
Producers: Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more
View the DFC National Standard for the Production of Milk from Grass-fed Cows

The program was developed in conjunction with provincial association members and external stakeholders. Participating provincial associations are responsible for administering transportation, sampling and testing of milk, logistics and pricing. CLICK HERE for contact information in each province.

Dairy Farmers of Canada has entered into agreements with the certification bodies, which are authorized to certify farms that meet, and continue to meet, the requirements set out in the DFC National Standard for the Production of Milk from Grass-Fed Cows. For more information contact:

Ecocert Canada

Andrée-Anne Potvin
Customer Relationship Officer
510 St-Onésime, Lévis, Qc Canada G6V 5Z4
T 418-838-6941 ext.146   
F 418-838-9823
[email protected]

Estelle Gaudet Meyer
Responsable Programme / Chargée de projet
510, rue St-Onésime, Lévis (Quebec), Canada, G6V 5Z4
T 418-838-6941 Poste 217  - F 418-838-9823
[email protected] - www.ecocert.com

Julia Buchan
Customer Relationship Officer
55 Cork Street E, Suite 300, Guelph, ON Canada N1H 2W7
T 226-314-0748 ext. 145  
F 418-838-9823
[email protected]

Laura Procyshyn
Customer Relationship Officer
#6-616 10th Street Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 0G9
T 306-665-9072 ext. 210   
F 306-665-9082
[email protected]

Pro-Cert Certification Services 


Box 100A, RR#3, 475 Valley Road
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J6
Ph: 306-382-1299
Fax: 306-382-0683
Email: [email protected]


P.O Box 74, 2311 Elm Tree Road
Cambray, ON K0M 1E0
Ph: 705-374-5602
Fax: 705-374-5604
Email: [email protected]

For general enquiries, please email [email protected].