Animal Conservation

Agropur crowns the winners of its Milk Quality and Animal Welfare awards

LONGUEUIL, QC, February 11, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Morine Farm Coaticook was named Agropur’s national milk quality champion, while Karona Farm of Plessisville won the animal welfare award. Agropur announced the winners at the Club of Excellence awards ceremony.

Morine Farm earned the distinction for a second consecutive year, with the best results combined with its milk quality testing and dairy farm inspection. Owned by Réjean Morin and Véronique Lévesque, the farm has a herd of 35 Holstein dairy cows and has been passed down in the family for three generations now. “It’s a great recognition that tells us that we are doing a good job, that our methods are good and that we have good herd management,” exclaims Véronique Lévesque.

For its part, Karona Farm received the Animal Welfare Award for his exemplary care of his cows. After a devastating fire in 2018, the Caron family built new farm buildings that reflect their animal welfare values. The barn is equipped with sand bedding in its stalls to provide optimal comfort for the cows. The design of the building also ensures the best possible air and light quality. The farm belongs to Pierre-Caron and his son Pierre-Olivier, who is the sixth generation of Caron to work on the farm.

“Being one of our national champions requires exceptional know-how and commitment,” said the President of Agropur Roger Massicotte. “I congratulate our winners for raising the bar higher each year. We are extremely proud of them and will continue to support them in delivering the best possible product to our customers and consumers.”

Chosen from among Agropur members in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, New Scotland and Newfoundland and Labrador, the new champions are inducted into the Agropur Club of Excellence. Since its creation in 1988, the Club of Excellence has welcomed more than 2,000 winners into its ranks. All Agropur members are eligible to participate in the contest and a rigorous selection process is used to determine the winners.

Watch the video presentation of Ferme Morine.

Club of Excellence

National Champion Milk Quality Award

Morine Farm, Coaticook, QC

National Champion Animal Welfare Award

Karona Farm Inc., Plessisville, QC

Regional milk quality champions

A & J Bent Farms Ltd., Lawrencetown, NS

Braefield Farm, Penobsquis, N.B.

Ferme Alaben inc., Saint-Elphège, QC

Ferme Brown Heaven SENC, Vercheres, QC

Charles Charette & Son Farm, Saint-Léon-le-Grand, QC

La Plaine Farm, Sainte-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, QC

Ferme Drapeau & Fils, Sainte-Praxede, QC

Ferme Duvallon inc., Chesterville, QC

Ferme E. Fankhauser Inc., Saint-Sebastien, QC

Ferme GM Lebel inc., Sainte-Justine, QC

Ferme Karibel inc., Saint-Paul, QC

Ferme MP Morissette inc., Cacouna, QC

Ferme Pierlie SENC, Saint-Adelphe-de-Champlain, QC

Ferme Ti-Dré inc., Saint-Pierre-de-Broughton, QC

Macdonald College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

Teebrook Farm, Melbourne, QC

Animal Welfare Finalists

Ferme Carpentier et Fils Inc., Béarn, QC

Ferme Jean-Louis Tremblay inc., Métabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix, QC

About Agropur Cooperative
Agropur Cooperative is a North American dairy industry leader founded in 1938. With sales of $7.3 billion in 2021, the Cooperative is the pride of the 2,908 members and 7,550 employees who work together in pursuit of a common vision: Better Dairy. Better world. Agropur has 31 plants across North America. It is a leading supplier of products to the industrial, retail and foodservice sectors and also boasts an impressive list of respected brands and consumer products. agropur.com

To download the photos of the winners:
Morine Farm – Réjean Morin and Véronique Lévesque
Karona Farm – The Caron Family
(Photo credit: Agropur)

SOURCEAgropur

For further information: Source: Diane Jubinville, Director, Public Relations and External Communications, Agropur Cooperative, 450 878-2943, [email protected]; Information: Diep TruongExergue, 514 436-2121, [email protected]