ST. JOHN'S, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Yesterday, DFC President Wally Smith
and Lely Canada General Manager Jerry Claessens presented the Dairy
Farm Sustainability Award to Anita Grenier and Rock Simard, of Ferme M. Grenier et fils. This couple farms with their two sons
Benoit and Alain in the Eastern Townships (Quebec).
"Farms of all sizes and of various areas of our great country can make
small, incremental improvements, which add up to a more sustainable
industry," said Mr. Wally Smith. "The four finalists have seen a net
gain from implementing best environmental practices on their farms."
The award recognizes farmers who demonstrate particular care for the
environment and go beyond the widespread environmentally-friendly
"Lely has always taken care to make our products durable and
energy-efficient," said Mr. Claessens. "As we learn more about the
environmental footprint of agriculture, we invest in innovating and
helping farmers work with nature to produce more with less. Most of
all, we are proud to recognize and celebrate farmers who contribute to
sustainability in the dairy industry."
"It is an honour to accept this award," said Anita Grenier. "On our
farm, it is important to explore new and better agricultural practices,
and we work a lot with our local agro environmental club. The need to
reduce soil erosion on hilly fields drove our pursuit of environmental
stewardship. Trials and discussions with other farmers and agronomists
help us improve our own practices. As farmers, we never stop learning."
The selection committee of nine sustainability experts was particularly impressed with how the winning farm readily tested new
practices that are innovative and cost-saving, and how the farmers
aimed to lighten the footprint on the environment by re-using and
re-fitting existing buildings or materials. Ferme M. Grenier et fils,
in the Eastern Townships, covers an area of 150 hectares and milks 90
cows. The total herd is of 150 pure-bred Holsteins.
The other three finalists - Lakeside Dairy (Alberta), Sunholm Farms
(Ontario), Charles Hill & Son (Nova Scotia) - will also receive a
trophy and a prize $1,000 at their respective provincial Annual General
Meeting in the coming months.
The finalists' profiles and a video of the winning farm are available on dairyfarmers.ca
SOURCE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA (CORPORATE)
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