Company wins innovator prize at Banff Pork Seminar
SAINT-ISIDORE, QC, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Agri-Marché, animal
nutrition leader and subsidiary of Groupe Brochu, has won a Dr. F.X.
Aherne innovation award. The company won acclaim by breaking new ground
in swine semen transportation practices. The award, which is handed out
each year at the Banff Pork Seminar, recognizes practical on-farm
technology innovations that answer swine production challenges.
Transporting semen demands a thousand and one precautions, particularly
due to temperature fluctuations. To be effective, the semen must be
stored at a specific temperature, and even the slightest variation can
render it useless for insemination. "We tried several systems, from
styrofoam coolers to electric coolers, and nothing ever solved the
problem effectively. Some of the systems did not even meet our
environmental standards. Then we came up with the idea of using the
vehicle's air conditioning system to create a refrigerated compartment
that would save time and guarantee product quality. The air
conditioning system cools the semen, mimicking the action of the
collection station cooling chamber," explained Sylven Blouin, Head
swine production Supervisor at Agri-Marché. "The old procedure required
the semen to be cooled before transportation, but that step is no
longer necessary with the new system. This means we save several hours
each time, so we are more efficient and can offer better service to
Agri-Marché keeps in touch with its clients' needs and never stops
innovating. Its innovations benefit Canadian farmers on a daily basis.
The new transportation system is unique in North America and reflects
Agri-Marché's exacting innovation criteria, which are to meet the needs
of producers, to respect the environment and to be economically viable.
"We're very proud to have earned this prestigious award. I want to
thank the entire team who contributed to the development of the
innovation. It confirms our position as a trail-blazer and swine
production leader, and it will benefit all our clients," added Patrice
Brochu, President of Agri-Marché.
Agri-Marché is an animal nutrition leader in Canada. With over 400
employees, the private company, founded in 1913, is a subsidiary of
Groupe Brochu, with operations in Quebec and Ontario. It operates feed
mills that produce grain for milk, pork and poultry producers. It also
offers purchasing, consignment, storage, drying, cleaning, sale and
marketing services for various sorts of grains, and operates a fully
automated 24-7 grain transshipment centre. Agri-Marché operates
research farms and pork and poultry breeding farms, as well as
specialized agricultural hardware stores under the RONA l'Outilleur
banner. Inspired by a constant drive to innovate, its experienced team
focuses on meeting the needs of the marketplace by listening to the
concerns of agricultural producers. This year, Agri-Marché is
celebrating its 100th anniversary. For more information, go to www.agri-marche.com
SOURCE: Agri-Marché, Inc.
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