LONGUEUIL, QC, Feb. 3, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - At a gala reception held in Québec City on January 29, Agropur Cooperative paid tribute to its members who recorded the best milk quality results, naming them to the Milk Quality Club of Excellence. Ferme Jovigny Inc., represented by David Sévigny and Isabelle Richard, ranked in first place. The farm, located in Nantes (Québec), has a herd of 80 purebred Holstein animals and achieved the best overall combined result for milk quality and farm inspection. Mr. Sévigny and Ms. Richard have won this award for the entire cooperative for the third time, earning the title of lifetime members of the Milk Quality Club of Excellence.
In addition, Agropur awarded an honourable mention to Scott and Sebrina Robinson of Wards Creek (New Brunswick). The Robinson family's 50-head Holstein herd also produces milk of outstanding quality.
At the end of the competition, 16 new regional champions were inducted into Agropur's Club of Excellence for their outstanding performance among the Cooperative's membership in Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-and-Labrador.
The Club of Excellence has always promoted best management practices for milk quality by producers, and has welcomed close to 2,000 award winners into its ranks since it was first created. Agropur is a leader in the field of milk quality, and is proud of the efforts it has made over the years. Club of Excellence membership marks the culmination of a rigorous selection process among the Cooperative members with the best results.
In his speech, Agropur President Serge Riendeau had this to say: "As President of Agropur, I am proud to work with people like you, and to see just how much we are able to accomplish each day. Bravo for your commitment, your professionalism and your valuable contribution to our Cooperative's success. This recognition evening is an opportunity for us to step back and appreciate all the hard work that has been done in the last year."
Founded in 1938, Agropur is a leading player in the North American dairy industry, with sales of more than $4.7 billion in 2014. The Cooperative is a source of pride for its 3,473 dairy producer members and 8,000 employees. Agropur processes more than 5.4 billion litres of milk per year at its 40 plants across North America, and boasts an impressive line of products, including Natrel, Québon, OKA, Farmers, Central Dairies, Northumberland, Agropur Signature, Agropur Grand Cheddar, Sealtest, Island Farms, biPro, and finally, iögo and Olympic from Ultima Foods, a joint venture with Agropur Cooperative.
Image with caption: "From left to right: Serge Riendeau, Agropur's president, with Isabelle Richard and David Sevigny from Ferme Jovigny (first place) (CNW Group/Agropur)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160203_C6696_PHOTO_EN_612615.jpg
Image with caption: "From left to right: Jeannie van Dyk, vice-president and Sebrina Robinson from Wards Creek, N.-B. (honourable mention) (CNW Group/Agropur)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160203_C6696_PHOTO_EN_612613.jpg
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