10/01/2014 05:12 EDT | Updated 12/01/2014 05:59 EST

Nova Scotia dairy facility to close, resulting in 20 job losses in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH, N.S. - A small dairy facility is closing in Nova Scotia resulting in the loss of 20 jobs in Yarmouth.

Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says he's saddened to learn Agropur Dairy Co-operative will close the Cooks Dairy.

He says Cooks was a family-owned business and formed a critical part of the community.

The provincial government has put in place a transition team to help the employees look for other jobs and apply for employment insurance.

Agropur Dairy Cooperative of Quebec bought Cooks Dairy Farm Ltd. in August 2013.