New Holstein Canada Master Breeders Hail from Six Provinces

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Holstein Canada, Brantford, Ont., announced on January 8th the 20 Master Breeders who will be honoured at the 2018 National Holstein Convention Master Breeder Banquet in Quebec City, Que., on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Of the 20 breeders who received the exciting news, 70% (14) are first-time recipients of a Master Breeder shield, while the remaining are previous shield winners with four breeders receiving their second shield and two receiving their third shield! The country is well represented with winners from six provinces! Nine breeders are from Ontario, six are from Quebec, two are from Saskatchewan and one each from Prince Edward Island, Alberta and Manitoba.

The 2017 Master Breeder recipients are listed below, along with the number of shields they have received:

Alley Holsteins (ALLEY), Dalmeny, Saskatchewan (1)

Ferme L. Campbell & Fils Inc. (CAMPHOLS), Sainte-Sabine, Quebec (1)

Cavanaleck Farms Ltd. (CAVANALECK), Belmont, Ontario (3)

Les & Darlene Sharpe (DARWELL), Orton, Ontario (1)

Donald I., John & Fraser Doan (DOANLEA), Norwich, Ontario (1)

Florbil Farms Ltd. (FLORBIL), Mildmay, Ontario (2)

John E. Hylkema (HYLJON), Hague, Saskatchewan (2)

Krul Holsteins Ltd. (KRUL), Arthur, Ontario (1)

Ferme L’Espérée enr. (LESPEREE), Saint-Henri, Quebec (1)

Rob & Alice Bumstead (LOYALYN), Owen Sound, Ontario (1)

Ferme Maguy Normandin inc. (MABEL), Normandin, Quebec (1)

Allan & Coleen Macquarrie (MACTALLA), Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island (1)

Oostview Farm Ltd. (OOSTVIEW), Lakeside, Ontario (1)

Ferme Outaouais enr. (OUTAOUAIS), Plaisance, Quebec (1)

Pennview Farm (PENNVIEW), Blumenort, Manitoba (2)

Ferme Jean-Paul Petitclerc & Fils Inc. (PETITCLERC), Saint-Basile, Quebec (3)

Rick Shantz (RICKEEN), Wallenstein, Ontario (1)

Ferme Séric inc. (SERIC), Napierville, Quebec (1)

Roger Spence (SPENCROFT), Elmvale, Ontario (2)

Duane G. Zimmer (ZIMMER), Daysland, Alberta (1)

Since its beginning in 1929, the Master Breeder program has become the most coveted Holstein Canada award. A total of 1027 Master Breeder shields have been handed out in the award’s 88-year existence. These “Master” breeders are recognized for having mastered the art of breeding balanced cattle which Canada is recognized for around the world – high production and outstanding conformation with great reproduction, health and longevity.

Congratulations to the 20 Master Breeders who now join the ranks of the most elite Holstein breeders across Canada!