Dairy producers have been making milk for more than a century.
But, now they are hoping a new product is bringing them new and better results.
Dairy farmer Julie Ritter said she wants to make milk that is as healthy as possible.
“There’s no need to worry about the antibiotics, no need for the hormone treatment, just a really high quality product,” Ritter told CBC News.
Ritter is a dairy farmer from the Fraser Valley.
Her son, Dan, is now an executive director of the Fraser River Dairy Cooperative.
Ritters milk comes in three different varieties, one for each of her four cows.
One is 100 per cent pure milk, another is 70 per cent milk and another is 50 per cent.
All three varieties are blended to a consistency similar to cheese.
It has about a third more calcium, magnesium and protein than regular milk.
It’s also about five per cent less fat and 30 per cent more vitamin A. Rittters is currently making the pure milk in a small greenhouse in the Fraser.
“We don’t have the capacity to produce all three varieties,” she said.
“But, I think it’s a great start for the dairy industry in the future.”
The milk industry is growing rapidly in the United States, with the industry adding about 2.5 million jobs in 2017, according to the US Census Bureau.
The dairy industry is booming in Canada.
Dairy production grew by nearly 50 per and in 2017 was the fastest growing dairy sector in the country, according a report from the Canadian Dairy Federation.
“I think we have a lot of growth potential in the dairy sector, especially in terms of milk production,” said Ritter.
Ritchie’s milk is made in the small greenhouse that is now home to her dairy farm.
“It’s pretty big,” she laughed.
“You have to be able to hold it down and hold it steady for about five to 10 minutes.”
Rittchers milk has been sold in stores, online and in grocery stores.
But Ritter wants to start the market.
“People have asked me, ‘Do you know if I can buy your milk online?’
And I’m like, ‘Of course you can buy it online, it’s the only place I can sell it.'”
Rittcher said her milk is good quality, but her customers need to buy it at a fair price.
“If I can get people to pay a fair amount, I can grow my business,” she added.
Ritz said she’s hoping to make her milk available to customers in the near future.
“The price of it, that’s what I’m looking for,” she told CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.