Dairy industry giant Agropur has awarded the Macdonald Campus Dairy Unit the title of Regional Club of Excellence Milk Quality Champion.
Located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the farm, which has a milking herd of 75 mostly Holstein cows, has been a part of McGill since 1907. In addition to producing award-winning milk, it is an important site for research and education within the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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L to R: Christine Butler, Director of Administration for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, along with Pierre-Marc Deschamps and Eduardo Fernandez, Animal Science Technicians at the Macdonald Campus Dairy Unit, accepting the Agropur milk quality award.
Accepting the award at a regional meeting on November 25, Natasha Lapointe, Animal Science Coordinator of the Dairy Unit, credited her team’s commitment to maintaining high standards.
“What makes us successful is our team, who are dedicated to their work and the health and well-being of our animals,” said Lapointe, who was honored earlier this year with the Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff in the Technical, Library Assistants and Nurses Category.
Enduring success in challenging times
Each year, Agropur’s regional milk quality awards are presented to just 14 farms out of a field of more than 2,900 dairy producers across Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The regional champions are decided after a rigorous analysis of milk quality and a dairy facility evaluation.
No stranger to the accolade, the Mac campus farm has won the award eight times since 2008, including the last three years straight – a remarkable feat considering the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re very proud to achieve and maintain such high-quality standards, especially with the added challenge of research, teaching, and turnover in student employees,” Lapointe said.
The Milk Quality Grand Champion will be revealed at Agropur’s annual general meeting on February 8, 2023.
SOURCE: McGill Reporter