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Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot forge partnership

By Canadian Poultry magazine   

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Companies establish alliance that slashes prices for Canadian livestock producers.

Cambridge, Ont., April 17th, 2024 – A groundbreaking partnership forged between Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot in 2023 is now bearing fruit in the form of reduced costs, which are being directly passed on to Canadian livestock producers through lower retail prices.

Renowned for their commitment to innovation and high-quality products within Canada’s livestock sector, the collaboration between Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot has synergized operations, resulting in decreased warehouse costs and more efficient ocean freight.

The most significant savings stem from Schippers’ decision to manufacture its top global hygiene products locally in Canada. By shifting production to Canadian soil, the need for international shipping has been eliminated entirely, simultaneously boosting local economies.


Farmers Depot wasted no time in reflecting these newfound efficiencies in their retail prices, initiating lower prices on starting February 2024.

Key highlights of the partnership include:

Lower Costs: By streamlining production and eliminating a layer of distribution, Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot have directly translated cost savings into better pricing, improved delivery times, and enhanced customer service.

Local Canadian Manufacturing: With over half of Schippers’ core products now produced domestically, the market can expect more consistent pricing and a rollback of prices on key items.

Expanded Reach: The partnership has expanded to include a network of 8 locations nationwide, solidifying Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot as Canada’s premier one-stop shop for all livestock products. Farmers Depot’s free shipping options have made these essential hygiene products more accessible than ever.

Expert Support: The alliance brings a dedicated team of 10 on-farm hygiene specialists and 3 hygiene coaches committed to delivering innovative animal health and biosecurity solutions to farms across Canada.

In a joint statement, Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot reiterated their commitment to providing practical on-farm support to help livestock producers thrive in today’s dynamic environment. The strategic alliance underscores their dedication to driving innovation and affordability in the agricultural sector.

“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Farmers Depot and deliver tangible benefits to our valued customers,” remarked Mark Schippers, CEO of The Schippers Group. “Together, we are stronger, more efficient, and better equipped to meet the evolving needs of modern farmers.”

With a combined experience of over 120 years, The Schippers Group and GVF Group of Companies (the parent company of Farmers Depot) share a rich heritage of family ownership and a steadfast dedication to providing farmers with value-driven solutions.

“It is gratifying to witness the positive impact of two multi-generational family businesses collaborating closely with farming families across Canada,” expressed Ian Ross, CEO of the GVF Group of Companies. “The resulting cost-efficient production and distribution costs for Schippers MS Gold products are now enabling cost reductions for this excellent portfolio of products for Canadian producers.”

The partnership between Schippers Canada and Farmers Depot marks a significant stride forward in the ongoing mission to deliver excellence and affordability to the agricultural community. As the industry continues to evolve, both companies remain resolute in their commitment to empowering farmers and ensuring their sustained success.

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