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Dairy farmers protest against potential sector concessions in TPP trade deal Sept. 29, 2015

Dairy farmers, mostly from Quebec and Ontario, drove tractors and cows to Parliament Hill Tuesday to protest rumoured market access concessions in the dairy sector under the Trans-Pacitfic Partnership deal. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

A few hundred dairy farmers, largely from Ontario and Quebec, met outside Parliament Hill Sept. 29, as tractors lined Wellington Street. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

A few hundred dairy farmers, largely from Ontario and Quebec, met outside Parliament Hill Sept. 29, as tractors lined Wellington Street. Farmers were there to voice concern over media reports, denied by government officials, that supply management concessions may be on the table in the massive TPP trade deal being negotiated in Atlanta this week.

Ontario dairy farmer Philippe Etter and Quebec farmer Bruno St. Pierre helped organize what they called a grassroots protest Sept. 29 on Parliament Hill, complete with tractors and half a dozen live cows. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

Farmers descended upon Parliament Hill to let government negotiators know that any TPP concession to the country’s supply management system will be unwelcome. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

Farmers descended upon Parliament Hill to let government negotiators know that any TPP concession to the country’s supply management system will be unwelcome. Quebec lobby and producer groups, L'Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec and Les Producteurs de laid du Québec, helped secure last minute police and city permits for the event.

The protest included some spilled milk (but no tears) near of the Prime Minister's Office. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

Police were on hand to help corral half a dozen orderly bovine participants, while dozens of tractors lined the streets. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

The dairy rally was planned over the weekend at the grassroots level said one organizer and Ottawa-area farmer. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell

Is there milk in your cheese? Asks one protester. The Hill Times photo by Alyssa O'Dell