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As butter sales have soared over the past year in Canada with an increased demand for baking and cooking, so too have farmgate prices for butterfat. To capture this market potential, some farms have added palm fats to their cows’ diets.

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It started with a few posts on social media questioning the characteristics of butter. In a matter of weeks, the topic gained international interest and a debate ensued on feeding palm-based supplements to dairy cows.

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Editor’s note: The following is commentary from the National Dairy Producers Organization and is reprinted with permission.

For far too long, dairy farmers have remained silent. The 2020 milk prices paid to dairy farmers are the lowest in decades.

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In this column, Progressive Dairy summarizes issues in the news and attempts to describe how they might affect dairy farmers. Look for more extensive background and details at Progressive Dairy.

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