We, the Stormont Dairy Farmers Committee, are writing to you on behalf of the Stormont County Milk Producers to express our concern over the closure of the Kemptville Laboratory.
Milk Producers are expected to produce a high quality product for the consumer, as well as caring about the welfare of their livestock. when this laboratory is closed all milk samples will have to be sent to Guelph by puralator, which means that it will not arrive at the laboratory until the following day at the earliest. In the summer months the integrity of the samples could be in question due to the excess heat.
Approximately 2,300 Ontario Dairy producers are within a two hour drive of Kemptville so these milk sample could be delivered while fresh. This enables them the opportunity of receiving quick results upon which they can promptly act benefiting the cow, dairy farmer and consumer.
Does it really make sense to have only one laboratory in a province the size of Ontario? If there was a disaster in the facility or a highly contagious disease, there would be nowhere else to go.
Further more since there is no financial saving it does not make any sense, but just drains the resources from Eastern Ontario - to the West.
We have seen OMAFRA offices closed and soon there won't be any agricultural facilities left in the East of the province. Will we just become tax payers who send money to the West and receive no service from our Minister of Agriculture?
We would appeal to you to reverse this decision in the interest of the Dairy and Livestock Producers in Eastern Ontario.