"The environment is important, because we want there to still be farmers
seven generations from now!" - Sylvain Laquerre.
TORONTO, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Sylvain Laquerre, Noëlline
Dusablon and their son Benoit accepted the Dairy Farm Sustainability
Award from Wally Smith, President of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)
and Andrew Ritchie, Managing Director, DeLaval Inc.- DeLaval. This
year, these sixth- and seventh-generation farmers are celebrating the
200th anniversary of their family farm in Saint-Casimir (Quebec).
"Our award recognizes farmers with innovative management practices that
improve the social, environmental and economic impact of dairy farming
in Canada," said DFC President, Wally Smith. "For decades, Canadian
dairy producers have been adopting various sustainable production
measures on their farms. We are pleased to take this opportunity to
recognize one of these producers who have done so much for the
"DeLaval aims to help producers improve their productivity - to do more
with less," stated Andrew Ritchie, Managing Director, DeLaval Inc. -
Canada. "We need to see sustainability as a huge opportunity for our
industry. Agriculture can go from being part of the problem to becoming
part of the solution.''
"We are very proud to receive this honour, said Sylvain Laquerre. "It is
great to have recognition of the work we did and renews our energy to
continue with our environmental practices. We must also acknowledge and
thank our partners, with whom we have worked over the years."
The finalists' profiles and a video of the winners' farm are available on the DFC website.
The selection committee, consisting of nine sustainability experts, was particularly impressed with the winners' efforts in protecting the
watershed and with their involvement in habitat conservation projects
and their contribution to the advancement of new practices. The Sylvain
Laquerre farm adopted these practices with the aim of reducing their
The other two finalists, namely Terryland Farms Inc. (Ontario) and
Rimrose Dairy Ltd. (Alberta), will also receive a trophy and a $1,000
prize during the annual general meeting of their respective provinces
within the next few months.
SOURCE: Dairy Farmers of Canada
For further information:
Assistant Director, Strategic Communications
Dairy Farmers of Canada