The story of the Crozier family and Cheslen Dairies

STURGEON COUNTY, AB, July 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Alberta, the Crozier family of Cheslen Dairies, located in Sturgeon County, north of Edmonton.

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. Since its launch, DFC has highlighted one family from each province; Alberta's Crozier family is the final family to be featured from our book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future.

"I'm grateful for the work my ancestors put into building this farm," says Lenard Crozier. "I am even more proud to know that my family's longstanding tradition of producing high quality milk is continuing through my sons, Jason and Brett."

Lenard Crozier's dairying days have taken him from riding on a "stone boat" loaded with milk cans and multiple Crozier kids to robot milking and cell phone alerts from the milking barn. In recognition of his involvement in the dairy industry for over 20 years representing milk producers on various milk boards and committees, he was awarded the Alberta Dairy Industry Achievement Award in 2012.

"Canadian dairy farmers have fed the country in a sustainable way, from even before the time of Confederation," said Wally Smith, DFC's President. "I am honoured to showcase the Crozier family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, constantly innovating in their pursuit of producing Canadian quality milk and a deep sense of community." 

To read the Crozier family and Cheslen Dairies 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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