Alberta Milk does not directly support development of new dairy farmers in other countries. However, Alberta Milk does have a New Entrant Assistance Program. To qualify for the program, you must be a Canadian resident and have resided in Alberta for at least a year.

The goal of Alberta Milk’s New Entrant Assistance Program is to assist passionate, knowledgeable individuals and families to enter the dairy industry by alleviating some the costs of starting a dairy farm. This program accomplishes this goal by loaning a small amount of the province’s dairy quota to successful applicants to assist them in establishing a viable, sustainable dairy farm.

The New Entrant Assistance Program seeks to assist those who would not otherwise have the financial resources to enter the industry as viable, efficient dairy producers. The criteria for being accepted into this program includes a combination of need for assistance and the likelihood that the applicant will be a successful, long term participant in the dairy industry after the assistance provided by this program has expired.

You can learn more about the program here. You can also view our Producer Policy Handbook that contains our policies and procedures for further information about becoming a part of the dairy industry in Alberta.

We recommend that you consider working on a dairy farm in Alberta to gain knowledge of our industry in advance of starting your own farm.