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Clovermead Farms wins the Dairy Farm Sustainability Award

July 16, 2014

Alma, Ontario dairy farm recognized for their efforts during Dairy
Farmers of Canada Annual General Meeting

FREDERICTON, July 16, 2014 /CNW/ – Today, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)
is pleased to announce that Clovermead Farms, Inc. in Alma, Ontario,
owned and operated by the Whale family, won the Dairy Farmers
Sustainability Award, sponsored by DeLaval Canada.

Clovermead Farms’ philosophy is not just to take care of the land, but
to improve it. The farm is a living example of what happens when the
triple bottom line is considered – environmental responsibility, social
equity and financial viability.

“Since its inception in 2011, this award recognizes dairy farmers with
innovative sustainable practices that improve the social, environmental
and economic impact of dairy farming in Canada,” said DFC president,
Wally Smith. “We are pleased to take this opportunity to award an
Ontario family farm who are striving to protect and improve our
environment.”

“Sustainability is an integral part of our dairy industry and DeLaval is
committed to help dairy farmers’ efforts in becoming more efficient and
profitable with less impact on the environment,” stated Andrew Ritchie,
managing director, DeLaval Inc. – Canada. “DeLaval is proud to offer
Canadian farmers with solutions to optimize efficiencies and
sustainability on their farms.”

Accepting the award today on behalf of Clovermead Farms, Inc. was Korb
and Kelly Whale. Seventh generation farmers, Korb and Kelly, own this
farm with Korb’s parents, Bruce and Deborah Whale.

“I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of our entire family,”
said Korb Whale. “We are absolutely committed to continue using
technology and techniques to produce food on our farm while improving
the world we live in. We have the ambition of working towards a
carbon-neutral farm.”

The selection committee, consisting of nine sustainability experts, was
particularly impressed with the Whale’s efforts in producing
electricity, bedding and high quality fertilizer by using an anaerobic
digester that turns cow manure into biogas. Additionally, the Whale
family is committed to maintaining a minimum of 10% of their land base
as wildlife habitat and forest, with wildlife corridors made of tree
rows to connect woodlots and streams.

The finalists’ profiles and a video of the winners’ farm are available
on the DFC website.

The other three finalists, Dykstra Farms, (Knowlesville, New Brunswick),
Ferme Clobert Inc. (Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec) and Bakerview EcoDairy
(Abbotsford, British Columbia), will receive a trophy and a $1,000
prize during the upcoming annual general meeting of their respective
provinces.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Run for farmers by farmers, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the voice
of Canadian dairy farmers. DFC is the national policy, lobbying and
promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers living on 12,529
dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian
dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies
that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy
products and their health benefits.

SOURCE Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)


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