The MacInnis Family-Dairy Farming on Prince Edward Island for Centuries

ST. PETER'S BAY, PE, April 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Prince Edward Island, the MacInnis family, who have been farming on the Island for over 200 hundred years.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada's provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

"The continued fertility of our land, which we have farmed on for over two centuries, speaks to our commitment to producing milk in an environmentally sustainable way," said Ronnie MacInnis. "Dairy farming has changed since our ancestors first came here, but one thing that has stayed the same is our passion for our animals, the environment, and our community. I am excited for the future of dairy farming, and proud of our past."

The fifth generation MacInnis Brothers Farm is owned by Ronnie and his wife Karen, and is run with the help of one of their four sons. Tragedy, war, and technology, coupled with determination and perseverance, has shaped the farm's rich history. Today, they MacInnises milk 50 cows in picturesque St. Peter's Bay.  

"By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk," said Wally Smith, DFC's President. "I am honoured to introduce the MacInnis family, whose story exemplifies what it means to be a dairy farmer  ̶  dedicated, hard-working, a great love for the environment and for animals, and a sense of pride in feeding Canadians."

To read the MacInnis family and MacInnis Brothers Farm's full story, please visit for a PDF version of the book.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit for more information.


SOURCE Dairy Farmers of Canada

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